27 March 2007

The Unquiet Heart

"...inquietum est cor nostrum, donec requiescat in Te." - perhaps the most famous quote from St Augustine. "...our heart is restless, until it rests in Thee." I have succumbed at last. You have been liberated. Eight or nine years ago I decided to send out monthly e-mailings, mainly to my now-scattered children, but including a few friends, aimed at passing around family news, the odd commentary on ... well, whatever struck my fancy ... and ending with some attempted meditation on matters close to the heart. Monthly has been a distant dream for two or three years. Busy? Yes. But there has been another reason. The list of spam victims grew. I became increasingly aware that many, perhaps most, had no desire to receive the mailings, but were too polite to say so. Some months ago I decided that I would join the great masses of self-publishers and create a blog. "Everybody's doing it, Mum!" Yeah, well... Anyway, I have. That way those who wished to look (both of you!) could. Those who didn't ... needn't. I have mulled over the name for some weeks. Finally, last night, in prayer out at the Tyburn's Monastery, I thought that I would name it after Augustine's bon mot and call it "The Unquiet Heart." "Oh, but," I thought, "surely the point is that in coming to Christ, my heart has come to rest! That's not such a good name." Well, yes and no. My heart can only rest in Christ. My heart should only rest in Christ. In prayer I had to acknowledge that I am still pretty restless. I had already, at that point, spent a good part of my prayer time searching (fruitlessly) for a passage in my New Testament that was irrelevant to my current prayer time. So - "The Unquiet Heart" it is. And desiring the URL to be nice and Latinate, I thought, "corinquietum" sounded nice. But someone else has it. Well, luckily Latin word order isn't very strict, so it is http://inquietumcor.blogspot.com/ Come and join me. I can't say how often I will post things. If you use an RSS/Atom feed, you can just subscribe. http://reader.google.com is the one I use and very simple. Talk to you later! :-) jj

6 comments:

Eddie said...

YAY! I'm the first person EVER to post a comment on your blog! What a privilege...

I think its a good ides to move from a news letter to a blog, for one thing you can just post your thoughts as they arrive...

God Bless,
Eddie

Maria said...

great!

I always enjoyed the newsletters;
the blog is a more intimate development.

I love hearing the spiritual thoughts

Maria

Robert said...

Huh! It's me. You thought I never read what you write. Well I finally have the proof that YOU ARE WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I finally win. Hahahahahaha

John Thayer Jensen said...

Hello, Robert - whichever Robert you are :-)

I congratulate you on reading what I write; it's more than I do...

When you guys comment, it helps if you register on blogger. Then I can see who you are - and e-mail back.

John Thayer Jensen said...

More - sorry, what blogger tells me is that your profile has to be set to displayable. By default they are not.

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