Radical R.C.Benedictine from  USA writes “I’d be skeptical if I were you”

Radical R.C.Benedictine from USA writes “I’d be skeptical if I were you”

"we spread out our cloaks before whomever it is who feeds our fantasies with the certainty that they are about to pull our White Rabbit out of the voting machine" -

Reading Sr Jioan Chittister in the National Catholic Reporter it looks like politics in USA and Britain are on the same trajectory.

Joan writes:- George Will, veteran journalist and social analyst, intoned in his avuncular way, “The strongest continuous thread in America’s political tradition is skepticism.” While looking for virtues suitable to a country in political and social disarray, I couldn’t help but be particularly happy at the thought of nominating skepticism as the electoral foundation of the future.

Why? Because I hope he’s right. Without skepticism, democracy is dead. Then there’s nothing but monarchy, tyranny and autocracy left.

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‘The Christmas Story Re-visited’

‘The Christmas Story Re-visited’

The Nativity Story is much more than a charming tale for children at Christmas. In the words of Adrian Alker, it is a tale that reminds adults that light can overcome darkness, peace can overcome conflict, humility can overcome power, and life is best founded on love, joy and goodwill.

Everybody knows the story of the birth of Jesus - or at least they did once upon a time. See Luke, Chapter 2: vs 1-12.

Luke tells us that Joseph, who lived in Nazareth, had to go to Bethlehem. He was of the house and line of David, and Bethlehem was David’s town: a place where it was prophesied that a future ‘Messiah’ would be born.

Luke says that “Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph”, but the New Bible Commentary, 21st Century Edition says that Mary and Joseph would have already been married, and the reference to Mary being “pledged to be married” should be interpreted as indicating that the “marriage was not yet consummated”.

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Visit of Letlapa Mphahlele

Visit of Letlapa Mphahlele

“Is there an inclusive narrative, a story of our Shared Humanity, which can bring us together as human beings, beyond all our attachments of nationality, religion, language and culture? While maintaining the riches of our own identity groups is it even realistic to think there is an embracing vision we can all buy into? Or are we destined to largely engage in a multitude of ‘them and us’ agendas?”

This was the underlying theme that was explored during 26 events in three universities, six school Sixth Forms, a variety of other public events and more private occasions, by Letlapa Mphahlele and Howard Grace during the month of October 2019. Fifteen towns and cities were visited: Oxford, Faringdon, Reading, Thatcham, Coventry, Birmingham, Sheffield, Nottingham, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Carlisle,Liverpool, Bournemouth and London. Based from my home in Newbury, we travelled about 1,600 miles in total.

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