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My life seems to be whizzing past. I ricochet from the gym, work, walking the dog, home, church, errands…. Continue reading “Nose to the grindstone!”
With apologies to Charles Dickens.
In many ways, 2017 was the best of times for me.
Then in the last eight months, it was the worst of times bringing terrible grief.
Now on the last day of 2017, I am looking forward with guarded optimism to 2018.
I give God thanks for all that was good in the day that is ending.
I ask God’s mercy on my sins and omissions this day.
I seek God’s peace in my home and in all the world this night. Amen
(Prayer from Saint Augustine’s Prayer Book )
One of my favorite saints. He was human. He was flawed.
He was a theologian, philosopher and bishop.
I have found his writings relevant to our world even though he lived centuries ago in an equally imperfect world.
According to Wikipedia, Saint Augustine influenced
Bernard of Clairvaux, Thomas Aquinas, Saint Bonaventure, John Calvin, Martin Luther, René Descartes, Cornelius Jansen, Nicolas Malebranche, Søren Kierkegaard, John Henry Newman, J.R.R. Tolkien, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, Carl Schmitt, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Antonio Negri, Jean-Paul Sartre, Benedict XVI
In times of sorrow, in times of fear, I seek comfort from the wisdom of great personages of our past. The thread of humanity lives on in their words and deeds.
“As long as a journalist tells the truth, in conscience and fairness, it is not his job to worry about consequences. The truth is never as dangerous as a lie in the long run. I truly believe the truth sets men free.” Ben Bradlee**, The Washington Post