Earth Day In The Time Of COVID-19

The inaugural occurrence having been in 1970, it’s the 50th Earth Day today. So let’s all sing together, you know the tune: It’s also a new moon tonight. Perhaps Mother Nature will see fit to celebrate these two events by eradicating the novel coronavirus 2019 with one regal wave of her hand. Then again we’veContinue reading “Earth Day In The Time Of COVID-19”

COVID-19 And The Easter Triduum

It’s Good Friday. A very solemn, glum and reflective day for Christians. Several years ago the Riverdance troupe had a very popular show called Lord of the Dance. Not surprisingly it featured finely choreographed Celtic dancing, culminating in the title song. But that song, which has been sung in pubs for decades, was originally aContinue reading “COVID-19 And The Easter Triduum”

CNN’s Finding Jesus Needs Mel Brooks

The series Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery is currently airing on Sunday nights at 9:00 on CNN. Perhaps in conjunction with Lent, or just as a ratings grab, the series’ first two installments ran back-to-back last evening. The first episode was broadcast a week ago. The series features a  veritable plethora of scientists and peopleContinue reading “CNN’s Finding Jesus Needs Mel Brooks”

Mardi Gras: Pancakes and Flashing For Beads

Welcome to Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday in French). The day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the 40 penitential days of Lent. One last blow-out before all that self-denial and atonement. Oddly two symbols have come to represent Mardi Gras recently. The consumption of pancakes and the flashing of breasts in an effort toContinue reading “Mardi Gras: Pancakes and Flashing For Beads”

Booby-Trapped Tea Cups

Welcome to Holy Week, the lead-up to Easter and the end of Lent. Good Catholic lad that I am I always give up coffee for lent. It doesn’t do anything spiritually for me, just gives me some ammunition to look down on others with disdain. Until, that is, I run into someone who has givenContinue reading “Booby-Trapped Tea Cups”

Mardi Gras: Beads, Flashers, Families and Pancakes

So maybe women with voluptuous breasts flash  them for plastic beads in New Orleans, but in my house Fat Tuesday will involve something much more flat – pancakes! Happy Mardi Gras! Fat Tuesday when folks have one last blow-out of debauchery prior to the forty days of abstinence during Lent. In Rio the Samba SchoolsContinue reading “Mardi Gras: Beads, Flashers, Families and Pancakes”

Happy Easter; two takes on rolling away the stone

Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away -Mark 16:2-4 Roll away the stone Dont leave me here alone Resurrect me and protect me Don’t leave me laying here What will they doContinue reading “Happy Easter; two takes on rolling away the stone”

Canada first to withdraw from UN drought convention; not very Christian on Maundy Thursday Mr. Harper

The Government of Canada, under Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and by order of Cabinet, has become the first and only country to withdraw from the United Nations convention that studies and fights world drought.  All 194 member nations and the European Union are signatories of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. This decisionContinue reading “Canada first to withdraw from UN drought convention; not very Christian on Maundy Thursday Mr. Harper”

Celtic dourness; Irish and Scottish

As we enter the period of solemn preparation – no not Lent, that started weeks ago – the week leading up to St. Patrick’s day, there’s a great piece in the New York Times by playwright John Patrick Shanley. The Darkness of an Irish Morning recalls the author’s trip to Ireland with his aging father to visit relatives andContinue reading “Celtic dourness; Irish and Scottish”

Papal campaigning, think of the promises

Today is the last day of Pope Benedict XVI’s  papacy. He has already urged the College of Cardinals to make haste and not wait until March 15th – perhaps he read my post regarding the ominous Ides of March and the potential for Irish Cardinals to miss St. Patrick’s Day – to begin the processContinue reading “Papal campaigning, think of the promises”