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On Prayer……..(2)

11th March 2015


“Prayer like life in the Kierkegaardian sense, is lived forwards but experienced backwards. On my knees, or, rather, on the little prayer stool tucked under the bum to spare them, the trickle of thoughts, impressions, moods, distractions dominate; it’s only when I look back I see an odd angle, a surprising shape, left by a pressure I want aware of at the time. It’s a bit like going to the gym and sweating for six months to no visible end until one day you discover you have an ab. And like the gym, it doesn’t get easier. ”

Fathomless Riches – The Revd Richard Coles p255

And like the gym, after a while the slog becomes a habit and a joy. Like the gym prayer becomes and essential part of a health body, mind and soul. Like the gym prayer can becomes as important as eating, sleeping and breathing.

Sam Crook – Huddersfield Parish Church

Fathomless Riches: Richard Coles

8th March 2015


The Reverend Richard Coles is a priest in Northamptonshire and a regular host of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. He is also the only vicar in Britain to have had a number 1 hit single: the Communards’ ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’. Fathomless Riches is his memoir in which he divulges with searing honesty and intimacy his pilgrimage from a rock-and-roll life of sex and drugs to a life devoted to God & Christianity.

At times disturbing in its frankness and self-centred drawing in of faith. A challenging read that can place ourselves within the kingdom’s call.

The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church