Friday, December 22, 2006

random thoughts for a Friday night

  • I've been running around, finishing up work so I could go home for Christmas vacation, delivering gifts and cards and making a half hearted attempt at cleaning up the sty--- I mean the living room. We don't have a tree yet which isn't bad because I hadn't planned to put one up until Christmas Eve anyway but so far every place I've contacted has sold out of the trees I want.

  • I went to church on Wednesday to say a rosary for my co-worker and was annoyed as all get out by my fellow parishioners. About four or five people stared at me like they've never seen a black Catholic before. I usually laugh this off but it really got me this time. I mentioned it to a priest and bless his heart, he told me that perhaps those silly people are staring because I'm beautiful. Aw shucks, that was sweet.

  • According to The Cafeteria is Closed and Whispers in the Loggia retired Bishop Gumbleton has finally been told to sit down and shut up. That's great but what about all the souls he's messed up over all these years?

  • I wish Virgil Goode was my Congressman instead of that wretch, Jim Moran.

  • I got a lovely Christmas e-mail from the Sisters of Carmel in Colorado. They made my husband's rosary and I got my Holy Face medal from them.


Jennifer said...

Wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas!

Dymphna said...

You too Jennifer!

Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

About four or five people stared at me like they've never seen a black Catholic before.

Many years ago I did a tour of duty at Pax River NAS down in St. Mary's County, MD.

I was pleasantly suprized at the number of Catholics who were black. Is NoVa that different?

Dymph, I'll bet you were stared at for exactly the reasons your priest told you. I'll bet most of those doing the staring were guys, right? *evil grin!*

BTW, are you gonna post a pic of you so we can all stare? Or am I risking a punch in the nose from Rocky?*double evil grin here!*

Dymphna said...

Vir, were you at Lexington Park? Southern Maryland is a lotdifferent from NoVa. It's full of very old parishes some going back to the first Catholic families. There are a lot of black Catholics in MD. The vast majority of black Catholic in Norhtern Virginia tend to go to either the Josephite or Holy Spirit run parishes (two orders dedicated to serving black people). Rocky agreed with the priest which made me remember once again what a great husband I have. I may post a pic one day. It's kind of fun being unseen. Merry Christmas!

Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Yep, we lived in Lexington Park, stationed at Pax River, and our parish was St Michael's down in Ridge (our daughter went to St. Michael's school, as well).

I LOVED Southern Maryland! St Mary's county in particular. 78% Catholic... public school buses that served the Catholic schools (and there were plenty of 'em!), and even a County maintained Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes!

It really hit me that I was in a heavily Catholic area when I saw billboards during the Lenten season where grocery stores were advertising fish with huge letters 'LENTEN SPECIALS!!'

Have a Merry Christmas