Which of these two phrases resonate most with you*?
a) ‘There is no such thing as coincidence’
a) ‘Coincidences are God’s way of remaining anonymous’ (ascribed to Albert Einstein)
Curate’s Curio No.1
My watch stopped.
This perfectly ordinary event happened on the most extraordinary day of my life – Saturday 26 September, the day I was ordained deacon.
I recall tutting at the inconvenient timing of this battery fail and, instead of putting my favourite watch on my wrist, chucked it in my rucksack and set off with my fellow Edmonton ordinands to St Paul’s Cathedral. Amongst the feelings of anxiety and excitement, I recall also feeling ever so slightly improperly dressed without my watch – but I was also acutely aware that God’s time was not necessarily my time.
I went to get the battery replaced yesterday – at the clockworks across the road from our church – and as I handed the watch over to Umberto, noticed that the mechanism had stopped working at 5.30.
Curate’s Curio No. 2
Having had the privilege of living in Yorkshire for two years, I had forgotten just how much litter there can be in London.
There is often rubbish left on the wall in front of my home – beer cans, take away cartons, cigarette packets etc. Not a little irritating.
Whilst I was clearing out the front a few weeks ago, I noticed that there had also been left a small wooden cross with the Chi-Ro symbol (Icon Description automatically generated) one side and ‘Lourdes’ on the other. I will probably never know who put this cross on my wall, whether it was intentionally placed there as a gift, a lost item, or it was considered as rubbish.
Nevertheless, I have it now proudly displayed on the windowsill and it hasn’t yet been reclaimed or stolen.
*There are no poll results, but I would like to share two things with you:
1. I was born at 5.30
2. I first felt called to serve God whilst on a parish pilgrimage to Lourdes
God who has called you is faithful
With my love and prayers,