Monday, July 30, 2012


I recently reread Archbishop Michael Ramsey's, The Anglican Spirit (Cowley, 1991). In one chapter, Ramsey gives a quote about John Keble, and then adds his own gloss:

"I sent the same to John Keble, a friend who is in great distress about faith and many controversies. He lived with John Keble for a month or two. John Keble said no word of controversy, but lived. And my friend's faith was restored and his place in the Anglican Church was restored."  
And it was in those words, "but live," that the crisis was overcome and we are now, you and I, where we are (64).
The present controversy, whatever it is, will not be overcome by political wrangling. It will be won by the life of holiness, well lived.

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