Sunday, November 16, 2014

random thoughts on a Saturday afternoon

  1. Is the proposed by certain Cardinals attitude of "mercy" toward adulterers  a Trojan Horse? Is it really a way to introduce homosexual "marriage" in the Church?
  2. Have you noticed that the people who used to say that Hispanics were the future of the Church in the US have fallen quiet? Is it because Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism are racing through Latin America?
  3. I read that there are going to be showers set up at the Vatican for the homeless. That sounds nice but I hope there is a plan for the problems that will come with the showers. Homeless men and women present a huge challenge. Why are they homeless? Because, in most cases,  the mental or drug and/or  drink induced  behavior or the plain criminal behavior that binds them is so bad that their own relatives and old friends can't deal with them. There will be drugs in the shower area. There will be crime.  Some of the homeless will become prey. Other will be agent of chaos themselves. Women tourists would be best served if they are told to stay away or only walk in groups near the showers. Volunteers  of both sexes will need a full course of safety training.

    At my old parish I had a number of homeless pals that I chatted with, donated to and tried to comfort but I knew, and the folks in charge of the homeless ministry said straight out that females should not be alone in a room with the clients. My husband Rocky used to check the restrooms and unused conference rooms before and after the bible study he attended at our old parish. After bible study he also escorted the usually young women who attended, to the door lest any of them be cornered by a client.   I am not saying fear the homeless. Many of them are pitiful victims who are afraid of you but you need to be realistic. No matter how many years you've been a lion tamer, you don't casually stroll into the den. I hope nobody gets hurt in and around the shower area and if they do, I hope it's not covered up.
  4. Yesterday I read part of an article about a spate of snatch and run attacks on women in NYC. I stopped reading when one of the victims was quoted as asking where the men were? Since each attack happened in the middle of busy sidewalks why didn't any man step in to help? I thought, "My sister, you can't have it both ways". Today's young man has probably seen his mother, his aunt or his sisters trade Dad  in for a check from the government or a support check and has grown up seeing the women in his life go from man to man.  Even if the women in his life were chaste while he was growing up he's seen that a single woman can take care of herself . All of his life he's been told that  womankind's biggest hindrance is man. One example of the the toxic atmosphere in this country between the sexes is a  t-shirt that was sold in  major clothing store chains. It  bore the words, "Boys are stupid. Throw rocks at them." Many people thought this was cute and ridiculed the people who found these shirts offensive. With all the poison  let loose in our society, why, my sister do you expect a man to step forward  to save  you? There are good men who would come to the rescue but they are thin on the ground and won't be around when you need one. Our feminists sisters think that's just great. I'm going to cheerfully use a cliche  here:  we can not put the genie back in the bottle.

  5. In your charity please pray for my uncle in the nursing home.  They found blood in a stool sample and he's scheduled for an ulcer test and a colonoscopy. I'm not sure how we are going to be able to get the Golightly prep formula into him because it doesn't taste good and he is not going to understand why he's being forced to fast. Fortunately both tests will be done at 6AM so he'll be able to eat as soon as possible.

  6. Every time you go to Mass the most glorious thing in the world happens. Bread and wine turns to the Flesh and Blood of Christ. We don't see it like St. Gregory did, but it happens just the same. 
Mass of St. Gregory



5 comments:

Joe Potillor said...

Definitely with you on all these things, in particular with the homeless. There are many challenges that you've mentioned. Hopefully it will be implemented well.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

I will pray for your uncle. Life is so full of challenges.

Dymphna said...

Thank you, Mary Ann!

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

I am also against the idea of showers for homeless in every parish, but for other reasons:

I read that there are going to be showers set up at the Vatican for the homeless.

Was it just showers at the Vatican, not elsewhere?

That sounds nice but I hope there is a plan for the problems that will come with the showers.

A goodf plan would be to ask parishioners to allow "clean" homeless to take showers at their homes, when not physically clean.

Homeless men and women present a huge challenge.

According to some, which are not exactly the guys I prefer to be helped by.

Why are they homeless?

Plenty of different reasons.

Because, in most cases, the mental or drug and/or drink induced behavior or the plain criminal behavior that binds them is so bad that their own relatives and old friends can't deal with them.

Oh boy ....

"in most cases"

And then "mental or drug or drink induced".

Are you sure you are Catholic, your priest is Catholic, your husband is Catholic?

I think you have a few Calvinists around.

Unless of course, on the other hand, Baptists are as bad as Calvinists.

Note, we are talking about not just behaviour of "mentally ill, drunken or high on drugs" type, but also of behaviour "induced by" these factors.

Oh sure. X is rude to you after he considered you were rude to him.

He has a job. He has a home. You think, perhaps you were after all rude to him.

He is homeless and you think his rudeness to you is a behaviour induced by mental illness, drug abuse or drunkenness.

It could not by any chance be induced by being confrontated with much rudeness while he's on the streets?

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

There will be drugs in the shower area. There will be crime. Some of the homeless will become prey. Other will be agent of chaos themselves.

Those things can happen.

What you forget is a homeless man can lose his exchange clothes in a shower or get scabies in it.

A man with scabies risks being refused the shower if he tells things as they are. A huge factor in not quite succeeding a cure against scabies and one which people don't have to deal with when having a shower at home and treating scabies with much more ease.

So, perhaps a man with scabies just used the shower the next homeless man is using.

And just after he had cured his scabies, he gets them back again, through showers used in common.

Am I for Communism? N ... o .... w ... a ... y!

A few days ago, I took a shower and later in the day I knew I had lost my clothes exchange somewhere, a bag and a little sheet with each clean clothes in them.

Now, I phoned the metro line, they had no idea.

I phoned the shower where I had been. THEY told me, if anything was on the floor, they threw it in the bins.

I did repair the sack a little later, so as not to just lose things, but if it was in the shower and it was a loss, that means the shower reduced my chances of cleanliness a bit.

Guess why I am NOT a huge fan of "Pope Francis" gesture.

"Women tourists would be best served if they are told to stay away or only walk in groups near the showers. Volunteers of both sexes will need a full course of safety training."

I wonder how many of MY chances of getting:

* business partners in paper publishing of my texts
* business partners in using my compositions (I don't play an instrument myself)
AND
* a wife

have been destroyed by people told to get away from me, to approach me only in groups, not to read my blogs, to consider me as a potential scammer, and how much of such attitudes have to do with the kind of safety training certain volunteers get.

It has delayed at least ten years of my life.

And THAT kind of prejudice is probably LOTS more of a common reason homeless have a hard time (and sometimes give others a hard time too) than so called "the mental or drug and/or drink induced behavior or the plain criminal behavior that binds them".

If your priests cannot see that, consider them as Protestant heretics. If YOU cannot see that, consider yourself as one.