Sunday, November 24, 2013

random thoughts

  • There's a Catholic writer whom I won't identify because it wouldn't do any good, who is highly knowledgeable about Catholic dogma, very well written, and comes off as utterly miserable. He/she seems to think that anyone who isn't doing obvious forms of penance or who has more than a pot to pee in is a horrible sinner. After a few hours of reading him/her I was utterly repulsed. I can't imagine how he/she comes off to non-Catholics. I'm not saying we should go around like blind fools and there is a LOT to be disgusted by in the Church and in our country but  constant bitter joylessness doesn't make for good  Catholics either.

  • Regina Magazine is absolutely lovely.

  • C. S. Lewis was not Catholic.

  • Everything ages, dies and decays : people, countries, civilization. I think the West is in the senile stage.

  • I love Winter. Rocky and I get up in the wee, small hours on Sunday so he can drop me off at my mother's on his way to work. I go to sleep, eat breakfast with my mother and then we head to my uncle's nursing home. The clubs let out at 3 AM in DC and from that time to about 5 AM you need to be very alert because a drunken kid could easily stumble in front of your car. Thankfully DC has a lot of taxis but we've seen drunk drivers too. Right now it's so wonderfully cold on the East Coast that the 20somethings are actually going home instead of trying to hang out on the street.

  • My mother and I ran into the young pastor of Assumption as he was leaving my uncle's nursing home. Father is such an inspiration. He's a great confessor, and has a big heart.


David Madeley said...

Obviously I don't know the writer - what I would say is that many of us have an unreasonable inner critic, and when we read a strident piece, it's easy to misinterpret that stridency as being motivated by the same thing as our own inner critic - i.e pride. The first time I read the Imitation of Christ I thought "You want the moon on a stick!" In actual fact, Thomas a Kepmis doesn't want the moon on a stick, it's me who wants the moon on a stick, so that was the only way I could interpret his stridency.

Bailey Walker said...

I love reading your "Random Thoughts" posts. Thank you and God bless you and Rocky.

Dymphna said...

David, you're probably right.

Lola said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Rocky, your mother and your dear uncle!

Without knowing who the Catholic writer is, I could honestly say that I have done so little penance and am a horrible sinner.

Even senile, our Western Civilization has done so much for good over the centuries, but lately seems to be tolerating so much that is bad. Maybe it's depressed. Really.
Inertia is a symptom of depression. Numbness in pain. Evil self-medication. Our world is sick. Our civilization is sick. But, I see people trying. I see people relying and trusting the Lord. Maybe not a majority, but enough that I am inspired to try. The handful of bloggers I do read are encouraging to me. ;-)

God Bless you Dymphna and all whom you love this Thanksgiving!

Dymphna said...

Thank you, Lola.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"C. S. Lewis was not Catholic."

Wonder if Vatican II and its preparations were what finally put him off.

In that case he might have had an excuse for not converting.

Might, not daring to say it really was a sufficient one.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Nevertheless, he and Tolkien were, along with my gramp, two deceased souls I tried to get out of Purgatory, as soon as I could win an indulgence.