I do not ask to see the distant scene;
My steps, like streams, or tears unthinking flow
Towards far off, believed-in pastures green
Yet God above hath sent good friends below.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Monday, 18 November 2013
Friday, 15 November 2013
Saturday, 9 November 2013
A friend recently told me that I shouldn't be surprised to find that one gets tired being good. He said that personally he found it very hard work. He reminded me that St Paul urged us: "brothers, never tire of doing what is right."
"But being bad, " he said, "can be tiring in its own way ... and at the end of it there is no rest." As the saying goes, I thought, 'no rest for the wicked.' I had never, in fact, thought about the true meaning of that saying.
And then I remembered a tapestry in the Castle in Angers - an enormous work of art displaying scenes from the Book of the Apocalypse. Coincidentally, I saw it last year, with the same friend. It contained a representation of the Sleep of the Just.
In this month of November, as we pray for the dead, it is a consoling thought that we too, after our labours, may hope one day to 'rest in peace.'
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
What on earth are we doing? Half term is a good time to take stock and think about our lives at school. Here is what we say on the Chavagnes website about what we are all about. I guess we fall short very often, but this is what we are trying to do:
"In Chavagnes, Christ is the model for teachers and pupils alike. How could a traditional Christian education do anything else? ... we feel that our culture is at a crossroads, a choice between a culture of life and a culture of death; and the young people of today are those who will ensure that future generations will respond to the challenge of reclaiming our civilization for Christ."