Thursday, December 25, 2008
In the five thousand one hundred and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth;
the two thousand nine hundred and fifty-seventh year after the flood;
the two thousand and fifteenth year from the birth of Abraham;
the one thousand five hundred and tenth year from Moses
and the going forth of the people of Israel from Egypt;
the one thousand and thirty-second year from David's being anointed king;
in the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel;
in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;
the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome;
the forty second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus;
the whole world being at peace,
in the sixth age of the world,
Jesus Christ the eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming,
being conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and nine months having passed since his conception,
was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary,
being made flesh.
The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Christmas Sequence from the Dominican Rite.
Joyfully the faithful chorus rejoices,
alleluia, the King of Kings is brought
forth from the womb of the immaculate
one, a wondrous thing!
The angel of counsel is born of a virgin,
sun from a star, sun knowing no setting,
star forever shining, forever bright.
As the star its ray, the virgin brings forth the son in like manner: neither star by its ray nor mother by her son is blemished.
The tall cedar of Lebanon is likened to
hyssop in our valley; the word, spirit of
the most high, underwent incarnation,
taking on flesh.
Isaiah sang it, the synagogue remembers,
yet will never cease to be blind if it
believes not its own prophecies, nor the
those of the sayings of the sibyls.
Wretched one, believe the ancient truth,
why would you be damned, miserable people? Consider the Son, whom scripture teaches; the very one the childbearer bore. Amen.
-- Bernard of Clairvaux
(If Bishop Skylba has a problem with VENI EMMANUEL, this would give him a coronary.)
Monday, December 22, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Most people know about the U. S. S. Arizona, sunk at Pearl Harbor, never completely salvaged, and now a memorial. But, did you know that there is another un-salvaged ship at Pearl Harbor that was also sunk on December 7, 1941. She is the U. S. S. Utah, BB-31, a battleship later converted into a target ship. She was accidental sunk as she was not in her usual berth. (The Japanese were instructed not to attack her as she was not considered a worthwhile target.) 58 officers and men were killed when she went down. One of these men, Chief Watertender Peter Tomich was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in saving others as the ship sank. The U. S. S. Utah remains at her berth on Ford Island. (Her bell was salvaged is in front of the NROTC building at the University of Utah.) Read more about her here.
Friday, December 05, 2008
I would add another causes, really a contributing reason for minimalism in scheduling, Saturday evening Vigil Masses. In the old days, Saturday afternoons and evenings were devoted to hearing Confessions. However, with the advent of the Saturday vigil Mass, this was not the case; a Mass needed to be celebrated and prepared for. Confession got squeezed out and unnecessarily so.
There are few reasons for Saturday vigil Masses and many for suppressing the practice. What began as an outreach for people who could not attend Mass on Sunday morning has become a convenience for people who like to sleep in. Further, it is destructive to the special nature of Sunday. It is much better to have a Sunday evening Mass if an evening Mass must be said.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
how I can afford to buy one of these before the Obamanation tries to outlaw them. Why do I want one? So that I can shoot it. Guess I will have to take a trip next week up to Idaho to once again try my hand at the Utah State Lottery. That is unless some nice person wants to buy one for me.
Monday, November 24, 2008
(Our paper's dubious editorial judgment is one of the reasons I wish Fr. Rohlheiser really was in exile.)
First, BLUE is not the liturgical color of Advent. (In the Latin Rite, Blue is not a liturgical color except for feasts of Our Lady where the Spanish indult applies.) Don't give me the BS that it is really just a very dark purple. If it looks like blue, then it is blue. (My favorite story about this concerns Cardinal Levada when he was the ordinary of Portland. It seems that he arrived at a parish to celebrate Mass and the parish was decorated with joyfully expectant Advent blue. His emminence then informed the pastor that he would wait to beginning Mass until after the blue was exchanged for the proper liturgical color. I don't know whether this is true as I heard it second-hand, but I hope it is.)
