"If we take a more living and more Christian perspective we find in ourselves a simple affirmation which is not of ourselves. It simply is. In our being there is a primordial yes that is not our own; it is not at our own disposal; it is not accessible to our inspection and understanding; we do not even fully experience it as real (except in rare and unique ' is something they never advert to at all. It is in fact absolutely unconscious, totally forgotten. Basically, however, my being is not an of Being itself, irrespective of my own choices. "Where do 'I' come in? Simply in uniting the 'yes' of my own freedom with the 'yes' of Being that already is before I have chosen to choose." [Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Image Books, 1968/1989, 266]

I'd Rather Go to Jail than Break the Seal of Confession

JReconciliationWe have recently had a nice clear statement from Romereaffirming what we all believe about the absolute nature of the seal of confession. Hurrah for that. You may have seen me on BBC1 on Sunday morning doing the same thing: I had a long interview on the subject, but only about three minutes made it into the programme, and can be seen here, starting at 47 minutes in. Read more