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Dark vision reordered

Then there are showers of divine sparks, says David Bryant

THE parish retreat is in full swing. The Bible readings have a lumin­osity that overwhelms us, and the speaker's words fire the heart.
The final eucharist is a prayer-filled power­house, which leaves the par­ticipants with a palpable sense of the Christ-presence. The whole world seems charged with the grandeur of God.

The final meal comes; there is a chorus of farewells, a flurry of suitcases, and all head for the road and distant home. On the instant, the vision dies; the ...

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It depends what you mean by ‘gaps’

It depends what you mean by ‘gaps’

John Polkinghorne, physicist, priest, and writer, will be 85 on 16 October. Patrick Miles talked to him  Subscribe to read more

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In forgetfulness of the Kingdom

The Church has cut Jesus’s teaching from the heart of its worship, says Hugh Rayment-Pickard  Subscribe to read more

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