Saturday, October 31, 2009

On the Vigil of All Saints

Here's Bruckner's Os Justi sung by the Windsbacher Knabenchor

Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, et lingua ejus loquetur judicium. Lex Dei ejus in corde ipsius: et non supplantabuntur gressus ejus. Alleluia.

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just. The law of his God is in his heart; and his feet do not falter. Alleluia

And, here's the Regensburger Domspatzen choir singing it.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Deer Season

Yesterday, the search for eyeball candy (accessories for my St. Lucy costume) took me to Wal-Mart. Yes, that Wal-Mart. There's always an adventure at Wally World.

For instance, here's what was parked at the next aisle over. Of course, everyone who had a cellphone camera was capturing the moment. It's not everyday, that you see such a spectacle.

Well, anyway, it was an opportunity to talk to people with whom I might not even have exchanged a simple "Hello".

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

More from our Overlord

Section 1803: Senate Health Care Bill Makes Planned Parenthood Quasi-Government Agency?

Section 1803, page 503, creates a National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Resource Center and states:
The Secretary shall award a grant to a nationally recognized, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that meets the requirements described in clause (ii) to establish and operate a national teen pregnancy prevention resource center (in this subparagraph referred to as the ‘Resource Center’) to carry out the purpose and activities described in clause (iii). (emphasis added)
According to the requirements found in clause (ii):
The organization has demonstrated experience working with and providing assistance to a broad range of individuals and entities to reduce teen pregnancy. The organization is research-based and has comprehensive knowledge and data about teen pregnancy prevention strategies.
According to Rita Diller, national director for STOP Planned Parenthood, there is only one “nationally recognized” organization that fits the bill – Planned Parenthood.
Ah, common ground. We all know what PP's mode of "teen pregnancy prevention" is all's called in utero infanticide, popularly known as abortion, or in more refined circles, pregnancy termination.

So the march goes. Moloch is so proud.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Preparing for All Souls Missa Cantata

The Propers for All Souls Day are really quite beautiful. If you're looking for a resource to learn the chants for All Souls' Day Mass, check out brought to you by the excellent people of Corpus Christi Watershed who've also given us the Chabanel Psalms. The sheet music of all Propers are there including mp3 files to help in learning the chants. The source for the chants are from Graduale Romanum and Chant Abreges, very nice if you're not quite up to doing the full melismatic Alleluia (like for those times when you have an impromptu Missa Cantata)

Also, has the Propers posted here.

What a marvelous gift open source is. No more subservience to liturgical press monopolies. A God-send, too, in times of budget-cutting measures.

Oh, and as always, check out Musica Sacra! While you're there, do peruse the Parish Book of English Hymns. To sample new hymns, here's a plug for the new hymn O Taste and You Will See music by Colin Brumby and text by Kathleen Pluth. There are hymns in public domain also. So if you're tired of wretched translations to venerable hymns forced down our throats by above-mentioned monopolies, do yourself a favor and bookmark the page.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Will it be worth it...

...if just a few thousand cross the Tiber? How about if just a few hundred? How about if just a few dozen?

Best comment I've read concerning the Apostolic Constitution, of the Israelites who were in the Exodus and crossed the Red Sea and experienced God's miracles in the desert, only two made it into the Promised Land, Joshua and Caleb. God seemed to think it was worth it.

What is success in God's eyes? I'm reminded of the parable of the Lost Sheep...of the Shepherd leaving the Ninety-nine in search of the one....and on finding him, placing him on his shoulders and carrying him home.

Ah, isn't that what Pope Benedict's pallium symbolizes?

Of Fishy persons

~Bp. Donald Trautman, er, Fish...person has once again complained bitterly about the new Mass translations. He's really worried that we stupid Catholics in the pews just won't get those "ineffable" words.

My question to him: Your Excellency, we've had forty years of dynamic translations and yet belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament has plummeted. Shouldn't we have had an exponential increase since the nifty vernacular translations made the Mass more accessible? Instead we have nosediving attendance at Mass and that the fastest growing denomination in the US is fallen-away Catholics.


Perhaps, just maybe, the street language that y'all presented the Mass to the masses made the Mass trivial and not worth getting out of bed for or skipping Sunday morning talk shows.

Read: Bishop criticizes 'slavishly literal' translation of Missal.

[Was that headline a dig at a famous slavishly-accurate priest of our happy acquaintance?]

Here's a gem from Bishop Fishperson/daughter's comments:
“Did Jesus ever speak to the people of his day in words beyond their comprehension? Did Jesus ever use terms or expressions beyond his hearer’s understanding?”
Yeah, Your Excellency, those disciples of his really didn't get what Jesus was saying in their language. Really! Read the Bible. They were often scratching their heads. And Jesus had to keep 'splainin' things over 'n over agin.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Anglicans responding

Very interesting observations at Sub Tuum about the reactions at the Forward in Faith National Assembly. I've not had a chance to listen to any of the talks. Br. Stephen, O Cist, commented:
1. Anglicans like being Anglicans. The vast majority of those who have serious doubts about the validity of Anglicanism left long ago and much of the remaining low hanging fruit has already been harvested by the Benedictine Reform.

