A consoling smile

She remembered that smile forty years on.  Mrs Hungwe lived in a remote area of NW Zimbabwe, called Gwaze, and during the Liberation War, the nationalist...

Dressed for action

I feel sorry for the soldiers patrolling the streets of Srinagar. They have to enforce their...

I will build bigger ones

‘I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones’. The farmer had a good year...

Search and you will find

Can you teach a fish to swim?  Can you teach persistence to people who have persisted...

Peeling an orange

The late Jean Vanier, the founder of l’Arche communities, used to tell the story of giving...

He was moved by compassion when he saw him

A father in his twenties and his little daughter were drowned two weeks ago trying to...

Come, be my light

Mother Teresa of Calcutta is a name many have heard but may know only the barest...

He who veins violets

Yet God (that hews mountain and continent, Earth, all, out; who, with trickling increment, Veins violets and tall...

The courage of Joshua Wong

I am shaken when I read of the courage of some young people.  ...

The martyrs of Uganda

We do not see and touch the presence of God in the world as we do...

Renting our own house

Why do people have to sacrifice so much to become free?  And why do those in...

A cloud took him

‘We have lift off’. We hear these words as a rocket carrying astronauts takes off for...

The politics of tenderness

These two nouns do not sit well together: politics and tenderness.  Politics is a competitive business...

Authority and delight

There is a striking sentence in the segment of the Acts of the Apostles that we...

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