Love Is Enough

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12 Responses

  1. Dan from Georgia says:

    Well stated Duane, and enough said!

    This article, and Michaels “make your own app” from last week are refreshing here.

    Thank you.

  2. Michael says:

    I grow more and more convinced that this is the starting point from which good theology flows…thank you, Duane.

  3. Xenia says:

    This is not exactly on topic, but maybe it is.

    Saturday my husband and I attended the funeral of his old co-worker, a former nun from Catalonia, Maria Rosa. At the birth of our first child 43 years ago she gave us a little ceramic angel that I still bring out every Christmas, chipped wing and all. Maria Rosa, memory eternal!

    I could not figure out what kind of church we were in. There was the Episcopalian logo out front but the church seemed 99 percent Roman Catholic, right down to those peculiar doll-like statues of St. Mary that some Catholics appreciate. The service was in Spanish and most of the congregation were Hispanic people, except for her old co-workers. The service seemed like the very best of Roman Catholicism and I felt quite at home. But who were these people? It wasn’t like any Episcopal church I had ever visited. They had a young woman deacon, which RC’s also have but for communion it was “everyone is invited,” which is not standard RC (but I have seen it.) Later I found out that none of the people of this parish even knew Maria Rosa but they all turned out for her funeral and fixed a humble lunch afterwards. I chatted with the priest and he confirmed it was an Episcopal church, connected with the main Episcopal church. I was quite smitten with this group of humble, devout Christians who put on a nice funeral for an old lady they didn’t even know. (I never found out why her funeral was held there and not at an RC parish.)

    The next morning I went to my own Russian parish and felt enveloped by the same love.

    My old CC pastor used to say:

    Truth without love is brutality.
    Love without truth is sentimentality.

    I agree.

  4. Dan from Georgia says:

    Good words Xenia!

  5. Duane Arnold says:

    Dan

    Many thanks…

  6. Duane Arnold says:

    #2 Michael

    If we start with the reality of the Trinity (per St. Augustine) I think out theology will follow – and in the right direction…

  7. Duane Arnold says:

    #3 Xenia

    What a marvelous story. I’m sure it was a church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, of which there are still a good number round about the country, both with the Episcopal Church and ACNA. I once served in a situation that twice a year, the Rite was done in Latin!

    So glad to hear they performed this act of mercy and grace…

  8. Michael says:

    Xenia,

    It’s on topic because it’s doing what the church should do…which are acts of service rooted in love.
    I knew Duane would recognize the kind of church it was immediately… 🙂

  9. Duane Arnold says:

    #8 Michael

    Ah, the secret is out…

  10. John 20:29 says:

    Perhaps by the literary editor’s definition of it, love isn’t enough…. ? …

  11. Jim says:

    I’m gonna heartily amen this post.

  12. Duane Arnold says:

    #11 Jim

    Many thanks – much appreciated…

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