Saturday, December 16, 2017

Love will end abortion

Some 70-80 of us gathered in the snow and cold to pray for an end to abortion as part of the Love Will End Abortion rally December 16.

We lined both sides of the street outside the main Planned Parenthood in Rochester, N.Y. 

We sang and prayed and listened to a variety of speakers.

People were fired up and inspired.

Love will indeed end abortion!

Pax et bonum

Merry Christmas 2017 - John Michael Talbot

Pax et bonum

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Ho! Ho! Ho!

At the parish Breakfast with Santa 2017!

Pax et bonum

Christmas overindulgence is a symptom

I remember Christmas specials when I was a child. As a family we'd gather in front of the television with popcorn, Christmas cookies, and so on to watch Charlie Brown, the Grinch, Rudolph, Mr. Magoo's version of A Christmas Carol, It's a Wonderful Life, the variety shows of Bing Crosby and Andy Williams and others.

Those show were broadcast only once during the Christmas season, so we'd look forward to them, plan our schedules around them, and savor them as we watched.

They were indeed "special."

But with the arrival and spread of cable and multiple networks, the old favorites began being shown again and again and again. Now, some are even shown in 24-hour marathons. 

Sadly, those specials have become not-so-special. Indeed, they have become so familiar they've become, well, boring.

As a fan of Christmas, I lament what has happened. But even more, I see it as symptomatic of what has become common in our culture.

We have so many things that used to be special and precious that are now banal and almost meaningless due to overindulgence. I remember, for example, when a trip to a drive-in/fast food diner for fish and fries or a burger and fries was an event. Now some people go to those places on a daily basis - to the detriment of their budgets and their waistlines.

We have to keep pushing for more and more as we try to satisfy a longing for something that is special and meaningful - and we grow more and more dissatisfied. This is true of movies and television shows and food, and, sadly, of relationships.

It would be nice if those special things were special again, instead of just more of the same.

Pax et bonum

Monday, December 4, 2017

More Clerihews in Gilbert

I just got the latest Gilbert and was pleased to see six of my clerihews in it:

G. K. Chesterton
would sometimes sit in the sun.
His wife appreciated the cool glade
his shadow made.
There was a side of J.R.R. Tolkien
that was seldom seen.
When he was by himself
he'd sometimes dress as an elf.
gave most Trojan foes the willies.
But Paris said, "He's no big deal.
I just told him to heel."

Irascible St. Jerome
was justly noted for his biblical tome,
but he was upset that no one would look
at his vegetarian cook book.
After that day in Moriah, young Isaac
developed many a nervous tic,
and was tempted to run for his life
whenever Abraham picked up a knife. 
Napoleon Bonaparte 
waited at the Tour de France's start.
He planned to throw a stale baguette
at the Duke of Wellington's bicyclette

Pax et bonum