A flood of recognition

Suddenly it was clear to them. Up to then they were full of questions, sometimes in a daze, sometimes thinking of quitting....

Rising to the occasion

There is an English saying of unknown origin: ‘cometh the hour, cometh the man.’ It refers...

‘He was lifted up’

We take it for granted but it is beautiful to look up into the sky and...

A loss of roots

The burning of the Jagger Library on the main campus of the university of Cape Town...

They stood there dumbfounded

It is said there is only one thing harder to take than bad news, and that...

‘Get thee to thy typewriter’

I could not sleep last night and read Doris Lessing’s autobiography instead. She spent her formative...

Do this in memory of me

It was Sunday. Rumours began to circulate that he was alive. It seemed ‘sheer nonsense’ (Luke...

The agony and the triumph

It sounds incidental. Just a detail thrown in to add variety: ‘some Greeks’ appear at the...

To be a pilgrim

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce, describes a journey on foot from one...

Reality is bigger

Remember last year, that period between the outbreak of Covid 19 and the production of the...

So great a mystery

Quintus Aurelius Symmachus, a Roman senator in late antiquity, was horrified by the Emperor Constantine’s conversion...

Disturbed by these words

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

Advent takes us beyond

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

A lonely death

We had an unusual anniversary this week: a dying man attended by a dying man. Fr...

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