Second, Ebeneezer Scrooge is not the patron saint of Advent. There is no need to be a liturgi-nazi concerning Christmas lights and decorations during Advent as long as a) Baby Jesus is left out of the manger until Christmas Eve and b) lights and decorations are left up through the Christmas season.
Third, it is possible and in deed laudable to go to Confession more frequently than communal penance services during Advent and Lent.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
How many of my left-coast readers remember this guy? For those of you who don't, he is Bob Wilkins host of Creature Features. He introduced me to many great and many crappy monster movies as a child. (We got him on the cable up in SLC.) One of the great things about Bob was that if a movie was bad, he would tell you. (Not that it would stop me from watching it.)
Anyway, I should have mentioned Bob yesterday in my posts. (Here is a link to his website.)
Friday, November 21, 2008
The best Stoker adaptation is Count Dracula with Louis Jourdan. It is faithful to the spirit of the book, though it has the common fault of collapsing the Holmwood character into Morris. This BBC production is quite good and finally available on DVD.
'salem's Lot. There have been two TV adaptations of this; one in 1979 and one in 2004. Both are good but the 1979 version directed by Tobe Hooper is more faithful to the book and still holds up well. The 2004 TNT version staring Rob Lowe tries too hard to be modern, topical, and socially relevant. (Trivia: there was a planned series based on the 1979 version that, much to Stephen King's relief, was never made.)
30 Days of Night. Gorey, dark, and flawed. But also scary as all get out. (The original graphic novel is better.)
Last and certainly least is The Deathmaster. This 1972 schlockfest is about a vampire who takes over a hippie commune. (See, I told you hippies were evil!) It troubled my sleep for weeks when I first saw it; of course I was nine.
Read the book.
'salem's Lot by Stephen King. Not only is this a great vampire novel that I have read more times than I can remember, it is among King's best despite its pretentious 70s style. King himself envisioned it as a modern Dracula. It certainly lives up to that vision and is even scarier than the original. (When I first read it in 1979, I started the book at 7:00 pm and finished it at 4:00 am the next morning. I waited until the sun rose to go to sleep.) The confrontation between the vampire Barlow and the alcoholic priest Calahan is a classic as is the revenge of the town children on the mean bus driver.
Vampire$ by John Steakley. This is a fun book that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The hunters include a young priest and a former pro-football player headed up by a former government operative named Jack Crow. And get this, they work for the Vatican and the Church is presented in a positive and respectful light. The vampires are thoroughly evil and nasty. (We even learn that vamps love opera and hate rock-n-roll. Lots of great characters in here. A good vampire novel has to have good characters. Don't judge this book by the John Carpenter movie based on it. (Does Carpenter hate the Church and priests or is it just me?)
They Thirst by Robert McCammon. Picture 'salem's Lot on steroids. This time the vamps take over Los Angeles. One complaint; if one is going to include the Church in a book, it helps to do research so that you get the terminology right. Crosses and crucifixes are not the same thing. Alas, this has been out of print for several years.
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. All the movie adaptations have been good ( I am a big Omega Man fan--Chuck Heston and machine guns!) but the book is so much better.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Hey Obamabots! You voted for the guy who said you would give you change you can believe in (tm). What has he given you so far? Let's look at his executive appointments: State-the Hildebeast, HHS-Tom Daschle, AG-number 2 AG under Clinton, CoS-another Clinton guy. Yeah, feel that fresh breeze from outside Washington. Feel betrayed yet?
(Update: This image from the incomparable Vincenzo, of course.)
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
A large number of portable toilets caught fire in back of a building in
The "Quantum of Solace" director is set to helm "World War Z", the film adaptation of Max Brooks's best-selling and politically charged novel about a worldwide infestation of flesh-eating zombies reports Variety.
The book is a collection of first person accounts of various survivors from around the globe a decade after a zombie pandemic first emerged from the Three Gorges Dam area in China in the 2010s and proceeded to decimate the globe.
The accounts involve not just some diverse stories of battles for survival, but the religious, geo-political, and environmental implications that came with the plague.
