Thank you to Fliss (Revd Fliss Shaw) one of this year’s Walsingham pilgrims, who writes this thought provoking reflection
Walsingham is for me a very challenging place.
Peaceful, prayerful, joyful, God filled, all those things but as a woman and a priest it poses a dilemma as women priests are not allowed to exercise their priestly ministry in the Shrine Church.
So my dilemma is, do I wear my clerical collar and cause a distraction to those who are seeking to draw closer to God in worship or do I deny who I am and fade into anonymity.
In the end I did a bit of both! Part of the compromise was the privilege of being chief celebrant at a Eucharist in Binham Priory..
However, all this becomes of no account when one considers the real challenge of Walsingham which is, am I prepared be a disciple like Mary and say Yes to God in all that God wants me to do to make Jesus Christ known in my day to day life?