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2011_02 SUMMER

2011_02 SUMMER

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The Summer issue of THE ANGLICAN DIGEST - VOLUME 53, serving the Anglican Communion since 1958 with edifying information and uplifting articles.
The Summer issue of THE ANGLICAN DIGEST - VOLUME 53, serving the Anglican Communion since 1958 with edifying information and uplifting articles.

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The
AnglicanDigest
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SUMMERA.D.2011
 
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THEANGLICANDIGEST 
THEANGLICANDIGEST
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 Founded1958
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BeforeandAfte
IsatwithayoungmanIhaveknownformuchofhislife.Ivealwaysbeenfondofhimbutlifehasbeenastruggleforhim,espe-ciallythepastfiveyears.Hardandunavoidablecircumstances, joinedwithsomepersonalmis-takesandbadjudgment,hadlandedhiminsituationsmoredifficultthanIveeverhadtoface.Wevebeenoutofcontact,thoughIveofferedmoreferventprayerforhimthanmostanyoneelseIveknown.Hecalledoutofthebluetoasktoseemeforspiritualdirection.Thatsoundedverydifferent.Andwhenhearrivedatourmeetingtime,Iwastakenabackbyhisdemeanor.Somethingpowerfulhadhappenedtohim.Hewasinanewplace.ForthefirsttimeIsawhimacceptingwhatlifehaddealthimratherthanbuckingagainstit.Andforthefirsttime,perhaps,hehadaskedforsomehelp.Asaresult,thewholeworldlookeddifferenttohim.Theoldangerandhurtweregone.Heexpressedhopeandexcitementaboutthefuture.Forthefirsttime,Immakingplans,hesaid,andifthosedontworkout,somethingelsewill.Herecount-edanexperienceoftheholywashingoverhimandgivinghimthesensethatthingswouldbealright.Hiseyesshowedanewsensitivity.Somethinghadtouchedhimandhehadfeltit.Hehadsoftenedandisbeginningtocometotermswithhislife.Thingswhichseemedimpossibletohimnowlookpossible.Heseemstoknowthatlifewillkeepbeinghard,butacceptingthatfacthashelpedlifesuddenlybecomeeasier.Anewwindowofunder-standinghasbeenopened.Thefuturewon’tbecompletelyfreeofpain,butIhaveasensethatthisyoungmanwillneverun-knowwhathehasnowcometoknow.
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henextmorningIcelebratedtheearlyEucharistontheFeastDayoftheConversionofSt.Paul.Paulhadadramaticbefore-and-afterexperienceofgrace,atimewherehecametoaccepthowhehadbeenlivingandcametoseenewpossibilities,atimewhereawarmassurancecameoverhimthatthingswouldbealright.HisstorysuresoundedliketheoneIhadheardtheafternoonbefore.AndPaulsstoryisreallyeachofourstories.Wegothroughlifewithvarioussituationsandstruggles.It’shard,evenunderthebestofcircum-

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