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.