Saturday, December 26, 2009
Yesterday we were celebrating the birth in time of our Eternal King; to-day we celebrate the victory, through suffering, of one of His soldiers. Yesterday our King was pleased to come forth from His royal palace of the Virgin's womb, clothed in a robe of flesh, to visit the world; to-day His soldier, laying aside the tabernacle of the body, entereth in triumph into the heavenly palaces. The One, preserving unchanged that glory of the Godhead which He had before the world was, girded Himself with the form of a servant, and entered the arena of this world to fight sin; the other taketh off the garments of this corruptible body, and entereth into the heavenly mansions, where he will reign for ever. The One cometh down, veiled in flesh; the other goeth up, clothed in a robe of glory, red with blood.
The One cometh down amid the jubilation of angels; the other goeth up amid the stoning of the Jews. Yesterday the holy angels were singing, Glory to God in the highest; to-day there is joy among them, for they receive Stephen into their company. Yesterday the Lord came forth from the Virgin's womb; to-day His soldier is delivered from the prison of the body. Yesterday Christ was for our sakes wrapped in swaddling bands; to-day He girdeth Stephen with a robe of immortality. Yesterday the new-born Christ lay in a narrow manger; to-day Stephen entereth victorious into the boundless heavens. The Lord came down alone that He might raise many up; our King humbled Himself that He might set His soldiers in high places.
Why brethren, it behoveth us to consider with what arms Stephen was able, amid all the cruelty of the Jews, to remain more than conqueror, and worthily to attain to so blessed a triumph. Stephen, in that struggle which brought him to the crown whereof his name is a prophecy, had for armour the love of God and man, and by it he remained victorious on all hands. The love of God strengthened him against the cruelty of the Jews; and the love of his neighbour made him pray even for his murderers. Through love he rebuked the wandering, that they might be corrected; through love he prayed for them that stoned him, that they might not be punished. By the might of his love he overcame Saul his cruel persecutor; and earned for a comrade in heaven, the very man who had done him to death upon earth.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Does this not call to mind this: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." Hmmmm, wanna play poker with a pig?
He chants so effortlessly, with a sweet purity. Oh, and I'd love to have some of those giant manuscripts behind him.
Here are his thoughts on how to chant well via Musica Sacra Forum.
Just to show what state of mind I'm in, here's a, erm, very interesting rendition of the Advent carol "People, Look East". Enjoy! Smile, laugh....Gaudete!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Time for another pilgrimage, methinks.
Monday, December 21, 2009
We'll start out with the family string ensemble playing Corelli Trio Sonata. Then here are the following carols we'll be singing in between the movements of the Corelli.
From Heav'n Above to Earth I Come (Vom Himmel Hoch...yeah, I know, Luther)
Once in Royal David's City (Irby)
When Blossoms Flowered 'Mid the Snows (Gesu Bambino)
How Great Our Joy! (Als ich bei meinen Schafen wacht)
In the Bleak Midwinter (Cranham)
All My Heart This Night Rejoices (Warum Solt Ich)
Before the Midnight Missa Cantata, we're having bits and pieces of the Matins for Christmas Day, including some of the readings and antiphons ending with the Kalenda.
Lesson One, First Nocturn: Isaiah Chapter 9 (Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace...)Pray that the schola and I stay well. We're all under the weather right now, coughing, sniffling, etc. Christmas Eve has always been a demanding night for our family. The children have grown up playing their instruments and singing for Christmas Eve. So we continue this year. While the rest of the world is busy wrapping presents, we're practicing music in our living room. The above is our Christmas card to the parish.
Followed by the responsory Hodie nobis caelorum Rex de Virgine nasci
Carol: Unto Us a Child is Born (Puer nobis nascitur)
Lesson Two, First Nocturn: Isaiah Chapter 40 (Comfort, comfort my people)
Followed by the responsory Hodie nobis de caelo pax vera descendit
Carol: Comfort, comfort ye my people (Geneva)
Lesson Three, First Nocturn: Isaiah Chapter 52 (Arise, put on thy strength)
Followed by the responsory Quem vidistis, pastores?
