Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Some words of wisdom from Fr. Martin Smith about how Lent strips away not to deprive us of anything, but rather to reveal the richness of our own genuine being:

"Lent is about freedom which is gained only through exposure to the truth. And what is truth? Pilate's question is partially answered by unpacking the Greek word 'aletheia' which we translate as truth. The word literally means 'unhiddenness'. Truth is not a thing, it is rather an event. Truth happens to us when the coverings of illusion are stripped away and what is real emerges into the open....The Spirit promises us to bring into truth by stripping away some more of the insulation and barriers which have separated us from living contact with reality, the reality of God, of God's world, and our true selves."

This is from an email I received today from Paul, who is studying to enter the ministry in the Anglican Church. He illustrates what I want to be and how I want to affect the church.

Happy Lent!

I'll be gone for a nice long break to Sugar Creek Bible Camp in Wisconsin for our LVC Winter Retreat. I know you all will PERISH, but I'm sure you'll manage.



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