Friday, December 29, 2017

Second Okie Traditionalist Podcast!

Merry Christmas fellow Okie Trads and Beyond!   Up late sipping eggnog and gazing on our lit-up Christmas tree,  which we trimmed Christmas Eve. 

Here is my latest installment of The Okie Traditionalist,  me waxing and waning about philosophical subjects, to kick start me doing podcasts.   You can hear my voice!
I hit several main points about what is philosophy,  in under 15 minutes,  so in a few places I talk a bit fast, plus a bit nasally having a cold.

Please share on social media, and if you live near Tulsa,  check out sometime a Latin Mass offered at Most Precious Blood or Sts. Peter and Paul.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!!! Podcast #2 of The Okie Traditionalist Show! Plus a Christmas BONUS Podcast!

It's Christmas Night and I'm sitting here in my Okie Armchair sipping eggnog, watching my Netflix fireplace, and gazing at the gifts St. Nicholas brought me for Christmas:  a new Sunday missal, a tablet with keyboard, 2 polo shirts, and a real Straight Razor, the kind barber's use.  Deo gracias.

And I feel especially blessed.  Today I received Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and worshipped the Christ Child at the traditional Catholic Mass, and have the love of a good woman.  God (and physical therapy, and the intercession of St. Padre Pio) brought me out of a kind of medical crisis I experienced last Spring/Summer, a purgatorial trial that nonetheless truly renewed my spirit.  I am on track in my profession, which I love, and have nothing but hope and plans for the future.

All thanks to the All Loving Good God, and His Gift of True Mercy in the Incarnation of His Son, the Logos, the Word of God.  Immanuel, God is with us!

And tonight I have from my digital device to yours my next podcast:  Podcast #2 about the Philosophy of St. Thomas.  The Love of Wisdom. This talk answers the question, "What is philosophy?"  

Podcast #2


And because it's Christmas, I made a Christmas Bonus Podcast:  "The History of the Latin Mass Movement in Eastern Oklahoma."  Me ruminating and reflecting on Catholic tradition preservation here in my Local Church. Enjoy!

Christmas Bonus Podcast


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Ideal Christmas??!!

Its Five Days until Christmas, my fellow Okie Trads and Beyond! Which means last minute shopping and preparations.  Preparations for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Except perhaps for the worst cynic, the inner child in all of us still hopes for an Ideal Christmas each year, whatever Providence will give us.

The Christmas Cynic

I suppose for everyone, there is a different image that comes to mind of the perfect Christmas.   After all, every country has their own version of Jolly Ol' St. Nicholas and how he brings Christmas presents to children.  For my German mother, the picture perfect image of Christmas was that Bavarian Christmas Eve, once upon a time, when her very poor mother brought all seven children to midnight Mass, and when Mass was over, stepping outside, the ground was covered in feet of snow.  All of us--fortunate ones--have some fond memory of that idyllic Christmas event. 

For me, the perfect Christmas was when I was 14 years old.  The whole extended family came over to our house for Christmas Eve, to eat little salami and rye bread sandwiches (very German), deviled eggs, little quiches, wine, etc, and later open a mountain of presents arranged under our real 10 foot tall Christmas tree (the kind they traditionally sell out in Bixby, just south of Tulsa). 

Then we were off to Midnight Mass, my dad singing in the choir, and me serving.  In front of the altar (novus ordo) was a large, beautiful manger, surrounded by Christmas trees lit with white lights.  Father would process in holding a little statue of the Baby Jesus, which he would place in the crib, while all stood watching with candles in a dark church.  Later, my future brother-in-law and I played my new Nintendo, and then slept in, to awaken to a new blanket of snow across the yard and woods.  Before a Turkey dinner, we went sledding, and drank hot cocoa.  The family were all on good terms, and joy and cheer were in the air.

Chesterton Loved Christmas

I was reading recently how Chesterton really loved Christmas as one of his most favorite times of the year, especially Christmas dinner with a Turkey.  He loved how Christmas makes the serious demand on us to grow closer as family and friends, and to more sincerely love one another.

The Paradox of Secularized Christmas

But there is also the negative paradox  or contradiction of the typical American, secularized Christmas, epitomized in the artwork of Norman Rockwell, who helped sell a lot of Christmas trees and sleds.

Whereas the very first Christmas emphasized the poverty of Our Lord and Savior, the secular Christmas emphasizes expensive presents, spending money, and impressing family with the perfect dinner and table placement.  All inherently good things, but out of proportion to the true celebration of Christmas.

Whereas the very first Christmas was filled with supernatural joy
and hope for the salvation of mankind, today's secular Christmas emphasizes material success and an artificial comfort enabled by the latest techno-gadgets (by the way, I love my Google Mini).

Whereas the very first Christmas was the manifestation of Unconditional Love for all mankind, in the Incarnation, today's Christmas is conditional.  Worldly conditions that mutilate a joyous, spiritual, family time into a consumeristic emotional pressure cooker, whose only relief is when Christmas is over Christmas night (whereas for us practicing Catholics, it has just begun).

A Norman Rockwell Christmas


Well, I still love the Christmas tree (we are trimming our tree Christmas eve this year) and the Christmas Turkey and Norman Rockwell, but this Christmas more than ever I am trying to focus my mental energies on the Nativity set that adorns our family altar.  There in the center is an empty crib, awaiting the birth of the Christ Child. 

My prayer is that all of you have a very Merry Christmas, and that you might taste the true Joy of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas!

(For Information about how to do Advent and Christmas in a traditional Catholic way, here is the Ideal resource, at Fish Eaters WebsiteCustoms)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Okie Traditionalist Show. First Podcast!

Hey everybody.  Okie Traditionalist here.  So I downloaded this free App on Google Play called Spreaker Studio.  Yes, with an "r."  The first 15 minutes are free, which I like.  At first, I will be writing up a blog post introducing and linking to the podcast, and later at some point putting them all in one spot on the blog.  

             See below Podcast #1

Disclaimer:  I am not, nor do I want to be, a professional academic nor Catholic Answers Apologist.  These podcasts (and blog posts) are nothing more or less than just that.

My first time doing a podcast.  I sometimes tend to talk fast, and talk while thinking at the same time, so my style is more like philosophizing and musing free-style than giving a surgically precise presentation.  Think Okie Will Rogers' weekly radio program vs. Anthony Robbins giving bullet points.

If you're on Facebook, you can also access it on my Timeline, at the profile for Joseph Ostermeir,
but if not, I'm also posting it to iHeartRadio.

If I have time, I'll try to do one podcast a week, and if I'm shooting for a day and time, I'm thinking Sunday evenings, around 8pm CST.

Find it interesting, entertaining, informative?  Share on FB, Twitter, Blogs, email, word-of-mouth.

First 10 Podcasts about the Philosophy of
St. Thomas Aquinas:

1. Intro.
2. What is philosophy?
3. Bio of St Thomas
4. Logic
5. Cosmology
6. Philosophical psychology
7. Ethics
8. Political philosophy
9. Metaphysics
10. Thomistic revival.

Without Further Ado,

I Give You...

The Okie Traditionalist Show
Podcast #1