Vestry Letter Jan-Feb 2015

VESTRY LETTER

ST COLUMBA’S CHURCH MAGAZINE, JAN-FEB 2015 ISSUE

 

Following the Annual Bereavement Service held at St Columba’s in early December I was gifted a book entitled, The Monastery of the Heart; an Invitation to a Meaningful Life by Benedictine nun, Joan Chittister. The book contained a high-lighted passage. The words had been read by a family member at a Celebration of Life for the book-giver’s recently deceased partner. The chapter entitled, Loving Care begins:

“Patience and care are two pillars of Benedictine community….With all its regulations and recommendations, the Rule of St Benedict’s most basic themes are the understanding of limits, the acceptance of our differences, and the expectation of mutual support.

 

Benedictine spirituality is not a race to win the most “spiritual points” for strict silence, or the spiritual athleticism of lengthy fasts or even perfect attendance at prayer.

 

Benedictine spirituality is a community-minded game of no-one-loses. Whatever our boundaries or barriers, we will help one another over the finishing lines of life together.

 

We are here to enable one another to go further. We are here to learn from the insights of the other. We are here to bring all of humanity to fullness of life.”

 

St Columbans are not generally Benedictines or monastics, but at the start of a new year we might appreciate the wisdom drawn from these ancient traditions. Could we worship, befriend, care and serve together in such a way that others would see and say:

“Patience and care are two pillars of the St Columba’s community…where you understand your limits, accept your differences, give and receive mutual support. St Columba’s spirituality is a community-minded game of no-one-loses, helping one another over the finishing lines of life together, bringing all of humanity to fullness of life.”

 

That would be a beautiful vision to continue working work towards in 2015; to inspire how we worship, how we nurture our young, how we care for the lonely give shelter to those in need.

A Happy New Year to you and may you be both blessed and a blessing in the year that unfolds.

 

 

Angus

 

 

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