News from St. Francis 9/10 – 9/17/17

There, but for the grace of God, go I. The statement is a familiar one to many, dealing with the sense of our connection to those less fortunate than ourselves. The saying is often attributed to the English evangelical preacher and martyr, John Bradford (circa 1510-1555). He is said to have uttered the variant of the expression, “There but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford,” when seeing criminals being led to the scaffold. I don’t like the statement for the cosmology that it presents. Basically, I’m okay because of some divine intervention–grace. Meanwhile, those with whom I recognize a profound connection are in such a conundrum because, we must assume, the divine has not intervened–god forsakenness as it were.

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