Having travelled the globe exploring the world’s religions in Around The World In 80 Faiths, part-time hippy and vicar Peter Owen Jones is back home in beautiful, rural Sussex and still not satisfied.
Life’s too complicated, he moans. We’re all caught up with wanting that little thing called “more” and it makes us slaves to money. Even he, a man of God, confesses to being addicted to the green stuff.
Crikey. If the vicar feels like this, what hope is there for the rest of us?
Many would just weep helplessly into their overdrafts. But Owen Jones decides to go cold turkey and give up money entirely. Just like 13th Century St Francis of Assisi. Sort of.
Luckily, his parishioners are an obliging lot. They invite him for lunch, buy him beer… even petrol.
Interesting idea. But how far would he have got if he wasn’t a celebrity TV vicar?http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv-entertainmen ... -22239314/
When I was living in Ballarat I became friendly with an older gentleman who owned a local cafe. I used to go in to his establishment for lunch on a very regular basis. We got friendly and I knew he was very spiritually inclined - going off to the local Anglican-Catholic monastery for weekend retreats. Besides an interest in spirituality, we had another shared interest in endurance cycling, having been members of the same club - but at different times. Then one day I went into his cafe and he told me the news that he had decided to sell it and take up an invitation to be the priest of a small congregation in rural Colorado. My jaw dropped. He then told me that he was leaving everything behind and adopting the principles of Francis of Assisi. For awhile we communicated after he was installed and sent me copies of his sermons which were incredibly inspiring.
I'll look out for "How to live a Simple Life" should it ever be screened down here.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725Compassionate Hands Foundation
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