Wandergesellen (“Journeymen”) practise their craft and wander. Normally, they travel for at least three years and a day – not returning home in that time. All they own, they carry with them, wrapped up.
That someone loses their faith – understandable. That this may be because of the evil that many Christians, including Christian leaders, do – also understandable. But that a Christian, especially a Christian leader, says that “no one talks” about this stuff – that’s unforgivable
source of all good,
graft in our hearts the love of your name,
and bind us more closely to you
so that you nourish the goodness you sow in us
and, by your watchful care,
you tend and guard the good you have nourished;
through Jesus Christ
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Jesus the Jester is a model at least as good as many others. But where are the edges between mystery and mocking? And, in a world so full of bait-and-switch, where is the line when we do this with faith? These are not rhetorical questions.
[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] In the recent Tablet cover story, A struggle with the silence of the monastery, Sam Hickford, a self-confessed “nature-loving hippie” described his conversion to Christianity. He visited Bakonybél Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Hungary, as a volunteer on a farming project. This introduction to the monastic life –
Last week (15-17 August), about 140 people gathered from all over Aotearoa New Zealand and from Australia (and possibly elsewhere) to St Peter’s on Willis Street in Wellington for the second Anglo-Catholic Hui. I was there with a good number from our diocese, and also very appreciative that our diocesan bishop, Bishop Peter Carrell, made time to come and be part of this event.
Let us pray (in silence) [that God will make us one in mind and heart] pause O God,you inspire the hearts of the faithful with a single longing,grant your people to love what you commandand to desire what you promise,so that in all the changes and chancesof this uncertain world,our hearts may surely there be