minstrel: This is going to be fun, right?

Mario Magana magana101 at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 6 01:58:08 PDT 2009

Brother Teadoir,
You are a gentleman, I am sure, wise and wonderful.  It is good to see that you have a great heart and I look forward to perhaps one day meeting you.  

Mario L. Magana
 If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as much as possible and have no other view or end in all our actions but the divine honor.  

- St. Charles Borromeo

--- On Mon, 4/6/09, Ted Robertson <worg29 at hotmail.com> wrote:

From: Ted Robertson <worg29 at hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: minstrel: This is going to be fun, right?
To: minstrel at pbm.com
Date: Monday, April 6, 2009, 12:21 AM

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I fear I may have come across wrong last night. First, I'd like to thank every one for their responses. When I asked about references I was asking for exactly what I got, new information to broaden my understanding. It was not meant as a challenge. 

Second, I did a Bad Thing (tm) last in making an overly broad and not very qualified and overly definite statement. Something about the late hour and having a little too much cider in me. I certainly know better and deserve thirty lashes with a wet noodle for it. What I SHOULD have said would have been something about ‘in general’, ‘depending on when and where’, yada yada yada. I seem to have completely forgotten about the early formative period of the church when there was very little consensus and a great deal of variance in the relationship between religious and secular social venues. Any statement about how things were or were not historical should always be qualified. Nothing is ever black and white.
I also took theater to mean ‘the theater’ as opposed to theatrical activities, plays and such. I assumed we were talking about the secular theater and not theater in the general sense of acting in front of an audience. My bad in the entirety.
I wasn’t aware of the church hosting plays, though it doesn’t surprise me. Another thing to learn more about. I’m also curious though, does any one have any evidence for any time and place when the secular theater and the church did get along? Just because they usually didn’t, doesn’t mean they never did. One would think that hosting religious theater might in some times and places create a bit more sympathy…

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