Carol: While Shepherds Watched Their Flock by Night (Winchester Old)
Lesson Four, Second Nocturn: Sermon by Pope St. Leo the Great (Today is Life's Birthday)
Followed by responsory O Magnum mysterium
Carol: What Child is This?
Processional hymn: Savior of the Nations Come (Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland)
Introit: Drop down dew, you heavens from above--Fr. Arbogast
Kyrie: from Orbis Factor
Collect: recto tono
Psalm Responsory: Alstott
Gospel Acclamation: Alstott
Offertory hymn: The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came (Gabriel's Message)
Offertory Antiphon: Ave Maria, gratia plena, plainchant (the schola has been chanting this all year so this was another opportunity to reinforce the hearing...plus it's one of my favorite tunes to do an improv on for "filler music")
Sanctus: from Mass XVIII
Memorial Acclamation: recited
Lord's Prayer: chanted
Agnus Dei: from Mass XVIII
Communion hymn: O Come, O Come Emmanuel (all 8 verses)
Communion music: Rorate cæli desuper, Graduale Romanum (Fourth Sunday of Advent is incomplete without this chant. I programmed it here at Communion even though structurally, it's an Introit. Remember, we're still in the process of restoration. Brick by brick.)
Recessional hymn: People, Look East (Besancon)
Postlude: Toccata on People, Look East (an improv)
~for the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, Low Mass
Processional hymn: On Jordan's Banks (Winchester New)
Offertory: Canite, tuba in Sion (from Fourth Advent Vespers)
Communion: Dicite pusillanimes (from Communio)
Recessional hymn: When the King Shall Come Again (Gaudeamus Pariter)
"Watching the freak show in Copenhagen last week, I was alternately furious and filled with dread. The world has gone absolutely bonkers and lunatics are in charge." [yes and they're pointing the fingers at us as the malevolents for refusing to bow to global warming/climate change...idiots can't even stick to their own terms]
"Even more frightening, our own leaders joined the circus. Marching to the beat of international drummers, they uncoupled themselves from the will of the people they were elected to serve." [my emphasis because this really is the crux of the issue: elected officials acting like little Bonapartes]
"President Obama, for whom I voted because I believed he was the best choice available, is a profound disappointment. I now regard his campaign as a sly bait-and-switch operation, promising one thing and delivering another. Shame on me." [yeah, that hopey-changey mantra was sooo thrilling to hear during the campaign is now quite a parody of reality, no?]
"'Time is running out,"' he says, over and again. He said it on health care, on the stimulus, in Copenhagen, on Iran."
"Washington has its own freak show and it also features Big Government theocrats." [bingo! the new world religion]
"In fact, it is a myth the fight is over health care at all. It is a vulgar power dispute between liberals and extreme liberals, with health care a convenient portal for command-and-control of 17 percent of the economy." [and we're racists and equal to slavers if we oppose this monster of a bill]
....Meanwhile, the hopey-changey dopey crowd rams a bill through in the dead of night. How's that for transparency? All kinds of procedural shenanigans but did the LameStreamMedia pick up on it? Oh, no. Sycophantic, disgraceful, major FAIL.
....Anger over Pope Pius XII being named Venerable. No, this crowd will not be satisfied with the evidence that's staring them in the face. There is enough documentation to prove that the Holy Father saved a LOT of Jews without seeking the world's approbation.
....And up for re-election in 2010...aw, Dingy Harry is on the list along with some other Disgracefuls. Next election ought to be quite interesting.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.
O Root of Jesse, who stands as a sign for the people, kings stand silent in your presence, whom the nations will worship: come to set us free, put it off no longer.
Read Fr. Mark's meditation on the flowerings of the Root of Jesse.
Listen to Godzdogz chant today's antiphon and read the accompanying meditation.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem fortiter, suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum, nos viam prudentiae. Magnificat.
O Wisdom, who proceeds from the mouth of the Most High, reaching out mightily from end to end, and sweetly arranging all things: come to teach us the way of prudence.
