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posted by Maggie Ross at 8:57 am
Ho ho ho!
Say what? Big, fancy theological word the average person in the pew has no clue what it means. I was in a parish one Sunday when an elderly woman, upon reading the Nicene Creed on the worship aid in the pew, leaned over toward her husband and asked: What does consubstantial mean?As I recall he gave her some answer to do with the virgin birth or the immaculate conception.
One of the reasons why the people in the pew don't know what this sort of word means is that few if any clergy bother to try to help them grapple with the meaning.Theo
One aspect of "One-eyed' epistemology applied to this icon inevitably results in the compassionate and openhearted St Nickolas becoming the judgmental St Nick or Father Christmas who bestows gifts only the 'good' and not the 'bad' children. So the deeper intuiting of the God who 'showers rain on the good and the evil' is lost.Maggie, than you for 'Silence: a Users Guide'May we all this Christmas deeply hear what it is 'the Angels sing'
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