Yesterday and the long today

Posted by Caleb on 3 August 2011 | 0 Comments

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I'm very glad we eventually decided, as much from lack of organisation as anything, to go for a very loose programme (or non-programme).  It seems to have made each moment and each person seem more special and more valuable, and it means that the ones who decide what we're doing are the people who are there at that time... no more, no less.  Which is nice.

In any case I always enjoy doing nothing... or at least having nothing planned, so that I'm free at any movement to do what pops up.  It's a rare thing in a world of paying bills and cooking meals and returning books to the library and going along to weekly appointments and getting the cow back across the river and fixing the fence she broke through ... not to mention going to work.  So that makes this week seem more precious.

In any case I always enjoy doing nothing... or at least having nothing planned, so that I'm free at any movement to do what pops up.  It's a rare thing in a world of paying bills and cooking meals and returning books to the library and going along to weekly appointments and getting the cow back across the river and fixing the fence she broke through ... not to mention going to work.  So that makes this week seem more precious.

But doing is good too.  And what we are doing has been great.  We pray every two hours which is always nice and I'm not sick of it yet.  In the meantime we have done some spontaneous reflections on everything from enemylove to bowel health and police infiltration; some meditation with Mary; a communion liturgy with Margy; heard the Waihopai story from Adi; caught up and got to know each other; listened to some Richard Rohr talks, and read and discussed two and a half chapters of Tolstoy's The Kingdom of God is Within You.

And in between all that we've managed to set up the room and the shrine, put together a liturgy, and even eventually got the internet to work; so it's been remarkably productive for two days of sitting around.

We've had some great people come and go, stop by or stay the night... we've set up a little book for people to sign now and there are dozens of names already.

St Andrew's is a great place to be.  Everyone is very hospitable and Margy and Peter have been especially good with accommodating us and helping us out while trying to do their normal duties.  There always seems to be a lot on around the place; last night we enjoyed the sounds of a local symphony orchestra rehearsing a couple of rooms over.

Right now we're sharing some amazing stories of peace and forgiveness; Amish communities forgiving murderers and their families, the idea that God's love extends even to the people who lynch gay people and to the people who blamed the Christchurch earthquake on God's wrath on homosexuals.  Soon we are having a mass with Peter Healey (also known as Father Stardust) at 'lunch'time... not sure what else will happen today but I'm sure it will be good.

It will be nice to see you if you come along at some stage.

- Caleb


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