Adventure’s in Wonderland

I do get asked at times about what happened at the most recent Metropolitan Council Meeting.  Of course, we spend so much time in Executive session, that there often seems little that can be commented on.  Additionally, I sit on the Ethics Committee and the Sexual Misconduct Policy Advisory Committee (SMPAC) which also due to legal and confidentiality requirements do not allow very much public discussion of what is going on in the OCA.  Which is not to say that nothing is going on, but only that some of what is going on cannot be commented on and some of what goes on defies description.  So I decided to offer a few more enigmatic comments to help me at least feel that I’ve reported something to the church which I serve.  The best I could do this time is come up with three quotes from ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND.  This may not be helpful in offering information about what exactly happened in the meeting, but it does give expression to how I view some of the events. 

Alice: If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?


Cheshire Cat: If I were looking for a white rabbit, I’d ask the Mad Hatter.
Alice: The Mad Hatter? Oh, no no no…
Cheshire Cat: Or, you could ask the March Hare, in that direction.
Alice: Oh, thank you. I think I’ll see him…
Cheshire Cat: Of course, he’s mad, too.
Alice: But I don’t want to go among mad people.
Cheshire Cat: Oh, you can’t help that. Most everyone’s mad here.
[laughs maniacally; starts to disappear]
Cheshire Cat: You may have noticed that I’m not all there myself.


Mad Hatter: Would you like a little more tea?
Alice: Well, I haven’t had any yet, so I can’t very well take more.
March Hare: Ah, you mean you can’t very well take less.
Mad Hatter: Yes. You can always take more than nothing.

See also my blogs:  To Be Ruled Well is Typical of the Wise Person  and Metropolitan Council:  What Were You Discussing?

Solitude Doesn’t Teach Patience

“Sometimes, when we have been overcome by pride or impatience and are unwilling to correct our unseemly and undisciplined behavior, we complain that we are in need of solitude, as if we would find the virtue of patience in a place where no one would bother us, and we excuse our negligence and the causes of our agitation by saying that they stem not from our own impatience but from our brothers’ faults. But as long as we attribute our own wrongdoing to other people, we shall never be able to get near to patience and perfection.

The sum total of our improvement and tranquility, then, must not be made to depend on someone else’s willing, which will never be subject to our sway; it comes, rather, under our own power. And so our not getting angry must derive not from someone else’s perfection but from our own virtue, which is achieved not by another person’s patience but by our own forbearance.” (St. John Cassian, The Institutes, pgs. 200-201)