Saturday, August 27, 2005

How gross

I know there has already been a lot of posting on the annual conference of the Leadership Conference of Women Religous (LCWR): See my sis's blog, and LA Catholic, for instance.

However, I can not resist adding my own comments on the keynote address by Margaret Brennan, IHM.

It gives quite an interesting history of the LCWR, including its rather rapid descent into navel-gazing and infidelity. The most disturbing part of the whole address, for me, anyway, was when she stated: "The history of LCWR is itself a wondrously luminous movement in the history of the American Church to which God has surely shouted 'Yes! Yes! Yes!'"

Ehhhh ... Now, I know all about the ecstacies of the saints, like those of St. Theresa of Avila, and the essentially nupital love that God has for His Church and for His children. Christ doesn't describe Himself as "the Bridegroom" for no reason, after all. And yet ... I could not help cringing when I read "Yes! Yes! Yes!" It must be my dirty mind. At any rate, it doesn't seem that contemplating the history of the LCWR would be an occasion for the phenomenon of religious ecstacy or eros. More like ... Trembling in fear of the Lord ... "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom," you know! Or, you do if you know your Pslams and Proverbs :)


  1. After your comment, I did look up the headline. It was "Whom would Jesus wack," but apparently the "whom" changed to "who" when it was posted on the site I got it from. I suspect the loss of the "m" was a result of how much laughing the blogger was doing.

    Yes, Mr. Patrick does need to review the "thou shalt not kill" commandment a few more times...unless Jesus spoke to him, that is.

  2. [Stopped by from L.A. Catholic.]

    Yes, I think that your "dirty mind" is thinking the thoughts that the Sisters Ms. intended. Except that they would probably say that those thoughts are blessed. It's about the goddess, you know. And fertility.

    With respect to both addresses: Do a search on "Father," "Son," and "Holy Spirit." Go ahead; it will just take a second!

    With respect to the second address, though this is (possibly) off-topic: Sister Second Ms. thinks that she is being prophetic by encouraging Democratic activism in San Antonio. That is like preaching Communism in Hanoi.

    With respect to the photos from your sister's Web log, and this does tie in to your posting: It may have been coincidence -- the very start of the dance or the very end -- but there is no such thing as a unisex Mexican ballet folklórico. Until now?

    Oh, and there is also a photo missing of what would be definitely identifiable as the "Eucharistic celebration." They might have not have managed to keep it unisex, I suppose.

  3. Dang, Mags, your dirty little mind sent mine hightailing it for the gutter, too! Blah!