Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cut to the Heart and Random Thoughts Before Michaelmass


Mary, the Divine Shepherdess
  • I was reading a Catholic site and came across a man's comment that he checks his son's tablet and phone every week and changes the passwords in order to keep the boy from looking at porn. Other people congratulated him for his vigilance but I thought that if I knew this man personally and if I had a daughter she'd never be allowed within ten feet of this his son. Dude, you just admitted to the whole world that your son can't stop looking at pornography.


  • Maybe Catholic and any other serious academic establishment should drop Homecoming and the Prom.  Half, if not most of what goes on at our schools has nothing to do with education.



  • Anybody who makes their living from talking to your kids about sex day in and day out and who gets angry and insulting if you object is probably a pervert. A pervert is what he or she is just as a rabid raccoon is what it is. You can't reason with the pervert or expect any mercy.The really infuriating people are they useful idiots who go along with the pervert because they don't want to lose social status or their jobs. The Nashville debacle is going to force parents to take their kids out of Catholic schools or try homeschooling.



  • An old woman in her 70s wrote on another site that Mass at her parish is too solemn now and that there is less room for socializing. I don't know why, because I have heard such talk before,  but it cut me to the heart.  The only ones having a jolly time at Mt. Cavalry were Our Lord's enemies.

    The Holy  Mass only has four precious aims. They are to adore God, to may reparation for sins, to petition God, and to thank Him. That's it. Socializing has no place in Mass. Save that for the parish hall or the parking lot afterwards.

  • Be very careful with people who pay their bills according to what they write or say about the Church. When the mortgage or their kid's tuition is on the line people can be dangerously....flexible.


  •  My parish, St. Rita's is having a sung Mass on Thursday, September 29,  for Michaelmass at 7:0 PM. 
St. Michael, the Archangel



Saturday, September 24, 2016

Um... about that smell of the sheep thing...

 Most people's experiences with sheep is meeting a groomed pet at someone's hobby farm or seeing them at the fair. Sheep that aren't pets can get a bit whiffy when their wool gets wet from the rain or when they get sick and suffer from diarrhea. In ancient times shepherds weren't always welcomed at the finer establishments because they smelled like their sheep or to speak plainly, they stank.  When a priest or a bishop or a pope says go be among the people and smell of your sheep they're saying in a roundabout way that the laity are so dumb and sinful that we actually stink of it and that's okay. Our Lord never said "Go right along with the stinking, dumb sinner and don't hold them to any standard or ask them to mend their ways." He really didn't.

Dearest, clergy, how about washing the sheep with the sacraments and cleaning yourself while you're at it?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Random thoughts after vacation


Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Shrine, Philadelphia
  • Rocky and I went on vacation in Pennsylvania last week and took my mother with us.  We ate Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, gazed upon the beautiful farms and quilts and admired the animals. On Friday we went to Philadelphia and visited the Miraculous Medal and St. John Neuman shrines and we went to the Holy Spirit nun's Divine Love chapel for adoration. The chapel is gorgeous and we listened to the nuns praying their Office. We also saw both the extern sister and a cloistered nun who was adoring. We went to the vigil Mass at a Redemptorist parish and while it wasn't horrible it wasn't very good.  Mass at a Redemptorist parish always seems to mean no Confiteor and lots of jokes but on the bright side, the parishioners are very friendly and don't mind tourists at all. Another good thing about St. Anthony of Padua church in Lancaster, PA is that it is handicapped accessible with ramps and an elevator which was great for my mother.

  • If a guy pulls out a knife and cuts your throat it really doesn't matter if he's a lone wolf or a member of an organized international pack. You are still dead and your family is still miserable and the people who stood helplessly and watched you be butchered are still terrorized.

  • Are you in the Navy?  It's time to get out. Oh and please, if you belong to another branch of the military don't think this won't be forced on you too. It's coming.

  • Two priests in Mexico were kidnapped and found dead.  They are not lions or gorillas so their deaths will not make the world news.

  • Our Lord was not a social worker. 

St. Maximilian

When I was a child someone told me that a messy desk is sign of a disorganized person.  I cant' tell you how delighted I was to find this photo of St. Maximilian at his desk.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Tailor Monks

This Walter Dendy Sadler painting shows Dominicans at work on either habits or vestments. I love his domestic monastery scenes.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Confession


St. Augustine has something to say to you


Lust indulged became habit,
and habit unresisted


became necessity.


St. Augustine of Hippo





Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Life in the Dark Ages

I was working while to this homily on what Catholics need to do to survive living in a depraved culture. The priest speaks about the so-called Benedict Option.  I don't put too much stock in the Benedict option partially because the idea comes from an author I'm highly skeptical of and partially because I'm not sure it would work.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Dies Irae



Eternal rest, grant unto them oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.