Fr. Mark's meditation for O Sapientia
Listen the English Dominicans Studentate, aka Godzdogz chant today's antiphon.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
David Gergen interviewed by CNN's Anderson Cooper:
Let’s put this in a larger context, first, Anderson. For a president who’s had more trials than anybody I can remember in a long time, sort of ‘The Perils of Pauline’ all year, this has become a climactic week for his presidency in his first year, because he has to deal with the bankers. He’s got to- he’s desperately trying now to rescue health care and save that, and he’s going to Copenhagen at the end of the week and that potential treaty is also going south. He has got to rescue that.The B+ Prez as Pauline? So who gets to rescue him from the speeding train? Rahm Emmanuel? George Soros? And what's this claptrap of having had more trials than anybody...puh-leez!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Snow Dusting in Australia (it's close to summer there)
Canada freezes...really, really cold
Meanwhile, "settled science" of climate change gets an unsettling piece of info.
Algore gets busted for Arctic lie.
And what the heck are these prelates doing? Someone pass the memo about climategate on to them, please.
Monday, December 14, 2009
I agree with Jeffrey Tucker, the Roman Rite is about divine worship not worship of ourselves. The warm feelings engendered by Powerpoint worship aids may foster an immediate feeling of belonging but obscures the more profound drama than puppet shows, as Jeffrey put it.
I went to a women's Advent retreat over the weekend led by Sr. Joseph Andrew, vocations director for the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, MI. One of the things resonating in my head is what she said about the sweetness of the Eucharist. During the retreat, we had a Holy Hour, no music, no moving pictures, just Jesus in the monstrance. The changing angle of the light illuminated the rising heat from the candles and in my mind's eye, I could see the angels and saints worshiping and adoring along with us fidgety humans who understand dimly yet the glory that was before us. We all struggled with impatience and internal ruckus evidenced by the constant movement around me. I purposed to just gaze and empty my mind from needless things and for a minute at a time, to give my whole being into adoration. How totally useless in the world's eyes. But, as Romano Guardini said in Spirit of the Liturgy, I wasted time for God's sake.
Yesterday, at the traditional Mass, during the Elevation of the Host, I was deeply moved to adore in a new way. Not that Father had done anything new, but the action of elevating the Host after my retreat changed something in me. The Thomas in me could say again with awe, "My Lord and My God." Isn't that why we worship?
Processional hymn: On Jordan's Banks
Introit: Rejoice in the Lord--Anglican chant (Father censes altar)
Kyrie: Orbis Factor
Collect: Recto tono
Psalm Responsory: Gelineau tone
Gospel Acclamation: Chant, Mode VI
Offertory hymn: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Offertory verse: You have favored, O Lord, your lands--Fr Arbogast
Sanctus: from Mass XVIII
Memorial acclamation: Dying your destroyed our death...recited
Agnus: from Mass XVIII
Communion hymn: Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All (Sweet Sacrament)
Communion music: Verbum supernum prodiens
Creator of the Stars of Night (Charles Giffen)
Communion verse: Say to the anxious--Fr Kelly
Recessional hymn: People, Look East (Besancon)
~for Extraordinary Form, Low Mass
Processional: On Jordan's Banks
Offertory: Veni, Veni Emmanuel, plainchant
Communion: Jerusalem, surge, plainchant
Recessional: People, Look East
~for Sung Vespers and Compline after TLM
Antiphons: from Liber Usualis
1. Veniet Dominus 2. Jerusalem gaude 3. Dabo in Sion 4. Montes et omens colles 5. Juste et pie
Antiphon before the Magnificat: Beata es Maria
Hymns: Conditor, alme siderum; Alma redemptoris mater (solemn tone); Magnificat (simple tone); Nunc (simple tone)
----->Here beginneth the rant wherein you may chuze to leave before it unfolds:
The schola and I put in twelve hours at work every Sunday. We return home around 10 o'clock at night. So if I don't answer the phone on Mondays, please realize that while you may have had a weekend, I didn't. It's the one day of the week that I need to recharge. You'll have to forgive me if your Christmas Card arrives on Epiphany. Coming up is Christmas Eve with back-to-back Masses and then Christmas Day Masses. Midnight Mass is Missa Cantata. Vigil Mass will have for prelude a shortened version of Matins for Christmas Day. Children's/Family Mass at 5:30 will feature the Children's Choir singing Adam Lay Y-Bounden, chanting the Psalm responsory and Gospel Acclamation. I'm working on setting the Christmas Proclamation to be chanted by the schola. And the family string ensemble will be playing Corelli.
