Welcome to fides et ardor.
The author of this site is a former Anglican priest, now a Catholic priest, working at a Catholic college in the UK, and undertaking academic research in historical theology as a research fellow at a UK university.
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Nice to meet another fellow Catholic on wordpress. :-). I recently moved here from eBlogger.
Thanks for your thoughts. I am nearly 70 and have longed for people to speak out all of my life. Yet I do not think that that is the root of the problem. Let us look at Jesus again. He did not condemn the cruelty of the Roman occupiers. He did not condemn slavery. Nor did he speak out against unjust taxes. But what he did do was try to build an infrastructure for socidty that would make justice and fair play inevitable since it would change human nature. The trouble is as G.K. Chesterton once said it has still to be put to the test. That is why the Church teaches us about oriiginal sin and the need for constantly seeking God`s grace. One point that arises from today`s society is that fewer and fewer children are being baptised. That weakness to sin is not erased and what we then have is a breakdown of christian values and family life. What is good is seen as evil and what is evil is seen as good. To change things around we need the whole Christ. We need to be consumed by him and we have to live our lives in accordance with everything he said not just the parts iof his preaching we like dismissing the rest as `not contemporary`. Human nature never changes and the infrastructure is for human nature. Contributory factors is that violence has become such a part of our society that we take it for granted. Go into a PC games store and you will find that nine out of ten games are about crashing cars, killing enemies or aliens, and even games small children play like the Simpsons are about stopping and beating up someone. In the end we must pray for the spread of God`s grace in the world. But no, this does not mean we should do nothing active but we must acknowledge our dependence on God for a satisfactory outcome.
Well, I’m pretty much where you were not that long ago. I am an Anglican priest in Canada who is in the first stages of inquiry into reception into the Catholic Church. I’m also married with a child. I have absolutely no idea how I will support my family after I leave my parish ministry. Frankly, this is the one thing I do well – preach, teach, pastor, celebrate, etc. I can’t imagine how I would put together a c.v. where the last item in my job record will read: Anglican Cleric, 2001- 2007.
If you’re up to sharing in a little more detail how things have gone, how they are with your family, friends, etc. I’d appreciate any helpful reflections. I’ve only just found this blog and will read through your entries on the subject.
Stumbled onto your blog–and hope you find the Tiber warm !
I’m exploring your links–including the monastic communities. May I urge you to visit
Abbaye Notre-Dame du Bec-Hellouin in Normandy? It is lovely, the village is relatively unspoiled by modernization.
May God keep you!
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