29 October 2012

Kai Euthus redivivus?

I was more than a little disappointed when Mike Higton stopped posting to his blog, Kai Euthus, nearly three years ago. So it was a pleasant surprise this morning to discover no fewer than three new posts on that blog. It looks as though Mike is planning to start blogging again and he has started by providing useful indexes to some of the series of older entries on his blog. So far, we have ‘The God Delusion’ (more than 50 posts taking a critical look at Richard Dawkins’s book of that title), ‘Aquinas’ Five Ways’ (16 posts on Aquinas’ proofs of God’s existence), and ‘The Body’s Grace’ (13 posts examining the article in which Rowan Williams set out his personal views on human sexuality).

04 October 2012

Francistide

Today Franciscans everywhere remember with thanksgiving the founder of their Order, celebrate his radical love for God in Christ and creation, and dedicate themselves anew to emulating that love in their own lives. So here is a blessing that seems appropriately Franciscan:
May God bless you with a restless discomfort
about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships,
so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.
May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression,
and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for
justice, freedom, and peace among all people.
May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer
from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may
reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that
you really can make a difference in this world, so that you are able,
with God's grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.
And the blessing of God the Supreme Majesty and our Creator,
Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word who is our brother and Saviour,
and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate and Guide, be with you
and remain with you, this day and for evermore.