Holy Week: A Return to Musings

Excellent musings from a colleague and friend. I hope he continues to publish more of his musings.

Hough Post

“I can write no more. All that I have written seems like straw.” These words uttered eight centuries ago marked the end of the road for Thomas Aquinas — one of the most prolific philosopher-theologians and saints in Christian Church history. In a dream, Aquinas had beheld the depth and the glory of the God whose truth he spent his life trying to convey in written word. He was struck by his own insufficiency to ever paint such a transcendent picture with his human words. His colossal Summa Theologiae would remain unfinished, and he would die months later.

I have neither revelatory dreams nor a portfolio heavy enough to sink a small battleship, but I wrestle with the same refrain: “All that I have written seems like straw.” Too often, I read things, think things, speak things, argue points, and then sit down to write only to be struck with…

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Wisdom of a Highwayman

“Jesus was the only One that ever raised the dead,” The Misfit continued, “and He shouldn’t have done it. He thrown everything off balance. If He did what He said, then it’s nothing for you to do but throw away everything and follow Him, and if He didn’t, then it’s nothing for you to do but enjoy the few minutes you got left the best way you can-by killing somebody or burning down his house or doing some other meanness to him. No pleasure but meanness,” he said and his voice had become almost a snarl.
– The Misfit, A Good Man is Hard to Find, by Flannery O’Connor

ACNA 2019 BCP Finalized

You can review the final text on the website.  Unfortunately, the Family Prayer section continues to follow the 1979 TEC BCP and did not incorporate the reforms I proposed based on the 1928 BCP, which in turn was based upon Bishop Edmund Gibson’s original work.

Additionally, the ACNA Liturgy Task Force did not restore “miserable offenders” to the general confession in the daily office.  I am genuinely curious what the task force thoughts were regarding the feedback it received prior to the deadline last November.

I will refrain from rendering a judgment until after I have a copy to review and use it for a sufficient period of time. Based upon the trial texts it is an improvement on the 1979 TEC BCP, but I must continue to lament that the task force did not start with the 2003 REC Modern Language BCP and then work from there in adding services where needed.  Then the BCP could have been kept relatively small and additional services could have been published as a Book of Occasional Services, which the REC has done and was common in the past.

One last note, since women’s ordination has not been addressed by ACNA, it is curious the 2019 BCP would be formerly adopted since the Ordinal would need to be amended if ACNA restores a male-only priesthood and/or diaconate.