If you invite me to your child's recital or choir concert and I look at you with deer-in-headlights look and demurely say, "Oh, thank you, but I can't" know that it's because I'm already up to my eyeballs in music and sitting through a concert is a bit like a busman's holiday....oh, and I forgot to mention the two school Christmas plays that are my responsibility...uh, huh.
My husband and Son #3 bought the Christmas tree last Saturday from the Boy Scout lot. I don't know when the decorating will get done. I may just hang all the printed music we're singing for Christmas on the tree.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
A massive storm buried much of the central United States in dangerous ice and snow Wednesday, stranding scores of motorists with massive drifts that shut down major roads and defeated plows.Of course, this is all attributable to anthropogenic global warming. You knew that, right? And those Copenhagen attendees in their nicely warmed limos eating caviar wedges will tell you so. So be prepared not only to take the blame for this global warming event, but also to give up your freedoms for the evil that you have done to the planet.
Strong winds created drifts as high as 15 feet (4.6 meters) as the storm dropped as much as four feet of snow (1.2 meters) in some areas, said Pat Slattery, a spokesman for the National Weather Service.
"This has been a really big season opening storm," Slattery said.
Hundreds of flights were cancelled, schools were closed and the freezing rain that preceded the snow in many places created hazardous road conditions.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
One thin September soon
A floating continent disappears
In midnight sun
Vapors rise as
Fever settles on an acid sea...
Snow glides from the mountain
Ice fathers floods for a season
A hard rain comes quickly
Then dirt is parched
Kindling is placed in the forest
For the lightning’s celebration...
The shepherd cries
The hour of choosing has arrived
Here are your tools
Meanwhile, Copenhagen....1200 limos, 140 private jets and 40,000 tons of CO2 will be spewed to get this one-world crowd together to reduce emissions. They would've done better staying home and planting trees. And done us all a world of good by leaving us our freedoms instead of plotting against the human race, thank you very much. Oh, and Mr. Gore, how's that energy-efficient house of yours doing?
Processional: O Sanctissima
Introit: I will heartily rejoice in the Lord--Fr. Arbogast
Kyrie: Orbis Factor
Psalm Responsory: Alstott
Gospel Acclamation: Alstott
Offertory: Tell Out My Soul (tune: Woodlands)
Offertory Verse: Ave Maria, gratia plena (from Gregorian Missal)
Sanctus: from Mass XVIII
Memorial Acclamation is recited
Lord's Prayer: chant
Agnus Dei: from Mass XVIII
Communion Verse: Glorious things of you are said, O Mary--Fr Arbogast
Communion hymn: Draw Near and Take (tune: Coena Domini)
Communion music (sung by schola): Alma Redemptoris Mater (Ambrosian chant)
Recessional: Immaculate Mary
Procession: Sing of Mary Pure and Lowly (tune: Pleading Savior)
Kyrie: follow Father's chant
Gospel Acclamation: Listen to Jesus
Offertory: Mary's Song (Millie Rieth)
Communion: Organ music, Improvisation on plainchant Ave Maria
Recessional: Hail, Holy Queen (tune: Salve Regina Coelitum)
Extraordinary Form, Missa Cantata. We just had Missa Solemnis, so we were short on rehearsal time. The Schola Vox Clara is directed by Dr. Patricia Warren. The instrumentalists are also from the schola...they do double duty for which I am eternally grateful.
