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Rector Writes Two matters caught my attention recently. The first is a quote from Pope Francis about our call to holiness and the second is that the Anglican communion has declared the period from 10th to 20th May as a period of prayer for evangelisation under the title “Thy Kingdom Come”. First the papal quote: “To be holy does not require being a bishop, a priest or a religious. We are frequently tempted to think that holiness is only for those who can withdraw from ordinary affairs to spend much time in prayer. That is not the case. We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves. Are you called to the consecrated life? Be holy by living out your commitment with joy. Are you married? Be holy by loving and caring for your wife or husband, as Christ does for the Church. Do you work for a living? Be holy by labouring with integrity and skill in the service of your brothers and sisters. Are you a parent or grandparent? Be holy by patiently teaching the little ones how to follow Jesus. Are you in a position of authority? Be holy by working for the common good and renouncing personal gain.” It struck me that what the Pope was describing was a prayer life rooted in the everyday and characterised by loving action. He is stressing that a disciple does not need special training or special conditions to exercise authentic “holiness”. God does not scorn the “everyday” because that is precisely our sphere of influence and our missionary territory, if you will. In our own humble way at St Ninian’s we have tried to encourage the exercise of prayer under many guises, not least of which is our faithful and regular commitment to prayer for those who are sick and suffering. As I said in a recent sermon: “Prayer is as essential to our spiritual life as water is to somebody crossing a desert.” It was, therefore, with more than a passing interest that I read about “Thy Kingdom Come”. This is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. The initiative to pray for evangelisation from Ascension to Pentecost was, as I say, originally promoted by the Church of England but is now supported by the Roman Catholic Church and many other denominations. This initiative is now in its third year and what started out as a simple call to prayer has blossomed into an international prayer initiative. In the words of Cardinal Vincent Nichols: “I am very pleased to invite you to join in this time of prayer as part of Thy Kingdom Come from 10th–20th May. We do this with a deep realisation that our world is not right. But we do it with a profound hope, profound trust in the promises of Jesus, that His Kingdom will come and in that trust and hope we pray.” The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is quoted as saying that “I cannot remember in my life anything that I’ve been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit.” Powerful words indeed! I believe this to be an important and ultimately fruitful endeavour and so I invite you to take up the challenge. If you are able, please explore their excellent dedicated website (www.thykingdomcome.global) which is packed full of very helpful resources. The Rector
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