Monday, November 30, 2009

Must suck carbon from air to avert disaster

~via Times Online. The sky is falling, disaster is coming and it's man's fault!!!!! The IPCC chief says:
“There are enough technologies in existence to allow for mitigation,” he said. “At some point we will have to cross over and start sucking some of those gases out of the atmosphere.”
How? Here's how:
Dr Pachauri raised the prospect of so-called geo-engineering, whereby carbon dioxide is actively stripped from the atmosphere. A range of techniques have been proposed including seeding artificial clouds over oceans to reflect sunlight back into space, sowing the oceans with iron ore to boost plankton growth and using carbon capture and storage technology to fix emissions from power stations.
Dr. Pachauri, dude, planting a tree is, erm, even simpler. Oh, wait, you're thinking ahead of me here. Artificial trees, you say?
These 12m boxes, filled with absorbent materials, soak up and store carbon. The devices, which could be placed by roads, would be emptied regularly and the carbon buried. About 100,000 artificial trees would require about 600 hectares of land, but the carbon that they remove from the atmosphere would be equivalent to all the non-stationary and dispersed emissions to the UK
I still say planting REAL trees is easier. Oh, and did you check those Climategate e-mails by any chance? You have? And you say, it's, gasp! A corporate conspiracy! Of course, corporations are always at fault!
Dr Pachauri, speaking to The Times on Saturday before travelling to Paris to brief President Sarkozy, suggested that the fossil fuel lobby could be behind a hacking incident last month that led to the publication of thousands of leaked e-mails between climate scientists. He said that it was entirely possible that “corporate interests” had had a hand in the leak.
It's the leak, stupid. Right? Nothing about the FALSIFYING and other shenanigans that those climate scientists cooked up, right? Nothing to see, off we go to Copenhagen.

Just say NO! NOPEnhagen.

P.S. Note to scaremongers, why don't you try not breathing out if you're so concerned about CO2 emissions. There's plenty of hot air coming out of you guys that's positively toxic for freedom-loving people. You want to know about conspiracy? Check the end of your nose.

Feast of St. Andrew

~from my various travels:


At the base of St. Peter's Dome, Vatican City


St. Andrew's, Scotland


Cathedral of Sant'Andrea, Amalfi



Relics at Sant'Andrea, Amalfi

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A New Resource for Learning the Ordinary

...from the people that gave to us Chabanel Psalms, the Corpus Christi Watershed has unveiled the new site:

Saint Antoine Daniel Gregorian Chant Ordinaries

This site is great for learning the different Mass settings for the year. The site offers scores for each part of the Ordinary and also the different Credo settings. Free Kyriale organ settings are also included. In addition, mp3 sound files are provided so that you can hear what the chant sounds like.

Two companion sites which help a schola learn the Propers are (also from Corpus Christi Watershed):

ReneGoupil.org for the Extraordinary Form of the Mass

JoguesChant.org for the Ordinary Form of the Mass

One of the things my choir members have said to me, and they are untrained in music except for the three section leaders, is that neumes are so much easier to read than modern notation. You don't have to count, and all you have to know is your solfege.

One accomplishment we had this year with the Ordinary Form was to learn the Kyrie from Orbis Factor using the neumes.

Many, many thanks to Jeff Ostrowski and the good folks at Corpus Christi Watershed for their dedication in providing us with tools to re-enchant the Mass.

New Year's Eve

...liturgically speaking. This Sunday's Propers:

Introit: Ad te levavi animam meam: Deus meus in te confido, non erubescam: necque irrideant me inimici mei: etenim universi qui te exspectant, non confundentur. Ps. Vias tuas, Domine, demonstra mihi: et semitas tuas edoce me.

To you, my God, I lift my soul, I trust in you; let me never come to shame. Do not let my enemies laugh at me. No one who waits for you is ever put to shame.

Gradual: Univérsi, qui te exspéctant, non confundéntur, Dómine. ℣. Vias tuas, Dómine, notas fac mihi: et sémitas tuas édoce me.

All they, that wait on Thee, shall not be confounded, O Lord. ℣. Show, O Lord, Thy ways to me: and teach me Thy paths.

Offertory: Ad te Domine levavi animam meam: Deus meus, in te confido, non erubescam: necque irrideant me inimici mei: etenim universi qui te exspectant, non confundentur.

Unto you, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul; O my God, I trust in you, let me not be put to shame; do not allow my enemies to laugh at me; for nonw of those who are awaiting you will be disappointed.

Communion:
Dominus dabit benignitatem: et terra nostra dabit fructum suum.

The Lord will give goodness: and our earth shall yield her fruit.

Happy New Year!

