Friday 14 March 2014

States of Christian Life

This course that I did not want to teach, this course that made me despair - it is turning out to be fruitful, after all. Good stuff there - practical stuff on the lay vocation, on the priesthood, on consecrated life, on discernment and spiritual direction. The documents from the Vatican that I had no idea existed: Directory on the Life and Ministry of Priests; The Priest, Minister of Mercy. The always lucid writings of Ratzinger / Benedict XVI, betraying a deep abiding intimacy with Jesus, and inviting, constantly, to that same intimacy. The surprisingly different yet mostly convincing arguments of von Balthasar.

Always, Jonah the reluctant prophet. Like working with the scouts in Rome.

And learning to pray in the belly of the fish. From a dark, dank place.

And facing reality without airbrushing it. There are no ideal parishes, communities, congregations, church. 

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