I’m a few days late on this, but I thought I’d share my favourite part of the Royal Wedding, apart from being in London to partake in the festivities.
Jonathan and I were quite excited that Reverend Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, would give the sermon at the Royal Wedding. The first time we heard him speak was at an anniversary celebration at our church where he gave a brief message imbued with hope and inspiration powered, in part, by his booming voice. We assumed that this sermon would be similar and were interested to see what he would have to say to the Royal couple. And it was every bit as hopeful and inspired as we thought it could be. I loved the sermon from start to finish. You can read it in its entirety here. Below, are a few of my favourite quotes.
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” So said St Catherine of Siena whose festival day it is today. Marriage is intended to be a way in which man and woman help each other to become what God meant each one to be, their deepest and truest selves.
A spiritual life grows as love finds its centre beyond ourselves. Faithful and committed relationships offer a door into the mystery of spiritual life in which we discover this; the more we give of self, the richer we become in soul; the more we go beyond ourselves in love, the more we become our true selves and our spiritual beauty is more fully revealed. In marriage we are seeking to bring one another into fuller life.
We stand looking forward to a century which is full of promise and full of peril. Human beings are confronting the question of how to use wisely a power that has been given to us through the discoveries of the last century. We shall not be converted to the promise of the future by more knowledge, but rather by an increase of loving wisdom and reverence, for life, for the earth and for one another.
Marriage should transform, as husband and wife make one another their work of art. It is possible to transform as long as we do not harbour ambitions to reform our partner. There must be no coercion if the Spirit is to flow; each must give the other space and freedom.
Okay, really, the whole thing is solid gold, so I highly suggest you take the 5ish minutes to enjoy it for yourself!