Posts from January 2018

Confirmation Preparation begins 18 January!

Our next Confirmation will happen, God willing, in Holy Trinity Chaplaincy at 15.30 on Saturday 10th March AD 2018 at Heilig Kruiskerk, Liendertseweg 46, 3814 PL Amersfoort. Please contact the Chaplain if you or your son or daughter are interested in being prepared for Confirmation. In Confirmation Preparation we look through the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer. Preparation for 2018 will happen on the following topics on the following days at 8pm (normally on Wednesdays but…

Loving Commands

This contribution was written by dr. Elisabeth Leembruggen The 37th Psalm identifies how stress can affect our body, mind and spirit. We know that stress and mental fatigue has long-term implication for our health. “Over time, continued strain on [the] body from routine stress may contribute to serious health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses, as well as mental disorders like depression or anxiety” (NIH). Mental health literature is…

Hope for the New Year!

Excerpt from Joseph Pieper from Faith, Hope, Love trans. Sister Mary Francis McCarthy 1997 Ignatius Press, San Francisco (Chapter II pp. 110-111) …Natural hope blossoms with the strength of youth and withers when youth withers. “Youth is a cause of hope. For youth, the future is long and the past is short.” On the other hand, it is above all when life grows short that hope grows weary; the “not yet” is turned into the…

Touching the soul

Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?
— Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

If there is one word that describes me well, it is ‘curiosity’. I always want to know how things work, in all details, especially what goes on behind the surface, how things are connected, what they really mean. And now my attention is captured by the concept of a soul. My own soul in particular, but also the whole idea of a soul, what is it, how does it work, what is the relation of my soul with my body? Can souls be connected (as in family, friendship, marriage, relation with God), does a soul have various parts, or is it just itself, an indivisible unity? Is the soul a space in which ideas live, or is it the source of the ideas? What is a wounded soul? One question bothers me especially: how can a soul influence a body and vice versa, when they are of such different nature?