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On the Fifth Day of Christmas...

On the Fifth Day of Christmas…

In 1170, on the fifth day of Christmas (December 29), four knights from the court of King Henry II burst into Canterbury Cathedral as the Archbishop was on his way to Vespers. Just inside the Cloister door, they murdered Thomas Becket, whose defense of the rights of the Church had angered his onetime friend, the King. Within three years Thomas was canonized, and the shrine of St. Thomas of Canterbury was set to become one of the most popular destinations for pilgrims from all over Europe.

Appropriately enough, the fifth day of Christmas is memorialized as the Feast day…

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Quite Apart From The Holy Ghost – Adrian Mitchell

Many thanks to John Halton for forwarding this devastating poem along, from the recently deceased British beat poet Adrian Mitchell. Talk about (the right kind of) theology from the bottom up! As John points out in his post, the final couplet is a particular killer:

I remember God as an eccentric millionaire,Locked in his workshop, beard a cloud of foggy-coloured hair,Making the stones all different, each flower and disease,Putting the Laps in Lapland, making China for the Chinese,Laying down the Lake of Lucerne as smooth as blue-grey lino,Wearily inventing the appendix and the rhino,Making the fine fur for the mink, fine…

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