identity crisis…

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... Well, according to this other nativity scene Jesus was Hispanic, and not Irish after all.I wish I had known of Jesus's Latin origins, then maybe I wouldn't have been so embarrassed of growing up Puerto Rican in white suburbia.The beginning of every school year was a nightmare, sitting there listening to my new teacher struggle to pronounce my ethnic name - which really isn't so uncommon anymore. But, in the 80's no one I knew had a Hispanic sounding last name; my first name … [Read more...]

the crap people sell…

mask

Jesus Balaclava  I'd buy that for a $1 Somebody's going to hell for this  pollcode.com free polls Mask source. Matt Swaim suggested this as a Christmas present. I was trying to think where I could wear this... only everywhere! … [Read more...]

call me weird…

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... I loathe shaking hands. How did this practice come about, but more importantly, how do I repeatedly refuse a hand shake? If I keep telling people I have a cold they're going to wonder about my chronic illness and suggest I be quarantined.Seriously though, after I have introduced myself to someone and made polite eye contact and niceties I see no need to extend my greeting to include bodily contact with a stranger. Why do we feel we need to touch each other?Deliver me, Oh Lord, … [Read more...]

According to my nativity set Jesus was Irish, so there…

"And they came bearing gifts of yellow moons, green clovers, and blue diamonds."

... and my Santa leaves bottles of Jameson for good little girls and boys.Behold... 27 tacky nativity sets! Not that I am implying Irish Jesus is tacky. He's the exception on the list. Irish Jesus nativity pleases God and makes Ss. Patrick and Brigid kick up their heels and dance a jig in heaven. … [Read more...]

monk gazing…

I have a friend who's in need of some prayer. He's trying desperately to discern his vocation. I'm sure a few of us have friends like that. So if you don't mind, take a moment and pray for my friend, A., and anyone else struggling to find their place. "O Holy Spirit, Spirit of wisdom and divine love, impart Your knowledge, understanding, and counsel to youth that they may know the vocation wherein they can best serve God. Give them courage and strength to follow God's holy will. Guide their … [Read more...]

that settles it…

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... Now that we have the new mass translation is effect we, as Catholics, will have nothing else to bicker about. We are going to live happily ever after. One big happy family, forever and ever. Amen. And with your spirit. Or something like that, to paraphrase Lino Rulli. Like I've asked in the past, is there nothing we won't fight about?Wait, what? … [Read more...]

blond baby Jesus …

För idag i Davids stad har en Frälsare blivit född för dig som är Messias och Herre.

... Most people aren't aware of this, but I have it on the highest authority that 2,000 years ago the little village of Bethlehem was originally located on a fjord in Scandinavia.Blond Baby Jesus is proof.There's been a great ongoing debate by the most serious minded of scholars, by which I mean my facebook theologian friends and the like, about the nature of Blond Haired Jesus. Before you dismiss Nordic Jesus entirely consider this, perhaps his hair darkened with age. Personally, … [Read more...]

keeping my sanity this season …

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... Having awoken from my Thanksgiving food coma, I am ready to tackle the season of Advent with pious gusto. The first order of business, get an Advent wreath. Last year I set the greenery on fire. I like to use real greenery around the house for wreaths and take holly boughs from my bushes, mostly because it's free but also because it smells oh so good. When everything else is dead and bare the bright green of real garland strung around the house livens the dreary cold atmosphere of winter. I … [Read more...]

what the new translation taught me…

Because nothing says "I'm here to adore you, Jesus" better than thoughtless robot responses.

... After the congregation stumbled through the mass last night, myself included, with a few "and also with your spirit" responses it became obvious that I wasn't paying hard enough attention to the mass itself. I wasn't truly present, just merely on auto-pilot.I think the start of Advent is a good time to be reminded not to spiritually take mass for granted. There was a time in my formation process during conversion where I knew all the scriptural references and symbolism involved in … [Read more...]


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