Musings of a 30ish Midwestern Catholic Improv Guy.

Sunday, June 29, 2003  

Help Wanted

I got this crazy idea a few days ago. I'd like to organize a Catholic conference in Milwaukee for the spring of 2004. Get some excellent speakers (this man automatically comes to mind), a chance for vendors to sell their wares, something for the kids, at least one Mass, maybe an Adoration Chapel, get some priests to hear know, the usual deal.

Thing is, I don't know where to begin. My parish sponsored an Evangelization 2000 conference a few years back, and I can always ask for help from the people who organized that. I also realize that it takes money to do this.

Any ideas? Tips? Contacts? All would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

posted by Dave | 9:40 PM

Sunday, June 22, 2003  

I agree 99% of the time, but.....

The most recent Adoremus Bulletin features an an article by Lucy Carroll about modern renditions of traditional hymnody. She's spot-on about the emasculation of texts (the hatchet job on Faith of Our Fathers comes to mind) and on the insipidness of some modern translations, but I disagree on two points:

1) The use of thou when addressing God and His Saints. This is not meant to be a formal form of address, but a familiar one. In archaic English, the second-person formal pronoun is you, used in formal situations and when addressing one's "betters". Thou is the second-person familiar pronoun, used for equals and inferiors. Read Shakespeare, and pay attention to the pronoun usage. Also, look at prayers in German, Italian, and Spanish. All customarily use the familiar pronoun when addressing God.

2) A modern translation is not necessarily a bad one, nor is a "traditional" rendition necessarily good. I've seen at least one archaically worded translation of Adoro te devote which was really a poor paraphrase. Conversely, I think Fr. Peter Scangelli has done a good job with the Easter and Pentecost sequences.

posted by Dave | 4:11 PM

God Help Me

The Female Parental Unit (aka Mom) now has this blog address.......

posted by Dave | 3:57 PM

The Past Week

Came down with a cold Monday. Seem to be getting them more often. Not enough Vitamin C?

And if that wasn't enough, I was stricken with severe gastritis on Tuesday. I didn't know it could be that painful.

Still a tad congested, but I think I've recovered from both maladies.

posted by Dave | 3:15 PM

Sunday, June 15, 2003  

This is a demonstration

Showing my Dad how a blog is done.

posted by Dave | 12:33 PM

Report from the Parents' House

My folks now have a computer, so I'm making this entry from their place. Notice to my fellow bloggers: I will be introducing them to your sites. Should they choose to make comments, I wish to state that their opinions are their own.

Took my Dad out to a Mexican restaurant for breakfast this morning. Very good.

Have to get up and fetch my laundry. Happy Fathers' Day to all the Dads out there!

posted by Dave | 10:54 AM

They thought it was funny....

As many of you might know, my side job consists of donning a tutu and dancing people to their parking places at ComedySportz. Naturally, people ask me, "Do they pay you enough for this?" And I reply, "It's more than the money! This raises my self-esteem. I'm affirmed in my OKness here!" They laugh at that last line.....

posted by Dave | 8:37 AM

Thursday, June 12, 2003  

Many Thanks....

To Mr. Shea for linking my previous post from his blog. Also, thanks to all the people who came over from there. Please do come back!

posted by Dave | 7:39 PM

Tuesday, June 10, 2003  

A Question

There are not over a hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church—which is, of course, quite a different thing. -- Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Does this still hold true today?

posted by Dave | 8:52 PM

Saturday, June 07, 2003  

Speaking of other discrepancies...

I visited a local religious-goods store during my morning errands, and discovered a children's book which gave a tour of a typical AmChurch Worship Space. What disturbed me the most about the book was its omission of any mention of the Real Presence. It referred to the Blessed Sacrament as a "holy meal" or "eucharistic meal"; the altar is called a "table" and in the pages focussing on the Eucharistic chapel, called the Most Holy "leftover eucharistic bread", with the lamp denoting the general Divine Presence, rather than the substantial Presence within the tabernacle.

This book has everything which gets me riled about contemporary religious education -- it distorts authentic teaching by presenting an incomplete picture. The quoted terms above are accurate in and of themselves, but it is only one aspect. You also need to focus on the sacrifice, since you can't have one without the other. The book also fails to explain why the Eucharist is reserved in a special place. How about talking more about the Real Presence and Adoration?

posted by Dave | 12:13 PM

Thanks to Tom Fitzpatrick...

