Posts Tagged ‘Gerard Whiteford SM’

Unique colours together make God visible

Monday, November 29th, 2021

My trusty Oxford dictionary defines the word mosaic as “a picture or pattern made by placing together small pieces of glass, stone, etc of different colours.” A magnificent example of such a mosaic is in the south gallery of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. The mosaic is what as known as the Deesis mosaic. The Read more

The happy prince

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

When I close my eyes and ruminate on the word “king” many words and images come immediately to mind; a jewel-encrusted crown, a big palace with many rooms and servants, privilege, wealth, power, and authority over, a bell is rung and others come running to be of service. None of this sits easily with me Read more

Failure

Thursday, October 28th, 2021
failure

Anyone who has done, and who still does, any gardening, knows that the antithesis of tears and song is not so far off the mark. “Those who are sowing in tears will sing when they reap. They go out full of tears carrying seed for the sowing; they come back full of song, carrying their Read more

Passing through the eye of the needle

Thursday, October 7th, 2021
eye of the needle

The old city of Jerusalem has been surrounded by walls for its defence since ancient times. These walls have been destroyed and rebuilt countless times. A journey to the old city of Jerusalem often involves a walk along the much-excavated walls. In 16th century, during the reign of the Ottoman Empire in the region, the Read more

The absence of Golgotha

Monday, April 6th, 2020
failure

As we prepare to celebrate Holy Week and Easter within the Christian tradition and persons clamour to post and then log onto opportunities to experience a “virtual” Easter, I would like to offer an alternative and that is to do nothing. Or, rather, experience “absence” in a very real way. The absence that Mary and Read more