Couple things appeared this week that reminded me of how much things have changed in our lives (one more MY life than Izzy's.)
Came home to a message on the answering machine: "If you are a female ages 30 to 45 and you listen to Christian Music on the radio, call this number for an important survey." I think there was a $$ offer as well.
Sadly, I had to think for a second to see if I fit the age category. I guess there really is a time when when you stop counting.
More importantly, I realized how little I listen to Christian Music Radio.
In my undergrad years in Tulsa, we listened to an amazing station out of Sapulpa, OK, that played all sorts of music in the new CCM genre. Amy Grant's pop, Keith Green's prophecy, Barry McGuire's growling, the Imperials & Russ Taff's big sound, Andrus Blackwood and Leon Patillo's gospel, plus Nancy Honeytree, Erick Nelson & Michelle Pillar, Issac Air Freight (Christian stand-up--wonderfully funny), Phil Keaggy in both vocal and instrumental, Michael & Stormie Omartian, Andre Crouch, 2nd Chapter of Acts, Stephanie Boosahda, etc. The music was anything BUT homogenized--all earnest, sincere, and careful to present the truth as understood by the artists.
I'd heard bit of this cornucopia in my HS years in SC, despite admonitions from youth leaders that the "rock and roll beats" of the music pointed to its satanic roots. So, rather than listening to hymns and gospel quartets on WMHK (We Make Him Known), we'd sit in someone's car and -- yes, this really happened-- we'd sneak off to listen to an 8-track of the Pat Terry Group.
Moving to Dallas, Izzy introduced me to KPBC AM radio. He had an acquaintance who operated His Place Music in Oak Cliff. KPBC played and His Place sold this same variety of music, and brought wonderful concerts to town. Other groups brought artists to town, and played their music on the air--Larry Norman, Bob Bennett, Petra, Amy Grant (more rock now), DeGarmo & Key, Phil Keaggy, Daniel Amos, Mylon LeFevre, etc. We loved Kemper Crabb and the All Saved Freak Band, Lamb and Steve and Annie Chapman, the Talbot Brothers and Michael Card and Resurrection Band. (There's more; and we've got it on vinyl...)
As AM radio faded, we got KOJO (later KLTY) FM, and 1st got exposed to limited play lists. We heard and saw Randy Stonehill and Rich Mullins, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, but nobody played Mark Heard, the Swirling Eddies, The Choir, Charlie Peacock, or Julie Miller. We discovered Pierce Pettis via NPR. Bruce Cockburn came to town, but the Christian stations didn't promote his appearance.
Moving to NC, we found friends with similar musical tastes, but no radio. By the time K-Love appeared, with the same folks who had done KLTY, we'd stopped using Christian radio to alert us to new artists. At one point, we listened to lots of "Jesus Music Oldies" on the net, and looked far and wide to see appearances of folks (catching up with lots of them at C'stone 98.) We found "truth" in the music of Jason Harrod, Bill Mallonee and the Vigilantes of Love, and hymns/ballads written by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.
So, we moved again and have access to WMHK. No more hymns, no more gospel quartets, just the same P&W music over and over on a very limited play list. They had a tiny time period for oldies (Streets of Gold), but that disappeared. Now it's IIIrd Day (which Izzy and I both think sounds like "Hoootie Got Saved"), Zoe Girl, and a few other folks--some sort of knock-off of "Delilah" in the evenings..
Lest this sound like one of those "today's music is horrible--it was better in my day" rants from an old person, I've thought about the difference, What I hear when I listen to CCM is stuff that can be sung as special music or praise music in chuch--lots of it, and that's great if that's what you need to hear. What I don't hear is music that tackles the tough parts of living out our faith; I don't hear music with complex lyrics; I don't even hear re-workings of old hymns.
I don't hear much beyond the "Jesus-is-my-boyfriend" type songs.
So, I erased the message.
Tomorrow: Seed Faith.
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Monday, January 30, 2006
Couple things appeared this week that reminded me of how much things have changed in our lives (one more MY life than Izzy's.)
Posted by St. Elizabeth of Cayce at 6:03 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
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Saturday, January 21, 2006
Contributed to a thread at Open Book on patients receving Accutane. Female patients are required to sign that they are using 2 forms of contraceptives, have negative pregnancy tests, etc. Lots of folks there are incensed that this makes Catholic women have to (1) lie, (2) use contraceptives in violation of their beliefs, (3) some combination of (1) & (2), plus (4) suspicions that this is all some ploy of "Big Drug Companies" to control our lives.
