Sunday, October 24, 2004

Fr Peter Laister, 1927-2002
Died two years ago today. Dona ei requiem. A former Royal Navy chaplain and an old-school (that is, real) Anglo-Catholic, he was there to give me the 'you're now a man, my son' send-off when I went completely on my own 15 years ago. He compared it to commissioning a new warship: 'Whom do we fear, knowing that God, the Father (the Son, the Holy Ghost) is with us?' and the crew answer 'No-one!' before boarding the new ship. (Or at least they used to.) A framed print of the painting looks over my shoulder in my living room where I read the divine office (using the same psalm translations he used for 70+ years). All he needs are his half-glasses.

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