Tuesday, May 20, 2014

random thoughts on dumb quotes and other stuff

*I normally don't have any use for First Things but this piece by Mary Mullarkey is impressive. 

*As I discovered last year, there is more than one method to hearing Mass. You can happily use your missal or not. The author of the Raccolta blog posted this classic method which was recommended by St. Francis deSales.

*Have you ever noticed the "inspirational" quotes that litter Pininterest and women's Facebook pages? Most of them give me the creeps because the seem to have three themes: man hating, delusions of grandeur and sullenness. I've even seen some mildly hostile towards men quotes on Christian women's sites which immediately made me skeptical about those women's testimony. Don't take those "inspirational" sayings to heart and try to live by them. Not all men are lunkheads, your problems can not be solved by wine or chocolate, and women are just as fallible as men. 
One of the most popular quotes  is allegedly by Marilyn Monroe:

“I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”

Well wait a minute. Marilyn was an adulteress who abandoned her husband in pursuit of fame. She was also an addict who destroyed herself at 36. That's not something to aspire to. Marilyn was nice to look at but she failed to bring lasting happiness to any man much less herself. The more I read this stuff, the more I wonder who on earth is posting it. 

*On Thursday the 22nd, my parish, St. Rita's will celebrate the saint's feast and the 100 year anniversary of the parish. There will be a Missa Cantata at 7:30. A professional schola will be singing.


newguy40 said...

Well, I have to confess I have a few not so Catholic or Christian quotes in my "quote library"

I pay zero attention to FB. I have a page but I'm not sure why I even got it in the first place...

My wife and I have been supporting and attending Mass at a local men's religious shrine for the past 5 years or so. We don't have an EF within a 3 hour round trip so we go there where the OF is... endurable. Anyway... this men's religious group also staff's a very small local parish that celebrated it's 100th with a Mass con-celebrated by the order's provincial and the diocesan bishop last Sundaty. I have to say, it was pretty cool. It was a really interesting way to connect to the history of the Faith locally. I am out on the far left coast and my wife and I have visited most of the local Spanish Missions and attended Mass there too. Heck, we were even married at one lo these 24 years ago. Touching the history of our Faith is very helpful in enduring the modernist crisis the Church seems to be rushing to this year (synod).

R J said...

The first time I ever visited San Francisco, I was told by a friend who lived there - and who was a very generous host - that one of the city's churches was the site, in January 1954, of Marilyn Monroe's wedding to Joe Di Maggio. My friend informed me (I haven't confirmed the tale with biographies of either celeb, so it might not be 101% accurate) that while they were certainly married at the church, they could not actually be married in the church. This was because under canon law both Miss Monroe and Mr. Di Maggio were still spliced to, respectively, Husband #1 and Wife #1.

Anyway in this case the course of True Lerve lasted, ahem, 274 days before MM demanded a divorce on the grounds of "mental cruelty". Cruelty so extreme, so horrible, that after MM had died her ex-spouse faithfully left roses on her tombstone every year.

If a recent book is to be believed, MM's 1962 "appointment in Samarra" was arranged by another celeb whose notions of Catholicism were if anything still more bizarre than her own:


Dymphna said...

There is a great story about archbishop Sheen telling Joe DiMaggio to his face that his marriage to Monroe was no marriage at all. Can you imagine a bishop doing that today?

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Link to method of hearing mass http://ppt.li/hearingmass is now a short link.