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The Pledge of Allegiance

I love my country, and I love the flag that represents it, but I do have a pet peeve about the Pledge of Allegiance. When I began homeschooling my children, my mother-in-law (who used to be a school teacher) insisted that we begin each day with the Pledge of Allegiance. I refused, and this annoyed her to no end, because she's very patriotic. I do have my reasons though. Here is the pledge most of us are familiar with...
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Now, let's dissect it...

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag..." Am I the only one who finds this a little creepy? Why does anyone have any need to pledge his ALLEGIANCE to a flag? It's an inanimate object. It's strange. Flags can change you know, and the American flag has changed many times. Which version of the American flag does one pledge his allegiance too? Is it the cur…

The Novus Ordo

The Beautiful Novus Ordo Mass
St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Macon, GA
The Latin phrase Novus Ordo means 'New Order' and it's Catholic shorthand for 'The Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite.' This is the method of Catholic liturgy and worship promulgated within the Roman Catholic Church in 1970. The Latin term Vetus Ordo means 'Old Order' and it's also Catholic shorthand for 'The Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite,' which was the common form of liturgy and worship used prior to 1970. It is sometimes loosely referred to as the 'Traditional Latin Mass' or 'TLM'. The terms I am using here (Novus Ordo, Vetus Ordo, Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form) are those most commonly used by popes. Other terms are sometimes bantered around in reference to these liturgies, but to keep it simple, I'll stick to these.

On this blog, and in my personal correspondence, I have always tried to make two things crystal clear.

The first thing is my …

How Do You Pronounce Schaetzel ?

Schaetzel is pronounced Shetzel and sounds like pretzel.

I know this might sound like a silly thing to do a blog essay on, but I'm doing it. Mainly because people have been mispronouncing my last name all of my life, my father's life, and his father's life, etc. I've only been to one place in America where the people usually get it right, and that was along the Missouri River near St. Louis. This area was settled by German immigrants long ago, and there is still a strong German identity there today. So when people see my name written, they usually get it right on the first try. I know there are many more places like this in America too. I just haven't been there yet. Every other place I've been, the people usually get it wrong, and sometimes it's really wrong. So I've decided to write this short essay on my blog, which I know the search engines will index, and henceforth, whenever somebody does an Internet search on how to pronounce Schaetzel, this ess…