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Moving from the ‘Egypt’ of our former securities

There are, no doubt, other figures in history who, like the last monk of Clonmacnois (who is, of course, more a symbol than an actual historical figure) and like us, lived at the end of their era, at times when what had seemed permanent and prosperous and pleasant was passing away, and there was no clear picture of the way ahead. What attitudes are called for then? What kind of spirituality can sustain us? Where can we find stories that can enlighten and guide us? Maybe one place is in the wilderness of Sinai. Perhaps ours is a time of exodus, when we are called away from the Egypt of our former securities, called to trust in God who leads us out into what seems a wilderness where there are no paths…It will take a long time to leave that longing for security – for our ‘Egypt’ of success – completely behind, and move fully into the desert with trust and confidence in God who leads us forward into an unknown future towards a promised land we may not live to see.

Excerpted from Pastoral Ministry in Changing Times by Aidan Ryan