Notes from Brother Jay

The Mother of Christ

      We live in a very Protestant world.  Growing up in Moultrie, then Tifton, finding a Roman Catholic proved itself challenging.  Due to historical prejudice, many Roman Catholics kept their heads down, so to speak.   Some of you will remember John F. Kennedy’s election to the nation’s highest office caused quite a stir, because of his affiliation with the Church of Rome.  Nowadays it’s not that big a deal down here.  In other parts of America, it would be hard to find someone who wasn’t a Roman Catholic.   
      One reason the Protestant world finds difficulty with the Roman Church concerns the part Mary plays in their theology.  I don’t claim to understand all their theology, but I do know they maintained the evidence for all their mistakes.  If not for the Roman Catholic Church preserving everything, we wouldn’t have our Bible and many other historical writings and artifacts.

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Thanksgiving (Every) Day

In 1863, amid a war tearing America apart, President Abraham Lincoln gave us a new national holiday when he proclaimed the last Thursday in November, Thanksgiving Day.  The very first thanksgiving feast was recorded in history by Edward Winslow.  It was a feast which lasted 3 days and included 90 Native Americans and 63 Pilgrims.  The occasion?  The very first harvest in the New World!  (Wikipedia)   
      We celebrated ours on Friday this year at the parsonage.  We invited all of Kathy’s side of the family for brisket and lots of good things to go with it.  (I’m writing this on the Saturday before, so I hope we pull it off!)  My side is indeed welcome, but they travel to in-laws this year.  It was good.  Everybody got along.  Even the dogs and the cats offered their thanks!

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A Spark to Ignite the Fire

     Some people call it coincidence.  Others call it luck.  Carl Jung, noted Psychologist of the last century, coined the term “synchronicity.”   Webster defines synchronicity, “the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (such as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected event before it happens) that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality.”  However, each Sunday we proclaim, “I believe in the Holy Spirit!”  For years now I look for the Holy Spirit at work in any of the aforementioned circumstances.

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