Neo and I occasionally call this blog our ‘mission’, and he recently wrote about why that was. As with all missions, there is sometimes a query about why they continue. As this was Jessica’s blog, there was a sense in which it would have been fitting to have ended it when she fell ill, or, if not then, then once it became clear she was unlikely to return to blogging. As yesterday’s post, and some of the comments on it mae plain, there are things about blogging that can be a weariness to the soul. To read only that which agrees with you is to reinforce the solipsism; to engage too often with things which infuriate you can be a standing temptation to uncharitableness. Those of us who engage in the Twittersphere, will be conscious of the term ‘virtue signalling’ – which consists of joining in the condemnation of another who has transgressed some politically-correct norm, as a way of signalling one’s own sperior moral position; a Christian would be mindful here of the Pharisee loudly thanking God he is not as others are.

Our friend, Granda Zeke, commented on yesterday’s post:

Exactly why this is the one and only religion blog I can stand to read anymore. I find many posts (and even the comment threads) helps to build my faith rather than tear it apart. I’m grateful for that

I was very grateful for that comments, as it is is the sole justification for our mission here. Although I am a Catholic, this is not a Catholic blog, it carries pieces by evangelicals (Rob, Nicholas and Geoffrey), a Lutheran (Neo), as well as Catholics (myself, Gareth Thomas, Dave Smith and Quiavideruntoculi), as well as those in other positions, such as Bosco; there is here, as Jessica intended, a meeting of all Christian traditions – without syncretism (as Neo’s piece also stressed).

The great mystery is that God loves us enough to become Incarnate, suffer and die for us; in His Resurrection, we shall all rise – or at least all have opportunity to do so. It is beyond any of us to explain why there are so many Christian traditions, and I have no argument with anyone who defends the position which their Church teaches; so should we all. But our churches have, thank God, long since abandoned the idea that the thing to do is to beat each other about the head until we all agree with one Church. That does, indeed, lead some to look for lowest common denominators, but that is not what our Churches teach, nor is is what we are about here.

We have created here a place where Christians can interact with others from different traditions, and indeed, from different parts of their own Church, and explore together some of the mysteries of our faith, and some of the problems with confront us all. It is true that sometime we fail in charity to each other, but we are usually good at repentance – and at trying to behave as Christians should. We are, none of us, responsible for the divisions which history and sin have created between us – but we are all responsible for the witness we offer here.

So, I do hope that others find, like Zeke, that we are a place of help, rather than of hindrance.