Today is the Eve of all Saint's Day (All Hallow's Eve = Halloween). But it is also the anniversary of a famous (or infamous) event in Protestant history. On this day nearly 500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, sparking the Protestant Revolt (a.k.a. Reformation). Here is a piece written in 1995 by Protestant theology professor Stanley Hauerwas on the theme of "Reformation Day," as this day is called. It is a refreshing re-evaluation of the Reformation that boarders on "Catholic" in its approach.
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Sometimes when you hear of someone else's tragedy it reminds you of how lucky you are, and how insignificant your own problems are. I had a moment like that today.
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When I started doing these Monday Musings posts, I needed some way to separate each independent thought. So I always put three crosses + between each of thought. The crosses are separated by eight spaces. The three crosses represent the Trinity but also faith, hope, and love. The eight spaces are to symbolize joy and celebration, as in an "octave" celebration on the Liturgical calendar.
Maybe by doing this I'm over-thinking things a bit, but I like to do things with a purpose, and it seemed a fitting element to added to this blog. For Catholics, symbolism is a very important part of our faith, and I like utilizing that idea whenever an opportunity arises.