Saturday, June 21, 2008

A serious thought--look at this

I think this picture, by Vernon Quaintance at Cardinal Hoyos' Solemn High Mass at Westminster Cathedral, is one of the most remarkable things I've seen. It sums up, in one image, so much of our thinking for the Traditional Latin Mass.

Much of the reason for traditional liturgy, including the Tridentine Mass, is formation of Catholic identity for those who worship with it. Look at that altar boy there. He looks pretty serious. He realizes that this is something serious, sacred, important. How does he know it's important? I will answer with another question: how often in normal life do you hold the end of a big ol' freakin huge red cape which is given to you in an extremely reverential fashion by guys in black robes with cool frilly white things over them? He is going to be filled with a deep respect and reverence for the liturgy, a respect and reverence for the office of a bishop, a sense of the importance of the priesthood, a sense that THIS WHOLE GOD THING IS SOMETHING HE MUST TAKE SERIOUSLY. I mean, seriously, would it shock anyone if this kid becomes a priest? What a privileged moment for that boy!

Now, if he were an altar server at a more mainstream parish during a Novus Ordo Mass that's celebrated in a stupid way, without a clear sense of reverence, where he holds some cruets and spills but people just laugh at him and pat him on the head and say aw, it's ok it's no big deal as the priest farts around in the sacristy and tells jokes at the homily and isn't too exceedingly reverent during the Mass itself...well, guess what? That boy is being formed, and not well. He's being formed not to take this stuff seriously. He's being formed not to view the priest as someone any more important than anyone else--just a little weird because he's not married. This boy in the photo will probably come away from this Mass (celebrated totally in a language he doesn't know) with a far greater sense of the sacred than the boy in our unfortunate parish.

The image is also a great sign of hope for Catholics dedicated to a more reverent worship. First of all, I don't think anyone was exactly shocked (happy, but not shocked) that Cardinal Hoyos would do a Mass like this in Westminster Cathedral. I don't think anybody was shocked that a Solemn High Mass every bit as beautiful as anything seen before Vatican II was offered, that the Cardinal wore a Cappa Magna, or that the cathedral was overflowing. It's back!

But maybe the most significant image of hope is, again, that little boy holding the end of the cappa. He is the future. Kids like him (many in big families) are being formed by this spirituality. This kid will probably grow up either to have a big, holy, Catholic family which will be devoted to the traditional liturgy, or he will himself become a holy priest. They are the saints of tomorrow.

What a great picture.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The future!

Hollywood East--that's the ticket!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I hate this damn parrot

I hate him...but I can't take my eyes off his hypnotic movements.

I hope he dies in a ball of fire.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Tom Jones

Spellbinding. I'm not sure if Ron Burgundy is my generation's Tom Jones, or if Tom Jones is the Baby Boomers' Ron Burgundy.

So much greatness in this, especially his supreme confidence that just by being smarmy and cool he can put on a good performance...he clearly hadn't rehearsed what he was going to do in terms of dancing/moving around (on and off clapping and snapping fingers, just constantly turning his torso to and fro) and yet he still pulls it off.

Unfortunately, the years have not been kind to Tom:

How the mighty have fallen...gotta love that goatee. God bless you, Tom Jones.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Point Proudly


Let us clear the path to greatness for the fruits of our loins.

Mucho Love,
The Daily Disorder

Monday, June 9, 2008

Vault Rocks

The Daily Disorder, brought to you by Vault Soda (which has the best marketing guys in the universe, although this is probably the best homemade job I've seen yet):

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Totally Freakin Awesome

First of all, the Karate Kid, Daniel-San LaRusso, is possibly one of the greatest heroes the '80's ever saw, and that was a decade that saw Ronald Reagan, Steve Perry, and John Paul II.

Next, let's watch some real Kung Fu. This fits in well with my young-adolescent fascination with Asians. Although mostly that fascination concerned itself with half-Asian girls, who I thought were really cute (I thought it was kinda like how in Lord of the Rings, the half-elvish women were always amazingly beautiful). Anyway, this is pretty much awesome.

Oh no he di'in't. (Yes he did)

And speaking of which...

Let this be an exhortation to men everywhere...that they be men.

Cheese Rolling

This is about as clear-cut an example of disorderly attachment to a created good as one can find. In this case, it is to cheese.

That had better be some damn good cheese.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

James Brown--Dancing Fiend and Eloquent Interviewee

Oh my good gracious.

The man could boogie. Television interviews, however, were not always his forte.

Hey, an indictment is not a conviction. Livin in America!! He's out on love! But let's talk about music.

In seriousness, the following is testament to how amazing James Brown was:

Man, that's some soul. God bless, James. Rest in peace.

Friday, June 6, 2008

The Daily Disorder--Elton John and Miss Piggy

This is my new blog, the Daily Disorder. During it, I intend to post pretty much one disordered thing per day. I might actually add intelligent thought every now and then, but don't count on it.

The first salvo: