July 7th, 2007

St. Paul Debating (12th century)

Theological Notebook: A Year Dedicated to Paul

I thought this an interesting little article. I wonder what a particular year's focus on Paul could pull out of a church's experience if they really did something with this. I know that my reading of Paul in the last few weeks in the context of my dissertation reading has been very powerful for me. Francis Sullivan's reading of Paul, particularly his First Letter to the Corinthians in Charisms and Charismatic Renewal: A Biblical and Theological Study is the very best and most sensible reading of this material that I've ever seen. It's so sensible that I wonder what effect it could have if it were more widely known, as I've seen and heard a lot of nonsense – distracting nonsense – taught about spiritual gifts and the "God's wisdom versus man's wisdom" contrast. This is Paul at this most vital: a perfect synthesis of theology and spirituality – the link between truth and action that is so neglected in our culture, where spirituality is highly touted but without any ground in truth has little to offer beyond self-satisfaction. I saw some fruit of the three years of Jubilee build-up in the late 90s, focusing on each of the Triune Persons, though I hardly used it to fullest advantage: maybe I can do better with this year's dedication, in union with everyone else in the Church.

Pope announces special year dedicated to St. Paul

By John Thavis
Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI announced a special jubilee year dedicated to St. Paul, saying the church needs modern Christians who will imitate the apostle's missionary energy and spirit of sacrifice.

The pope said the Pauline year will run from June 28, 2008, to June 29, 2009, to mark the approximately 2,000th anniversary of the saint's birth.

He made the announcement while presiding over a vespers service at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome June 28, the eve of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, patron saints of Rome.

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Rich Mullins

Personal/Theological Notebook: Rich Always Got It Right

Oof. Today I miss Rich very badly.
When love has got you in its throes
Even the summer's heat just freezes your soul.
And the sweetest song –
It just clanks along,
And the morning dew just says goodnight,
And leaves your heart undone.
It doesn't do to try and understand.
Nothin' that's as good as love ever made a lot of sense.
Like how the eagles fly
And how the rattlers slide
And what it is that comes to bind a woman and her man.

Love's as strong as death, my love.
Unyielding as the grave.
Relentless as the desert sun.
And rivers cannot wash my love away.
Lord, I won't let it wash away.
And many waters cannot quench love.

There ain't nothing left to soothe you with.
Love has marked your soul the way the sun has marked your skin.
And there ain't no way to find no shade
When your soul's the very thing
That feeds the blaze that burns within you.
It just makes your cold heart melt.
The flames that burn as white as the very flames of hell.
So just hold on tight,
'Cause it's a long, wild ride
When you finally find the grace to love another as yourself.

Love's as strong as death, my love.
Unyielding as the grave.
Relentless as the desert sun.
And rivers cannot wash my love away, away
I won't let it wash away.
And many waters, it cannot quench love.
Love's As Strong
– Rich Mullins, Beaker, and Mitch McVicker