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A Challenging Call to be Real – By Florence Allshorn

October 24, 2011

[This past week, the Lord used these words by Florence Allshorn to speak to my heart:]

Might it not be that a great part of our religion is dull and flat because we are not real, when we say, day after day, day after day, for how many years – “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us” – all the time, perhaps, holding resentment towards somebody in our hearts. How can we pray for ourselves when we are so unreal, so casual? I remember a girl writing to me from abroad, telling me how thrilled she was over giving a set of lessons on the Lord’s Prayer, and the rest of her letter was spent in blackguarding a certain person with whom she was working. And I thought: “What will she do – what will she do – when she comes to ‘forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass against us’?I felt frightened, for I knew she would somehow be able to do it.

(The Notebooks of Florence Allshorn, in Robert L. Seaborn, ed., Faith in Our Time: A Twentieth Century Anthology of Christian Insight and Devotion [Anglican Church of Canada, 1963], page 18)


Florence Allshorn (1887-1950) was an Anglican missionary and trainer of missionaries. Born in Sheffield, England, Allshorn was orphaned by the age of three, and brought up by her mother’s governess. She studied art and domestic science and came into active Christian faith through contact with the Cathedral in Sheffield, where she later worked. In 1920 she went under the Church Missionary Society (CMS) to Uganda, where she taught in the girls’ school at Iganga, Busoga. The relationship with a senior missionary was very difficult, and this highlighted for her the need for love between missionary colleagues. On leave in 1925, she was found to have tuberculosis and spent two years in treatment. The CMS then invited her to run their training college for women missionaries, which she did until 1940. Her emphasis on spiritual life continues to be a strong influence in the training of CMS missionaries to this day. Florence Allshorn founded St. Julian’s Community, now at Coolham, West Sussex. One of Britain’s most beautiful guest house and retreat centres, it drew mostly unmarried women, many of them connected with CMS. In recent years, it has come under the care of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, and is now called St. Cuthman’s Retreat Centre, open to “all who seek quiet space and time apart.” The photos in this bottom of this posting are of the centre.


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  1. Anonymous permalink

    Corregir, la traducción empieza presentando a un varón y luego tratándose de la misma persona cambia a femenino.

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment. I know that it’s easier to read a language than to write in it, but could I please ask you to attempt to share your comment in English, so that I can understand what you’ve written, and perhaps interact with you? “Google Translate” renders what you’ve written, “Correct, translation begins by presenting a case of male and then switch to the same person female” – but I didn’t find this much help! Thanks again. God bless you always.

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