2. Social conservatism and a chasuble do not necessarily imply deep doctrinal agreement with Rome.
Read the rest at Sub Tuum

So very true! When we made the decision to convert, we invited other disaffected fellow Anglicans to investigate the Catholic Church with us. The response was, "I'm already Catholic. I'm Anglo-Catholic." Then they'd launch into the "branch theory".

A couple of people went to a few sessions of adult catechism with us, but in the end decided that they would miss being Anglicans and so we parted ways. I completely understood the reticence as the town where I live is a liturgical wasteland. They couldn't swallow the Haugen/Haas mess when the Episcopal Church a few blocks down had polyphony and Gregorian chant every Sunday. They would accompany us on our monthly pilgrimage to the only indult parish at the oasis for pilgrims in the desert. They would sigh and say, "Now, if we had a parish like this closer to us, I'd be Roman Catholic in a heartbeat."

After our Reception into the Church, I'd get a phone call from one of my friends complaining about this-and-that-and-another-outrage. I asked one of them once, "Look, here you are complaining that no one is in authority and that nothing substantive is happening. Yet you are adamant that you won't submit to the Pope and the Magisterium. Don't you see that there's inconsistency here?" On the subject of Scriptural authority, the complaint was, "Why are they changing interpretation of Scripture?" Again, I asked, well, who should be the final arbiter? Scripture itself, was the answer. Sigh!

No, I'm not universalizing my own particular experience. I realize that there are Traditional Anglicans who genuinely want to convert and so this apostolic constitution is not just a lifeboat, but a "galleon" as one commentor stated. My prayers are with those considering this proposition. May the Holy Spirit enlighten their minds and hearts and guide them to all Truth. Christian Unity is a precious gift in this world's gathering darkness.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

USCCB response to Apostolic Constitution

~from the USCCB site:
"Today the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has received word of the new Provision in the form of an apostolic constitution issued by the Holy See for the reception into full communion with the Catholic Church of groups from the Anglican tradition. The USCCB stands ready to collaborate in the implementation of that Provision in our country.

"This step by the Holy See is in response to a number of requests received in Rome from groups of Anglicans seeking corporate reunion. The application of the new Provision recognizes the desire of some Anglicans (Episcopalians) to live the Catholic faith in full, visible communion with the See of Peter, while at the same time retaining some elements of their traditions of liturgy, spirituality and ecclesial life which are consistent with the Catholic faith.

"This Provision, at the service of the unity of the Church, calls us as well to join our voices to the Priestly Prayer of Jesus that ‘all may be one’ (Jn 17:21) as we seek a greater communion with all our brothers and sisters with whom we share Baptism. For forty-five years, our Episcopal Conference has engaged in ecumenical dialogue with The Episcopal Church, which is the historic Province of the Anglican communion in North America. The Catholic Bishops of the United States remain committed to seeking deeper unity with the members of The Episcopal Church by means of theological dialogue and collaboration in activities that advance the mission of Christ and the welfare of society.”

The New Board Game

...on the lighter side of things, That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill has suggested a new family board game, "Let's Go Church Shopping". Here's the first property:
That's cute! We'll take it! Oh! Hey! What d'ya know!? Built in the 14th century, you say? It was ours anyway!


...from Fr. Dwight Longenecker's post:
What if the Anglican Church were to respond in kind and say, "You know, we have too many churches already. In each major town we are going to hand over one church to the 'Anglican Use' Catholics.

It could happen. Pray for the progress of this exciting step forward.
It's unlikely, but I can dream, can't I?

Apostolic Consititution for Anglicans Coming into Full Communion

From the Holy See:

With the preparation of an Apostolic Constitution, the Catholic Church is responding to the many requests that have been submitted to the Holy See from groups of Anglican clergy and faithful in different parts of the world who wish to enter into full visible communion.

In this Apostolic Constitution the Holy Father has introduced a canonical structure that provides for such corporate reunion by establishing Personal Ordinariates, which will allow former Anglicans to enter full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of the distinctive Anglican spiritual and liturgical patrimony. Under the terms of the Apostolic Constitution, pastoral oversight and guidance will be provided for groups of former Anglicans through a Personal Ordinariate, whose Ordinary will usually be appointed from among former Anglican clergy.
Read more

Comments by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Comments at Rorate Cæli here, and newest ones here.

And here at New Liturgical Movement.

