Rector’s Jottings (06/2019)
On Tuesday I went to Northumberland for the day. The reason for spending many hours on a train for just a short short visit was to see very elderly friend of mine, Brother Reginald SSF, who is in hospital.
I first met Reginald when I was a novice Franciscan friar (1995-96) in the Society of St Francis. This is the community that ex-Pastoral Assistant David Lanstrom is a part of. Reginald is now in his late nineties, and is very frail indeed, teetering on the brink of heavenly life. Thus I was keen to take the opportunity to see him one last time.
I look back on my days as a friar, albeit fleetingly short, with enormous gratitude and affection. Much happened in this very intense period of my life, when I learnt a great deal about myself, about God, and about prayer. To pray alongside brothers daily was a great privilege, and represents a time when I felt very guided in my prayer life. I was encouraged to try new ways to pay, and to develop a more regular rhythm of prayer.Read more