Showing posts from June, 2022

Well... that was a school year

The school year is finished. It was one I shall not forget for a long time, try as I may. Within the first two weeks of the school year masks were re -mandated, I was placed on a 10-day close-contact quarantine, and a province-wide vax mandate was announced. I thought I was done. By October school divisions joined in the fun of the province vax mandate. My own division announced that unvaccinated teachers were to pay for weekly testing, or be, ahem, removed from their positions. Stay safe everybody. The day they announced this was the same day my wife made another announcement. That is, she told me she was pregnant. That was, uh, a little overwhelming. Other tidbits followed this, such as Trudeau stating he wanted to deny EI payments to unvaccinated people, or that my bishop said he would not lift one finger to help unvaccinated Catholics - the same day he had a letter begging for money for his annual appeal. In December I took the plunge and took a one-month unpaid sabbatical from wor

The Evolution of Synods

First, as brought to my attention on Facebook by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski (h/t Fr. Z ): " The Vatican has released a document on "the spirituality of synodality." (NOT making this up.) Two important sentiments emerge: “It is not enough to have a synod. We must be a synod.” “The point of entry must always be ‘situatedness’.” And this image was included in the document. Ponder its self-conscious profundity. It is, as it were, the master key to... "the beyond of the Spirit." * * * Give me a second to sort out where we're at with synods right now: 1st Step - To demonstrate our synodality, let's have a synod. 2nd Step - Now we need a synod on synodality. 3rd Step - Each diocese must have a synod on the synod on synodality. Current (4th) Step - We are a synod. Future Steps   ? -                      We need a synod on the synod on the synod on the synod on synodality           All are welcome to be synods           Trads are not synods           Synods are

The Cost of Making the NHL

So, you've failed your childhood dream of making the National Hockey League? Now what?  There is only one thing to do: Live out your dream through your child! WARNING: Living out your dream through your child can be expensive. Here is the cost of one year of hockey for a 10-year-old so that you he can, some day in the future, have a miniscule "shot" at the NHL... * * * To begin, your child will need to play on the AA travelling team. Local hockey teams are for bums. Got that? Bums. Scouts don't have time for bum players from inferior bum leagues. So sign up your child at the higher price. Well, first pay $60 to try out for the team, and then sign up. Actual registration, insurance, and jersey rentals will take an extra $800-1000 - if you're lucky and have a good fundraiser system (be prepared to work a few bingos). No big deal. Now you're ready to go! Have a fun year! But wait, there's more. The AA team, for some unknown reason, requires green equipment