Tiddley Pom Moments

Some people will be thinking, ‘She should be writing about St Patrick.’ But I’ve done that many times before, so if you are feeling in need of Patrick material, may I suggest you revisit this 2014 post about St Patrick and slavery, which is, sadly, still topical. Today I want to write about tiddley pom moments — those fleeting intervals of time when we pass from one thing to another and allow ourselves a second or two of elation, a brief sense of mission accomplished. They are actually quite important. They give us time to register that one task is finished before another is begun. Monastic life is full of them because we have the habit of praying before we begin to do anything and after we have finished doing so. I suspect they contribute as much to our psychological health as they do to our spiritual well-being. A tiddley pom moment lets us say thank you, lets us give glory to God and rejoice in his presence. St Benedict urged that monastic life should always have a Lenten character, should always be pure and joyful and grateful. Is it so very strange, therefore, that I think Lent should be full of tiddley pom moments?

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3 thoughts on “Tiddley Pom Moments”

  1. Surely a religious life without tiddly pom moments would risk becoming bitter and sanctimonious? Sadly there are still people out there who think nuns and monks should be po-faced and holy-oly (sorry to be blunt but I can’t find any other way to put it). When life is full of spiritual adventure then it will have lots of tiddly pom moments. Please correct me if I have got this wrong. I can only speak from my own experiences.

  2. Amid my procrastination moments, tiddlypom moments feature, particularly when I complete an assignment.

    But procrastination might in fact be me reflecting on what I’m going to write, or revising from the reading list to concentrate my mind or just plain reflecting on how Good God has been and being thankful for the life and opportunities that he has put my way.

    In a couple of months I will receive a certificate from the Bishop, which is accreditation of the learning so far, and which will formally authorise me to do certain things in Church, which I’m already doing under supervision.

    In another year 2017, he will formally license me for the Lay Ministry that God has called me too – and than the fun will really start.

    I have choices to make now on what areas of ministry I will train for, which will direct the learning in that 3rd year. I have an idea, but it’s a mutual discernment, between myself, my Vicar and the Diocesan team repsonsible for our training and deployment. Looking good so far, but prayer will be part of those decisions, continuing in thankfulness – along with a few tiddlypom moments no doubt.

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