October 27, 2011

JFK Funeral Mass Footage and Commentary

Gentle Reader: My friend, Mitchell Hadley, Roman Catholic and Cultural Archeologist, who is a Managing Editor and blogger at Our Word and Welcome to It! has another blog called It's About TV

On It's About TV , Mitchell has footage of President John F Kennedy's funeral Mass in November of 1963 as it aired on CBS, as well as his own observations and commentary of this important cultural and Catholic moment.

Mitchell has been working hard on this piece for a while now. I think he first mentioned it to me last Advent. Show him some love; read it and link to it! Here

October 26, 2011

Spring and Fall

For Sr. Thomas More, CSJ (Margery Smith), a view and a poem through the windows of Whitby Hall 25 years ago this month!

Spring and Fall

to a young child

MÁRGARÉT, áre you gríeving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leáves, líke the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Áh! ás the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you wíll weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sórrow’s spríngs áre the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It ís the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89). Poems. 1918.

October 25, 2011

Are They For Real?

My latest post over at Our Word and Welcome to It is my musing on Occupy (insert location here).

My post does not discuss the Occupy Your House! (a.k.a. Stay In Your House!) movement that Terry is trying to get off the ground. Perhaps, I'll discuss that in a future post!

October 23, 2011

Mobilize for Marriage

Gentle Reader: I've not done an activist post for a while. Heck, I've not posted for a while! lol

It's time to get serious about what marriage means. If you believe, as the Roman Catholic Church teaches us that Christ intended, that the family is a miniature of Holy Church; God as the bridegroom (Father) and the Church as the bride (Mother). If you are a Catholic and you think that the family unit is open to "interpretations" that include unmarried cohabitants, 2 men or 2 women, "married" GLBT couples, then somewhere along the line you have been deceived by our culture into thinking that alternative to the norm is (or should be) the norm.

Really, what is the norm these days? I read those bumper stickers that say "Subvert the Dominant Paradigm" and laugh. The dominant paradigm these days is: whatever. Traditionalism is subversion. I know that's not what the bumper sticker composer meant which is why I think it's so funny.

In Minnesota, in November of 2012 (next year), the state will vote on a constitutional amendment to the state constitution that will define marriage as the union between one man and one woman. Understand, the amendment will NOT overturn domestic partner registries but it will withold the sacramental term of "marriage" from being applied to alternative forms of coupling.

As Catholics, we must believe that marriage is not just a word, it's not just a civic, legal term. Marriage is a Sacrament - one of the Seven Sacraments of the Faith. How long, really, if the amendment fails, do you think it will be before the Roman Catholic Church is forced to recognize or perform "marriages" that are not one man and one woman? How long do you think the render unto Ceasar what is his and render unto God what is His separation will last in such a culture?

There are Catholics in our parishes and in elected office who have been catechized, not by the actual Catechism of the Catholic Church, but the catechism of popular culture. They believe it's ok that marriage is NOT between one man and one woman and they want YOU to believe so too.

Someone is going to come by and say something like: well, YOU, have legislated that we believe that marriage IS between one man and one woman and we don't agree...This Nation may have been founded by radicals in the eyes of Britain, but was it founded by radicals in the eyes of God? Would the Founders of this Nation have any CLUE that one day it would even be conceivable that allowing 2 men to legally marry is under discussion? No. If they had any concept of it, it was from Scripture and world history where they perceived that cultures and cities that were sexually permissive did not fare very well.

My friend, Ray has been doing some tremendous education work with the local Catholic Defense League. Archbishop Nienstedt and several parish priests are also writing educational pieces in newspapers and bulletins - as well as preaching from the ambo on Sunday. It's not enough. We need YOU! Speak to your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Write. The other side is well-mobilized. One of the local papers, which a columnist for my town paper rightly terms: The Enemy Paper, is a biased mouthpiece of blasphemy and sacrilege. This rag is, unfortunately, the paper with the largest local circulation.

The other evening a young man came to the door supporting the idea that the term "marriage" should be for everybody. He believes that something is being denied him and he wants it. The term marriage is available to everyone. It's not denied to anyone. But, there are rules for obtaining it. Marriage is not a RIGHT. I'm single - does that mean we should do away with the term "single" because there are days when I feel alone?