"Changeling" scribe and "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski is writing the screenplay, and Brad Pitt's Plan B is producing.
If they don't butcher the book, this should be great!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Laura Ingraham: Here is the problem, how many of the bishops voted for Obama.
Raymond Arroyo: ...The bishops I spoke to say that maybe half of their brother bishops if not more voted for Obama. Because they thought the symbol of Obama would overcome racism and be a great healer and unity.
Yeah, it made me mad too. While this is hearsay, it rings true to me. I know of several priests who supported little O. Some of them are moonbat heretics sure, but a couple are otherwise good priests, but stuck in the 1960s.
Don't get me wrong. Racism is an evil. But it is not the greatest evil. Healing and unification are goods, but not the highest good. Choosing this values over a respect for innocent human life is opting for a lesser good. What is sin but choosing the lesser good?
Some may have bought the arguement that more welfare will mean few abortions. Even if this were true and I don't believe it is, this is to forget the words of St. Paul to do no evil even if good should come of it. The object is not to reduce abortions but elliminate them. Obama's policies will increase them, end of story.
Assuming that what Arroyo was told is true, why is it true? First, many bishops are from a generation that was educated to see statism as a good and desirable thing. They are sympathetic to classical big government solution of the Democrats. They were given the view that to be a good person, one has to be a Democrat. You find this when someone say, "Sure Congressperson Nancy is bad on respect life, but she is soooo good on social issues. Social issues effectively trump life issues for them.
Second, they are surrounded by the left. Look at many of those who serve in chanceries. Just as it would be foolish to expect a media that is 90% Democratic to give a conservative a fair shake, so it is unrealistic to expect bishops to receive good and even counsel when the views they hear are largely from the left.
Third, there may be some white liberal guilt at work. We can all feel good now because we have voted for the Black fellow. See we have proven we are not racists.
These are largely political reason, but there is a fundamental spiritual and theological flaw. They have forgotten what is truly important and fundamental. Yes, we are not one issue voters, but we are fundamental value voters. Life and the sanctity of the traditional family have been traded for lesser things. In this, I detect the influence of proportionalism.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
"the election of Mr Obama was "a great step forward for humanity..."
Really, Archbishop Gregory? The greatest pro-abort presidential candidate and who has vowed to pass the Freedom of Choice Act, is a great step forward for humanity? Towards where, Archbishop? Is is the same "where", that President Obama referred to in his victory speech when he stated "I promise you, we as a people will get there."?
If a white presidential candidate with an equally horrific abortion record was elected last night, would you Archbishop Gregory, think that it was a great step forward for humanity as well?
Let us recognize prejudice when it rears its ugly head. Let us not sacrifice the moral absolute truths of our Christian Faith for the supposed advancement of one's own race. What answer at the Last Judgment will one give to the many more Black infants aborted in their mother's womb under Obama's Presidency? It advanced our humanity?
Where was the Catholic vote for the only pro-life Catholic nominee who happens to be Black, Allen Keyes?
Monday, November 10, 2008
(From a John Allen NCDistorter piece via Pewsitter.)
Another tension between “hardliners” and “compromisers” that could surface at Baltimore concerns a parish collection set for late November by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, a church-affiliated charity intended to support the working poor. Neuhaus has called upon the bishops to “shut down” the campaign, asserting that it has funded pro-abortion activities over the years, that its resources go entirely to non-Catholic agencies, and that it was a major contributor to ACORN, a network of community-based groups that backed Obama.
Barring something dramatic in Baltimore, it seems for now the Nov. 22-23 collection will go ahead as planned. On Nov. 3, the bishops’ conference issued a press release from Bishop Roger Morin, auxiliary bishop of New Orleans and chair of the conference subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, urging church-goers to contribute.
“In the name of all of the Catholics in the United States, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development fights poverty and challenges injustice,” Morin said.
