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Thought for the Week 05/03/2012

From Sabine Schwartz, Catholic Chaplain:

I love the fact that Lent in English is called – well, Lent. It’s an old Saxon word for Spring, and that sounds just so much more appealing than, let’s say, the German ‘Fastenzeit’ or fasting tide. General perception not withstanding, it’s not all about giving things up or even ‘just’ about repentance, at least if this is only understood as being aware of our sinfulness and trying to make amends, or to become somewhat better Christians.

Lent, like spring, is also about new beginnings and about growth, and in this sense it is a hopeful and, in a strange way, also a joyful time where I am invited to grow closer to God and closer the the ‘me’ that God created me to be. (Not that this invitation wouldn’t be there at any other time of the year, but being human, it helps to have ‘special’ times.)

So I wish you all a happy and holy Lent – and a good spurt of growth!

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Thought for the Week 22/10/2010

From Sabine Schwartz, Catholic Chaplain:

There are probably few communities that are more fluid and changeable than a university chaplaincy: every year around this time, we are beginning afresh as a new community. and as a chaplain, I tend to ask myself, ‘What will it be like this year?’ (more…)

Thought for the Week 10/10/2011

From Sabine Schwartz, Catholic Chaplain:

For many of us studying and working at the University, life seems to be marked by the rhythms of the academic year, and also by many goodbyes and welcomes. (more…)

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