Friday, December 30, 2005

Pat Buchanan, Pope Benedict, The SSPX, and Green Tea
The Cosmic Oneness of Green Tea

Not that long ago, it was quite fashionable in American politics to refer to Pat Buchanan as a wild eyed extremist. Those on both the Left and Right simply delighted in sneering down their collective noses and pointing at the Chicken Little of fringe politics.

Buchanan made such outlandish claims that there would be a Silent Invasion from Mexico. 10-30 million illegals later, amazingly enough, "enlightened" politicians from San Diego, California, to Caribou, Maine, to Washington, DC had their own personal epiphanous moment and suddenly came to the realization that something must be done about this problem. Gee, no kidding?

Buchanan also warned of a War on the Middle Class. That zany Buchanan kicked in scare tactics about how millions and millions of Working Class families would lose their jobs due to corporations moving lock, stock and barrel to the lure of cheap labor overseas. Just here in North Carolina alone, over 60,000 have lost their jobs in the textile industry. And I defy anyone to show me a stitch of clothing sold in Wal-Mart that's made entirely in the USA.

I could go on, but you get the picture.

Those nutty schismatic SSPX'ers warned that by it's very ambiguous nature, the Novus Ordo Missae (The New Mass) would lead to such abominations as The Hula Mass, The Cowboy Mass, The Rock 'N Roll Mass, The Polka Mass, and best yet, The Animal Sacrifice Mass . But no way that could ever happen. We have such wonderful priests and bishops in The Church, none of them would ever allow such travesties to happen.

The gloom and doom'ers at the SSPX also predicted that there would be no Springtime for The Church after the Second Vatican Council, but a crisis. Silly wabbits, everything is hunky-dory. No "crisis" will ever hit. Thanks to The Spirit of Vatican II, the Church is in it's best shape ever! Well... then again... maybe not. What's this about Pope Benedict talking about some sort of "crisis that hit the church in the wake of council"?

And the most outlandish claim by the SSPX was that due to the flat out watering down (abandonment?) of Catholic Teaching, Catholics would no longer believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharistic. Pish-posh... go away SSPX, your scare tactics won't work on me. Uhhh... wait. Hold on a sec. Didn't His Holiness just call a Synod in Rome due to, what was it again? Something about how Catholics worldwide are falling away from the belief in Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharistic?

OK, what's this have to do with Green Tea? I quit smoking awhile back. Between my complete and utter abandonment of anything even remotely resembling exercise since I retired from The Corps, and my love of Italian Sausage Subs (especially late at night)... well, let's just say, as my charming South Carolina born and bred wife told me, "Honey, you got more ass than a mule farm".

To make matters worse, my doctor told me that I had something called Fatty Liver. Long story short; too much fat introduced to my body at once turned my liver into, essentially, a bag of fat. Time to lay off the Subs. Time to hit the gym. And to cleanse the liver... a lot (and I mean A LOT) of green tea. Take my word for it... it works.

OK, now how does all this tie together? Well, when I first started knocking back the green tea, I considered it the most vile, disgusting thing around. How could anyone tell me to drink this stuff? It sucks! Gimme a milkshake instead. I don't want the hard path... I want the easy path!Don't warn me about this, and warn me about that.

But then I started to look into it. I read up on green tea. Maybe there's something to what so many are saying about it. Hmmm... no matter how bad it tastes, no matter how bad I don't want to, I think I'll give it a shot.

Eventually, the weight came down... my liver is cleaned out. I still got a long way to go, but I'm getting there.

Oh, and I'm still knockin' back the green tea. Both the liquid and spiritual kind.


Blogger Sprocket said...

Try just a bit of honey in your green tea ...

Both the liquid and spiritual kind.

Good and good.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

I aready do.

Sue Bee for the liquid.
Rosary for the spiritual.


12:29 PM  
Blogger Sprocket said...

Sue Bee for the liquid. - Even with honey you hafta choke the GT down? hmmm .. you really don't like it then!

Rosary for the spiritual. - whatever 'thing' keeps God in your focus... we can't let the 'thing' become our focus! Honor him and He'll honor you - God keeps His promises. [I'll have to do some research on the Rosary - I know very little about it]

Happy New Year...

12:35 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

That "thing" does focus me on God.

It's a good idea for you o do some research on The Rosary. Many non-Catholics are under the incorrect impression that a Rosary is nothing more than a Catholic playing with beads and mumbling words of worship to Mary.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Long story short, the Rosary is looking at the life of Christ through the eyes of a fellow human.. his Blessed Mother, Mary.

You see Thomas, when I say the Rosary, I join WITH the Holy Mary in worshipping her Son. God most certainly IS the focus!

See what I mean?

... where two or more are joined...

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Former Altar Boy said...

Thomas, get cracking on your rosary research. If you took me home to meet your folks and I brought along a bouquet for your Mom, would you object? Do you think you Mom would say, "Tommy, you have such classy friends."? Trust me, you NEVER take anything away from Christ by honoring His mother, His first disciple ("Do whatever he tells you."). If I called your house and told your Mom my car was broken down and could you come and get me, do you think she'd say, "Tommy, go get your friend."? Would you dare refuse your mother? Count on it, when you call on your heavenly Mother, the result is pretty much the same.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Gaufridus said...

Ain't it or dontcha.



7:06 AM  
Anonymous Scarlette said...

How did you quit smoking? Did you get hypnotized?

6:56 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

LOT'S of nicotine gum, even more late night Italian Sub sammiches, and a strategically places Hail Mary here and there did the trick.

But I gotta tell you, it's been over a year, and I still get the urge.

7:11 PM  

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