Friday, November 27, 2009

12 Days of Global Warming

The homilies of Pope Benedict XVI

~via Chiesa. Guess what I want for Christmas? Yes, you can access the homilies via the Holy See's website. But having a portable hard copy to stick in my back pack is just right!
ROME, November 27, 2009 – On the eve of Advent, a book has been released in Italy that collects the homilies by Benedict XVI in the liturgical year that just ended.

Each liturgical year runs from Advent to Advent. It is a grand sacramental narration that, from Mass to Mass, has this distinctive feature: it brings to fulfillment what it says. The protagonist of the narrative, Jesus, is not simply remembered, but is present and acts. The homilies are the key to understanding his presence and his actions. They say who he is and what he is doing today, "according to the Scriptures."

This, at least, is what is learned by listening to pope Joseph Ratzinger, an extraordinary homilist.

The homilies have become a distinguishing feature of the pontificate of Benedict XVI. They may be the least known and understood feature, but they are certainly the most revealing. He writes many of them himself, and improvises them at times; they are the most genuine manifestation of his mind.

He is dedicating himself to them to a great and growing extent. In the liturgical year just before the last one – also published in a volume one year ago by the same publisher – there were twenty-six homilies; in this new collection, there are forty.

And to these must be added the "little homilies" on the readings of the Mass of the day that the pope delivers on Sundays at the noon Angelus, all of them unmistakably his own creation, also reproduced in an appendix to this volume.

To facilitate the reading, each homily in the volume is followed by the texts of the biblical readings of the respective Mass. Benedict XVI, in fact, systematically refers to these texts. Not only that. When necessary, the reader will also find the other liturgical texts commented on by the pope in the homily: from the "Magnificat" of vespers to the "Te Deum" of the end of the year, from the "Victimae Pascali Laudes" of Easter to the "Veni Sancte Spiritus" of Pentecost.

Last Holy Thursday, pope Ratzinger made a long commentary on the canon – the central prayer of the Mass – that is read on that day in the liturgy of the Roman rite. And the reader will also find this canon transcribed in the book, both in Latin and in the vernacular.

The papal homilies are arranged according to the chronology of the liturgical year, Sunday by Sunday, feast by feast, from Advent to Christmas, to Lent, to Easter, to Pentecost and beyond. But under each title it is specified where and how the rite was celebrated: for example, in the Sistine Chapel, baptizing a few children, or in Jerusalem, in Bethlehem, in Cameroon, in Angola.

In each homily, in fact, Benedict XVI "situates" his preaching, applying it to the community to which he is speaking, or taking from the context a lesson for all.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Someone did not get the memo

~AFP via Yahoo, here's a hysterically funny headline in light of Climategate:

Climate science update: from bad to worse
PARIS (AFP) – The planet could warm by seven degrees Celsius (10.8 degrees Fahrenheit) and sea levels could rise by more than a metre (3.25 feet) by 2100, scenarios that just two years ago were viewed as improbable, scientists said on Tuesday.

In the widest overview on global warming since a landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report in 2007, the authors said manoeuvering room for tackling the carbon crisis was now almost exhausted.
Someone clue in these idiots, please.

Negative can be beautiful


...pardon while I gloat. I live in an area where O-glycemic index was so extreme we all needed an insulin infusion just from seeing all the gush-o-rama.

Crash and burn. About time.

And to rub salt in the wound:

Slightly Forlorn

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The dangers of climate change

...so dire that they might affect spruce forests and pasta production. GASP!!! Everyone stop breathing right now and stop releasing CO2 into the atmosphere.
The changes are likely to lead to the destruction of vast areas of spruce forest in central Europe and Scandinavia because of a rising population of bark beetles and other pests. Crops such as durum wheat used to produce pasta could begin vanishing from the Mediterranean basin, which will become too hot and dry for economic production.
Run away!!!

Climategate

By now, you must have heard about the leaking of email exchanges between scientists promoting the Global Warming Hysteria, more elegantly known as "Anthropogenic Global Warming". (Algore, pick the red courtesy phone, please). What?! You haven't read about it? Or maybe you have and you yawn and think, "What's the big deal. Bunch of skeptics hyperventilating. After all, Global Warming is established Science, Al Gore says so."

Climategate, the final nail in the coffin of AGW?
If you own any shares in alternative energy companies I should start dumping them NOW. The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth (aka AGW; aka ManBearPig) has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed after a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (aka Hadley CRU) and released 61 megabites of confidential files onto the internet.
And what did our betters in the Mainstream Media report?
Ah yes, another routine data-theft story so dully reported – “the police had been informed, he added” – that you can’t even be bothered to reach the end to find out what information was stolen
More on Climategate here.Will it topple Copenhagen? Don't bet on it. Too much at stake. Politicians can't resist yet another way to subjugate the unwashed masses. And clearly, here's a winner, no? Been to a reduce-your-carbon-footprint party lately?