Well I am opposed to poverty and injustice. However, I don't think supporting Alinskyite or Marxist organizations is the way to do it. So kindly don't support them in my name thank you very much.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Most of all, we need to pray. First, pray for Obama's conversion. Second, pray for Obama's frustration. Third, pray for his safety. (Yes, there are likely some nuttjobs who want to assassinate him. Aside from the fact that no one should be murdered, the thought of him as a martyr is truly chilling.)
Lastly, it is my fervent prayer that the media and popular culture will treat President Obama with the same respect and fair-mindedness they have show President Bush over the last eight years.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Sent by a reader.
Manassas, VA - When Sen. Barack Obama chose Manassas, Virginia, to make his last stand Monday night before the polls opened, he knew well that he was in a very pro-life, conservative area with large numbers of Catholics and homeschoolers. Surprised that Obama would come to their hometown and with just hours to get the word out and secure a city permit, about 70 local residents rallied to protest Obama’s radical positions on abortion.
“Obama wants to prove that
Protesters noted that roughly one-third of the cars passing by to attend the Obama rally were from
Protesters carried signs supporting the McCain-Palin ticket and reminding passers-by of the horrors of abortion. Obama has pledged that he will sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would reduce abortion restrictions and significantly increase the numbers of abortions in the
Monday, November 03, 2008
These words have weighed heavily on my conscience of late. I ask myself, "Have I done enough to prepare my flock for the momentous moral decision our country faces?" Yes, I have preached the Church's teaching on the sanctity of innocent human life. Yes, I have preached on our responsibility to act in accord with the Church's teaching all of time, even in the voting both. We have respect life signs in the church. We distributed the Catholic Answer's voters guide.
I could take comfort in the fact that I am not one of those shepherds who walks on eggshells lest he offend someone. I am not a priest who give money to Obama knowing that he stands against the most important values taught by the Church. I haven't channeled Bernardin's seamless garment non-sense. And while this is all true, it seems rather hollow today.
I can't help but wonder if I could have done more. Whether or not I should have spoken about the sanctity of life and traditional (i.e. real) marriage more often. Maybe I should have taken the risk and bluntly said from the pulpit, "No Catholic can in good conscience vote for Obama. If you do so, you are risking your soul." I hope I did enough and if I didn't that God and the innocents will forgive me.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
(Don't know who Richard Rich was? Click here.)
Mom's neighbors Leanne and Betty go all out in decorating their house all year long, but most especially at Halloween. They out did themselves this year. (Notice all the carved pumpkins.) But this year they had competition up the street. I have to say that the Barry sign is scarier than anything Betty and Leanne put up.
I would never go trick or treating at that house. They would likely take candy from the kids who have too much and give it to the ones too lazy to trick or treat. (Of course most of it would likely go to those administering the redistribution.)
Here is senior godson Matthew and his brothers dressed up for Halloween. (The big kid is their dad Dave. You may remember that Dave was severely burned in a shower accident while working as a contractor in Iraq. As you can see, the prayers worked and he is fully recovered.)
Saturday, October 25, 2008
The new basilica isn't as bad as I feared, but it does give the impression of being an oil drum. It is rather sad. It is made of beautiful materials but is stark and rather ugly. (In many ways it reminds me of the LA cathedral.) The crucifix above the altar is one of the ugliest things I have every seen. The giant 'crucifix' outside looks like someone crucified the AOL guy. (I will post pictures when I get them from fellow pilgrims. I don't like carrying a camera when I travel.)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I will be doing several posts on the pilgrimage, but here are some initial observations:
--Glow-in-the-dark Statues increase in tackiness in direct proportion to their size. (They had a four foot one at a store in Fatima.)
--Liturgical vandalism hit France especially hard. (No wonder the SSPX is so strong there.)
--All America should do penance for exporting gangsta 'culture' to the rest of the world, especially graffiti.
--Side chapels should be used.
--Tacky vestments are not limited to the US.
--Real men use soap, not shower gel.
--Humming "Deutchland Uber Alles" while in France is amazingly therapeutic.
--When did Colin Powell become such a weenie?
