Friday, February 26, 2010

Mailing List.

Someone has to be messing with me. Somehow or other, I have gotten on some strange mailing lists. In the past, I have received junk from Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. (Actually I don't mind this as it means the they are using to solicit money from me will get them absolutely no return.) I even got a Roman Catholic Womanpriest Calendar a few years ago. (OK, this wasn't from a mailing list. My friend Msgr. Pellegrino thought it would be funny.) But recently, I have been getting some strange stuff including a catalog of liturgical dance accouterments and a catalog from a place called "Praise Banners"; ain't gonna happen, people. I have received complementary copies of NCR and US Catholic. (If your right hand is tempted to subscribe to either of these rags, cut it off!)

But the latest is also the strangest; Ministry & Liturgy, aka the rag formerly known as Modern Liturgy. Let me be honest about this, I would rather belt sand my own face off than subscribe to this. Why you may ask? Well in the issue they sent, one finds an articles on, "A new model of church" and "What church is". (Word to the wise if the word church is used as a verb or without an article, something heretical is going on.) We are the church says the later. Bunk, we are part of the Church, but thankfully She is far more than just us. The later says that church is a dysfunctional family that needs to be a community of caregivers. Can you say "psycobabel"? I knew you could. There is also an article on music by David Hass. Yeah, right. That's like getting financial advice from AIG. And don't forget a spirituality of hospitality and dialogue. (Two of my least favorite words when used theologically.) The icing on the cake is a letter touting resistance to the new translation from a music director in the Bronx. If you want to see what is wrong with pastoral and liturgical theology, then look at this magazine. Otherwise, ash can it.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Too Extreme You Think?

Think this poster is too extreme and disrespectful? Then head on over to Fr. Z's for this excellent fisk of Dickie M's latest dreck at the Distorter. If I had had any reservation about the advisability of the Vox Clara translation, McBrien's opposition would have made it vanish like the morning dew. (Lest anyone should think that this in anyway diminishes or attacks his priesthood, it doesn't. His words and deeds more than accomplish that.)

Why Did Your Steal That?

My 5 year-old parishioner Ben D. (aka Turbo Ben) asked his mother what the yellow and white flag in the sanctuary was. She whispered to him that it was the Vatican flag. To which Ben responded, "Did Father Erik steal it?"

Monday, February 22, 2010

Definition Of Satisfaction:

marking an advertisement by Orbis Books as offensive on Facebook. :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Teen Missing From Elmira, New York.

Please pray and keep an eye out for Jessica Placek, the friend of the daughter of a fellow blogger, who has been missing from Elmira, New York since Tuesday.

UPDATE: Jessica had been found! Praise God!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Definition of "Liturgical Movement":

the feeling in my stomach and/or colon when I see, hear, or think about Liturgical Dance.

(Zucchetto spin to Vincenzo for the image.)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Your Parish Might Be Modernist If...

any of these things have replaced the water in your church's fonts.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Upcoming Birthday And Miscellaneous.

Yes, I realize that the posting has been light. Lots of stuff has been going on (in addition to STO). A few weeks ago I woke up with a rotator cuff injury. (It happened while I was asleep. Don't know what I was doing. I might have been fighting zombies and forgot rule #18 about limbering up.) Also, there is all the pesky stuff involved in preparing for Lent. I hope the weather improves tomorrow for Pyro Tuesday. (This year I was smart enough to borrow a mortar and pestle from the High School for grinding the ashes. Much better than using the coffee grinder: it takes about a month to get the taste out.)

Now add to this a problem with the Overlords. Disobedience and aggression problems had crept up. Finally, with a little prodding from the mom, I hired a trainer. After a two and a half hour training session, there were immediate positive results. These are reinforced with 15 minutes of training with each dog every day. It has made a world of difference. So here is a shout out to Barkbusters (see the link in my sidebar). They are an international franchise, so odd are good there is someone near you, though if you are lucky enough to live on the Wasatch Front, you can work with Mary Ann Harmon, who helped me and the Overlords.

Now, about the photos. (Gunaphobes will want to close their eyes, hum show-tunes, and navigate away.) My 45th birthday is coming up in June. (Have to plan ahead.) I like purchasing a firearm of appropriate caliber each year. (Last year I already had a .44 revolver and didn't know about rifles that shoot .44 Magnum and Special.) So this year, it has to be a .45. The M1911 is already covered. So at the present time, I am leaning toward either a Taurus Judge; a neat little revolver that fires either .45 Colt or .410 shot shells. Or a Henry Big Boy in .45 Colt. What do you think? Are there options that you think I should look at?

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Snow Envy!

Look at all that lovely snow being heaped upon ungrateful Easterners while I look out my window and see rain! (Rain in February?? I don't _____ live in Oregon!) Think of all that lovely water.

Friday, February 05, 2010