A Note on Charles I
I am very nearly converted to the advocacy of Charles I by this quote spoken as he went to the scaffold:
This is my second marriage day. I would be as trim today as may be. For before night, I hope to be espoused to my blessed Jesus.
If that conviction is indeed consistent with--nay, even called for by--the principles of catholic Anglicanism (I even want to say Laudian Anglicanism), then I aspire to count myself among their august number come what may. Moreover, I would note en passant that the Episcopal Church may count itself, defending GC2003, as faithful to the same principles as those of Charles and Laud.
For it shows that at the very core of Charles' catholic conviction is faith that at his death he shall be joined, God willing, in a saving relationship to Christ as an individual member of the church, and that this relationship is the consummation of his salvation toward which his earthly life had been properly directed as to its end or ultimate purpose.