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Contemplating the Mystery of Easter

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"Behold a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief!" John Stainer’s 1887 oratorio, "Crucifixion", has a bass line, "Oh t’was love, deep, divine compassion". How do we respond to such images? "God cannot be thought, He can only be loved" is the way the unknown author of 'The Cloud of Unknowing' begins his profound mystical [...]

Lenten Twilight Retreat

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I was able to attend the Lenten Twilight Retreat on Saturday in the cloister at All Saints Church in Henley Brook – the oldest continuing place of worship in WA.  The Twilight Retreat is part of the Dayspring ‘rhythm’.  It is one of several annual retreats that form part of the ongoing program offered by Dayspring [...]

Easter Lilies

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Amongst the tombstones of the faithful departed the fragrant lilies bloom. No green leaves enliven them but their strong stalks hold them waving in the wind. Their frail trumpet flowers blend delicate pinks with white as they cluster beneath the enormous branches of an oak. The oak spreads a majestic canopy across the faithful departed. [...]

The Garden of Silence

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In the final hours of his life, it seems Jesus is drawn more deeply into the inner silence of his soul. In the Garden of Gethsemane, we read in Mark 14.35 - “Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed” – drawing apart for solitude in prayer; time alone with God. As [...]

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