April 30, 2011

Ironic Catholic Arrives in Rome!

Minnesota's own Ironic Catholic arrives in Rome for the big blognic! I thought her fans were mostly academic types, but you be the judge! Actual photo of her fans greeting her at the airport (below). SIC (a.k.a. Spouse of Ironic Catholic) is, sources tell me, on the next plane to Rome.

April 28, 2011

The Crescat Takes Rome

The Crescat arrived in Rome yesterday. Some of her fans showed up at the airport gate to welcome her!

Ironic Catholic claims to draw a more academic fan base, we'll see...

April 27, 2011

i before e except after c

For Terry. Thanks, hon!

April 26, 2011

Only the Penitent Man Shall Pass

Remember the scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where Indy is navigating the cave on his way to, he hopes, find the Holy Grail? As he walks, he reads from the diary of his Father which gives the following instruction for getting thru the next danger: “Only the penitent man shall pass” Indy falls to his knees as he recognizes to show humility before God is to kneel. His quick action allows him to narrowly avoid a set of circular blades that slice thru the air right where he his head would have been had he been standing.

When we receive Holy Communion, we don’t (and some trads may be sad to hear this) have a set of blades that come out and chop our heads off if we are not kneeling for Communion, but our attitude when we approach to receive the Lord in the Host should be humble, submissive and penitent. If the Lord wants to smote us and cut our heads off while we receive Communion, well, I can’t think of too many better situations to die in, can you?

I think there are too many of among us who approach the altar of the Lord and Holy Communion with a sense of defiant entitlement. There is nothing wrong with me. I’m perfect or, at least by MY standards, good enough and worthy enough. No one should be able to tell ME I’m not worthy to receive and deny ME what I want. These are the same folks who refuse to say “Lord, I am not worthy (Domine, non sum dignus)” or mutter thru it to make it look like they are saying something-more than likely “Lord, I AM worthy” Apparently, they also get to say the word and they are healed. I wonder that these same folks have not figured out a way to cure cancer.

I have no issues with people unable to kneel at the Consecration because they are physically unable to do so. But, I do have a problem with the physicially fit who have learned, been taught, or decided on their own, that to kneel before God is antiquitated, something we don’t have to do anymore, or a practice (like so many others) that doesn’t apply to them. If the other “weak minded” want to kneel before God let them but I’m not.

I figure if no less than the Angels kneel before God, who do I think I am?

During Holy Week I observed a woman who I’ve never seen at our Church before, who looked to be fit and about my age, refusing to kneel during the Consecration. She stook the whole time. The only one in the entire Church. Needless to say, she rather stood out. I was more than slightly irked. I asked someone after Mass if they knew her. Yes, she used to come to Chruch here all the time. She’s probably back now that the parish is merging and more than likely closing. There was a time when we did not kneel in this parish for the Consecration. She would remember those days. She is among the group that was upset and left when a former priest reimplemented the practice of kneeling or assuming a reverent seated posture. I wonder where the heads are at of people like this who are in essence making some kind of political statement in the middle of Mass and insulting everyone-including God. Do they go home from Mass feeling smug? Do they feel like they got away with something?

Dissenter though I used to be I was never this brazen. I didn’t go to the parish of folks that were more traditional than I was and act like a rebellious adolescent. I dissented but I did it amongst “like minded” people in like-minded parishes. Does that make it right? No. But, you certainly didn’t see me making an incursion to St. Agnes and standing during the Consecration in a lame attempt to “school” the conservatives by calling attention to myself and insulting them.

It occurs to me that Pentecost is approaching and around here you know what that means-the usual gang of dissenters showing up at local parishes standing in protest like petulent adolescents when their public dissent from Church teachings means they will be denied Communion. I wonder if it’s better that, at least, by their sashes we can recognize them. Others are not so easy to identify.

April 25, 2011

Space the Final Frontier....

The Holy Father is scheduled to call outer space on May 4th. Father Phleger has already stated he will not accept the charges.

I know!

April 24, 2011

Our Triumphant Holy Day!

What then shall we say? Shall we persist in sin that grace may abound? Of course not!
How can we who died to sin yet live in it?
Or are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life.
For if we have grown into union with Him through a death like His, we shall also be united with Him in the resurrection.
We know that our old self was crucified with Him, so that our sinful body might be done away with, that we might no longer be in slavery to sin.
For a dead person has been absolved from sin.
If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.
We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over Him.
As to His death, He died to sin once and for all; as to His life, He lives for God.
Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as (being) dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus.

--Romans 6:1-11

April 17, 2011

What It's All About

Gentle Reader: My readers, all 5 of you!, know that I’ve struggled this Lent. I feel disengaged. I don’t feel like Lent is anything special. I’ve not done much “extra”.

It occurs to me to wonder if my job is my cross. I prayed for a job I like. I got it but now I’m working too much. Work is taking over my life. It’s true that we can live with Christ even while we work (and we should) but I feel like I’m cramming Him in like I’m scheduling a meeting or a project. I don’t feel right.

