Saturday, June 22, 2013

random thoughts

*Years ago I read was wandering around Borders Bookstore and picked up a copy of Fawn Brodie's biography of Joseph Smith, No Man Knows My History. It's beautifully written and is actually pretty kind to Smith. Brodie's theory was that Joseph Smith was just fooling around when he came up with the angel and golden plates story but then things got out of hand and he couldn't go back on the lie. Eventually because of his tremendous talents of persuasion and preaching Brodie guesses that Smith came to believe his own hype. Mrs. Brodie talks frankly about Smith's twenty plus,  polygamous wives but good taste kept her from going into too much detail. Helen Mar Kimball, was one of the wives and she was just 14. Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner was 12 when Smith first spoke to her about marriage. She was a grown woman and legally married to another man who was out of town on business when Smith finally broke down her resistance and they were sealed. Most women married young in those days but it's the coercion and the callousness of the seductions that is so tragic. Smith doesn't seem to have supported a single wife other than his first one and  his god apparently told him to marry either young girls who's fathers hero worshipped him or married women who's husbands would swallow their pride and pay the bills.
 
 
 
 *We had a guest priest last week and it was weirdly fascinating. He ad libbed prayers, gave us commentary on the readings, chatted with the altar boys, and declared "Hugs and kisses and handshakes!" for the sign of peace. I didn't get upset. Father is elderly and came of age in the 60s. I'm guessing that nobody who lived through the Church's groovy era came out of it unscathed.  I'll be glad when our pastor gets back from vacation.
 
 
 *Envy is a sin, especially you're pretending to be righteous. I was reading a comment on a Catholic site by a woman who wrote with faux sweetness of the "rich" people in their luxury vehicles who come to her town every weekend. It doesn’t seem to occur to this lady that if those rich folks stop coming, her husband and many of her friends will be out of their jobs since the only industry in her town is tourism.  I read another comment on the same blog by a woman who cleans houses for a living. Many of her clients attend the same parish she does. She wrote about their jewelry, their clothes, their children’s activities  and their SUVs and then bragged about her own simple poor but happy life. I was tempted to write in and say, “Hey, ma’am. One way for your clients to simplify their lives would be to fire you.”


 
*Cardinal Dolan.......

10 comments:

Joe Potillor said...

Glad you survived the Mass...

I know someone who left the Catholic Faith for Mormonism...he needs prayers.

Old Bob said...

Thanks for all the lovely painting, Dymphna.
Much appreciated.

Lola said...

Love the painting!

Those groovey Catholics! Thank you for being charitable even in your own blog which encourages me tremendously.

Envy is rampant, and I chuckled with your pithy observations.

Joe, your friend will be in my prayers.

Steve Dalton said...

Cdl. Dolan proves once again why we're lucky as all get out that he didn't become Pope!

Unknown said...

Joe, I'll pray for your friend.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"It's beautifully written and is actually pretty kind to Smith. Brodie's theory was that Joseph Smith was just fooling around when he came up with the angel and golden plates story but then things got out of hand and he couldn't go back on the lie."

Mine was that he, like Hesiod and initially Mohammed, was fooled by a false apparition.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"Helen Mar Kimball, was one of the wives and she was just 14. Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner was 12 when Smith first spoke to her about marriage."

Mother of St Francis of Sales was 8 when marriage was spoken of and 14 when marrying him.

So?

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"She was a grown woman and legally married to another man who was out of town on business when Smith finally broke down her resistance and they were sealed."

That and polygamy are far worse things than the business of her having been 12.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"Most women married young in those days"

When there were far fewer abortions and - outside the acquaintances of Joseph Smith - divorces per marriages than now.

And I am considered, by some, a pervert for wanting that legal system back?

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"I was reading a comment on a Catholic site by a woman who wrote with faux sweetness of the "rich" people in their luxury vehicles who come to her town every weekend. It doesn’t seem to occur to this lady that if those rich folks stop coming, her husband and many of her friends will be out of their jobs since the only industry in her town is tourism."

Are you sure her sweetness is faux?

Are you sure she is really envious?