Friday, August 28, 2009

Shocked At A Lack Of Respect For TK?

Remember this:

If we never spoke ill of the dead, history would be meaningless. -- Jonah Goldberg

You might also want to hear what Mr. Scampers has to say.

And The Clueless Award Of The Day Goes To...

me for not realizing that Hugh Laurie of House was also the Prince of Wales and the goofy Lieutenant in Blackadder III & IV.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Death Of A Dream.

I used to have a dream. I used to dream that the senior Senator from Massachusetts would come up to me for Holy Communion and I could just shake my head no. (I know this is not exactly the thing to relish, but I am sick of people who hold the teaching of the Church in contempt still making use of the Church for political gain or to just make themselves feel good.) Alas, the dream is dead. (I must confess though that I had a further wish that this dream would die due to a remarkable public conversion.)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Before You Mourn Dominick Dunne,

Remember this little gem reported earlier this month by Catholic Church Conservation:

“I am so .... out. I had gotten all excited about Catholicism again. I just loved all the people and ceremony of the last few weeks, all the hundreds of thousands in the square. I was out to lunch when I heard, 'It's the German.' You could just feel everyone groan.” Dominick Dunne

Off To The Celebrutard Bunker.


I want a bunker (a unabomber cabin would also work). Two or three weeks of food, a good supply of books, dvds, and cds, and absolutely no connection to the media whatsoever. Why do I want it? So I can ride out celebrity events (especially deaths) in blissful isolation from the Main Stream Meda fawnings, canonizations, and exploitations. After Princess D and Michael Jackson, I don't think I can handle anymore. And another one is incoming with the death of Ted Kennedy. (I am doing my best not to make any amateur scuba jokes). The fawning has already begun. "The last tie to Camelot is gone!" "Let's pass Obamacare for the Tedder!" And I am waiting for someone to re-write "Abraham, Martin, and John" so as to include Ted in the lyrics. The man was an embarassment to the Faith and our country. (The Commonwealth of Massachusetts should have to do penance for repeatedly sending him to the Senate.) I am glad that he died with a priest in attendance and I will certainly include him in my prayers, but there is nothing about this man that was praiseworthy. I cringe at the though of what his public Catholic funeral will be like. The VP Joe Biden said, "He's left a great void in our public life and a hole in the hearts of millions of Americans." Never fear Joe, some clown will no doubt step forward to take his place in mis-government.

Monday, August 24, 2009

A New Low(High?) In Stupid.

Obama's Plan to Desecrate 9/11

The Obama White House is behind a cynical, coldly calculated political effort to erase the meaning of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks from the American psyche and convert Sept. 11 into a day of leftist celebration and statist idolatry.

This effort to reshape the American psyche has nothing to do with healing the nation and everything to do with easing the nation along in the ongoing radical transformation of America that President Obama promised during last year's election campaign. The president signed into law a measure in April that designated Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service, but it's not likely many lawmakers thought this meant that day was going to be turned into a celebration of ethanol, carbon emission controls, and radical community organizing.

Read the rest here.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

For Kit, Digi, And Digi's Big Sister.

The Video I Referenced In My Homily Today.

(Zuccetto spin to A Catholic View.)

Just In Case Your Parish Is Wimpy!

Here is the complete text of today's second reading.

Brothers and sisters:
Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord.
For the husband is head of his wife
just as Christ is head of the church,
he himself the savior of the body.
As the church is subordinate to Christ,
so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives,
even as Christ loved the church
and handed himself over for her to sanctify her,
cleansing her by the bath of water with the word,
that he might present to himself the church in splendor,
without spot or wrinkle or any such thing,
that she might be holy and without blemish.
So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.
He who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one hates his own flesh
but rather nourishes and cherishes it,
even as Christ does the church,
because we are members of his body.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother
and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.
This is a great mystery,
but I speak in reference to Christ and the church.

(Please take the poll on the side bar as to whether or not your parish is wimpy.)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Deathmaster--The Aftermath.

Veni. Vidi. Vici. I watched the terror of my childhood and survived intact. No, I didn't find it frightening this time, but I could see why I did. It had it's fair share of chills three I remembered well still held up: the bowl of leeches which ended up being thrown in Korda's face, the killing of the old hippie's fluffy brown dog (dog killings in movies always bug me), and the accidental staking of the old hippie by the hero (note to all aspiring vampire slayers, always open the coffin to make sure your best friend hasn't been placed there as a sick joke by Count Comicbook). The dialogue was goofy with lots of groovy and far-out stuff. The same can also be said of the costumes. (The hero's Conan hair was pretty scary.) All in all a good B-movie. (Eegahinc at The B Movie Catechism could have some fun with this one.) But, it is a little sad that I didn't find it more frightening; ah the effects of age.

(N. B. I only made it through 15 minutes of Teenage Exorcist. It was simply awful, but not in a good way. Stupid story with gratuitous T&A.)

P. S. Which of my childhood terrors still hold up? The Exorcist, The Omen, The Nightstalker, Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark, Hell House, and Trilogy of Terror (gotta love that Zuni fetish doll).

Thursday, August 20, 2009

What Did I Tell Your About Tambourines?


“If you deliver the Ammonites into my power,” he said, “whoever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites shall belong to the LORD. I shall offer him up as a burnt offering.” ... When Jephthah returned to his house in Mizpah, it was his daughter who came forth, playing the tambourines and dancing.... At the end of the two months she returned to her father, who did to her as he had vowed.-- Judges 11

Ready To Face My Fear!

