Saturday, October 06, 2007

Chico isn't the only orange tabby who can put pen to paper

I read the news today, oh boy! An orange tabby like myself has apparently written a biography of Pope Benedict XVI. MSNBC gave it full coverage in an item titled Cat tells life story of the pope, ‘my best friend.’

I'm going to write to Chico and get the name of his literary agent. While I'm at it, I'm going to ask him to put in a good word for Our Lady of Vilnius. Who can resist a purring orange cat?

Well, back to my manuscript.

A Sacred Space is Needed in Hudson Square

The same issue of "The Villager" that features Joe's letter also boasts a supplement devoted to Our Lady of Vilnius' neighborhood, formerly "the printing district," now "Hudson Square."

Apparently this area was re-zoned for residential development in 2003. The Starbuck's on the corner of Spring and Varick was the harbinger of these changes and it will soon be enriched, though overshadowed, as Trump's tower looms on the opposite side of the street.

I hope and pray that Our Lady of Vilnius will remain, dwarfed but not diminished, as a symbol of the eternal and a spiritual home for those that are coming to live in the area.

Don't Close Churches: Joe Speaks His Mind

Former Our Lady of Vilnius trustee, Joe, expressed his sentiments to the editor of "The Villager." The editor, in his wisdom, saw fit to publish Joe's letter, captioned "Don't Close Churches."

Salient quote:

"Good Pope John XXlll said he wanted to open the windows of the Church to let in some fresh air. We need this now in the Archdiocese of New York."

Read the whole letter to learn why we all yearn for that breeze.

I personally would like to feel it waft in the open door from Broome Street as I attend Mass at Our Lady of Vilnius.