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August 2012 London 2012

FOLLOWING THE mother of all build-ups, London 2012 is finally underway. In spite of one or two minor hitches in preparations, the Games that we’ve been waiting seven years to see are successfully out of the blocks, and unlike the value of G4S shares, the country’s mood and sense of optimism about Team GB’s chances on home turf are high.

it does not get much better

For lovers of sport than the next

two weeks; for the less enthusiastic an overseas holiday is recommended.

The marathon For an Ordinariate relatively fresh out

of the blocks one particular Olympic event is perhaps worthy of some reflection - the marathon, begun in commemoration of the run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides as a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens.

Every Christian discovers at some point in the

race that what is required to reach the prize beyond the finish line is the stamina and endurance of the marathon runner, rather than the power and pace of the sprinter. Power and pace are fine over 385 yards, but when there are 26 miles more of the marathon to run, it’s time to change gear from Usain Bolt to Paula Radcliffe.

“Pace Patience” Te Ordinariate is only 18 months old and in

that short time we have moved a long way, but I’m beginning to realise that we need to treat this project of the Ordinariate not as a sprint that will get quick results, but as a marathon that requires what those in the business call “Pace Patience”. To you and me that loosely translates as: give it time and don’t rush it. We’ve taken on something that requires us to work over a long stretch of time with a sustained effort. 26.2 miles is not covered in a few minutes.

Any marathon runner will tell you that those who make it to the finish line possess above all two things.

First, sustained motivation Jesus, not General Synod, is our motivation for being

in the Ordinariate; and the unity of his Church. With our eyes fixed on him as our finish line, we run with endurance. Te saints inspire and motivate us too. Blessed John Henry Newman ran a similar race before

us and from the side-line is surely in the home crowd urging us on: “I had it tough too, remember. Tere may be parts of the course that you don’t like; you may be asking: Why is God taking the course this way? but keep running. Te reward is worth it.”

Second, self-discipline We need the self-discipline to get into

good shape: financially and structurally, but most important, spiritually. If we are looking flabby in parts, then it is time to look at our diet, hit the tread mill

and tone up our muscles. In their desire to remove any hindrance to their athletic success, the Ancient Greeks not only beat the bulge and built their bodies into temples to rival any they erected with stone, they actually ran naked!

With a mere 385 yards behind us it is time to pace

ourselves for the long haul and be ready for the effort, the sweat and the endurance needed to go the distance!

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