Saturday, September 29, 2007

Another Anglican crosses a river
My comment, another, still another* and I like this one:
"Welcome Home" seems to have become the equivalent of shouting "scoreboard!" while spiking the football with one hand and pointing at the opposing bench with the other.
Protestantism was a mistake or at best a ‘reform’ movement within Western Catholicism (as good high-church Lutherans believe).

Likewise Anglicanism was only supposed to be at most the part of the Catholic Church that happened to be in England, or existing only provisionally until reunion with the larger Catholic world.

It was still our home though.

Meanwhile...

Reacting to this...

Conservative American Anglican groups (and the Reformed Episcopal Church), a lot as diverse as their liberal opposite number, are making their next move (more here and here)
If the Church of England were to fail, it would be found in my parish.
— John Keble

How long can old-school middle-stump and even Catholic parishes officially not taking sides keep flying under the radar as Episcopalians? Well, I’m not a betting man.

A reminder that most of these conservatives are Protestants
Reminds me of my distinction between two kinds of Catholics. Pageantry without sound doctrine or sound moral teaching is what happens when the second kind, my kind, goes wrong. Abusus non tollit usum.

And...

From Catholics literally struggling to survive in Palestine (harassed by Israelis every day and forced by them to live in bantustans) and Iraq (shot at and bombed, fleeing the Muslim onslaught Bush’s invasion unleashed, leaving their ancestral home) to Episcopalians dealing with life’s ups and downs (sometimes very big ones indeed), from Chicago to Big Sky Country...

Life goes on.

Michaelmas
The name Michael signifies ‘Who is like to God?’ and was the war cry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against Satan and his followers.

O EVERLASTING God, who hast ordained and constituted the services of Angels and men in a wonderful order; Mercifully grant, that as thy holy Angels alway do thee service in heaven, so by thy appointment they may succour and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SAINT Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the divine power thrust into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who roam through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

AN innumerable company of angels, and the spirits of the just; — we dwell under their shadow; we are baptized into their fellowship; we are allotted their guardianship; we are remembered, as we trust, in their prayers. We dwell in the very presence and court of God himself, and of his eternal Son our Savior, who died for us, and rose again, and now intercedes for us before the throne. We have privileges surely far greater than Elisha's; but of the same kind. Angels are among us, and are powerful to do anything. And they do wonders for the believing, which the world knows nothing about. According to our faith, so it is done unto us. Only believe, and all things are ours. We shall have clear and deeply-seeded convictions in our minds of the reality of the invisible world, though we cannot communicate them to others, or explain how we come to have them.
— John Henry Newman

*I dare say I’ll never be quoted on EWTN’s ‘The Journey Home’ or in Again magazine, which is fine with me.

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