"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Friday, October 29, 2004

"The Holy Blissful Martyr"

On Monday I turn forty. It is an appropriate time for reflection, I suppose. And being the kind of person that I am, and doing what I am now doing, I have been doing a great deal of thinking about my spiritual journey. As some readers may know, I am an adult convert to Christianity. I had a conversion experience while studying in England in 1989 and received Holy Baptism on June 3, 1990. A week later I made a pilgrimage to Canterbury. It was one of the most moving experiences of my life. St Thomas Beckett has been a particularly strong exemplar for me ever since. Would that I had his courage to stand up for the Faith no matter what the cost!
(Image of St. Thomas Beckett, 13th cent. stained glass, Trinity Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral)Posted by Hello


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy B'day in advance. Cool to share you b'day with All Saints! i share mine with Prince Charles grrrrr

5:21 AM  
Blogger texanglican said...

Thanks for the B-day greetings. As Providence would have it, the parish in which I received baptism was All Saints', Austin, Texas. Nice. This year my first sermon to the full congregation at St Vincent's Cathedral is also on my birthday, so I am not likely to forget it!

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy (belated) birthday, randall!


3:05 AM  

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