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Many of us have taken part in harvest festival services during October.   It’s no accident that the SEC Faith in Action committee’s topic for this month is ‘The Environment’.   For those of us not directly involved in ‘bringing in the sheaves’, the environment offers a huge range of themes for prayer and action at harvest-tide. […]

Teresa of Avila

Teresa of Avila, the 16th century saint, is remembered today.  It seems that she combined Mary and Martha in her life and spirituality.  She taught and wrote on prayer and contemplation and also founded a reform movement.  She is recorded as cleaning and scrubbing each new convent house she opened reminding her sisters that ‘the […]

‘Give to Caesar…

.. that which belongs to Caesar and to God that which belongs to God’.  Thus Jesus’ typically cryptic way of handling a trap set for him by the authorities.  It has sometimes been used to justify the separation of religion from politics.   The press and politicians can be quick to tell bishops to get back […]