The Nut of Understanding

Julian of Norwich (CC)

I have recently been looking into the theology of the 14th Century anchoress Julian of Norwich. At the age of thirty Julian was suffering a life threatening illness. The local priest was summoned in order to administer last rites. He brought a crucifix with him and bid Julian to reflect on it as she did she had a revelation or “showing” in which she was, according to her writings, given insights into spiritual mysteries including the Trinity and the relationship between God and His creation.

In this vision, Julian was shown all creation as a small nut which was barely perceptible in her hand. The vastness around it was God, and the tininess of the creation was clear. Yet despite this, it was the focus of God’s love. Julian went on to understand the Trinity not as merely three persons, but three relationships with which God relates to the world, and in particular His people. God is the Creator, the Sustainer, and the Lover of creation. It is this relationship and love that assured Julian of a key quote of her work: “All shall be well, and all shall be well,” because God is in control, not us.


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A Little Educational Pit-stop

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My wife and I made a pit-stop on our return journey home from Bournemouth in order to visit Stonehenge. It was a cloudy but dry day and had just enough springtime warmth to make the outdoor stop enjoyable.

It had been twenty years since my last visit to Stonehenge. Previously we had parked in a grassy field and bought tickets from a kiosk only a short walk from the stones. When we visited yesterday, we found a paved car park (£5 to park but refunded with ticket – free with our blue badge) and a modern visitor centre with cafe, toilets, and a reconstructed village as imagined from the time period of the construction of the circle. The queue was a bit long for tickets (£20 ticket for seniors), though the annual membership and pre-order lines went faster. As the “new” centre is further from the stones there is more of a walk, though a shuttle bus also is available. The place remains iconic, scenic, and educational.

Wheelchairs are available on site, and the paths are level enough to make decent progress with a walker or said wheel chairs. The shuttle is recommended for those with mobility needs.

There are also a number of benches and picnic tables near the visitor centre.

image: Padre’s Ramblings

image: Padre’s Ramblings

Image: Padre’s Ramblings

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Heritage

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We have our traditions

We have our songs

Events and occasions

That help us feel we belong

A few things shared

On which we agree

That set us apart

And make us a “we”

Some say the world

Must by nature change

But hopefully at least a little

Of our shared identity

Will remain


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Tilbury

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The drums have beat the muster call

To form upon the green

And we shall march to Tilbury

To stand with our queen

We shall see off the Spaniard foe

Who dare defile our land

We for harth and for our church

Will make a heroic stand


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Crucible

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Eight score years ago

Capital dome – like the nation incomplete

Lincoln stood upon the stairs

Reconciliation he did seek

“The bonds of affection,” he said, were suffering strain

But that those bonds of friendship should yet remain

Four years later

The dome now complete

He called for there to be no malice

To rebuild – no conflict to repeat

Today we see that white doomed bastion

Of liberty in receipt

Of scenes of bitter hatred

Enough to make one weep

These are times of testing

A crucible of pain

Let us heed old Abraham’s words

So peace and democracy – can remain


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Weekend Writing Prompt #191 – Crucible in 100 words

Tudor Tutorial

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Henry had Henry

Who had Ed, Mary, and Liz

That’s the way it works

In the royalty bizz

Spanish Mary failed – to give Eight a son

So he divorced her

And sent her to live like a nun

He then married Anne because she was hot

But to do so – he became a Prot

Exit Rome, to monks say goodbye, 

Till Mary made her entrance and Cranmer did die

Along came Liz and the papacy she forbids

She sank some Spanish boats –

But she didn’t have kids

To Scotland for a new monarch

An invitation – they did send

So there our Tudorial must come to an end


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Saturday Mix – Opposing Forces:

Our words this week are:

– divorced and married

– exit and entrance

One Hundred Years

Old Man, Old Person, Person
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In 1920 – it was “the bottom line”

But the bubble burst in Twenty-nine

In the 30s – years of economic decline

Then Hitler with Poland crossed a line

Along came the 50s – East and West aligned

While back in Happy Days all seemed fine

Camelot came – and but so did a Bay of Swine

Then a war in Asia – made the headlines

And Tricky Dick – his own office maligned

Soon came smiling Jimmy from South of the Dixon Line

He was followed by Ronnie with his hardline

Then the Arkansas guy and the “that woman line”

Followed by Bush-s – Obsessed with pipelines

And Barack crossed some colour lines

And all the while – with growing waistlines

We spent way to much of our lives surfing online

As by Corona we were left confined


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FOWC with Fandango — Online