Broken Institutions

BROKEN INSTITUTIONS In the recent TV drama 'Broken', Vernon, a disturbed young man, has been shot by police in a bungled operation. Those involved collude to deflect the blame away from themselves and towards Vernon. Others, including Father Michael, know the truth, and are driven to see justice done, and are prepared to protest and place [...]

Broken Community

Broken community   In the drama 'Broken', within Father Michael’s parish, people face one another in anger. There has been verbal abuse. There has been violence. Distrust of the police is at a high level. An awareness of exploitative gambling has led to widespread destruction of machines. In the midst of it all Michael leads worship, prays [...]

Weeping angels

My one call to fame is that I saw the very first episode of Dr Who – now that ages me!   Today I don’t keep up With this famous sci-fi thriller.   Therefore, I had never heard of the Weeping Angels.   Apparently, they are a race of predatory creatures that resembling stone statues.   [...]

Pleasing God – A Bible Thought

 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved;[a] [...]

View from the bridge

The children sat on the farm track bridge over the multi lane highway. They speculated where each speeding car was going. Being young they could only imagine happy places; exotic holidays or trips to a fun fair. After awhile they wondered to each other if this was how God saw people on their journeys. They [...]

Writing the answer

He prayed on his knees. He prayed standing. He prayed sitting. But he had never heard the voice of God. So he started to write down his prayers. At first no more than a few lines - big issues and real problems. He still heard nothing. Yet he wrote on, enjoying the confidence of pen [...]

Lord, why are we waiting?

I waited patiently for the Lord, He turned to me and heard my cry (Psalm 40.1) When was the last time you had to wait in a queue? Well, if you are like me, you start by avoiding them in the first place. Then, if that fails, there is nothing more enjoyable than complaining to [...]

A Prayer for Holy Saturday

Each time we do not speak your name for fear of ridicule we deny you. Each time we do not bring your love into a situation we deny you. Each time we fail to see your face in friend of stranger we deny you. Forgive us, as you forgive all who humbly turn to you, [...]