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In the Meanwhile–Percival MacDonagle’s Chalice

Friday, December 9th, 2011

I’m brand new to bloggering. I’ve never believed in it. It seemed to me a bit porlicious and transitorial ummm…a big waste of time.

But recently, I read an article on the potential usefulness of bloggering. It’s supposed to be good for you.

And I’m all about making belief changes that are good for you.

So, I’ve decided to change my blog belief and become a bloggerer after all.

But there’s so much for me to learn. For example, the article I read states that, as a new bloggerer, I must produce something each and every week–preferably on the same day. That’s a bloggering rule.

I picked Mondays.

So now, each Monday–without fail–I must produce. Or the whole world falls into ceaseless wailing, I guess.

A world wailing without cease. Yikes.

The Vatican would have to intercede, divinely smiting Mondays from the Vatican calendar for the misery of it all.

God’s own calendar. And me to blame for Mondays being smote.

It’s too much pressure.

They did something like that in the 1960s to a bunch of saints who had quit working miracles. Right after our shiny new catholic church was named for Saint Christopher, the Vatican fired him–stripped him of his saintly stature. So anything’s possible. I think he was the Patron Saint of Crummy Drivers.

Anyone who’s been on the road lately knows smiting him was a huge mistake.

Makes you wonder about your own job security though, doesn’t it? I mean, if they can fire the saints?

I always thought the saints worked for God.

Father Percival MacDonagle was our parish pastor. It was his very first parish. Everyone called him ‘Father’ except for me. I called him Percy because that’s what his parents named him. No one names their kid Father. It would confuse the other children.

Percy hated me.

You should have seen the look on old Percy MacDonagle’s face when the Vatican fired Chris a few weeks after the opening of his new church. He was blubbering and snorting like a volcano; his displeasure running off his face in viscid torrents, right into the sacred chalice–like a commoner weeping over his pint of bitters.

Naming it The Church of St. Christopher had been his idea.

And now, Percy was consigned to offering mass at what the disillusioned faithful were calling Christopher’s Place. It sounded more like an Irish pub than the House-Of-The-Most-High.

Father Percival MacDonagle–fated to serving wine and wafers at Christopher’s Place every Sunday.

He was inconsolable.

My brother Paul was altar boy that Sunday. He refused to drink from Percy MacDonagle’s chalice because of what he saw floating in it. No one else saw it though, and they all drank. My brother was mirth with laughter.

Percy was a mirth-less man.

When he saw Paul laughing, he invoked a pox upon his soul, directing him straight to hell complete with a letter of reference. And that was my brother’s last day as altar boy.

Anyway, my real article isn’t ready. So I wrote this in the meanwhile.

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A Fragile Fortress: A Princess’ Tale

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
Let me tell of you castles
I’m well informed on the subject
After all, princesses know these things
First, it’s quite difficult to build one
It might take half a lifetime, maybe more
They require extraordinary faith
Though some say they’re worth it for the living in
So I built a castle on the shore
Of the master builder’s hand
With more sand than you would ever need
To build a million fragile castles strong
Every day a new challenge though
Sometimes the weather
Sometimes the complicated plans that fall into the sea
But somehow you never mind so much
Knowing castles are their own reward
Finally, one day you finish
And find the fairy tales are right
There is peace and prosperity
In your kingdom by the sea
And so your voice goes to the ocean
As you sing thanks everyday
Though all too soon you forget a bit
That the nature of the sea
Is governed by the rotation of things unseen
The cycle that gives must take back again
And that  a sandcastle is not an easy place to live
Perhaps a better place to dream
And dream you do
And slumbering
Fail to hear the hand of the ocean reach out
Rebuking your efforts into a dissolve
And again your voice goes to the ocean
Though now there’s no gladness in it
You curse, as once you praised, your choice
To live so close to creation’s embrace
Faith, once so easy a companion
Suddenly the hardest thing to find
Just when you need it the most
So you pray unceasingly for the return of the castle lost
For a mercy never granted
Or so it might seem to eyes
Which only seek a vision of past glories
Until one day, the wash around your feet
Tickling along the edge of your toes
Seems to hold a familiar faith
And reaching down, you fill your hands
And start for higher ground
For living in sandcastles is what we do
When peace is our reward.