One of the best known of the Desert Fathers of fourth-century Egypt, St. Sarapion the Sindonite, travelled once on pilgrimage to Rome. Here he was told of a celebrated recluse, a woman who lived always in one small room, never going out. Scpetical about her way of life - for he himself was a great wanderer - Sarapion called on her and asked: 'Why are you sitting here?' To this she replied: 'I am not sitting here. I am on a journey.'
Commenting on this Kallistos Ware writes: "I am not sitting here. I am on a journey." Every Christian may apply these words to himself or herself. To be a Christian is to be a traveller. Our situation, say the Greek Fathers, is like that of the Israelite people in the desert of Sinai: we live in tents, not houses, for spiritually we are always on the move. We are on a journey through the inward space of the heart, a journey not measured by the hours of our watch or the days on the calendar, for it is a journey out of time into eternity."
One of the most ancient names for Christianity is simply 'the Way' (cf. Acts 19:23; 24:22). It is a name that emphasizes the practical character of the Christian faith. Christianity is more than a theory about the universe, more than teachings written down on paper; it is a path along which we journey - in the deepest and richest sense, the way of life.
There is only one means of discovering the true nature of Christianity. We must step out upon this path, commit ourselves to this way of life, and then we shall begin to see for ourselves. So long as we remian outside, we cannot properly understand. So why not come and join us at St. Peter's or St. Illtyd's as we explore the Way together. You can contact us below.
Mark - Parish Priest