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Falling upward – hope on the horizon

Members of the laity have privately done degrees/advanced degrees in theology with little or no prompting from priests.

Fr Martin Sirju concludes his pastoral reflection on how he sees the Church today. Yet I will rejoice, and exalt in the Lord God my Saviour” —Habakkuk 3:18

Many readers may have found my take on the ecclesial scene pessimistic. I think pessimism is closer to hope; I’m intolerant of the sterile promises of optimism. Optimism is just another way of running for cover, not wanting to face what is there.

The first three articles (CN March 17, 24, 31) reflected a dismal context as indicated in the verses from the prophet Habakkuk that accompanied each article. Only after Habakkuk faces the grim reality of apparent desolation and decimation that he clings to hope.

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