Monday, April 30, 2012

Today Is Waplurgisnacht.

Which brings to mind several things:

1) I need to stop by the store and purchase some telephone polls, rope, and a few cords of wood. Today is a great day for a witch hunt. We can make s'mores!

2) Today is the anniversary of the suicide or murder of Adolf Hitler. (It depends on which account you believe.) Remember to smack an Austrian in commemoration of the paper-hanging son-of-a-bitch.

3) Say a prayer to St. Pius V, that through his intercession Pope Benedict's efforts at reform will bear rich fruit.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Coon Chicken Inn. Hey, lighten up!

When my late grandmother first told me about these places, I thought she was joking. But then there was an article about them in the local paper. (The first one was in  Salt Lake City. Doh, between that and Rocky Anderson, I am ashamed of my home town.) What in the hell were people thinking? How could this ever been considered acceptable? Fortunately, by the late 1950s people could see them for what they were and when the owners retired they were closed. (Read about them here.) Such a think could never happen today.

But wait a minute. In Fells Point, Maryland, there is the Ale Mary's Bar. The light-hearted fun includes, holy water font snack bowls, a monstrance on the bar, and a 'Chalice Club' (yes, member can drink beer from chalices.) Just light-hearted fun, no blasphemy here, move along. In fact, when owners were confronted by rightfully offended Catholics, they said we should lighten up. Sure, it's all in good fun when the holy is mocked and holy objects are desecrated. (BTW, where did they get these objects? Far more care needs to be given unwanted liturgical objects. Any bishops out there listening?) I forgot it is OK to mock Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. No one is required to have sensitivity for that. But should anyone open "Shylock's Kosher Deli" or "Towelhead Felafel Hut", well you know.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

The Proper Posture For Man Before God Is On His Knees.

From Pope Benedict's Holy Thursday Homily (Zucchetto Spin to the Famous Father Z):

Before reflecting on the content of Jesus’ petition, we must still consider what the evangelists tell us about Jesus’ posture during his prayer. Matthew and Mark tell us that he “threw himself on the ground” (Mt 26:39; cf. Mk 14:35), thus assuming a posture of complete submission, as is preserved in the Roman liturgy of Good Friday. Luke, on the other hand, tells us that Jesus prayed on his knees. In the Acts of the Apostles, he speaks of the saints praying on their knees: Stephen during his stoning, Peter at the raising of someone who had died, Paul on his way to martyrdom. In this way Luke has sketched a brief history of prayer on one’s knees in the early Church. Christians, in kneeling, enter into Jesus’ prayer on the Mount of Olives. When menaced by the power of evil, as they kneel, they are upright before the world, while as sons and daughters, they kneel before the Father. Before God’s glory we Christians kneel and acknowledge his divinity; by that posture we also express our confidence that he will prevail.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Palm Sunday Observations.

--"Pueri Hebrorum" is way better than "The King of Glory Comes". (Especially after Stephen Colbert's dance number.)
--The longer options for the Mass readings are always better.
--People will always come out for free stuff.
--Palmagami (the art of folding palm fronds into crosses and other religious symbols) is an under appreciated art form.
--Saying "Crucify Him" in the Gospel reading is really bad. However, it is far worse when we do it by our sins.
--I need to thank whoever releases all those Catholics who only show up two or three times a year.