If Jesus had a Smartphone in the Desert

One of many things I’ve had to get used in my new job at L’Arche Ireland is having two phones! To its credit, my Irish phone doesn’t give me constant notifications of the latest emails or WhatsApp messages or remind me of what I was doing on this day five years ago! My UK phone […]

Living Lent in L’Arche!

“Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the Beloved.” Henri Nouwen. Lent is traditionally a time where we ‘give up something’ we enjoy. Most of us remember giving up sweets and chocolates as children- Over the last few years it has become more popular […]

Signs of New Life

One of the great joys of living in the same house for twenty-five years was growing a garden and, at this time of year in particular, I would be revelling in the signs of new life. The snowdrops are usually the first ones to peep out from the apparently barren ground. I had them arranged […]

Breaking the Rules

In this, the week of Martin Luther King Day, I was invited to give a radio reflection on the theme of ‘breaking the rules.’   I have to admit, I’m not a big rule breaker but I do admire people who do break the rules, if it’s for a just cause. Like the suffragettes who […]

The Best Medicine

January can be a tough time. The holidays have been and gone, the decorations are down, it’s cold and dark in the morning. And it’s back to work or back to school. The third Monday in January has even been named ‘Blue Monday,’ and is said to be the day in the year when we […]

From Canterbury to Callan

  Two weeks into my Irish adventure I found myself in a bar in Callan telling the story of how Peter Brabazon and I had been at a convent in England in 1991 (the second time we had met at a convent!) and had sneaked off one evening to a pub by a canal to […]