Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The garden of the 'Dowry of Mary' buds to new life: Four Master Gardeners assist its native sons and daughters.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
[FULL TEXT] Statement of Santa Cruz Media Inc. Relative to Fr. Corapi's suspension
This is worth reading, particularly because of the following details:
".......there is no evidence that Fr. Corapi did anything wrong, only the unsubstantiated rant of a former employee, who after losing her job with this office, physically assaulted me and another employee and promised to 'destroy' Fr. Corapi."
One hopes the assault was reported to the police at the time. For Ruffatto to report it now, after the accusations, might be seen as unhelpful because of his corporation's vested interest in proving Father's innocence.
Friday, March 25, 2011
'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned' (Congreve).
All my experience (I'm 67) leads me to favour the latter explanation.
I intend to post all the movements of this Mass in celebration of today's Solemnity and epect to reach the Agnus Dei by mid-evening.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Eve of the Annunciation:
Kyrie of a favourite Mass, based in its turn upon a favourite motet by the same composer, Hans Leo Hassler. Lovely to sing, but deceptively simple and consequently easy to foul up, as demonstrated by some of the YouTube offerings.
Monday March 21: the 2011 generation of swallows arrived in Saint Romain, about a fortnight earlier that last year. It was the 105th anniversary of my father's birth. God rest and bless him for being such a wondeful parent. Sadly, he did not live to see the publication of my first three books, sadly for me that is, because I believe that since he died, he has always known about them.
Today I finished the proposal for my fourth book. Having done my very best, I will be glad to get it in the post to London, and forget about it until the (probable) rejection slip arrives. When and if it does, I will 'start over'.
'Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what's a heaven for?' (Browning - Andrea del Sarto)
Meanwhile, my dear friend Mulier Fortis has fulminated against BST. Her felines are going to be tremendously confused. What a time to introduce a cat flap into innocent and reasonable feline lives. On top of everything else there will be a Census going on. Anyway, we will do the same artificial time-juggling stunt here in France this coming weekend, so as to keep an hour ahead of the Brits you understand. At least it's one thing on which the European Community is agreed.
More tomorrow as promised, D.V
Have a happy and holy Feast day.
In Christo pro Papa,
Monday, March 21, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
As is frequently the case, the Psalmody of the Divine Office has been strikingly apposite. Here are a couple of examples. On Wednesday at the Office of Readings we had:
From Psalm 17, with the sub-heading "A great earthquake took place at that time (Rev 11:13)
"The waves of death rose about me;
the torrents of destruction assailed me;
the snares of the grave entangled me;
the traps of death confronted me.
In my anguish I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came to his ears.
Then the earth reeled and rocked;
the mountains were shaken to their base:"
And today from the same Hour
Sub-headed "The Lord is a Saviour in time of Persecution"
From Psalm 34 (They united in making plans to arrest Jesus by treachery and have him put to death (Mt 26: 3,4)
"Now that I am in trouble they gather,
they gather and mock me.
They take me by surprise and strike me
and tear me to pieces.
They provoke me with mockery on mockery
and gnash their teeth."
Japan struggles with the results of natural disaster, and Christians throughout the world face increasingly violent persecution, whilst goverments in the West seem to be blind to the precious commodity they are squandering. Praying the Office, one could not fail to think of these things, and not only on the literal level. We are living through the collapse of western Christendom, immersed in a culture of death. As the earth of Japan literally reeled and rocked, so spiritually, the Christian world reels and rocks. Our beloved earth is no longer physically secure, partially as a result of human bad stewardship; our Christian world is desperately vulnerable in the onset of a most fierce spiritual battle.
As always the Breviary reminds us that the Psalms prefigure Christ's own suffering. He endured persecution before us, and He warned us that we will also suffer it if we choose to follow Him. But we hold to the one difference between His suffering and ours. He endured if not only before us, but FOR us and our eternal salvation.
The psalmody of this morning's Office of Readings ends with some closing verses from Psalm 34
"I will thank you in the great assembly,
Amid the throng I will praise you.
Let there be joy for those who love my cause.
Let them say without end
'Great is the Lord who delights
in the peace of his servant.'
Then my tongue shall speak of your justice,
all day long of your praise."
