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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, March 08, 2009
    Lent meditation #2: Woodbine Willie
    Nobody worries about Christ as long as he can be kept shut up in churches. He is quite safe there. But there is always trouble if you try to let him out.
    Eighty years ago, March 8th 1929, the man who Archbishop William Temple called "the finest priest I have ever known" died in the vicarage of St Catherine's Church, Liverpool. He took up his cross: Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, 'Woodbine Willie': today's talk.