|ALWAYS GOOD FOR A LAUGH|
ANGLICAN ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY
SOON TO RETIRE - WHAT SHALL WE DO WITHOUT HIM?
(sung to the tune of O God Our Help In Ages Past)
"The Pope who is infallible
And seldom goes far wrong
Has always taught that time is short
Eternity is long.
And in the East the Patriarchs
Are singing this same song
That time's comparatively short
Eternity quite long.
And Lambeth thinks there is a sense
In which 'tis not too strong
To say that time to us seems short
Eternity seems long.
But some there are who tremble lest
The march of modern thought
May some day prove that time is long
Eternity is short."
But, we must be ecumenical! Or in the dubious and meaningless phrase used in the Prayers of the Faithful in my Parish Church, "In the Spirit of Ecumenism"(!!) we present a single verse by the Anglo-Irish Protestant Dean Swift (1667 -1745)aimed at the Calvinists :
"We are the sweet selected few
The rest of you are damned
There's room enough in hell for you
We can't have Heaven crammed."
My thanks to the redoubtable Father Greg Jordan S.J. ( the Good Jesuit) for setting me on the trail of the first.
|THE GOOD JESUIT|
AT A CELEBRATION OF HIS RECENT 82ND BIRTHDAY
which merited Champagne indeed!
incredible workload in ten years time when I am 82 , I shall count it a miracle- and that of course is setting aside the sacramental work for which he is Ordained, the value of which is truly inestimable. Until the day I die I shall cherish the memory of the occasions on which I had the privilege of serving Father's Extraordinary Form morning Masses and hearing his learned homilies each day. Ad Multos Annos!!