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Christmas Crackers 6: Digital Nativity

Friday, December 31, 2010
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Christmas Crackers 5: A remarkable puzzle

Thursday, December 30, 2010
Some of you may remember this from four years ago. It deserves a second outing and if you know the answer already don't let it out until your friends have tried really hard to find all the books. Read more

Christmas Crackers 4: Cardinalmobile

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

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Chrismas Crackers 3: Snow Fight!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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Christmas Crackers 2: A friar's passion

Monday, December 27, 2010
As a Norwegian brother assigned for studies in Oxford for two years, I’d like to present one of my passions. And what could be more natural for a Norwegian than the Norwegian mountains? I was raised in the mountains of Telemark, and during the last few years, I’ve become more and more interested in climbing them. I’m not a very skilled mountaineer, but in fact you can manage quite well with the help of others who do know the art of ‘vertical walking’. The mountains have a special place in the Norwegian soul, and one of our philosophers, Arne Næss, who died in February 2009, stated that the mountains are not ordinary landscapes. They appeal to us in a special way. They are a place of refuge, of renewal, and a place of challenge. They appeal to our senses and to our spiritual life, and their powerful presence demands attention, participation and respect Read more

Christmas Crackers 1: Linus tells Charlie Brown What It Is All About

Sunday, December 26, 2010
I must admit that I love A Charlie Brown Christmas. I always try and watch it on Christmas morning. It is only in the last couple of years that I realised the depth and humanity that Charles Schultz gave to his characters. This scene below is one of my favourite. It is so unashamedly honest and true. Read more

Christmas Day

Saturday, December 25, 2010
Isaiah 9:2-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14 Read more

Christmas Crackers

Saturday, December 25, 2010
On each day after Christmas we will open a Christmas Cracker until they have all run out. As you know, anything and everything can be found inside such crackers, the useless and the beautiful, the banal and the inspiring, the trite and the cor blimey, the amusing and the irritating. Let's hope our hoard of goodies will be worth the effort of pulling apart those resistant bits of paper ... Read more

Christmas Eve

Friday, December 24, 2010
In theatre and cinema the 'fourth-wall' is an imaginary barrier between the audience and the world on stage or screen. When a character 'breaks the fourth wall' by either addressing or acknowledging the audience they cross an invisible screen and form a more intense connection with the viewers. One only has to think of the emotion stirred by Charlie Chaplin's address at the end of The Great Dictator, the chuckles raised by a Bugs Bunny aside to the camera, and the thrill and speculation caused by a momentary glance from Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back.  Read more

Preparing the Way: The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

Thursday, December 23, 2010
This  week the Students of Blackfriars are preparing the way for Christmas with a series of reflections on the Rosary. They are taking place in the Priory Church at 12:30pm on Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd December. All are welcome! Read more
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