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Bronx Gothic

Bitter Bronx by Jerome Charyn is written in Gothic Bronx style.  I don’t know if there such a thing.  If not, then give Jerome Charyn credit for creating a new genre. I call Charyn’s book of short stories, “Gothic” because his thirteen stories tell of weird, comic characters involved in melodramatic situations that will raise your eyebrows, or twist your lips into a smirk.  I think I might have even guffawed at one of the “Silk” stories.
Charyn’s stories bring you to a “mecca of middle-class Jews,” “Mafioso restaurants”, and up to the Grand Concourse.  A grifter gigolo named Howell is surprised to find love in Lorelei.  Another gigolo whose modeling name was Adonis is good at dining widows. The kids at Music and Art had a cockroach who writes poetry and a companion, alley cat, who thought she was Cleopatra.  They are named Archy and Mehitabel. Then there’s the bisexual in The Cat Lady’sKiss.  My favorite stories were the three stories about the Silk family: Silk & Silk, Little Sist…

Is Reality Relative?

A funny thing happened to me while reading the Office, I came across the word exegesis.  It was used as if it were a specific way of studying the Apocalypse.  I was uncertain of this meaning.  Hence, I asked my iPhone: "Definition: exegesis."   IPhone answered with a definition of genital.  !!!!!!!

????  Must be my Boston accent.  I asked again.  "No, exegesis.  E - X - E - G - E - S - I - S."  This time my iPhone gave me the address of two local restaurants.  !!!!!

I exclaimed, "You are no help!"

Then I heard my iPhone tell me, "Why do you hate me?  I'm not even real."


Here I am admonishing my phone.  It makes a joke.  I laugh.

And my iPhone thinks it's not real.

Ordinarily I would end my blog post here, but I didn't end my conversation with my iPhone.  (I should give it a name, shouldn't I?)  I asked it, "Is reality relative?"  This time I received a choice of website to explore.

I did what the iPhone told m…

My Two Cents

Today the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.  I find that odd since the Supreme Court is ruling on historical tradition.  Since when?  Franklin Graham said today,

With all due respect to the court, it did not define marriage, and therefore is not entitled to re-define it. Long before our government came into existence, marriage was created by the One who created man and woman—Almighty God—and His decisions are not subject to review or revision by any manmade court. God is clear about the definition of marriage in His Holy Word: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).
You know what I think.  I don't think laws can legislate morality.  The Supreme Court can try, but laws can be repealed.  And also, I don't think (I pray) appeals and protests aren't the way to repeal laws.  I think we have to change hearts.  It's working with abortion.…

Forgiveness Behind Bars

A lot of the advice on how to deal with forgiveness doesn't work in prison.  I feel like I'm in over my head.  I'm asking for advice and not giving it.

It is a fact of our human condition that our first response to anger is to lash out.  Christianity tells us to forgive and not to exact revenge.  However, not to react in a retaliatory manner would be perceived as weak, in a prison environment.  A big guy may be able to pull off a "turn the other cheek" attitude, but not the average or small one.  How should a Christian inmate respond?

One way to handle situations is to visualize forgiveness.  In one's mind the situation is reenacted.  This fantasy has one as strong and responding with wisdom.  I don't think that would work.

Would it be acceptable to visualize the opposite?  Fantasize pounding the sh** out of the offender.  Wouldn't that get the aggression out?  The intention is to do violence in your mind, so you don't do it for real?  Would that…

Blog Sharing

I received an invitation today to blog share. Mandy Welty Mazzawi asked to swap blogs which means to share our blogs.  I happy to do so.  Mandy is a Catholic Mom from Ithaca New York who is into self sustaining living and living life to it's fullest.

What's that, you may ask?  That's what you'll find out when you click here.


It's inevitable.  "God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living." (Wis 1: 13) This is the first line we read in this Sunday's readings, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.  I think that's one reason we have for a life after our physical death.  God will take us in.  Faith says "Death where is your sting?" It's not a "sting;" it's a sling shot into eternal life.

The gospel for this Sunday has Jesus raising a little girl from death.  (Mark 5: 21-43)  See.  God intends for us to live.  I love the word Jesus uses to command the girl to "Arise!"  Arise was the name of my other blog, I used to have when my parish participated in the Boston Archdiocese's renewal program.

And arise we all shall right into eternal life, just as God intended in the first place.  God promises this in every Eucharist we receive.  It's a taste of heaven.  The psalm for this Sunday has us thanking and praising God f…

The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows

Recently, I came across the story of the apparitions at Kibeho, Rwanda in the 1980's.  I hate to sound blase but Mary seems to be appearing everywhere, so I didn't pay Kibeho much attention. Anyway, now I know better.  These apparitions are remarkable to me because of the number of people involved and the different types of people who experience apparitions.

This post isn't about the apparitions, I want to tell you about a new prayer I learned from the story of the apparitions.  One of the seers, Marie Claire, who herself didn't believe in the apparitions in the beginning, until she herself was blessed with a visit from Mary, was given an assignment by Mary.  Marie-Claire was to promote the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows.

The Rosary of the Seven Sorrows is a little bit different than a regular rosary.  Whereas a rosary has groups of ten beads, the Seven Sorrows has groups of seven beads.  And there's seven groups.  There's a few short different prayers that you s…