Nota Bene: On Lent and Politics


Several years ago I made the decision to open the focus of this blog to include not only historical, cultural and ecclesiastical Anglicana, but also political and meta-political posts relating to the ongoing war on – and the corresponding defense of – our Western culture and civilization.

Unfortunately, such contention can be not only psycho-emotionally, but spiritual exhausting, draining, and demoralizing. The war is by no means over; the battles rage on many fronts.

[We are not at the beginning of the end of this struggle – we may not even be at the end of the beginning – but there are some encouraging signs that the worm may be beginning to turn; Dr. Steve Turley is one of the more optimistic commentators on these encouraging trends.]

But even in physical combat, troops and units are sometimes rotated out of the front lines for a period of rest and recuperation before being recommitted to the struggle.

The season of Lent seems to me a good time to undertake such a “sabbatical.”

Accordingly, and barring something so extreme that I genuinely feel that I have no principled choice but to comment on it, I shall be doing my darnedest to avoid negative or polemical political posts in this blog, at least from now – Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins, or Ash Wednesday – through the Octave of Easter (which falls this year on Sunday the 28th of April), inclusive.

May God grant us all a holy Lent, and a blessed Easter!

And may God save the West. Because if He doesn’t, nothing we do will make a bit of difference, anyway. We are often called to be His hands in the world, but He is the Sculptor; we are, at best, His tools. May Our Lord grant that we be worthy tools, in the hands of the Master…

Author: The Anglophilic Anglican

I am an ordained Anglican clergyman, published writer, former op-ed columnist, and experienced outdoor and informal educator. I am also a traditionalist: religiously, philosophically, politically, and socially. I seek to do my bit to promote and restore the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, in a world which has too-often lost touch with all three, and to help re-weave the connections between God, Nature, and humankind which our techno-industrial civilization has strained and broken.

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