To give those whom I have thus abused a little breather from the heavy atmosphere engulfing these forays into uncharted legal territory (for I assure you, there truly has never been an American religious or charitable institution which has acted in the legal arena the way the Episcopal Church is acting today), I am posting below a change of pace. It is St. Paul -- the one of Jesus' disciples who had the most to say about how a church should operate -- who, after all, presciently warned Christians of the perils that resulted from "going to law" against their brethren in Christ. Therefore, I think St. Paul can provide us with the best antidote to the almost daily contamination from the lawsuits that currently rage around us, and that take up so much of the cyberspace on this particular blog.
The video below presents a graphic reading of the second chapter of St. Paul's Epistle to the Colossians. It does so through sight, animation and sound in a way that I found particularly suited to the resources of this twenty-first century after Paul first delivered the message, in written form, to the Colossians themselves. The message itself is timeless, and in this new media that lets us combine what the eye reads with what the ear hears, we can, I trust, rejoice in experiencing it anew:
Let us bless the Lord, who far from abandoning or withdrawing from us as the world closes in upon us, finds ever new ways to strengthen and preserve us in His faith.