Friday, 11 April 2008

Chapel on the rock, St Beuno's; Part four.

Inside the Chapel with the inner gates closed.

Following the example of St. Ignatius, life at St Beuno's centres on the imitation of Jesus, focusing on those priorities which constitute Christ's mind, heart, values, priorities and loves. We are asked of ourselves; What are those priorities and what are our values and loves? Ignatius would encourage us to consider what Jesus said and did. At the foundation of Jesus' life was prayer, a continuous search for how best to live as an authentic human being before a loving God. Jesus preached forgiveness of sins, healed the sick and possessed, and gave hope to the poor, to those socially and economically outcast and marginalised. Jesus spoke of joy, peace, justice and love; he summoned men and women from all classes of society to continue to follow his way to God and his commitment to helping people become whole and holy. Therefore, we need to take time to reflect and to pray, in order to find out how God wants us to serve Him in all our individual ministries. In Jesus, we see loving obedience, we too should have an open-hearted desire to find and to pursue how God wants us to be free, to utilise all our talents and opportunities in ways which build up this world as a place where faith, justice, peace and love can flourish. This kind of spirituality is incarnational, it views the world as a place where Christ walked, talked and embraced people. The world Christ faced was also a world of cruelty, injustice and the abuse of power and authority as ours is today. These pictures, to me embody the Alpha and the Omega, the night and the day, the beginning and the end, the seasons, the colours of the rainbow, peace and war, the silence and clamour of our world today and the inner peace which only knowing, loving and walking with God can give us.

Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." (John 14:27).

Signed: Christopher McGuinness (AKA: A Hildaite).