Dear Friends: what happened to this blog? It's been two weeks, or so.
Mostly, after going through Flannery O'Connor's letters, I have been reading some authors I never read before: Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson I don't like as much as Hawthorne, and the whole Isolationist and Transcendental scene is problematic to me, as far as I can know it and understand it, at this point. Still, it seems good to me to know what they were about.
I also did a little bit of translating for James Swan, here. It is always great fun for me to translate some Luther. The original sermon was found here. It might be worth looking at in its entirety some other time. It is a worthwhile treatment regarding faith and love. Basically, faith needs to be exercised in love, or it will be weak and gradually go out altogether. Still, we cannot be saved by our having love but only by trusting in Christ's work.
Today, it snowed for the first time this winter. This was no surprise and we are ready for it, having enjoyed a long and wonderful fall. I pray everyone will stay safe on winter roads and drive carefully according to the conditions.
Also, I've got into the habit of going swimming regularly and am hoping I can keep up the habit when it gets to be really cold and a person neither feels like going out or getting wet.
So much for today. :)
Such a joyous Gaudete!
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