Thursday, October 23, 2008

Back, With Jetlag, But Still Back.

Sorry for the long absence, but I only had a week back before my two weeks on the pilgrimage and during that week I was cramming for our first public celebration of the Mass according the the extraordinary rite. (It went well.) The pilgrimage went well. (I really like Portugal, Spain, and Crotia--France was semi-tolerable.) The journey back was interesting. We left Zagreb at 5:00 am local, 5 hour layover in Paris, 7 hours in a cramped Air France seat (they hate tall people), 5 hours in Chicago, and arrived in SLC at 11:00 pm. I am still semi-conscious.

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?
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