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Monday, March 10, 2014

How many inches are in a foot? One dozen!
How many months are in a year? One dozen!

...move along now, there's nothing to see here

random thought

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Dear Lord, when people see me, may they be inspired to be holy ...

... not ...


Mary with infant Jesus

Sunday, January 19, 2014

I received this invitation from a friend Religious in the Phillipines. Here in the USA, the images of Mary and infant Jesus are of a European flavor. This image here gives a different perspective that I thought you might enjoy.

17th century music at Mass

At our parish, we are held hostage to 17th century (or some such ancient) music during Mass. It doesn't matter which Mass I attend, the format is the same and the music is the same. At least it all sounds the same to me; it's probably all in Latin. The congregation is invited to participate for the gathering hymn and the recessional hymn; although they're in English, usually it's a selection that we're unfamiliar with. When we're invited to join for the communion hymn, if it happens it's after the mind-numbing motet and whatever Latin selection, and communion is just about over. At that point we pretty much just have the attitude of "why bother;" most of the time, it's another unfamiliar selection anyways. We've been trained not to participate in the music. And when we have visitors, I hope that they're not put-off by the music. While I don't apologize for the music, I do encourage new Catholics to visit other parishes, lest they leave the faith altogether.

Since the music is of the same format during all Masses at this parish. I have no choice as member but to endure it; a penance during Mass.

The saddest Mass I've attended at this parish was when they did it in Gregorian Chant. Most people were confused. The congregation was generally unable to participate, even on the responses. It was a very quiet Mass.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

For all you religious communities out there, please know that the time you spend hosting inquirers is not wasted. Though that chapter in my life is practically closed due my continuing negative financial income, please know that the visits to religious communities continue to benefit me. I do look back on those experiences, try recall how I felt and in so doing, hope to center myself. It helps to calm me and put me in a more spiritual state of mind. Mass may be our greatest prayer, but it sure is a busy prayer. The religious communities are "houses of prayer" and I can really sense that in the rhythm of life in the communities.

So thanks. And keep on trucking.

I recommend Laudate app

I recommend the Laudate app. It's available for both Android and iPhone.

Somebody's review here:

I don't use all of its features. Mainly I use the daily readings and the Bible. I can read the Bible in bed at night without having to turn off the lights when I'm ready to call it quits (because the lights are already off). No need to carry around the pocket New Testament; I have the whole New American Bible there in my pocket. Sad to say, though, Soduku gets more attention from me. Still, I open the Bible sometimes.

It also puts some of the Vatican documents at your fingertips. Also some prayers, some in Latin if you're into that. Anyhow, check it out.

So what's your work day like?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"Marketplace wants to find out what our listeners do each day to earn a buck. Maybe you're a farmer, an attorney, a teacher or a yoga instructor - we want to hear from people of all walks of life and working in many different fields."

Go ahead ... tell 'em what it's like.

nun's CD tops billboard

Sunday, September 15, 2013
hmm... I might check it out

Congratulations to both orders.

portable fan

Friday, August 23, 2013

Honeywell TurboForce HT-900
This portable fan is approximately 10.5"Wx11"Hx6"D

I had been all over town over the past several weeks looking for this fan. I bought the first one at Target and brought it home to see how well it worked and how loud it is. I was quite happy with it. It is not too loud, has a carry handle, easy-access/easy operate three-speed control, and yes I could feel the air. The head swivels up and down but no oscillating option. All for the very palatable price of $16.

I wanted another one. So the following week I returned to the Target where I got it but they didn't have any more; they only had them in white. Same story with the next Target I visited. The next two Target stores didn't have them at all. (The nice thing about working so far away from home is that I can try another store location if the one by my house doesn't have in stock the items I'm looking for. It's like trying another town for your supplies.) The two Wal-Marts I visited didn't carry them. A Home Depot I visited on the way back from a hair appointment was out of them. Finally, I tried the Home Depot by the house and lo and behold, they had a whole stack of these fans. So now I have the second one. Thinking of getting two more...