But I think the Pope is taking the metaphor too seriously.
Apparently when you have Poltergeist activity it is not the Ghostbusters, but the Catholic Church.
Police officers in Scotland have called in representatives from the Catholic Church after investigating reports of “disturbing incidents” of a “poltergeist” at a family home.
A mother and her teenage son were said to be “extremely distressed” after experiencing what the Daily Record describes as “violent and unexplained circumstances”.
The family, who live in South Lanarkshire, called police on Monday and Tuesday.
“The officers attended expecting it to be a mental health issue but they witnessed the lights going off, clothes flying across the room and the dog [the family’s pet Chihuahua] sitting on top of a hedge,” a police source said.
“The officers called their superiors, who also attended, thinking the cops were perhaps being a bit silly. But it’s being taken very seriously.”
A priest is understood to have blessed the house in Rutherglen after officers got in touch with the Catholic Church.
The mother and son have left their home and are now staying with relatives.
“One problem we’ve got is where we go from here, as no crime has been established, so what else can we do but deal with any reports of disturbances,” the police source said.
No doubt one the Church’s tests for the preternatural is a Chihuahua sitting on top of a hedge.
Still it does remind me of other cases where the Church was brought in over something explicable. Such as in the case the book the Exorcist was based on where the family’s Lutheran priest recommended they go to the Catholic Church for help.
If your city is being besieged by criminals and you need to protect your city the best way is with the Magnifcat.
This is kind of an antithesis of the story in the Old Testament of the fall of Jericho. For seven days they marched around the city, with seven priests at the head, and marched around the city seven times.
To protect your city you do something similar by saying the Magnifcat seven times.
My soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.
He looks on his servant in her lowliness;
henceforth all ages will call me blessed.
The Almighty works marvels for me.
Holy his name!
His mercy is from age to age,
on those who fear him.
He puts forth his arm in strength
and scatters the proud-hearted.
He casts the mighty from their thrones
and raises the lowly.
He fills the starving with good things,
sends the rich away empty.
He protects Israel, his servant,
remembering his mercy,
the mercy promised to our fathers,
to Abraham and his sons for ever.
Because everybody knows to protect your city from outlaws you need the Magnifcat 7.
These Dominican nuns still rib the Cardinal about the time he mixed his zucchetto in their laundry.
Well actually these are Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries based in the Archdiocese of Cebu in the Philippines, along with Cardinal Ricardo Vidal.
You can read about them here along with the source of this photo.
Now the jokes kind of write themselves. “When the dating scene is tough there is always Jesus”. Forget blind dates, Jesus cured the blind.
Still it does get me thinking about what people do when they discern a religious vocation and try to determine what charism of an order attracts them.
Really there should be a “Catholic Religious Order Match”. There is a lot of commonality between seeking a religious order and seeking a spouse via a dating site.
Filling out a questionnaire, an online, profile, etc. Both the aspirant and the religious order are looking for a good match. A “come and see” period to help discern compatibility. Whether it is concerning a vocation for marriage or the religious life there is the question “What is God calling you to”. With hundreds of religious orders out there having matching online profiles in one place could be useful.
While it is well known that Pentecost is often referred to as the birthday of the Church. So the idea of a Pentecost Cake seems like a natural idea.
♫Happy Birthday Catholic Church, Happy Birthday to you♫
Online you can find pictures of attempts of a Pentecost Cake.
But I couldn’t find what I think would be the obvious example of the ultimate example of a Pentecost Cake.
Really there should be wax candles in the shape of the Apostles and disciples that you can light up on a Pentecost Cake.
There has been a lot of virtual ink spilt over this one footnote in the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
I would also point out that the Eucharist “is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak”
This little footnote has become like a Rorschach test for Catholics who see what they want to see in it.
Still while the concept of the Eucharist as medicine is nothing new, it did get me thinking about all those medicine commercials with a list of side effects half the length of the commercial. So I came up with this:
Previously posted by Ed Peters.
Some seem upset that I agreed with Pope Francis that the Eucharist is “powerful medicine” for sinners, a figure of speech the pope used in Amoris laetitiae fn. 351 (see also his Evangelii gaudium 47). May I suggest that those objecting to the pope’s phrasing, and my agreement with it, need to familiarize themselves better with the Church’s rich understanding of the Eucharist. Doing so will, I think, enable them not only to see what is profoundly right about the pope’s choice of words, but help them to articulate what is profoundly missing from it.
The bounteous effects of the Eucharist, specifically in regard to forgiveness of and preservation from sin, are laid out in the Catechism of the Catholic Church 1393-1395, 1436, and 1846. These passages amply support the pope’s phrasing in fn 351. But missing from the pope’s commentary here is an acknowledgement that, as is true of a “powerful medicine”, taking the Eucharist improperly can be harmful, even spiritually deadly, to the recipient.
I don’t expect a footnote to contain every nuance of Church teaching or else a footnote would become another document with it’s own footnotes and on and one. So my prescription is to drink a glass of water and just read Church documents with the mind of the Church.
So maybe I misheard my spiritual director, but he said I should learn the Anime Christi. Well I do like anime so I went lookin for it.