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A Close Shave, O Jerusalem

Stories for my Father, Ivor Coats, 25 January 1923- 13 June 2016 When General Secretary Gorbachev emerged from his jet on his arrival in Moscow after the 1991 August Coup, he was trapped in his holiday Dacha in the Crimea for two days, he was unshaved and looked disheveled. I was shocked, I had never seen […]

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345 London Double Decker Bus

Stories for my Father, Ivor Coats, 25 January 1923- 13 June 2016  I have been riding the 345 double decker bus today in London that goes from Peckham to the Natural History Museum. It runs past my parent’s home that is empty. It goes to Denmark Hill where my father is in hospital at King’s […]

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Stations of the Christ – 8 Visions – Index

The Stations of the Christ is a transcription of eight visionary experiences that I had during Lent 2004. Introduction: How it Began Vision 1: Christ Reigns Vision 2: In Boots, Behold God! Vision 3: The Keys to Heaven Vision 4: The Virgin Void Vision 5: Blind Apostles Vision 6: Crucify Her Vision 7: Resurrection, Easter […]

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Beautiful Reminders

The love of God Is like a butterfly That reminds us That we are as Beautiful as flowers And in our darkest heart Is the love giving Nectar of life. I am part of a team working with the Brothers of the Society of Saint the Evangelist at their Monastery in Cambridge, Massachusetts on communication. […]

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The Best Way to be Blocked

Part of the Vestry Papers issue on Innovative Stewardship I’m not alone when making the observation that often, as we look ahead, our paths seem blocked and full of obstacles. While the Kingdom of Heaven may be right under our nose and what we need may be close at hand, we fail to see it […]

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Stations of the Christ – Vision 8: You, God Incarnate

I find myself walking into the Church of Our Saviour, on Marathon Street in Arlington for a wedding. The church is mainly filled with angels. I take a seat half way up the aisle on the left of the church. We are sitting. The angels are a bit agitated as it is not easy for […]

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Stations of the Christ – Vision 7: Resurrection, Easter Egg

The voice says, “Visions have come to you in the dark, in moments prepared by ritual cleansing and with the support of the congregation of your Church community. You have created quiet places with your eyes closed. Blindness has been raised over your eyes and the presence of God has stepped forth and taken all […]

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Stations of the Christ – Vision 6: Crucify Her

I have no idea where I am heading. I do not know what will emerge. I touch the soles of my feet together. I am in my feet. I ask, “Who am I to serve?” A woman’s voice replies, “Everyone.” I shift my conscious up to my genitals and ask, “Who am I to unite […]

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Stations of the Christ – Vision 5: Blind Apostles

I am standing on the beach on the island of the silver pinnacle with the stairway to heaven looking out to sea. My back is to the stairway. The whole stairway has turned golden as the pinnacle parts, the doors to heaven open. Light shines out across the sea in a golden beam. I think […]

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Stations of the Christ – Vision 4: The Virgin Void

It begins. It starts this time knowing that I submit; I bow down before Christ. Suddenly I understand, there is a point of light in all seven places of my body. At the base, my feet, in my genitals, in my stomach, in my heart, in my throat, in my head, in my crown a […]

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