May 16, 2013

Apostle to the Sioux

Wakantanka, Holy God, you called your servant William Hobart Hare to bear witness to you throughout the vast reaches of the Niobrara Territory, bearing the means of grace and the hope of glory to the peoples of the Plains: We give you thanks for the devotion of those who received the Good News gladly, and for the faithfulness of the generations who have succeeded them. Strengthen us with your Holy Spirit that we may walk in their footsteps and lead many to faith in Jesus Christ, in whom the living and the dead are one; and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Hare followed in the Spirit of Saint Gregory's outreach to the native peoples of England, in respecting and incorporating aspects of their culture in harmony with the Gospel. Would that all missionaries, and all Christians, were so gracious, and grace-filled, in respecting the lives and experience of those with whom they seek better to understand our limitless and generous God.

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG

3 comments:

JCF said...

Are you in an icon-writing mood, Tobias, or are the last several icons ones you created previously?

At any rate: all holy saints of God, pray for us!

Tobias Haller said...

JCF, I have enthusiastically embraced this new medium (watercolour pencils) and am so enjoying it. I particularly like working on the newer saints of whom there are photographs!

Leonard Clark said...

Very nice. Thanks