Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Yesterday I posted to St. Blog’s Parish Hall a note on “Responses to the Hurricane”:

We have accusations right and left, but no Miltons, no Lincolns, no Chapmans. Even bloggers I respect do not look at themselves.

I quoted and wrote yesterday:

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
—2 Corinthians 5:21

Among Christians, few accept to be sin for others; for many, sin is still The Other.

See also Labor Day, September 5, 2005.

Mary Herboth is closing St. Blog’s Parish Hall, or perhaps giving it to another caretaker; she has closed her blog Ever New, whose URL was promptly taken over for unseemly purposes. Her reason for closing the Parish Hall, aside from lack of time, was: “I don't think it’s worth keeping open. We just don’t have a very good flow here.” Conversation in life is rare enough; it was non-existent in St. Blog’s Parish Hall, despite MaryH’s best efforts. I remember that John Taylor Gatto wrote that a network is not a community. Nevertheless, some people think they have more fellowship with like-minded bloggers than in their own parishes. They would do well to read Wendell Berry on Intentional Communities.

“Generations of Faith” is now “Festival of Faith”—why is not told. The next festival will be about Mary; I e-mailed MEW some URLs relating to several saints who had a particular devotion to Mary. There aren’t as many as I would have thought. Perhaps Jesus more than Mary demands heroic virtue.

The Pastoral Advisory Council retreat is on Saturday, and the Parish picnic is on Sunday, so next weekend I shall have a taste of the Cathedral community, and, to adapt Cole Porter’s song about the oyster, “the Cathedral community will have a taste of me.”


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