As I’m writing this on Monday and getting it scheduled for Tuesday, it’s occurred to me that Sept. 11th is a serious day. Also my niece’s birthday. Please feel free to commemorate more solemn matters, and come back here to my trivial comedy of a life some other day.
Thanks once again to our host Larry D. at Acts of the Apostasy, who has never made me laugh during Mass, but often at other times.
You know those movies where the lead characters acquire the run-down house/school/shop/bus/crematorium, and with the help of a fast-forward film sequence and a peppy soundtrack, they all pitch in and get the place cleaned up in about 2.5 minutes? Complete with a spunky sign to announce their new venture?
I walked through my yard Sunday afternoon, and confirmed I am living in the “before” scene.
So now I just need some colorfully-dressed teenagers and a singing nun to descend on the place and fix it up. Preferably before the Tinkerbell-themed birthday party this weekend.
I’m not winning the holiness award. Because if your group stands up at the start of Mass and warms-up by chanting “Yellow Leather Red Leather”? Yes. I’m going to bust out laughing. In church.
But I’ll try do it quietly. At least until I get to the parking lot. Then I’m going to laugh very loudly. And probably use the Lord’s name in vain, but then quickly convert it into a prayer of some nature, to do a kind of retroactive-save on that decidedly un-holy verbal reflex.
My son is 98% holier than me, or at least 1 chromosome better suited for the priesthood (we knew that), because he kept a straight face the whole mass, and afterwards. I was amazed.
. . . the Spanish Mass. [Where they do not do tongue-twister warm-ups — we’ve changed scenes completely.] We have a new Spanish priest now, and he does not use the words “Jesus-Christo” and “Salvacion” as often as the previous one. Which means I can no longer understand 5% of the homily, like I used to do under the old regime. I do still like the mariachi mass, though. So perky.
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