Saturday, May 30, 2015

Where am I?

-> In the Staybridge Suites, a new hotel in the park setting of a large, scenic business park. The cheapest of all motels we've stayed in since the days of looking for Motel Six in order to avoid paying twenty dollars at the Holiday Inn, we have two rooms and a bathroom. Free breakfast and light supper with beer and wine. One room is the bedroom, of course, two queen beds and television. The other room has a complete kitchen in one end, dining counter with chairs, a livingroom with sofa and chair, desk and chair, tables and another large television. We are on the fourth floor and both rooms have a large window with pleasant outlook.  

-> In the Name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Trinity Sunday the wise rector calls in sick and it makes no difference who preaches in his stead, because nobody understands it anyway, least of all the clergy who try to explain it. Quicunque Vult, the Athanasian Creed has it right: “the Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible. And yet they are not three incomprehensibles but one incomprehensible.” (BCP864). That’s as clear as it gets. Yet someone, thinking he’s got it down cool, always chirps in knowingly, “as I understand it the Father does this, and the Son does that, and the Holy Spirit does such and such.” No matter how he puts it, that’s generally the heresy of modalism, and I get to say, “no communion wafer for you, heretic, until I discuss your case with the bishop.” 

The closest I might get functionally is in a prayer we say at time of death, “God the Father who created you, God the Son who redeemed you, God the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you …” Which also accommodates the modern need to ungender the Deity as Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier. But isn't it modalism to say the Father creates, the Son redeems, the Holy Spirit sanctifies? Doctrinally inseparable, the Three in One and One in Three; indeed, the Creed itself says of the Son, “through him all things were made.” And of the Spirit, “the giver of life (ruach or pneuma)” both of which, making things and giving life, are component of creating.  

Not to mention that one needs to believe it in the first place or the conversation is meaningless.  

Where am I? Well, I can say the Nicene Creed all the way through with a straight face but this still says it best 

-> In Tallahassee, arrived Thursday, likely return to PC Tuesday. Daughter Tass had a bilateral mastectomy after discovery of a malignancy. Linda and I came over to be with Caroline and Charlotte so Jeremy can give full attention to Tass. Surgery was yesterday, she may come home today, we aren’t sure. Test reports and treatment plans are supposed to be known Tuesday. Anyone who wants to ask, don’t ask her daddy, ask Linda, who had this 25 years ago and is fine.

Where am I?


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