Joy is making a delivery in Manila, which means our help will not be able to enjoy Christmas with their families.
Presumably she can ignore the feast since she became a bible believing christian at a church where Ruby's worship dancing is more important than little things like being with family or celebrating Jesus' birth by worshipping (For us the family feast is tonite, although we did go to Emie's last night).
Lolo was up all night wheezing, so I don't dare go to church and let him alone. We have one maid who went home for Christmas and the cook usually goes with me to church (yes, I'm paranoid about being safe). But no one to watch him, and I don't feel he should be left alone.
Chano was up with the family for the noche buena...I refused to join them, since I needed my sleep...also, since this feast is traditionally celebrated by families AFTER they went to midnight mass, and no one went to mass, I thought the whole thing was exaggerated... And of course Lolo was exhausted after Emie's party.
Chano and Ruby will go with Joy to Manila, probably because if he stayed here he'd party all day with friends. Of course, he's a lapsed methodist, and tell you the truth if I had his mother (a religious nut) I'd be an atheist and reject God too. And now he has to cope with a pentecostal wife at church meetings all the time and her church lady friends. All very nice people who tithe to the last mint leaf, as one sardonic Jewish carpenter quipped. Not like that
catholic sinners there in the back (who they want to convert).
Newsweek magazine has an "expose" of the bible that has all the anti catholic lies about that book that have been around ever since the reformers decided they knew more than the early church fathers, i.e. that it was chosen for political reasons by constantine, that it is inaccurate, etc. Ironically, this protestant professor points out that the Newsweek article is inaccurate according to modern bible studies,
except of course in the PC Jesus seminar types who are not considered experts except the Mainstream media
but a lot of those lies are still thrown by protestants against catholics here, who often don't know enough about church history to refute them. Their meme: the early church believed what we believe, and only those evil Catholics with Constantine decided to make an evil church to control everyone and filled it with paganism like Mary and the saints, so they are not just wrong but evil, goes the cliche.
Nope, Mary was big by Iraneus' time and the saints got big when the martyrs were prayed to about the same time. Ditto for a lot of other things.
So I figure it is blowback by the stupid against the protestant "reformers" and serves them right.
Yes, I am feeling bitchy again.
And talking about hypocrites Drudge does it again with a photo of the US protests: this one showing cops, including two black cops, arresting white "demonstrators". Yes, it has nothing to do with black lives, it has to do with feeling superior to the common folks. It's like the 1960's, where the kids from rich suburban homes demonstrated to prove their superiority against those of us who worked for a living, stayed sober, and tried to be faithful to our spouses.
The American "elites" don't know anyone who is a cop, or anyone in the military, or anyone who goes to church and is so gauche to actually believe anything.
So what does all this have to do with "peace on earth good will to men"?
Nothing. I'm just complaining as usual. If I don't watch it I will become a bitter old lady.
Yet the presence of the Christ child means that the world has changed, and there is a small candle of hope for those of us curmudgeons who try our best to do the right thing.
Isn't it ironic that in a year when Hollywood decides to ignore the classical mythological stories of Noah and Moses in order to blacken their reputations, and when "christians" hail B movies like "god's not dead" (no, his bible quoting arguments didn't convince me: We catholics use natural law and philosophy to back the bible when talking to non believers) and Heaven is for real (nice story, and the movie was a lot better than the book, but again not much "there" there....) as if they were breakthroughs, that two very Catholic movies from the fringe were made in plain sight and ignored by both sides? St Vincent, with Bill Murray as the drunken old man who helps all he meets, and the British film Calvary, full of anti catholic tirades being thrown against a good priest, have classic Catholic themes of redemption, but no one seemed to notice.
See Greeley's books on the Catholic sensibility, with the idea that God presents himself all the time.
from a review:
Catholics live in an enchanted world: a world of statues and holy water, stained glass and votive candles, saints and religious medals, rosary beads and holy pictures. But these Catholic paraphernalia are merely hints of a deeper and more pervasive religious sensibility that inclines Catholics to see the Holy lurking in creation. The world of the Catholic is haunted by a sense that the objects, events, and persons of daily life are revelations of Grace. In this fascinating discussion of what is unique about the Catholic worldview and culture and what distinguishes it from Protestantism, Andrew Greeley--one of the most popular and prolific authors writing today--examines the religious imagination that shapes Catholics' lives.
In a lively and engaging narrative, Greeley discusses the central themes of Catholic culture: Sacrament, Salvation, Community, Festival, Structure, Erotic Desire, and the Mother Love of God. Ranging widely from Bernini to Scorsese, Greeley distills these themes from the high arts of Catholic culture and asks: Do these values really influence people's lives? Using international survey data, he shows the counterintuitive ways in which Catholics are defined. He goes on to root these behaviors in the Catholic imagination.
Ditto for the Tolkien phenomenum:
I was listening to a podcast which contrasted CSLewis' protestant idea of God bursting into one's life with Tolkien's Catholic God of the quiet coincidences who can be discovered in the beauty of Lorien and in fellowship at a party and in sacrifice.
So anyway: Lolo is now up and I have to get him to breakfast.
And a Merry Christmas to all of you too.