Are There Any Questions?

So my best friend’s daughter started religious education this past week and thus, there was the mandatory information session for families of children in religious education (or lifelong faith formation or whatever they want you to call this in your local diocese).

So off the family went, my friend and his lovely wife, his daughter, Theresa and his 3 year old son, Leo. The pastor began with an explanation of the formation program and exhaustively went through every detail.

Finally at the end of his presentation he paused and asked, “Are there any questions?”

Leo, the aforementioned 3 year old, who is not even in religious education yet, shot up his hand. The pastor, not one to ignore a child, acknowledged him, to which he asked the question on everyone’s mind…

“Do you have any popsicles?”

The kid gets it. It’s not a Catholic event if there aren’t any snacks.

The Sad Thing is: I Thought This Was Real

Ok–so if you were up late, I originally posted this thinking this was a real story. The astute Amy Smith McEntee set me straight.

Missouri U.S. senate candidate Todd Akin has stoked more outrage today by claiming that male homosexuality is a disease and that the medical establishment has found the cure.
The Republican congressman, already under fire for his controversial comments regarding rape, told a reporter for Cape Giradeau’s KBSI 23 News that “female breastmilk – when fed directly to an adult homosexual male daily for at least four weeks – has a 94% chance of permanently curing homosexual perversions.”

Muppet Inspirations

So Marion and I went to see the Muppet Movie last night after putting it off for a few weeks. It reminded me of my friend Fr. Eric Andrews, CSP. Why?

Fr. Eric used to work for the Muppets before he was ordained to the priesthood and now he’s making movies at Paulist Productions in Los Angeles. He just helped produce a Hallmark Movie with Betty White this past Valentine’s Day.

But while he’s this groovy TV and Film guy, I remember him as Fr. Eric. The cool young recently ordained priest who gave clever homilies where he sometimes (ok MOST of the time) sang a Frank Sinatra song to make a point about the gospel. He even sang “Young at Heart” to Marion and I at our wedding.

Moreover, I often remember him as a friend. Someone who would make sure that young people were included in the church and who reached out to them. He would look for people’s gifts and include them where they would contribute. He asked me to help him and Fr. Brett Hoover, CSP start a young adult group and that probably changed my life and inspired me to leave the media–but not completely, changing a career from a media focus to a ministry.

Just like he did.

When Fr. Eric left the Muppets, they gave him a Kermit with a Priest’s collar on. It sits somewhere in his office. I think it’s been people who can express joy in their priesthood who have brought much life to me. So Fr. Eric, this one’s for you…

May you never be so afraid to mess things up that you stop being a joyful priest. See ya in the movies.

What Does a Yellow Light Mean?

So I was watching classic TV episodes with my wife last night and found this gem which I think is one of the funnier TV scenes of all time. The show is Taxi, which I also think is one of the more classic TV shows. Just watch:

Impeccable timing and not a foul word in the bunch. My good friend John McDermott is the program director over at Sirius XM radio for all of the comedy programming and he often tells me that the old guys were far funnier than any of the newer comics. Their sense of timing was just so much better. Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Dom DeLuise, Red Skelton, even Billy Crystal who’s much younger but still has a superb sense of timing, are all some of my favorites.

Who do you like of today’s modern comics and what TV shows and movies have you found to be classics?