Day 8: A Bee among the Flowers

Over the last year, we’ve paid more serious attention to the birds and the bees as we shape the ‘Wild Side’ of St Mary’s, carving out a home for nature, planting flowers to attract pollinators and others.  There’s been much publicity about the plight of bees, and how important and essential they and other pollinatorsContinue reading “Day 8: A Bee among the Flowers”

Day 7: Food for the Journey

Each years, for years, I used to take a large group of young people to the Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage although that privilege now is left to younger leaders!  It’s quite a long coach journey and, when we arrived, we slept in tents in the middle of a field. The food was good considering the circumstancesContinue reading “Day 7: Food for the Journey”

Day 5: Wine and Water

Can’t cook, won’t cook, or just prefer to watch others cooking?! There’s a feast of cooking programmes on the TV these days which may mean that many of us spend more time watching other people prepare food than standing at the stove ourselves! It’s a good way, though, to be inspired to try some newContinue reading “Day 5: Wine and Water”

Day 4: The Mystery of the Mass

Some years ago, a priest colleague of a slightly different tradition from mine, once angrily castigated me on the steps of the Cathedral for casually calling the Eucharist, “the Mass.”  The word was natural to me, and I didn’t think too much of using it even in conversation with someone of an evangelical tradition.  IContinue reading “Day 4: The Mystery of the Mass”

Day 2: A Doorway to Heaven

On the doors of the Tabernacle at St Mary’s is a beautiful painting portraying the Annunciation. It shows the moment when Gabriel greets Mary who responds to God by saying ‘Yes’ to his plans for her and the world. It’s the moment of Incarnation, when God takes flesh. Mary was the first to receive Jesus,Continue reading “Day 2: A Doorway to Heaven”

Day 1: A Taste of Heaven

“What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever said?” asked the boy. “Help,” said the horse. “When have you been at your strongest?” asked the boy. “When I have dared to show my weakness.” And so the gentle conversation goes throughout their journey, across the pages of Charles Mackesy’s beautiful book, “The Boy, the mole, the foxContinue reading “Day 1: A Taste of Heaven”