For previous posts on eco-hysteria, read here and here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Unhinged

...wacky.

Oh, by the way, Carrie, we keep those aliens in a kind of Area 51 at the Vatican. It's called the Secret Archives. You might want to check them out there. Make sure you do bring your tinfoil mantilla. It's de rigeur when one visits the Vatican. You know, male domination and all.

Lovely

....just lovely. Who's running our government?
"...said the mistakes in crediting nonexistent congressional districts were caused by human error."
That's it, blame the peeps.

Pondering

...redesigning the theme of this 'blog. Inertia, though is strong. I have two other websites to finish (and those are major jobs). The last time I did anything major here was upgrade Blogger back in 2006? That's a long time to keep the same theme.

I wish Blogger had some of the features of Wordpress, like "Read more" and the editing capabilities for images.

Still, inertia is strong....three cheers for inertia! Good for one's day off.

Hail, True Body

Ave verum corpus has so many wonderful settings. Here's one that my former Anglo-Catholic parish choir used to sing a lot by William Byrd.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Organum: Ave Maria

More chant for your Monday.

Orbis Factor

~Hat tip to Ite ad Thomam. We use the Kyrie from Orbis Factor at our Novus Ordo Masses.

Exhortation

My pastor's exhortation to me last night for this week is: Be very careful of the Devil and his attacks.

Missa Solemnis is coming up this Sunday. It has been our experience that the Enemy likes to throw things our way ahead of a Missa Cantata or Missa Solemnis just to distract us, to make us stumble in our celebration of the traditional rite. Everything from power going out, to cars breaking down on the way, printers breaking down, people at strife with one another, attacking the health of altar servers, any opportunity where pride would have a chance to be puffed up.

Why does the Devil hate this Mass so?

Now, there's the Bishops' Conference debating ad nauseum the same tired, old excuses why we shouldn't have translations that are reverent, elevating, solemn. No, we must have street language. So that people can understand what's going on.

My question again for the bishops: We've had decades of wretched English translations and yet the slide in Catholics attending Mass and belief in the Real Presence has slipped precipitously. Why? If the Mass was more understandable in the dynamic translations we've all had to endure, why are the numbers plummeting?

Do we really understand the Mass? If we truly did, we would fall on our faces and our hearts would be pierced by the love so generously poured out for us. And we would do everything we can to be present in mind, body, and spirit.

Anima Christi, sanctifica me. Corpus Christi, salva me. Sanguis Christi, inebria me. Aqua lateris Christi, lava me. Passio Christi, conforta me. O bone Jesu, exaudi me. Intra tua vulnera absconde me. Ne permittas me separari a te. Ab hoste maligno defende me. In hora mortis meae voca me. Et iube me venire ad te, ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te. In saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me. Within Thy wounds hide me. Separated from Thee let me never be. From the malicious enemy defend me. In the hour of my death call me. And bid me come unto Thee. That I may praise Thee with Thy saints and with Thy angels. Forever and ever. Amen
For the record, the Devil has already sent his first salvo, and it is always my pride that is the first entry. Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

De profundis

...the Offertory Verse for this Sunday in the Novus Ordo. In all likelihood, you won't hear it chanted. So here's Arvo Pärt's setting. It begins with the bass down in the depths...



De profundis clamavi ad Te, Domine; Domine, exaudi vocem meam. Fiant aures tuae intendentes in vocem deprecationis meae. Si iniquitates observaveris, Domine, Domine, quis sustinebit?

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let Thine ears consider well the voice of my complaint. If Thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities, who shall stand?

The schola won't be chanting this version. Alas. Just a simple one based on a Psalm Tone.

Credo IV



Gorgeous, mysterious, transcendent.

A New Bishop for Ft Wayne, Indiana

~announced by the Holy See.

It's Bishop Kevin Rhoades, lately of the Diocese of Harrisburg.

His Excellency was born November 26, 1957, in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania....He enrolled at Mount Saint Mary’s College (now University) in Emmitsburg, Maryland, in the fall of 1975, and studied there for two years. In 1977, he entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pennsylvania, and earned a bachelors degree in philosophy there in 1979. He did his theological studies at the North American College and the Pontifical Gregorian University, both in Rome, from 1979-1983. He also studied Spanish at the University of Salamanca in Spain during the summer of 1982.

Cardinal Terence Cooke ordained Bishop Rhoades a deacon at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City in 1982. He was ordained a priest of the Harrisburg Diocese on July 9, 1983, by then-Auxiliary Bishop William Keeler. The ceremony took place at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Lebanon, and was the first ordination to take place in the county....

