Sunday, June 29, 2014

Franz Ferdinand of Austria, RIP

I wasn't online yesterday, & hence didn't comment on the importance of the 28th of June for the history of the First World War.  It was the day, of course, on which, in 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand was murdered, setting in motion the events which tragically led the world, a month later, into the great and awful war of 1914-1918. This year being the centennial of the start of that war, I encourage any and all to take time to study the First World War anew.  Regarding the Archduke, I am fascinated by his life and his place in Austro-Hungarian history, but also by his insistence on marrying the woman with whom he was in love, despite the fact that, by royal custom, since Sophie was not a member of one of the reigning families, they had to endure the humiliating social consequences of a morganatic marriage. Their marriage was loving, and produced four children, Sophie, Ernst, Maximilian, and a stillborn. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

house blessing

Our home, which we share with one of our bright young undergrad nephews, was blessed tonight by our pastor, Reverend Kenneth Wieting, who brought his lovely wife, Barbara.  Also in attendance was our niece Rachel, and our nephew David.

We thank God for His blessing upon this household and this dwelling, and we thank Dr. Wieting for pastorally caring for us in this special way.

An important aspect of the evening, I hasten to add, was the bacon cheddar puffs and the chocolate chip bars, which Ruth made.  Also on hand were some Lakefront Brewery products, and a tasty pinot noir.

Here are some pictures from the post-blessing conversation.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Catholic Faith Confessed in the Athanasian Creed

We are in the broad season of the liturgical year in which the Athanasian Creed has a home in our life of prayer.  And so I would take a moment and share one preliminary thought.  Namely, as clever as the famous Latin diagram of the connection of the persons of the Trinity may be, I would urge that it is deeply problematic to say or imply, by words or example, that this diagram is the catholic faith.  The Quicumque Vult would remind us, rather, that the catholic faith is identified with our worship of the Triune God, and faithfulness to the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.