The end is nigh...
Well, I see another prophet has made himself known with ernest predictions of the end of the world. Apparently, it's today! Now, I'm not sure what time zone he's using so we made have a while to wait yet!
However, since tomorrow, 22nd May, is the very last day of the football (that's soccer to ye pagans!) season, and has some crunching games promised, and since God himself is an Englishman who loves footy, then it's most unlikely to be before monday.
Of course, if I'm wrong, then, well, safe rapture... see you on the other side!
Why Cling to the Ten Commandments?
In Matthew 22, 37-40 Jesus confirms that the whole of the Law and the Prophets is summed up in just two commandments - "Love the Lord thy God" and "Love thy neighbour as thyself". Why then, having dismissed the other 600 or so parts of Mosaic Law, do so many Christians still tout the Ten Commandments? Do you believe they have any relevance above the two endorsed by Jesus?
Did Darwin kill God?
If this programme hasn't been aired on U S telly you can catch it by going to the BBC (U.K.) website, and typing in the title in the search facility. It was recently aired on BBC 2, and was so good that I've kept a recording of it on my PVR to watch again!
I hope you enjoy it!
Roams around Rome
Well, folks, it's over a week since I return to the cold shores of Blighty from Sunny Italy, so thought it about time I shared a few moments of my holiday with you all.
(By the way, I do have photo’s, which I hope to upload at some point, possibly before the Great Tribulation!)
I was actually in Rome for a week (my second week was in the countryside), arriving during the p.m. of the 6th Sept. I travelled with 3 friends, all non catholic, and it was as much a secular holiday for us all as it was a wee pilgrimage for me.
My first visit to the Vatican was in the late afternoon of the Sunday. It's a beautiful time of the day - the crowds have mainly gone, just a few people sitting / walking around.
St Peter’s itself was closed for the day, so I sat on the plinth of a column just gazing at the huge magnificence of the Basilica. On the left (as you look at it) is the imposing statue of St. Peter, and on the right that of St. Paul.
The Sun sets directly behind the Great Dome, outlining it against the sky. It’s a sight that induces reflection: The history of the Church, the Great Leaders & Heroes of the Faith, the millions of ordinary, unexceptional people who are the true building blocks of the Church.
I also thought of people I’d known – family and friends no longer with us, and so many whom I’d lost contact with, over the years, and I thought of those that are part of my life now, especially children and friends. I also thought of you guys - yes, even the ones I disagree with :o) - thanking God for the blessings this site brings
Then I presented all my thoughts and reflections to the Lord, asking for His blessing on one and all, that all may be brought to fullness in Him.
It was wonderfully peaceful - almost a perfect moment. But for the effect the plinth was having on my poor little ‘arris! Happily a bit of a walkabouts soon restored the circulation!
It was fully dark, and St Peter’s was beautifully illuminated, and I was looking forward to returning the next morning to visit the catacombs and the tomb of St. Peter himself.
(will continue in due course)
Off to Rome...
Although it's been a while since I've posted on Spero, I always keep you all in mind. I will be doing so when I visit Rome for a week, starting 6th September.
I shall be visiting the catacombes on Monday morning, and I have tickets reserved for the General Audience on Wednesday morning (whether I actually get to meet the Pope is in the lap of the... opps! I mean in the hands of God and/or His Mother).
Happily, I shall be staying just a few hundred yards (O.K., I mean meters!) from St Peter's itself, so plenty of opportunities to 'pop' in for devotions.
I shall carry you with me in my thoughts and prayers ( alas,no room in my suitcase
), and remember you before God in the city He chose for the hub of His Church.
(During my second week in Italy I'm going to have top rough it in a villa outside Napels, undergoing arduous tasks, such as visiting pompeii...
God bless you all.
Cor blimey!!! You go away for a few days, get stuck in to the garden, then when you get back everything's changed!
God's motor pool
As we're aware, God has a great love of Triumphs. I always imagine Him astride a 1969 Bonneville, but I guess He must have had a few 'cos He seemed happy to loan them out to His mates, such as Moses & King David, as they had Triumphs attributed to them.
Soince God is really cool, He would also have, maybe, a Triumph Spitfire, for a quick spin around the Sinai peninsula on a warm day.
Then, reading Exodus recently, reminded me that He also has a fondness for Nissans. So it sets me wondering, if anyone can think of any other marques that may be part of His motor pool?
Christian Art & Inspiration.
This may turn into a discussion, but it's more an opportunity to share experiences of what has appealed to us and what it means to us. And anything else you can think of!
Gregorian Chant, esp. missa de angelis. this is the chant I grew up with, and it never fails to touch me at a deep level.
Old churches, aren't I the lucky one? I live in a country full of old churches. 12 miles from where I live is Lichfield Cathedral, my favourite part of which the Mary Chapel, just behind the High Altar. It a place of peace, and the centuries of candles & incense blend to your prayer of the moment, and you can almost see them rise to Heaven.
I grieve at the level of destruction carried out by the Reformers & Puritans. Whole cathedrals having their stained windows smashed, their illustrated books & paintings ripped & burned, and their walls whitewashed or worse.
Over to you.
It's Pentecost morning. I'm at the tail end of an overnight shift, and England is wet with 18 hours of solid rain! But I wanted to reach out to all of you, to share, if just for a moment, this day.
As at that first Pentecost, as the Apostles and Mary gathered quietly in prayer, so we, too, wait in hope & expectation. May the Holy Spirit of God fill our hearts, and renew in us the Fire of His Love. May He make us His good servants in Christ, through whom He renews all things.
God bless you all.
Sign of the (end?) times
Last night, the entire U.K. was set a wailing! Deep grief & national mourning is felt, for we came joint second last in the Eurovision song contest. Indeed, were it not for a sympathey vote from our Irish friends, we'd have been completely pointless!
Therer was a time when the U.K. would jog along in the top ten, but, alas, since the invasion of Iraq, we have few friends. Even the vikings have deserted us!
The competition was won by Serbia, land of ethnic cleansing & genocide!
Also, it's the end of the Football season. And it's raining.
Surely, true signs of the Imminent Arrival?