Saturday, October 27, 2012

Behind the Green Door

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:00 PM

It's 10 PM .


Posts of October 24th—
Love Ghost and Versions
and a version of Plan 9— 

Favicon 9


Related religious meditation—

Irresistible Grace, illustrated by The Girl in the Yellow Dress.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sunday June 22, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 AM
Salvation by Grace

Today’s New York Times has an obituary of Henry Chadwick, an Anglican priest and expert on church history who believed strongly in ecumenism.

Church history and ecumenism may interest few Americans, who have not recently suffered the sort of conflicts familiar to Northern Ireland.

Nevertheless, here are some thoughts on the matter.

From a statement of “the five points of Calvinism”–

Irresistible Grace

“‘Irresistible grace’ refers to the grace of regeneration by which God effectually calls His elect inwardly, converting them to Himself, and quickening them from spiritual death to spiritual life.  Regeneration is the sovereign and immediate work of the Holy Spirit….”

Calvinism is, of course, a deeply serious and powerful approach to spiritual matters.

(See 6/3/08 and 2/20/05.)

Still, I prefer the following visions of grace:

How does one stand
To behold the sublime,
To confront the mockers,
The mickey mockers
And plated pairs?

— Wallace Stevens, 1936

Philadelphia stories: Catholic and Protestant versions, starring Grace Kelly and Katharine Hepburn

On the left, a Catholic answer.
On the right, a Protestant answer.

For further details, see 10/16/05.

The above two
Philadelphia stories
have met in a different
vision of Grace:

Grace Kelly and James Stewart in 'Rear Window'

Click image for a (much) larger version.

This tableau, in the larger version showing details in the background buildings, seems to me an apt, if more Calvinist and less Catholic, version of what Paul Simon, in his Graceland album, has memorably called “angels in the architecture.”

Let us hope that the late Henry Chadwick now has a place among such angels.

Related material:

Yesterday’s entries and
what T. S. Eliot might call
their “objective correlatives
in the Pennsylvania Lottery
and in this journal:

PA Lottery Saturday, June 21, 2008: Mid-day 529, Evening 501



Friday, September 26, 2003

Friday September 26, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:28 PM

A Mass for
Rosh Hashanah

In memory of playwright Herb Gardner, who died on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, in honor of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sunset today, and in celebration of T. S. Eliot’s birthday, which is today, here is an illustrated Mass from the Catholic News Service dated Sept. 24 (Saint Herb’s Day):

Proposed Vatican document on liturgy returned to drafting committee

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) — A proposed Vatican document on liturgical norms was sent back to its drafting committee after cardinals and bishops raised some objections and encouraged some changes.

Among other things, the draft presented to consulting prelates in June reportedly discouraged the distribution of Communion under the forms of both bread and wine and said altar girls were permissible only for a good reason.

 cards of unparalleled fabulosity

See also the two previous entries,
and “Max’s Hawaiian Ecstasies” in
Gardner’s play “The Goodbye People.”

For a musical accompaniment to this
requiem for Gardner,
 the “Aloha Mass,”
click here.

at the

The Mass, at Max’s Hawaiian Ecstasies
in Paradise, will conclude with
Simply Irresistible,” sung by
Saint Robert Palmer and performed by…

Irresistible Grace.

The role of the congregation will, as usual,
be performed by George Plimpton.
Payment for our sins will be made by
Johnny Cash.

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