What can the Church do in the public forum? The only thing the Church was ever meant to do: announce the kingdom.
People love almost above all else to be at war.
Remembering the past, thinking in the present, and imagining the future all interweave.
For Augustine, the issue was not that there isn’t enough time, but that we are enmeshed in it at all.
My first encounter with natural delight changed my life. I ended up leaving my parish ministry in North Carolina to move to the United Kingdom. Since then, I’ve gone out into wildernesses and the countryside with increasing regularity, spending as much time as I responsibly can soaking in the natural world and learning how to delight.