Thursday, July 24, 2008
For the last couple of days, after seeing an article in The New Mexican, I wanted to post a blog entry of the history of it, as no one has hired me yet. ;-) However, as the local papers have covered it quite well, I'll just post the links to the articles. Also, Joshua Trujillo, a photographer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, created a beautiful blog with pictures telling the whole story of the statue and its journey to Santa Fe. I spent the last hour reading through all the entries and looking at all the pictures. As I'm not a parishioner at Our Lady of Guadalupe, I don't feel as emotionally invested in the arrival of this statue, however, as a resident of this old city of faith, I do feel a bit emotional after perusing this blog. It truly seemed like an amazing experience and I'm sure all the Santa Feans who made this journey will not forget it.
Until yesterday, I hadn't seen a picture of the statue and so I didn't know what she looked like or what to expect. I must say she's incredibly beautiful. I can only imagine what an honor it will be to have her here. I think her presence in front of the old Santuario will be a comfort and a blessing, especially for the members of that parish. Many of them are immigrants from Mexico, and many have found a home there. I'll have to go see her this weekend, as it's also the annual Spanish Market and I think I'll venture downtown to browse the market. Not sure if I'm going or buying anything this year.
Here are the links to the articles about the pilgrimage and journey to pick up The Virgin.
From the New Mexican, Our Lady, Almost Home and Parishioners Welcome Marian Statue After Safe Arrival From Mexico. Two stories from the Journal North. Our Lady's Statue Delayed and finally, Missing Icon Located in El Paso Warehouse. On the Journal site, there is a video clip from its stop in Rio Rancho at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.
Monday, July 21, 2008
The stupid crisis is over. I still have to change careers and start earning a better living. I have a commission check to pick up tomorrow. I'm going to spend some time with my little sister and then have a meeting at church.
I'm wide awake and probably should go to bed. I'm wired.
Friday, July 18, 2008
This is intentionally cryptic I know. Someday maybe I'll talk about why I'm stupid. I think I'm going to go to bed. It's starting to rain, which is good.
I want to write but my characters aren't talking to me. I actually am on the verge of just scrapping it all.I hate feeling the urge to delete everything.
I think I'm going to read something, maybe "Thoughts on Solitude" or pray a rosary before I go to sleep.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Being a girl this was not a consideration for me, but being a writer, I had to think about it in terms of why my young, male character wanted to be a priest. In the last year or so, I've read about young priests or seminarians just to help me flesh out my character. But as a Catholic, I've also thought about this as well.
Honestly, as bad as things have been for the Church lately, I think it will get better. I am glad to see young men wanting to pursue the priesthood. Having recently met one of the newly ordained priests in my archdiocese, I know and feel the Church is going to be all right. It will just take a long time to heal and recover.
Still, I cringe every time I see allegations of sex abuse and want to jump on the defensive about how it happens more often in other religions, schools and homes, but it's more fun to pick on the Catholics. But what happened-- the abuse, the aftermath, the moving of priests and the cover-ups were inexcusable. It never should have happened. Having to live with that as a Catholic is disheartening.
As Andrew, the priest character in my story, told his sister, the Church will weather this as it has weathered other things in the past. I think it's true. Hopefully, in the near futures seminaries in the US will fill up and one day parishes without priests will have at least one or two.
Sigh. Yes, I'm still a bit idealistic, but sometimes, cynicism only makes me feel worse.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Then there is the nutty professor.
And a word of sanity by a Jesuit Priest. Father James Martin's thoughts are here.
I'm quite surprised that I haven't seen a lot of posts by blogging priests about the whole-- um... it's bigger than a kerfluffle, but I'm not quite sure what word to use to describe it-- mess.
I really should probably read a real book or write something else than follow this non-news-news story.
I guess, I need to remember to pray for patience. It's 10:00 and I don't think I'll get much sleep tonight, especially if it keeps thundering. My old dog, you'd never believe he's 14, is acting like a young pup right now, barking at the thunder. I'm also hoping to get paid tomorrow and am contemplating some big things in the next few weeks.
I'm also starting a family-tree blog, not that's exciting news to any of you. Yesterday, I went grave hunting. I wanted to know the date of my grandmother's death and had to traipse through the national cemetery looking for it. My grandfather served during World War I-- every time I see "Legends of the Fall", where Henry Thomas' character was fighting in France (I think he was in France) I think of my grandpa. He served over there. He never told my mom or any of his other kids about the war. Someone said he saw horrible things and never wanted to talk about it. So, I had to find his grave so I could find hers. Anyway, she died 15 years ago next month, and he died three months later-- he was a healthy 94-year-old-- he didn't want to leave without her. :-(
So I found that and then I found the grave of my Great Grandfather. We're trying to figure out a bit more about him. He had two wives. His second was my grandmother's mother but I only know her name. He was born in 1857. I have a cabinet he made-- so it's over 100 years old. There's lots of history out there for me to discover. Anyway, it is fun looking at those old photographs.
