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The task of life is ultimately to surrender, as the Gospels define this. If you were to take all of Jesus' teachings, all that's said about belief, morality, and piety in the Gospel, and boil it down to a single precept, you could put it into one word: surrender. The Gospel asks us to surrender.
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There's a national phone-in show on radio in Canada that I try to catch whenever I can. Recently its topic for discussion was: Why do so few people go to church today?
In her book, Nature and Other Mothers, Brenda Peterson has a marvellous little essay entitled: In Praise of Skin. Her reflections begin on a personal level. When she was 35, for reasons that doctors were unable to properly diagnose, she broke out in a rash that left her skin dotted with red marks, like an adult with chickenpox.
Recently I attended a meeting at which religious leaders from a dozen European nations made presentations on the state of the Church in their countries.