Saturday, December 15, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
"If you teach the Faith, you can’t be a clown, says Pope Benedict... Who educates in the faith," he continued, "cannot run to the risk of appearing like a clown who plays a role, ..."
Case in Point. Read about it . Photo courtesy of Cathcon.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Looks like Megatron suffered another defeat as a transformer exploded and burned. It is fortunate that this Decepticon was not able to wreak his havoc on the City of Houston. Fortunately we were spared this time. You can read about it here.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
This is a photo of some of the attendees at mass Oct. 7th at Most Holy Redeemer parish in San Francisco. Archbishop Niederauer claims he "saw no one in mock religious garb". Perhaps one of you out there could help the good archbishop spot the "nun" in "mock religious garb". I know this is a tough one. It's possible that the person in mock religious garb is out of range of the camera, perhaps to the right or left of the nicely-dressed couple in the center of the photo.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Remember the two disciples on the road to Emmaus who weren't able to recognize the resurrected Jesus until he broke bread with them? Well, take a look at this representation of Emmaus in this window and see if you can recognize any of them. Or maybe this is supposed to be just the road. Photo from Cathcon.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom God's love commits me here.
Ever this day be at my side
To light, to guard, to rule, and guide. Amen.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Here is some really shocking news for you: The Latin Mass that has been in use for centuries is still valid (usually referred to now as the Extraordinary Form of the Mass). Now for more shocking news: The Catholic Church is still the True Church, and the Pope is still the Pope. You can read all about this stunning, new development here. Mark Shea points out that there are "people who have somehow gotten it into their heads that there are two Churches, pre-Vatican II and post-Vatican II." Hmmm...isn't that marked outside on the church message board? "St. Swithin's---a pre-Vatican II Church".
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Here is part of What's Wrong with the World: Massive traffic jams. And it's getting worse. Commuters are wasting the equivalent of one to two weeks a year stuck in traffic. "Drivers waste nearly an entire work week each year sitting in traffic on the way to and from their jobs, according to a national study released Tuesday." You can read about it here.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Well, at least she was going to pay her ticket!
Well...isn't that what the [Nicene] Creed is for? To describe who God really is (and is not)? The "limitations" are there to make sure that we are proclaiming the Truth about who God is, and not error.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Stand up comedian Kathy Griffin won an Emmy last weekend. 'In her speech, Griffin said that "a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus."
She went on to hold up her Emmy, make an off-color remark about Christ and proclaim, "This award is my god now!" 'She is a fallen-away Catholic that became an atheist. Now I suppose she is an "Emmy-ist". Since she claims that the Emmy is her god now, it might be useful for her to inquire whether this new god will forgive her sins and lead her to heaven. You can read about it here.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Unfortunately, that's sure to be controversial in Europe and North America, where agenda has sometimes been allowed to triumph over Science, or even Common Sense. You can read about it here.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Apparently Superman voted in the Venezuelan election. Make that two men claiming to be Superman (or was it the same one voting twice?) And I didn't even know he was a Venezuelan citizen! You can read the story here. It's not clear if Superman voted for Hugo Chavez, but one of the "Supermen" was interviewed on state television. I rather doubt he would have been interviewed if he had voted for the "incorrect" party. The report unfortunately doesn't tell us how Batman, the Flash, or the Green Lantern voted.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
This is a monstrance commissioned for the Pope's visit to Austria. The monstrance will stay in the Am Hof church after Pope Benedict's visit. One can't help thinking that the object and design would have been better employed as a suncatcher instead of a monstrance. And it would need to be smaller and lighter...most people wouldn't want a 40 lb suncatcher in their window.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Gemeinsam sind wir stark! Auf Englisch:Together we are strong! While this maxim may sometimes be true, we must be careful that we are struggling for the right things as we celebrate our strength. It's like saying "Change is Good!"---Really? All change? A happy, prosperous family suddenly thrown into poverty because of a loss of a job during a country-wide depression? That's a change. Is that good? Together we are strong---but our very strength could carry us right into the rocks that prudence and sensibility would have bid us avoid. Witness the boat in this picture from Cathcon. It seems to have run aground, a victim of the very strength of those attempting to steer it. And since he was standing at the rear of the boat, perhaps the priest should have delivered a stern warning.
If you weren't told this is a chapel, would that designation have immediately sprung to mind? Assuredly not. And even after you were informed that it was a chapel, would you have guessed that the chapel was Catholic? Again, probably not. Nothing visible here would cause you to identify it as such. That contest appears to be operating here as well. You know, the secret contest to design buldings that are litugically bizarre and aesthetically awful. This picture comes courtesy of Cathcon.
Friday, August 3, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Here is another building trying so hard not to look like a church. This is going to be the cathedral in Oakland, California. There seem to be so many of these horrendous buildings, built at phenomenal cost, both in dollars and in shredded aesthetics. Unfortunately they could be around for a long time. Hopefully some future generation will come to its senses and think of disposing of these monstrosities---but how? Maybe they could eventually try to sell them off, but then they would have to count on some organization willing to take on these cultural mistakes.
Monday, July 30, 2007
The appearance of these monstrosities makes one wonder if there is some sort of secret contest being held. The contest is to determine who can design the most liturgically bizarre or the most aesthetically ugly church or chapel. If there were such a contest, they would have to be held more often than merely annually, since these things seem to spring up so often. If you waited an entire year, you would have to wade through so many of them it would be difficult to make a choice in awarding the prizes.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
This is the first post in my new blog created by me, for all those alarmed by certain aspects of modern life. It's hard to say what precipitated my plunge into the blog world---probably a combination of the contradictions of modern life and reading authors like G. K. Chesterton, who was also somewhat uncomfortable with some aspects of modern life. And that was last century! What would he have said today? I had read through numerous blogs, and thought: I could do that!
And today I gave myself permission.