...In March 1997, he was named rector of Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, a role he fulfilled until his appointment by Pope John Paul II as Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg on October 14, 2004.

He was ordained a Bishop on December 9, 2004, by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Virtual Tour of St. John Lateran


Check it out!

View of San Giovanni Laterano from the roof of Santa Croce from my 2007 pilgrimage to Italy

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bells to ring for global climate change

~via Breitbart. On December 13, we learn that the WCC has this to suggestion:
"On that Sunday, midway through the UN summit, the WCC invites churches around the world to use their bells, drums, gongs or whatever their tradition offers to call people to prayer and action in the face of climate change," the council said in a statement.

"By sounding their bells or other instruments 350 times, participating churches will symbolise the 350 parts per million that mark the safe upper limit for CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere according to many scientists," it added."
Nuts. Fruitcakes. I shudder to think how many Catholic Churches will participate in this fiasco. The WCC program executive had this to say:
"Those who support the campaign see the care of creation and of people's lives and livelihoods threatened by climate change more as an ethical and spiritual issue that, of course, has political implications, not in a partisan sense but referring to the common good," he explained.
How about the care of little fragile creatures called babies in their mothers' wombs? You know, the ones that are annihilated to the tune of 40 Million per year around the globe. How about that, O Grand Poohbah? Let's try this experiment, why not ring the bells, one for each baby destroyed through abortion. I'd say that would be a deafening thing.

Reckless

It has been raining here since Tuesday. Ida turned into a Nor'easter, so combined with the steady, non-stop rain, wind gusts have brought in hazardous driving conditions.

Why do people think that they can drive at normal speeds? You cannot drive at 70 mph with 4 inches of rain on the pavement and wind gusts of 40 mph. But no, some reckless people, while talking on cellphones, mind you, think that their giant high-profile vehicles make them immune from inclement weather.

Thanks, whoever you are that sped by then hit that pool of water....do you realize that you put all of our lives at risk who were on the other lane while you merrily zoomed past?

I hope the highway police who came to your rescue when you ended up in the ditch gave you a reckless driving citation.

Even 50 mph was too fast. Oh, I'm glad that the guardrail was there to stop you from jumping the median to the other direction. Sheesh, people, slow down.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Piety in the time of Epidemic

Automatic holy water dispenser, invented by an Italian.

Click here for pictures.

On Veterans' Day

Thank you, all who have served our country in the military. In our age of ease and boredom, we need observances like today to help us recall that freedom is not free. Lest we forget.

Pocketsize ultrasound

~via Fallible Blogma
The device, which is a cross between a mobile phone and an iPod was shown at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Called Vscan, the clamshell designed gadget is aimed at doctors, and possibly would-be parents who could use it in their office or in the field to check the progress of unborn babies or other medical instances, rather than sending their patients to a specialist department for a scan.
I wonder how much one of these would cost?

Anglican Ordinariate

From the reading of Anglicanorum cœtbus, it appears that my family and I are eligible to become part of this Ordinariate. However, I'm too much of a Latin Rite Catholic to think of changing. (Pssst, don't even mention this to my pastor, he'll freak)

Another friend (who swam the Tiber recently and who is a treasured colleague) and I were exchanging emails about the possibility of becoming part of this Ordinariate. We both agreed that God has called us to be where we are, but that won't stop us from re-patriating Anglican music.

Are y'all ready to learn Anglican chant? I heard Catholics Can't Sing. Anglican chant is addictive. Really.





Imagine what can be done to "On Eagle's Wings" in Anglican chant. "Gather Us In" "Be Not Afraid".

Yes, let's allow Anglican patrimony to infect modern Catholic music.

Media Watch: Tired Old Cliches

Okay, in a news item today about how Google, YouTube and Facebook are meeting with prelates in Europe about social media, here's what The Telegraph tells us:
Steeped in history, the Church often struggles to explain its outlook and Pope Benedict XVI has in recent months been mired in controversy over remarks about the role condoms can play in halting the spread of Aids and his decision to rehabilitate a Holocaust-denying British bishop.
Oops, they forget the "God's Rotweiller", "former Nazi Youth", and "doctrinal enforcer". Also, they missed the Galileo thing (because if you're going to talk about science/technology and the Church, somehow Galileo gets trotted out as proof that the Church is anti-science.) Tsk, tsk, they're slipping. Oh, but wait, he's not all that much of a Luddite because we learn:
The conference is the latest in a series of moves by the Pope, who uses an iPod and a laptop computer, to engage with modern technology.
Series of moves toward what? Engage with modern technology. Time to put away the smoke signals, I guess.

Just in case you've missed it, The Vatican is on YouTube. It does have a channel subscription. You even have a choice of four languages. Imagine that!

Forgive my snarkiness. Whenever the media sneak in stupid stuff like above, I get very testy.

