Recently, I was spending some time in St Patrick’s, Cairncastle. One of the most striking features of the church is the beautiful east window (pictured below), design by the famed Mayer & Co. of Munich. The theme of the window is the three great Christian theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, better known today as love. I thought to myself that these three virtues sum up precisely what we are about as a parish because each of the virtues not only affects us as individuals but also affects how we react to the people around us.
All three of these virtues trace their importance in Christian belief and practice to St Paul writing in 1 Corinthians 13, who points out that “the greatest of these is love.”
Faith – We are a community of faith, where every person is welcome; we act in faith, and it is through faith that we trust in God and seek to live our lives by and share with others.
Hope – We have everlasting hope in our lives and beyond from Jesus; as a parish community, we seek to bring hope to others by sharing the light of Christ.
Love – We are a parish family centred upon love. We carry around the love of God with us and in us. We are called to share, in word and action, the love of God with every person we meet.