Friday, June 15, 2007

"The sacrifices you want to make aren’t always the only sacrifices God wants"

-- from Eve Tushnet's half of this exchange of views at Commonweal magazine.

Those words have implications far beyond the topic of the article.
Survey says

Was watching a game-show yesterday (a constructive use of time, to be sure), and the host asked the contestants to "name someone, living or dead, whose ideas have made the world a better place." The top five answers were on the board.

An interesting mix was eventually revealed:

1. Martin Luther King, Jr.
2. Oprah Winfrey
3. Bill Clinton
4. Benjamin Franklin
5. Jesus

Thursday, June 14, 2007

What can one possibly say

Thank Heaven I've never seen anything like this. Unbelievable.
And finally ...

You Are A Martini

You are the kind of drinker who appreciates a nice hard drink.
And for you, only quality alcohol. You don't waste your time on the cheap stuff.
Obviously, you're usually found with a martini in your hand. But sometimes you mix it up with a gin and tonic.
And you'd never, ever consider one of those flavored martinis. They're hardly a drink!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

And this

despite selecting Dublin as the pub-crawl city ...

You Are Heineken

You appreciate a good beer, but you're not a snob about it.
You like your beer mild and easy to drink, so you can concentrate on being drunk.
Overall, you're a friendly drunk who's likely to buy a whole round for your friends... many times.
Sometimes you can be a bit boring when you drink. You may be prone to go on about topics no one cares about.
A poet's birthday

One hundred forty-two years ago, the author of this poem was born.
It took three attempts

to get something other than Chardonnay ...

You Are Pinot Noir

Sophisticated and worldly, you probably know more about wine than most drinkers.
You have great taste, and you approach all aspects of life with a gourmet attitude.
You believe that the little things in life should be cherished and enjoyed... and of the best quality possible.
And while you may take more time to eat a meal or tour a city, it's always time well spent.

Deep down you are: A seductive charmer

Your partying style: Refined. And you would never call it "partying"

Your company is enjoyed best with: Stinky expensive cheese

Monday, June 11, 2007

No blogging here tomorrow

Instead, an appointment with the dentist.
The wonders of the NAB

Mark 7:18-19 He said to them, "Are even you likewise without understanding? Do you not realize that everything that goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters not the heart but the stomach and passes out into the latrine?"

Jeremiah 17:6 He is like a barren bush in the desert that enjoys no change of season, But stands in a lava waste, a salt and empty earth.

Isaiah 9:5 For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.



Liturgy back to normal (mostly)
at the new church in Chelsea

Now that the Easter season is over, we're saying the Creed, using a penitential rite, and seeing a crucifix with a corpus.

Why the pastor would choose to commemorate the Easter season by leaving out the Creed, or why he would omit the Pentecost sequence two Sundays ago, or why he doesn't make the sign of the Cross over the gifts at the epiclesis, is anyone's guess.