Archive for October, 2005

Clever and Entertaining

October 31, 2005

Store Wars

Feminism not all it is cracked up to be?

October 30, 2005

This is an interesting but sad article by Marueen Dowd

Here are a few Excerpts.

Before it curdled into a collection of stereotypes, feminism had fleetingly held out a promise that there would be some precincts of womanly life that were not all about men. But it never quite materialized.

It took only a few decades to create a brazen new world where the highest ideal is to acknowledge your inner slut. I am woman; see me strip. Instead of peaceful havens of girl things and boy things, we have a society where women of all ages are striving to become self-actualized sex kittens. Hollywood actresses now work out by taking pole-dancing classes.

and the more one-night stands the girls on “Sex and the City” had, the grumpier they got.

A lot of women now want to be Maxim babes as much as men want Maxim babes. So women have moved from fighting objectification to seeking it. “I have been surprised,” Maxim’s editor, Ed Needham, confessed to me, “to find that a lot of women would want to be somehow validated as a Maxim girl type, that they’d like to be thought of as hot and would like their boyfriends to take pictures of them or make comments about them that mirror the Maxim representation of a woman, the Pamela Anderson sort of brand. That, to me, is kind of extraordinary.”

I was wrong. Forty years after the dawn of feminism, the ideal of feminine beauty is more rigid and unnatural than ever.

What Ms. Dowd doesn’t understand is that Feminism at its heart strove to make women just like men. It never sought to change peoples attitudes about what is feminine and show the true nobility of women. Rather radical feminism sought to say that women can do anything that men can do. In other words women can be just like men. Now they are surprised to find out that men are not attracted to it. Yet women have overcompensated once again and now wantonly objectify themselves for attention from men.

We had our Bible study today and it was on Gen 1-3. People commented on the the fig leaves and how God made new clothes for Adam and Eve. I told them yeah and many of our young people are trying to go back to the fig leaves. Many of today’s styles are meant to objectify the human body. Parents don’t put your daughters in bikini’s or things resembling them. Not at the beach, not at the pool, not at church, not in school. There is a reason most pin up calendars have women in bikini’s and you see very few one pieces. It isn’t to highlight the nobility of the feminine. If you want your daughters looked at like that then forget what I am saying here. Maybe you can take a few pictures for the guys at work and pass them around. After all if you let strangers ogle your daughter for their pleasure why not give your friends the pleasure as well.

If we want true equal rights then what we really must do is acknowledge the great dignity, beauty and nobility of the feminine. The solution is not to demean things traditionally feminine as the radical feminists do but rather to truly reverence them for the God given gifts that they are.

Let’s face it. Women have graces men don’t. When they embrace those graces there are few things more attractive. For example many women in London still dress quite elegantly. Hats, long wool coats, gloves and the whole nine yards. Talk about turning heads in our society. No one can put together an outfit quite like a woman and men do notice that. They can make a house into a home. You dress like a lady in today’s day and age and you will turn heads and guys will fall all over themselves to treat you as a gentlemen should. Raise the bar and guys will kill themselves to jump over it just to show that they can. There are countless graces that women have that are truly beautiful, noble and worthy of reverence. The two I mentioned are very minor graces compared to the great treasury of graces God has blessed them with. All of these graces are God given and beautiful. It is only our society that attaches a negative value to them.

Is it a surprise that if a woman attracts a man by dressing as a maxim babe that he will turn her in for a newer model when she stops looking like a maxim babe?

Isn’t it sad when women resort to surgery to hold the attention of the man who supposedly promised to be with her no matter what? Don’t even get me started on the fact that we have them injecting their faces with botulism toxin in order to be the maxim babe a bit longer. When did Botulism become good?

On the other hand: once a lady always a lady

… once, twice, three times a Lady…. (Lionel Richie.. who should have a serious sit down with his daughter Nicole)

Lady, I’m your knight in shining armor and I love you
You have made me what I am and I am yours
My love, there’s so many ways I want to say I love you
Let me hold you in my arms forever more. (Kenny Rogers)

Isn’t it sad that I have to teach men at wedding rehearsals how to escort a woman and for many of them it is awkward because they have never offered their arm to a lady? Does a woman need my arm or need to be escorted? Absolutely not!! Does she deserve the reverence and honor it connotes? In my book every lady does. The things in our society that are most precious and honored tend to have escorts.

If a woman wants a dog then she should offer herself as a piece of meat.

If she wants to be treated cheaply then she should offer herself at a low rate to as many buyers as she can find.

If she wants a Knight, she should be Lady.

If she wants to be fought for then she should be worth dying for.

Ms. Dowd, you really do have all the power you need to get what you want.

The question is what do you truly want?

The choice is yours. Choose well.

Children’s adoration if my server doesn’t crash

October 19, 2005

Okay… long promised and finally delivered. This is a video of children’s adoration at my parish. It is about an hour long. I am hoping the bandwidth holds up but we shall see.

A special thanks to all who donated for the monstrance. The monstrance I got isn’t the one shown in this picture. This is the parishes. The monsterance that was donated through generous readers is in Sioux Falls where I have adoration with the homeschoolers once a month.

This video was taken at the very first Chidlren’s adoration in my new parish. It is an embeded windows media player file. Sorry to all you apple folks. I can’t find a free program to convert it to quicktime or I would do that. If anyone knows of one I would be happy to switch it over to quicktime.

If you are able to get video then please let me know in the comments box. I am brand new to this attempt at puting video on the site.

Click here for the video

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

October 17, 2005

Homily – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

October 14, 2005

Huron Youth Rally

October 9, 2005

We just had our annual high school youth rally and it seemed to go very well. Guest Speakers included Matt Smith of Real World Fame and Apex Ministries.

I didn’t get to hear Matt’s talk because I was enroute from my last Mass. I was bummed because I heard he was decent and I always like to be able to talk to my youth about what they heard. I am hoping we got it on video. I did get a chance to chat a bit with him about tech stuff. He does have a good eye for design and he has a very clever wit. He has a belt buckle he designed that was quite clever and I hope he gets to sell them at some point. I will try to keep an eye out for that.

Apex Ministries did a fine job as well. I enjoyed their technical skills especially. I didn’t get to watch it like I would have liked to because I was busy getting stuff set for Mass.

One interesting thing was they were doing an ice breaker where you had to find someone who had done x or someone who was x or someone who had been to x country etc… and have them sign your paper. Well one of them was a priest… I walked in and I was mobbed…. and no red carpet. Well I couldn’t possibly sign all of them so I just said in a rather loud voice….. it doesn’t say ministerial priest… you are all priests, prophets and kings by virtue of your baptsim…. then I watched them swarm each other.

Overall it was a good day to end a trying week. I have been battling a pretty rough cough that has been keeping me up weird hours without much sleep and almost making me lose my voice. But God saw me through.. funny how the readings said today: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Anyway the homily went over pretty well in all my parishes. That should be coming later. I need to d/l it from the recorder, convert it to mp3 and u/l it later. I left my cable in Faulkton and I am in Sioux Falls for a few days… so look for it Thursday.

I am probably going to put up written homilies again. People have asked for them. I just hate correcting the typoes (Yes I did that on purpose haha).

More to come.

Homily – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

October 2, 2005