“Christianity has to be disappointing…”

I’m sitting in Julia Gatta’s foundations of Chrisitian spirituality at this moment

Getting There... 2 steps forward, 1 back

I’m reading a very good book at the moment: The Nearness of God: Parish ministry as spiritual practice, by Julia Gatta. She writes from an Anglican (actually, US Episcopal) perspective, and writes:

I will be looking at characteristically priestly ministries to see just how grace might show up, to notice how Christ might be at work in us and through us.

How we are formed as persons through ministry is of great interest to me. But ‘formation’ involves times that feel more like ‘de-formation’. So I was gabbed by a quotation Gatta takes from Simon Tugwell, Ways of Imperfection:

Christianity has to be disappointing, precisely because it is not a mechanism for accomplishing all our human ambitions and aspirations, it is a mechanism for subjecting all things to the will of God….Christianity necessarily involves a remaking of our hopes. And our disappointments are an unavoidable…

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