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Wednesday
May132009

Lonely Jacket

Really didn't want to be back at Catholic Online in this capacity, but there you go.

heavy at:  mbe@drinktothelasses.com

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Reader Comments (12)

I really enjoyed this article, MB. Well done.

May 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLex

brilliant.
did you stop saying the rosary in class?

May 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstarnarcosis

Thank you very much to you both; I appreciate that, especially since apparently there's some fairly hilarious pearl-clutching (99.99% of it misguided, I'm afraid) going on in the article comments. It seems that I am a contraceptive-user, a premarital sex-haver, and an all-around bad role model. I shall warn Julie The Nephews Mama to place a protective screen about her children to shield them from my terrible influence the next time I swing through town with my pimp and my parole officer.

(It was one lone Hail Mary, starnarcosis, not the whole Rosary, and no, I did not stop.)

May 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMB

Really, you can't pray at a Catholic school? Would you like me (the Methodist) to talk to her about praying in a Catholic college, before almost every exam I took? Really, I can go and punch her in the knees.

Also, I know it is not the best of times for ND but that coat is you. You need to have it professionally cleaned and preserved. I have very few memories from school w/o you in that coat. (At least when it was cold.) Save it for better times and your Smithsonian contribution once you really hit it big.

KB

May 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKelle Belle

MB, As a "veteran" of Catholic grammer and high schools and a Jesuit university I'm wondering .... when did it become OK for all the non-believers to offend us - the believers, people who pray, got to Mass, etc. - on a daily basis and yet you/we have to worry if a school jacket is a political statement?

It's not. ND folks (my maternal grandfather's alma mater, btw) took a stand on an issue they felt was important. Good for them.

As for the haters who are on your case about pre-marital sex and contraception.... they can throw stones when they follow completely all the tenets of their beliefs. (There's a whole 'nother rant about the American Church vs the Pope, but I'll stop now!).

Keep up the prayers. God listens and you may be making a bigger and more important impression for good than you even realize.

Brava.

May 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCA Sailing Lady

(It was one lone Hail Mary, starnarcosis, not the whole Rosary, and no, I did not stop.)

Good for you.

I thought the column was great. Beautiful and moving. Don't read the stupid comments - the Internet has a funny way of removing that filter that normally sits between brain and mouth, allowing a free-flow from brain to keyboard.

May 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy P.

As a former Catholic who attended a Catholic women's college (in other words, my inner-world view differs from yours), I can tell you that was an incredibly beautifully written piece. Your nephews will be proud to have an aunt who is that talented. Masterfully done MB.

May 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

Love the article, and the accompanying picture :)

I was tempted of leaving a message in that comment section of that page... but I'll refrain.

During my years in college, I never bought the school's official jacket. I don't know if that would have helped me to feel some sort of connection or fondness to my so-called alma mater after more than 10 years of graduating from it.

The fact is I always felt misplaced when I was hanging around its classrooms, and now I don't feel any attachment to it. None.

Maybe I'm bitter that the college didn't hold to its promise of fame & fortune that lured me to enroll in the first place.

May 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

What a beautiful essay, MB. This is why I always come back to Blonde Champagne after flirting with other blogs. I guess you're my girl.

May 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne from Iowa

It's because of the open bar here, right?

Thanks, Anne. And all of you, for reading and for your very kind words.

May 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMB

Oh, internet. Without it, where would we direct our crazy screamy rage? I kind of hate that internet anonymity has become a spring board for easy-access insults just because we disagree on a certain point. I disagree with many people on many points in this whole great world, but I can recognize good writing when I see it (and that article was very well written, yay MB!).

I'm sorry people are being nasty over there. But you see, here on this corner of the internet we have good wine enough for all of us to spectate while the people with the flaming keyboards SPEW THEIR IMPOTENT RAGE all over there.

Thanks for the bar tending, MB

May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLex

Great article.

Send me your jacket. I'll put it in a dark room with my letter jacket from high school which has an orange and black grizzly faced axe wielding logger on the back. Maybe they'll mate and produce an evil leprechaun / logger half breed jacket.

May 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLostUpNorth
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