So Easter is upon us. But the darkness of Good Friday has to be endured before the time of waiting and the anticipation of resurrection. This is always the Christian story. The ashes and the glory go together - a thought which makes looking back on where we have come from this Lenten season an important part of the continuing journey forward.
Half a million people are going without adequate food in Britain. The End Hunger Fast initiative, which is being backed by Ekklesia and others, is inviting people across the country to join in with a national day of fasting on 4th April 2014.
"Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong". This is an epithet attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, said of Nelson Mandela, and central to a Christian understanding of strength as the power of love rather than a love for the kind of power that overwhelms.
Members of the London Catholic Worker group are organising another vigil outside Wandsworth prison tomorrow (Saturday 22 March 2014), from 1-4 pm, in support of imprisoned peace and anti-war activist Martin Newell, a Catholic priest from east London.
When people talk about Christians who hail from an Orthodox or Catholic background, the temptation at times here in the Protestant-influenced West (but not so much in other parts of the world) is to suppose that these are men and women who are not necessarily Scripture-based in their faith - and therefore somehow ‘not Christian enough’.
As well as an opportunity to re-evaluate priorities, re-set our goals and pathways, and look at what we might fruitfully take up and usefully give up, the period of Lent in the Christian tradition is one of deepening our wrestling with the heart and with God (or prayer, as it is usually known).
Recently, Fr Vazken Movsesian, priest of the Armenian Orthodox Church in the USA, and wise guide to many followers and bloggers across five continents, reminded us of an instructive (and familiar) story.