Tennesse is finally having its first snow of the winter. I think it flurried one morning a month or so ago, but this is the first snowfall to actually accumulate on the ground. Of course, despite all the apocalyptic furor from the TV weatherpeople, it’s not that much, and the roads were in good shape this morning.
I don’t have much blog time today, but here’s a further thought from Pietro Archiati. (Hat tip to Rev. Kristina Kaine, www.esotericconnection.net, who took these notes at a lecture Archiati gave on Feb 21, 1999.)
We fear uniqueness. We think it leads to chaos, so we fear freedom…. We must love uniqueness. Christ came to give this freedom. He wants us to be non-conformist. He doesn’t want us to be the same; no two flowers are the same.
Some may be called to try to reform the larger sacramental churches from without, while others are creating new ecclesial identities. Some may find traditional church structures to be useful, while others may discover community in more free-form ways. Some may playfully enjoy the beauty of pomp and circumstance, while others are drawn to simplicity.
We don’t have to be the same, and, while we may work hard at articulating our visions and engage in vigorous rounds of persuasion, we don’t have to agree. People from outside the independent sacamental world have often commented on the seeming chaos of our diversity. True enough. But as we look at the chaos, we may feel the breath of the Spirit at the back of our necks, blowing in to form new patterns far beyond our expectations.