Brothers and Sisters,
HERE is a brief reflection on John Donne, whose commemoration was yesterday. John Donne, known for his poetry, was considered one of the last ‘Caroline Divines,’ who were our magisterial theologians as Anglicans. The Caroline Divines wrote and ministered in the 16th and 17th centuries and were associated with Kings Charles I, Charles II and James I. Famous among them were Richard Hooker, Jeremy Taylor, George Herbert and Lancelot Andrewes, among others. (Incidentally, our middle daughter’s name is Caroline Taylor, coincidence?)
John Donne was Dean at St. Paul’s Cathedral under King James I (of King James Bible fame) and died in 1631. His poem “No Man is and Island,” became even more famous during the Great London Plague in 1655 and 1656.
Blessings as we all persevere in Christ,
Batter my heart, three-person’d God – John Donne