Sunday, 14 October 2012


This morning, the first frost of the autumn, followed by warm sunshine.
Here's something appropriate:

from the Old Testament reading from the prophet Amos at mass today (RCL lectionary)
"...  Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time; for it is an evil time. Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph." [Amos 5. 13 - 15 RSV] 
No names and no details, but your prayers, please, for those in Wales who are suffering misunderstanding and abuse for following their consciences in matters of faith and who, rumour has it today, are now falling foul of the wrath of an increasingly intolerant majority...

Following on from the present day actions of those who are perhaps the ideological (if not theological)  descendants * of those who were responsible for introducing to Wales such a suspicion of visual beauty and a concomitant love of whitewash, here [thanks to Father Anthony Chadwick for spotting this] is a post by Christian Campbell on the authentically restored mediaeval St Teilo's Church at the Welsh Folk Museum at St Fagans outside Cardiff.  

* In the sense of an intellectual dismantling of things of beauty - axes and hammers of a different kind - just as devastating in its consequences.

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