Arguing Across Generations   Leave a comment


Above:  The Author on Sunday Afternoon, June 16. 2013


Typing my great-grandfather’s sermon outlines

then publishing them,

learning who he was a century ago,

I do find

that often I argue with him

as a-typing I go.


He undervalued secular education;

a fact is a fact, I say,

and pure knowledge has great worth.


He held traditional views on the roles of women;

they were wrong then and remain so today.


Roman Catholicism he did insult and condemn;

From Holy Mother Church do I borrow heavily,

even very heartily.


He favored revivalism and condemned ritualism;

I use Prayer Books and wish my parish used incense more often;

to altars and crosses I bow,

and I do not think that I should have to explain how

such practices are good.

Criticisms of them I dismiss

as one who has survived negative encounters with poorly-informed critics could;

them I prefer to leave alone, for that is best.


To preserve and share family history is my goal;

to learn more as I proceed,

I know and am told,

my mind does truly feed.




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