Prelude: Bach, Suscepit Israel from Magnificat, instrumental arrangement by Dr. Patricia Warren
Procession: Alma redemptoris mater, simple tone
Introit: Gaudens gaudebo
Kyrie: from Mass VIII (I really wanted to do Cum jubilo but, since it's a holy day of obligation, there will be people coming who've never experienced the traditional rite, and may have some vague memory of Missa de angelis. So for pastoral reasons, we're going with Mass VIII)
Gloria: from Mass VIII
Gradual: Benedicta es tu
Alleluia: Tota pulchra es
Offertory: Ave, Maria
Offertory music: Arcadelt Ave Maria; Salve Mater (from Traditional Roman Hymnal, ancient Carmelite tone)
Sanctus: from Mass VIII
Agnus Dei: from Mass VIII
Communion Verse: Gloriosa
Communion music: Byrd Ave verum; Rosa vernans (from Crown Hymnal);
Recessional hymn: Immaculate Mary
Postlude: Grieg, Ave maris stella, instrumental arrangement by Dr. Patricia Warren
Some random musings (well, some of it is related)
We're close to completing a year's cycle of restoration of the chanted Propers in the Ordinary Form of the Mass. For those of you wanting to dip your toes into the restoration of the Mass, the place to start is the Communion Verse. The objections that most pastors and congregations raise have to do with robbing the congregation of their place to sing. The Communion Verse is a place that is unintrusive, no one is singing at that point anyway, as they're processing forward to receive Holy Communion. I would go with a vernacular setting. Richard Rice and Fr. Weber have some lovely choral settings. It's easier to pitch the idea of a choral anthem, vis a vis, Communio.
My next step is to add the melismatic Alleluia. That battle is far off yet. So for now, we stick with the chants found at Chabanel Psalms. I might throw in once in awhile those by Fr. Weber and Fr. Kelly.
I'm grateful for my pastor's encouragement and complete backing and to the family schola and string trio that I can throw music at at the last minute which doesn't seem to faze them. They studied for a year with a local university professor specializing in early music, so they've gotten adept at sight-reading neumes. Of course, it helps that they've been studying music since each of them was four...and they have "perfect pitch". Incidentally, they're thrown off a bit if I give them a lower starting pitch than what's written on the score....but, in Gregorian notation it's not quite an issue since we're thinking in do, re, mi, fa, sol (do being movable) and not C, D, E, F, G. Those notes are set in their brains...anyway, a fascinating piece of trivia. And, the "perfect pitch" ability seems to run in the males in my family and not the females. What's up with that?
O come, o come liturgical blue;
out with the old, and in with the new.
Let’s banish purple vestments from here,
the color blue is very HOT this year.
Gaudy, gaudy, gaudy chasubles,
in baby, navy, powder-puff and teal.
Since Advent is the Blessed Virgin’s time,
we’ll wear blue, though it’s a canonic crime,
and in the third week, we’ll wear white.
Although it’s wrong, we’ll say that it’s alright.
Around the wreath we’ll place blue candlelight,
and in one corner, we will place one white.
We’ll drape blue over our communion rail,
and use blue burses with blue chalice veils.
And, just in case you were wondering about liturgical colors for penitential seasons, here's the Saint Bede Studio post on "violaceus". Check out the color swatches. At our parish, we have two sets, one for the Ordinary Form in Royal Purple and one for the Extraordinary Form in Roman Purple.
...no break from work until after January first. I'm feeling a bit nostalgic for Rome since I haven't been back in a couple of years. So here's a website that I'm indulging in at the moment. Rome Interactive. When you walk the streets of Rome, the city becomes embedded in your memory, your heart. There was this chestnut seller at Piazza Venetia that my husband and I talked to a few times. Then there was the poor Romani woman with her sick baby at Porta Latina....Most of my favorite memories are from the Termini/Santa Maria Maggiore section of town, not the safest place, but lots of cherished memories from there.
....hmmm, plotting my next visit....checking airline tickets....
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Processional hymn: Comfort, Comfort Ye My People; except in Worship III, it's Comfort O My People. Sigh! (tune: Geneva)
Introit: People of Sion--Fr. Columba Kelly
Kyrie: Orbis Factor
Psalm Responsory: The Lord has done great things for us--R. Rice
Offertory: City of God, Jerusalem (tune: Purpose)
Offertory Verse: Will you not, O God--Fr. Arbogast
Sanctus: from Mass XVIII
Agnus Dei: from Mass XVIII
Lord's Prayer: chant
Communion Verse: Rise up, Jerusalem--Fr Kelly
Communion hymn: Let All Mortal Flesh
Communion music: Veni Redemptor Gentium--Ambrosian chant
Recessional hymn: Savior of the Nations, Come (tune: Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland)
I've started a Google Wave of liturgical music that I'm sharing with Aristotle. Email me if you want to be part of this sharing project. I tried it on Facebook last year, but it wasn't too successful.
