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And the Lord showed me more, a little thing the size of a hazelnut, on the palm of my hand, round like a ball. I looked at it thoughtfully and wondered, 'What is this?' And the answer came, 'It is all that is made'. I marvelled that it continued to exist and did not suddenly disintegrate; it was so small. And again my mind supplied the answer, 'It exists both now and for ever because God loves it.' In short everything owes its existence to the love of God.

Lady Julian of Norwich
Revelations of  Divine Love

You are not here to verify,
Instruct yourself, or inform curiosity
Or carry report. You are here to kneel
Where prayer has been valid. And prayer is more
Than an order of words, the conscious occupation
Of the praying mind, or the sound of the voice praying.
And what the dead had no speech for, when living,
They can tell you, being dead: the communication
Of the dead is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living.

T.S. Eliot
Little Gidding


We have no doctrine of our own...  We only possess the Catholic doctrine of the Catholic Church enshrined in the Catholic Creeds, and these Creeds we hold without addition or diminution.  We stand firm on that Rock.

Geoffrey Francis Fisher
Archbishop of Canterbury
1945-1961


Enter this door
As if the floor
Within were gold,
And every wall
of jewels all
of wealth untold;
As if a choir
in robes of fire
were singing here;
Nor shout, nor rush,
But hush.... 
For God is here.

Engraved on the doors
of some old churches
of the Church of England


If the Church of England were to fail altogether yet it would be found in my parish.

John Keble
Vicar of Hursley and
Father of the Oxford Movement