August 2012

What do you get when you combine a parish that refers to itself as a “community” and a nun who calls herself a “futurist and environmentalist”?

At best a colossal waste of time.

Via the Catholic Telegraph, the “Community of the Good Shepherd” announces that Sister of Charity Paula Gonzalez, the subject of a fair amount of discussion on my previous site, will lead a program “sponsored by the Green Team with assistance from the Department of Pastoral Care and Outreach and the Department of Faith Formation.”

(How’s that for parish, er … community bureaucracy?)

Here’s a taste from a past program, “Earth as Sacrament,” to prepare community members:

This four part series will explore the ‘sacramentality’ of the four elements which make up our precious planet: Water: Sacred and Profaned, Air: Life-sustaining — (but Warming), Earth (Soil, Rock — and Food), and Fire: Energy and Life!

from Creative Minority Report

what’s next man dog or dogs. Hey, there part of the family don’t ya know.

read the article, sad rally sad, and the comments, well you decide
The Egyptian


Visited My Father-in-law in the IC unit yesterday,  not good,  Thy will be done is all I can say.

Observation, This is a big Catholic Hospital, freaking huge, If you hid the sign and some of the historical plaques on the walls in one corner you wouldn’t know it was a “Catholic” hospital. No crucifixes , or even empty crosses to be seen, all just modern art, bright colors, and neo art deco everywhere. My wife  worked there for over 20 years, the “chapel” has been reduced to a fraction of it former self, the room taken up with offices. As a convert she liked being able to go to Mass right there on holy days. Now I don’t believe there is even a mass offered regularly.  If this is the state of “catholic” hospitals, almost an effort to decatholic the place, how really  “catholic” are our catholic institutions. please don’t get me wrong he is getting excellent care, but just seems odd to me.

After everyone else left, I stayed behind and offered a rosary for him, being he is Protestant I hope that was alright, I asked for my little saint Anton to meet him and give him a hug (sob)

Sometime I wonder how “human” we really are to keep a man going on machines for days on end in the vain hope that “we” can have him back, deep in my heart I keep thinking, Please Lord, take him, but then again, Thy will be done, he is not “ours” but yours.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati launched a new site this summer called Being Catholic that I’ve been meaning to plug.  It’s main feature is a group blog, but it also live-streams Mass from seven parishes, has information on the sacraments, accepts and shares prayer requests, and comes with an “app” for your mobile device.  The blogging content is fairly good.  (The posts read more like essays or op eds than blog entries, actually.)  Yes, there are a few malcontents among the stable of writers — this is still largely the house that Joseph built, after all — but the regular contributors are solid.  Take a look at a snippet from a post on the “50 Shades” phenomenon by Emily Reis:

Obviously something in the female heart has a hunger for male attention, and if this type of book is attractive to women, we must live in a pretty lonely culture.  Here’s what I think – if you want to be a lonely, lonely person who cannot connect with anyone real – then immerse yourself in pornography.  It will change the landscape of your mind, imagination, and feelings – and whether you like it or not – you will start to see other people as objects for your pleasure. 

Clearly this is already a problem in the world of men and boys, but now we are holding this out to women…and teenage girls.

What a sad, sick trend – and you can bet there will be a huge flux of spin-off novels to further popularize the erotic genre for teens.  No, not just erotic, but deeply, psychologically twisted erotic.

Go take a look and tell me what you think.

You claim to like my rural updates, so here goes

Every year the Sisters would ask what did you do on your summer vacation. I would listen to the usual “Canada, Florida, California, and so on. Then it was my turn, and the answer was invariably. THE COUNTY FAIR!!!

And it still is the fair for us, I showed livestock in 4-H and FFA for 8 years till I graduated from High School (well they at least told me not to come back ;>). Now my children have joined in the fun for the last 16 years, except for a 3 year break when my son was killed (story for  another time).  It is 4 to 5 weeks of training, clipping and washing  the animals and one week of hectic running around.   It is fun, especially since my youngest son is doing most of the work for himself for the first time, there is nothing more wonderful than watching a boy grow into a man, makes a father proud and feel slightly old, he is 14 and almost as strong as me.

