Letter #94, 2021, Wednesday, August 25: Galatians

    “Why the law?” (Galatians 3:19) —Pope Francis, in his public catechesis of August 11, two weeks ago, citing St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. There St. Paul deals with this question, as Francis formulates it: “If the Holy Spirit exists, if Jesus exists who redeemed us, why the law?” With this catechesis, Francis touched off a debate with leading Jewish rabbis in Israel, who wrote to Pope Francis to express their concern

    “In making the Covenant with Israel, God offered them the Torah, the Law, so they could understand his will and live in justice. We have to think that at that time, a Law like this was necessary, it was a tremendous gift that God gave his people. Why? Because at that time paganism was everywhere, idolatry was everywhere and human behaviour was a result of idolatry. Because of this, the great gift God gave his people is the law, so they could persevere.” —Pope Francis, in the same public teaching of August 11

    “The Apostle explains to the Galatians that, in reality, the Covenant and the Law are not linked indissolubly – the Covenant with God and the Mosaic Law. The first element he relies on is that the Covenant established by God with Abraham was based on faith in the fulfillment of the promise and not on the observance of the Law that did not yet exist. Abraham began his journey centuries before the Law.” —Pope Francis, in the same August 11 teaching

Praise the Lord

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Are Leprechauns Imaginary?

Some woke folk are getting down on Notre Dame University because of their famous “Fightin’Irish” leprechaun mascot. The article is here. When I tweeted a wisecrack about this someone commented that it couldn’t be offensive since leprechauns are imaginary.

This reminded me of something I read in the diaries of the nineteenth century English country parson Francis Kilvert. The diaries, by the way, are wonderful. I’ve written praising them here. Kilvert was writing in the 1880s about his life as a country priest in the Welsh borders–one of the most beautiful and unspoilt corners of England. He records his hikes across the countryside to visit isolated farmhouses and records the beauties of nature in Wordsworthian style. He also records the conversations he has with the country folk and one that sticks in my mind that pertains to leprechauns is a visit he had with an old farm woman who told him how, when she was a girl she and the other children would go out on a moonlight night to see the “fairies dancing.” They were also called “the little people”. The old woman recounted the tale with a clear memory and she was not the only one. When Kilvert pressed other country folk the elders also admitted to having witnessed “the wee folk” dancing in the summer moonlight. They were warned not to go too close or they would be taken. What interested me was how recent this was.

If the old woman was in her 80s in 1880 then she would have seen the “little people” in say, the 1800s or 1810s. This was not a medieval legend, but living oral history just a few years before my grandfathers were born at the end of the 1800s.

Praise the Lord

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