Drafts from the Driftless

Well, from the *edge* of the Driftless, to be precise. I’ve been wiped out by work this last week, which is great, because I love having a job. On the downside, I’ve had less time to coruscate with refulgent wisdom on these here pages. I have a longer post in the works, but in the meantime I’ll jot down some drafts for future reference. The author of the Siris blog does much the same, and he’s my inspiration. Here goes:

–The indissolubility of sacramental matrimony as a sign of the indissolubility and final perfection of the New Covenant. Divorce allowed under the Old Testament because of the provisional nature of the Mosaic Law.

–If the ordained priest acts in persona Christi, the non-ordained Christian acts in persona Mariae.

–St. Joseph as the type of the clergy, providing the canonical structure within which the Holy Ghost overshadows and fecundates the Blessed Virgin/the Church

–God the Son as Eternal Christ (“Anointed”): The Holy Ghost as the seal of the bond between the Father and the Son. Oil as a seal preserving the integrity of skin and hair against soiling and disintegration/rupture.

–Noah and his Ark, outside of which there was no salvation, as a type of St. Peter and his Barque, the Church, outside of which there is no salvation

–Manitoumie as “God’s country”

–The perils of inverse Whiggism

–Methodist beef, Lutheran lutefisk, and meat sacrificed to idols

–Protestant military victories and God’s Providence

–Catholic assimilation and Protestant devolution

–Mortal sin, salutary acts, and No Salvation Outside the Church

–Israelite “Uniatism” under the Divided Monarchy

–The dialectic of metanoia (personal conversion) and paranoia (suspicion of non-Christian forces) in Christianity; the choice to be for Christ or against Christ; the Cross as stumbling-block; the Passion narrative as apology (defense of Christ’s innocence), protreptic (appeal to the listener’s conversion), and apocalypse (unveiling the true identities of players in the cosmic strife between good and evil)

–The road to Emmaus and the road to Olivet; Christ’s invisibility and the Church’s visibility between the Resurrection and Ascension

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