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Misuse of the Breton fishermen’s prayer

04 October 2013


From Christine Bainbridge
Sir, - I usually read your articles on prayer with enjoyment. An exception was Angela Ashwin's reflection on the Breton fishermen's prayer (Faith, 20 September). The image of the early monks setting off in their vulnerable little boats juxtaposed with that of the captain of a Polaris submarine was chilling, to say the least.

The plea of those asking God to steer their boat towards a place where they could preach the gospel was being offered to bless the activity of a death-dealing submarine. Surely we are not being invited to admire this misuse of the prayer?

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