Dancing on the Head of a Pin

There is a legend of St Thomas Aquinas asking "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" At this blog we ask all questions dealing with our faith and spirituality. Some are down to earth, rubber meets the road questions, while others are more lofty...like, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Runaway theology?


Those of us in the Georgia area remember the story of Jennifer Wilbanks, the "Runaway Bride." For those who don't remember, Jennifer took off from Duluth, Georgia and turned up in Albuquerque, NM claiming that she had been abducted. As the facts came into focus, it was discovered that she wasn't abducted and that she just took off. Her pastor was very much involved in the press and was always with the family. It was clear that the family and the pastor were close, or were becoming close. The pastor has now released a book, "Runaway Lives." The pastor says "It's not a book about Jennifer, but it's a book about various issues that we all struggle with that can be rather destructive."

Is this book a little close to the pastoral situation? What do you think? Would you be afraid to come to this pastor for counseling wondering if your story would be in a book?

Lent is approaching and for many this is a time to make a confession. Yes, in the Episcopal Church we can confess to our priest! I will be making the trip to my confessor shortly. One of the things I love about confession is that what I say, no matter what I say, will never be repeated again (or put in a book!). It doesn't matter if I have run away from my family or run away with the church's money - the seal of the confession is absolute (now this doesn't mean my confessor won't strongly encourage me to return to my family or return the money!).
For many Episcopalians, the sacrament of reconciliation (confession) is one they'd rather not receive. Consider going to your priest this Lent and receive the sacrament of reconciliation. Whatever you say will never be said again. And there are few things as powerful as confessing the deep dark secrets you were afraid to tell anyone, and then have someone lovingly put their hands on you and tell you that God loves you - and that the Lord has put away your sins.

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