Friday, November 16, 2007

For Proper 28 (33)

We should have no doubt that our mortal flesh also will rise again at the end of the world . . . This is the Christian faith. This is the Catholic faith. This is the apostolic faith. Believe Christ when he says, "Not a hair of your head shall perish." Putting aside all unbelief, consider how valuable you are. How can our Redeemer despise any person when he cannot despise a hair of that person's head? How are we going to doubt that he intends to give eternal life to our soul and body? He took on a soul and body in which to die for us, which he laid down for us when he died and which he took up again that we might not fear death.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

A Bookish Surprise

I've been preparing to teach a course on liturgy and worship here at St. John's College, so I was filling in some blanks in my library. I just got:

At first I was a little disappointed to find some underlining in its pages. Until I turned to the inside of the front cover to find this:

"James F. White, South Bend, 1982". Yep, this guy.

So I guess I'm not minding the markings so much anymore.

Update: This is weirder - and cooler - than I first realized. My liturgics professor had recommended Cuming's book in seminary (recommended? not required? what, you want me to spend my beer money?), but I didn't buy it then. Then, a month ago while reading Professor White's Protestant Worship: Traditions in TransitionI came across Cuming's classic again, so I decided to order it.

So, the very copy of the book that I was prompted to order, because of Professor White, was likely in his hand as he was writing the chapter that prompted me to get a copy of the book for myself.

Life is strange!