Freezing the Kool Aid

Bad enough I'm always torn between explaining to my artist friends that being a faithful Catholic is not drinking the Kool-Aid and explaining to my faithful Catholic friends that it's not worth sweating over "art" that challenges Catholic piety. Now artist Sebastian Errazuriz has to go and put the whole business on ice:At a party this weekend celebrating New York Design Week, which begins today, the Chilean-born artist plans to hand out 100 "Christian Popsicles" made of "frozen holy wine … [Read more...]

Ascension Thursday: Never on Sunday!

It's Ascension Thursday. Or at least it is if you live in the US ecclesiastical provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, or the state of Nebraska. For the rest of us, by vote of our bishops, Ascension Thursday doesn't arrive until Sunday.That fries me. The Feast of the Ascension is one of my favorite holy days, one which I am obliged to keep by nothing more than happiness. So I was mightily disappointed, upon my reversion, to find that my bishops think they're making things … [Read more...]

Angels in the Fields

Out here in the fieldsI fight for my mealsI get my back into my living . . .~ The Who, "Teenage Wasteland"Today is the feast day of the man usually known in English as St Isidore the Farmer.I don't know much about farming, even though I've lived my life in two major agricultural states. Growing up in California, what I saw of farming was the view out the station wagon windows driving north on 101, El Camino Real, from Los Angeles to San Francisco for family vacations. In the 1950s, that view … [Read more...]