My 2 cents here. Summary: Accutane is dangerous. Do not lie to get it. Do not take it if you cannot take it as directed. Don't practice medicine without a license.
Update later on Jan 21:
Got feedback that included one person's saying:
If by [take] "as directed" you mean with a course of contraceptives, then no, I would not take it as directed. I could sign my name to a lie with no qualms. I answer to a higher power than the medical community. You may not consider that "honorable". C'est la vie.Wow! No qualms about a lie...plus no scruples about telling a lie to someone that would cause him/her to commit malpractice (whether or not civilly actionable.)
Christine asks: How about, "My two methods of birth control are abstaining, with NFP as a backup?" They don't specify that you have to sign on to two ARTIFICIAL methods of birth control.On that sort of a note, I learned earlier this week that a position in our agency for which I strongly considered applying (even though I really like my current job), a position that fit perfectly with my degrees, expertise, etc., was being changed. Instead of being a Child Health Nurse Consultant (what I did in NC for 8 years), the position now will be almost exclusively "family planning." I took it as further affirmation that I should stay where I am, and was grateful that I hadn't gotten my hopes up for a position that would now involve violating my beliefs. My "potential future boss" agreed.
The iPLEDGE site allowes for complete abstinence, but not for NFP, which it considers to be an "Unacceptable Form of Contraception" (p.19) (their words; don't shoot the messenger!!)
They also state: Abstinence. For this program, all female patients of childbearing potential must fully commit to pregnancy prevention. Abstinence without appropriate contraception is not recommended for patients in the iPLEDGE program who are or have been sexually active. Abstinence may be appropriate when it is a lifestyle choice (e.g., religious practice) and not just a social circumstance (e.g., not having a current partner). If, after counseling, a sexually active patient chooses abstinence without contraception, she must understand that isotretinoin is not recommended for any female patient of childbearing potential who cannot or will not follow the contraceptive requirements of the iPLEDGE program. All female patients of childbearing potential must receive contraception counseling.
This does allow for abstinence for women willing to commit to pre-marital chastity or TOTAL marital continence. The latter is not easy, and may not be reliable, given the extended periods (pun intended) over which therapy may last. Recall that Catholic spouses who commit to NFP are also commanded by their wedding vows to "embrace" the children that God sends. I would not think that this would allow for spouses to "fully commit to pregnancy prevention."
Accutane and the other versions of isotretinoin are only available from providers who are willing to meet all program guidelines, including enrolling patients in the iPLEDGE program, doing all mandatory counseling and testing; it can only be dispensed by pharmacies willing to provide the same counseling.
Your doctor, who also watches "House," knows that "everybody lies." Sadly, some Catholics have proven Dr. House correct.
There are plenty of other Black Box Warning drugs out there--I've taken one for 18 months or so, but only by being willing to follow the rules. Some of the requirements have been a major hassle, but I would never take it were I required to agree to (or pretend to agree to) a practice violating my beliefs. That's not any sort of self-righteousness; I hate the prospect of splitting hairs over degrees of when it is and is not OK to be untruthful...it's easier just to not pretend.
Posted by St. Elizabeth of Cayce at 4:28 PM
My boys are getting trounced by Georgetown (47 us, 60 them at 11:30 left in the 2nd half. They are wearing these clunky looking black shoes & socks--getting no traction, looking like they are mired to the floor.
Georgetown is in lightweight-looking white shoes & socks--and closing down our perfect season.
Posted by St. Elizabeth of Cayce at 2:58 PM
Monday, January 16, 2006
"Did you sing "Here I Am, Lord" today?
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In reading others' comments I came across several posts condemning the use of two songs:
1. Lord of the Dance
2. Pescador des Hombres (Lord, You have come to the seashore)
This was more than the usual "I hate Schutte/Haugen/Haas music, plus guitars, plus all of the Vatican II changes, etc..." rant. Those are somewhat matters of theology, somewhat taste, and we often see the two conflated.
