Sunday, April 6, 2008

A brief interlude

Rublev's Ikon of The Trinity
I will be gone this week. So, I will not be posting. In the meantime, continue enjoying Easter, this most blessed season. Remember, dear friends, our hope, expressed most beautifully in the resurrection of our Lord, "is that God would have us share the life of love called Trinity" (Hauerwas, Matthew, pg 192).

There is a Psalm prayer for the first Psalm (i.e., Ps. 93) of Lauds of the third Sunday of the Psalter:

"All power and all authority in heaven and on earth have been given to you, Lord Jesus; you rule with decrees that are firm and trustworthy. Be with us always so that we may make disciples whose holiness will be worthy of your house"

May we be disciples whose holiness will be worthy of the House of the Lord, to which we return on this Dies Domini. Remember also that to be holy is nothing else than to love perfectly and that love- agapé, caritas, charity- along with faith and hope, is a theological virtue. In other words, it is a gift from God. Therefore, our love is only ever a response to the love that is God, who is Father, Son, and Spirit: "In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins" (1 Jn. 4,8). So, to love in the way we should is a grace. It is not earned, lest we boast and become self-righteous, which is the worst outcome of all! May we never lose sight of the fact that "God is greater than our hearts and knows everything" (1 Jn. 3,20).

While I am writing about the theological virtues, there is still no Easter encyclical letter from the Holy Father. On the other hand, there have been two episcopal appointments, with the likelihood of at least one more prior to the Pontiff's arrival on these shores. If reports prove true, Little Rock, Arkansas will have a new bishop. The Razorback state's only diocese has been vacant for nearly 23 months, since the transfer of His Excellency, Bishop Sartain, to the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois.

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