Good bye, beautiful Greece
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I had forgotten how many colours there are in the world! How wonderful the sun feel on one’s face! How delicious fresh fruit can be! On behalf of the entire community, a huge thank you to everyone who has helped … Read More

Not punishment, but Grace
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Christ is not ‘taking revenge’ on the dust that we are, because He loves this dust – He created it, He imprinted His Image on it and gave Himself as a sacrifice so this dust can once more fully reflect … Read More

The death in us
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We all have death in ourselves. Not the death that comes with old age, but the death that comes through sin. Old sin – mine, my brother’s and my sister’s, all the way down to Adam’s sin. But mostly mine. … Read More

Who I am today
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Who I am tomorrow is already determined today. My spiritual self tomorrow is built on the foundation of the sacrifice or the compromise I make today. Sacrifice for the sake of Good or compromise for the sake of evil. When … Read More

St Kentigern
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St Kentigern knew evil from his mother’s womb. St Thaney, his mother was raped. Yet he did not allow evil to touch him, to define him. He saw it for what it was, he called it what it was and … Read More

Theophany & starting on our pilgrimage
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A peaceful (freezing) day at Kilninian, cleaning the gutters, tending the new rose bushes and continuing work on the floor – we’ve been slowly sanding it for three weeks now.Blinding (but still freezing) sun, hale out of the blue, clouds … Read More

Happy New Year 2020!
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The world feels very small these months, a tiny space shrouded in fog and clouds. It seems like it has always been winter, that the rains and the winds have been with us since the creation of the world, and … Read More


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Flight to Egypt
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An angel told Joseph in a dream to take the Child and flee to Egypt – get the young Mother, gather a few things and seek shelter in a pagan nation!What angel told you, young father, to take your child … Read More

On Thin Places and Thin Persons
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Sustained fasting allows prayer to descend to the depth of the heart and burn out the roots of our passions. I stumbled across this quotation by St Paisius Velichkovsky while I was on Athos, recording the new series of our … Read More

A day of rest at St Columba’s Bay
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On Saturday, we went on a day pilgrimage to St Columba’s Bay on Iona. The entire weekend was a small miracle for us. After the winds we had on Friday, we did not expect the bright sunny days God had … Read More