Sunday, August 4, 2013

Back From the Capital Region

The missus and I have returned from Thompson's Lake State Park, where we spent two nights. Camping next to us were some noisy city-slickers: two guys who called each other "nigga" all night and beat each other up, or so it seemed, and two fat white girls, one of whom got in a verbal fight with one of the guys. Some folks just aren't made for camping.

We chose the campground for its proximity to Albany, New York, with its architecturally-fascist Empire State Plaza, including the worthy New York State Museum, which is surrounded by the oldest neighborhood in one of North America's oldest cities, highlight of which may have been the Schuyler Mansion, home of a fellow Dutch-American. Within walking distance of the statist complex is the stately Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Back home, we returned to Our Lady of Victory-St. Joseph's Church for the celebration of the Liturgy of the Mass from the Lumen Christi Missal. I was able to pay attention to the homily, focusing on St. Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, "born three years before the godless Revolution." The homily made mention of Pope Benedict XVI twice, and took issue with the "confusion" the Second Vatican Council brought about, including "the pack of socialist lies" that is liberation theology. Not what I've been used to hearing in my decade in the Church.

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