- I used to read the blog of the Anchoress every day but she's gone round the bend on the immigration issue so I'm done. I hate it when people get sentimental about illegal immigration. I don't care about your Italian grandfather and how he had it tough when he first arrived in New York in the 1920s. I don't want to hear anymore about your Polish great grandmother who arrived at Ellis Island with nothing but a pierogi recipe and her her pride. Enough with the sob stories! For pity's sake, forget about grandpa in this context--- he's dead. If you really think that creating a massive new underclass is a good thing for America then argue that point but don't get all gooey on me.
- Guerilla Apologetics looks like a pretty good book.
- I confess, if I had a kid who was graduating from Catholic school I'd probably cheer when his or her name was called. It's not good manners but hey, after 4 years of very expensive hell even parents deserve to let off some steam. When I graduated from Immaculate Conception there was concern that parents might actually boo the Archbishop and some of us were considering refusing to shake his hand. In the end people either sat in silence or clapped briefly after he spoke and for our principal's sake we all shook his hand.
- This weekend before lighting up the barbecue spare a moment to think about what Memorial day is. Millions of American men died so that we can live our soft, comfortable lives today.
- Fabric softener rules! After washing my new veil in it the thing actually lies down instead of standing out like the Flying warrior nun.
- Thinking about the priesthood? Check out Seminary Source.
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
I read about this on Amy Welborn's blog. I must say I'm disappointed in the Open Book readers. If there's a juicy sex scandal they have plenty to say but when Catholics are doing good for the Lord there's hardly a comment.
Sunday, May 21, 2006
I ususually wear a chapel cap but I dislike having to stop and pull out bobby pins to secure it. Ideally I'd like to have a nice soft veil that won't stand up like its been starched or fly away when I move. I want something that doesn't look dumb on a 5 foot tall woman.
Oh well. Now I need to find my digital camera so I can sell the two veils I bought this weekend because I can't return the darn things.
I had no idea that DVC was the best selling book of the 21rst century and sadly, it looks like the movie is doing great business. In six months the movie itself will have been forgotten and the bookstores will disassemble those huge DVC displays. America is like that. We go from one fad to another but the fact that it made so much money means something; something horribly sad.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
"Complaints of sexual abuse first surfaced in the late 1990s, when nine former members of the Legionaries filed a canonical complaint against Maciel with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, alleging that they had been abused by Maciel as seminarians and young priests. Those acts, according to the accusers, dated to a period from 1943 to the early 1960s."
This doesn't make complete sense and I'm supposing that all the disgusting details have not been made public. If you are a seminarian (not a minor seminarian, that's just a kid) or a young priest and you're having sex with your superior that's not a molestation that's an affair. This sounds like a prowling homosexual rather than a child moleser and how do you prove or disprove that something sexual happened in 1943? Still, if Marciel was soliciting sex way back then he has no business being the head of the Legionaires today.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
----St. John Eudes
When this book comes out a lot of people are going to be sick.
St. John Eudes, pray for us!
Because I am dishonest, forgive me Lord.
Because I am egotistical, forgive me Lord.
Because I am undisciplined, forgive me Lord.
Because I am weak, forgive me Lord.
Because I am impure, forgive me Lord.
Because I am arrogant, forgive me Lord.
Because I am self-centered, forgive me Lord,
Because I am pompous, forgive me Lord.
Because I am insincere, forgive me Lord.
Because I am unchaste, forgive me Lord.
Because I am grasping, forgive me Lord.
Because I am judgmental, forgive me Lord.
Because I am impatient, forgive me Lord.
Because I am shallow, forgive me Lord.
Because I am inconsistent, forgive me Lord.
Because I am unfaithful, forgive me Lord.
Because I am immoral, forgive me Lord.
Because I am ungrateful, forgive me Lord.
Because I am disobedient, forgive me Lord.
Because I am selfish, forgive me Lord.
Because I am lukewarm, forgive me Lord.
Because I am slothful, forgive me Lord.
Because I am unloving, forgive me Lord.
Because I am uncommitted, forgive me Lord.
Because I am sinful, forgive me Lord.
Because I am loved by You, thank you Lord!
(Authored by Father Raymond, a Pavlik Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, N.J.)
A Very powerful Prayer To Obtain A Favor
O great passion! O deep Wounds! O Blood shed in abundance! O meekness! O God of meekness, O cruel death, have mercy on me and grant my request if it be for my salvation.
Promises Of Our Lord
"With my Wounds and my Divine Heart you can obtain all."
(State your prayer request)
"Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Wounds of our Lord Jesus Christ to heal those of our souls." ( 300 days indulgence each time this prayer is said.)
