Life in a small town

Cancelled Hockey Games, Cancelled Holy Mass?

Too Loud and Too Fast?  Desolation Row”, Bob Dylan, from the album “MTV Unplugged”, 2013

The drama continues, check out this site. Cancelled Hockey Games … Cancelled Holy Mass … ? Seriously? What do we see here … isn’t this the truth of our modern faith in action in our polite society … doesn’t the Roman Curia see the “Holy Sacrifice of the Mass” as “just another public social gathering” like a sports event or a music concert or a library tour, to be cancelled at the first hint of scandal or liability?

I’m asking myself if the atheistic Roman civil bureaucrats and the Curial bureaucrats of the Vatican Diocese smiled over their Latte as they smoked their “Monopolio di Stato MS” cigarettes and collaborated to close the churches … “to protect us”.  And what of us here?


5 Thus says the Lord: Cursed are those who trust in human beings and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the Lord. 6 They shall be like a barren bush in the desert, that enjoys no change of season. But stands in a lava waste, a salt and empty earth.

7 Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose hope is in the Lord. 8 They shall be like a tree planted beside the waters, that stretches its roots to the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious and shows no distress, and it does not cease to bear fruit.

9 The (human) heart is devious above all else; it is perverse—who can understand it? 10 I the Lord test the mind and search the heart, to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings. (Jeremiah 17:5-10)


Is it really the actions of a Christian to get into a knock down drag em out fight with much screaming and cursing … over a roll of toilet paper? Seriously! What would Jesus do? Probably point the people to the 1000 boxes of Kleenex Tissue in the next isle?


19 There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, full of sores, 21 Desiring to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. And no one did give him: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 

22 And it came to pass that the beggar died and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. And the rich man also died: and he was buried in hell. 23 And lifting up his eyes when he was in torments, he saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom: 24 And he cried and said: Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame. 

25 And Abraham said to him: Son, remember that thou didst receive good things in thy lifetime, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted and thou art tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you, there is fixed a great chaos: so that they who would pass from hence to you cannot, nor from thence come hither. 

27 And he said: Then, father, I beseech thee that thou wouldst send him to my father’s house, for I have five brethren, 28 That he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torments. 29 And Abraham said to him: They have Moses and the prophets. Let them hear them. 

30 But he said: No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will do penance. 31 And he said to him: If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe, if one rise again from the dead. (Luke 16:19-31)


No matter what we try to do we always end up getting our “just” deserts … Boy Justin and Sophie “#Me Too!”  Canadian Stock Markets collapse, but Trudeau is OK (CTV News)

Cheers, Joe

And from the Toronto Star, Theo Moudakis: Four horsemen: