Category Suffering

Grains of Wheat and Suffering

This is a complex passage, with a lot going on. Greeks want to see Jesus. But instead they go and talk to one of his disciples, who then finds another disciple, and then go to Jesus (with the Greeks?) Jesus then, instead of saying yes or no, makes the declaration that his hour has now […]

Jonah and the Whale by Fr Jown Quigley

Jonah and The Whale

What I learned about suffering from the story of Jonah and his whale.

The Ironic Gift of Doubt

A nun of my acquaintance (actually, I think she might be a sister) told I class I was taking that “your restlessness is what is right with you.” That really struck me because it is so counter-intuitive. The idea that this uncomfortable feeling of restlessness, of always wanting more was in any sense a good […]

Existential Doubt and Suffering

This post is about the experience of doubt – what it can be like to question deeply held beliefs about what the world is really like, what makes life living, what the universe is ultimately about. What we might call existential doubt, when you find your whole faith-commitment challenged. A lot of different things can […]

Blog 1 Alister 0

Hi Everyone It has been a while since I last wrote here. I’m afraid I just haven’t had anything to say these last few weeks. I have gone to the river, cast my line, but no fishies. Perhaps they are all out at sea, spawning. I don’t know whether it’s the weather, or my problematic […]

Caféchurch, the Camino de Santiago, and Martin Buber

I’ve been struggling with finding some sort of way to write interestingly about my experience of being involved in Caféchurch. The problem it is unlike \anything else I have ever done. It is entirely all consuming, and has been amazingly rewarding and deeply costly – the most fun, and the most pain, I have ever […]

What Jonah Tells Me About Advent

Advent is about waiting. It is the time between the “now” and the “not yet”, the darkness before dawn, the grain of wheat in the dark, silent earth. The night voyage. It is a time of waiting on the promises of God. One of my favourite stories is Jonah and his giant fish and how […]