Second,what a profound and Spirit filled interaction you describe with the man who commented about not believing in God. Thank you for taking the time to ask him the question that allowed him to go deeper. I think that the Holy Spirit was given an opportunity to shine.
I too believe that the Holy Spirit is at work "to bridge the gap" and this is one of our roles as new monastics. I think we can begin to seal this divide if we live a life of heartfelt discipleship. Br Peter presented a series of homilies this last summer that explored discipleship. They included five steps: 1. Listen. 2. Pray. 3. Surrender 4. Do something and 5. Enjoy. I believe that these are truly all very important aspects of the new monasticism. If we, as monastics, live with our hearts open to these steps I think we become "the bridge" God is seeking and people will remember God and believe in the "church" again.
Thank you for allowing me to share in the conversation.
Thanks, Alan. This looks like a really interesting network to be part of, so I look forward to hearing more about what people are doing in community living, working with a Rule of Life etc. Best wishes, Andrew
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