So opts a rather despondent sounding Fr Ed Bakker:
… We often ask ourselves why we dont make a real in road with Traditional Anglicanism or Anglo Catholism, dont we ? And it clicked. I was on the vestry of this church, I was there every Sunday serving at the altar for nine years, but lived an hour’s drive away.
During that time, no one from Church ever rang me at home in Ringwood, Father Robarts never ever came out to see us , also when my wife had a chronic illness. It took me nine years to organize a servers get to gether in the city, yet we as servers see each other sunday after sunday. I give to God and his Church, but when I need people and help , it is not there. Then I was re-trenched from the Bank at 58 and asked Fr if he knew anyone influential in the congregation who could help with some work … and there were a few people there, all he could do is look above , indicating that God was the only influential person there. You see this is why I get so bitterly disappointed. In the Traditional Anglican Communion , you are also on your own, no collegues to support you , no nothing. A rude and lying Archbishop , who is thank God now almost disappeared from the scene.
Moving to another affiliation, much and much of the sameness, a Bishop who rings you once a year and spends five minutes talking to you.
Having said all, I still strong believe that I have been called to be a Priest , I guess in a very difficult time , but I keep on praying that the door somewhere may be opened.
So many Clergy on the blogs are so good in theory , they are so good with words , but when it comes to compassion and action, is is not to be found. Fathers Robarts, Mitchell all collegues of mine, they leave you in the learch , you never hear from them.
It would be wonderful if all of us in this forthcoming season of Advent could be realled stirred up and jump into action….
Well this certainly is not my experience of how things are… But then again, I’m not Down-Under (although I must add that I have some fantastic interactions with some really good TAC people in Oz, and that, even though I’m some 10 500 km away). One other thing, if I may be so bold as to suggest, Fr Bakker, is that you also look within. We cannot always change other people, the things they do and / or the things that they say. The only thing that we can, in reality, change is ourselves, our attitudes, and the outlook we have on life. As Victor Frankl once pointed out:
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
Life, and more especially that of the Priest, is just so full of opportunities to make a difference in and to the lives of others. And these are the things that eventually give rise to major changes, differences and results. So get on with the work of the Gospel. Never should we allow for the waste of our precious time by criticising, complaining or even trying to get others to change. Just go and make the difference.
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
- St Matt 28:20
UPDATE: Also related, Fr Anthony Chadwick speaks, today, on spiritual loneliness.