To really make it nuts my nephews showed our animals at the Auglaize county fair one week and then we went to Mercer county fair 5 days later, 19 days of hectic fun.Plus I worked one day at the FFA stand in front of a massive grill doing sausage and pork chops, talk about HOT, but it was a good time, you meet more people working at a concession stand then walking around the grounds

Oh and there’s  the food, forget the rides, its the fair food, I hope that some where in a corner of heaven is a fair stand with fresh burgers from the Cattleman’s Association and pulled pork from the FFA booth.  The smell of steam and oil from a fry-o-later doing french fries and onion rings, plus the occasional funnel cake is a kind of country incense to me, and we cannot forget the guy selling home made ice cream. Plus at our fair we have a grange kitchen selling full country meals daily, pan fried chicken, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies, the whole shebang. They have the best meatloaf and the beef and noodles are to die for.

Then we have the booths showing off sewing projects, and food prepped from the garden, baked goods to be judged, and the boys FFA woodworking and small engine projects,  crop projects and welding work. Then you get to my area, livestock, there is sheep, goats, hogs, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, steers and our specialty, dairy animals. All of Gods bounty there to be judged

The kids run loose and socialize when not working with their animals. there are water fights in the wash racks, occasional dunking of the startled victim including one or two adults.  It’s nothing to see little kids of 4 and 5 walking right in between the animals, yeah there are some bumps and bruises, but that is how you learn   At the end of the week it is truly time to go home and rest

See if you can guess which one is my son in the show ring, four tries, as he shows four animals, my wife found out how to use her i-pod to take video, enjoy


Thanks for all the prayers, my Father-in-law is resting but has not responded as of yet, next several days will be tough, all that is left is prayers and waiting, the hard part. I  guess it comes down to “Thy will be done”.

My Father-in-law Dr Robert Curry of Lima, suffered a massive stroke last night, prognosis is not good, prayers please  for him,  my wife and her family, he is 87 and was practicing medicine till the end, now the family is faced with not only my Mother-in-law who is in denial but trying to get his office and patients in order, he left NO plans for anything.


Thanks in advance, it is going to be a trying time.


The Egyptian

You’ve got to wonder whether Archbishop Schnurr’s 36-month interdiction for Xavier University will include the fanciful exegesis routinely imposed from the lectern of Bellarmine Chapel.  In his latest posted homily, Ken Overberg, S.J., first tells us that the “long discourses” by Jesus in John’s Gospel are really theological reflections by John.  He then inserts this predictable parenthetical to reinforce the notion that the Gospel was a class project for the early Church:

(Keep in mind that the final form of John’s gospel was probably written in the 90s, and so contains decades of earlier Christian preaching and experience, including the community’s celebration of the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist.)

The group “Catholics for Obama” just released a letter of support claiming, “We are Catholics from diverse backgrounds and experiences committed to the re-election of President Obama.” Prominent among the “we” is Sister Jamie Phelps, the director of black studies at Xavier University of New Orleans.  If her name sounds familiar, it’s because she is a frequent collaborator with and speaker for the Social Action office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which under longtime director Tony Stieritz is little more than the local branch office for Catholics for Obama.

Between 2001 and 2011, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati lost something on the order of 100,000 Catholics.  To put it in perspective, that is a greater number of the faithful than make up the entire nearby Diocese of Covington.  So if any diocese needs to jump-start its evangelization, it’s ours.  Thankfully, that’s about to happen:

Pope Benedict XVI has declared A Year of Faith as part of the New Evangelization to renew Catholics’ commitment to live as Jesus Christ calls.

One important specific response to this is a project called Catholics Come Home. Michael Vanderburgh, Director, Archdiocesan Department of Stewardship, says “Each of us knows Catholics who have drifted away from the church; many are waiting for an invitation to return.”

On Sept. 15 and 16 at all parish Masses throughout the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, there will be a special collection to help extend that invitation through TV ads airing in primetime throughout this region.  Those contributions will purchase airtime for the ads. “Please join your fellow parishioners giving generous support to this project,” Vandenburgh said.  The ads can be previewed at

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