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Peter Schmalenbach · Germany

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    Yesterday afternoon, in glorious weather, I sat on our "sun deck", that is our sun

    terrace with a great view across the neighboring gardens as well.

     

    I enjoyed East Frisian tea and to the singing of the birds and the articles to be

    read in a magazine of our archdiocese (Cologne) I could let my thoughts flow.

     

    One statement I found so encouraging was that as baptized lay members of the

    Church, we are both parishioners, priests, saints and prophets who do not have

    to be given an office by (official) priests first, but have already been "empowered"

    by the Holy Spirit.

     

    At this point I would like to remark once again that there are quite a few differences

    in the structure of European and American church organizations. Are you (Americans)

    already a bit ahead of us ? :-)

     

    What is important for us Christians is that we have equal rights in shaping the church

    as an institution.

     

    However, if we tend to want to be independent from such an institution, this is also

    possible (from God's point of view), because HE accepts us as we are - we have

    freedoms and do not have to bow to worldly powers.

     

    What should always be maintained from my point of view, however, is an exchange

    with like-minded AND different-minded people, so that we do not disregard true life,

    and do not lose sight of the whole.

     

    In this sense I wish us all a good week with thoughts that bring us all further.

     

    Best Regards

    and see you soon

     

    Peter

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