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Monday, December 7, 2015

It's Great to be Catholic!

As the Bear finishes Lauds with his loving mate, Red Death, a.k.a. "The Shepherdess," former driver, bodyguard and factotum, he prepares for yet another doctor's appointment. (1300 years takes it toll, even on a miraculous Bear.)

Suddenly, the thought struck him like the punch of his Guardian Angel. (Did the Bear get one of those? He doesn't know.)

It's great to be Catholic! Seriously, despite all the turmoil, we should be happy that we are Catholic. Joyful even. Not the faux display-joy that is demanded of us by that visiting priest with pentecostal tendencies, but the true joy of a missile homing in on a perfect intercept course. The joy cum anticipation just before we pull into the driveway at home for Christmas. The joy we find in the faces of those we love.

Everything is going to be okay. We're Catholics.


  1. Agreed. I'm a recently-baptized member of the Church who received a pretty solid Catechism and couldn't feel prouder of being a member of the Body. I quickly formed an attachment to Tradition, but have quit reading almost all Traditionalist websites, despite being severely discomfited at much coming out of the Vatican. I'm pleased at recently discovering St. Corbinian's Bear. As a resident of far northern rural Wisconsin, I wouldn't have shooshed you from my bird feeder last summer if I'd known it was you.

  2. Bird seed! [cough] as if! The Bear is fearsome!

    1. Indeed, no self-respecting bear would ever eat PREMIUM Nature's Song (TM) Fruit, Nut & Berry Wild Bird food. No never.

    2. Bears are omnivores. Welcome to the Church! Looks like your instincts are sound.

  3. I am a wee bit distressed that you are having so many medical appointments, Bear, and I sense a certain "je ne sais quoi" that something is not right, so. . .I will start praying for your recovery, Bear!

    God bless

    1. Your prayers are appreciated. Rest assured the Bear is not hiding some horrible illness. Just a few chronic problems that need managing, the odd consult (the Bear now has a cane for when his rheumatism flares up), and routine checkups. Now his doctor didn't like a routine eye test and the Bear has to go in for a more comprehensive one.


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