It is Good Friday so the subject matter for the day’s reading presented itself easily enough. Choosing what to read, however, was a very different matter. There is so much.

In the end, I plumped for a profound and moving section from Uncle John’s masterwork, The Cross of Christ. It is a book I have returned to again and again. It deserves rereading.

And for our purposes here, it gives us a triple whammy: some extraordinary testimony (from Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel); a narrative (entitled ‘The Long Silence’), and a poem (from Edward Shillito).

So here it is; if the video does not display, click here.

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  1. wismered

    Mark, thank you very much. Wonderful presentation of the pathos of the day.

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