"My Jesus, pardon and mercy, by the merits of Thy Holy Wounds." (300 days indulgence each time this prayer is said.)
(With ecclesiastical approval)
Prayer is from the Monastery of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 745 St. John's Place, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11216
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
No, I’m not happy about Bishop Wuerl, especially after reading this but at least Cardinal McCarrick is leaving. The mighty American Papist has a fantastic roundup of links about the new leader of my diocese. Judging by what I've been reading Wuerl is just going to be McCarrick lite.
Monday, May 15, 2006
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Friday, May 12, 2006
St. Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face, patroness of black missions and of sick people please pray for my mother in law who is sick in body and for this country which is sick to the soul.
Fr. Altier was cast out of his parish because he didn't like the diocese sponsored sex ed program. Child abusers got to stay in their parishes and continued to abuse kids for years. Heretics are happily preaching filth from their pulpits. There are at least two well known priests who are allowed to go traipsing about the country spouting non Catholic doctrine. This is all apparently okay. So somebody explain to me why a good priest has been treated in such a shabby way.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
I just read a really disturbing article in Culture Wars. I won't link to it because I find it so distasteful. Normally I wouldn't go near that magazine but the article was in a link from another blog and thinking I was going to see a nice little puff piece I started reading. Anyway, IF what was said in the article is true then I'm disappointed. However, even if the accusations are true dang it-- there are innocent kids involved; two of whom are under the age of 6. I hope the author of this thing had a lawyer check it first because at least two items mentioned seem suspect to me.
And what, pray tell was the point of this article? The subject and her husband are not the pope or a pair of bishops. They and their work are unknown to most American Catholics. Why tell all this now? The whole article seemed like the author wanted to stir the pot just for the hell of it.
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Beautiful is Mother Teresa. Beautiful is Pope Benedict. Beautiful is the little old woman who comes to the 8 AM Mass at St. Matthews everyday. Beautiful, is Fr. Theoden hobbling towards the altar with a radiant look on his face. Beautiful is Fr. Pablo Straub doing a mission. Beautiful is my Mama who worked two jobs to keep me in Immaculate Conception Academy after my father died. Beautiful is my friend Rani Lou who has six children and who is willing to take as many God wants her to have. Look beyond the face and body if you want to see beauty.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
- 600 people came to the Tridentine Mass at St. Lawrence. Praise the Lord!
- When I look at what 40 years of welfare have done for the black family I could almost weep. Oh for a latter day Dagger John.
- Enough with the Hamlet routine, Rod .
- I made a decision years ago to dress with modesty. That doesn't mean plainness. No-one would mistake me for an Old Order Mennonite or an Amish woman. I'm decently covered but I don’t buy anything that doesn't look good or that makes my husband say "ugh". Recently there was a huge conversation-- well it was really a shark feeding frenzy--- about modest women in blogville. Modest women were largely mocked and called tacky. That's a shame. There's a very modest, very plainly dressed woman at my back up church. I call her Hester (no, that's not her name). She's ignored by the more fashionable ladies but I've noticed something. Hester's husband looks at her like she's Grace Kelly. Her children are sweet and beautifully mannered and she radiates serenity. Hester may not own a mini skirt or Versace dress and her haircut looks like it's from the 70s but she's apparently happy and is a fine example to her daughters and the other kids at church and that's no small thing.
- Why are Catholics upset about the anti-Catholic incidents at Baylor University? It's a Baptist school, people. My daddy, may he rest in peace, was a Baptist and he was okay with me going to Catholic schools and being a de facto Catholic but when I wanted to get baptized he flipped out. Mama and I had to do it on the sly. It was the same deal with my confirmation. Instead of worrying about Baylor or Oral Roberts U. more of us need to be pissing fire about what's going on at Notre Dame.
- After reading this blog I'm always so thankful for my parish.
- Digital Hairshirt has become one of my favorite blogs.
- I haven't said anything about the DaVinci Code movie or book because frankly, I think if anyone is so stupid as to believe this warmed over blasphemy then they are invincibly ignorant and nothing I could say would change anything. Plus, as Fr. Corapi once said I just don't contend with people anymore. I'm trying to be like St. John who once got up and left his tub because he heard that a well known heretic had just walked into the hot springs bath house. St. John did yell to everyone else to leave but he also didn't fight with the man because he knew the dude was so far gone that he wouldn't listen to another human being. I also don't want to talk about DVC because my natural inclination is closer to St. Nicholas who once walked up to the heretic Arius and decked him. Now That's a Santa Claus I can really love.