Ah man... the storm is coming. Gotta shut down.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Two drawers full of socks I never wear. Sad to say, while I love buying socks... I never wear socks. Yet I have socks... many socks, lots of socks, an over abundance of socks. Perfectly matched socks. Though... I don't have a saint in my sock drawer, like Father James Martin, S.J., did as a kid. He has a whole chapter devoted to the Saint of the Sock Drawer in his book, "My Life With the Saints."
See no saint in either sock drawer.
Oh my... what is this I see? A black sock without a mate. An orphan sock. Oh dear. Where could the other be? How long has it been without it's mate? Days... months... years... ages? I really don't know, as I just discovered its tragic disappearance. Do I call the police and file an APD? Where does one look for an orphaned sock? Oh this is distressing.
Check out her Blog to read more about it.
Anyway, can the title of this BBC article be anymore stupid? "Rows Surround Catholic Woodstock?" The title trying to compare WYD to Woodstock is not offensive to me, but it's a definite misnomer. Maybe they were trying to be ironic? I've never been to a WYD. I probably could have gone to Denver in 1993, had I been the sort of 20-Something-Catholic who went those those kinds of things. I'm seeing all sorts of mixed reactions about WYD and quite honestly, I don't have an opinion. I found the pope's visit to America in April fascinating. I was drawn to him and finally understood him and what he is trying to do for the Church. I was won over. In retrospect, I wish I'd paid more attention to Pope John Paul II, because, in the end he won me over too.
Now, I will try to get back on point. Honestly, I didn't expect to read a Catholic Friendly article either. It talks about the sex abuse scandal, the anti-Catholic protesters, victim's rights' groups. That ends up being more the scope of the article. I'm not looking for clappy, happy news, but I am starting to agree with those really conservative Catholics on the Internet that there is a mainstream media bias against the Catholic Church. It seems to me that whenever this is a big Catholic event, there always seems to be a mention of the big, bad wrongs of the Church. I can't defend the Church in the way it reacted to the abusive priests. It was wrong, but I'm getting tired of all the bashing. I definitely have strong opinions and have written and deleted a few paragraphs with my thoughts. I want to articulate my feelings on those subjects, but I just can't. Not right now. I get so mad when I try, then I get tongue tied and twisted and never get the words out.
Recently, I read the article about the kid who took the Host from his mouth, later put it in a baggie and saved it show his friend. Dumb, dumb, dumb. At least he returned it. If he was really threatened, that was shameful All he had to do to show his friend the true meaning of the Eucharist was to bring his friend to Mass. Of course, I get the impression that either the kid was naive or not really that strong in his faith, and so didn't really care about the significance of his actions. Then the blogosphere exploded-- both sides fuming at the reaction. I read the blog of the college professor who is dying to desecrate a consecrated host. His behavior is/was asinine. He's reveling in the attention and the commentaries left on his blog were equally hideous, crude and nasty as his own declaration. Blogs on the Pro-Catholic side had commentaries equally profane, but as a Catholic I understood why. (Google has plenty of links should you want to read more.)
All of this bashing is just stupid and pointless. I still contend there is an acceptable perception that it's ok to make fun of Catholics.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Yes my darlings, your new baby sibling is a red panda, but just be good kittens and love him/her anyway.
It does amaze me just how animals are so open and accepting to "outsiders" and will take care of another's baby. Not always-- but often enough that it's something to marvel at when it happens. What's truly sad is that we human animals don't always care about our own kind.
News story here.
I think that it would be some place I'd like to go see when I go to Europe. It's near Spain and I do want to go to France as well... so how can I not go?
And in the Bronx at a replica of the Grotto at Lourdes, people claim the tap water there is turning holy and causing miracles. Saw this in the local paper this morning.
We just had a huge downpour and anytime it rains in my desert, I think it's a miracle.
I have some thoughts about Marian Devotion and a bit of a rant directed at a blog post I stumbled upon last night. I'm trying to chill before I go off and get all snarky and snippy.
Photo credit: image of Our Lady of Lourdes from wikipedia.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
And well, with all the gmail accounts that I have right now, it's a pretty good question to ask, as I couldn't remember the password to one. But I figured it out and added it to my master password list.
I'm sure that Merton meant something else by the quote but I thought about it while I was trying to remember my password just now.
Nevertheless, I'm pretty much a flighty Gemini, so maybe it is easy to forget who I am.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Woke up dreaming about the Bounced Czech. He was lost somewhere. Tell me something I don't already know, subconscious?
Backache from hell.
