Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Dinner plans (Teri)

Father David is coming for dinner! We are looking forward to his company - but I'm aware, in a comical way - of the things I perceive to be different between his visit and that of a Protestant pastor.

First, Kristi told me twice I should ask him ahead of time to bless our house while he's here. Gotta ask ahead so he can bring holy water. This sounds very cool, but I'm just chicken. Still a new concept for me.

Second, he's a PRIEST!!! No one has to tell me he's still a human and a regular guy in most ways - it's the ways he's irregular (please forgive my goofiness... but come on!) He's not married and has chosen that - what is that like? What about that makes him different? How does he think and function differently than a married man? He's busy. He is barely older than I - yet his life is so focused on other things.

Third, I only really know the dynamics of the pastor life. There are lots of similarities, I can see - but also lots of differences. I think I'd just like to ask him what he thinks might be the primary differences. Maybe he doesn't know the life of a Protestant pastor comparatively. Maybe it's just all in the sacraments and the celibacy. Just the fact that I can call him up and say, "Bring some holy water!" is different.

I am rambly in my thoughts and words, and I can't help it. We really like Father David and it would be fun to have the guy over whether he was our Priest or our neighbor. But it's also a new thrill to look forward to talking to him on a more personal level - like while he sits at our table with our children and eats my cooking!!!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Aargh! I am the First Runner Up! (Kevin)

This isn't what you expect (how dare I claim to know what you expect, but I will). This is not the Miss Blogger America results show.

I was on my merry way to typing up my feelings on just finishing the Catechism when I noticed my lightning-fast-typist wife was already nearly done with her expose' on the topic. We don't usually have two computers byting away in our low-tech house, but this is an exception. I thought I'd contemplate the benefits of my new-found wisdom, but I don't have it in me. In fact, I am not sure I would have typed much more than this anyway.

Thanks for letting the cat(echism) out of the bag, my dear wife. Love ya!

Now I am off to look up words like diaspora and Parousia.

Ladies and Gentlemen... (Teri)

... Kevin just finished reading the Catechism. The whole thing. Whoa. It's not typically the kind of book you'd read that way, but then Kevin isn't a typical guy, is he?

Just wanted to share the accomplishment. Perhaps he will be a walking reference now. I know one "benefit" for me is that he dearly enjoys giving me "pop quizzes" from time to time. He'll spout off with something like: "Hey, Teri --- true or false --- if a Priest is visiting a town and there's no one there to give Mass, is he obligated to step up?" This is just a goofy example. I think overall, he got a good strong LONG look at the Catholic church! Better go! I think he just discovered me!