For Lord of the Dance, the objections were to apparent Gnostic theology that appears in the song. One post:
There is also Sydney Carter's "hymn" called "Lord of the Dance" that comes from the Gnostic Acts of John where Jesus leads a round dance and where, like in other Gnostic literature, Jesus merely puts on a show of crucifixion and, trickster magician-like, reveals that the real Jesus didn't die on the cross, but rather a surrogate, and the real Jesus "leaped up high."Another:
Sydney Carter wrote "Lord of the Dance" inspired by Gustav Holst's musical setting of the explicitly Gnostic (and Docetic) "Acts of John," a work that was rejected by the Church early on. If you read the "Acts of John" you can clearly see why, and you can see how the "leaped up high" verse figured into the Docetic doctrine, along with the "trick" of substitution of the crucified figure. Holst himself was quite intrigued with the modern rediscovery of the occult, and was linked through family ties with Theosophists and astrologers (his lingering interest inspired his composition of "The Planets").
I'll admit to preferring the original Simple Gifts setting of this tune, and to feeling that the cheerful cadence/notes didn't fit well with "they whipped and they stripped and they hung me high." If it's true that the lyrics are heretical, and I'll leave it to those with better theological training to let me know this, then we shouldn't sing it.
A harder question arises with comments posted about Pescador des Hombres. I had thought some about this song lately, wondering if we'll sing it next Sunday when the Gospel tells us of Jesus calling Peter, James & John at the seashore. There's some lovely harmony possible on the refrain, and I've enjoyed the 2-3 times I've gotten to sing it.
Per St. Blog's posters, and confirmed by easy Google searches, the song's original Spanish lyrics by CesÃ¡reo GabarÃ¡in were translated by Robert C. Trupia. Trupia, a former priest, was laicized (defrocked) by the Diocese of Tuscon for sexual misconduct, including pedophilia. Some of the accusations come from recovered memories, but some of the behavior was witnessed, including by a housekeeper.
One strong opinion:
The original Spanish hymn was written by one Cesario Gabarain (an unobjectionable person, as far as I know) and Trupia wrote the English translation. There is another, less common translation out there by Willard Jabusch called "Lord, When You Came." (Jabusch is a writer of mediocre hymns like "The King of Glory" and "Whatsoever You Do," but, like Gabarain, not an immoral person as far as I know). I suppose this means that admirers of the hymn could salvage it for continued use by availing themselves of the Jabusch translation, but if you ask me, the hymn is so contaminated that it should be forgotten forever, starting immediately (italics mine.)We're known by the company we keep. In separating myself from sin (not sinners, as we heard clearly this AM), do I have a responsibility NOT TO SING a song because the translator is tainted/evil? Should I only sing the Spanish lyrics? If no one knows the backstory, does it matter in performance? In worship? In the shower?
Months ago, I learned that lots of RC parishes around the country do not allow use of "The Wedding March" for weddings, because of the origins of the tune.
It has become really traditional to use the Bridal Chorus from Wagner's opera Lohengrin for the Procession, and the Wedding March from Mendelssohn's ballet Midsummer Night's Dream for the Recession. Observe the words "opera" and "ballet." Both of these marches were written for the theater stage. Both are fine pieces of music, but are tied into stories of fantasy, murder, sex, and other delights. Are they suitable for Catholic weddings? It should be an easy answer, but it is not. Back in the 1930s or so when the Society of Saint Gregory published its Black List and White List of Catholic Music, those marches were absolutely forbidden, sent to the Black List, and no more discussion, thank you. Today it is left to the local Ordinary (the head of your diocese). Some places have no restrictions, since that music has become so traditional, but some still forbid them. Some have made no statements one way or the other.From the Diocese of San Diego.
The so-called traditional "wedding marches" by Wagner and Mendelssohn have nothing to do with the Sacred Liturgy and may not be used. In fact, the origin of these compositions borders on the profane and the ridiculous. The "Bridal Chorus" ("Here Comes the Bride") from Wagner's opera, Lohengrin, accompanies an illicit ceremony, a tragic bedroom fiasco. Mendelssohn's incidental music to Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream accompanies a farcical wedding. Even though they are frequently used in the United States in Protestant churches, they are rarely used in Catholic churches. For the above mentioned reasons, to use them in connection with a church ceremony is simply inappropriate.These two songs, whose origins almost NO ONE knows, are banned because of their origins. Do we/should we do anything similar to songs whose composers, translators, covering artists, etc., are tainted? Inquiring minds need to know...
Posted by St. Elizabeth of Cayce at 12:28 AM
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Reference from St. Jimbob of the Apocalypse:
You are Pope John Paul II. You are a force to be reckoned with.
Which Twentieth Century Pope Are You?
