I recently came across a little prayer card that I collected from a visit to Launde Abbey, a conference and retreat centre located in the East Midlands. It reminded me of a place of calm beauty and welcome; it summarises a universal call for our Christian places of worship and sanctuary to be open to …
Let us join together and give thanks this night for beauty:
the beauty of a candle flickering in the gloominess
the beauty of a charitable deed done selflessly
the beauty redolent in those who persevere amidst hardships
the beauty of those who transform their deeply felt pain into
the beauty of those who forgive that which appears
Let us join together give thanks this night for dignity:
the dignity inherent in a life lived well
the dignity inherent in those who suffer for others
the dignity inherent in those who embrace the marginalised
the dignity inherent in those who stand up for the poor and
the dignity inherent in those who pray for those who despise
Heavenly Father, we open our hearts to each other and give thanks this night, collectively.
We remember the goodness that encircles us and guides us, even when we cannot see it.
We give thanks, despite the difficulties of life and the brokenness we all carry within us.
We give thanks in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who never leaves our side, tonight and always.
Today, in my sermon at Cliftonville Moravian Church, ‘Embracing Vulnerability: Honesty in Prayer’, I explored the Prophet Jeremiah’s complex relationship with God. With Jeremiah one can feel his honesty, expressed vividly by the language used, as he vents his frustrations with God directly to God. In suffering persecution, mockery and public shame on account of his …
Mirabilis Health is pleased to announce an exciting new course for those involved in ministry and pastoral care: Self-Care for Pastoral Carers: A Specialist Workshop Trainers: Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie, Dr. Volodimir Bezulowsky (Psychiatrist) & Dr. Paul Miller (Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychogeriatrician) Date: Thursday 26th February 2015 from 1-5pm (tea/coffee/biscuits available from 12.30pm) Venue: Mirabilis Health, Holywood House, Holywood, BT18 9HF Cost: £45 per person (includes …
At the end of the old year and the beginning of the new, I, like so many others, pray for peace. In a world torn apart by conflict and war, peace is sorely needed. And so I pray for peace in Syria, Iraq and South Sudan, as well as the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. And then …
To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Thomas Merton’s Birth, The Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland and Thomas Merton Fellowship Invite you to a One-Day Workshop: ‘EXPLORING MEANING WITH THOMAS MERTON AND VIKTOR FRANKL’ Facilitators: Dr Stephen J. Costello, Director, Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie, Thomas Merton Fellowship Thomas Merton was much influenced …
As the Merton Fellowship for Peace and Contemplative Living met this weekend on a day retreat in All Souls Church in Belfast, I found myself reflecting on how far we have come in the four or so years we have been in existence. Since the first tentative steps were taken in an initial meeting held …
“A fine line separates the weary recluse from the fearful hermit. Finer still is the line between hermit and bitter misanthrope.” So wrote Dean Koontz in Velocity. Koontz’s words carry some weight, especially if they are read in the context of a complex social phenomenon in Japan, known as Hikikomori (meaning “pulling inward, being confined”) which …
Look at Etty Hillesum’s entry in Wikipedia and you’ll see that her occupation is listed as ‘writer’. In actuality, she was so much more than that; anyone who has read her diaries, or secondary sources based on them, would be strongly inclined to bestow upon her the moniker of ‘mystic’ too. Such mysticism was inextricably …