Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


Walking the way of the cross

Today is the Friday we call Good as on this day we remember Jesus' passion (which means "suffering") and death. There is so much suffering in the world today that it would seem that the tragic death of a Jewish Rabbi 2,000 years would be of no consequence. Yet, we call this Good Friday as on that day we see how God understands our pain and suffering and works to redeem it. Those interested in the question, Why does God allow suffering? will find this of interest.

You can follow Jesus from Pilate's judgment to the tomb at King of Peace's online Stations of the Cross. You can also take a virtual tour of the Stations of the Cross in Jerusalem using 180-degree images to put you in the locations and even a 360-degree view of Jesus' tomb at the end of the presentation. This virtual tour shows the locations today, but does not include the words of the stations service.

In the news today, a life and death struggle is playing itself out over Terry Schiavo. There is so much loss in the story already as a family's private struggles over how to make an important decision have become part of a lengthy public debate. I wrote a column on end of life decisions for the Tribune & Georgian a little over a year ago on the matter and have no new revelations to add. But I do see the current debate as a tragedy of what is a very personal decision being forced into the public by family members who could not reach a consensus. They do need our prayers this Good Friday.

The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor + King of Peace Episcopal Church


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