Category Archives: Jesus

Know that you are welcome

Not being welcome is your greatest fear. It connects with your birth fear, your fear of not being welcome in this life, and your death fear, your fear of not being welcome in the life after this. It is the deep-seated fear that it would have been better if you had not lived.

Here you are facing the core of the spiritual battle. Are you going to give in to forces of darkness that say you are not welcome in this life, or can you trust the voice of the One who came not to condemn you but to set you free from fear?

You have to choose for life.

At every moment you have to trust the voice that says, ‘I love you. I knit you together in your mother’s womb’ (Psalm 139:13).

Everything Jesus is saying to you can be summarised in the words ‘Know that you are welcome’. Jesus offers you his own most intimate life with the Father. He wants his home to be yours. Yes, he wants to prepare a place for you in his Father’s house.

Keep reminding yourself that your feelings of being unwelcome do not come from God and do not tell the truth. The Prince of Darkness wants you to believe that your life is a mistake and there is no home for you. But every time you allow these thoughts to affect you, you set out on the road to self-destruction. So you have to keep unmasking the lie and think, speak and act according to the truth that you are very, very welcome.

Henri Nouwen The Inner Voice of Love



A Prayer for Good Friday


Order these hours in mercy, Saving God
for we stand at the centre of our seasons
when night and day run together
and we call the Cross our glory

Fill us,
only with hunger for the words of Scripture
only with thirst for that stream
whose waters drown us
into the death of Jesus

There alone is our salvation, our life and our resurrection

(A Prayer for the Easter Triduum 2013 – St. Cuthbert’s RC Church, Durham)


Where the heart is

leaf in the wilderness

They say
Home is where the heart is

But you,
Oh Wanderer,
You have neither a fox hole nor a nest
You live, and fight, and love in the wilderness

And as for this wonderer
All I know is that I am yours

Where your heart is
Let mine be there too
Where you go, let me follow

Oh I’ll follow
On Eagle’s wings
Or else on my knees

I’ll follow
Under the cold waters
Into the starlight

All of these things I hold
Let the wind take them
Let the howling foxes take them
Let the mother hens take them

Let me drink you like water in the desert
Let me in
Let me in
Let me in
Let me be
In you, you in me.


My beloved spoke and said to me, ‘Arise, my darling, my beautiful one,
come with me!’
Song of Solomon 2:10

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