In September 2016, we started our Camino de Santiago journey by visiting Rome and saw the Chair of St Peter. It is a pretty awesome site and a beautiful piece of art which points to MORE than a physical chair.
There is more to the story of the actual physical chair…you can read here.
The artwork over the chair is just as amazing! The image of angels and the Dove over the chair – showing us that the Holy Spirit is always leading and guiding Peter in the church…even to today in the current office of Peter…Pope Francis.
I exhort the presbyters among you,
as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ
and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.
Tend the flock of God in your midst,
overseeing not by constraint but willingly,
as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.
Do not lord it over those assigned to you,
but be examples to the flock.
And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,
you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
A new year of expectation
Whether we realize it or not, we are all being formed. Formation of our heart is either happening to us in a passive way, or we take on the formation of our hearts with intention.
This coming year I am considering two words: Detachment and Discipline
I continue to need an increase in both. To be further detached from pleasures of food and drink, material comforts, and conveniences of time. I am often too much in a hurry. I walked to Publix tonight to buy some groceries. I could have driven there in less than 3 minutes, but it felt actually pleasurable to walk in the cold, taking the extra time to consider the inconveniences of walking. It slowed me down, gave me more time to think, and was actually good to spend the extra time.
I also need an increase in disciplines. Discipline to write more, read more books and less Facebook and Twitter, and an increase in the disciplines of prayer. This last year, I solidified my discipline of morning prayer with the Liturgy of the Hours. However, in the coming year, I intend to carve out the needed time in the evening for night prayer/evening prayer.
As the journey of life continues, I am trying to find an easier way to get some thoughts online. Weebly.com has been my platform for the last couple of years. However, it has a few steps to go through to get a posting online.
Tumblr is quickest – but messy. Twitter and Facebook – too limited. So this year, as a way to consolidate life, I decided to migrate more of my digital world to Google. Already, Google has my calendar, email, voice services/text messaging and now web/domain hosting. Only makes sense I also put my cloud storage there too – all under one roof. Hmmm…makes me think of a movie I recently saw!
But in the end, if it is too many steps I just won’t do it. Unlike the Camino where we have days and days of endless steps. But even there, you look for the easier way if there is one.