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putting your thoughts in writing so skilfully
and with such insight."
You can read Michael's ar ticle at w w w.
Recently I had the good for tune to hear a
gifted speaker recite Les Murr ay's poem,
"Poetry and Religion". The recitation sent
me back to the printed poem and these
lines par ticularly resonated:
. . .God is the poetr y caught in any religion,
caught, not imprisoned. Caught as in a
mirror that he attr acted, being in the world
as poetry is in the poem....
There'll always be religion around while
One of the many difficulties churches face
is capturing the "God [who] is the poetry. . ."
While the disciple will always fall shor t of
the teacher, the challenge is not to lose the
poetry amid the sins , the over sights, the
busyness. Pope Francis writes, "I dream of a
'missionary option'. . .capable of transforming
ever ything, so that the Church's customs ,
ways of doing things , times and schedules
can be suitably channelled for the
evangelisation of today's world rather
than her self-preser vation."
(Evangelii Gaudium #27).
I hope you may find some of the poetry of
God, and of God's people, in this edition.
Ar tists Lottie Consalvo and James
Drinkwater are the subjects of this month's
"Two By Two" as well as husband and wife...
see page 10 to learn more of their stor y.
An ar ticle from last month that drew
many comments wa s Michael O'Connor's
"The Baby and the Bathwater". Michael,
a member of the Aurora editorial team,
was simply sharing his views about 'being
church' at a meeting. He ought to know
that sharing views may well lead to a
request to put pen to paper, or r ather,
finger s to keyboard!
There have been many positive reactions
to Michael's cogently expressed thoughts ,
and I will share just one, from Lidy
Waander s of Raymond Terr ace.
"Michael, I want to tell you how much I
agreed with and appreciated your insightful
ar ticle. It is such a great way of describing
our faith and our church, and how Catholic
people have, in great number s, reacted to
a variety of issues in our church by walking
away, and in essence 'throwing the baby
out with the bath water'. I also loved how
you spoke about the Mass, and how it is
for you, and most faithful Mass-goer s, 'a
great gift from God'. You go on to say,
'The way it is conducted is sometimes a
great pain because of the celebrant and
other s. I would not discard the treasure
for the way it is packaged.' I can really
identify with this, as this has also been, and
continues to be, my experience.
Thank you. . .for your God-given gift of
TRACEY EDSTEIN -- Editor
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