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So, besides recoiling at Quizilla's grammar gaffe, I wondered what would happen if I changed ONE answer, the one I was waffling on. Favorite household item from this list: egg timer, telephone, television, blender, window curtains, fireplace. If I changed from television to egg timer (and we have such a cute one!), I become...
You are Pope Pius XII. You're efficient and dedicated, but not very approachable.
Even though at parties, I am "surrounded by people who love [me]?"
Posted by St. Elizabeth of Cayce at 6:26 PM
Saturday, January 14, 2006
BOSTON -- Henry VIII's accomplishments, which include divorce, the dismantling of orphanages, murder, apostasy and setting up his own church, could all be the result of one thing: bad catechesis."Henry VIII, like many people in our own time, was simply ignorant of his own faith," said Thomas O'Malley, author of Don't Blame Me, Blame the Church. "After doing seven years of research, I learned a lot about the former monarch. One of the most shocking discoveries was that those who oversaw his religious education sort of blew it off most of the time. After I discovered this, I thought,'Good grief, how could he be expected to know beheading his wife was wrong?'"
In less time than it took him to order a Whopper with fries, Marty Haugen wrote the lyrics and melody yesterday for a new hymn he says is his best yet.
"'Gather Us In' has always been my personal favorite, but my newest hymn,'We are the Apples of Your Eye' really speaks from my heart, and the crazy thing is the words came to me while I was waiting in line at Burger King," Haugen said.
RALEIGH, NC -- Things went from bad to worse for Vice President Dick Cheney today when a North Carolina homeschooler scoffed at his decision to replace indicted chief-of-staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby with David Addington, the vice president's legal counsel.
"I can't believe he went for one of his cronies," said Jonathan Carter, a 10-year-old homeschooler, who posted a scathing indictment of the vice president on his blog, Middle-earth Mania, Yeah! "He should have tapped someone like Ralph Reed, who would have given him the ethical gravitas his office sorely needed."Carter and his sisters, Sarah, 11; Leah, 7; and Rebecca, 6; currently study Latin, mathematics, and Bible.
"People have been trying to figure out what caused this devastation," said Dr. Phil Mixon, chief meterologist at NOAA. "Some believe it was caused by all the partying done at Mardi Gras, others blamed the huge Catholic population in New Orleans, and some attributed it to President Bush's decision to invade Iraq, but after careful research, we figured out that what actually caused the damage was just a really big hurricane."
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Friday, January 13, 2006
In its statement, MINUSTAH described Da Matta Bacellar as a "professional and honourable soldier" who had done "his utmost to uphold the right of the Haitian people to freely and fairly elect a president and government of its own choosing."
Haiti - one of the poorest countries in the world - has been plagued by political and criminal violence.In announcing the election's fourth postponement, Haiti officials said many of the country's 3.5 million registered voters had not received their electoral identification cards.But the head of the OAS mission in Haiti, Denneth Modeste, said the cards had been ready in September, but election officials had asked the OAS to hold off distribution because polling stations had not yet been chosen.The Electoral Council's Secretary-General, Rosemond Pradel, said last week he was sick of watching foreigners sit around spending money without achieving results.
La richesse d'un pays re'side dans ses gens
Le futur est entre votre mains
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Jan 13, 2006 Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt brought a rare dose of Hollywood glamour to this beleaguered Caribbean nation during a visit Friday.The couple, who recently announced they are expecting a baby this summer, flew to Haiti from the neighboring Dominican Republic, where Jolie is filming the movie "The Good Shepherd," directed by Robert De Niro.They traveled in a convoy through the capital of Port-au-Prince, protected by police and U.N. peacekeepers as crowds cheered them along the way.
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Monday, January 09, 2006
From the 2nd verse, as I learned it from Peter, Paul & Mary:
Where have all the young girls gone,
Long time passing?
Where have all the young girls gone,
Long time ago...?
Unlike the folk song, the little girls in India haven't "gone for husbands, everyone"--it's too expensive to get them husbands. 2nd & 3rd daughters were sacrificed so that their families could "try again" for a boy this time.
What must these mothers feel like, how degraded must they feel about themselves as women if they are willing to sacrifice their daughters merely because they are daughters -- and thus liabilities? I cannot imagine.
Posted by St. Elizabeth of Cayce at 11:42 PM
Got this link from Izzy, who described it as "blogworthy."
