I love my Fiat 500. its zippy, zesty, purrs like a tiger, fits in small places and is very economical - as well as being environmentally friendly. It's also quite retro.
It is perhaps a trend of modern times that we are rejecting bigger, costlier things in favour of economy and intimacy.
Thinking about Church Without Walls today, I was reflecting on how folk, although ostensibly rejecting the institution that much of the church has become (sometimes large and impersonal) are nonetheless seeking overt ordinances of religion and traditions with which to mark rites of passage and other important ages and stages of life as well as seeking daily spiritual disciplines.
It seems that the old ways, rituals of the past are once again coming to the fore and observing some of those ways has led to a growth of new kind of monastic communities.
The order and the connectedness of these communities allows for a depth and a sharing as well as the freedom to explore that isn't always possible in larger gatherings.
Perhaps a good sign for the growth of faith.
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