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The Gospel of Mark was written, most likely, around the year 65 in the city of Rome. It was a very turbulent period, after the great fire that had raged for seven days through the city in July 64. The Emperor Nero needed someone to blame for lighting the fire –...

Stay Awake

Happy new year! (Such a geeky liturgical thing to say!) We begin this new season of Advent today, and with this Sunday the whole cycle of the church’s year begins again. We switch from listening to the gospel of Matthew and begin to listen to the first of the gospels...

Four Transcendentals: Beauty

We come to the final transcendental this week as we encounter Beauty. Over the weeks of Advent we have journeyed through these ideas that are present in every single thing, indeed in being itself - 'Omni ens est unum, bonum, verum et pulchrum' - that all being is one,...

Four Transcendentals: True

When John the precursor asks the question of Jesus - are you the long-anticipated Messiah - or are we to wait for someone else? - he taps into the long tradition of the prophets and holy people of Israel who had longed for a new David to set them free from all of...

Four Transcendentals: Good

All being is one, good, true and beautiful (Omne ens est unum, bonum, verum et pulchrum) The word Good is very commonly used in the scriptures (more than 500 times), but it can mean one of ten things: useful; pleasing / agreeable; advantageous / profitable; fitting /...

Four Transcendentals: One

One small piece of wisdom that has come down from the ages (it was first stated in Greek philosophy, and then offered into the Christian tradition through the writings of the Eastern fathers, St Augustine, and then codified in scholastic philosophy through the...

The law of four – part 3

We saw in the first week of this series that one of the places that we see the law of four is in every great story ever told as well as in the story of our own lives - the pattern of (1) Hearing the summons; (2) Enduring the obstacles; (3) Receiving the prize/favour...