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Seeking Sanctuary

Jane Christmas felt called to be a nun. But she had not reckoned on her trial period falling in Lent

LIKE most people, Lent, for me, was a time of resolutions. Make that second chances, because, like most people, my New Year's resolutions sputtered to failure by mid-January.

Lent was the reset button: the opportunity to make good on my failure by upping the ante with a few extra promises - usually to forgo chocolate and wine for 40 days and nights. I would gird my flabby self-control, and remind myself that God made me a type-A personality, and then I would storm into Lent as if it ...

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Lecturer in Biblical Studies

New Zealand

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I was there when the tsunami struck

I was there when the tsunami struck

Ten years ago, Maxwell Hutchinson and his wife were on holiday in Sri Lanka when it was torn apart by the tsunami. He tells how they survived  Subscribe to read more

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There is no divine right of managers

Business should be learning from the Church rather than the other way round, argues Justin Lewis-Anthony  Subscribe to read more

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