Saturday, June 17, 2017

Random thoughts and St. Paul

  • St. Paul has something to say to you:

    1 Cor. 11:26-27.
    As often as you shall eat this Bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord, until He comes. Therefore whoever eats this Bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily, will be guilty of the Body and Blood of the Lord. Alleluia.
  • Sometimes it's more interesting to me what the big Catholic news sites and blogs don't mention rather than what they do. When Nellie Gray, the founder of the March for Life died in 2012, most Catholic news sites didn't even mention it. When David Bowie, the rock star died, there were loving tributes everywhere. Even a cardinal felt the need to embarrass himself by Tweeting a quote from Bowie's song Space Oddity. When singer, Chris Cornell killed himself I was surprised to see long posts on multiple blog but so far, I haven't seen anything except Twitter posts about the torture and murder of Bishop Balla in Cameroon.

  • I have come to loathe some of the attorneys and co-workers at my job. They haven't changed. I have. Either my tolerance level has lowered or it's because they have become completely unhinged since the election and are not careful with what they say. I come from a working class family and it is unnerving to hear how much my Harvard and Yale bosses despise normal people. Whenever they have to go on trial outside of the East or West Coasts they moan and groan as if they are going to Calcutta. I over heard two attorneys talking about how they ventured beyond Whole Foods, Trader Joes and their favorite farmer's market and ---gasp--- went to a regular grocery store (Harris Teeter to be exact), as if they went on safari. I think if they went to Walmart or Sav-a-Lot they'd have a stroke. It's like the Floating World of Edo era Japan. The inhabitants have their drivers, their cheap illegal nannies, gardeners and to Hell with everybody else. I guess I need to start looking for another job.

  • I read a comment on another blog saying that Christians have lost every social battle for the last 50 years and maybe it's time to give up. I remember wondering what this person was talking about. Most American Christians of all sects have gone along with the moral decline bit by bit and Catholics with the deathly fear that seems to afflict many of us, of looking different have trailed along.

  • I've never liked Mark Shea. This does not improve my already low view of him.

  • Maureen Mullarkey is not backing down on her opinion of St. Fautsina and Divine Mercy.


Anita Moore said...

Just read the commentary of Maureen Mullarkey (of whom I had never heard before) on St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy devotion. She is certainly an articulate writer, but I can't say I find her arguments persuasive. Where she really jumps the shark is her argument that the Christ Who shunned earthly kingship must necessarily shun the title of "King of Mercy." How can she fail to distinguish between the political kingship the people tried to thrust upon Him while He lived on earth, and the divine Kingship that is His as the Incarnate God? Christ accepted divine homage from doubting Thomas, whom He did not rebuke for calling Him "my Lord and my God!" Does Mullarkey also refuse to celebrate the feast of Christ the King?

Nobody is required to adopt the Divine Mercy devotion, or to pray the chaplet -- I have a friend who doesn't like to pray it and who describes it as "the lazy man's Rosary." Maureen Mullarkey is perfectly within her rights to hold the views she holds, but I find her reasoning on the subject flawed.

Steve Dalton said...

Dymphna, thr elitists at Yale and Harvard have been like that since Unitarianism became their guilding light in early 1800's. Unitarianianism was simply the early flowering of the mindset we now call leftism. When they were in ascendancy it was easy for them to be positive about their place in the sun. But now that the American people are getting fed up with their highhandedness, they are coming to the realization that they may lose their grip on the wheels of power. So their contempt for you and me is coming out into the open. I hope it continues, for the mask needs to be ripped off these phoney snobs.

Michael Ortiz said...

Mullarkey, I agree, is way off on her criticism of Faustina. The nun's journal is bracing and orthodox.

Barbara Jensen said...

I wrote to Ms. Mullarkey when her first piece disparaging St. Faustina was printed. It is interesting to note that she has no place for comments on her blog site. Sort of like 'hit and run' journalism. She accuses the humble nun of outrageous pride while failing to see her own. Of course I received no answer from this elitist writer, but she followed this first stupendous attack with a second article stating her reasons why she thinks Sr. Faustina was canonized. She indicated that this second article was only part 1 of her treatise. Clearly Ms. Mullarkey is full of malarkey. She is very troubled by Sister Faustina and I find that she 'dost protest too much'. I told her that her natural and unbridled antipathy towards Faustina says more about her than the saint. That she doesn't recognize classic and depth mystical theology inherent in Sr. Faustina's writings is indicative of Mullarkey's spiritual impoverishment.