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Here and Now

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This week will see an ever increasing attention on Rome by the world. Since Papal conclaves naturally fascinate the faithful and the unbeliever in almost equal measure. More to the point for today is that the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church will have a global influence on the future of the whole Christian Church not least in the way that those outside see it.

From that viewpoint, I have been more observant of the news than usual. Yet this has thrown up some surprises. Not least a Catholic priest in St Peter’s Square, on being asked about possible changes the new Pope might bring in, claimed that such possibilities would not happen as they were not of God. Next day, a Channel 4 commentator made clear that  without changes the Roman Catholic Church and, by inference, Christianity would fizzle out.

Both speakers seemed intimate with what God thought! Yet who can? For the last lines of Minnie Louise Haskins’ often quoted poem – I said to the man at the gate of the year – are much less repeated. But they contain a warning for they are:

In all the dizzy strife,

of things both high and low

God hideth his intentions.

Let us then put our hand into the hand of God, look after the now and trust Him to take care of both the past and future.

 

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Alone Morse versus Lonely Lewis

It as amazing how themes of real concern are explored even in TV detective series. Take the ever popular Inspector Morse dramas by Colin Dexter and the the spin –off Lewis sequels. Both are set amongst the dreaming Spires of Oxford and consist of  nearly infallible policeman and his devoted if sometimes cheeky side-kick. investigating some usually gruesome murders Yet there very real differences in the Morse and Lewis characters when in the lead role.  Whilst both are single, Morse is is a life long bachelor and content with his music, beer, jaguar and the occasionally flirtation with women who always let him down. He appears then only to be occasionally lonely. Lewis is very essentially different. He eats his fast food, is comforted by his cat and grieves for his wife killed in a hit-and-run accident. Lewis is desperately lonely. However with thought we detect what separates them; not their situation. Instead it is the choices they have made in their situation. For as a result of what they have chosen for themselves, Morse is single and Lewis truly alone.

 

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