Right now, I'm working on Missa Cantata folder for Immaculate Conception (Byrd, Elgar, Arcadelt in addition to chant Propers) and trying to set the Christmas Proclamation to Gregorian chant in Latin. Last year, I hastily took the Latin text from the Martyrology and set it to neumes. I need to edit it. The vernacular was taken from Fr. Samuel Weber.
A mere three days before Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen moves into COP15 negotiating mode to reach a political agreement in Copenhagen, there is unrest on the issue in his own Liberal Party parliamentary group.Bingo!!! Meanwhile, Obama White House dismissive of Climategate ahead of Nopenhagen.
According to Berlingske Tidende, several members of the group told a group meeting yesterday, that the climate and energy debate has gone too far, and restricts personal freedoms to an unreasonable degree.
The science is proper and this is about a small fraction of research on the issue, said Holdren, a physicist who has studied climate change.[John Holdren is Obama's science czar. Heil!]And...from the swamp, Algore says Copenhagen targets aren't enough:
“Even a final treaty will have to set the stage for other tougher reductions at a later date,” he said. “We have already overshot the safe levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.”Oh, parody is just too easy.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
In another time, those hackers would've been hailed as whistleblowers, no?
The messages showed the director of the university's Climate Research Unit discussing ways to strengthen the unit's case for global warming. Climate change skeptics have seized on the e-mails, arguing that they demonstrate manipulation in environmental science.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Processional Hymn: Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Introit: To you I lift up my soul--Fr. Columba Kelly
Kyrie: Orbis Factor
Gospel Acclamation: Chant
Offertory Hymn: Creator of the Stars of Night
Offertory Antiphon: To you I lift up my soul--Fr. Arbogast
Communion Antiphon: The Lord shall give his benefits--Fr. Kelly
Communion hymns: Shepherd of Souls; Alma Mater Redemptoris
Recessional: Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
Le Corbusier was to architecture what Pol Pot was to social reform. In one sense, he had less excuse for his activities than Pol Pot: for unlike the Cambodian, he possessed great talent, even genius. Unfortunately, he turned his gifts to destructive ends, and it is no coincidence that he willingly served both Stalin and Vichy. Like Pol Pot, he wanted to start from Year Zero: before me, nothing; after me, everything. By their very presence, the raw-concrete-clad rectangular towers that obsessed him canceled out centuries of architecture. Hardly any town or city in Britain (to take just one nation) has not had its composition wrecked by architects and planners inspired by his ideas.Read the rest.
Writings about Le Corbusier often begin with an encomium to his importance, something like: “He was the most important architect of the twentieth century.” Friend and foe would agree with this judgment, but importance is, of course, morally and aesthetically ambiguous. After all, Lenin was one of the most important politicians of the twentieth century, but it was his influence on history, not his merits, that made him so: likewise Le Corbusier.
Yet just as Lenin was revered long after his monstrosity should have been obvious to all, so Le Corbusier continues to be revered.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Art speaks a suffering that cannot be spoken in the discursive language of society without losing the truth of its content. One is often disgusted with the modern propensity to provide technocratic or juridical solutions to moral or intellectual problems; in the age of such continuous “ameliorations,” art provides the useless and inassimilable language that does not betray the experiential truth of its meaning. The limitation of this answer to the content of the truth of art is precisely its historicism; suffering is the underbelly of an age of rationally distributed delights. As Adorno instructs, its teleology is immanent and particular, and so art’s identity is distinct in the age of enlightenment from what it might be at other times, at least as a matter of degree.
Can art make eloquent something more profound than the suffering produced by, but excluded from, rational history? Perhaps surprisingly, Adorno gestures toward such a fundament, located precisely in that which modern aesthetic theory is thought to have transcended: natural beauty....
...Art thus strives to make present to us a primordial truth that—while never simple, pure, or “immediate” as the romantics or modern art-religion advocates claim—touches the reality of the human condition buried beneath ideology. Art’s autonomy from modern use reminds us of, or reveals to us, the autonomy of the natural world in whose bosom all human beings uneasily live.
