Considering contemplation

This is a bit of a work in progress, as I am struggling to understand my own strong reaction to the book ‘Cloud of Unknowing’ by an anonymous writer from the 14th century. The book is about contemplation, which means a lot to me, for reasons that I do not fully understand either. But my […]

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Considering mercy

This morning, I woke up thinking: “Mercy! I must explore mercy!”. Admittedly a bit odd, but anyway, I went upstairs to my place reserved for being with God, to read the Bible according to some plan I am following, planning to pray about mercy afterwards. The appointed piece of Scripture was about Dinah, how she […]

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Mourning in Autumn

Two years ago, I wrote a poem on a beautiful autumn day (see below, in Dutch). The poem still means a lot to me, it expresses so well my feelings of deep, deep longing, combined with the knowledge that all is fleeting, and my difficulty to cope with that. The poem describes the beautiful golden […]

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Love loves love

I’ve embarked on the daunting project of trying to make sense of the Trinity. Daunting indeed, because really, I am quite sure that my brain is too limited to understand God. Still, I wish fervently to be open to reality and get to know whatever God wants to show us of himself, just in order […]

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Healing a broken heart

I once asked: “Can we heal the soul, if it was wounded?”. I have come to the conclusion that the answer is ‘yes, we can contribute to the health of our souls’. This is not a success story, but I’d like to share my experiences and make this concept a little more concrete.

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Julian of Norwich

A book review of ‘The complete Julian‘. A modern translation of all the writings of Julian of Norwich. Reading this book is a bit like having a mystical experience. Julian describes the visions that she has had in such a natural and realistic way that it feels as if I could watch over her shoulder […]

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