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Grace is Insidious – Br. Curtis Almquist

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curtis4In the calendar of the church we remember today the life and witness of a seventh-century monk from Rome named Paulinus.  In year 625, Paulinus was made a bishop.  He was among the second generation of missionaries sent by Pope Gregory I to assist Augustine in evangelizing England.  The church historian, the Venerable Bede,  described Paulinus as “a tall man with a slight stoop.  He had black hair, an ascetic face, a thin hooked nose, and a venerable and awe-inspiring presence.”[i]  Paulinus began his work in York, where there were already a few Christians.  Paulinus engaged in long private conversations about the Christian faith with King Edwin.  The king sought advice from his councilors, whether he should become a Christian.  One of the councilors responded by telling a parable: Read More