Wednesday, July 23, 2008

One $!@@$^!^ Word Meme

My Sis-in-law-yer is trying to get even with me for not knocking off her spouse when we were kids. Here's her revenge...

1. Where is your cell phone? Whazzat?
2. Your significant other? Me, myself, & I
3. Your hair? Thinning
4. Your mother? Oak Hill Cemetery Escondido CA
5. Your father? Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Plot: CBC 1 428
6. Your favorite things? "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things"

7. Your dream last night?
"To dream, the impossible dream..."
8. Your favorite drink? Sherry (Christian Brothers Cream)

9. Your dream/goal?
To finish this !&@^ meme
10. The room you’re in? Elbow
11. Your church? 1 Holy, Roman Catholic, Apostolic
12. Your fear? Fear itself (Thanks FDR
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years?
6 years older
14. Where were you last night? Who wants to know
15. What you’re not? Pope
16. Muffins? Banana
17. One of your wish list items? An original autographed copy of the Summa Theologica
18. Where you grew up? Who said I grew up? Vicious liar!

19. The last thing you did?
This meme.

20. What are you wearing?
21. Your TV? Luv it!!!
22. Your pets? Ain't married
23. Your computer? Mine! All Mine!!!!!

24. Your life?
"Mikey won't like it. He hates everything"

25. Your mood?
26. Missing someone? Why, you find someone?
27. Your car? 1991

28. Something you’re not wearing?
29. Favorite store? Fry's
30. Your Summer? 2_Hot
31. Like (love) someone? See #2
32. Your favorite color? Blue, either gun-metal or deep royal
33. Last time you laughed? When Obama won the Democratic nomination
34. Last time you cried? See #33
35. Who will re-post this? Dang, ran out of stamps...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sunday, July 6, 2008

I've Been a Baaaad Boy

I'm glad Confession hasn't come to this:

I know I've got some people curious about my "confession", and why I should make it public. But even AA recognises the need to acknowledge the ramifications of our failings and to make amends if possible. My sin may not be as bad as this, but still might get me here or, maybe the modern equivalent.
This confession may sound "tongue-in-cheek", and may have elements which are such. But the general topic is as serious as it can get. It is more of an examination of conscience.
I'm going to ask my readers not to comment on how wrong my actions are, for you won't say anything I haven't said to myself. I'm not writing this to brag or to be funny, but to get my own thoughts organized and to see what ideas my fellow travelers have to bring me closer to God an His Church.
Enough stalling. Here it goes.
I haven't been to Mass since Easter.
Why is this important? I know that I need to be fed by the Word, and by the Eucharist. I need my brothers and sisters in Christ. I have no problem with the teachings of the Church.
I think my problem is that I don't have a parish that I think of as "home". I used to have a "home" parish 3 years ago, but then the parish staff decided to take over many of the activities done my parishioners. I was involved with RCIA formation for about 10 years, then the pastor hired a "lay formation" educator and he basically put a number of us "out of business". The same thing happened to liturgical ministers, many times resulting in more "performance" services and fewer Liturgies.
As bad as these changes were, at least I was being fed Liturgically. My intellect was being fed as well as the rest of my being. Then I was forced to move (due to employment) and my current local parish is of the Kwik-E-Mart variety. I tried joining the RCIA formation team, but he program had very little in the way of catechetical formation and consisted primarily of "faith sharing" the Sunday readings. Formation of liturgical ministers was of the same caliber. The preaching from the pulpit is of the same level, kind of like eating pure meringue, all sugar and no substance.
I can't blame my problem all on the parish. I suffer from depression, and all I don't have this problem personally alcoholism is prevalent in my family. While I've never been an active person, I also often suffer from a lack of energy. I often spend the weekend in bed and/or watching TV.
So what is my plan of action? First, I need to find a parish where my needs both spiritually and intellectually are met. Second, I need to get to Confession, the Mass, and probably the Anointing of the Sick. Third, find some place where I can participate is spiritual Formation, as this seems to be my Gift from God to the Church.
Finally, let me ask your forgiveness, brothers & sisters. Not only have I been missing you; but you have been missing me from the Body. I think this is the thing I've been missing the most over the weeks I've been "missing in action". God willing, I may soon be worthy of your company again.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Thursday, July 3, 2008

So Iz Not a Saint...

You Are Mostly Virtuous

You are a good person, or at least as good as you can be.
You try to do the right thing, and you have ended up with many virtues.
While you are virtuous, you aren't a saint.
There's definitely a bit of devilishness deep in your heart!

Where You Are Virtuous

You have the virtue of Moderation. You don't do anything at excess, and you avoid extremes
You have the virtue of Frugality. You spend your money wisely, and you are not wasteful.
You have the virtue of tranquillity. You do your best to keep your life peaceful and calm.

Where You Are Not Virtuous

You lack the virtue of Cleanliness. You are quite messy... and maybe even a little dirty.
You lack the virtue of Order. Many aspects of your life are chaotic and a total mess.
You lack the virtue of Sincerity. You don't tell the truth if it doesn't suit you.