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Jesse thistle – a human triumph

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New and shocking

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A break-in

There are break-ins and break-ins. When people want change, they try to break into the system...

A few drops of water

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The diaphany of the divine

I like the suggestion of Teilhard de Chardin that the word Epiphany, for the feast where...

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Disturbed by these words

In 1954 Iris Murdoch published her first novel, Under the Net. It is about a man...

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Advent takes us beyond

Advent takes us beyond ourselves. There are times when we glimpse this, especially when we are...

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