Post by On 26 June 2014

Quid hoc ad aeternitatem

The Jesuit saints, who lived faithfully before God during the seventeenth century coined the phrase 'Quid hoc ad aeternitatem' - 'What is this to eternity'.


Something about this statement-question-challenge resonates in me; if I were braver, I'd get it tattood, just to make the point.

Last night in the prayer room, I looked round as the team were singing 'Set a fire down in my soul...I want more of you God'. There was passion and hunger - people unwilling to stop praying until God blesses us.

The night contained a variety of situations including a girl suffering a panic attack, a guy who'd taken one ecstasy pill to many (collectively we were with him for about 3 hours, trying to stop him fighting anyone, running into the road and falling asleep). Some of the team bumped into old friends from seasons past; others gave out water, plasters, wetwipes. Some conversations turned to the questions of life - what happens when we die? What about prayer? Who defines right and wrong, good and bad? And other team members got sicked on.

A Bible verse was in my mind throughout - 'God has placed eternity in the hearts of mankind...' and my prayer is that the call of eternity in the hearts of those we meet begins to open eyes of faith and wake up the lethargy in us, the church.

In the light of eternity, we begin to see clearly what is before us - 'that there is a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy'. In the frenzy to make sense of our lives - life as we have known it - may God satisfy our hunger for meaning and purpose, through the lens of eternity.

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