Prove Christ exists, judge orders priest.
An Italian judge has ordered a priest to appear in court this month to prove that Jesus Christ existed.
The case against Father Enrico Righi has been brought in the town of Viterbo, north of Rome, by Luigi Cascioli, a retired agronomist who once studied for the priesthood but later became a militant atheist. Signor Cascioli, author of a book called The Fable of Christ, began legal proceedings against Father Righi three years ago after the priest denounced Signor Cascioli in the parish newsletter for questioning Christ's historical existence. ...
Signor Cascioli's contention -- echoed in numerous atheist books and internet sites -- is that there was no reliable evidence that Jesus lived and died in 1st-century Palestine apart from the Gospel accounts, which Christians took on faith. There is therefore no basis for Christianity, he claims. ... He argued that all claims for the existence of Jesus from sources other than the Bible stem from authors who lived “after the time of the hypothetical Jesus” and were therefore not reliable witnesses.
Signor Cascioli maintains that early Christian writers confused Jesus with John of Gamala, an anti-Roman Jewish insurgent in 1st-century Palestine. Church authorities were therefore guilty of “substitution of persons.” The Roman historians Tacitus and Suetonius mention a “Christus” or “Chrestus”, but were writing “well after the life of the purported Jesus” and were relying on hearsay.
Father Righi said there was overwhelming testimony to Christ’s existence in religious and secular texts. Millions had in any case believed in Christ as both man and Son of God for 2,000 years.
“If Cascioli does not see the sun in the sky at midday, he cannot sue me because I see it and he does not,” Father Righi said.
Signor Cascioli said that the Gospels themselves were full of inconsistencies and did not agree on the names of the 12 apostles. He said that he would withdraw his legal action if Father Righi came up with irrefutable proof of Christ’s existence by the end of the month. ...
The Vatican has so far declined to comment.
The article goes on to give a few records of Jesus' life, including the Gospels, Josephus' Antiquities of the Jews, the mention of Jesus/Christus/Chrestus by Tacitus, Suetonius and in the Quran.
... Righi, 76, sounded frustrated by the case and baffled as to why Cascioli -- who, like him, came from the town of Bagnoregio -- singled him out in his crusade against the Church. "We're both from Bagnoregio, both of us. We were in seminary together. Then he took a different path and we didn't see each other anymore," Righi said. "Since I'm a priest, and I write in the parish newspaper, he is now suing me because I 'trick' the people."
Apparently, “abuse of popular credulity” and “impersonation” are crimes in Italy. Do they have fewer televangelists?
There's plenty out there in cyberspace on the "fable of Jesus"--books, a quote (likely spurious) attributed to Pope Leo X, and plenty of angry websites.
I've thought about this a bit today, wondering a few things. On the surface, Signor Cascioli is , man aggrieved--his integrity has been called into question. Luigi, who refers to himself as the most courageous atheist of all times, is upset. Fortunately for the rest of the unsuspecting world out there, he's channeled his anger at the "true" fraud out there--all of Christendom. And why not? The Vatican (also the Illuminati, Tri-Lateral Commission and local PTA?) has profited from defrauding poor saps with some fable borrowed from ancient sources and cobbled together to "invent and impose a monotheistic cult for political aims."
But I cannot help but wonder what it is that fuels Cascioli's anger ... the anger of those who put up the "it's all a fake" websites? No scrap of documentary evidence, no millennia-old shroud or sandle strap or cross fragment--no matter how well authenticated, will make any difference. No unbroken tradition of centuries of passing along the "old, old story" will make a difference. No personal testimony, hagiography, miracle or vision will make a difference.
Cascioli is convinced by his own reading of history, and by his logical conclusions, that there cannot have been a historical person named Jesus from Nazareth (plenty of other Joshuas back then, just not this one) whose followers transformed the world after his death.
Cascioli is no disinterested student of history--somehow (I infer) he was hurt, disappointed, disillusioned. God did not reveal Himself--therefore, He is not.
Casioli has big plans: "following a court sentence, the great fraud of Christianity will be banned from society." His book "besides determining the end of Christianity, will also cause the other two monotheist religions (Judaism and Islam) and all the other religions, based on similar irrational fairy-tales, to totter."
No matter what Fr. Righi presents to the court, no matter how the judge rules, Sr. Casioli will remain convinced of Jesus' "inexistence." Unlike the Jesus Seminar that disbelieves >80% of what is attributed to Jesus, Sr. Casioli is left with nothing of the religion into which he was baptized, in which he was raised, and whose precepts he originally planned to teach.
