Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Cross

The Cross stands still outside St Mary's at Great Swinburn
The Cross stands still amid the turbulence of the world. The Carthusians had a whole theology about it (Stat crux dum volvitur orbis - the Cross stands still while the world turns). Nothing changed for them in their monastery while the world around them raged and revolved. It was said that they had never been reformed because they had no need to be reformed.

I believe they no longer say their old Mass nor read their old prayers. Everything build by man can and will wither and decay. Only the Cross stands.

This Cross is outside the Church in Great Swinburne. It stands against the bleak, rugged background of the Northumbrian countryside. There is something right about it. They fit together. The ground is stone with a thin covering of soil and grass. There would never have been great forests here, nor luxurious vegetation. What you see is what you get.

On the Cross, what you see is what you get.

In the Church, what you see is what you get.

It is our gift to the world.
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