Dancing on the Head of a Pin

There is a legend of St Thomas Aquinas asking "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" At this blog we ask all questions dealing with our faith and spirituality. Some are down to earth, rubber meets the road questions, while others are more lofty...like, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Sunday, June 19, 2005

The Ultimate Subject

By ultimate subject, I mean the final subject. In other words: death. Friday a beloved member of St Michael's entered the Church Triumphant. Death is always difficult for us who are living. Fitzgerald Bates lived 73 years on earth. She was a school teacher, a cradle Episcopalian, and the first African-American member of St Michael's Episcopal Church in Waynesboro, Georgia. She was intelligent, funny, and wise. For the last few years of her life she was confined to a wheelchair. For Fitz, it didn't matter. Her life was full because God filled her life. On May 22, Fitz and I shared her final Eucharist from her hosptial bed. We joined in praise and thanksgiving along with the angels and archangels in heaven. In other words we mere mortals here on earth were mystically joined with the saints in heaven as we were united in doing what we were created to do: worship God in spirit and truth. At her funeral on Wednesday, we will celebrate the Holy Eucharist. We in the church of St Michael's - the church militant - will join our praise and thanksgiving with the saints in heaven - the church triumphant. In other words, we will be united with those who worship God in heaven for all eternal. Fitz Bates included. May her memory be eternal.

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