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St Augustine for Christmas Day

“My mouth will utter praise of the Lord, of the Lord through whom all things have been made and who has been made amidst all things; who is the Revealer of His Father, Creator of His Mother; who is the … Continue reading

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Meeting the Incarnation

I scheduled the following some time ago to post on crookedshore today. I’d forgotten all about it until I read it again this lunchtime. I thought it would be better posted here. Working, as I do, in inner city Belfast … Continue reading

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The Word at Advent

In the face of death, live humanly. In the middle of chaos, celebrate the Word. Amidst Babel…speak the truth. Confront the noise and verbiage and falsehood of death with the truth and potency and efficacy of the Word of God. … Continue reading

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Hope Between Advents

In the First Advent, Christ the Lord comes into the World; in the next Advent, Christ the Lord comes as Judge of the world and of all the world’s thrones and pretenders, sovereignties and dominions, principalities and authorities, presidencies and … Continue reading

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Behold the Star

OK so it’s not Bethlehem but Bangor. And the quality of the photo isn’t exactly up to xetera standards. It was taken on my mobile phone after 5pm when it was very dark.  I couldn’t help but smile at the … Continue reading

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Kavanagh’s Advent

But here in the Advent-darkened room Where the dry black bread and the sugarless tea Of penance will charm back the luxury Of a child’s soul When the sun went down today it got really cold, really quickly. I was … Continue reading

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Advent 2008

TML is gearing up for Advent 2008 and the time of waiting and preparation for the Gift. There’s always room for one more and you would be very welcome to join us as an attentive pilgrim on the way to … Continue reading

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almost done, almost begun

I’ve had quite a different day today than what would normally be the case on the average Christmas Eve. It began very early, way before sunrise, then continued with lots of time spent lying in a strange bed (I’ll tell … Continue reading

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the visit

I’ve always enjoyed the way those from the Southern States of the US use the word ‘visit’. We use the word as a noun here -  we make a visit. Or, we visit ‘to’ someone. But they ‘visit with’. I … Continue reading

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on the crookedshore in advent

Things I saw on the crookedshore today, two days from the end of Advent: my sun-lengthened shadow falling lightly on the seaweed at the head of the beach; my smiling dog flat out chasing a black crow, who teased him … Continue reading

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