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Christian Martyrs There were Christians in Rome within a dozen or so years after the death of Jesus, though they were not the converts of the “Apostle of the Gentiles” (Romans 15:20). Paul had not yet visited them at the time he wrote his great letter...

I took a fish skeleton and boned the meat off it. then boiled remaining carcass to make a soup I took four small potatos. peeled and boiled them then mashed the potatos with a knob of butter. Added a handful of flour and an egg and stirred well Then I...

St Peter and Paul Peter. Saint Mark ends the first half of his Gospel with a triumphant climax. He has recorded doubt, misunderstanding, and the opposition of many to Jesus. Now Peter makes his great confession of faith: “You are the Messiah” (Mark 8:29b)....

Caspar David Friedrich: The romantic painter A German romantic visionary The artist as a mountain climber. Celebrate German mysticism. The unconquerability of space. A melancholy acceptance of life.

Cleanliness in coffee-shops Whenever we eat out at restaurants and drink in cafes we should consider that so often our health is in danger. In Starbucks and Caffe Nero, this week coffee was tested and three out of 10 where found to contain the bacteria...

During the Second World War children would go into the countryside to pick rose hip's This was because it naturally contained a lot of vitamin c which was scarce at this time.

The Entombment This was a painting that had been bought by a Scotsman whilst living in Rome. He donated it to the National Galllery, London where we all can enjoy it. Although, it was not finished, it is a masterpiece which gave us so much to question...

The hen-harrier This was a bird which I saw this morning in Scotland It is often poisoned by the estate owners here discriminately However the prosecutions have rescued their habitat The situation is dire in England where there are only a couple left...

A rainy day in Edinburgh It was nice to spend a day in the lovely city. A cup of tea in the palace a visit to the parliament a stroll in the gardens Then return to the West .

St. Irenaeus The Church is fortunate that Irenaeus was involved in many of its controversies in the second century. He was a student, well trained no doubt, with great patience in investigating, tremendously protective of apostolic teaching, but prompted...

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