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Meiji JinguThe opinions represented herein are those of Thomas Plant only.
Thousands of convicted UK prisoners are to get the right to vote following a European ruling that the present ban, morning, I went to Mass at the Anglican chapel of St Luke's International Hospital in Tsukiji, near the famous
Haseo Daien of Tōzenji gave a talk which helpfully summarised the conceptual differences between Christian theology and Shinran's thought as
“Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?”: a common criticism of my
"When the war ended, the colonial powers returned to their colonies.  But those whose desire for independence had been awakened
Japan's still full of surprises. Wandering through Shinjuku yesterday, one of Tokyo's busiest districts, I came across a traditional music
We've all read about the American pastor who is planning a 'World Koran Burning Day.' The irony is just how
Monkee magic: the nature of conversion?"I saw her face Now I'm a believer There's not a trace Of doubt in
Why do people climb mountains? You know it costs about £50,000 to climb Everest these days - sounds a bit

Why “Greater Silence?”

The Great Silence is the time in a monastery from night prayer until the morning when no speech of any kind is allowed. The great mystical theologian St Dionysius the Areopagite describes the dazzling silence of God outshining all the possibilities of merely human words and description. It is in this spirit that I hope to guide the reader beyond the limit of my own meagre words into the greater silence of the contemplation of God.

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