This week I’m going to end Lent on a high note! I’m taking a blog, Plurk, Twitter, Facebook hiatus until Easter. I need to remove the distractions and focus on Him. As is my custom, since my reversion, I took vacation time during the Triduum so I have those 3 days and Easter to focus on Him. I’m really looking forward to the time off and the focus on the Lord.

One last thing before I sign off for a week, if you are going to attend one of those Seder/Mass thingies on Holy Thursday remind yourself that, Christ IS The Meal. Why insult Jews and Catholics by going to a weird hybrid that is not any part of any faith tradition.

When Jehovah's Witnesses Attack!

Do what I do and hide in the bathroom!

The JW's were making the rounds yesterday. In year's past, my statue of Mary in the front window seemed to deter them. But, this year they were drawn to Mary and came to the door anyway.

I might have gone to the door and told them 'I believe the Catholic Church contains the fullness of the Truth' and then slammed the door in their faces! But, Saturday is my laundry day and I was still in my pjs at 11:00 a.m. when they rang the bell.

So, I hid. So there. Now you know the rest of the story!

Fascinating is it not? Now you wonder why I broke my blog silence for this! Maybe I'll continue my plan to pretend to be The Crescat and take her place in the Rome Blognic! Look at our photos! We could be twins! But, I can't possibly fit that travel plan in between my Tae Kwan Do and Let's Macrame! classes.

April 16, 2011

A Paschal Fire to Remember

Father Richtsteig's lumber order is leaving Grand Rapids and is on it's way to Utah! It should arrive in time for the Easter Vigil!

April 13, 2011

Why I Love Jesus Meme

Redneck tagged me for this meme. I think Redneck is twisted. This is the toughest meme I’ve ever been asked to do! Also, I can’t beat Redneck’s responses! I’ve been set up for failure! Waaaahhh

* Share five things you love about Jesus/or why you love Jesus.
* Tag five other bloggers.
* Those tagged will provide a link in the comments section here so others can read them.

Only one thing that I love about Jesus popped immediately into my head and stayed there. When that happens, I usually go with it, figuring it’s my Angel or that I’ve not had enough coffee this morning!

1)No matter how many times I screw up, Jesus will forgive me when I go to him and apologize (read: confess and repent and resolve to never do it again!)
I, honestly, wish I could follow Jesus’ example and admonishment to Peter in Matthew 18. When Peter kept asking how many times we must forgive our brother who has wronged us and Jesus gave his staggering response, I would’ve said “Ha, Lord, are you for real?l! Gosh, belief in that you are The Christ and the Son of God is easier than this!” and tried to negotiate Him down. Hey, if Moses was able to save his people from God’s wrath, negotiation is possible, right?

Thanks Be to God I never led any people out of the desert, I can’t even lead myself out. God would say “Negotiate this!” as he threw a lightning bolt into my a--.

I tag: Adoro, Ray, Terry, Angela, LarryD

April 11, 2011

When in Rome....

There is an “invite”, (Well, I’m not sure it is an invite so much as I dare you to meet the criteria and attend), to a Rome blognic going around. It will reportedly take place in Rome after the Beautification of Pope John Paul II. The invitation is open to all but you have to APPLY? And send a link to your blog and space is LIMITED? Entrance passes??? Where is this thing taking place, the Holy Father’s private apartment?

I’m sorry, but WT-?

If I were in Rome, I’d do what in comparison would seem like a “flash mob” blognic. I’ll be here. Show up. Come ready to eat, drink, chat and be merry. No credentials needed. Leave your pomposity at the airport.

April 03, 2011

Tribulation Bonding

Gentle Reader: The week just passed ended with a thud. It sucked. I ended Friday’s work day in complete depression. I wailed to a buddy Friday night. One of those dramatic responses to a “Hey, how it’s goin’ Cathy”, that turned out to be more than he bargained for! He had the misfortune to be the first person I encountered. My cats care but they have challenges listening.

I went to Mass for the Sacred Heart on Friday evening so full of rage due the crappy day that I refrained from Communion. I just sat in the pew steaming and trying to calm down. Am I the only person who ever goes to Mass like this? But, I had to go. I was praying some of the Grace of carrying the Cross that Our Lord experienced would rub off on me.

I had a late breakfast with friends on Saturday morning and we had a nice visit. They comiserated and I felt better. I listened to their challenges and felt better as I realized that I’m not alone. Next I went to a local bookstore and listened to a clerk hear some tense words from her supervisor-unfairly as nothing the clerk did was intentional. I comiserated with the clerk and said “Your day sounds like my whole week” She smiled and thanked me and we shared a moment of solidarity.

Next I went to Adoration. I don’t regularly go to Adoration on Saturday but when you need it, you need it. I was so thankful for that hour with the Lord to listen for His voice, to wait for Him to tell me He would be with me always. It occurred to me that Holy Week was not exactly a joyous week for Jesus either and my week was nothing compared to that. It put my trials in perspective.

I’ve always found that sharing tribulations with others, even if they are not exactly the same tribulations can put your own into perspective. So the work week was tough? So what? At least I have a job and a roof over my head. My health is good. I have the possibility of Salvation. It’s all good
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