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WHAT’VE YOU been up to today? It’s an oft-asked question. “Oh, a bit of this and a bit of that” is the usual off-the-cuff answer. But I’ve been wondering towards the end of today just exactly what I have been up to. The mind-map doesn’t fill in too much detail, of course, but it’s helped me to understand why I’m usually ready for bed around 10 – whether or not I actually get there!
What’s of special interest to me, though, is that almost everything I’m doing in my daily life involves a high degree of passionate involvement – yes, even the silent prayer arises out of a passion. And hearing myself (passionately) doing some theological reflection with a would-be ordinand from a neighbouring parish tonight I realise what a blessing it has been – having passionate interest in life, love, work and play. What’s the Oxford Dictionary got to say about the origin of the word passion? -
Middle English: from Old French, from late Latin passio(n-) (chiefly a term in Christian theology), from Latin pati ‘suffer’
Ah, now there’s a question. What will I / we “suffer” in order to encounter fullness of life? And from whence comes the grace with which any of us live our lives passionately?