October 20, 2017

Julian Of Norwich: Grounded and Rooted in Love

Also in this He shewed me a little thing, the quantity of an hazel-nut, in the palm of my hand; and it was as round as a ball.  I looked thereupon with eye of my understanding, and thought: What may this be?  And it was answered generally thus: It is all that is made.  I […]

Julian’s Divine Revelations

As mentioned, we know very little about Dame Julian.  We don’t know if she was, as the saying goes, “maid, wife or widow”.  We don’t even know what date she entered her anchorhold, or what were the circumstances that led her to make this choice.  Frykholm has an imaginative reconstruction of Julian’s life, a proposal […]

iMonk Book Club: Julian of Norwich: A Contemplative Biography

Editor’s note: Today we jump in to the next book in the InternetMonk book club. The discussion this week will be led by Damaris Zehner and Martha of Ireland. I’ve really been looking forward to what they have to say about a woman we know very little of other than her quote, “All shall be […]

Reclaiming the Reclamation

Once again, we are fast approaching that time of the year that both earnest Christians and earnest neo-Pagans agree is a pagan festival.  I mean, of course, Easter. Oops – too early (or late, depending how you count).  No, it’s Christmas, obviously.  At least, you might well think so from the deluge of pre-Christmas advertising […]

A Window upon Heaven

I have been asked what is the difference between the veneration of images and idol worship, and I am going to try and give some kind of explanation. First, though, I am going to yield the field on this: often, there is no practical difference. Yes, I admit: some (okay, let’s make that “a lot”) […]

Only In Silence, The Word

There are many proverbs and sayings we’ve all heard: “Speech is silver, silence is golden.” “Better to say nothing and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” “Empty vessels make the most sound.” “Still waters run deep.” And of course, the book of Proverbs in the Bible has much […]

Mr Toad And Pentecost

Sunday coming is the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, or in the pre-1970 calendar, the 8th Sunday after Pentecost.  So you may be thinking that this is a bit late to be mentioning the Great Feast, the Birthday of the Church, and you would be correct. It’s just that recently I’ve been thinking about the […]

An Introduction To St. Columcille

A while back, I threatened to write about the three patron saints of Ireland, and since I’ve covered St. Patrick and St. Bridget, now it’s time to tell you all about St. Columcille, because his feast day was yesterday, the 9th of June. Some of you may be more familiar with him under the Anglicised […]

Christian Superstitions

This post started out to be a joke (it still may end up as one, says you) or at least to be a mildly humorous look at some elements of Catholic and perhaps wider Christian practice.  The genesis or inspiration arose from a throw-away comment Jeff made in one of his Saturday Ramblings, and I […]

In The Desert, You Can Remember Your Name

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness In the Desert, You Can Remember Your Name In a tradition dating from at least as far back as the 7th century, Irish religious practice acknowledged a division of three martyrdoms: the red, the white, and the green.  Drawing from the established tradition of the Church about the […]