"This, then is our desert:
to live facing despair,
but not to consent.
To trample it down under hope in the Cross.
To wage war against despair unceasingly.
That war is our wilderness.
If we wage it courageously,
we will find Christ at our side.
If we cannot face it,
we will never find him."
Sunday, 11 March 2012
Not an early reference to St Patrick's Day, but the new addition to the Vicarage household...
Part of our Lenten discipline is patience and perseverance!
A suitable piece of music?
....or, if that's too obvious a choice, there is, of course, Elgar's Enigma Variations, (dedicated to ' my friends pictured within') of which the eleventh variation, 'G.R.S.', is named after George Sinclair, the organist of Hereford Cathedral; one story is that the music depicts Sinclair's bulldog, Dan, splashing around in the River Wye after falling in.
This is the full work, with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, connducted by George Hurst.