News item from Episcopal Cafe: Kearon to meet with Executive Council? That's Kenneth Kearon, of the Anglican Communion, etc. Don't know why the question mark. Either he is or isn't. I'm here in Baltimore now and haven't seen him, but we start tomorrow. We will see.
I know this will come as a shock to some, but here it is: Here on Preludium it occasionally happens that gracious restraint is practiced. Actually in the quiet of Preludium's study gracious restraint is practiced much of the time, and as we remember, practice does not make perfect, practice is perfect.
So for the next twenty-four hours in Executive Council land, no matter how otherwise tempted to give full rein to my ungracious tendencies I will restrain myself, thereby practicing gracious restraint. It can be done. It is a matter of control of self by self, with kudos going to God who makes all things possible.
Now, let's be clear: there are limits to graciousness and limits to restraint. Both are virtues and as with all virtues they have limits.
It is also useful to remember that as with any virtue its value is in its application:
I will practice gracious restraint by not demanding that the dinner guest who did not use the butter knife properly do so immediately or be stabbed with the same.
I might practice gracious restraint when the bore to my left goes on and on about the art scene, only gently interrupting with the hopes of deflecting the conversation into greater mutuality.
But I will be damned if we ought to practice gracious restraint by supporting "stepping back" from involvement with the Church because someone thinks the Church would be better off without us present. I don't believe in self - disenfranchisement.
So there it is: practice gracious restraint but don't let others pull the reins.
Otherwise it's not a virtue, its kissin' up.
At least that's how it looks from here.