2014: year in review

Last year I hoped at this time that 2014 would be a quiet year. And to some extent, it has. I’ve continued to find my curacy challenging and joyful in equal measures and have settled into the rhythms of priesthood. But a few events have stood out. So here are my top five in (roughly)…

sermon: silent night

I realised last week that in the busy tiredness of the Christmas rush, I never posted my Midnight Mass sermon, nor did I print out copies to put in the church. Several people have asked to see it, so here it is. I've back-dated it so it shows up on the blog at roughly the…

dear desire of every nation

Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee. Israel's strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art; dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.

something is quickening here

When I was on my pre-ordination retreat before being ordained deacon, I found myself even more restless and emotional than I expected to be. I decided to go speak with the person guiding us through those two days. I burst into tears before I could even sit down, crying so hard, I could barely speak.…