"Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company." Mark Twain

Monday, April 30, 2007


Sorry for the sparse posts as of late. We are experiencing extereme technical difficulties with home computers. I hope to have it fixed and be back in the swing next week. Until then go and visit Mad Priest at his blog Of Course I Could Be Wrong. I hope you're having a blessed Easter season. Peace, Jeremy

Monday, April 16, 2007

Proof that I am not from the south, like the rest of the bad children

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

North Central
The West
The Inland North
The South
The Northeast
What American accent do you have?
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How 'bout the rest of y'all and all y'all's accents

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Why do men hate church?

Recently I have been reading a lot about men not going to Church. This article is from Christian Century is a perfect example.

Maybe they have just not seen the real Jesus. Here are two examples of Jesus Risen. The first is Pieta, c. 1530 by William Key. The second (on the left) is Ecce Homo c. 1525 by Flemish artist Maerten van Heemskerck. All I am saying is The Lord is Risen indeed, Alleluia! For more information about this topic see The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion, by art historian Leo Steinberg.

Saint Izaak Pray for Us

A little over a year ago the Saint Izaak Walton Committee submitted Izaak Walton to the Episcopal Church for consideration as an addition to its calendar of Saints for Lesser Feasts and Fasts. We hope to see Izaak on the agenda at the 2009 General Convention in Anehiem, California. Below is the full submission to the Episcopal Church. To support this proposal please call The Rev. Dr. Clayton Morris at the Episcopal Church Center. His number is listed at the end of the proposal. Here are links to magazine articles about our proposal from around the Web. This was from Boat/US Magazine September 2005, This was from Fly Rod and Reel April 2005

Izaak Walton 1683
Lay fisherman

Rationale for Proposing Izaak Walton to the
calendar of Saints in the Episcopal Church
“I have laid aside business and gone afishing” (from the Compleat Angler)

We live in a world where more is better. The more things we have seem to define who we are and how we relate to the world. More than this, our desire is never satisfied we constantly want more time and will do almost anything for more money. This is the time when we should look to the example of Izaak Walton. Izaak brings to us the value of contemplation and the hope that there are places we can go in which our time is not quantified in terms of money. What we see is the quality of the time spent in God’s wonderful creation without relating it to an economic formula. Izaak is a needed antidote to the sickness of over consumption in our culture. In his writings we can see the value of personal relationships, of giving to those who are in need and of finding beauty and joy in our world.

Rumor has it that Izaak Walton just used fishing as an excuse to do Nothing, which in and of itself should define his saintliness, it being the true contemplative state, doing Nothing.
"the very sitting by the river's side is not only the quietest and fittest place for contemplation but will invite an angler to it."
I mean, he was so saintly he didn't even know it. That's humble.
This was all back in the 16th century when he should have known better too, and become either religious ( due to his Cranmer connection by marriage) or busy ( having inherited chores at the age of five from his dead father, an innkeeper). Another thing, he managed to be happy which is pretty good for someone living in a country where the food is bad, the air chill, and comportment, stuffy, overall.
He was smart, besides. He is considered the Church's most influential
Walton's empathy for all of God's creation is best noted by his ability to think like a fish - any fish -"the hog-fish, the dog fish, the dolphin, coney fish , the parrot fish, the shark the poison fish, sword fish", etc. - though this ultimately led to his catching and eating a lot of them that he thought like.
He gave generously of his catches, particularly to milkmaids and their mothers.

He was generous with recipes as well.

"First, open your Pike at the gills, and if need be, cut also a little slit towards the belly. Out of these take his guts; and keep his liver, which you are to shred very small with thyme, sweet marjoram, and a little winter-savory; to these put some pickled oysters, and some anchovies, two or three, both these last whole, for the anchovies will melt and the oysters should not; to these you must add also a pound of sweet butter, which you are to mix with the herbs that are shred, and let them all be well salted."

I'll bet Jesus could have used somebody like Izaak on the beach that day!
Anyway, Walton reminds us that there are more rewarding channels worthy of our attention than those on TV.

Almighty God, by your Holy Spirit you have made us one with your saints in heaven and on earth: accept the prayers of Blessed Izaak on our behalf, that our appreciative gaze on those of the opposite and/or same sex may not linger into excessive lechery, nor our imbibation of beverage spirits lead to the deleterious imparement of our senses and/or motor skills, that our leaders may remain unfouled. We ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ, in whom all our intercessions are acceptable through the Spirit, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

“Ale to the chief.
Ale Izaak, full of ale.
Blessed art thou among fisherpeople."

First Reading
Ezekiel 47:9
9Wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish, once these waters reach there. It will become fresh; and everything will live where the river goes.
"Of all that live in water you may eat these: whatever has fins and scales you may eat."

Psalm 95
1 O come, let us sing to the LORD;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
3 For the LORD is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and the dry land, which his hands have formed.

6 O come, let us worship and bow down,
let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
7 For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
O that today you would listen to his voice!
8 Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
9 when your ancestors tested me,
and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
10 For forty years I loathed that generation
and said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
and they do not regard my ways.’
11 Therefore in my anger I swore,
‘They shall not enter my rest.’

Psalm 8
O LORD, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
2 Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals* that you care for them?

5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God,*
and crowned them with glory and honour.
6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet,
7 all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9 O LORD, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Second Reading
Revelation 22:1-5
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life* with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; 4they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign for ever and ever.

John 21:9-11
9 When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.’ 11So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn.
Matthew 17:27b
[Jesus said,] "go to the sea and cast a hook."

To support this proposal please contact:
The Rev. Dr. Clayton L. Morris
Liturgical Officer
The Episcopal Church Center
815 2nd Ave. New York, New York 10017
800/334-7626 cmorris@episcopalchurch.org