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Sat, May 31st - 7:48AM




Glengarry School Days


Glengarry School Days
Glengarry School Days: A Story of the Early Days in Glengarry by Ralph Connor was wildly popular when first published in Toronto, London and New York in 1902.

The 15 episodes that make up the book look back affectionately on childhood in Ontario at the time of Confederation. The stories show the schoolboys self-reliance, their deep respect for what they understand as God's law, and the ordered vigour of the lives they make in the light of their faith.

Ralph Connor was the pen name of Rev. Charles William Gordon. Rev. Gordon was a Presbyterian minister who in 1921 became the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. He began publishing his short stories in 1897 as a fund-raiser and became the most successful Canadian novelist of the early 20th century.

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Thu, May 22nd - 10:21AM

Illuminated Bibles
Bury Saint Edmunds Bible
Manuscript illumination is the use of embellishment and illustration to enhance the pages of a medieval manuscript. By the Romanesque period (12th century) illuminators had become adept at integrating illustration, decoration, and text. Large Bibles were made in England with historiated initials, enlarged letters incorporating biblical scenes at the beginning of chapters or books.

The early-12th-century illuminated manuscript illustration shown depicts Moses expounding the law. The piece is divided into two scenes, the upper showing Moses and Aaron delivering the law to the Israelites, and the lower showing Moses distinguishing between the clean and unclean beasts. The illustration serves as the frontispiece for a Bible from the Abbey of Bury Saint Edmunds in England.

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Fri, May 16th - 7:08AM

Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart SermonsIn 1329 Pope John XXII condemned some of Meister Eckhart's writings as heretical. . . One of his offences was his theology of God in humanity. His theology was very incarnational. The church never understood the encouragement he gave to the people that the Divine can be found within them and that they should nurture that sense of the Holy and allow it to grow. He wrote:

The seed of God is in us. Given an intelligent and hard-working farmer, it will thrive and grow up to God, whose seed it is; and accordingly its fruits will be God-nature. Pear seeds grow into pear trees, nut seeds into nut trees, and God-seed into God.

I find myself on the outside of the church’s position and embracing the ‘heresy’ of Eckhart. The Dominicans to which he belongs lobbied at the end of the last century to have Eckhart fully embraced by Rome. While there were rumours that John Paul II was sympathetic to their cause, Rome has not issued any official response. It’s a pity really.

Blog of Rev'd Kevin George, Rector of St Mark's-by-the-Lake, Tecumseh, Ontario

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Tue, May 13th - 10:44AM

Having Trouble Believing?

Just about everyone has some interest in the spiritual. We were created that way. We all have a desire to be connected with the eternal and yet faith does not come easily to all of us. Even when we want to, we find that we are unable to recognize or understand the things of God.

Two disciples were journeying to Emmaus on the day of the resurrection when Jesus joined them. In spite of all the time they had spent with him and in spite of all the time they had spent listening to his teaching, they didn’t recognize him and they didn’t understand about his death and resurrection. Why were they so thick headed? To be blind to the things of God can be very dangerous and yet many of us find ourselves spiritually blind at least some of the time. What causes this? The scripture speaks of at least four reasons for spiritual blindness.

We can be blinded by the god of the age. Christianity is counter cultural and its message is often in conflict with the thinking heard on TV, in the papers and society in general. Sometimes we have to choose between being politically correct and following Christ.

The scripture says that we can be spiritually blind because we are given over to sensuality. If the things of the world and of this life are very important to us we will not be able to set our eyes on heavenly things. Lacking a willingness to let go of the material and fleshly side of our lives we become spiritually blind.

The scripture mentions that rebellion and self centeredness blind us to the realities of the heavenly kingdom. It is only by practising right and good that our eyes are opened.

The scripture speaks of our being blinded by Satan. I know it is not politically correct to think he even exists, but I do believe in the power of evil. The wonderful message is that this power was defeated on the cross. In the name of Jesus it cannot overpower us.

If you are having trouble seeing the things of God, you might want to consider these four points. You can make a choice, and once these barriers are out of the way you will find that your spiritual eyes can be opened. Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Ven. Richard Salt
Rector of Trinity Church Sarnia Ontario, Archdeacon of Kent/Lambton

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Sat, May 3rd - 7:55AM

Lindisfarne Gospels
Lindisfarne Gospels
The Lindisfarne Gospels (about 698-721) are illuminated books produced by monks who belonged to a monastery established on Holy Island, off the coast of Northumberland, England by Saint Aidan.

The gospels are noted for their pages decorated with complex interlacing designs intertwined with fantastic creatures. The initial letters of each gospel were especially embellished. In the 10th century an Old English translation of the Gospels was made inserted between the lines of the Latin text. This was the first translation of the Gospels into the English language.

The page shown, of the Gospel According to Saint Matthew, begins 'Liber generationis', Latin for 'The book of the generation'.


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