Why the Red Cross?

The TV images showed Red Cross give out food and water on the hurricane hit island of Antigua. But, where did the Red Cross organisation come from? My memory was fuzzy with parcels to prisoners of war and white four-tracks in humanitarian disasters. So, time for a little reading, I thought. Turns out, it all [...]

What Christ sees hidden in me

Blenheim Palace is one of the most photographed buildings in England. Many pictures also encompass its lake with the Grand Bridge.  At first sighting, we think that it is made of solid stone. But it has a secret. For, inside the bridge are many rooms that were used to entertain the guests of the Dukes of [...]

Believe the Promise

Genesis 15.1-5 Matthew 6.25-34   Bonan matenon   Well that is good morning in Esperanto. Now until recently I have rather thought that Esperanto was a good idea. After all a universal language with simple grammar that can be learned in a few hundred hours seems a grand concept.   However, a while back, I [...]

Unity of Spirit

Acts 18.1-4 (p1114) 1 Corinthians 1.10-17 (p1144) A Naval chaplain I knew well repeatedly told the story of the visitor to the monastery. At evening mealtime, one of the monks stood up and shouted out  87 – to which the holy men laughed and laughed. The visitor was bemused and asked the Abbot what was [...]