As a former Anglican, I am very happy that this route has been established by our Holy Father for reunion with the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

May God be praised and his great name be glorified throughout the world!

And long live Pope Benedict XVI!

Not a good sign

...calling the local store of a national bookseller chain:

Argent: Do you have an individual copy of Shakespeare's King Lear?
Bookseller: Who? How do you spell that?
Argent (trying hard not to laugh): King Lear. K-I-N-G L-E-A-R.
Bookseller: Hang on. (typing sounds) Ah, you're in luck. We do have a copy.
Argent: Thank you. I'll be right there.
Bookseller: No problem.

Okay, is Shakespeare not taught in schools anymore?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Parenting--The Next Generation

What happens when the overindulged, overpraised, self-esteem-pumping generation grows up and starts parenting? Behold, the helicopter parent.
This new generation of parents, raised on constant reminders of their own individual uniqueness, refuses to see themselves as merely the latest in a long line of people who have reared children. Because they have so little perspective beyond their own limited experience, their search for authenticity and meaning quickly deteriorates into an orgy of exposure and self-regard. Children are relegated to the role of stagehands in their parents' dramatic transformation from boy to man, girl to woman. The result, as a recent crop of parenting memoirs and magazines reveal, is a turn from stoicism to solipsism.
Children as props to the realization of self:
The dominant characteristic of the hipster is a perpetual, ironic knowingness. But if there is one lesson parenthood teaches you, it is that there is little you can be knowing about; everything is new and your daily life now caters to the whims of tiny and fickle little creatures. The experience of parenthood strips you of pretensions. But the uncertainty and insecurity that is a normal part of the experience of parenthood is anathema to people whose currency is being in the know. As a result, hipster parents strenuously resist what parenthood actually demands: sacrifice, compromise and the necessity of maintaining a certain dignity. Instead, they dress their infants in Che Guevara onesies, pack them off to a bar to hear a new band and declare themselves alt.
Read more here. It's the inaugural story in a series planned by the National Post.

But....Shudder, Che onesies....

Hat tip to Dom Bettinelli on Facebook.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Part of my pilgrimage last spring.

Obama merchandising

~hat tip to Damien Thompson. Damien said:
But the best part of the film is listening to the naive garbage that Maloney persuaded Obama supporters to spout a few months ago. Already, it seems as dated as the euphoria surrounding Jimmy Carter’s election.
Youch! Naive garbage indeed.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Do-nothing President?

~from American Thinker, lots of meat to chew on:
Do nothing? This man is systematically taking a wrecking ball to our economy...and this before his planned government takeover of the health care and energy sectors. Do nothing? Obama has never met a tyrant he wouldn't appease, seemingly clueless to the lessons of history that such behavior puts us all in grave danger.

No, far from being a do-nothing president, Obama is in fact a busy body of the worst sort: He is bombing the moon instead of Iran's nuclear facilities; he deploys himself to Europe to help bring the Olympics to Chicago, but fails to deploy the troops necessary to win the war in Afghanistan. And it is our children who will pay the price for all of this -- they will live with a maniacal Islamist regime blackmailing the free world with nuclear weapons; they will struggle to pay this enormous and disgraceful debt that Obama is shoveling onto their backs.

Conservatives who believe that Obama is politically impotent are dangerously mistaken. Yes, the president has had some bumps along the road. But the delayed closing of Guantanamo, the August town hall uprisings; these are temporary, tactical victories at best.

Barack Obama may not get everything he wants, but make no mistake - his policies are statist in design, intent, and effect. Just because he won't achieve total success doesn't mean he can't cripple the Republic in the trying.
Thanks a lot, those of you who voted for Hope and Change. Happy now? Your kids and grandkids won't thank you.

3000 lives today

...will be lost in the cruel practice of abortion. And tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. Saturdays are busy days.

Where is the common ground that people keep talking about? Abortion is not health care.

In our diocese, there is the Gabriel Project which helps mothers who decide to keep their babies in practical ways. There is Family Honor which teaches young people the sacredness of their bodies. And there is Project Rachel which strives to help post-abortive women and men in their healing process.

These worthy organizations have a minuscule budget compared to the behemoth budget that is Planned Parenthood. One masquerades as helping women. The other does so in sacrificial ways.

Birthchoice. Choosing Life.

Back to seriousness

Yesterday, a friend was praying at our nearest 40 Days for Life venue. A young mum, around fifteen or sixteen, was driven up in a Lexus by her mother, boyfriend, and another female friend. The young woman ran away from her entourage and embraced my friend. She was in tears. She did not want her baby to be taken from her. When her entourage yelled at her to return, she adamantly said, "I can't. It's murder."

A clinic worker with gloves walked towards the girl, with the girl's mother and dragged her to the back of the clinic where there must have been a back entrance.

