For many years now I have been very much a fan of the writings of the monk, writer, theologian and mystic, Thomas Merton. His commentaries and insights into ethics, non-violence, social action, the contemplative life, inter-faith dialogue and so much more, have been of great interest, and application, to me on my own very personal … More Thomas Merton: The Poetry of Pain & Perspective
This is the first of a regular posting focusing on spiritual poetry/reflective writing of note. Today I will be reading ‘The Questions’, attributed to St. Brendan. There is very little concrete biographical information concerning the life of Brendan, but he was a contemporary of St. Columba of Iona. A printed version of the poem can … More Thinking Poetry: St. Brendan
R.S. Thomas was a welsh clergyman and talented poet. It’s hard to think of a more beautiful and evocative poem on silence. ‘But the silence in the mind’ is, in my opinion, one of his best: But the silence in the mind is when we live best, within listening distance of the silence we call … More ‘But The Silence In The Mind’
Amidst the turmoil of life, the triumphs and the frustrations, the laughter and the pain, we are called to introspection. Such self-examination takes many forms, and occurs at different points in our journey; it is a reflection the growing awareness of the truth of Carl Jung’s insightful observation: ‘who looks outside dreams who looks inside … More ‘It Is Still A Beautiful World’
Here are a few of my recent reflections/poems: BY THE WELL Sychar in Samaria by Jacob’s well A shocking scene A Samaritan and a Jew Female and male Countercultural and perplexing, where shame meets perfection. Jesus does not recoil He interacts; he listens A stark reminder that everyone matters That in the heart of Christ ‘There … More Reflections: Faith & Life
An excerpt from Thomas Merton’s beautiful poem, ‘Song: If you Seek…’: Follow my ways and I will lead you To golden-haired suns, Logos and music, blameless joys, Innocent of questions And beyond answers: For I, Solitude, am thine own self: I, Nothingness, am thy All. I, Silence, am thy Amen!
Since today is world poetry day, I thought I would post one of my poems – God In All Things – published in ‘The Other Side of Light’: The great dialectic, Immanent, yet transcendent, mysterious, yet knowable, God in all things. God within, God without, God above us, God before us, ever about us. … More Celebrating World Poetry Day!
NEW PUBLICATION: The Other Side of Light by Scott Peddie & Columba O’Neill In this short collection of poems, the echo of the spiritual life leaves its indelible mark on each page and in each word spoken. It is unusual in that it stems from what at first seems to be two divergent spiritual paths: one … More New Publication: The Other Side of Light
On Saturday 13th July the publisher (The Crystal Bard Press) will be offering the kindle edition of my second book – Looking Inwards: A Bipolar Journey – as a free download via Amazon. ‘Looking Inwards: A Bipolar Journey is a collection of abstract art, photography and poems by Scott Peddie, a minister and scientist who, … More Looking Inwards: A Bipolar Journey
Looking Inwards: A Bipolar Journey is a collection of abstract art, photography and poems by Scott Peddie, a minister and scientist who, after years of suffering from depression, has recently been diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder. The poetry, which is often agonising, always tender and thoughtful, reflects Scott’s experience of living with this complex condition and … More Looking Inwards: A Bipolar Journey