Sunday, February 01, 2009

a vast messy family

My family reunion is going to be in July in Charleston this year. My people are a colorful lot. Some are brilliant, some aren't. Some are rich and others are just barely hanging on right now. One cousin and her husband were both laid off from their jobs. Please pray for them. Some are AME Zion, Baptist (several different varities) and some haven't been to church since the last family funeral. We have had a little more than our share of tragedy but there are a ton of funny family stories too. We are like a big net full of fish.

The Church is like that too. We have Sr. Joan Chisseter, we have that priest who jumps naked over campfires; in my diocese we had a priest who's hobby was exposing himself in parks. He's gone now, I don't know if he's even still Catholic but until his last escapade went public he was a priest in good standing. We had a priest in Virginia who had a wife and kids hidden one county over from his parish. He was apparently dipping into the parish money too. We have a bishop who is under Federal investigation, we've had bishops leave their posts in disgrace. We have bishops who smile benignly while dancing girls gyrate in gauze and leotards before the Blessed Sacrament. We have nuns who think it's more important to be social workers than adore the Lord, we have heretics in all but name teaching kids CCD. We have meddlesome busybodies who interfere with everything their priest tries to do.

On the otherhand we also have all the saints, in heaven, unknown on earth and in Purgatory.

The big net of the Church has fish like St. Joan of Arc and monsters like Gilles de Rais. The net is big enough to hold the whole world so I guess it's big enough to hold the SSPX and the Anglo Catholics too.

Happy Superbowl Sunday. I'm off to have an appletini.

1 comment:

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"One cousin and her husband were both laid off from their jobs."

If they are still looking for something to do as gainful occupation, let them have a look at this:

hglwrites : A little note on further use conditions

And it applies to other blogs of mine too, not just this one.

Before using the donative option, they might want a look at this:

New blog on the kid : On Donativo, a Practical Point

If they are more into music than printing, here is a point:

musicalia : What's the deal? C'est quoi ce truc?

If, on the other hand, they would like printing, but don't know how to print books that actually hold together, as opposed to ill stapled bundles of otherwise loose papers, here is a method:

Recipes from Home and Abroad : Instructions about Printing

And if these two no longer need it, with such a huge family, sooner or later someone else might do so!