...For pointing out the ads atop my site. And then there are the ads atop his site. One wonders why.....

posted by Dave | 11:50 AM

All Quizzed Out

Think I've got it out of my system......

posted by Dave | 11:45 AM

Friday, June 06, 2003  

Gee, thanks.....

I am not a type of music
You're nothing, really. But you're nice.

What type of music are you?
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posted by Dave | 10:34 PM


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Which Personality Disorder Do You Have?
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posted by Dave | 10:31 PM

A Quiz Made for St. Blog's.....

You are Proverbs
You are Proverbs.

Which book of the Bible are you?
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posted by Dave | 10:29 PM

Memento mori....

Middle-aged. You'll die from something unexpected,
just when your kids are going to college or
something great is happening. Cause Unknown.

At what age will you die?
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posted by Dave | 10:27 PM

Think I did this one on the old blog....

United Kingdom (England)
United Kingdom (Britain) -
One of the longest-standing nations in history, it
has survived several centuries and kept its
traditions alive.


A Long History Full of Tradition.


Strong and Respected.


Viewed as Pompous and Aristocratic.

Bitterness of Others About Past Transgressions.

Bad Teeth.

Which Country of the World are You?
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Thanks to Dale Price for this quiz and the one below!

posted by Dave | 10:24 PM


You are Beast!

You are brilliant and extremely clever. You can
handle almost any problem swiftly and
efficiently. You are devoted to philosophy and
are always up for a good discussion.
Sometimes, though, your anger gets the best of
you and you upset those whom you care about.

Which X-Men character are you most like?
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posted by Dave | 10:19 PM

Wednesday, June 04, 2003  

New CD Purchases

I added two albums recently. One is an $8 recording of Palestrina's Missa Beata Virgine. Good, timeless stuff.
he other is The Old Kit Bag by Richard Thompson. Excellent songcraft and out-of-this-world guitar playing.

posted by Dave | 10:39 PM

This is Me.....

I do miss the big hairdos.....

what decade does your personality live in?

quiz brought to you by lady interference, ltd

Thanks to Zorak!

posted by Dave | 7:18 PM

Tuesday, June 03, 2003  

The Ultimate Online Quiz


posted by Dave | 9:44 PM

Considering I haven't been on a horse in 20 years....

You are the Horse Whisperer!

What kind of a horse person are you?
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posted by Dave | 9:39 PM

OK, so I've been a bit lazy lately....

But since St. Blog's Quizmistress is taking a hiatus, I thought I'd take up the slack....

posted by Dave | 9:30 PM


Blue info
Your Heart is Blue

What Color is Your Heart?
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WARNING: Four-letter words in quiz.

posted by Dave | 9:28 PM

Sunday, June 01, 2003  

This Might Fit......

Your a cute little kitten! =^.^=

What kind of cat are you?
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posted by Dave | 9:20 PM

All Righty Then...

you are a BreeNicker Alien. You love Broccoli and
cheese (together). You live on the moon. You
where green suit with strange designs all over
them. You are kinda evil kinda nice. Water
makes you start doing a monkey dance for fifty
min. Your the color of red.

What Alien are you?
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posted by Dave | 9:18 PM

What I thought...

Your Eating Utensil is Chopsticks, you must be so
smart to have mastered the technique of The
Chopsticks!And to make you feel special your
creative eating with two sticks woooow

Whats your Eating Utensil?
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posted by Dave | 9:15 PM

Also Interesting...

I'm a O65-C10-E18-A38-N71 Big Five!!

posted by Dave | 8:56 PM


Check out my blirtatiousness!

posted by Dave | 8:39 PM


My Music Personality

Thanks to Fr. Sibley. This is from the same site which provided the "Freak" quiz.

posted by Dave | 8:29 PM

Since I started the previous post....

-- Explored more cemeteries. Details at another time. Maybe. Long posts get unfinished, and I don't post anything else in the meantime.

-- Performed in an improv show. Another blogger was present to see me try to make funny. She seemed to enjoy herself.

-- Went to 7 Mile Fair with the folks today. Great produce. Questionable merchandise. And some of the kitschiest religious art I have ever seen.

posted by Dave | 8:20 PM