Coronavirus and Holding It All Together

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By Chris Chapman, Tutor in Christian Spirituality   Coranavirus has come amongst us, and we are in a state of shock. For a moment we feel we have adjusted, but then another news item, a further restriction on movement, or the realization of just how much change we are dealing with sweeps us off our feet again. How do you adjust when what you are adjusting to keeps moving? It reminds me of going swimming in Whitstable, close to where I live. I feel comfortable swimming just so far out, so though I have freedom…

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A Monastic Lent – For Everyone?

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There may be some outside our walls who imagine that we waft around on a cloud of prayer all day and do little else, but those who know us better will be aware that life ‘inside’ can be fairly rigorous and certainly relentless. I can remember in my very early years here going to the Abbess before one Lent and saying, “I’m not sure what else there is to ‘give up’”! That’s how it felt then and was an expression of my inexperienced understanding of what Lent was all about. To regard Lent as primarily…

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Reflections on Lent

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This Lent we’ve asked a number of busy friends to reveal their thoughts and feelings about Lent, and reflect on their efforts to keep a ‘godly season of penitence and preparation.’ Our first contributor is James Hollingsworth, who has found a rather carnivorous way through the process. https://staugustinescollege.ac.uk/meditations-for-lent/

Advent Meditations

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Under ‘Etcetera’ on the main menu above, you’ll find a series of reflections for the Sundays of Advent. Each week, during this first season of the year, one of the St. Augustine’s staff shall post a meditation on the Old Testament lesson for the day. We’ve chosen the Old Testament reading, not only because this is generally the reading least preached on, but also because Advent encourages us to reflect on the entire ‘narrative arc’ of God’s ways and works, from his promises to Israel, through the birth of Jesus, to fulfilment in the “new…

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