January 25th, 2006

hound of heaven


Well, this has certainly been interesting. A couple weeks ago, I was writing letters of reference for scholarship applications by no fewer than three parishioners. I've just been asked by a fourth.

And this afternoon, I get a call from a government agent to have a tete-a-tete RE one of my former parishioners and still registered Venturers, who's off in the Marines and needing a top secret security clearance.

I'm glad that I can say good things about all these young people. And I'm happy to do so. One of the more meaningful chores we clergy have is to serve as a character reference, and one of the most important (if infrequently used) professional skills we need is the ability to write a good letter of reference.

(Oh, and tomorrow, I meet with a seminarian/student local pastor I'm the official mentor of, and we'll fill out his annual report to the District Committee on Ministry -- already did that_guy_zach's last month.)
saxon cross

Pet theological idea

I have in my library A Porcine History of Philosophy and Religion, which has pigs illustrating various intellectual/spiritual movements through the centuries. On facing pages, there are two identical pictures of a pig in a toga slurping wine and cuddling up to a cute pigette (or pige, if you're Danish).

Anyway, the left hand cartoon is titled, "Augustinian pig sinning because of his fallen nature. The identical right hand cartoon is titled, "Pelagian pig sinning just because he wants to." The gag being that sin is sin, and we are all prone to excuse-making.

But now, observing Sassafras and Cuthbert, I notice the following: dogs sometimes feel guilty about their misbehavior; cats usually are just sorry they got caught. When I catch Sassy doing something she shouldn't, she gives me the sad eyes, lowered head look that says, "I'm really, really sorry; I know I shouldn't have, but I couldn't help it." When I catch Cuthbert doing something he shouldn't, he just looks at me like, "Yeah, well, I thought maybe you'd be too tired to come after me and all -- hey, it was worth a try."

So, my conclusion: Dogs are Augustinian, and cats are Pelagian.
speed limit

For shareul

Green-Eyed Monster Green-Eyed Monster

1 shot Chartreuse
+ club soda,
on the rocks,
with a lime wedge
and little parasol

An original cocktail by yours truly. Evaluation: OK, but not as great as I'd thought it would be. The club soda helps to tame the 110 proof Chartreuse, but the mentholish taste doesn't work with the lime like I imagined. I think we need a darker taste (cola?) to work with the liqueur. But here it is, as requested, little umbrella and all.