Friday, September 19, 2008
First stop in the granola bowl is Apple Valley visiting my friends the Qs from Catholic Caravans. I am staying with them at their house down the street Roy Roger's place. Roy and Dale passed away a few years ago and their museum with the stuffed Trigger was moved to Branson, MO.
Next stop: Little Saigon and my friend the ginger priest Joey D..
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
In-N-Out here I come!
(PS The Digi needs to email me.)
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
1. President Kennedy's Assassination - 22 November 1963
I was about a year and a half from existence
2. England's World Cup Semi Final v Germany - 4 July 1990
I was in Cuernavaca, Mexico suffering from a wonderful Giardia infection. Not being a soccer fan, I just remember that everything ground to a halt when there was a World Cup game on. On this day however, the language school had a Fourth of July Party for us gringos. They served Muppetos (tequilla shooters with 7-Up).
3. Margaret Thatcher's resignation - 22 November 1990
This was the first semester of my second year of theology. This means that I was studying my buttocks off for Fr. Jeremy's Liturgical Theology class. What were those psycho Brits thinking? They should have kept her forever.
4. Princess Diana's death - 31 August 1997
Second year of my first pastorate. Remember thinking to myself, "So? It is sad when anyone dies before their time, but it isn't like she was Mother Theresa." I still can't understand her deification.
5. Attack on the twin towers - 11 September 2001
I was doing my morning blogcrawl before Mass, when the sister who worked for me called and asked whether or not I had the TV on. I didn't but when I did, I was floored. All I could think of was the Tom Clancy novel where the airliner was crached into the Capital. After saying Mass rather shell-shocked, I spent the rest of the day watching the tube and waiting for the Air Force Reserve call up that never came.
6. The election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger to the papacy - 19 April 2005
Sitting at my desk listening to EWTN and playing World of Warcraft. (Yes, I know I am a geek.) When they said that the bells were going off, I went and got the ladies from the office. All the time I was waiting, I was praying for either Ratzinger or Arinze. When he came out on the balconey, I shouted, "YES!" Then I called my Italian Monsignor friend and told him the two words he had previously poo-pooed, "German Pope."
Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, I did not order the firing of Mike Wooten because he is my ex-brother-in-law. I ordered his firing because he drove his squad car while drunk and tried to tasser my 11-year-old nephew. I enjoyed ordering his dismissal because he is my ex-brother-in-law.
Monday, September 01, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
She seems great to me. The only negative thing I can find about her is that she gives her kids strange names. (She would fit in well here in Utah.)
“People like myself get a lot of attention when we talk about issues like abortion and family life, but not when we talk about helping low-income people,” Sharon Daly, a former vice president of Catholic Charities USA and onetime director of domestic social policy for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, told the Monitor. “Matthew 25 gives us the opportunity to try to get candidates to focus on these concerns.”
Obama, Daly told the Monitor, “says he found his Christian faith while working as a community organizer among low-income people in a Catholic-sponsored program.” (I bet this is more of your Catholic Campaign for Human Development dollars at work.)
Somehow, I doubt that she talks much about abortion or family life. She seems to be one of those seamless garment types who gives lip service to fundamental moral principles but seems more concerned with building up the welfare state.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Basically, the idea is to bold the books you've read and highlight the books you'd like to read. And per my usual style...commentary will accompany some of the selections.
1.Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen -
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - (What kind of a Si-Fi geek would I be if I hadn't read this.)
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling - (Yes, I have read them, enjoyed them, and not become a Wiccan.)
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - (I probably should read this, but I have an aversion to books most people are forced to read in High School.)
6. The Bible – (Duh!)
7. Wuthering Heights -
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell - (Great book and preparation for the Obama administration.)
9. His Dark Materials - Phillip Pullman - (Not if you paid me.)
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (Ok, so I had to read this in Jr High. I still liked it.)
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy –
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare -
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier –
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien –
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife -
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald -
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll – (No way, the movie freaked me out.)
