Ministerial aspirations

Jul 18th, 2016 | By | Category: Spirituality

Canon Jim Hartin, the gently unworldly priest who presided over the training of Church of Ireland clergy in the 1980s would wave his finger in rebuke at sharp comments.  “Cynicism is the enemy of spirituality”, he would say, “become a cynic and you have nothing to offer anyone”.

Envy is the mother of cynicism; the muttering about people who tried things that were new or different, or, even worse, who succeeded at anything that was new or different, was always loudest amongst those who had never tried anything and disliked …