Who knows, maybe soon Papa will have his own Facebook fan page. We'll get to keep up with him via his status updates. Wooo!

Imagine what His Holiness' status updates might look like:

"Saying Divine Office"

"Chatting with Georg"

"Drowning in paper work"

"Having a few friends over for an ad limina"

Do you think he'd get hooked on Mafia Wars or Farmville? What if he authored a quiz, what would it be?

"Which Pontiff are you?" (Oh, wait, that's been done)
"Which religious order do you belong to?" (Hmmmm....that's been done)
"Title of my next encylical" (Oh, yeah!)

We can all send him Flair. Like the button that says: I only meant to be here 15 minutes.

Local abortion statistics

Our co-director for 40 Days for Life emailed us the news last night that the county where we have been having a prayer campaign for the last two years has shown a 16.2% drop in abortions. In the whole state the total number of abortions has dropped 4.3% since 2007. And abortions by state residents (yes, we see lots of cars with out-of-state tags driving up) are down by 4.6%.

At our fall campaign site, one of the abortuary workers quit and has gone on to another job in a different field.

Deo gratias! Thank you, Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron of the pro-life movement! Prayer works, friends.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Episcopal Spine Alert; Bishop Tobin to Cong. Kennedy

UPDATE: Kennedy refuses to meet with Bishop Tobin. He calls the Bishop's words "very disconcerting". [Well, good, I pray that his conscience is prickling and that perhaps, by the power of the Holy Spirit, he may have a conversion of heart. For the sake of his soul and for the sake of countless, nameless babies facing destruction in their mothers' wombs, may it be so.]

~Catholic World News. Bishop Tobin to Congressman Kennedy after Kennedy said this to the Bishop: “the fact that I disagree with the hierarchy on some issues does not make me any less of a Catholic.
But let’s get down to a more practical question; let’s approach it this way: What does it mean, really, to be a Catholic? After all, being a Catholic has to mean something, right?

Well, in simple terms – and here I refer only to those more visible, structural elements of Church membership – being a Catholic means that you’re part of a faith community that possesses a clearly defined authority and doctrine, obligations and expectations. It means that you believe and accept the teachings of the Church, especially on essential matters of faith and morals; that you belong to a local Catholic community, a parish; that you attend Mass on Sundays and receive the sacraments regularly; that you support the Church, personally, publicly, spiritually and financially.

...[I]n confronting your rejection of the Church’s teaching, we’re not dealing just with “an imperfect humanity” – as we do when we wrestle with sins such as anger, pride, greed, impurity or dishonesty. We all struggle with those things, and often fail.

Your rejection of the Church’s teaching on abortion falls into a different category – it’s a deliberate and obstinate act of the will; a conscious decision that you’ve re-affirmed on many occasions. Sorry, you can’t chalk it up to an “imperfect humanity.” Your position is unacceptable to the Church and scandalous to many of our members. It absolutely diminishes your communion with the Church.

Congressman Kennedy, I write these words not to embarrass you or to judge the state of your conscience or soul. That’s ultimately between you and God. But your description of your relationship with the Church is now a matter of public record, and it needs to be challenged. I invite you, as your bishop and brother in Christ, to enter into a sincere process of discernment, conversion and repentance. It’s not too late for you to repair your relationship with the Church, redeem your public image, and emerge as an authentic “profile in courage,” especially by defending the sanctity of human life for all people, including unborn children. And if I can ever be of assistance as you travel the road of faith, I would be honored and happy to do so.
Yes!!!

Catholic Choirbook and Other Resources

Not from the giant OCP or GIA, but from Frog Music Press

Check out www.theCatholicChoirbook.com

To see the pdf, click here.

If you're sick and tired of the same old banal fare for choral anthems, try this one for size. All the music is in public domain and the publishers have released it under Creative Commons (the new way of publishing!)

Volume II is in the works.

For a discussion on the Choirbook and why it came about, click here to read at Musica Sacra.

There is no reason to be enslaved by the big publishing houses that perpetrate bad music. There are numerous resources out there for little or no money.

CPDL. Bookmark it! Find really good music there. My music budget at church is minuscule. This site is a true gift.


Chabanel Psalms
All the Sundays are up there with choice of settings. There are even sound files for practice, and congregation insert graphic files. For free. Do consider donating.

Musica Sacra. Do you need music for Communion antiphons? Hymns in public domain because you don't have license to reprint music? Go there.

ReneGoupil.org
. This is an ongoing project to post Propers for each Sunday in the usus antiquior.

JoguesChant.org
. If you want to chant Propers for the Novus Ordo Mass and your parish is desiring to restore reverence to this Mass, check out this site.

