Sunday, October 27, 2013

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Latin, traditional: Feast of Christ the King)

23rd Sunday After Pentecost (Byzantine/Eastern Catholic)

I sure miss the traditional when it comes to commemorating Sundays and feasts.

Ok, problem of the week: How to keep Sunday holy. At the outset I accept that under the new covenant established by Christ and confirmed by His words and example in the Gospel, the Holy Spirit was sent to men to govern and guide the Church. This business of asserting that the teachings and precepts of Catholics are merely “laws of men” tries to erase the words and actions of Christ in the gospels and His apostles and disciples in Acts of the Apostles, and assumes that the Holy Spirit plays no role in the guidance of the Church. That’s unfortunate, but I accept that Sunday is the right observance of the Sabbath and yet, I struggle with how to keep it holy.

I have decided to take today and begin to change that.

First and foremost, attendance at Mass is a given. As I have told my students, God gives us 176 hours in a week and only asks for 1-2 hours in return. That strikes me as extraordinarily reasonable, even generous. Father Saunders at also suggests we make it a day for family. I like that but it contrasts with others who suggest, and occasionally insist that it is a day to carry out the corporal acts of mercy. I don’t disagree but one of my weaknesses is that I’m not especially good at ministering people in particular situations, including the sick and likely, those in prison.

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Ad orientem vs. versus populum


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My perfect business

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Vigil of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

My company

If I started a business in a highly competitive market with intense price competition, one littered with the carcasses of competitors who couldn’t keep their edge, I’d begin by looking for young people and housewives wanting some extra income and schedule flexibility. I’d pay minimum wage. I’d know that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says that only 4.7 percent of all hourly wage earners were paid minimum wage or less and that workers age 25 and below made up half of this group.

I would avoid hiring heads of household for these jobs because in the same way that my marketing caters to a particular kind of customer, so my marketing also seeks a particular kind of employee. By the way, for those who think marketing is all about promotions, you are regrettably ignorant of the holistic way marketing views the business enterprise.

My reason for avoiding hiring heads of households is that the same BLS shows that 80 percent heads of household remain in a minimum wage job less than a year and the vast majority move on to higher paying jobs.

Finally, I’d have to give serious thought to some real profiling, favoring Hispanics over white high school kids, though I’d continue to favor young applicants who have a good GPA and school and community involvement and no entanglements with the law, because my application stack has lots of those.

I’d keep everyone under 30 hours for now, for what should be obvious reasons.

Yup, that’s exactly what I’d do.

Oh, and knowing that I do in fact believe in upward mobility and equal opportunity for all hard working men and women of good will, I’d work to vote out of office any miscreant who worked to destroy good paying jobs in my country and community.

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

It is one of life’s harsher lessons that by the time you figure out you’ve squandered too much time, too much time has been squandered to do much about it.

The original post said “Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost” which was incorrect. A Byzantine Catholic friend corrected me. Mea culpa, again!   –7/12/13

Resolved that the title “Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time” ought to be revised to the former “Sixth Sunday After Pentecost” along with all of the other Sundays after Pentecost similarly titled.

Resolved that the Memorial Acclamation “When we eat this bread and drink this cup…” is not one I would use if I were a priest. It is weak, sends mixed signals and is neglectful of needed catechesis in an era when too many Catholic take the consecrated gifts as only bread and wine.

Resolved further that it may be for the good of many that I am not a priest.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Our Lady of Fatima
St. Robert Ballarmine, Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament (traditional calendar)

Cool and breezy, this chilly spring weather is getting old.

I have concluded that if your argument is going badly, doubling down will not likely improve the argument and is the surest way to lose both the debate and credibility.

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Saturday, May 11, 2013



It is utterly remarkable how many years someone can cling to self-destructive beliefs.

“You’re so vain.”
“You probably think this song is about you.”

–Carly Simon

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013, Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Journal Notes

Saturday, 5/4/13. Katie graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with concentration in glass. Cool and dry. Upper 60s.
Sunday, 5/5/13. Sunday we picked up the re-Bike 2600 in Lansing, MI. I’m hoping the 707 will be back from the shop today. Daniel has been offered $12K from a New York ad agency for a music clip by a singer he manages in Toronto.
Monday, 5/6/13. Susan is on vacation this week. It is nice to have her home. I began my diet and exercise regimen starting from a regrettable 234 lbs.
Tuesday, 5/7/13. Bruce and Joe finished work at the Vigo County jail. Mom and Kristie went to look at bicycles.
Wednesday, 5/8/13. Katie and Susan took off for a Mammoth Cave sabbatical today.

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