Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Monday, April 19, 2021
Stained glass windows depict many things. Some are saints and some are parishioners' choices. This is one is of a sailor. I wish I knew where it came from.
And finally, this last indignity must have surely been the end of Batholomew. He was beheaded.
St. Bartholomew must have the most depictions of his death than any other apostle. His name is sometimes Nathaniel and he was probably a fisherman, like many of the other apostles.
Sunday, April 18, 2021
If Rodney Dangerfield was a Franklinite
You think it’s easy being me? It’s not. Let me tell you. I won tickets to the movies. The theatre was called the Zeotrope. It’s been gone for over 10 years. I can’t get no respect.
When I was a child I learned how to swim at Beaver Pond. The trouble was that my parents dropped me off at the dump across the street from the pond. No respect I tell you.
I got a library card at the nation’s first library, the town library. I was seven years old and could barely read. So I didn’t know I was locked in the elevator instead of the children’s room. I tell you, I’ve lived a hard life – no respect!
My teachers taught me all about Ben Franklin and how the town was named after him and he gave the town some books for our library. But he died in Philadelphia, so my teachers gave me a one way ticket to Philadelphia. I have never been given any respect.
When I graduated from Franklin High School I was given a blank diploma. When I complained I was given a diploma with the wrong name. I complained again and the principal crossed out the name and wrote mine. What’s even worse is that he misspelled Dangerfield. He wrote Danger FAILED. I didn’t dare complain again.
I brought the family to have a picnic on the Town Common. We were playing hide and seek. I looked for an hour and couldn’t find them. I had to walk all the way home…in the rain. That’s NO RESPECT.
I joined TOPS at the Franklin Senior Center. That’s a club, Take off Pounds Sensibly. I didn’t lose any weight but I found out how to look like I did, just hang out with fat people.
I went over to the Mormon Temple on Jordon Road because I heard that they were good on genealogy. I wanted to look up my family tree. I found it, and found three dogs had used it. No wonder I get no respect. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
These jokes were fun to write, but I know I didn’t do the justice that Rodney Dangerfield deserves. He was a comic genius. If you didn’t laugh at his jokes and the way he put them over, you ain’t human. His shtick was putting himself down. His catch phrase, “I can’t get no respect,” is famous. When he died in 2004 and reached the pearly gates, St. Peter said to him, “I heard you got no respect in life;” which prompted Rodney to quip some famous no respect one liners.” St. Peter smiled, laughed and then waved Rodney in. “Finally,” Rodney Dangerfield said, “a little respect.”
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Revelation 2: 17
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone which no one knows except him who receives it.
The hidden manna is Jesus Christ Himself, who come to physical life and His presence in the Eucharist. The white stone was used in Jesus' time as a pass to enter an event or such, to which one had been sent in invitation. Jurors at trials also cast white stones to signify not guilty. The new name will be given to us by Jesus which will embody who we really are.
What will my new name be? I bet it's the same one I have, "Faith." The hidden manna that I receive at Mass won't be hidden at my death. Jesus will hand me a white stone with my new name.
Lord, let me not fear death.
As I age, I feel myself running towards Jesus. At times, death can't come soon enough.
I will prepare for death by trying today to please You more and more. If I live as You desire, I will be ready for death at any moment.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
My grandchildren and I made a diorama on the story of the Road to Emmaus. Here is the picture. The two people traveling are together. Jesus is alone on the right. The girls understood and liked the story but they objected to two things. The first was that Jesus was smaller than the other two figures. They couldn't get over the fact that Jesus wasn't the biggest man in the story. The other issue was that Jesus just disappeared after breaking of the bread. "How rude!"
A. E. Housman's Smooth Between Sea and Land is depressing nihilistic. No wonder Housman was an atheist. He thought that all that matters was in this life. This life is nothing. Everything will pass as the poet says. What matters is our eternal life and that's what we should be working on. Here's the poem.
Smooth between sea and land
Is laid the yellow sand,
And here through summer days
The seed of Adam plays.
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