CanticaNova. At another parish where I worked, we used the OCP Liturgical planning site where you clicked on the part of the liturgy, say, "Gathering song" and a list of suggested music would come up. I refused to use this site and used CanticaNova instead. Oh, and you can buy music from them written by composers who have a desire for continuity with tradition.

Forward, ho!

5 Abortuaries Close in Massachusetts

~via CitizenLink
All the abortion clinics in the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts have closed.

NARAL Pro Choice America said it's because of the pro-life movement has cast a negative light on abortion. Pro-life advocates say that's only half-right.

Ann Fox, president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, said most of the stigma is within the medical community.

"It's not interesting, it's not life-saving," she said, "it's not any of the things that doctors go into medicine for."

Dr. Patty Giebink was an abortionist for Planned Parenthood in the 1990s, but had a change of heart. She's now a strong voice for life.

"The people who are still doing abortions, many of them are lying and are in it for the money," she said. "They don't care about women."

She noted the reasons people are pro-abortion are coming apart at the seams.

In the past several months, Planned Parenthood has announced the closing of several abortion clinics, including six in El Paso, Texas, and another six in Indiana.
Keep up the prayers, everyone! Be a beacon for life. Closures don't happen overnight, but by faith through prayer, fasting, and sacrifice it can happen. Remember the mustard seed parable. If we had faith that small, God promised that we could move mountains. With God everything is possible. It's good to remember this in humility. We can't change people's hearts. It is the Holy Spirit who does this.

The local abortuary where my family and I go to silently protest continues to do business at a brisk pace. It is heartbreaking to see families go in there with young ones in tow, to see which ethnic groups are most frequently represented with each "client".

What do we have to sacrifice in reparation? Our love, our time, our prayers, our wounded hearts. Even if our efforts do not directly save a life, we are there to grieve for the lost children, to offer a Requiem for their immortal souls. Our eyes might not see the work of charity happening, but our presence at the abortuary is necessary. Each of those souls is loved by God who made them.

If you've never considered what you can do to bring about the end of abortion, please consider joining forces with fellow parishioners and go to an abortuary to pray. Your presence is a strong witness for life. And if they trot out signs that try to mock you, then you'll know that you're getting to them.

This past weekend, there was a lawn sign at the abortuary that said: Do not stop in the driveway for the picketers. At other times, the workers bring out a huge banner that states: How many children have been abused by priests since 1973?

Endure the taunts and derision, offer them up for the conversion of hearts of abortionists and abortion workers. The saints are united with you. Do not be afraid.

Why do I keep posting on pro-life protests? I was struck by what Archbishop Timothy Dolan said recently:
When our critics—and their name is legion—criticize us for being passionate, stubborn, almost obsessed with protecting the human rights of the baby in the womb, they intend it as an insult. I take it as a compliment.

Monday, November 09, 2009

It's better in Latin!

H/T to JP Sonnen who posted this on Facebook. Who says Latin is dead?



Oh sed quae magna domus me sentio iam dives
Res priores mihi olent senes
Videtis nunc populi hic quis est,
Princeps willy,insanus bel-air !!

Florida Abortuary closes

~from EWTN News
An abortion facility in Pensacola, Florida has announced that it will close, bringing joy to participants in the three 40 Days for Life prayer vigils at the site. One pro-life organizer said the closing was “an answer to prayer.”

The Community Healthcare Center, which was dually licensed as an abortion clinic and as a clinical laboratory, faced a $413,000 fine after the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) found its lab license had been expired for 413 days. The clinic was fined $1,000 for each day it was unlicensed, the Pensacola News Journal reports.

Instead of paying the fine, the abortion clinic decided to shut down, AHCA press secretary Tiffany Vause reported.
Deo gratias! Yes, it can be done!

