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God Comes To Benefits Street

Benefits Street was a popular British  documentary srries on Channel Four TV soap about people who lacked a job, accommodation, citizenship  or freedom from an addiction in the down-turn area of Winson Green, Birmingham. . Last week-end I walked down the Birmingham street on which this was modelled, right round...

Posted at 16:15pm on 17th January 2020

Lindisfarne And A Cloud Of Witnesses


Lars Knutsen, a Norwegian who worked in USA has recently returned to Britain. He writes how his visits to Lindisfarne were a formative time for him:

‘So Lindisfarne has always been special to me as one of those “thin” places where I was aware of the claims of God on my...

Posted at 18:26pm on 10th January 2020

New Year Message






From Ray Simpson, Founding Guardian of the international   Community of Aidan and Hilda  



The world financial crisis a decade ago produced a reaction against globalism. We lost good as well as bad achievements. We retreated into our bubbles, but these have bad as well as good aspects. Bubbles can...

Posted at 12:00pm on 29th December 2019

Celtic Prayers For The Season Of Light

Ray Simpson has given his lif         

Posted at 20:53pm on 20th December 2019

Madeira Holiday

I am on holiday in Madeira.  This is the only week his year I have had a holiday except for a garden working holiday at Whitehoue on Holy Island with my sister Sally.

My friend Andreas booked us in to a hotel near the cathedral and sea front at Funchal. Andrea...

Posted at 20:53pm on 13th December 2019

Not Left, Not Right But Straight

USA is torn between Democrats who want to impeach the Republican President and Republicans who want to forge ahead in finance and self-reliance.  The UK is torn between people on the Right who want Brexit and people on the Left who want equality. Social media re-inforce people's unconscious prejudices, so...

Posted at 09:55am on 6th December 2019

Christ The King

Last Sunday was dedicated to Christ the King. Pope Pius XI instituted The Feast of Christ the King in 1925 for the universal church. He connected the increasing denial of Christ as king to the rise of secularism and dictatorships throughout much of Europe when many began to doubt Christ's...

Posted at 11:09am on 25th November 2019

Saint Hilda's Tide Down Under

This week Community of Aidan and Hilda Voyagers renewed their vows all over the world at St. Hildda's-tide. But my thoughts were with Voyagers in Australia. This is the Facebook Post I sent them: 'Australia has schools and churches named after Saint Hilda. She is a universal ikon of...
Posted at 11:24am on 22nd November 2019

November, November, The Month To Remember

This week our monk and Deputy Guardian David Cole  stayed overnight before leading a retreat at The Open Gate.  It was good to meet up on Holy Island on another day with Godfrey Butland and other old friends.

This week also I sent in the completed manuscript and a long publishers'...

Posted at 13:48pm on 15th November 2019

The Underdog

This week the town in which I live inducted its new mayor. This was followed by a church service. The mayor wants the theme of her year  in office to be The Underdog.

After she was inducted we sang a locally composed hymn. Here are two verses:

Northmen from the Humber to...

Posted at 13:00pm on 3rd November 2019
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