Saturday, May 23, 2009

The "wisdom" of Kris Allen

It's not about religion. We're not running for president.

Kris Allen, on whether "the Christian vote" caused him to win this year's American Idol competition

Friday, May 22, 2009

Yahoo headline

Ga. mother accused of leaving baby in car to play video games

Wow! When I was a baby, I couldn't play video games! That's some baby!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Quotation of note

Jesus came to raise the dead. The only qualification for the gift of the Gospel is to be dead. You don't have to be smart. You don't have to be good. You don't have to be wise. You don't have to be wonderful. You just have to be dead. That's it.

Robert Farrar Capon, via Archbishop Chaput, in Living the Catholic Faith (Charis Books/Servant Publications, 2001), p. 159

Met a fellow blogger today (sort of)

A ministerial blogger, no less! I was privileged to attend the beautiful Ascension Thursday Mass at St Paul's Church just outside Harvard Square, Cambridge, where the celebrant was Fr Mark Mossa, SJ, the author of Diary of a Rookie Priest and its previous incarnation ... AND I LET MYSELF BE DUPED. After Mass, I shook hands with him and said merely, "Hello, Father," but did not identify myself as dylan, the blogger of darkspeech, for fear of hearing something like, "Oh, so you're the unregenerate wretch responsible for that ungodly mess!" (Well, I'm fairly sure that that wouldn't happen. Maybe. But one never knows.)

So, Father, if you're reading, it was pleasant to meet you! (Or to have almost met you.) A pleasure, indeed, to have attended the beautiful liturgy on this holy day.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Let's play: Is it Thomas Hardy or an early Smiths lyric?

On a morning sick as the day of doom
      With the drizzling gray
      Of an English May,
There were few in the railway waiting-room.


Thomas Hardy, from "In a Waiting-Room"

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

More Archbishop Chaput

Hundreds of things are politically correct, but virtually nothing is sacred.

Chaput, op. cit., pp. 99-100