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Apparently the Kyrie and Agnus Dei of this Mass (Victoria's Missa Quarti Toni) were sung today at Buckfast Abbey, attended by members of the S.W. Ordinariate group. This is the only version I could find on YouTube, and the sopranos are too loud with # tendency. Trust the Buckfast rendition was superior! I've posted here in celebration of the occasion and especially for two very dear friends who are members of S.W.O. and were present. Sorry to hear you are both rather unwell and hope this makes you feel a little better. btw Fr Ian is doing a great job with the South West Ordinariate blog (see sidebar here)
God bless you all and welcome to the boarding quay for the Barque of Saint Peter!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
INTROIT FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
(Roman Gradual page 71, Ps. 90 vs 15,16 & 1)
After a fairly lengthy search, all things taken into consideration, this is the best version I could find. I will go to Mass tomorrow morning with the chant ringing in my heart and soul.
It's a pity the account is not in a liturgical setting, even though the concert was given in a church. One appreciates the applause being cut short at the end.
NEXT POST THIS COMING FRIDAY DV.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
English Catholics, particularly those in the north, have reason to be eternally grateful to Irish priests and religious sisters. Their influence, particularly at parish level, was vast. As an example, my own parish (of long ago) was founded and run by a community of around 10 members of the Congregation of the Mission, with strong support from a community of Daughters of Charity of at least twice that number. Those were the days! Now, Ireland has enough to do in the battle to save her own heritage. I know from my native Irish mother-in-law, who lives in Dublin, that the situation there is dire. I heartily recommend SCCHA and exhort you to pay a visit and spike its stats'.
He was born C450 in Ireland. Later he became a skilled worker in gold and silver and a manuscript illuminator. He lived as a hermit, but tradition has it that Saint Brigid persuaded him to leave the eremitical life. They ran a double monastery together and St. Conleth became the first Bishop of Kildare C490. It is handed down to us that in 519, he was attacked by wolves in the forests of Leinster. Dying from his injuries he was buried nearby. His relics were translated Kildare cathedral in 799 and were taken to Connell in 835 to protect them from Danish invaders. (If any of these details are incorrect, I hope 'Convenor' will correct me.)
A Holy Year for Nuns
SCCHA is the first place where I have seen this suggestion. I do not know the size of its readership, but although my own is not huge, I want to do everything I can to promote the idea I do know that my own blogs are read by a handful of the more inflential member of the blogosphere. Perhaps Pastor in Valle could help here and ensure that the idea reaches a wider audience. SCCHA encourages us 'to ask Ecclesiastical authorities to dedicate a special year to give thanks to God for nuns and to pray for Nuns and for more nuns'. It seems the natural thing to do after the Year for Priests. It would also sweep from the board any unpleasantness which may result from the Visitation of American Female Religious orders, bringing the positive power of prayer to bear on the outcome of that thorny situation, not to mention the effect upon vocations.
During Lent I will write to Archbishop Joseph William Tobin, C.SS.R.,the Secretary of the appropriate Congregation in Rome. I feel a letter is wise in the first place, and will send copy to the Pro-Prefect Archbishop Braz de Aviz, and also to Sister Enrica Rosanna, F.M.A., Under-Secretary, at the same address.
Address and email details
Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
Piazza Pio XII, 3
To email Archbishop Tobin,
Saints Conleth and Brigid, pray for us, and especially for our Holy Father, that he 'may not flee for fear of the wolves'.
How appropriate that it is the Memorial of St. Louise de Marillac today, foundress under the direction of St Vincent de Paul, of the Daughters of Charity. May she too assist us.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Zenit has two items of interest entitled 'Before all Else, The Eucharist' Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. The items contain an interview with Father Florian Racine ( appropriate name), background information, and a clear statement that the Eucharist and Its Adoration are the source of all effective Evangelisation. Father Racine is one of the French founders and organisers of the Adoratio 2011 conference, that will take place in Rome this summer (June 20-23) Don't forget that our own dear Dom Mark Kirby will be one of the speakers, not to mention Msgr Marini and several high-ranking 'Benedictine' prelates, including Cardinals Ranjith, Burke and Piacenza. Veritably, an occasion not to be missed!
A full list of speakers can be found at the Adoratio site. Link in the sidebar here.
Next post on Thursday D.V.