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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
A God With Skin

Episode date: March 14, 2014
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Christianity is unique amongst the world religions. This is mainly because of our experience of God as personal and, in the Incarnation, material. The symbol of our faith, the creed starts “I believe in God, the Father Almighty who created Heaven and earth and all things, visible and invisible.” Many outside the Church did and do accept the idea of a God; and even the idea of a God who created everything; although some religions have seen deities as merely supernatural beings who have particular influences or powers over certain aspects of life or activity; Poseidon god of the sea for instance. One God who made everything is an advance…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Saving Alms

Episode date: March 15, 2014
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Our Lord Jesus Christ taught that the basic problems arising from money, possessions and wealth had their roots in the heart and its attachments.  This is especially clear in the Sermon on the Mount where a detachment from things in general and possessions in particular constitutes that poverty in spirit which is a blessing of the kingdom.  It is this love of money which St. Paul calls the root of all evil.  As the rich young ruler found out to his cost, this is no mere theoretical matter but a life and death decision concerning the following of Christ.  Spiritual riches are conferred on those who, either in poverty or wealth,…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Sayings of Church Fathers On Fasting

Episode date: March 24, 2014
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The following small selection of sayings of the Holy Fathers and Saints put the discipline of fasting in the proper perspective. As the true masters of fasting, they, more than any other Christians, are the ones who can best teach us its true nature.  First the Desert Fathers.

† Abba Joseph asked Abba Poemen: “How should we fast?” And Abba Poemen said: “I myself think it’s good to eat every day a little at a time so as not to get full.” Abba Joseph said: “Well, when you were young, didn’t you used to fast for two days at a time?” And the old man said: “Believe me, indeed I…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Three Trees

Episode date: March 26, 2014
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One of our hymns used before Christmas says this:-
“Make ready, O Bethlehem, for Eden has been opened for all. Prepare, O Ephratha, for the tree of life has blossomed forth in the cave from the Virgin; for her womb appeared as a spiritual paradise in which is planted the divine Plant, whereof eating we shall live and not die as Adam. Christ shall be born, raising the image that fell of old.”
It may seem strange that half way to Easter, in the middle of Great Lent, I am quoting from a Christmas hymn and yet this is not so strange at all.  Christ is to be found in all of human history and indeed before the advent of humanity. …

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Flower Pot Theology

Episode date: March 28, 2014
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The origin of the public house or pub in England, what our American friends call a bar, is to be found in the front room of a larger townhouse which, in the Middle Ages, was given over to hospitality of travellers, providing both ale and food. In those days many people were illiterate and it was necessary for the public house to display its identity on the street. In times when Christianity could be overt and on display in the public square, unlike the circumstances of secularism which afflict us today, the public house sign often had a Christian theme. Common amongst these were depictions of the Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to our…

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