All posts by Father David Nix

“The Office” Catholics

The Office is not a particularly edifying TV show and I would not recommend it for its secular world view.   I’ve never seen the UK version of The Office and I’ve only seen a few episodes of the American version.  Still, it struck me this week that the personalities (not the religious or political views) but the personalities of The Office characters seem to reflect the very personalities attracted to various movements of American Catholicism in the 21st century.

Notice equal-opportunity target-practice below:

 

JPII Catholics≈Jim

These are the young Catholics who want to make Catholicism look relevant. Jim Halpert is no neo-conservative on the TV show, but his personality is exactly what young neo-conservative Catholics like to be: cool but accessible.  Perhaps he is even hip, at least when compared with the stranger breeds who surround him.

 

Baby boomer Catholics≈Phyllis

Again, Phyllis Vance is not a Catholic in the TV show, but Wikia’s “The Office” describes her as “very depressed, lacks self-esteem and is somewhat eccentric.” Yes, baby-boomer Catholics represent.  Add a dash of harmless SJW in there, and you got it.

 

charismatics≈Erin

Cheerful and shallow

 

Traditionalists≈Angela and Dwight

The skin-tone screams “homeschooling-mommy-blogger.”

Dwight Schrute does not go to the Latin Mass, but he has what all Latin-Mass-men must come equipped with: weapons and conspiracy-theories.

 

Ex-Catholics≈Michael

Michael Scott thinks he’s figured out something no one else has, but really, he has not.

 

Priests

Oscar Martinez SJ?

Superfuit Sunday

Today is the Sixth Sunday which remains after Epiphany.  “Superfuit” is Latin for “remain” or “survive,” because these readings remain from the Sundays of the calendar year prior to Septuagesima Sunday earlier this year.  This is so we can get through all the readings before the last Sunday of the ecclesial year (next week.) Most of today’s sermon is actually taken from St. John Chrysostom’s words on St. Matthew chapter 13, the Gospel for today.  The other person in the feature-image is St. Gregory the Wonderworker.  Both are early Turkish saints, mentioned in this sermon.

TLM Class 1

This is class 1 on teaching the 1962 layman’s missal, but people who go to the Ordinary Mass or Divine Liturgy will learn a lot, too, because linked here is the meditation for each part of the Holy Mass according to St. Francis De Sales, and that comprises part of this “podclass.”

Christ the King Sunday Sermon

This is sermon is about the separation of Church and State and what to expect at the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

As always, thanks to the Benedictines of Mary who have graciously allowed me to use their music as my podcast bumpers.