Tuesday, October 9, 2007


FINDING TRUTH WHEREVER IT MAY BE FOUND: “This Rock” magazine says this passage by Thomas Babington Macaulay (not a Catholic by the by) should be memorized by Catholic children the same way that we as American children had to memorize the Gettysburg address growing up.

The proudest royal houses are but of yesterday, when compared with the line of the Supreme Pontiffs. That line we trace back in an unbroken series, from the Pope who crowned Napoleon in the nineteenth century to the Pope who crowned Pepin in the eighth; and far beyond the time of Pepin the august dynasty extends, till it is lost in the twilight of fable.

“The republic of Venice came next in antiquity. But the republic of Venice was modern when compared with the Papacy; and the republic of Venice is gone, and the papacy remains. The Papacy remains not in decay, not a mere antique, but full if life and youthful vigour. The Catholic Church is still sending forth to the farthest ends of the world missionaries as zealous as those who landed in Kent with Augustin, and still confronting hostile kings with the same spirit with which she confronted Attila . . .

“Nor do we see any sign which indicates that the term of her long dominion is approaching. She saw the commencement of all the governments and of all the ecclesiastical establishments that now exist in the world; and we feel no assurance that she is not destined to see the end of the all. She was great and respected before the Saxon had set foot on Britain, before the Frank had passed the Rhine, when Grecian eloquence still flourished in Antioch, when idols were still worshipped in the temple of Mecca.

“And she may still exist in undiminished vigour when some traveler from New Zealand shall, in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a broken arch of London Bridge to sketch the ruins of St. Paul’s.”


Special thanks going out to Lillian Marie for the new header of Adam's Ale!

This Wednesday night at 7:00 in the Harvest Room at St. Clare I will be teaching the first two credit hours of a six credit hour class (Intorduction to Morality) for our catechists. It is open to all.

Uncle Jim meme’d me. This one is kind of funny. Give it a shot. (I tag Justme.)

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) – Benny Buick (HA!)

2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie)- Rocky Road Chocolate Chip. (Doesn't quite work does it? Maybe RC Squared is better.)

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) – J Val (Close to J lo) - Um, what is a fly girl?

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) - Blue Dog (I like it though it sounds more like a name of a beer. A really cold beer.)

5. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) Johva (the Hut)

6. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink) – The Green Coffee (Yuck!) How about – The Green Martini (better)

7. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) – John Anthony (But that is my name!) Unless we do it Slovenian, Jonas Anton (I like that better.)

8. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) – Reese Riverside (CA) here bringing you my exclusive 5 day forecast right after this!

9. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, favorite flower)- Easter Cosmo

10. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”) Cherrie Cassockie (HA! - With his super power chop!)

11. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree)- Grease Oak (eh.)

12. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”) - The Snow Bike Tour (It sounded better reversed.)

13. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) – Anthony Barberton (um, no.)

14. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names) – John Jenny


Anonymous said...

Ha, Benny!! I'm afraid you tagged the wrong rock star ("Fluffy Contintental"), and it'd be rare indeed to hear a gangsta named "Pistachio Snickerdoodle" asking, "S'up?" The problem is, I cannot remember my fifth grade teacher's name. I can remember Bootsie's phone number from 1964, I can remember what I named an ant from shortly after my birth, but my fifth grade? That has disappeared into some black-hole in my head.

I like that "Anthony Barberton" -- makes one picture a George Hamilton type.. and uh, "Cherrie Cassockie" is something Pixar should want to pick up on and develop into a full-length animation. I cracked a few ribs laughing at you. :-)

Jeron said...

My "rock star" name is Trixie Corolla. What does that mean?!

Father Schnippel said...

You ate grease for breakfast?

Anonymous said...

He must've had sausage..

I tag everyone else here with this meme, by the way--not least of all, Sattvic Warrior. :-) C'mon, Rob, you, too.. just think, now you can tag Lucian. lol

And also by the way, Fr. V., I love Macaulay's quote in the first part of your post. How very very true. I'd never heard it; thank you for sharing it here.

Anonymous said...

Jeron, lol, I dunno, but it sounds like someone I'd have gone to school with.

Anonymous said...

Rock Star: Inky Mazda
Detective: Teal Schitzu
Superhero: Red Killian
Nascar: Sabastian George
Weather Anchor: Tupitza Topeka
Cartoon: Kiwi Cardigan
Hippy: Quiche Maple
Rockstar: The Crochet Lightning Tour

And, thanks Fr. V for the recog - but not needed.
Lillian Marie

Rob said...

I don't know. Is my blog really the place for this kind of thing?

Boy, now I sound really stodgy.