Thursday, 4 August 2011

French Interlude

It’s hard sometimes not to regard time as a enemy - Marvell’s “at my back I always hear Time's winged chariot hurrying near.” It moves us ever onwards at a pace at which we are not always prepared to move, and in my more melancholy moments I think that, in our relatively unstructured modern world, that most universal and perennial of feelings is probably intensified more than in all previous human experience.

The ease and speed of communication today sometimes leads us, even compels us on occasion, to respond in ways which prevent consideration, in both meanings of the word.
Sometimes in the Church we are misled into thinking that the world’s pace is our only option. But we are those who are called to walk to the beat of a different drum.
Although we live in time, our hearts and minds should be focused on God’s time, not just what we perceive as our own time. In order to be true to the Gospel, we need time for reflection, for consideration, for space to breathe and to become the people God calls us to be.

Ravel's Piano Trio: