Et cum spiritu tuo.
Lectio impius Evangelium secundum Ioannem Z.
Adjuva nos Domine Deus.
Then came Peter unto him and said: “Lord, how often shall my brother offend against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?”
Jesus saith to him: “I say not to thee, till seven times; but inquire of the capacity of thy magazine? Holds it seven times seventy rounds?”
Verbum de versuto.
Continuing her series, “What Does the Mug Really Say?” Deaconette turns her attention to one of the more confounding pieces of priest-merch being shilled over in that scary corner of the Catholic world Where Demented Traddy Priests Reload and Shoot.
Deaconette was sent this image. She had to share it.
She could, wag that she is, draw a cappa magna on the speaker, for cappas magna are meant to cover horses’ asses. But that might be just a tad bit mischievous.
Keep smiling. Put the weapons down. Avoid arguments of great stupidity. And if you are still so splenetically incensed over matters that should not concern you if you are neither an architect, nor a bishop, nor a marble countertop installer, please take a walk in the fresh air and do some deep breathing exercises and
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON!
Deaconette is entirely sure what Pokémon is, because it is of her generation. Apparently this trading card game that was extremely popular with preteen millennials has now morphed into a thing you do with your smartphones, rather like geocaching. She heard one blimp-sized bloviating blogger say that a talking TV head praised it because at least it got young people outside for a while. A silly thing to say, since millennials have the lowest television viewing rate of any demographic and were likely already there. Perhaps that blogger should turn off his TV and go outside.
Quaeritur: I [am] the better part of 60 years old and have been concerned for a number of years that the Roman Catholic Church is literally disappearing
With the last article I read, I’m fairly certain it’s gone. The article explained how 75% plus of today’s parishioners are okay with and even welcoming the LGBT and Q community into the church and a mere 25% of “older” parishioners have a problem with it. Deact., my catholic [Lower C? as in National catholic Register?] faith means everything to me but this has become extraordinarily upsetting and disruptive. I will do anything to keep from losing the church all together [sic]. Have you any advise [sic] for those of us in the 25% bracket?
Like Father Z, Deaconette C has never served in the United States Marines.
“next to of course god america i”
next to of course god america i
love you land of the pilgrims’ and so forth oh
say can you see by the dawn’s early my
country ’tis of centuries come and go
and are no more what of it we should worry
in every language even deafanddumb
thy sons acclaim your glorious name by gorry
by jingo by gee by gosh by gum
why talk of beauty what could be more beaut-
iful than these heroic happy dead
who rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter
they did not stop to think they died instead
then shall the voice of liberty be mute?
He spoke. And drank rapidly a glass of water.
– E. E. Cummings
Deaconette knew, just knew Father Z would do his “Oorah” act today. Stolen valor much? She asks that you always think critically about America, and don’t be a blind patriot. Not everything done by our armed forces nor asked of them is something which Americans deserve to be proud. If your patriotism isn’t mixed with skepticism, you’re a dummy on the lap of demagogues drinking that glass of water.
The Prosaic Predatory Prussian Presbyter (whom Deaconette will henceforth, from time to time, refer to as 4P. Nota bene, do not confuse the 4P with the Profusely Petticoated Proleptically Prevaricating Prostetnic Princely Prelate Provocateur, whom Deaconette abbreviates “Ray.”) several years ago gave us a statement by Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman to reflect upon. He promptly added the phrase to a mug and urged us to (earn him a commission by) buying it. Here it is:
It is a handsome object, Deaconette must agree. The portrait is by Sir John Everett Millais, Bart., PRA, a Pre-Rafaelite whose more famous Ophelia is her favorite example of his work. Deaconette has had the opportunity to inspect the Cardinal’s portrait in the National Portrait Gallery in London, as well as to visit Ophelia at the nearby Tate. Sir John was impressively skillful.
What does the mug say?