I would expect no less from Jesuits.
"It’s the first effect of not believing in God that you lose your common sense." G. K. Chesterton, "The Oracle of the Dog." I have sincere doubts that the Winter Solstice and the rite of poetry will save.
If I was in proximity to these lunatics, I swear I would register and show-up with a bottle of quality cabernet and sit patiently by the fire sipping it until it was my turn to recite a poem - and I would recite Belloc's poem, loudly, which would be so apt for these saps:Noël! Noël! Noël! Noël!A Catholic tale have I to tell:And a Christian song have I to singWhile all the bells in Arundel ring.I pray good beef and I pray good beerThis holy night of all the year,But I pray detestable drink for themThat give no honour to Bethlehem.May all good fellows that here agreeDrink Audit Ale* in heaven with me,And may all my enemies go to hell!Noël! Noël! Noël! Noël!May all my enemies go to hell!Noël! Noël!
I would assume this is a spoof, except for the fact the bulleted copy is far too believable.
The idea of the "Winter Solstice" as a holiday was developed by the Nazis in order to have something to replace Christmas.
IANS,Why haven't I encountered this poem before? I couldn't stop laughing. This is red meat!Also, I don't think this is a spoof. I head from someone else about this as well. I particularly like John L's suggestion that the whole idea was developed by the Nazis -- another great idea to throw in their faces!
If you go to the Jesuit website listed at the bottom of the notice, and click on "coming events," it lists the winter solstice gathering.But then, this doesn't surprise me. Our parish in NC sponsored a program of "Lenten Yoga."Most places, it seems, everything is "in," except what really matters: repentance, confession, conversion, and the salvation of souls.
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