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Ray's Blog: November 2013

He Forgives The Man Who Blinded Him

Over forty years ago a boy’s eyes were shot out by a British soldier in Derry/Londonderry. Last month that blinded victim visited Holy Island. His name is Richard Moore. The soldier who fired the rubber bullet is Charles Innis. He is a member of St. Cuthbert’s church, Norham. ...
Posted at 05:28am on 29th November 2013

Hart-beat: A Year Of Hilda Kicks Off

I share in the launch of A Year of Hilda from this saint’s Hartbeat (I will explain). On Saturday the Catholic Diocesan pilgrimage converges on Saint Hilda’s Church, on Hartlepool Headland. On Sunday three Community of Aidan and Hilda Voyagers (Linda, Maureen and myself) renew their vows (as...
Posted at 07:12am on 23rd November 2013

Oxford For St. Hilda!

I drive seven hours to Oxford. I speak at St. Giles on 'St. Hilda, the Synod of Whitby and the Great Emergence'. The audience includes Anglicans, Baptists, Orthodox, Pentecostals, Quakers and Roman Catholics. The Orthodox lady tells me she recently met John Tavener, that inspired and most spiritual composer, who...
Posted at 09:29am on 15th November 2013

Irish Monastic Sites: Back To The Future

The Dark Ages, when continental Europe is torn apart by plague, famine and marauding barbarians. Until Irish monks establish foundations which bring about The Golden Age.

Dark November, when I fly to that greatest of monastics sites, Clonmacnoise, a monastic university which reconciled warring tribes and brought learning even to...

Posted at 12:21pm on 8th November 2013
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