Author Archives: Fr. Allan Hawkins

“I am delighted”, the words of a woman quoted recently in the New York Times

The word “delight” needs no definition: it is in itself golden, effervescent, luminous and beautiful. The contemplation of beauty, as John Hadfield observed in the Introduction to his Book of Delights (one of the six glorious anthologies he published in … Continue reading

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The end of guns

The Wall Street Journal leading Opinion article on Feb 27 deplored what it called “Our Childish Gun Debate”. And Gerald F. Seib’s Capital Journal article in the same issue provided some striking examples of just how infantile it is. Let … Continue reading

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God said, “Let there be light”

According to reports today in the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and the Independent,  astronomers have detected a signal from the first stars as they appeared and illuminated the universe, in observations that have been hailed as “revolutionary”. The faint radio … Continue reading

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“We said we’d never look back”

So sang Jane and Tmothy, after their graduation, in the delightful, whimsical musical Salad Days, that opened just around the time of my own graduation at Cambridge University in 1958. But occasionally something comes up that does indeed make us … Continue reading

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” … Our souls washed in his Most precious Blood … “

With the ravages of the current ‘flu season, old questions have been raised again about the health issues that may be attendant upon the sharing of the common Chalice. Those brought up in the Anglican tradition – within which the … Continue reading

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20 + C + M + B + 18

On the Feast of the Epiphany, there is a custom for families to gathers to ask God’s blessing on their home and on those who live in or visit the home. In so doing, we are inviting Jesus to be a guest … Continue reading

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Elevating Thoughts for the New Year

As the elevator driver would say (when we had such people), life is full of ups and downs. The sun sets at the end of the day, and rises at the beginning of the next. The thankfulness for what has … Continue reading

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