Thomas Merton: The Poetry of Pain & Perspective

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

Nativity Narratives: Realism & Transformation

It may seem somewhat maudlin to reflect on the topic of suffering on Christmas Day – a day of joyful celebration and expressions of togetherness. Christianity presses home the point that yes, suffering is real, but amidst that emotional, mental and  physical turmoil, there is transcendence and an encounter with a broader reality. The joy … More Nativity Narratives: Realism & Transformation

Grounded in Reality; Transformed by Hope!

Here is the text of my sermon from today’s service at Cliftonville Moravian Church: Grounded in Reality; Transformed by Hope! On Wednesday evening, I was teaching dream analysis in Glengormley to a group of therapists and other interested individuals.  Here, in our church, I have spoken briefly about dreams as they occur in the Biblical … More Grounded in Reality; Transformed by Hope!

Asking Uncomfortable Questions: Sacrificing Oneself for Others?

Sacrificing ourselves for others, or indeed the greater good, doesn’t seem to have much currency in our modern society where individualism holds sway.  Or is this really the case?  Are there still people around who live out Jesus’ famous injunction written in John 15: 13 that ‘Greater love has no one than this, that one … More Asking Uncomfortable Questions: Sacrificing Oneself for Others?