Dogs and Cats

You know how people complain about how much they hate cats and how cats are so mean and unfriendly? I think I figured out part of the problem. A lot of people expect a cat to behave like a dog. When it behaves like a cat instead, they get upset and disappointed and try to force it to behave like a dog, but that doesn’t accomplish anything except making the cat mad.

You have to understand that a cat is not going to behave like a dog. It doesn’t have the same social needs a dog does; that’s why they can seem so aloof and act so annoyed if you try to chase after them. A cat needs time to decide it likes you; you’ll need to give it space while it makes its decision. If you respect the cat, the cat will respect you.

Funny the thoughts that come into your head when you’re doing laundry.

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All Souls’ Day 2017

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

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All Saints’ Day

Yep, it’s one of my favorite feast days again.

Fun fact–All Saints’ Day wasn’t always celebrated in November. It was originally celebrated on May 13 to commemorate the day Pope Boniface IV consecrated the Pantheon as a basilica in honor of the Blessed Mother and all of the martyrs, but Pope Martin III transferred it to November 1 after consecrating a chapel in honor of St. Peter and all of the saints on that day. It’s been celebrated on November 1 ever since–in the Roman Church, anyway; many of the Eastern Catholic Churches still observe the original May 13 feast.

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Happy Halloween!

And don’t forget tomorrow is All Saints’ Day, a Holy Day of Obligation, so get to Mass! In the meantime, enjoy this fascinating video about some of the Catholic imagery and symbolism in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Christ the King 2017

Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat!

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Silent Movies for Halloween

What could be better for Halloween than classic silent horror films? I’ve mentioned some of these before, but I always like to trot them out again around this time of year.

  • Nosferatu (1922): It’s the classic copyright-infringing adaptation of Dracula that was almost lost forever when Bram Stoker’s widow Florence sued the studio for not acquiring the rights to film her late husband’s story. It’s not only a great example of silent films, it’s also a great vampire story.
  • The Phantom of the Opera (1925): If you’re surprised to see me mention this gem…you clearly must be new.
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919/1920, I keep finding conflicting dates for this): I don’t think I’ve mentioned this one before, but I discovered it last year and absolutely fell in love with it. It’s the story of a man who believes a traveling magician and his somnambulist exhibit are responsible for a series of bizarre deaths, including the murder of his best friend.

Enjoy!

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Cause for Tolkien’s Canonization

You read that right, folks; there’s a cause in progress for the canonization of J. R. R. Tolkien! It should be noted that’s in the very, very early stages–right now it’s on step 1, the actor causae, which is the formation of a group that will formally petition the bishop of the diocese where Tolkien died to investigate his life and determine if he is a worthy candidate for beatification and canonization. If the bishop finds sufficient evidence, he will submit his findings to Rome, which will then conduct its own investigation.

Needless to say, it’s a very long process–it’s going to take years, and it may not succeed at all. But as someone who has said for years that Tolkien should be canonized, I’m just thrilled the ball is finally rolling.

“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament… There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth.”–J. R. R. Tolkien

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