Outlook Issue 20 Winter 2015
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Celebrating Mary Sumner
3 regularity. For a moment and a time we will enter into a faint and even wishful world where, perhaps, if only for a while and if only in our dreams, the world as we know it might just be an easier place in which to live. International news is filled with the stories of those who long for peace, are prepared to fight for it, flee for it and die for it. It seems an elusive commodity of the human condition that it cannot be bought or even earned, but only lived. When it is lived it is honoured. It is a value of the heart’s desire. Strangely the yearning for peace at an international level is something with which we all can identify. Often the issues that create and stimulate the distinct lack of peace on a global scale are to be found in our own experience and in our own lives. There is a lot of heartache at home and on our own doorstep. Maybe, even within ourselves. The longing for peace is a longing for an end to that which disturbs, which brings disease, disharmony and disunity. It is a cry for a better world, a world at ease with itself and one in which I, as the individual, long to feel I can identify. I worry about, and for, those who for whatever reason will be unhappy this Christmas, for whom the greeting inside the Christmas card will only be wishful thinking. The Christian Christmas story was lived out in a world that suffered from political and arguably religious oppression too. The birth of Jesus, when considered by those who wrote his story, was the start of a new era where peace became accessible to the human heart. Only after the experience of Good Friday and Easter Day did Jesus’ followers see that his death on Good Friday was not the end of the story. They, as Christians do today, found that peace was to be found in their relationship with him, and even in him. Here the Christian finds his heart’s desire. Peace is to be found within, deep within, and then it is honoured, can be lived and shared. With all my heart, I wish you peace this Christmas. Kevan S McCormack Parish Pump Celebrating Mary Sumner It was when Mary Sumner (1828-1921) had her first child that she realised that bringing up children involved far more than just meeting their physical needs. ‘It is one of the most important professions of the world’, she said, ‘but yet there is no profession that has so poor a training’. To remedy this, Mary invited young women from her husband’s parish for weekly meetings in the Rectory to