Every morning I get a message to my inbox from Richard Rohr who is a Fransiscan living in Mexico.
He is a prolific writer, philosopher and teacher of The Way which is what the Christian Faith used to be called. His way though is peppered with wisdom and teaching, it’s deep and connects with our innate desire to know more about the spiritual life.
I love getting Richards posts into my inbox, over my morning cup of tea I read it and he challenges me to think differently- he is full of neat ideas.
This morning he has challenged me over how we think, what vantage point we start from? He then says “letting go of our own small vantage point is the core of what we mean by conversion, but also what we mean by Franciscan “poverty.” Poverty is not just a life of simplicity, humility, restraint, or even lack. Poverty is when we recognize that myself—by itself—is largely powerless and ineffective”
We hear a lot about poverty and as Christians we are called to address it in our faith. How interesting then is Richard’s perspective that poverty is not always lack, but the recognition we are powerless and ineffective on our own!
This is so true in the workplace, when working in teams with those different to us makes our tasks more effective! We depend on those with different skills to get the job done. More than that the workplace is a community in its own right, where we spend time together and becomes a place of sharing ourselves with our colleagues.
Tomorrow evening a few folks from the business community will come together to rehearse for our Carols Service. Each year we offer time and space to think about Christmas, to gather together with colleagues to sing and drink mulled wine. This year we are hosting our service at St Marks in Shelton the home of Sanctus, a charity that helps those with no home, estranged from their families, not knowing when they may see them again, mostly refugees
All are welcome to join us on the 17th December at 6.00 pm to remember that we are all part of a massive global community, and that we are not meant to travel life’s journey at work or at home, alone.