Comments: Keeping justice and holiness together

"My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God." Psalm 42:2.

Thank you for slaking my thirst with this teaching.

Posted by badman at Saturday, 26 December 2009 at 11:11am GMT

Pratchett is not trash; and it belittles you, not him that you should feel the need to make excuses for what you read. Have a little more confidence, for heaven's sake.

[and, come to that, when is the English college of bishops going to get their collective act together ...?]

Posted by ordinary vicar at Saturday, 26 December 2009 at 9:12pm GMT

Bishop David, thanks for this reminder, that people like Stephen and Francis received their enlightenment - not from theological college, but from sheer experience of God's love for themselves, which they then understood as needing to be shared with simple folk like themselves.

I find it intriguing that Blessed Francis of Assisi was the first to introduce the notion of a crib as a focus of attention at Christmass-tide, as a way of 'earthing' our appreciation of the sheer simplicity of the Nativity. Francis never became a priest himself, but always valued the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. His works of mercy among the poorest of the poor were enough of a witness to influence the powerful to do the same. The holiness of Francis is still around today - in those whose lives are dedicated to the poor, the disenfranchised and the powerless.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Saturday, 26 December 2009 at 10:22pm GMT

How revealing that a bishop would think of *Small Gods* as "trash!"

The whole book is an exploration of the theme of a religion taking the place of the god it purports to worship.

I'm sure that wouldn't feel threatening to a bishop at all, now would it?

Posted by MarkBrunson at Tuesday, 29 December 2009 at 7:38am GMT

Let me add my thanks to that expressed by others for the teachings of this post...and ask for more.

Posted by landline at Thursday, 31 December 2009 at 3:40pm GMT
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