Wednesday, February 29, 2012
They hate us. They really, really hate us. And you know what? That’s great. If this statement shocks you please consider this: If you are approved of by the cool kids, then you probably aren’t doing the right thing. No servant is better than the master. The world hated Our Lord and if we are true followers of Him, then the folks at the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the oh so twee gossip sites, and the New York Times are going to despise us.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Today's afternoon reading really got my attention:
What a man sows, he reaps. If he sows in the field of self-indulgence he will get a harvest of corruption out of it; if he sows in the field of the Spirit he will get from it a harvest of eternal life.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
- I went to Mass at St. Matthews Cathedral for Ash Wednesday. It was fine except the cantor sang the Kyrie at the Prayers of the Faithful instead of the "Lord hear our prayer," response. He sang it as long as possible and almost in the melisma style so nobody who wasn't a trained singer could really follow him. It may be permitted but I don't really care for it.
- What is wrong with Chris Matthews? Did he get kicked in the head as a child or was he the victim of harsh potty training? If he feels this way about Catholics why did he go to the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament Church to sign his new book?
- I was reading a blog where a commenter mentioned that she had gone to help out at a food bank and was shocked because the people were uncouth, (I take it nobody used a finger bowl), badly dressed, and some of the women were fat (I bet this person isn't so pretty herself), and people were actually watching TV while they ate. The TV thing is something that was beyond the pale in her household, apparently. She also seemed to get the vapors because American Idol was on. Reading this really made me angry. I hope this woman doesn’t go back or if she does, I hope that the ladies who run the food bank wisely keep her in the back peeling potatoes or washing pans. If I ever get to the point where I need to go somewhere to get a free meal I’d hate to have this imperious “Christian” looking down her precious nose at me. If you’re going to do something with the hardcore underclass or even the folks who recently slipped into dire financial straits this Lent please don’t be like this person. Nobody who’s hit the skids (and considering what’s happened to this country that could be any of us) needs someone mincing about going “Ew, yucky!,” at them. Throw a dollar into the collection plate instead.
- Please say a prayer for this good man.
- The more I read about Fr. McRae the more I think that we are no better than the folks in Old Salem.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
sexual license and don't think beyond that. Like Essau they will gladly toss away everything in order to satisfy an appetite. Pity the poor priest who will be faced with Governor O'Malley and his meddlesome, loud mouthed wife when they present themselves for Communion this Sunday.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
- I've said what I think about Theology of the Body before. My feelings haven't changed. Something about it just doesn't feel or smell right to me especially after reading this .
- Remember when Anne Rice announced that she was Catholic again? People fell over themselves to praise her and her close to, if not totally blasphemous books on Jesus. I remember walking into the Pauline and the Immaculate Conception Basilica bookstores and seeing huge displays of her work. Now the poor woman has left the Church and says she's not sure she even believes in God. Was she ever sincere or was the whole thing just a publicity stunt?
- The US bishops still don't get it.
- Nicki Minaj attempted to be shocking with her lame little Grammy act but we've all seen that garbage before. She may immitate Madonna who got quite rich offending Catholics but she lacks the old woman's rat-like cunning and I see the words "has-been" and "one hit wonder" in her future.
- Speaking of entertainers, I was so sad to hear about Whitney Houston. On her worse day when she couldn't even hit her high notes she had more talent in her little finger than 90% of the pop singers on the world stage today. Her voice was the background music to my 20s. She was my husband's favorite woman singer and we will remember her with affection and sadness. May God have mercy on her soul.
- On March 18th, there will be Laetare Sunday Evensong & Benediction at St. Rita's.
- I still don't have my plan for Lent ready yet.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
I recall a query on a discussion board from years ago from a newlywed man who had been unhappily celibate since his honeymoon. He said his wife was afraid of getting pregnant. Some people advised him to be patient and try romance. Others suggested that he get a better job and reassure her that she wasn't going to turn into a household drudge. Others suggested marital counseling. One person wrote in and said in essence, "Dude you've been had. Go to your priest and demand an annulment." I occasionally wonder what happened to that young couple.
Where does this Western world fear of babies come from?
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
I was sick and so we missed our regular Mass time and had to go to St. Thomas Moore Cathedral in Arlington. It was interesting. I never really like it there and find the music nigh on to unbearable but the priest is a fine man who Rocky respects and he always celebrates a sober, reverent Mass and gives intelligent homilies. At the end of Mass, right before the dismissal, Father read a letter on the HHS mandate from Bishop Loverde and Archbishop DiLorenzo in Richmond. At least a quarter of the people in the pews got up and rather noisily left before the poor priest had finished reading. I found that curious. The lay staff at the cathedral are generally rude but I've never known the parishioners to be. Were they making some kind of statement by the walk out?
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Thursday, February 02, 2012
- One of my favorite priests, Fr. Byers has been on fire lately. He’s politely saying something that’s been on a lot of people’s minds. It’s great that our bishops have come out against the HHS mandate but it’s so late in the evening. It's like screaming because your toddler is crossing the road. Of course you should be alarmed but the original problem is that you weren't paying attention to your child in the first place.
Anne Barnhardt (yeah, her style is not always to my taste but when she’s right, ole girl is right) has several interesting things to say about this mess and makes a sad prediction that I agree with. She thinks the average Catholic will shrug about the HHS mandate and do nothing while wishing that Father would please stop talking about it and get back to planning the parish festival.
- Candlemass at St. Rita's tonight was amazing. I think it must be one of the most beautiful Masses I've ever been too. Thank you Fr. Eagle for your enthusiasm and willingness to go the extra mile. The schola sang this antiphon while we all processed through the church with our candles behind the celebrant:
Adorn thy bridal-chamber, O Sion, and welcome Christ the King: with loving embrace greet Mary who is the very gate of heaven; for she bringeth to thee the glorious King of the new light: remaining ever a Virgin yet she bearest in her arms the Son begotten before the day-star: even the Child, whom Simeon taking into his arms, declared to the peoples to be the Lord of life and death, and the Savior of the world.
Hearing this who wouldn't get excited?
- Now Thou dost dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word in peace;
- Because my eyes have seen Thy salvation,
- Which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples:
- A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel.
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Mark Berndt is 61, years old and he doesn't have a vow of celibacy. He's free to have as many women as he wanted and guess what he's a child molester. I am not excusing the priests who did this kind of thing but this horrifying story goes to show that perverts can be found in all walks of life. It's the child molester's greatest strength, the ability to blend in and look so darn normal for years. I wonder if the media will take a look at how many children's lives are ruined in school by their own teachers? I doubt it.