> I recall Chesterton's image in Orthodoxy about the life of faith being > like the myth of the chariot of the sun in the hands of Phaethon, wheeling > and lurching across the sky...a marvelous way to think of how we live the > development of our faith. Thanks, +*****. Beware the fate of Icarus. See Auden's poem below. Another image describes for me what passes as Orthodoxy in the current life of faith in the Anglican Communion: Talented, dedicated priests are swimming comfortably in the pool called The Episcopal Church, demonstrating their faith, following our constitution and canons at the local, diocesan and TEC level, beloved by those whom they serve, when suddenly a dike we did not even know about bursts and Lake Pontchartrain comes pouring over them and over all their friends, removing many forever and befouling TEC for all. Lutibelle/Louie Newark deputy Musee Des Beaux Arts by W. H. Auden (whose homosexual identity we're not supposed to talk about lest we impoverish Anglican contributions to poetry) About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters; how well, they understood Its human position; how it takes place While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along; How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting For the miraculous birth, there always must be Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating On a pond at the edge of the wood: They never forgot That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer's horse Scratches its innocent behind on a tree. In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry, But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky, had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on. [You can see Breughel's "Icarus" at http://poetrypages.lemon8.nl/life/musee/museebeauxarts.htm -- Louie]
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