Saturday, January 10, 2009

Pease Porridge In The Pot Pourri

  • When we named Basil and Gregory, we knew we were naming them for saints. What we didn't know at the time was that they shared a feast day, which was last Friday, January 2; thanks to Bigsis and others who informed me! Furthermore, St. Basil had a brother who was also a St. Gregory . . . of Nyssa, which is the name of a cat owned by our friend, Da Queen! In this picture (which LC took with our brand new camera!), Gregory and Basil are now five months old.
  • If you're passing through the Truckee Meadows, we recommend John Ascuaga's Nugget as a fine place to stay after we spent a couple days there last week. The rooms are quite comfortable, the food selections are scrumptious (we enjoyed the champagne brunch on Saturday), and it's one of the few area resorts with a sizeable INDOOR pool!
  • I alluded below to how we spent last Saturday afternoon tooling around Virginia City. We especially liked two shops: one was a leather store in which everything was $20 or less, where we picked up a new hip pack and a belt; and the other was a retro candy store, where they had everything from root beer barrels to B-B-Bats to Zotz to SweeTarts. Mmmm.
  • On Thursday evening, we enjoyed a study of the Cathechism of the Catholic Church at our new parish. It's geared toward those becoming Catholic, but it's open to anyone in the parish. We read through the sections on the Sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist. One thing I couldn't reconcile: the CCC says confirmation is to be done by priests only for "grave reasons" (CCC 1313), so why is it that candidates for acceptance into the Church at the Easter Vigil are confirmed by the priest? I know the bishop can't be everywhere on the Vigil, so why not have him confirm the new candidates at a ceremony sometime during Easter?


Joe of St. Thérèse said...

I think in that situation, it's talking about the ordinary form of Confirmation when HSers or Middle Schoolers are involved that they should be confirmed by the Bishop unless a grave reason happens. I think the reason that the Catechumens aren't confirmed by the Bishop goes back a ways more into the idea that the particular church (I'm avoiding the word community) is accepting them.

I'm in agreement though that why reserve the Confirmation by the Bishop for just the HSers and MSers, one big ceremony would work (or when the Bishop is there, that the adults that want to be confirmed should be confirmed)

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Your cats are adorable! I've wondered the same thing about confirmation. Thanks, Joe, for the explanation.