The thoughts, ideas, findings, and fancies of a Catholic student at Our Lady's University.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

You scored as Traditional Catholic. You look at the great piety and holiness of the Church before the Second Vatican Council and the decay of belief and practice since then, and see that much of the decline is due to failed reforms based on the "Spirit of the Council". You regret the loss of vast numbers of Religious and Ordained clergy and the widely diverging celebrations of the Mass of Pope Paul VI, which often don't even seem to be Catholic anymore. You are helping to rebuild this past culture in one of the many new Traditional Latin Mass communities or attend Eastern Catholic Divine Liturgy. You seek refuge from the world of pornography, recreational drugs, violence, and materialism. You are an articulate, confident, committed, and intelligent Catholic.

But do you support legitimate reform of the Church, and are you willing to submit to the directives of the Second Vatican Council? Will you cooperate responsibly with others who are not part of the Traditional community?

Traditional Catholic


New Catholic


Radical Catholic


Neo-Conservative Catholic


Evangelical Catholic


Liberal Catholic


Lukewarm Catholic


What is your style of American Catholicism?
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To discourage graffiti in the bathroom stalls at school, there is a large piece of posterboard attached to the wall of each stall. Generally, the things written there make for very...interesting reading. Yesterday, I saw something that made me laugh, and reinforced the fact that brevity is the soul of wit:

Be kind to animals.
They are our brothers and sisters
in furry and feathered coats.

Do not eat them.
Do not wear them.
Do not hurt them.

And then, written underneath, simply:

I like steak.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Bizarre/Unique Request

For All Saints' Day, our youth group is having a costume contest. The theme is "Most Bizarre/Unique Martyr Costume." The potential is definitely there to do something completely creative and off-the-wall, but I'm drawing a blank. I guess I just don't know enough obscure martyrs' stories to get started. Any suggestions (other than sitting up really late at night with a copy of the Roman Martyrology, which I'm planning to do anyway)?

Monday, October 17, 2005

I'm officially jealous

My journalism prof is flying to Poland on Wednesday to interview Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Waleska. Like I said, I'm jealous. But at least I know what I'm writing this year's History Day paper about: Lech Waleska, John Paul II, and the fall of Communism.

It's Just Not the Same

My camera picked a really bad time to need a warranty claim. You see, Saturday night was our second semi-annual heretic burning. Having no pictures, those of you who weren't privileged to be there will have to take my word for the fact that it was quite satisfying to watch Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Marty Haugen, Fr. McBrien, and many others go up in smoke (we also invited the old standards - Calvin, Luther, Zwingli, etc). There was another group there from a separate Bible Study, and one of them was so impressed that he was heard to say, "Wow...not only did they know what a heretic is, but they knew that those people were."

I suppose I should take it as a compliment...

...that a teenage boy told me that he wishes he could defect and join my girls group for Monday night youth group. And no, he doesn't want to join because of the girls. It's because he heard tales of our votive-burning, Latin-praying, POD adventures. It's good to hear that someone thinks it's a good idea; I'm walking the fine line between going deeper into the lessons to make them more interesting and completely alienating most of the group. Unfortunately, there are many very large logistics problems preventing him from joining the girls-only group. As consolation, I gave him a copy of the Latin prayer book I compiled for the girls, and told him I'd light a votive for him :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

To my readers (or rather, to anyone who still checks this page despite the complete and utter lack of attention on my part): I offer my deepest, most humble apology for being so neglegent about posting. And now, on to the excuses (and they're good ones. Really.): Last week, I spent roughly 20 hours doing the layout for the school newspaper. I was, might I add, completely alone in this, as no one bothered to show up, despite having all signed up to help for about 4 hours each. The paper was supposed to get sent to the printer on Thursday. It's Tuesday, and it still hasn't gone out. Not because my part wasn't done, because it was, and before the deadline, might I add. No, it would seem that God, in His infinite wisdom, has seen fit to corrupt the file and make it unsaveable, unopenable, and uncut-and-pasteable. So, that's what I've been doing lately, and why I haven't been posting. As soon as I get those issues resolved, I'll post more (I've already got some stuff waiting in the wings).

I found out tonight that Father Jon's younger brother (who apparently had a history of mental illness) died rather unexpectedly this morning. Father flew home (to Ann Arbor) this afternoon, and right now, is expected to be gone for 2-3 weeks. Needless to say, I'm sure your prayers for them would be most appreciated in this difficult time.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

"Wonder of Wonders, Miracle of Miracles..."

Today marks 13 years since the first time we attended Mass at St. Paul's. It also marked a first for our Sunday Mass (Em, you'd better be sitting down): we used the right Psalm. And it was spoken, not sung. It was really different (read: Awesome) to hear a Psalm with clear correlations to the other readings. The closing song was "Cause to Celebrate." Indeed.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Happy Birthday Emily!

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