The young activist and I exchanged pleasantries. He wanted me to sign his petition. I told him I believe marriage is between one man and one woman and I can't help him by signing his petition. The smile fell off his face and he wished me a good evening and left. That's it. We don't need to be unpleasant; just state the Truth, simply and plainly.

We need more people stating the Truth. Don't sit around in silence for the next year.

By the way, in St. Paul there are some local races you may want to pay CLOSE attention to next month (November 2011). Pay serious attention to the Ward races and the School Board races this year. What are the candidate's agendas? Don't kid yourself that all the candidates only care about the parameters of the office they are running for. Who is sponsoring their candidacy? What organizations support them? We are a year out from the marriage amendment vote - it's not a coincidence that some candidates are trying to get into local offices NOW. You may wonder what the City Council and the School Board have to do with the marriage amendment. I say: indoctrination can happen anywhere. Also, voting this year will be RANKED voting - in which you rank your preferences in each race. It's no longer one person in the race gets your single vote. The person with the top ranking in the pool of voters is elected.It's like grading on a scale. Ranked voting gives me a headache but the people spoke.

The people will speak in November 2012 as well. I pray they speak for marriage as God intended.

October 16, 2011

Interior Tenement

Gentle Reader: Many of you, including myself, have read St. Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle . I found it difficult as I usually find mystical writings. I'm not always sure mysticism makes sense to anyone but the person experiencing it. Much like this blog and its posts - probably don't make sense to anyone except me!

In the Gospel of St. John 14:2, Jesus talks about His Father's house having many rooms. Somehow, today, I've been fixated on rooms. Dante writes about levels of Hell. You decide how they are all related as this post unfolds.

I've been thinking lately about compartmentalizing. I realized recently that I compartmentalize my Faith. Supposedly, it's my Faith. You may not know that as I adjust myself and my words and my actions depending upon whom I'm speaking with. It's possible there are people in my life who have little idea that I'm Catholic. It's definite that there are people who are shocked because they know I am a Catholic and that I fancy myself as a Faithful one, but they hear the profanity and the slander coming out of my mouth and wonder who I really am.

I wonder who I really am. I've decided I'm a phony. I'm one person in this situation and someone else in another. I confuse myself. If I confuse myself and am this dishonest, what does that mean for my relationship with the Lord? Do I even have one? I deny Him so often that it wouldn't surprise me if at the end of my life he turns His back on me and says: "Ha! I pretended to love you all this time as you pretended to love me!" Nothing less than I deserve there. Maybe I'll be seeing those rings of Hell up close and personal?

I have an interior tenement. Overcrowded with all the personalities I adopt to fit any situation. I'm not always sure who the landlord of the residence I've chosen to live in really is.

October 08, 2011

Save $100 Now!

I find it interesting that supposed Catholic parishes charge up to 3 figures for yoga, enneagram, tai-chi, labyrinth, channeling, reiki and other New Age non-Catholic (and in my opinion and in the opinion of other like,oh ,the USCCB) "classes" held on parish grounds or in the Church. I once attended yoga classes in the main church itself. It was a church with moving chairs so they moved them and set up the mats. I'm not kidding.

Yet Bible studies, RCIA, marriage prep are free or low cost - read they charge less than the fees collected by the New Age "experts".

Don't forget Confession and Mass don't cost you any money except may cost your mortal soul - priceless

I don't get why these New Age practitioners are making money in our parishes teaching stuff that in my personal experience flirts with powers and forces that should be left alone and encourages people to believe they need these "fillers" because Catholicism is lacking. Or, it cements the belief of those who think Catholicism is lacking by telling them they are right. I maintain that anyone, and I used to be one, who thinks Catholicism is lacking really has not even begun to scratch the surface of the treasury of the Faith.

Let me be even more frank: Why are we letting heretics teach this crap in our churches? Why not just hand Satan the keys and walk away?

Why are we financing some New Age practitioners lifestyle by letting them collect money to teach this garbage to the faithful when the average parish priest doesn't get any extra money and is buying socks out of a bin at the Salvation Army Thrift Store?

Where are our priorities? Seriously.

Honestly, more and more of this "Unicorn in the Sanctuary" stuff has declined in recent years but the fact that some parishes are still doing it is worrisome. When will we root out this insidious evil?

In the Bible we read that our ancestors in Faith had a hard time purging the pagan cult practices from the lives of the Faithful. Maybe I'm foolish and optimistic thinking (dreaming, wishing, praying) it will go away and leave us alone.
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