Pope Benedict offers in-depth, inspirational reflections on the unique spiritual role Mary has as the Mother of the Savior, showing her to be the universal “woman” that Jesus calls her in the Gospels, his mother that God made the spiritual mother of all mankind. Using Biblical references of Mary as “full of grace” and the “woman clothed with the sun”, Pope Benedict emphasizes that Mary’s main role is to lead us to union with Jesus, to help us know and love him much better and to be his true followers.
The Bishop, as published on the diocesan website, made drastic and forceful measures in the face of the Swine Flu outbreak. Mandatory as of November 9th, the bishop suspended communion on the tongue and from the chalice, stopped shaking hands at the sign of peace, removed the holy water from the fonts, as well as some minor non liturgical changes.
When FSSP told the bishop they were unable to comply, the result was a notice that the EF was suspended for the duration of the restrictions.
According to Catholic Family News, the bishop has been notified of the CDWDS notification regarding this matter. Allegedly, the bishop replied: "I am well aware of what the Congregation decided but quite frankly, it is not their call. It is mine."
In the language of the ancient world, it was a technical term used to indicate the arrival of a functionary, the visit of the king or emperor to a province. But it could also mean the arrival of divinity, who emerges from hiding to manifest itself with power, or whose presence is celebrated in worship.Read the complete text at Zenit
Christians adopted the word Advent to express their relationship with Jesus Christ: Christ is the King, who has entered this poor 'province' called earth to make a visit to everyone. In the feast of His coming, all participate who believe in Him, all who believe in His presence in the liturgical assembly.
The word adventus was substantially intended to say: God is here, he has not retired from the world, he has not left us alone. Even if we cannot see and touch Him as we can with sensible realities, He is here and comes to visit us in multiple ways.
The significance of the word Advent thus also comprehends that of visitatio, which means a visit pure and simple. In this case, it is a visit by God: He enters my life and addresses himself to me. Yet we all experience in daily life that we have little time for the Lord, and little time even for ourselves. We end up being absorbed by 'doing'.
Is it not perhaps true that often it is this activity that possesses us, that it is society with its multiple interests that monopolizes our attention? Is it not perhaps true that we devote too much time to diversions and amusements of various kinds? Sometimes, things 'overwhelm' us.
Advent, this important liturgical time that we are beginning, invites us to pause in silence to understand a presence. It is an invitation to understand that the single events of the day are signs that God addresses to us, signs of the attention that he has for each of us.
How often God makes us perceive something of his love! To keep an interior diary, so to speak, of this love would be a beautiful and healthy task in our life.
Advent invites and stimulates us to contemplate the Lord who is present. Should not the certainty of his presence help us to see the world with different eyes? Should it not help us to consider all of our existence as a 'visit', as a way in which He can come to us and be near to us in every situation?
Another fundamental element of Advent is waiting - which is at the same time, hope. Advent impels us to understand the sense of time and history as kairos, as a favorable occasion for our salvation.
Jesus has illustrated this mysterious reality in many parables: in the story of the servants asked to await the return of the master; in the parable of the virgins awaiting the spouse; or in that about sowing and harvesting.
In life, man is in a constant state of waiting: As a child, he wants to grow; as an adult, he aims for realization and success; as he advances in age, he aspires for a deserved rest. But the time comes when he discovers that he has hoped too little, if beyond professional or social position, he has nothing more to hope for.
Hope marks the path of humanity, but for Christians, it is inspired by a certainty: The Lord is present in the course of our life, he accompanies us and one day he will dry our tears. One day, not far, everything will find its fulfillment in the Kingdom of God, a kingdom of justice and peace.
But there are different ways of waiting.
But White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs dismissed the controversy on Monday, saying that most people don’t dispute global warming.Well, now, Mr Gibbs, you don't have much credibility after the manufactured "jobs saved/created" business that you clowns cooked up at the White House....where were those districts again? Oh, yes, in the 57 states that President Obama traveled as candidate. I see.
“In the order of several thousand scientists have come to the conclusion that climate change is happening,” Gibbs said. “I don’t think that any of that is, quite frankly among most people, in dispute.”
And I'm supposed to believe your scoffing. Riiiiiight.
Oh, by the way, there are more scientists skeptical of catastrophic AGW than the tyrants-in-crusader clothing.