Writing in the 14th century, Walter Hilton, and Augustinian cannon penned in "The Scale of Perfection,"
A heretic sins mortally in pride because he chooses his resting place and his delight in his own opinion and in what he says, and he supposes it to be true. That opinion and word is against God and holy chuch; and therefore he sins mortally in pride, for he loves himself and his own will and wit so much that he will not leave it even though it is plainly against the ordinance of holy church; but he wants to rest in it, as if in the truth, and thus he makes it his god. But he deceives himself, for God and holy church are so united and agreed together that whoever acts against the one is acting against both.
Sr. Casioli would deny heresy, saying he is devoted to the truth. It's tragic that he has, somehow, lost his faith in the One who is via, veritas et vita.
Posted by St. Elizabeth of Cayce at 8:22 PM
Sunday, January 08, 2006
We've now completed the seasons of Advent and Christmastide, concluding with today's belated celebration of the Epiphany.
So what's next?
ACC Basketball! We've begun our liturgies with Duke (#1, 13-0) at Wake Forest (#23, 11-2.) Blue Devils vs. Demon Deacons. Records mean little in ACC games, where every player is psyched from his high school recruiting days to hate Duke, and the crowds are out for blood.
Expect a tight game. (46-39 at the half....)
Posted by St. Elizabeth of Cayce at 9:05 PM
"What Child is This?" is such a a great song for Epiphany. First, there's the 3rd verse that begins:
..."So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh; come peasant, king to own Him..."
Second, when it's used for Communion, as we did this morning, there will be people who hear, as they are presented with Christ's Body or His Precious Blood:
..."This, THIS is Christ the King..."
How great is THAT? Sometimes things just come together wonderfully.
Posted by St. Elizabeth of Cayce at 9:00 PM
Friday, January 06, 2006
...ZETA AND THE RECORD-BREAKING 2005 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON FINALLY COME TO AN END...SHOWER ACTIVITY HAS CONTINUED TO DECREASE AND IS NOW LIMITED TO JUST A FEW SKINNY BANDS OF SHALLOW CONVECTION WELL TO THE EAST OF THE CENTER. AS SUCH... ZETA NO LONGER MEETS THE CRITERIA OF A TROPICAL CYCLONE... WHICH MEANS THAT BOTH IT AND THE 2005 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON HAVE ENDED.
... BY 72 HOURS... THE SKELETAL REMAINS OF ZETA ARE EXPECTED TO DISSIPATE OR BE ABSORBED BY THE FRONTAL SYSTEM.
I SUPPOSE IT IS ONLY FITTING THAT THE RECORD-BREAKING 2005 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON ENDS WITH A RECORD BREAKING STORM. TODAY... ZETA SURPASSED 1954 ALICE #2 AS THE LONGEST-LIVED TROPICAL CYCLONE TO FORM IN DECEMBER AND CROSS OVER INTO THE NEXT YEAR. ZETA WAS ALSO THE LONGEST-LIVED JANUARY TROPICAL CYCLONE. IN ADDITION...ZETA RESULTED IN THE 2005 SEASON HAVING THE LARGEST ACCUMULATED CYCLONE ENERGY ... OR ACE ... SURPASSING THE 1950 SEASON.SO... UNTIL THE 2006 SEASON BEGINS... UNLESS ZETA SOMEHOW MAKES AN UNLIKELY MIRACLE COMEBACK...THIS IS THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER SIGNING OFF FOR 2005... FINALLY.
Posted by St. Elizabeth of Cayce at 4:51 PM
Thursday, January 05, 2006
So, Iran's President is praying for the death of Ariel Sharon. Not surprising.
"Hopefully, the news that the criminal of Sabra and Chatilla has joined his ancestors is final," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency.How does one get to be a semi-official news agency?
And the Rev. Robertson has figured out why Sharon had his stroke
US evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine retribution for "dividing God's land" of Israel, igniting his latest trademark controversy.Yes, Pat, these "terrible things" happen in your world where God is a gangster dealing out vengeance, and strokes comes from political decisions, rather than from a few to many latkes.
As the Israeli prime minister battled for life, Robertson seemed to suggest to viewers on his "700 Club" television show that Sharon was being punished for his policies in Gaza and the West Bank.
