Posted by: goodgoat | 10 October, 2008

Hope Against Darkness

I am currently reading Hope Against Darkness: The Transforming Vision of Saint Francis in an Age of Anxiety by Richard Rohr, a Franciscan Monk.

Also I use the Jesuit’s web site, “Pray as you Go” which offers an mp3 download of 10-15 minutes of guided prayer every weekday.

Sometimes things in different parts of your life come together and lets you see things in a new way and this is the case this morning.

Pray as you Go takes its scripture passage from the Letter of Paul to the Galatians where he points out that we are justified by faith and that Jesus carries the curse of our sinfulness.

This took on a new meaning for me this morning in the light of having read some of Richard Rohr’s book last night. What I realised is that Jesus allows us to work in our sinfulness, in our fallenness, in our imperfections in our circumstances – and that somehow the Cross  helps us to work in the midst of all this and somehow the promise is that by faith (by believing that it will be the case, by believing in God’s promise that it will be the case) He will help us to come through and will give us the resources in the midst of this grappling.

Still have to pray more about this to make it a reality for me but it’s a wonderful hope – that instead of having to bewail my sinfulness and strive to get rid of it (working “uinder the law”) but rather to accept my sinfulness and to have faith that Jesus will help me to get through it as he’s taken the burden already.

This is “The Gospel” – the Good News and this morning this Good News has become a much more vibrant and real thing for me – and I hope it will be for you too – Very Good News indeed!!!



  1. Good to see you back!

  2. Thanks, Greenpatches. Only tend to blog when I feel inspired – perhaps the gaps indicate my distance from God – oh dear!

  3. Then again, it could be an indication of God working away underneath it all-unbenownst to you!

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