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19 May 2012

Saturday Morning in Jersey

About to sit down with the Office and say my prayers with the Labrador at my side.  She is a good prayer companion.

Mixing between Chernow's Washington and H.U. von Balthasar's Cosmic Liturgy.  Both thick, both worth thought.

Whenever I'm home, I recall the first paragraph of Gaudium et Spes:

The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ. Indeed, nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo in their hearts. For theirs is a community composed of men. United in Christ, they are led by the Holy Spirit in their journey to the Kingdom of their Father and they have welcomed the news of salvation which is meant for every man. That is why this community realizes that it is truly linked with mankind and its history by the deepest of bonds.

After just a few days in Jersey, moving between the porch on the back of my house to the local bakery and gas station, I recall both the deep call that I felt within my soul to religious life and the way it still resonates as well as how different this call is from the majority of other fine souls in this town.

Yet, there is a connection, a deep call to participate deeply in the griefs and anxieties of those I meet, by uniting them with Christ.  Indeed, we are on a journey together.

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