Friday, September 07, 2007

The All-School Mass.

They are good kids!
Today was the first All-School Mass of the year for Celine and Agnes. It didn't go too well - another call from the Headmistress to me followed Mass. She claimed that both Aggie and Celine were listening to their iPods and texting mesages throughout the Mass. Exasperated I said, "Listen Sister, at least they went to Mass and were quiet. I've been at your All-School Masses and they sound like a pep-rally. What do you want me to do about it?"

Sister says they can't bring their iPods or Blackberry to school any longer. Gosh!

Great Question!

Are research dollars wasted?

Reasearchers have found that kids are smarter than chimps! I hope my former employees read this, they always told me a monkey could do a better job of managing than I did. What the hell did they know?

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Do you know about Old Catholics?

Old Catholics.

No, not elderly Catholics, but the schismatic sect known as Old Catholics. They date back to the 17th century. Their orders are valid, but illicit. It is my understanding that in a grave emergency, or if a Roman Catholic was in danger of death, the Old Catholic sacraments are valid. The Wild Reed has an interesting post on Old Catholics and their history, including an in-depth interview with Fr. Robert Caruso, a local Old Catholic priest. (Ed: The site is pro-gay, so if that offends you, use the Wikipedia links below for information on "Old Catholics". Neverthelesss, it is a good interview and not focused upon pro-gay issues.)

Old Catholics (Wiki link) should not be confused with the SSPX (Wiki link) or any sedevacantist group (Wiki link). (For instance, the Old Catholic church ordains women.) In the United States they are much more liberal than the most dissident of Roman Catholic churches, while they remain distinct from the so-called Liberal Catholic Church (Wiki link), which has no connection with the Roman Catholic Church whatsoever. In these confusing times, I believe it is good to know the differences.

[Photo: Ordination in an Old Catholic church.]

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Larry Craig is all mixed up.

There's no place like the Senate.

First Larry pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

Then Larry said he wasn't guilty.

Then Larry said he would resign his Senate seat.

Now Larry wants to stay.

It seems Senator Craig can't make up his mind. Is it poor judgement, or just indecision? Is this a good thing or a bad thing for a Senator? Do politicians flip-flop or what? I don't know, I would never hire him.

What if a President was like that?

Back to school and the single dad...

Two days back in school and I already got a call. Both the girls have to wear uniforms to school for the first time this year. That means with real shoes. Aggie went to class with flip-flops on and I get a call to bring in her shoes or take her home. I told the Headmistress, "What's the deal, it's not like she was going to be serving Mass today or anything." I can see how this school year is going. (Yesterday Celine had to go into the girls room and wash all of her make-up off.)

Mother Teresa

It was something she said:
"People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway."
"Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. People who really want help may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway. Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway."
"There is hunger for ordinary bread, and there is hunger for love, for kindness, for thoughtfulness, and this is the great poverty that makes people suffer so much." - Bl. Teresa of Calcutta
[It turns out the first two paragraphs are not original to Mother. My friend David sent me the original source:]

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Sister Mary Charles McGough

+ Sister Mary Charles McGough OSB +

On Sunday, 2 September, Sister Mary Charles McGough OSB died at St. Scholastica Monastery <>, Duluth, Minnesota. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Notre Dame University, and received training as an iconographer from the St. John Damascus Sacred Art Academy in Ligonier, PA.

She was an experienced artist in other media as well. Sister Mary Charles was proficient in woodcut prints, watercolor, and ceramic sculpture. Her iconography follows the Byzantine style.

Sister Mary Charles completed many large commissions for churches and religious houses such as; St. Paul Priory, St. Paul; St. Olaf's Church, Minneapolis; Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham, Mass.; St. Michael Monastery, Elkhorn, Nebraska; and St. Andrew's Church, Brainerd, Minnesota.

Visitation will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, and the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, 7 September, both in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at the monastery in Duluth.

(Thank you David for this obituary.)

Monday, September 03, 2007

How do you spend Labor Day?

I hear it's a big day to spend with family - which is why everything is closed...

Yet all the malls and stores are open today, so I went out to get my girls some school supplies at Target. It was crowded. I fought with a woman over the last Hello Kittie backpack. My girl Agnes still likes Hello Kitty stuff, even though she's 10 this year. I asked her if she didn't think it was about time she got into Brittney Spears stuff or something, but her sister Celine said Brittney is so over. As a single dad, what the heck do I know?
Then I stopped at the liquor store for some wine and vodka - I'm having a few friends over tonight. (I hope they show up - otherwise I'll have to drink all that stuff by myself tonight.) I continued on my big, family-holiday adventure and stopped at Walgreen's for cigarettes and my prescription inhaler; I then moved along to the grocery store. (While driving around, I noticed that even the Volvo salesroom was open, as were the garden centers and little gift shops around town. Even the local bank was open. And I am not making that up!)
In the checkout line at Kowalski's, I noticed a woman behind me with flowers and I said, "Why don't you go ahead of me if that's all you have." She was so grateful and said, "Thanks, I have to get to the cemetery." Then she proudly added, "That's what this holiday is all about you know!" (I am not making that up either!)
On my way home I made a visit to my parish Church and sat outside to pray a couple decades of the rosary - I sat outside because it is locked up for the big family holiday. (I thought, that's okay, everything else is closed too!)

Monsters have families too!

This is Jackson, my little nephew! isn't he cute? (He does all the cooking now.) He is my nephew Todd's son. Jackson looks very much like his beautiful mom, Carrie.

(See! My relatives are not imaginary!)

Sunday, September 02, 2007

The silence of God.

"There was silence in heaven..." Revelation 8:1
The Holy Father said today that Mother Teresa suffered the "silence of God". He explained that some souls experience the silence of God in order to better understand the dilemma faced by unbelievers. The linked article also mentions the Holy Father's statement at Auschwitz when he said the holocaust was a time when God was silent.
"All believers know about the silence of God," he said in unprepared remarks. "Even Mother Teresa, with all her charity and force of faith, suffered from the silence of God," he said. - Reuters