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Friday, July 01, 2005


I know what you're thinking. You're thinking I misspelled "feces of an animal from the Ursus genus." Actually, it's the English transliteration of the Hebrew phrase, "In the beginning," which opens the Book of Genesis with, ahem, a big bang.

My blog's beginning is not quite supernatural in scale but I've waited quite long enough to launch it, as, among other things, I couldn't in conscience keep unleashing too many more rants in my wife's direction. I'm going to start small and see what happens. Today turns out to be a good day to start. In the Catholic liturgical calendar, July 1 happens to be the Feast of Blessed Junipero Serra, the great Apostle to California. Ora pro nobis.

I have no idea if I'll draw a million readers or three, nor have I decided to go with comment boxes permanently as I don't have time to delete naughty words, referee angry disputations and generally police the thing. Time will tell. I'll make mistakes along the way, being an honorary Luddite myself. Work with me.

Speaking of me, I'm Nova Scotia-born but live in the United States (aka The States if you're a Canuck). My interests are eclectic, maybe to a fault, as a quick visit here, there and everywhere will verify.

But the thing about me that tempers all the others and provides the lens through which I interpret life, history, and current events is orthodox Catholicism -- a faith I was earnestly raised in, foolishly rebelled against, and gratefully returned to. My new bumpersticker sums it up. It's "I (big red heart) my German Shepherd" featuring Pope Benedict XI with his arms raised on the day of his election.

While I live in America, due north of Hollywood, I'll be posting fairly regularly on all things related to my home and native land of Canada. This puts me on the business end of two very different sticks. For when I talk about America, my fellow Canadians get antsy, agitated and angry. And what do Americans get when I talk about Canada? Bored! One item that did make it above the fold in US newspapers this week, however, was the shoving down the throa... er, I mean the passage of Bill C-38, the imposed invention of "legal" "gay" "marriage." Heavy sigh. One of the more depressing aspects of this cultural earthquake is the laissez faire reaction from many conservatives. More on this later.

One of my ongoing interests, possibly verging on intellectual fetishism, is Judaism. Start the list with their invention of Hollywood. This Catholic wants to stay as close as possible to the Jewish roots of his Catholic faith, and to learn as much as possible from the earthy wisdom of his "elder brothers in faith," in Pope John Paul the Great's memorable term. One way I do that is through membership in the Association of Hebrew Catholics, where the are goyim warmly welcomed.

Special thanks to my "alma mentors" in blogdom: Barbara Nicolosi, Domenico Bettinelli and Kathy Shaidle. Thanks be to God that St. Blog's is a simultaneously immense and intimate parish.

See you at coffee and donuts, eh.


Blogger Clayton said...

Welcome to blogdom, Patrick! Looking forward to stopping by often.

9:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work in Hollywood, at a company that produces a product for the movie industry. Love to hear from Catholic's who identify themselves as orthodox and from the area. Looking forward to more.

9:57 AM

Blogger Julie D. said...

Welcome to St. Blog's! I'm looking forward to your perspective. :-)

10:59 AM

Blogger Patrick said...

My people! Ohhhh, my people! How I've longed to pour forth my rants upon thy sympathetic ears. How I have pined for the chance to let off the immense inner steam caused by living, moving, and having my being in an Archdiocese run by a cardinal constructed of indestructible teflon. To let spill the contents of my irony, my caustic wit, and my unsuccessful attempts at sounding humble. Oh, my people, you have heard my cry, and...and...I just want to..(cue the Lara's Theme music)....SING!!!

I'm glad to join you. Stay tuned for The Juice, aka The Goods, aka, The Truth As I See It (Him, actually.)

11:19 AM

Blogger peter wilson said...

Holy Maple Leaflets!! What is going on up there...looks like they'll throw priests in jail if they don't marry a gay couple?!

12:02 PM

Blogger Clayton said...


If you haven't already seen it, you might enjoy the trailer for Lord of the Thing.

5:04 PM

Blogger Quintero said...

Greetings from the barrio to my fellow Angelino! I'll be dropping by often to see how things are going on the other side of the tracks!

6:39 PM

Blogger Quintero said...

Bereshit in Spanish is "enterrar la mierda." It's not too nasty, but feel free to delete if you like.

6:41 PM

Anonymous Patrick said...

Clayton: Loved "LOTT" -- although I have yet to visit the actual castle at Mordor and the 5. Keep up the creativity.

9:38 PM

Anonymous Patrick said...

Hey Quintero: No problemo, mi hermano in el Senor. Funny! My own sense of humor is never going win the "In Best Taste" award.

12:30 AM


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