Tuesday, February 10, 2009


FINDING TRUTH WHEREVER IT MAY BE FOUND: "We see as a distinguishing mark of Christians the fact that they have a future: It is not that they know the details of what awaits them, but they know in general terms that their life will not end in emptiness. Only when the future is certain as a positive reality does it become possible to live in the present as well." Pope Benedict Spe Salvi

QUOTE II: "They believe that all the evil results of human crime are the results of the system that has called it crime. They do not believe that the crime creates the punishment. They believe that the punishment has created the crime." G.K. Chesterton, "The Man Who Was Thursday"


This is from Fr. F: "I wanted to bring your attention to an article published on US CATHOLIC's website this week on NFP. I give the editors credit for running such a well-written article on NFP, but you will see by the way they formulated the survey questions following the article that the editors seems to be looking for certain answers that make NFP seem antiquated and out-of-touch. I thought that you might want to alert your readers to this piece and encourage them to respond to the survey. Such action might open the eyes of the editors at US CATHOLIC, as well as their paper-edition readers." Thanks for the heads up Fr. F! Here is the article. Have at it readers!

Hey! It's almost 50 degrees outside! A perfect day for a winter Catholic Carnival!

READERS! Your assistance is requested! A reader wants to know where one might find a good place to go for women's retreats. What is desired is something solidly orthodox with no dancing, reiki, or mazes. A place in northeast Ohio would be grand but if you know of something elsewhere please leave a comment. Thanks.
Thank you for not correcting my mistakes with Roman numerals. How embarrasing.

The Diocese of Cleveland Enewsletter reports, "The Secret Life of Bees, The Visitor and Wall-E stand among 2008 movies on the top ten list of the Office for Film and Broadcasting (OFB) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)." Read more here.

You might be aware of Christian Bale's tirade against the director of photography in his latest movie. I find this so incredibly sad. When did we lose the ability to do this well? His curse laden diatribe is a disgrace to the English Language. You would think that an actor who must love words so well would at least make his abuse of another human being without abusing the language by which he makes his living. Absolutely disgraceful.

This is the proper way to degrade someone by a couple of our best crafters of the English language and it is said without having to use the same four letter words over and over again.

Courtesy of Chesterton, "You great fat, blasted, blear-eyed, blundering, thundering, brainless, God-forsaken, dodderng damned fool! . . . You great, silly, pink faced, tow-headed turnip!"

Courtesy of Shakespeare, ". . .that trunk of humours, that bolting-hutch of beastliness, that swollen parcel of dropsies, that huge bombard of sack, that stuffed cloak-bag of guts, that roasted Manningtree ox with the pudding in his belly . . ."

So that you, dear reader, may never be caught in the embarrassing situation in which Mr. Bale found himself, here is a link to the Shakespeare insult generator. Use it in good health and help save the English language from having to use the same three words over and over again.


Anonymous said...

Dear Father, My son's 9th grade English teacher at Hoban gave the students a chart by which they could generate their own Shakespearian insults (one from column A, one from column B). Thus could be generated such insults as "you onion-eyed pantaloon."

Anonymous said...

Dear Father, One of my personal favourites is from Julius Caesar: "You blocks, you stones, you one-eyed senseless things!" Another one from Macbeth: "The devil damn thee black, thou cream-faced loon!" I once received a desk calendar with a Shakespearian insult each day. Quite nifty!

Regards from Canada,
Patricia Gonzalez

Anonymous said...

Somehow, "onion-eyed pantaloon" about took me out this morning --seems it could cover much ground! And "cream-faced loon" about covers me.

What an intriguing quote of Chesterton's --who is the "they" he refers to?

I've never seen Christian Bale, but I've seen "Wall-E" -- absolutely darling. For the first hour or so, he is any one of us.

As for a retreat place in N.E. Ohio, oh gosh, one can only hope that the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue (of which Lillian Marie recently posted, which I had the joy to visit in Sept.) might offer one -- beautiful grounds, beautiful chapel, beautiful even in the rain.

Anonymous said...

Dear Father, I responded to the U.S. Catholic article about which Fr. F. was concerned. He was right. A number of the questions were biased in favor of a certain negative viewpoint and seemed to be directly opposite to the positive tone of the article. I don't care for U.S. Catholic, so I was glad for the opportunity to give them an alternative viewpoint.

Lynne said...

I too responded to the US Catholic article/poll.