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An incident by the river

Posted by Simon Parke, 22 Oct 2018

In a far away land two monks approach a river.

Standing by the side of the river is a woman. She cannot cross…

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Posted by Simon Parke, 18 Oct 2018

I’d like to ponder holiness, but start with a question that often confronts me.

We cannot always change our circumstances. So how are we to be free?

Philaret of Moscow might be able to help us…

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On being a lake

Posted by Simon Parke, 16 Oct 2018

Some of us are easily upset, whether it’s a remark, an unexpected event or even a look.

Our equilibrium is disturbed and our peace destroyed. Like salt in our tea, small events can ruin everything.

Of course, if you put spoonful of salt in a cup of water, it has a horrid power. It may well make you sick…

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Julian of Norwich reviewed by artist

Posted by Simon Parke, 15 Oct 2018

The American artist Brett Butler reviews ‘The Secret Testament of Julian’:

‘Several years ago, while watching a short film about Chinese special needs adoption, I was stirred by a quote from St. Julian of Norwich: “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”

Vagaries notwithstanding, perhaps in my sixth decade, I clamour for simplicity…

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As we walk by the light of the moon

Posted by Simon Parke, 15 Oct 2018

For a while, and with some happiness, we walk by the light of the sun.

The luminosity and dazzle of long summers, playful and bright

All is clear on the horizon of our plans, ‘We love the sun!’ everyone yells.

And we say we love it too and run and strive in its light…

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Cover of The Secret Testament of Julian

Julian of Norwich, contemporary of both Chaucer and Langland, was the first woman to write a book in English. Yet remarkably, she disappeared from view for 600 years, before her rediscovery in the 20th century. My new novel is Julian’s own telling of her life.

Cover of Another Bloody Retreat

In the first of my Abbot Peter mysteries, in a prequel to the Abbot’s Stormhaven adventures, Peter takes us back to the monastery of St James-the-Less. There in the shadows of Mt Sinai, Abbot Peter faces a discomforting cocktail of deception, delusion and death.


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