14 episodes

In this, our first series, Mark Clavier, residentiary canon at Brecon Cathedral and backpacker, takes listeners on an overnight journey up Cadair Idris, a mountain in west Wales, where he reflects on faith, ecology, heritage, and hiking.

New episodes available each Wednesday and Friday.

Paradoxes in an Ancient Landscape: What a Welsh Mountain Taught Me about God & the World Mark Clavier

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In this, our first series, Mark Clavier, residentiary canon at Brecon Cathedral and backpacker, takes listeners on an overnight journey up Cadair Idris, a mountain in west Wales, where he reflects on faith, ecology, heritage, and hiking.

New episodes available each Wednesday and Friday.

    Episode 14 - Inhabiting Paradoxes

    Episode 14 - Inhabiting Paradoxes

    In the final episode of Paradoxes in an Ancient Landscape, Mark considers what it means to inhabit paradoxes. Introducing the Welsh ideas of hiraeth (longing) and tangnefedd (peace), he identifies living within the paradoxes of our faith with the Sabbath rest where our hearts can settle and we discover our true home.


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    • 17 min
    Episode 13 - A Nuptial Faith

    Episode 13 - A Nuptial Faith

    The paradoxes encountered on Cadair Idris offer a timely lesson about a central feature of the Christian faith: that God created seemingly opposing things--heaven and earth, sun and moon, land and water, man and woman--to share in a kind of nuptial unity. Paradoxes compel us to understanding difference in terms not of opposition but of marriage joined together by the delight God takes in everything he has created.


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    • 14 min
    Episode 12 - The Eucharist

    Episode 12 - The Eucharist

    As Mark returns home from Cadair Idris, he considers how all the wonders he had seen consisted of the most commonplace materials: water, earth, air, and fire. Natural wonders always consist of ordinary things and costs the earth nothing, unlike our own attempts a creating marvels. This episode concludes with a reflection on the Eucharist in which the wonder of Christ's presence is found in the ordinary substances of bread and wine.


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    • 15 min
    Episode 11 - The Commonplace

    Episode 11 - The Commonplace

    As Mark heads down Cadair Idris and back to civilization, he reflects on the ordinary and the commonplace. Despite our thirst for wonders and extraordinary experiences, it's actually in the everyday and commonplace that we grow and flourish. Christ's own life as an ordinary craftsman teaches us to be content with our commonplace lives and to embrace both stability and humility.


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    • 16 min
    Episode 10 - Wonder

    Episode 10 - Wonder

    Mark finally makes it to the summit of Cadair Idris and takes in the amazing views all around them. Reflecting on the nature of wonder, he argues that our world needs to rediscover a "sense of wonder" in order to escape loneliness and our incessant need to tinker with creation.


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    • 13 min
    Episode 9 - Baptism

    Episode 9 - Baptism

    Mark uses the Norman font at Brecon Cathedral to discuss how the paradox of silence and words are resolved in baptism and how they have been related to the Incarnation of Christ.


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    • 15 min

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