Saturday, 20 January 2018

Today I had a pleasant wander in Winchester - though I was unable to get inside the cathedral because of the dense pack of people in the entrance! Back at home, I went to St. Edmond's church, a short distance from our house, which (as I had expected) was open but empty.  The silence and peace is always valuable. There I felt the thought: Be open to God in all things. Not through awareness of some sort of signal, but in openness to whatever goodness may come.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Common ecstasy

On Southampton Common, under a shining blue sky and a pure cold air, everything was amazing. The minute wren, hopping on the tree where I entered; the small flying gulls that came sweeping down around me then sweeping up high. Two dogs chased down to me with a swift doggy-hello from all three of us, and then up to their master ... and over all that, wonderful sky.

Yet another

The walk in my last blog moved from the sublime to the ridiculous. I was well after lunch-time, and I had nothing to eat, so I bought some biscuits: to be precise: "Nairn's Dark Chocolate Chipoat biscuits". Sounds good! but  totally dry and almost inedible - though I was hungry enough to eat one of them. The reason for their being inedible was printed on the corner: "40% Less sugar" (so that you couldn't taste it), and "oil" (no idea what oil) which presumably used to avoid any taste.
I'll stick to my one home-made baking! 



Two days ago my walk along the Itchen way was very satisfying. St Denys Church was open and empty, so I could sing "O Signore, fa' di me uno strumento della tua Pace:" (Lord, make me an instrument of your peace - the first line of a song that is usually attributed to St. Francis, despite that it is seems to have first arrived in Germany - in German!). The acoustics of the church were very good!
And then was there was a beautiful sky, and a gentle wind as I walked along the side of the river Itchen in its breadth, soon to reach the sea. The sun continued as I crossed over the Itchen, to walk along the Itchen way, once the Itchen canal, leading to Eastleigh.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Yesterday (8th Jan)  I started walking, as often, along side of the river Itchen, and soon continued on the "Itchen way": the old canal rout from Southampton to Eastleigh. I feel as if a friend to it, some times, for instance, reporting blocks in its path. On this occasion a large tree had fallen across, but it was easy to crawl underneath its upward curve. Unusually, I encountered four other people: a couple walked past looking firmly ahead - but the others had a chat. 
I arrived in Eastleigh as the sun was descending in a rich orange light: a very satisfying afternoon!

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Dionysius

Walking from my house to green fields abutting the River Itchen, I usually walk past St Denys Church: a large, conventional 1970 construction. The name 'St Denys' comes from a tenth century Priory dedicated to St Denys, close by my St Denys Church.
I've always been intrigued by this less-than-dubious Saint!  The name "Denys" is a shortening of  "Dionysius", an important Council member in Athens converted to Christianity by St Paul.
Around the 5th-7th century writings appeared attributed to him. They were strongly influenced by mystical neo-Platonism: a pretty unreadable bunch, but I rather like the one "On "The Celestial Hierarchy", about Angels.


Saturday, 30 December 2017

The Emasculate Conception

Yesterday, as I returned from a pleasant walk, I passed a church. No doubt it was a strait--forward church much like the one I go to; but I started musing about their name on their banner: "The Immaculate conception of Mary". This means (according to Wikipedia) that she was free from "Original Sin", an attribute set up by God, that that would enter Adam and Eve if the ate a certain nice-looking Fruit. (We know what happened). We have a long way from the Adam story to Jesus. Now an even greater step: understanding how to maintain and fructify our plaint, for us and for all creatures.