My friend was devastated as she stood by helpless. The counselor came later and tried to give a Project Rachel brochure when the girl came out. The mother waved it away. The girl was in the back seat lying down, eyes closed.

Tell me. Who was served in this?

Pray for this young mother. Her life will never be the same. She was forced to do something against her will. Two lives devastated by others' selfishness.

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.

Please find the the nearest 40 Days for Life campaign venue and consider praying. We're halfway through the campaign. I know that our venue has many open slots. If you can't go, consider praying where you are...for those who are praying, for those who will lose their lives today, and for the conversion of abortion mill workers and owners.

It is the line in the sand. Whom shall we serve?

All dolled up

Michelle. You know you want one! After all, she's known for her "toned arms and fashion sense." Um, hm. She comes with three outfits.

And this other must have: the Barack action figure. They're a pair. Oh, yeah. Lots of hours of playing fun. I wonder if he'll stretch like Stretch Armstrong. That pointing finger might be a little problematic.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

13th Day

Notre Dame, again....

Activities Office Funds DC trip to Gay March. The students were thrilled! Simply thrilled to have the recognition from admin people. Oh, you can just see the gushing....
A surprise move from the Student Activities Office allowed five students to attend a national gay rights demonstration in Washington D.C. Sunday, sophomore Jackie Emmanuel, president of the Progressive Student Alliance (PSA), said.

The students were granted permission from the Office to use PSA funding to travel to the nation's capital to participate in the National Equality March over the weekend, Emmanuel said.

"The fact that we were University-approved was surprising but it was a wonderful surprise," she said. "The University hasn't always been entirely receptive in the past."...

..."There was such an exciting energy there," she said. "I think a lot of people there had a real sense of frustration with how long the government is taking with these issues, but there was also a sense of celebration."

She said her group hung out in the gay neighborhood of the city and stayed with friends to minimize costs.

"Everybody was so friendly," she said. "This weekend gave me a real sense of empowerment."
Squeeeeeee! What does this move by a Catholic university say to our young people about homosexuality? Nice job, UND, for making our job even harder yet. Ever read what the Church actually teaches about homosexuality?

Another incomprehensible court decision

Montana Judge granted parental rights to a non-parent. Read on...
For ten years, two women lived together in a lesbian relationship, during which one of them -- Barbara Maniaci -- solely adopted two children. But in 2006, Maniaci left her roommate and the homosexual lifestyle, and later married a man. Following the break-up, the former roommate sued for -- and now has won -- parental rights.

Austin Nimocks, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, tells OneNewsNow that Montana's highest court decided to uphold the demands of a legal stranger.

"What the Montana Supreme Court did was give a third party -- the parent's former roommate and girlfriend -- parental rights...," says the attorney. "And it runs contrary to clear precedent dating back several years in Montana and the United States Supreme Court. [It's] a very, very disturbing decision." More
Did you note the "solely adopted two children" part?

What was it that I was saying about waking up to a parallel universe? More signs, folks.

The Art of Manliness

I, a skirt-wearing, shoe-loving, mantilla-draped female, am a big fan of this site, The Art of Manliness. Metrosexual men, take note. What is the art of manliness, you ask? Check out one of the articles (as a mom to two Eagle Scouts and one-more-in-the-making, married to an Eagle Scout, and daughter-in-law to an Eagle Scout), this is up there with manly skills....playing with fire.
The Snack Fire.

Sometimes you just need a fire big enough to warm a pot of coffee or fry the afternoon’s catch. Or perhaps you’re not setting up permanent camp at a stop. You don’t want a fire that’s so big that cleaning it up when you leave consumes too much time. Enter the snack fire. The snack fire is just a basic tepee fire lay. It’s small, but very efficient.
See, if all you do is go through a drive-thru lane to pick up your charbroiled snack, you'll never know the joys of building the quintessential snack fire. Then, too, you'll need to know how to build a cooking fire. The ultimate test is to see it going even while it's raining. Now, that's manly.

Check out The Art of Manliness!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Parallel universe

...I think that's what we've woken up to in the last few months. The totally undeserved Nobel Peace Prize to an unworthy candidate just seals that fact. Peace, huh? Worldwide, there are close to 40 million abortions yearly. This candidate promotes abortion. There is no peace in the womb when mothers are pitted against children. All the talk about common ground between abortion promoters and pro-lifers is cheap. Every thing he has done is to promote the evil and scourge of abortion. What was it that Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta said:
"But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child - a direct killing of the innocent child - murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love, and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even his life to love us. So the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love - that is, to give until it hurts her plans, or her free time, to respect the life of her child. The father of that child, whoever he is, must also give until it hurts. By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion. "
To do something, please consider praying at your nearest 40 Days for Life campaign venue. Speak the words of life in this cold world of darkness. If you can't go, pray where you are to the Lord of life to bring an end to this disgusting practice.