Sunday, January 31, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

Ralph McInerny, R. I, P..

One of the marks of a virtuous character, according to Aristotle, is the performance of virtuous acts with ease and delight. On that basis, as well as others, Ralph McInerny was a remarkably virtuous man. One of Ralph’s most beautiful books is entitled The Very Rich Hours of Jacques Maritain: A Spiritual Life, the premise of which is that “we can find in the person of Jacques Maritain a model of the intellectual life in the pursuit of sanctity.” Those words certainly apply to Ralph, one of the great Catholic intellectuals of our time. What distinguished Ralph was not just his fidelity, his intelligence, and his astonishing productivity, but his gracious and ready wit. He possessed a knack for conversation with everyone—from philosophers and politicians, to the elderly and children. Unlike most gifted individuals, Ralph was never burdened by his gifts. He engaged in serious pursuits joyfully, almost playfully. (Read the rest of the First Things article.)

I had the privileged of attending a conference organized by Dr. McInerny on the Notre Dame campus in the summer of 1988. He was a brilliant, witty, and faith-filled man. The Church Militant is poorer for his passing.

Packing The Tools.

Rope? Check! Telephone Poles? Check! Kindling? Check! Off to Colorado Springs....

"Yes, It's The Stay-Puft Marshmellow Man!"

(Zuchetto spin to Vincenzo, of course.)

Throne Of The Overlords.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Little Local Color.

(Zuchetto Spin to James Pawlak.)

A kindergarten teacher gave her class a "show and tell" assignment. Each student was instructed to bring in an object to share with the class that represented their religion. The first student got up in front of the class and said, "My name is Benjamin and I am Jewish and this is a Star of David."
The second student got up in front of the class and said, "My name is Mary. I'm a Catholic and this is a Rosary."
The third student got in up front of the class and said, "My name is Tommy. I belong to the LDS church and this is a jello mold.

SOTU Promise Fulfilled.

Ground Hugging Downers.

OK, the brilliant, wonderful, inspiring doofus in the White House wants to gut NASA. Leave off any thought of returning to the Moon. Forget developing the Ares rocket system to replace the shuttle. Instead, there will be a skeleton program for 'future' technology. But this won't leave NASA without a job. It will be tasked with monitoring 'Global Warming'. Why? Every program needs to make cuts (except welfare, Planned Parenthood, Americorp, ACORN, overseas abortions, etc...). Great, let's cut productive government programs.

When I think of politicians who wanted to cut NASA, who do I think of? Well there is Jolly Wally Mondale who tried to make political capital off of the Apollo 1 disaster. Just to be bi-partisan, there is also Richard Nixon who cut the program most closely associated with his 1960 foe. Ground hugging downers the both of them. You would think that the most brilliant man in America could come up with someone better to imitate.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

Frontier Justice.

What's the use of living in the Wild West if you can't get frontier justice. First, we have the ever-present skateboard problems. Can I shoot them with rock salt? Noooooo. Now, someone stole the votive candle money. Can I booby-trap it? Nooooo. Where is Judge Bean when you need him.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Air America Is Dead...

so what. We still have NPR and PBS funded by your money and mine.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Christmas Presents, Pt. 2

A remote control zombie.

A "Christmas Story" Snuggie.

And, from me to me, a replica U-Boat Captain's hat. (To make sailing more fun.)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Holy _____! There Is Hope For Massachusetts.


Well, I can post again. About a week ago, I woke up with a rotator cuff injury. (No, I don't know what I did. I think I might have been dreaming about fighting zombies, but who knows.) Typing was very painful. I am doing a lot better now thanks to the exercises the doc gave me. So remember, before you fight zombies, remember to stretch.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Don't Mess With The Babies.

I recently heard of a priest preaching on the Feast of the Holy Family that Jesus did not know that He was God and the Mary and Joseph were bad parents as they were partying on their way back from Jerusalem hence forgetting to take Jesus with them. How 70s! The sad thing is that he was likely taught that non-sense and believes it in good conscience.

But, this reminds me of another story of historical-critical preaching. It seems that a priest, preaching on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, proclaimed that the Holy Innocents did not really exist, but were mythological. After Mass, he tripped and broke his arms. The joke among his confreres was that the babies were getting even. A few years later, a different priest preached the same drivel and wouldn't you know, the same thing happened. Don't mess with the babies! (I imagine that the same lesson could be well applied to the Holy Family.)

Monday, January 04, 2010

Father Erik's Sayings: #1

No one has ever died from not having sex.

(Corollary: But, many folks have died from having it.)

Friday, January 01, 2010

May We Please Have Our Holy Days Back?

In yet another compromise with secularism, in many diocese a dispensation has been granted for this holy day of obligation. I suspect that it mostly has to do with priests not wanting to have to deal with another holy day so close to Christmas. However, the message that it really sends is that religion in general and worship in particular is a thing only for Sunday (or Saturday night, but don't get me started on that.) Well, it looks like we are too busy with football and hangovers to honor the Mother of God on her fundamental feast day.