From India to The Netherlands: Getting Involved in Reciprocal Mission
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From India to The Netherlands: Getting Involved in Reciprocal Mission

Today, Sunday 5th July, Fr Thaddeus de Deckere mhm was officially inducted as ‘parish vicar’ (assistant priest) of a huge pastoral area covering most of the province of Zeeland in the diocese of Breda, The Netherlands. This pastoral area going under the name of ‘Boven de Schelde’ (Above the Scheldt) comprises two parishes with 12…

Enschede, The Netherlands: An Explosion of Creativity in Times of Corona
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Enschede, The Netherlands: An Explosion of Creativity in Times of Corona

These corona times mean that I have a lot of time for the garden and presbytery. A working group has now been formed for the garden to turn the walls of the presbytery garden into an exhibition of paintings. There is also an Our Lady’s chapel against the large tree in the middle of the…

A Post-Coronavirus Economy: Amsterdam’s Doughnut Economy Project
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A Post-Coronavirus Economy: Amsterdam’s Doughnut Economy Project

Raworth’s 2017 bestselling book, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, has graced the bedside table of people ranging from the former Brexit secretary David Davis to the Guardian columnist George Monbiot, who described it as a “breakthrough alternative to growth economics”. The inner ring of her doughnut sets out the minimum we…

‘Rejoice because your Name is Written in Heaven’ – Richard Rohr
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‘Rejoice because your Name is Written in Heaven’ – Richard Rohr

Richard Rohr’s offering on my birthday. Couldn’t resist sharing it!  Fons. You are not important, and yet Jesus says, “Rejoice because your name is written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). We need a still point in this twirling world of images and feelings, especially in a time such as ours. If we are tethered at some center point, it is amazing how far out…