Hi iMonks. Welcome to our week’s end, a time when we gather to spruce up the iMonastery after a busy week of … a busy week of … ok, well, maybe it wasn’t all that busy. But we did make a mess nonetheless, and now is the time to grab a broom and sweep up the place. We call the scraps Ramblings, and as it is Saturday, they are Saturday Ramblings. See how this works? Now that you are informed, are you ready to ramble?
How many hot dogs did you eat on Thursday? Now that you have finished consuming your tube steak, wanna know what goes in them? (The $2300 hot dog actually sounds pretty tasty …)
We are getting not one, but two new saints, and both are past popes. Pope John XXIII (that’s 23 for those of you who are Roman numerally-challenged) convened Vatican II, which I think counts as a miracle in itself. And Pope John Paul II made it cool to be a Catholic. Way to go, gentlemen.
The current pope, Francis, made his first trip as pope away from Rome a memorable one, traveling to the Italian island of Lampedusa, a destination for many African immigrants who travel perilously by boat to reach Europe. You know, I am thinking Pope Francis might just mean what he says about giving himself to the poor and disenfranchised.
Francis kept busy this week. When he wasn’t on the road, he was writing his first ever encyclical. He did, however, have help from Pope Emeritus Benedict. Well, hey, why not? We are going to ask Martha of Ireland to give us a complete report on the popes’ report in the coming weeks.
And when Francis wasn’t on the road or writing, he was cleaning house in the Vatican bank. Seems there was some hanky-panky going on to the tune of 26 million greenbacks. Do you get the idea it is not easy being pope?
Closer to home, the Crystal Cathedral in Anaheim has a new tenant: St. Callistus Catholic Church has moved into the glass edifice. Something I bet they will quickly learn: It takes a lot of Windex to keep the place shiny.
Kiddies in San Diego can continue to take yoga classes in school. A judge ruled that yoga as taught does not constitute a religion. Of course yoga is a religion. If I were to do yoga, there would be a lot of praying for all the pulled muscles I would suffer …
It was not a good week for Baptists. First, an associate pastor at First Baptist of Madisonville, Kentucky, lost his job because his wife, a newspaper columnist, wrote something unflattering about the Southern Baptists’ stance on the Boy Scouts. Never mind that what she wrote actually made sense.
And then … sigh … there was the Baptist preacher in Skiatook, Oklahoma—about an hour north of my humble abode—whose pulpit rant back in May went viral via the internet. Sad sad sad…
And yet! Intrepid iMonk Rambler Rick Presley sent along this story of how one of my fellow Tulsans dealt with an uninvited guest in his home. Lesson to be learned: Don’t mess with Tulsans who are on their way to work.
CJ Mahaney has backed out of the 2014 Together for the Gospel conference. Manning up, or admitting defeat? Discuss.
Douglas Engelbart died this week. Who is Douglas Engelbart? If you are reading this on a computer, you are doing so because of Douglas Engelbart.
Finally, it is wiffle ball season across America. If you are unfamiliar with the grand game of wiffle ball, then you need to read these rules. If you are very familiar with wiffle ball, you really have to read these rules. And if you are now depressed because of anything you read here this morning, reading about wiffle ball will make you happy once again.
There were those who were happy this week because it was their birthday, including Slim Pickens; Buddy Rich; Mike Tyson; Michael Phelps; Jamie Farr; Dan Aykroyd; Princess Diana; Liv Tyler; Dave Thomas; Jan Smithers; Tom Cruise; Mitch Miller; Neil Simon; Robbie Robertson; and the United States of America.
Eddie Shaughnessy was one of the greatest drummers of all time. Buddy Rich was even that much better. Here they are together on the Tonight Show from 1978. Incredible. Enjoy.