Showing posts from December, 2012

God + our happiness

An intesting article from Mike Donehey, lead singer/songwriter with Tenth Avenue North (used as part of a devotional Bible reading plan at - check out their free Bible app).

What Donehey says reminds me of the words of French philosopher Maurice Blondel when he talks about all our human desires ultimately being imperfect, human expressions of the one desire: our desire for union with God, a desire whose satisfaction is the only thing that can break the cycle of human desire and bring us deep happiness and fulfilment (my own emphases in bold). Here's a fan video for the song that inspired Donehey's words.


I grew up thinking Jesus wanted to ruin my good time. No seriously. Everything I wanted to do, it seemed like Jesus was always telling me I couldn't. My friends would get drunk and party; I wasn't allowed. All the other kids were sleeping around. Jesus said I had to flee sexual immorality. When people wronged me it felt so good to be bitter and lo…

Christmas greetings

A Merry Christmas to you all in the blogosphere!

My former university Chaplain and spiritual guide Fr. Michael Garvey (Uni. of Liverpool in the late '80s) sent me the following reflection the other day and I have asked him if I might share it on here (thanks Mike!).

Christmas Greetings 2012

Seasonal greetings, vieing for attention, fill our shelves. Some stand out because of their design. The best remembered are those bearing the names of people special to us. Instinctively we can pick them out in an instant.

So it’s more the greeter than the greeting! The tattiest of greetings from the right person means more to us than the most elaborate and expensive.

Animals, restless, noisy and smelly, a straw filled wooden trough, the chill of the night air, the total lack of security, it’s the greeting we all recognise, the very opposite of sophisticated and well-heeled - but how well do we know the Greeter?

He knows us, intimiately. He loves us, individually. He delivers on his promises. For…

University of Chicago Receives Mysterious Package Addressed for “Indiana Jones” [feedly]

The film geek in me just loves this... :-) I do hope that, as the article suggests, it is indeed the beginning of a viral marketing campaign for a new Indiana Jones movie. I just hope it doesn't have Shia Le Boeuf. No offence intended - I thought he was very good in "Holes" and apparently earned his adult acting chops recently in "Lawless" alongside Tom Hardy, but he ain't no Harrison Ford. 
Shared via feedly // published on MovieViral // visit site University of Chicago Receives Mysterious Package Addressed for "Indiana Jones" Fans of Indiana Jones are well aware that in addition to his whirlwind adventures stopping Nazis and chasing Crystal Skulls, Dr. Henry Jones Jr. was also an esteemed professor of archaeology at the University of Chicago. Now, more than thirty years after first walking through the university's halls on screen in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the school has once again found itself part of an Indiana Jones mystery. Earlier t…

Third Day - "Your Love Is Like A River"

I have always had a soft spot for the band Third Day since being introduced to them back in the early '00s when working in St Austin's Parish, Liverpool in the LifeTeen youth ministry as Music Minister. I have now got most of their albums. They have a distinctively rootsy Southern US rock sound and stunning vocals from lead singer Mac Powell who has a voice like no other.

Their latest album "Miracle" is, in my opinion, one of their best. Here's one of the tracks from it:

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How happiness relates to age

Here's a very interesting article from the BBC about age-related happinees and unhappiness. Seems to make a lot of sense, especially the link to the "glass half full" attitude, being able to see the positive in things and ignore the negative. ***************** When it comes to happiness, it seems that the young and the old have the secret. And it turns out what's true for humans is also true for our primate cousins, explains neuroscientist Tali Sharot. How does happiness change with age? Most people assume that as children we live a carefree existence, then we go through the miserable confusion of teenage years ("Who am I?") but regain happiness once we figure it all out and settle down, only to then grow grumpy and lonely with every additional wrinkle and grey hair. Well, this is utterly wrong. It turns out that happiness is indeed high in youth, but declines steadily hitting rock bottom in our mid-40s - midlife crisis, anyone? Then, miraculously, our sense of …