Ashes to ashes

Because I do not hope to turn again Because I do not hope T. S. Eliot, Ash Wednesday I It’s Ash Wednesday. People—Anglicans and Catholics mainly—are getting ashes smudged on their foreheads in recognition of the start of Lent. People are giving up vices and bad habits—caffeine, cigarettes, meat, swearing, sex—for the next forty days. […]

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Deep work

There are times when things change, slowly, silently, below the surface. As a writer I’ve come to know and understand those times. They’re times when nothing one writes is worth the paper it’s put on, or, to use a more twenty-first century image, the bandwidth it occupies. Word after word says nothing. Thoughts bud and […]

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A little meditation on faith

you only get anywhere near the truth when all the easy things to say about God are dismantled – so that your image of God is no longer just a big projection of your self-centred wish-fulfilment fantasies. What’s left, then? This is the difficult moment. Either you sense that you are confronting an energy so […]

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