Monthly Archives: April 2012

Blessed are the pure in heart

From this morning’s Daily Office readings: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. I like that. I would like to see God. I would like to see God more clearly. I would like to be able … Continue reading

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Knitting with cats

If you are a knitter who shares a home with one or more cats, chances are, you will occasionally have found yourself tangled in a soft and sharp, pointy ball of fur, yarn, knitting needles and cat claws. And teeth. … Continue reading

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Diolch, Dillwyn

One day, I ran into the vicar somewhere between the church and the vicarage. I would have been around fifteen or sixteen, I suppose – there’s a lot I don’t remember about that time. Over the past few months (I … Continue reading

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Where Winners Worship

I passed a billboard the other day – it doesn’t matter where – and saw a billboard advertisement for a church – it doesn’t matter which. It proclaimed in large, bold lettering that this was a place “Where winners worship, … Continue reading

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One verse, (third of) three translations

[Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness:] Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; [have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.] The third translation of Psalm Four, Verse One (see yesterday’s and yesterday’s yesterday’s … Continue reading

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One verse, (second of) three translations

(See yesterday’s post for the first translation …) Second, the translation found in the Book of Common Prayer: [Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause;] you set me free when I am hard-pressed; [have mercy on … Continue reading

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One verse, three translations

Not even, really, one verse, but a fraction, a phrase, a few words lost between languages, wondering how to tell us the truth about God. First, the Revised Standard Version of the first verse of the Psalm assigned for the … Continue reading

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Working Mother

I know that I should know better than to wade into murky water, but over the past week, there’s been a lot of talk about work, motherhood, and how they fit together. I am not going to tell you what … Continue reading

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Snap

Words, fists fly up like so many black-beaked crows beating about his head, befouling and besmirching and pecking his eyes; Tut-tutting, clicking our tongues at the mess – “so distasteful” – we snap on our latex gloves to show how … Continue reading

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Life and death, justice, humanity and God

When I was studying theology the first time around, long ago, I remember a discussion about the concepts of justice. Justice, we were taught, could be of one or more of four different characters: retributive, protective, deterrent, or reformative/rehabilitative. Retributive justice is … Continue reading

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