The Scandals at St. Gertrude the Great

West Chester, Ohio

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December 15, 2010

Preserving Sweetness of Proportion

The Editors

Room at the Inn

An SGG blogger recently attempted to persuade us that truth, justice, and the welfare of children are merely wooly abstractions, which should not affect our personal lives, and certainly should not make us forego the comfort and niceties of a beautiful church at Christmas for the mundane surroundings of a hotel room.

Thank you, blogger, but we prefer to take our lessons from Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, who chose to be born with not even the comforts of a hotel room, but in a miserable stable.  You see, it's not the externals that matter, it's the Truth and Justice and Welfare of Children that you so glibly dismiss.

Once again we opened our inbox to find among the crass offers of intestinal cleansers and Nigerian-prince lottery schemes another appeal to fill the empty church and coffers of St. Gertrude the Great Church. This time we learn that for those of us who do not have children in SGG School, there is “no proportionate reason…to get agitated about [the] issues” which “sparked the [current] dispute in the first place.” There then follows a solicitation to despise the inn on Christmas to return to distant, cold-hearted clergy who think that truth, justice and the welfare of children are mere “wooly abstractions.” 

We think that there is nothing more concrete, nothing more here and now, than the words of our Lord: But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea (Mat 18:6). The good of children and the rendering of justice are more than sufficient reasons to forego the warmth and joy of the church we built in order to celebrate, like the simple shepherds in the cold of Bethlehem, the birth of the Prince of Peace.

No, we don’t care how much room there is for us. (We know that there’s plenty.) We will remain at the inn.  This Christmas, we choose to worship with our wronged brethren and with a pastor who won’t give us short shrift, who will join us in charity at the inn and gaze with childlike awe upon the manger while we welcome the Messias into our hearts.