"The prophet Joel makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who, quote, 'divide my land.' God considers this land to be his.
"You read the Bible, he says, 'This is my land.' And for any prime minister of Israel who decides he's going carve it up and give it away, God says, 'No. This is mine.'"
Robertson, who frequently provokes outrage with his remarks, said he was "sad" to see Sharon fall sick, and that he was a "very likeable person."
"I prayed with him personally. But here he is at the point of death. He was dividing God's land, and I would say woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the EU, the United Nations or the United States of America."
"God said, 'This land belongs to me, you better leave it alone.'"
Robertson also appeared to suggest former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, murdered in 1995, had also paid the ultimate price for talking peace.
"He was tragically assassinated, and it was terrible thing that happened, but nevertheless, he was dead."
(Accuracy note: The quotes are real. Everything--even the "woe unto..." They come from 9 minutes through 10 minutes 20 seconds into the 700 Club broadcast for 1-5-06, available here for the next 15 days.)
God can take care of His people without Woodie Guthrie lyrics. And without your heresy.
Posted by St. Elizabeth of Cayce at 10:31 PM
Visiting this heavily Greek community northwest of Tampa for the annual Feast of the Epiphany celebration, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I told reporters that the pope plans an official visit sometime this year to his headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey.Izzy, as an Eastern-leaning Catholic would certainly welcome reconciliation.
"We are in very good relationships with the present pope, Benedict XVI, and I'm in the very happy position to announce to you that we are going to restart the dialogue on the international global level between the Orthodox church and the Roman Catholic church," Bartholomew said in Greek through an interpreter, Archbishop Demetrios, who is primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America.
The last official talks between two churches five years ago broke off without an agreement on theological issues that have divided them for almost 1,000 years.
Bartholomew had received a warm reception from the Vatican after inviting the pope to Turkey for the Feast of St. Andrew in November. But they were subtly rebuffed when the government of primarily Muslim Turkey, instead of approving the visit, issued its own invitation to Benedict for an unspecified date in 2006.
Because Benedict is also the head of state of the Vatican, any visit to Turkey would need to be coordinated with the Turkish government.
Bartholomew said Thursday that "within this year that has already begun, the new pope is going to visit officially the ecumenical patriarchy."
Both the current patriarch and the current pope appear deeply committed to bridging the rift between their estranged churches and helping to unite two of the largest branches of Christianity.
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Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Posted by St. Elizabeth of Cayce at 2:12 PM
In Rome, the College of Cardinals gathers following the death of beloved Pope John Paul II. As the world waits breathlessly, the cardinals, after two days of secret deliberations, order white smoke to be sent up the Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling that they have made their decision: Robert Blake is definitely guilty.. . the Runaway Bride story totally dominates the news, becoming so gigantically huge that some cable-TV news shows are forced to divert precious resources from the Michael Jackson trial.The U.S. Senate reaches an agreement ending a stalemate over the confirmation of Bush-appointed judges, thus avoiding the so-called ''nuclear option,'' under which Sen. Joe Biden would be allowed to ask a question, thereby shutting the federal government down for months.In disturbing medical news, a new study of 1,000 Americans finds that obesity in the United States has gotten so bad that there actually were, upon closer scrutiny, only 600 Americans involved in the study.Regarding Katrina:For several days chaos reigns, with most of the relief effort taking the form of Geraldo Rivera, who, by his own estimate, saves more than 170,000 people.The hurricane season, which has produced so many storms that the National Weather Service is now naming them after fraternities, ...yet another hurricane, Kappa Sigma Gamma, forms in the South Atlantic, threatening to blast the U.S. mainland with a load of energy that, according to the National Hurricane Center, is the equivalent of 17 trillion six-packs of Bud Light.
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Posted by St. Elizabeth of Cayce at 12:20 AM
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Bday greetings to a special New Year's baby. He's gotten several calls from family and even dear friends from Tx (who are dipping their toes in the Tiber!) Izzy's M-i-L dropped by with an autographed book from Dad's library. Not bad for a day only 1/2 over, with three more presents to unwrap.
To his peril, though, and disregarding a perfectly good southern tradition, I don't think Izzy will be having any collard greens today. He might seek good luck via Polish Sausage and sauerkraut, as this will apparently also prevent bird flu ;-)
Happy Bday again, dearest.
Posted by St. Elizabeth of Cayce at 1:51 PM