Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Makes you glad to be a Catholic, it does

...had this thought, yet again, while on my morning walk. Now, don't get me wrong...I often have this thought. There are just so many darn good reasons why I'm happy to be a Catholic, as opposed to the 4,373 other denominations I could have landed in. But one of them came home to me in a new way while I was reading a very good Christian fiction book, A Stitch In Time by Allison Bottke. http://www.stevelaube.com/authors/allisonbottke.htm/ . Wonderful, wonderful book! Now, I'm not going to put any spoilers in, either. Suffice it to say it's a very real, very refreshing look at very human people, and we'll leave it at that. Chick lit/hen lit with a strong Christian presence. But at one point, the lead character is talking about how much she enjoyed a particular church communion service, with the music, and the spirit, and the "symbolism of Christ's body and blood," and how uplifting it all was. And I remembered thinking, Oh, honey, too bad you haven't had the real thing yet! Yep, that's another wonderful thing about being Catholic. Probably one of THE best things, as a matter of fact: what we call the Real Presence. Jesus present, Body, Blood, Soul, Divinity...in the Eucharist. So when we receive, we receive HIM. We don't "commemorate" Him. We don't "symbolize" Him. We take Him in. And for those moments, and for a long time afterward, He is literally present in our physical bodies. We are one with Him. United in a way that no one else on earth can claim. There's a wonderful line in one of the Mitford books, when the bishop is giving Father Tim the Eucharist in a home visit, and he refers to "touching God." Because high Anglicans, Lutherans, and more than a few other mainline denominations believe, as Catholics do, in the Real Presence...we literally ARE "touching God." So Allison...just between us...there's an even better edification than the "symbolism" of Jesus and His Last Supper. Way better. Ain't nothing like the real thing, and we've got it. And it's yet another of many, many reasons I'm--yet again--so glad to be Catholic. Come on and join us. See for yourself. One you experience the Real Presence, "commemorations" and symbolism will never again be enough. Janny

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Da Bears!

Sorry, I just had to do this. (!) http://www.chicagobears.com/ When you stay up until after midnight on a work night, just to see how Monday Night Football turns out, you know you're a real fan. When you stay up until after midnight doing a happy dance, you know you're a Bears fan. Don't know how they pulled this one off. I doubt they know how they pulled it off. Maybe it had something to do with my muttering about the "Little Sisters of the Poor" at halftime! Then again, maybe that ringing phone is the Little Sisters Convent telling me to knock it off, that Rex Grossman doesn't qualify to be a nun. Failed the physical early on. Anyway, rejoice! If anything would make you believe in Da Bears, last night might do it. Janny

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Renew your spirit day!

Those of you who are familiar with FLYlady in all her glory are familiar with the phrase above, but it's worth reminding ourselves every once in awhile that Sunday is supposed to be meant as a day of rest. Rest. Remember that? That's when we STOP our commerce, our "cult of the busy," and spend some time reflecting. Maybe reading the Bible. Maybe even, shock of shocks, going to church. (I know, I know. But this is a Catholic blog, right? Deal with it.) :-)
All seriousness aside, how do you renew your spirit?
I've been taking some time to seriously examine (and yes, I know that's a split infinitive) the ways I spend my computer time versus the rest of my life (otherwise known as Reality versus Virtuality). Seeing as how I'm at a computer for my full time job in addition to being at one when I'm at home, I have to guard carefully that my life does not become that little screen in front of me...limited to that little keyboard that accesses that little screen. And I think it's worth remembering, especially on the Sabbath

Friday, October 06, 2006

"Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?"

States in which I've been...

Okay...for those of you old enough to remember this lyric line, there's no hidden significance in it anywhere; it's just playtime on a Friday afternoon. But this is a neat way to see for yourself how much of the country (or world) you've covered so far! I'm looking forward to adding at least two new states next year, God willing and the cruise ship sails.

What about you? Where have you gone? Where have you been? Where do you wish you were? What are you planning to do about getting there?

Suppose I was lying about "no hidden significance" here? (hee hee)

 Back to work...
Janny