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis - (Helped me become Catholic.)
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
37. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres –
38. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
39. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
40. Animal Farm - George Orwell
41. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown - Angels and Demons was so bad, why would I want to read this crap.
42. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
43. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving (I liked Garp but most Irving is tedious liberal crap.)
44. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins -
45. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery -
46. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
47. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood - (Feminist crap.)
48. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
49. Atonement - Ian McEwan –
50. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
51. Dune - Frank Herbert
52. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
53. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
54. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
55. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
56. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens -
57. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley -
58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
59. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
60. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (Tell me about the rabbits, George.)
61. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (I avoid porn even when it masquarades as literature.)
62. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
63. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
64. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
65. On The Road - Jack Kerouac -
66. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
67. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
68. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
69. Moby Dick - Herman Melville -
70. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
71. Dracula - Bram Stoker
72. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett -
73. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
74. Ulysses - James Joyce (I tried but it was too confusing.)
75. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
76. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
77. Germinal - Emile Zola
78. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
79. Possession - AS Byatt
80. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
81. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
82. The Color Purple - Alice Walker (Feminist porn.)
83. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
84. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
85. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
86. Charlotte's Web - EB White -
87. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom - (Of course, this assumes that you get there.)
88. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
89. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
90. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
91. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery -
92. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
93. Watership Down - Richard Adams
94. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
95. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
96. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
97. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
98. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo -
9. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
100.The Outsiders (Forced to read in 8th grade. Hated it.)
The next Republican that tells me I'm not religious, I'm going to shove my rosary beads down their throat.
Well Joey, I'm telling you that you are not a religious Catholic. You may well be a very religious Wiccan, Unitarian/Universalist, or Molochist, but your views make you anything but a relgious Catholic. Come to Ogden and we will see what object ends up in whose orifice.
(Moreover, I suspect his beads would be something like these.)
Friday, August 22, 2008
(See also this great post from Victorious Anita.)
Don Vincente: Erik, always remember the fifth mark of the Church.
Me: Fifth mark?? (Thinking that father had gone off into lala-land.)
Don Vincente: The Church is One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and funny.
I had a good laugh over it at the time. But increasingly over the years, I have come to realize how right he was. A lot of funny things happen it the Church. Not in a sacrilegious or mocking sense (those these happen too), but joyful and happy things. Take for example, the innocent malapropisms that happen during the readings: the letter of St. Paul to the Filipinos, flaming brassieres, and once an unfortunate mispronunciation of organism in a pre-Mass announcement. Little children at Mass: "I just went poopie!"and "Is he done yet?" Somehow I don't think the Lord minds when we finds these entertaining and smile.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Curiously, I find the Extraordinary Form more difficult to learn than the Maronite Rite was. I think it is because the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms are just similar enough to encourage confusion.
Anyway, it is progressing well. I am looking at October for the first public celebration and we will see what interest there is in the parish. (At last, decades of rescuing missals, altar cards, and vestments will bear fruit.)
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Next month, I am going on retreat with Fr. Benedict Groeschel at the Sacred Heart Retreat Center in Alhambra, CA. It turn out that I will have coverage the weekend before, so I can go down a little early for an In-N-Out and Fry's fix.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Saturday, August 02, 2008
1. An Atomic Explosion. (Film just doesn't cut it. I want to see the real thing. No not used on anyone, just a demonstration. I think they should set one off above ground every ten years for both entertainment and to remind folks of how destructive they are.)
4. The Inquisition. (Old School version.)
5. A Real Crusade. (That way the Muslims will know the difference.)
6. An Ordinary Form Mass Celebrated With The Unadulterated Vox Clara Translation.
7. Papal Tiara, Sedia Gestatoria, and Flabellum. (Can someone tell me how their retirement has actually improved papal ceremonies? Rhetorical question.)
8. Instruction on Certain Questions Regarding the Collaboration of the Lay Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of the Priest.
