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. 

7 comments:

Oakes Spalding said...

1. Nice post. I'm glad you enjoyed your vacation.
2. Or, alternatively, our Lord was a social worker in the most real and true sense. The current crop doesn't match up.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"Our Lord was not a social worker."

True enough, when He gave alms, He did not ask fellow social workers to look and take note "look, he got a package with hygiene and food for two days, plus a ticket to a shelter".

He even discouraged such behaviour.

[1] Take heed that you do not your justice before men, to be seen by them: otherwise you shall not have a reward of your Father who is in heaven. [2] Therefore when thou dost an almsdeed, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honoured by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. [3] But when thou dost alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth. [4] That thy alms may be in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret will repay thee.

Matthew 6:1-4, Douay Rheims.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"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."

It matters to living people how he is described in media, though.

If he's described as a "lone wolf", those who realistically can be described such may be feared as if cut throats for the week after the news - and with some longer.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Ah...this makes me want to go to Philly to see the shrines. I also want to go to Doylestown to the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa (sp?). We've been visiting churches in Nova Scotia. They mostly seem to be ghost towns. Sad. At one time it must have been a very faith-filled area.

newguy40 said...

My youngest son now 21 at one time expressed deep interest and motivation to join the Marines.
He met with several active and retired officers and enlisted. I was secretly (well maybe not so secretly) thrilled at his interest and the effort he put in to learning what was needed.
A large part of his decision not to join was the anti christian and PC culture that had either seeped in to or pushed hard in to the military. The Marines much less so 4-5 years back.
I'm glad he didn't join. I thought that he might be a good Catholic example to the others. He has wanted to serve others in some capacity and is kind and forthright man.

Dymphna said...

Our next plan is to visit the Padre Pio Center in Pennsylvania and the Holy Stairs shrine in Pittsburgh.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

@newguy 40:

"I'm glad he didn't join."

Have the Marines become sth antichristian by now?