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Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Sun will come out...


tomorrow (or so song goes.)




Yeah, I know. Over three weeks without posting. Sheesh! I'm such a slacker. I missed all you folks, though, so here I am again. What was I doing, you ask? More of the same, really, and a few new things. Still studying for an exam. I'm also looking forward to playing for a musical production of "Annie" coming up in April.


Then there's the planning for a mini-vacation with the kids for the Spring break. I was thinking Washington D.C. What do you think? Has anyone been there during Spring break? Too crowded? Let me know.




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On to a different topic; I listened to an NPR report that said that Americans change their religion (or denomination) quite a bit throughout their adult lives. I found this to be very interesting and so I pondered about the reasons for this. I was raised a catholic but now, I attend a protestant denomination. Why? That's a hard question to answer and even harder to answer without disagreeing with someone out there, so the short answer is that I took my religious education a lot more seriouly as an adult and looked for the right answers, or truths, and that led me to where I am today. (There! That's the best I could do to avoid insulting someone.)

How 'bout you? Have your religious views changed some? It's a good question.

On that serious topic, I leave you with a funny someone sent me a few days ago:

FOR CATHOLICS ONLY:

AMEN: The only part of a prayer that everyone knows.
BULLETIN: Your receipt for attending Mass.
CHOIR: A group of people whose singing allows the rest of the Parish to lip-sync.
HOLY WATER: A liquid whose chemical formula is H2OLY.
HYMN: A song of praise usually sung in a key three octaves higher than that of the congregation’ s range.
RECESSIONAL HYMN: The last song at Mass often sung a little more quietly, since most of the people have already left.
INCENSE: Holy Smoke!
JESUITS: An order of priests known for their uncanny ability to find colleges with good basketball teams.
JONAH: The original “Jaws” story.
JUSTICE: When kids have kids of their own.
KYRIE ELEISON: The only Greek words that most Catholics can recognize besides gyros and baklava. (For you non-Catholics it means Lord have mercy.)
MAGI: The most famous trio to attend a baby shower.
MANGER: Where Mary gave birth to Jesus because Joseph wasn’t covered by an HMO. (The Bible’s way of showing us that holiday travel has always been rough.)
PEW: A medieval torture device still found in Catholic churches.
PROCESSION: The ceremonial formation at the beginning of Mass consisting of altar servers, the celebrant, and late parishioners looking for seats.
RECESSIONAL: The ceremonial procession at the conclusion of Mass led by parishioners trying to beat the crowd to the parking lot.
RELICS: People who have been going to Mass for so long, they actually know when to sit, kneel, and stand.

8 comments:

Chris H said...

Ahhh BRAVE Man talking about religion! Not a subject you can draw me on I'm afraid.... each to his own is all I can say.

G said...

Leave it to Pavel - sun'll come out tomorrow and religion all in one post. You know my story (I think) - raised Roman Catholic/lapsed Catholic/converted to Judaism as an adult. Many reasons, but in a nutshell - it made sense for me. I converted 13 years ago and have never felt this wasn't where I was supposed to be.

Now on another important topic, I left you a link that may be of interest on your TP post. :)

Ann(ie) said...

I'm catholic and I greatly enjoyed that!!! ;)

Never been to Wash DC. I want to go badly!! We're heading to Chicago in 6 days though, YAY! I want to see Boston next.

Let us know where you decide to take them!!

Happy Weekend.

BarnGoddess said...

hi Pavel!

good to know your still kicking :)

Ive never been to DC :(

Ahhhh the Catholics-I could tell you some good ones from school, all 13 years of it.

Pavel said...

chris h: Hey, I understand completely! I probably should have been more specific; I simply wanted to know what would prompt people to change, but I should have known better because the answer to that is revealing quite a bit.

g: lol!!! That "was" quite a stretch, huh?
I kinda remember you telling me about your "conversion," as it were. I'm glad that you found where you belong.

I will check the link right away!

annie: Glad you enjoyed that. Don't worry, if I go, you'll be seeing pictures of it here. (smile)

bg: 13 years? I bet you DO have some great stories to tell.

I've gotta go visit you real soon and see what's up in your life. Take care!

Karen MEG said...

We're thinking of going to Washington DC sometime in the spring too! I've heard it's a great city ... complete with a SPY MUSEUM!!! When is spring break there? We're in the middle of ours right now.
Glad to see you're back, my friend!

susan said...

I say take the kids! I went as a chaperone with a bunch of grade schoolers during spring break a couple years ago. It was great! (Yeah, I say that now.

It really wasn't all that crowded (like I imagine the summer will be), the weather was nice and the cherry blossoms were beautiful.

As for the religion thing...all I know is that there are a LOT of former catholics out there. (not me...although it was always facinating to me. Stand up, sit down, kneel, mutter somthing you don't know, snack time, stand up, sit down...much more interesting than just sitting there.)

Pavel said...

karen meg: They have a spy museum??? Wow!!! I want to go!

Susan: ROFL!!! Catholics must be a healthy bunch, then. Sounds like they get a lot of excercise at church.