Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mass Chat: Nothing much to talk about.



Moonstruck
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Mass was rather quiet last evening - I like that.  Before Mass started however, they announced that someone left their car running with the keys in the ignition - turns out it was an old lady in her 90's.  Someone had taken care of it and the usher returned her keys after she identified herself.  She uses a cane and I'm sure it is an event to get in and out of her car.  People smiled and even chuckled a bit.  Lately I've been noticing a lot of ageism - people making fun of old people and stuff.  Some people want geezers dead.  Haven't you read that kind of stuff on blogs?  "I can't wait until those liberals die off."  Or, "The ageing hippies will soon be dead, yay!"
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It was cloudy last night and I couldn't see the full moon.  I watched Moonstruck instead and missed my old neighborhood and all of my old friends - who are dead of course.  Talking Old Soldiers - my favorite song by Elton John speaks to that.
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I am working on my painting of Cardinal Burke - it is one of three I'm planning.  This one is a serious one.  As I paint him, concentrating intensely upon his face - every little wrinkle in fact, I realize he is a very 'nice' man.  I can tell he is very warm and compassionate, charitable and somewhat humble.  It surprised me because he likes a lot of grandeur.  His ring is huge, and of course he obviously loves the cappa.  I want to paint him in the biretta next, and then do something with the galero outfit.  If I complete these, I will have done 4 paintings so far of Cardinal Burke.
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Oddly enough, a couple of comments on Fr. Z's blog post of the the Cardinal in the galero suggested Burke as papabile.  Wishful thinking I hope, but I'm plussing as to why they would see him as the next pope?  The comments are always amazing on Father's blog anyway.
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11 comments:

  1. I just want Benedict XVI in there a bit longer ...

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  2. I agree! I don't want him to die. I've been reading his works for Lent and I'm in awe of the depth of his understanding and intelligence - and of course his spirituality.

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  3. I think there's something divine about the way he's lived as long as he has, and become such an awesome leader. I think most people expected a stop-gap pope.

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  4. Pope Benedict is only 83 and in good health so no reason not to think he'll be around for awhile. His birthday and the 6th anniversary of his papacy are right around the corner.

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  5. B16 i'm sure is going nowhere fast. yay. but we could do worse if cardinal burke were to succeed him or be our pope somewhere down the road. i've had the good grace to meet / speak with him on a few occasions. he is a very humble man and so very pastoral. really what people recognize in his intelligence, he meets or exceeds in charity and pastoral capacity.

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  6. From what I can tell, I like Burke.

    Although, it would almost be worth having Cardinal Mahoney elected pope just to see what would happen on Fr. Z's blog. :)

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  7. Mercury - They say Pius 9th was a big liberal before becoming Pope - and then the Holy Spirit took over.

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  8. No American will ever be papabile, no matter how good he is.

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  9. I think that was maybe because he lived so long, though. The demands and conditions of his times changed a lot. The same can be said for lots of long-reining monarchs (Franz Joseph of Austria, e.g.).

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  10. I didn't see the moon either because of overcast..but boy it sure turned the tide in my little ol noggin..had nightmares all night..

    Cardinal Mahoney as Pope...wouldn't that be something... :) I wonder what his Pope name would be... :)

    Sara

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  11. Something multicultural of course

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