December 5th, 2005

HTOC

Not much

I am slightly more than halfway through Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina". It is a masterpiece. It is perhaps the most engaging piece of fiction that I have ever read.


Not that I have read much fiction...or am any kind of authority....what in the world am I talking about?

Moving on!
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Yes, I guess that a weekend has come and gone. Friday is a bit obscure in my memory, but I remember coffee and books and sorrow and companionship Saturday was a beautiful, snow-filled day. Big flakes, flurries throughout the day. Five or so inches on the ground. That evening I attended a vespers liturgy. It was...oh, I don't even know how to put it! Sunday morning found me back at Holy Trinity for another celebration. Then to Ikea, then to the vast and cold wasteland of Maple Grove. I am in love with an amazing human being.

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High: 10 degrees. Low: 0 degrees.

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Not much. More later. Maybe.
HTOC

Here we go again

In Father Schmemman's "The Eucharist", he writes the following. To me, this is very important:

"When I say that I am going to church, it means I am going into the assembly of the faithful in order, together with them, to constitute the Church, in order to be what I became on the day of my baptism-a member, in the fullest, absolute meaning of the term, of the body of Christ. 'You are the body of Christ and individually members of it,' says the apostle (1 Co 12:27). I go to manifest and realize my membership, to manifest and witness before God and the world the mystery of the Kingdom of God, which already has 'come in power'.

It has came and is coming in power-in the Church. This is the mystery of the Church, the mystery of the body of Christ: 'where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them' (Mt 18:20). The miracle of the church assembly lies in that it is not the 'sum' of the sinful and unworthy people who comprise it, but the body of Christ. How often do we say we are going to church to obtain help, strength or consolation? We forget, meanwhile, that we are the Church, we make it up, that Christ abides in his members and that the Church does not exist outside us or above us, but we are in Christ and Christ is in us. Christianity consists not in bestowing on each the possibility of 'personal perfection' but first of all in calling and commanding Christians to be the Church-'a holy nation, a royal priesthood, a chosen race' (1 Pt 2:29)-to manifest and confess the presence of Christ and his kingdom in the world."