I write this whilst travelling on a train between Cheltenham and Swindon – a journey I do roughly once a week. My mobile doesn’t work much once we leave Gloucester until we approach Swindon. Nothing wrong with the device, but there’s no signal.
So what happens when you loose the signal on a mobile? You’re out of touch. What happens when you loose the signal of your faith or the Church to which you belong? You’re out of touch.
Some would argue that being in a transitional state between being (now and ex) member of the Church of England and being a member of the Roman Catholic Church could be a loss of signal and therefore I am out of touch. Only in this case I don’t think it’s true.
I think I lost the signal of the C of E some time-ago when their policies and direction of travel meant people with my beliefs felt increasingly unwanted. (A friend of mine once adopted the internet handle ‘Heretics’ in response to the utterances of one senior C of E cleric.) I felt the signal strength and frequency was changing around me – I hadn’t changed my attitude – the church changed theirs.
In this case I have found a new signal which matches what I want and believe. Signal strength is increasing as we proceed to Holy Week, when I and my fellow candidates in the Lancashire Ordinariate will join with many others nationwide when we will be confirmed and accepted into the Roman Catholic church.