In the evenings, during my service in Iraq, when I could find a quiet moment to myself in between midnight patrols and mortar attacks, I would pull out a postcard of the Cambridge chapel sent to me by the brothers of SSJE. Photos of European cathedrals would have been more impressive, but, at that time, nothing was more beautiful than the thought of that faithful congregation gathered around the altar in communion. Though I went without the Eucharist for one year in that hardscrabble Army base, I knew I was not without communion. For in a country that often seemed bereft of God, I could never forget my experience in a community that, as Paul said to the Corinthians, proves the presence of God better than any of our attempts with words of ink or tablets of stone.
James Meeks – Newton, Massachusetts
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