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Aside from celebrating the Feast of All Saints, today at St. Paul’s we welcomed Simone, Adalee, and Caedmon into the Body of Christ through the Sacrament of Baptism. I love baptisms in the Episcopal church. Not only is this an occasion to welcome new individuals into the Body of Christ, we have a chance to renew our vows of Christianity and I am always reminded of the magnificence of this covenant I have entered into.

The Gospel reading for the day was from Luke 6:20-31.

“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.

As we contemplated the beatitudes today we were reminded that being a part of the Body of Christ is buying into a paradigm that is contrary to popular belief. Being a Christian means loving things that are true, fully beautiful, and good.

Upon winning the Nobel Prize for literature Pablo Neruda was asked a question: “Which is the most beautiful word?” I think this is a fitting question for a poet.

I’m going to reply in a fairly vulgar way, like in a radio song, wiht a word which is extremely hackneyed: the word love. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. And there’s no harm abusing the word either.

This was Neruda’s response.

My prayer this week is that I will learn to love the right things, that I will see true beauty, and that goodness will be readily apparent to me.

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School has not yet started and still, I find myself studying for a little test called the GRE (mostly I am excited about this so I am not trying to get any pity points by mentioning it).

To continue my summer reading in the midst of this I picked up Girl Meets God the other day. It is a light read and I am mainly reading it because it encourages me in so many little ways. I have been able to relate to Winner’s musings on spirituality in so many parts of my life so far. Here is just a little glimpse of one chapter that stood out to me today.

“I pray You, noble Jesu, that as You have graciously granted me joyfully to imbibe the words of Your knowledge, so You will also in Your bounty grant me to come at length to Yourself, the Fount of all wisdom, and to dwell in Your presence for ever.”

That prayer is why I love Bede. Because he knew that knowledge and books were just a nice way to fill the time until he came to dwell with Jesus. It is a good prayer for a graduate student.

Okay, so I am not a graduate student quite yet, but I am working my way toward that life and this prayer comes as a welcome reminder to me in the midst of application stress. No matter how stressful the attainment of knowledge can be at times, I am obliged to remember that the knowledge that I gain here on earth is only pointing me in a small way toward the truth that is God. Someday I will gaze upon Perfect Truth and All Knowledge.

That will be a beautiful day…

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