What’s so bad about a bit of self-pride?


A bit of self-pride seems part of the positive trait of self-esteem. Possible danger of self-pride Yet we speak of pride before a fall. The story of Icarus is about a young man’s attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. Icarus ignored instructions not to … Continue reading What’s so bad about a bit of self-pride?

Cruelty – What is its source?


Cruelty is seen at the cinema and on the television. We read about it in newspapers. There is probably an element of cruelty in your self which you have no wish to have Although you may not always recognise this cruelty in yourself, you probably do notice many forms of the shadowy side of human … Continue reading Cruelty – What is its source?

The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

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When things in your life seem almost too much to handle; when 24 hours in a day are not enough; remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2  cups of coffee… A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very … Continue reading The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

Misfortune – Why does everything go wrong?


Most people suffer at least one misfortune during a lifetime, but if you have been experiencing a series of things going wrong, — for example losing your career, partner, home, and social standing — then perhaps you should be asking if there is something going on here you really need to know more about? No … Continue reading Misfortune – Why does everything go wrong?

Taize Style Music Weekend

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Friday 01 March 2013 – 19:00 to Sunday 03 March 2013 – 14:00 Purley Chase Centre Warwickshire: Leaders Marion Curry & Bruce Jarvis The focus at the Taizé Community in France, is gathering together 3 times each day for prayer. As people from differing Christian backgrounds and countries are drawn there, they find that the … Continue reading Taize Style Music Weekend

Spiritual Mirages


I wonder whether you have ever seen a mirage? Mirages occur in our physical world; in the desert the interface of hot and cold air creates to the eye the appearance or illusion of water. For a time the eye is misled into seeing what is not there – it is not real. Mirages can … Continue reading Spiritual Mirages

Disappointment — How to get over it?


Michael Phelps was the most decorated Olympian swimmer of all time. To most people for someone with his ability anything less than several gold medals would have been a disappointment. But  do they not need to learn a lesson about life? “If I bring back only one gold, people are going to say it’s a … Continue reading Disappointment — How to get over it?