Tag Archives: Lent

Lenten Asceticism

People are free to do what they feel to be best, but we were warned by the Gospel of Ash Wednesday – keep it to yourselves and don’t broadcast that you are being holier than thou! Christ is most categorical … Continue reading

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The Three Temptations

On this first Sunday of Lent, I bring my readers another slant on the three Temptations Christ faced in the wilderness, from the mouth of the Inquisitor of Dostoevsky and interpreted by John Gielgud. I make no comment. Just watch … Continue reading

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Going into Lenten Array

Here are links to what I have already written about Lenten Array and its use in the English and other northern European traditions. It would be pointless to repeat what has been said in those postings and elsewhere on the … Continue reading

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Help! I’m in the quicksand!

It must be the most horrible death imaginable! You’re walking on the quicksands around the Mont Saint Michel in France and other estuaries in the world – and your leg disappears into the ooze. As you try to pull it … Continue reading

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A reflection on Lent

Thinking about Lent now that it is over, I return to a favourite quote by Oscar Wilde as he suffered his incarceration in the 1890’s: Reformations in morals are as meaningless and vulgar as Reformations in theology. But while to … Continue reading

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Religionless Christianity

This is a theme that emerged from an exchange of comments with Stephen K. A search on Google brings up quite a few articles related to Dietrich Bonhöffer. This one is an example – Bonhoeffer’s Religionless Christianity. What does the … Continue reading

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The Rite of Spring

Fr Jonathan Munn has just written Springing into the English Lent or Lenting into the English Spring? I don’t think we need to be too hard on the old Pagan feasts, since I often mention the “two Old Testaments” – … Continue reading

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Lenten Array

My chapel is about to go into Lenten Array in readiness for Ash Wednesday. One of last year’s palms will be burned in my back yard to make the ashes for my wife and I. These are the outward signs. … Continue reading

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As we enter Septuagesimatide

I saw something a short while ago on Fr Stephen Smuts’ blog, and I have been waylaid by irksome things like work. He quoted some maxims of spiritual life from Living In A Strange Land, Fr Stephen’s blog, Glory to God For … Continue reading

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