I was meditating a bit upon Lepanto, and fell into a moderate case of Catholic envy.
After all, the Catholic church has these wonderfully triumphalistic feasts such as Christ the King and Our Lady of Victory.
I’m pretty sure as Episcopalians, our corresponding feasts are of Jesus the Really Nice Rabbi and Our Lady of Perpetual Dialogue.
Now that I’m envious and depressed, I think I’ll go read The Ballad of the White Horse as an antidote (“hair of the dog”, perhaps?). At least we haven’t taken Alfred the Great off of the list of feasts yet.
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Dale mentioned the other day (I am unsure how much in jest) that it was “time to start collecting those distributist books.“
There’s one I’m sure he already has — the Bible. It was my attempt, some years ago, to read through all of the Bible that got me started down the path of distributist thinking.
This version of Psalm 37 is the translation from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, and was this morning’s appointed reading. How could it not be dear to any agrarian/distributist’s heart?
Part I Noli aemulari
- Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; *
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
- For they shall soon wither like the grass, *
and like the green grass fade away.
- Put your trust in the LORD and do good; *
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
- Take delight in the LORD, *
and he shall give you your heart’s desire.
- Commit your way to the LORD and put your trust in him, *
and he will bring it to pass.
- He will make your righteousness as clear as the light *
and your just dealing as the noonday.
- Be still before the LORD *
and wait patiently for him.
- Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, *
the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
- Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; *
do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
- For evildoers shall be cut off, *
but those who wait upon the LORD shall possess the land.
- In a little while the wicked shall be no more; *
you shall search out their place, but they will not be there.
- But the lowly shall possess the land; *
they will delight in abundance of peace.
- The wicked plot against the righteous *
and gnash at them with their teeth.
- The Lord laughs at the wicked, *
because he sees that their day will come.
- The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow
to strike down the poor and needy, *
to slaughter those who are upright in their ways.
- Their sword shall go through their own heart, *
and their bow shall be broken.
- The little that the righteous has *
is better than great riches of the wicked.
- For the power of the wicked shall be broken, *
but the LORD upholds the righteous.