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OCP and Sacred

  /   Tuesday, December 31, 2002   /   Comments(0)

Well, I searched OCP for “sacred” to see if I could prove Jeff Miller’s point. I did find some stuff. Look at this.

Of course, this is not an endorsement of OCP. I went to a Mass not too long ago where all of the music was OCP, and it had a strange feel to it. Besides, their liturgical documents book has that liturgical prank named Environment and Art in Catholic Worship in it.

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Predictions for 2003

  /   Tuesday, December 31, 2002   /   Comments(0)

Now that 2002 is already coming to an end (It went by so fast.), I must offer my Catholic predictions for 2003:

The authors of Environment and Art in Catholic Worship will reveal their identities and make the following statement: “We were just kidding about all of that. We had no idea that people would take us so seriously. Why didn’t people notice what a joke all of this was when they read it?” The document will go down as the greatest liturgical prank in the history of the Church.

A “Vatican spokesperson” will emerge and say that Pope John Paul II, weary of waiting for ICEL to give us a decent translation of the Missal, is engaging in talks with the Mafia to have them enforce translation deadlines. The Vatican officials will deny this statement.

The group named “We Are Church” will be excommunicated. The media will misread the order and show headlines such as “Catholic Church Excommunicates Itself.”

Several “progressive” groups will come out of the closet and admit that they have been secretly worshipping deities named “The Times” and “The Modern Age.” They will explain that moral standards changed when “The Times” changed into “The Modern Age.” When asked who created the world, a spokesperson will say, “Well, we created our gods.” A breakaway group, disatistifed with the other “progressive” groups, will be marketing “Create Your Own Deity” kits to be sold in toy stores.

Oregon Catholic Press will sue the Vatican clamining it owns the copyright to the Sacred Liturgy. They will demand that the Vatican pay them a royalty every time Mass is celebrated.

A bishop who will remain nameless will sue Frs. Richard McBrien and Andrew Greeley for slander, stating that they have misrepresented the Catholic faith.

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Tridentine Again

  /   Monday, December 30, 2002   /   Comments(0)

If you haven’t seen the blog And Then? by Michelle (don’t know her last name), then it’s well worth a look. It will probably be the next link I add to my template.

Here is a post on the Tridentine Mass. It’s in response to a guy who subtly suggests that it may be a sin to attend a Novus Ordo. Even if one could convice me that the Tridentine Mass was in all aspects superior to the Novus Ordo, I would think that the guilt of offering a bad liturgy lies with the priest who offered it, not with the congregation.

The Novus Ordo ain’t perfect, but neither is the Tridentine Mass. I, for one, hope for an improved version of the Novus Ordo rite will be written. Like Michelle, I like kneeling to receive the Eucharist. I also liked the silent Eucharistic prayer. I prefer having the priest face the same direction as the people during the Liturgy of the Eucharist (those words are not addressed to the people; they are addressed to God). However, I am very, very distractable, and it is hard for me to worship at a Mass that I cannot follow. Given that I converted as a teenager, I don’t think there is any way I’d be Catholic if the Mass were still in Latin.

Be sure to catch the end of Michelle’s post. She has a good point.

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More Blogging to Come

  /   Monday, December 30, 2002   /   Comments(0)

I am almost done with my trips out of tow. I take my last trip to Nashville this week, and then I get to live in my apartment again. Hopefully, this will mean that I get to blog more.

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Is This Really Your Child

  /   Monday, December 30, 2002   /   Comments(0)

While I was in Nashville last week, I came across a car with a bumper sticker that said “My child drinks out of the toilet.” It showed a picture of a dog. It was an advertisement encouraging us to support our local Humane Society.

Is it just me, or is it a little much? I heard a story one time where someone approached Fr. George Rutler and introduced a dog as her child. Fr. Rutler’s response was “I’d be interested to know the father.”

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I Could Not Pass It Up

  /   Sunday, December 29, 2002   /   Comments(0)

I was at the local Circuit City last night, and I found this little gem for my Playstation 2. It is the Activision Anthology. It’s a DVD with 45 old Activision games for Atari, complete with a 1980’s pop soundtrack that is just awesome. If you score a certain number of points in the game, it gives you the right to view the commercial for the game when it first came out.

Although the games are too simplistic to be sold as stand-alone games today, they are more challenging than a Nashville parking lot. I had all kinds of fun playing the games of my childhood. These games have been released before for personal computers, but I prefer to use my Playstation 2. Besides, many of the games had never been released in an anthology before. There are even two games that were previously unreleased.

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Yet Another Scenario

  /   Sunday, December 29, 2002   /   Comments(0)

I have an adoration hour at a Perpetual Adoration chapel here in Memphis. While I was in the chapel, a lady came in, complete with head covering. She spent a few minutes in prayer. She left a few minutes after the young man who was to take my place came in.

Just before she left, she said to the two of us praying there “If you see a black man come in here, don’t give him any money. It won’t help his cause. The women are scared of him. He sleeps in the foyer. If you give him money, he’ll just keep coming here.”

Funny, I thought Jesus loved the poor. They gentleman next to me seemed to think the same. Aren’t we supposed to see Christ in them? If she could give me a reason why the man was a fraud, it would be different. However, I didn’t get that impression from the way she sounded.

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Watch for New Web Page

  /   Sunday, December 29, 2002   /   Comments(0)

Now that I have the Frassati Society web page ready, I need to do some work on my personal web page. I put it on line some time ago and haven’t done much with it. I need to at least make it look better. Besides, I’m having such a great time with the server side scripting that I need to add more to my own page. I’ll have some days off coming up, and I hope to get some work done on it then.

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Bible Prank

  /   Sunday, December 29, 2002   /   Comments(0)

Someday, when you are leading a Bible study of Catholics, ask them to turn to “Hezekiah chapter 2,” and watch how many do it. I got this one from Tim Staples at the Advent conference a couple of weeks ago. I tried this in my Frassati Society, and it didn’t work too well. Maybe you can find some people who are more easily fooled.

Truthfully, the point that Tim Staples was trying to make is the ignorance of Catholics of the Scriptures. What should be our book is often used to lure people away from the faith.

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About Last Night

  /   Sunday, December 29, 2002   /   Comments(0)

Last night reminded me of my dorm room days. The fire alarm was pulled at 2:00 AM by someone. It took me about five minutes to figure out what that noise was. I went to the apartment office to get the emergency number on the front window. I dialed it up on my cell phone and was promptly told that the number was disconnected. I finally went to the security call box and found out that someone else had already contacted them. It must have taken ten more minutes for them to get here. I never saw any sign of the fire department. If we ever had a real fire, we’d be in deep trouble.

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