Mom and Dad are driving me crazy. I wish I could make it all better for them. Quite frankly, I don't know what to do. They're 80. Mom's active and healthy, Dad's slowing down even more and while I know he's frustrated and miserable, he likes to make the rest of us miserable. I helped him with the bills. I know I need to start taking care of them. I want to do them MY way: online banking, automatic payments, but Dad is wary of that. He likes paying them by check and mailing them. I don't. I pay online. Usually because I pay mine when they're due. I don't have the overflowing checking account they do. Darn real estate market anyway.
Also, I think they need to get rid of the poodle doodle. All Dad does is complain about him. He's a good dog, he's young and active. Again, I need to really make an effort to pick up the dog and walk him. I need to get in the habit of walking myself in the morning and there's nothing like guilt to get you going. I like that dog, but don't want it. Barkley and Estrella will kill me if he came to live with us.
Today, I have a closing, yay, a small pay check, and it's spoken for. I'm doing an open house on Sunday because the company is having an Open House Slam, with all our listings open. I wish I had something else to do besides real estate. Man... I gotta get my you know what together and get back into journalism. Or finish a story and sell it. Yeah... I think the former will happen before the latter.
I have a funeral to attend tomorrow. A dear friend's uncle died last week and I should go to be there for her.
Also waiting for an email response... not thinking I'll get a response. (Left intentionally cryptic.)
Monday, July 7, 2008
I started this post intending to write a bunch, but I have to jump in the shower and meet a friend for her birthday. I should buy her a card.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
A man posing as a priest has been caught trying to hear confessions in St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, a judge in the city-state has said.From BBC News
Judge Gianluigi Marrone said in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano the man had clerical robes and documents.
Judge Marrone did not say when the incident took place.
He said the man was tried by a Vatican tribunal but would not reveal the verdict or any punishment.
Judge Marrone said the man claimed he was a priest.
"He was caught by surprise in the basilica while he was trying to take his place in a confessional.
"He was wearing clerical garb, but the expert eye of our personnel didn't need much to sense something strange in his behaviour."
The documents and Vatican pass appeared legitimate but checks with Italian authorities "unmasked him", Judge Marrone said, as having posed as a priest before in Italy.
"It was a case of usurping an ecclesiastical title, and thus he was tried by our tribunal."The judge said much of the work of the tribunal involved petty thefts of Vatican visitors' wallets.
Friday, July 4, 2008
I truly feel that as a Catholic, I can also be a very strong and passionate feminist. Now... I must go and figure out why.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Granted, I still have issues with the Church, but not to an extreme and not to cause me to have a shallow faith or need religious guidance.
How Religious are You?
So, I'm a bit late commenting about this. I finally watched it all. I can't even recall when all the outraged about the Puppet Mass emerged, but I didn't get too engage in it. I don't get up in arms or upset by all the complaints I see about Liturgical Abuse. I don't go to Mass to scrutinize every little move the priest does, and if he makes a mistake, God forbid an abuse, I don't make a big deal of it. Maybe he made a mistake, or forgot something, he is human after all... however this video is an example of truly one big Liturgical Abuse after another.
The only thing, we sometimes sing the Alleluia in that same way-- but that's just the singing part. There is never any theatrics, nothing ever flashy, nor are their dancers running about waving the Book of Gospels or swinging the incense. That makes me shudder. In my parish, the Deacon takes the book, shows it to the congregation and then goes to the ambo to read.
That's all the flash in my parish.
Ewww. Anyway... as tolerant and easy going as I am, I would have walked out the minute I saw the puppet heads walk in the door.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Been writing, a lot in my head, more than on "paper" but everything I'm writing about takes place in my Under the Milky Way universe and is about the future and what happens to my characters. I was reading about cloistered nuns all last night because (no I don't want to become one and if I did, apparently I'm too old anyway) one my characters probably will become one. Of course, that's a character that really doesn't exist yet and if it ever got written would be set nearly 30 years into the future.
Anyway, among my wanderings last night, I discovered that the Dominicans in Summit, NJ have a great blog, there is a Poor Clare monastery in southern New Mexico. I learned that many young men and women are choosing to join contemplative and cloistered orders these days and because of the Internet we get a glimpse of that life, which seemed so foreign and hard to comprehend before.
See, the Internet isn't that bad.
We have Carmelites here, which isn't news to me, but I can't find anything about them online. I hear their numbers are dwindling and apparently, they don't even make the hosts for the Eucharist here, but they celebrate the Tridentine Mass and have a huge secular and lay third order here. I think they still host retreats. We have two Benedictine Monasteries nearby too. Apparently, Thomas Merton was here in NM way back when, when the Trappists were trying to start a Monastery here, but this desert life wasn't conducive to their lifestyle so the Benedictines took it over. I'm really enjoying reading Merton right now.
What else, there was a nice article about "Theology On Tap" in the local paper. It looks interesting and I think I'd like to check it out sometime... but can't seem to find anything further.