Excerpts from Anglicanorum Coetibus

Some sentences that stand out to me at the initial reading:
In recent times the Holy Spirit has moved groups of Anglicans to petition repeatedly and insistently to be received into full Catholic communion individually as well as corporately. The Apostolic See has responded favorably to such petitions. Indeed, the successor of Peter, mandated by the Lord Jesus to guarantee the unity of the episcopate and to preside over and safeguard the universal communion of all the Churches, could not fail to make available the means necessary to bring this holy desire to realization.
The Pope is being the Pope.
Every division among the baptized in Jesus Christ wounds that which the Church is and that for which the Church exists; in fact, "such division openly contradicts the will of Christ, scandalizes the world, and damages that most holy cause, the preaching the Gospel to every creature."
No.Branch.Theory. Forget that!
It is the Holy Spirit, the principle of unity, which establishes the Church as a communion.6 He is the principle of the unity of the faithful in the teaching of the Apostles, in the breaking of the bread and in prayer....The communion of the baptized in the teaching of the Apostles and in the breaking of the eucharistic bread is visibly manifested in the bonds of the profession of the faith in its entirety, of the celebration of all of the sacraments instituted by Christ, and of the governance of the College of Bishops united with its head, the Roman Pontiff.
Yes! Visibly manifest, not just some amorphous bonds of affection (Google Windsor Report).
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is the authoritative expression of the Catholic faith professed by members of the Ordinariate.
Not the Thirty-Nine Articles of Faith.
The Ordinary, in full observance of the discipline of celibate clergy in the Latin Church, as a rule (pro regula) will admit only celibate men to the order of presbyter. He may also petition the Roman Pontiff, as a derogation from can. 277, §1, for the admission of married men to the order of presbyter on a case by case basis, according to objective criteria approved by the Holy See.
Celibacy is a gift. A priest conforms his life to Christ's. What can be more beautiful than to give one's whole life for the life of the Church? There is nothing to fear in this. Abolishing this discipline does not guarantee an increase in vocations. It is the pursuit of holiness in families that helps cultivate a young man's ability to hear the call from God. It is not the ability to be married that attracts someone to the priesthood. It's Christ's self-donation that attracts.

Hurry-up bill

...passed under the gavel of that person masquerading as a Catholic. Best quote I've read from Right Wing Nut House:
A bill nobody has read, that contains nobody knows what, that no one has a clue of what kind of impact it will have on the current health care system, with a cost known only to God, has been passed with no formal hearings, extraordinarily limited debate, and in a totally partisan manner (minus one Republican who doesn’t have a prayer in 2010).

Apostolic Consitution is Out

Read the text here at the Holy See's website.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Missa Solemnis in honor of St. Cecilia


Sunday, November 22, 2009
6 o'clock pm
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Rocky Mount, NC

Fr. Tim Meares, celebrant; Fr. Paul Parkerson, deacon; Fr. Walter Ospina, sub-deacon.
Combined choirs from Sacred Heart, Dunn; Schola Vox Clara; and OLPH, Rocky Mount under the direction of Dr. Patricia Warren.

Mass IX, Cum Jubilo
Featured music: Hovhaness, From the ends of the earth, Salieri De profundis, Mawby Ave Verum Corpus, O Maria Virgo Pia

To the glory of God and in thanksgiving for Summorum Pontificum.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Victoria Requiem

...Aris has sound files of the sung Propers from Monday's Pontifical Requiem Mass at Holy Innocents Church in Manhattan.

Splendid!!!

Tyranny abounds

...via the European Court of Human Rights. So, tolerance only goes one way. The sensibilities of the small outweighs everything else. Secularism marches forward. Symbols be damned because we must have a world erased of anything remotely spiritual. "Confession neutrality" is the euphemism. All the while using "secularism" as the common good. Secularism is an idol, it is not "confession neutral". It is a religion which at present is quite aggressive.

What does secularism claim? To be free from religion and the government imposition of religion.

So what does secularism do? Uses government to impose its view on everyone else.

Here's my message to secularists.

Our souls are immortal. It is charity to tell you that there is an eternal destiny. If you don't believe that we have immortal souls and only see this life as all there is, then what does it matter that others believe that there is life beyond this one? It matters to you because your conscience is being seared. You want to push all symbols away because you don't want to have to confront the untenable position you hold to be free from religion. Man is naturally religious. The universal experience of man bears this out.

The secularist's outrage is very, very telling. And what are the fruits of secularism? Shall we count the ways it has benefited societies where it has been the state religion? How about taking recent history, what is the body count?

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Some humor

...I just heard back from the Congressman representing the district where I work. My reaction was heard throughout the house. So in an effort to calm down, here's Cathy of Alex's post to help us laugh at absurdity. Laughter--medicine for tension--that's for sure.

I've Seen the Ghost of Elvis!

Sending your representatives a message

...have you done it yet? It is not too late to let your representatives know how you feel. This health care bill needs to be defeated. Abortion is not health care! And making doctors perform abortions against their conscience is slavery. Don't fall for the line that the Hyde Amendment covers this. It.Does.Not!


Click here to access the site
. The message is already written. Your representatives' names are automatically inserted when you fill out the form.

Support our Bishops' efforts. Don't give me any of the doom-and-gloom-it's-too-late whining. Do.Something.Now.

The Battle

...Ground view. Thankfully, I've not had to experience prosecution. But I've had my picture taken many times, the security people have tried to intimidate me by "getting in my face" literally. There's a risk each time we go and pray at an abortuary. Holding a rosary and standing on public access is provocation enough for people whose consciences are seared, yet who try to silence it in their own minds.
Plea deal in abortion scuffle

One of two women accused of scrapping with an anti-abortion protester in front of Flagstaff City Hall has decided to accept six months of unsupervised probation to make the charges go away...

