Category Archives: books

A Reading Week – In Contradiction.

I have read much this past week about Thomas Merton.  Beneath the Mask of Holiness is a meditation by Mark Shaw on the life of the great monk who sought understanding knowledge and intimacy with God, through a life struggling … Continue reading

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magsmuse 1st birthday ~ celebrated with St John of the Cross

  † Today I am secretly celebrating magsmuse one year anniversary of blogging.  What better way could there possibly be, than to celebrate with two poems of Love!  † Last week at university, a dearest gentle lady, a fellow student who is a Catholic … Continue reading

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An Eve of Poetry & Literature (1)

My dear friend, an author who is in the process of having her first novel published, was invited to read a chapter of her forthcoming book to a select audience, at an intimate evening of literature and poetry.  In a … Continue reading

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Something Beautiful for God

It is so very penetrating and momentous when God communicates with us through the scriptures.  I mean not just the everyday tuning in, where any one of us might gather water to quench our thirst.   But the days when … Continue reading

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The Love of the Letter

There is something so beautifully poignant and so romantically unsurpassable, encapsulated in the history of the written words of Love, as three times I have discovered in the last few weeks alone. Before Frank Thompson was posted to the Middle … Continue reading

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Treasures of Heaven, Relics & Saint Christopher

I am just reading CHRIST a British Museum Book written by Rowena Loverance.  It caught my attention after my recent wonderful visit to the Treasures of Heaven exhibition. A wonderful exhibition of relics and their lavish reliquaries. British Museum – Treasures … Continue reading

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Peter Owen-Jones has a book still currently on the shelves, entitled Psalm, by O Books, 2005, ISBN 1903816912 This is a beautiful compelling translation of just 11 of the ancient psalms which he has ‘recast’ into a contemporary idiom.   The … Continue reading

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St Francis de Sales + Madeleine Peyroux……. Dance me to the end of Lent

I have recently read St Francis de Sales an introduction to a devout life.  Where for once, a religious, is spiritually guiding a young woman.  It is an affectionate book, if there can be such a book.  It has a … Continue reading

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