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About faithhopechocolate

I am now a junior sister in a religious order. The aim of this blog is partly to explain what is involved in this, and to journal my experiences as I move from the secular world to the religious life.

Change, and change again

In 2018, I started at the University of Sunderland to train to become a Primary School teacher. At this point in time, I was still very confident that God wanted me in the Order of the Holy Paraclete, despite having … Continue reading

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3rd year student!

Well, it’s far too long since I last even thought about posting. I’m done with two years of university, training to teach in a primary school. Today I had confirmation that I’ve passed the second year and am safely enrolled … Continue reading

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Contemplations over a big mug of tea

It’s about a year since I last posted.  Ooops. So I’m a university student, a sister and a reader in training.  It’s a bit of a juggle, and there are days when it’s not easy, but most of the time … Continue reading

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 24 December

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So I’ve saved for the final window one of my all time favourite pieces of Christmas music and one of my all time favourite YouTube videos. Enjoy and may you have a peaceful and blessed…

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 23 December

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Behind today’s window is a short animated poem by my friend Nick. I think it’s fantastic! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeLiGKas6VE

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 22 December

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Behind today’s window is another poem. This is almost a fixture now at our traditional carol service and is usually read by Ros, one of our Lay Readers. It is so moving. ‘Mary’, by Lisa…

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 21 December

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Behind today’s window is a sonnet. I was inspired by this for my sermon I’m preaching this Sunday morning for Advent 4 – which celebrates the Virgin Mary. Annunciation – Malcolm Guite We see so…

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 20 December

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Behind today’s window is a recommendation! I recommend that you watch this documentary on the BBC iPlayer. The documentary is about Danny Boyle and Banksy staging a nativity play in Bethlehem near the Wall in…

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 19 December

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Behind today’s window is an advent responsory. This is what is prayed each morning as part of the Daily Office in Advent and I rather like it as it sounds a bit like something from…

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 18 December

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Behind today’s window is a film. This film was made as part of an online competition called the Nativity Factor to create a short film that communicates the Christmas story in a new way –…

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