...Witnesses told police that the two women approached Wallace and began to try to take and destroy the sign he was holding. Wallace had to physically restrain the women. Minor injuries were reported.
If you're considering going to pray at an abortuary, my advice is to have gone to Confession, to have prayed and fasted beforehand. Satan will accuse you and try to intimidate you. He'll lie to you that nothing you do will work. Abortion is too entrenched. Don't listen. Don't give up. Remember that the prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Invoke the saints. Ask people to pray with you who can't go. Our prison ministry director has the inmates praying concurrent to our time at the abortuary. Do you know how powerful that is? The world may see us as quixotic, but keep in mind Gideon and his three hundred men against tens of thousands...with trumpet and candle in clay jar. God triumphs. Remember that. Our travails on earth are temporal. The Eternal God is.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Dies Irae

Just in case you don't have a chance to hear the sublime Dies Irae today, here's the Gregorian chant. There are all sorts of settings that people love, such as Mozart's or the powerful Verdi. But for my part, the plainchant is still the most beautiful, especially if sung and heard within the context of Mass.



For all the schola singers out there, I hope you survive the marathon singing of all the Propers. We're chanting the expanded Lux æterna from the Communio. Our Missa Cantata isn't until this evening, so I'm trying to rest this afternoon. I have to remind the schola that the responses are in ferial tone.

Change of heart

My pastor is fond of reminding me (in times when I get exasperated at the world) that my prayers are heard and will bear fruit. We know not the time or place. But that I must remain faithful to the task of praying.

It is my constant and fervent prayer that abortionists and all those in the industry of killing our young in the womb will have conversion of hearts, that God may convict them and give them hearts of flesh to see with clear eyes what it is that they are doing.

Read this and give thanks:

Planned Parenthood Director Leaves, Has Change of Heart

Planned Parenthood has been a part of Abby Johnson's life for the past eight years; that is until last month, when Abby resigned. Johnson said she realized she wanted to leave, after watching an ultrasound of an abortion procedure.

"I just thought I can't do this anymore, and it was just like a flash that hit me and I thought that's it," said Johnson.

She handed in her resignation October 6. Johnson worked as the Bryan Planned Parenthood Director for two years.

According to Johnson, the non-profit was struggling under the weight of a tough economy, and changing it's business model from one that pushed prevention, to one that focused on abortion.

"It seemed like maybe that's not what a lot of people were believing any more because that's not where the money was. The money wasn't in family planning, the money wasn't in prevention, the money was in abortion and so I had a problem with that," said Johnson.

Johnson said she was told to bring in more women who wanted abortions, something the Episcopalian church goer recently became convicted about.

"I feel so pure in heart (since leaving). I don't have this guilt, I don't have this burden on me anymore that's how I know this conversion was a spiritual conversion."

Johnson now supports the Coalition For Life, the pro-life group with a building down the street from Planned Parenthood. Coalition volunteers can regularly be seen praying on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood. Johnson has been meeting with the coalition's executive director, Shawn Carney, and has prayed with volunteers outside Planned Parenthood.
Unfortunately, there's now a restraining order filed against her and the Coalition. Proof that things are getting really hot.

Keep up the prayers.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

November is the Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory

I On All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2) a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit any parish church or public oratory and there recite one Our Father and one Credo.

II On all the days from November I though November 8 inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray even if only mentally for the departed.

Conditions for both indulgences:

1. Only one plenary indulgence can be granted per day.

2. It is necessary to be in the state of grace, at least by completion of the work.

3. Freedom from attachment to sin, even venial sin, is necessary; otherwise the indulgence is only partial. (By this is meant attachment to a particular sin, not sin in general.)

4. Holy Communion must be received each time the indulgence is sought.

5. Prayers must he recited for the intentions of the Holy Father on each day the indulgence is sought. (No particular prayers are prescribed. One Our Father and one Hail Mary suffice, or other suitable prayers.

6. A sacramental concession must he made within a week of completion of the prescribed work. (One confession made during the week, made with the intention of gaining all the indulgences, suffices.)

On the Feast of All Saints


...Gaudeamus omnes in Domino, diem festum celebrantes sub honore Sanctorum omnium: de quorum solemnitate gaudent Angeli, et collaudant Filium Dei. Exsultate justi in Domino: rectos decet collaudatio.

Let us all rejoice in the Lord celebrating a festival-day in honor of all the Saints: at whose solemnity the Angels rejoice, and give praise to the Son of God. Rejoice in the Lord, ye just: praise becometh the upright.

Happy Feast of All Saints! And just in case you didn't get a chance to hear the Litany of the Saints, click here to listen to on on YouTube.