The day before the Christian season of Lent begins has traditionally been a time for an examination of conscience and for using up or putting away all those things that might distract us in the coming weeks from recognising the love of God that is ever present with us (hence the giving up of some foods and using them in a final blow-out by making pancakes).

This blog is intended to be a place where I share some of my reflections on my journey as a disciple of Jesus Christ, but not more than once each week.  But Who am I?

I am a husband and father, a priest in the Church of God, and responsible for four country parishes in East Northamptonshire, England.  I love my life, my family, all the highs and lows of parish ministry and am fascinated by many things: Land-rovers, mountains, poems and music, St Benedict, ancient churches and people.  I see my role within the community as one of saving souls, trying to bring to my own life a peace and tranquility that I can share with others – but I am no expert, each day I begin again.

Any views I express here are my own, and I hope we can exchange thoughts on how to make our world a better place.  I will accept robust debate but expect that our exchanges will recognise my view that each of us is created in the image of God, that we are called to love him and our neighbour and so expect our posts will reflect that.

In case you are wondering, food is one of the things I struggle to control so this lent I will be giving up chocolate and eating between meals and adding to my usual cycle of prayer and meditation the reading of “Meeting God in Mark” by Rowan Williams.

Every Blessing for a Holy Lent

Fr Colin