All posts by: Carol Swanson

Jay and I had the privilege of spending a week on the island of Iona, Scotland. It was a pilgrimage of my heart to be in this holy place where St Columba brought Christianity to Scotland in 563. Celtic Christianity has as its distinctive being grounded in the love of God as envisioned by the disciple John, who laid his head on the chest of Jesus at the last supper. He could hear the heartbeat of God. And that heart beats for love....
During this time of making a Lenten Journey, I have heard Jesus ask me “Do you love me?’ He has asked me this with a gaze into my eyes that has spoken of his love for me. I do know I am loved; I have lived into this reality for a while now. I sense a new invitation in his question. Brennan Manning has said in a short clip of a speech, that he believes Jesus will ask us one question and one questions only: “Do you believe that I love you? And the faithful will respond, Yes Jesus, I believe it and I have ordered my whole life around it.”...
As I write this blog post, I have no Internet service. It is an odd and somewhat discomforting feeling in this day and age to be without what I perceive is my connection to the world, my friends and family. Most of what I have needed to do over the last 24 hours, has in some way involved using the Internet and so I continue to bump up against – oh, I can’t do that now. And honestly nothing has imploded! My day is much the same – I have my basic needs met, I can call friends and family and the work that felt so weighty in its pressure of getting accomplished, is in all honesty not that important in the grand design of things....
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