Episcopal Rector Brings COVID-19 to Chattanooga

It had to happen sooner or later, but…

The pastor of a large downtown Chattanooga church was declared the first case of COVID-19 in Hamilton County amid federal, state and local governments announcing a state of emergency due to the global pandemic.

Following the announcement of the first local case, the Episcopal Church of East Tennessee released a statement saying Father Brad Whitaker, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Whitaker fell ill after attending the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes in Louisville between Feb. 19 and 22. If the pastor contracted the virus in Louisville, he would have traveled back to Chattanooga nearly two weeks before Tennessee announced its first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Tennessee.

I’m sure his parishioners–one of whom is a neighbour–are thrilled.

Prominent Novelist Sven Lidman Shocked Sweden in 1921 by Converting to Pentecostalism — Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center

This Week in AG History — March 12, 1927 By Darrin J. Rodgers Originally published on AG News, 12 March 2020 When Sven Lidman (1882-1960), one of Sweden’s most prominent authors, accepted Christ as Savior and was baptized at the leading Pentecostal church in Stockholm in 1921, it seemed as though the entire nation took […]

via Prominent Novelist Sven Lidman Shocked Sweden in 1921 by Converting to Pentecostalism — Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center

PASTORAL DIRECTIVES FOR COVID19 — Ad Orientem

via https://chineseorthodoxy.blogspot.com/2020/03/pastoral-directives-for-covid19.html: PASTORAL DIRECTIVES FOR COVID19 March 12th, 2020Dear Priests, Deacons, and Postulants, Over the last few months, the ACA&A has been dealing with the COVID19 outbreak in our Missionary Diocese of East and Southeast Asia. Because of our close contact with many priests and pastors at the epicenter of this outbreak, we know that the […]

via PASTORAL DIRECTIVES FOR COVID19 — Ad Orientem

When Social Distancing from the Plague Pays Off

It sure did for Sir Isaac Newton, this from The World of Mathematics:

Newton took his degree from Cambridge early in 1665.  In the autumn of that year the great plague, which was raging in London, caused the University to close, and Newton went back to live at the isolated little house at Woolsthorpe where he was born in 1642.  Here he spent most of his time until the spring of 1667, when the University reopened and he returned…Newton is throughout his life an enigmatic figure, but nothing is more extraordinary than his development in the period from 1663 to the spring of 1667…By the time of his return to Cambridge it is tolerably certain that he had already firmly laid the foundations of his work in the three great fields with which his name is for ever associated–the calculus, the nature of white light, and universal gravitation and its consequences.

Newton himself describes it in this way:

In the same year [1666] I began to think of gravity extending to the orb of the moon, and having found out how to estimate the force with which a globe revolving within a sphere presses the surface of the sphere, from Kepler’s rule of the periodical times of the planets being in a sesquialternate proportion of their distances from the centres of their orbs [sesquialternate means one and a half times, or, as we say, the square of the years are as the cubes of the orbits] I deduced that the forces which keep the planets in their orbs must be reciprocally as the squares of their distances from the centres about which they revolve: and thereby compared the force requisite to keep the moon in her orb with the force of gravity at the surface of the earth, and found them answer pretty nearly.  All this was in the two plague years of 1665 and 1666, for in those days I was in the prime of my age for invention, and minded mathematics and philosophy more than at and time since.

The Pamplona Exemplar — Aquinas Institute

On February 18 we had the great pleasure and privilege of viewing one of the authoritative original manuscripts of Thomas Aquinas’s commentary on Book III of the Sentences: the Pamplona university exemplar. A university exemplar is a master copy made from an author’s original text by a stationarius for the purpose of producing further copies…

via The Pamplona Exemplar — Aquinas Institute

Just a thought: after what Spain went through with this, it’s amazing this is still in existence.