I have posted before about the 1972 movie The Deathmaster. It has vampires. It has hippies. It has kung fu. And I sacred the crap out of me when I was 10. I haven't seen it since. Well, 34 years later, it is time to face my fears. So I ordered a copy of it. It arrived last week, but today is the day! I will watch The Deathmaster! I will face my fears! I will make fun of hippies! (As a side benefit, I get to watch I Was a Teenage Exorcist.)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Swine Flu Mutation Alert!

(For some of us, this could be an improvement!)

Tackiest Thing Ever!

No, not a polyester leisure suit. But, something I saw the other day: at a Mass following Communion, one of the con-celebrating priests working on a Sudaku puzzle.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Mass Two Days In A Row! Perish The Thought!

Wow, people might have to go to Mass on two consecutive days. We can't have that. They might get struck by lightning or something. I know what to do, let's lift the obligation if a Holy Day of Obligation falls on a Saturday or Monday.

Sometimes, I think that might be the thinking behind that bizarre little rule that came out a few years ago. Just kidding, maybe.

Buffy vs Edward: Twilight Remixed -- [original version]

A Good Place For The Visitation To Start.

The LCWR meeting is going on in the Crescent City (as if floods, hurricanes, and high crime were not enough). 'To be who we are and to speak our truth' is the quote used to head an article about the meeting. That captures the problem in a nutshell. If things were as they ought to be it would read, "To be who we are called by Christ to be and to speak His truth." No self-empowerment, no relativism. Unfortunately, much of religious life as practiced in the modern world seems to be about anything but Christ and His Church.

On a side note, it is interesting to see how the 'libs' are spinning the Year of the Priest. No talking about the Sacrament of Holy Orders or vocations to the holy priesthood. Instead, it is education on the common priesthood of all believers. (I can't help but think that they are embarrassed by Holy Orders. It is as if it were the weird uncle that is kept looked in the attic.) Kinda like the way the Chrism Mass is celebrated in some dioceses where the focus is switch from the Priesthood to the common priesthood of the baptized.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Don't Do Me Any Favors.

Look at this gem from Catholic Cartoon Blog. It was inspired by a post by Father Daren Zehnle and the reaction he received from commenting on attire during Mass. This reminds me of an incident that happened while I was serving in the Air Force Reserve. I was serving my annual two week tour. I touched upon Mass attire, though I can't remember what I actually said. Well evidently, I hit a nerve. I was informed that "they" had decided that we should just be happy that "they" were at Mass. The next weekend, the base commander even made a point of showing up in shorts and flip flops and sitting in the front row. (I was annoyed to say the least. I wonder what he would have thought if I had showed up for an inspection simillarly dressed and said, "Hey, just be glad I am here.") The point is that you are not doing God, the Church, the priest, or anyone a favor by showing up or just showing up. Jesus is the one doing the favor for us. He became incarnate for us, died for us, rose for us, and comes to us at each Mass. The least we can do in response is to show gratitude and respect to Him. One of the ways we show respect is by our dress. (Don't think this matters, try dressing like a slob at work or on your next date.) A parishoner's Baptist preacher uncle is quoted as saying, "Give God you best. If that is a pair of clean overalls and a t-shirt, that's fine, but give Him your best."




Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Please Include In Your Prayers


Kat, the Carolina Cannonball. Evidently, she tore an artery. Also, pray for her son. This has to be particularly frightening for him. (I will be offering Mass for her.)

Fresh Cut Salads - I Can't Stop This Feeling

Zombie appliances!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Wedding With Bagpipes & Kilts.

Marriage is a wonderful sacrament, but many weddings can be a pain. (Lots of prep, paperwork, rehersal, bridezilla, mother of bridezilla, fights over pop music, etc....) Today's wedding, however, was a joy. A practicing and very sincere couple, fun rehersal dinner and reception, the men wore kilts, and we had bagpipes and drums!












(I wonder how the groom got his men to wear Sienfeldian pirate shirts.)

Friday, August 07, 2009

Top 5 JD Daydreams

A Clown In Both Senses Of The Word.

Read here. (Remember: Clowns are creepy.)

(Update)

Here is more about the clown and his buddies. Protesting is one thing. (I disagree with their stance, but hey if you want to be a hippie jackass, go ahead.) But, serial commission of crimes (and misrepresenting the teaching of my Church) is something else. Charge 'em. Prosecute 'em. Imprison 'em.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Am I A Bad Person,

for thinking that the world today might be a better place if Woodstock had been carpet bombed? OK, musically poorer, but still a better place. (Don't get me started on the media's love affair with the 'festival of peace, love, and music'. 'Festival of sex, drugs, and self-indulgence' is more like it.)

Stimulus.

As far as I can tell, the only thing that has been stimulated locally is the number of road projects. It has gotten to the point it is hard to go some place from my church without seeing some of these guys. Don't ask me about the yearlong project on Harrison Blvd. (the main street that gives access to the church). There has to be something hinky going on here. I suspect the orange barrel people made major contributions to the DNC. Oh, and so I can be reported to the Blue Shirts along with all the other cool bloggers, the 'health care reform' is a crock. Do we really want the same people who gave us the IRS and porculus directing our health care? I don't think so either. One more thing, if you think the bill is bad now, just wait until the Federal Courts are done with it. (Look what they have done with ADA.) Federal mandated and funded sex reassignments and cosmetic surgery here we come!

(Yes I am cranky. Gale force winds again prevented sailing on my day off.)

Monday, August 03, 2009

Syncretism



(Def=Reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, as in philosophy or religion, especially when success is partial or the result is heterogeneous.)

From the February 2007 issue of Spiritan published the Spiritans (formerly and more commonly known as the Holy Ghost Fathers.) Interestingly enough, their former superior was Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. I wonder who is converting whom. This points to a great crisis in missionary theology.

Did I miss something? When did Orange become a liturgical color? When did the altar become optional?

(Zuccetto spin to JS.)