9. Redemptionis Sacramentum.
Tagged are the Tara-ist at Loved Sinner and DGD & Company at The Sci-Fi Catholic.
Yup, it is the Eighteenth Sunday of the Year during the A cycle of readings. This means the Gospel reading is the multiplication of the loaves. This also meaning that throughout the Modernist world dipsticks, some well-meaning others not, are preaching the soggy fish sandwich story. This explains away the miracles by saying, "Jesus didn't really multiply the loaves. He was just such a good person that everyone shared the bread and fish they had brought with them. Sharing was the real miracle." Thank you, Barney. (The title for this explanation comes from Fr. Benedict Groeschel CFR.) Aside from being an assault on the plain meaning of Sacred Scripture, it is an indirect assault on the doctrine of the Real Presence. The multiplication of the loaves was a prefiguring of the Holy Eucharist. In other words, this is heresy.
So, if you should encounter any homilizing this weekend I encourage you to follow the example of my friend Miss Diane Q.. A few years ago after hearing a soggy homily, after Mass she marched up to the offending deacon and stongly, but charitably, explained to him what was wrong with this. Let no heresy go unchallenged!
Friday, August 01, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
1. Where is your cell phone? Desk.
2. Your significant other? None.
3. Your hair? Head.
4. Your mother? Home.
5. Your father? Deceased.
6. Your favorite things? Bulldogs.
7. Your dream last night? Unknown.
8. Your favorite drink? Glenlivet.
9. Your dream/goal? Purgatory.
10. The room you’re in? Office.
11. Your church? Catholic.
12. Your fear? Hell.
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Here.
14. Where were you last night? Rectory.
15. What you’re not? Liberal.
16. Muffins? Poppy-seed.
17. One of your wish list items? Canon.
18. Where you grew up? Utah.
19. The last thing you did? Game.
20. What are you wearing? T-shirt.
21. Your TV? Off.
22. Your pets? Sleeping.
23. Your computer? Duh.
24. Your life? Half-over.
25. Your mood? Snarky.
26. Missing someone? Torq.
27. Your car? Vue.
28. Something you’re not wearing? Tutu.
29. Favorite store? Euroclero.
30. Your summer? Hot.
31. Like (love) someone? God.
32. Your favorite color? Purple.
33. Last time you laughed? Today.
34. Last time you cried? Unknown.
35. Who will re-post this? Tara-rist.
Friday, July 18, 2008
By Garth FranklinFriday, July 18th 2008 3:21am
Hyde Park Entertainment Group plans to remake the classic 1979 Blake Edwards romantic comedy "10" say Variety. Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews and Bo Derek starred in the original film about a man going through a middle-age crisis who becoes infatuated with a younger newlywed and follows her on her Mexican honeymoon. The studio will engage in a global search for a newcomer to play the new "10."
From Dark Horizons.
1. Link the person(s) who tagged me.
2. Mention the rules on my blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of mine.
4. Tag 6 fellow bloggers by linking them. (Consider yourself tagged if you wish.)
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged. (Don't want to.)
Well here they are:
1. I prefer to eat pizza with a spoon. First, I eat the topping, then I eat the crust. Don't know why I do.
2. The ringtones on my cell phone are "Tubular Bells (The Exorcist)" and "Deutchland Uber Alles.".
3. I saw each of the first five Star Trek movie on opening day. (No, I wasn't dressed like a Klingon, but I wish I was.)
4. I have seen every movie made by Boris Karloff post-Frankenstein.
5. I go postal if someone ring the doorbell multiple times (i. e. staccato knock).
6. While in college, I won $20 at a party by eating a milk-bone dog biscuit covered in horseradish sauce. (I should also mention that in junior high I ate a Styrofoam bowl for $5.)
Recently some have expressed shock that Burke the Magnificent placed a PPCP, Sr. Louise Lears, under interdict for participating in the simulated ordination of a couple of Water Witches. Her participation in this event was a very public up yours to the Church and Her teachings. She and her friends should not be surprised that she is being held accountable for her actions.