Saturday, October 15, 2005

Saint Teresa of Avila

Here is a good short biography of this reformer of the Carmelite order.

The Catholic Encyclopedia's entry on her.

Here is her prayer to redeem wasted time, which is part of my morning prayer every day, as there are few who have more wasted years to redeem than I do:
O my God, Source of all mercy, I acknowledge Thy sovereign power. While recalling the wasted years that are past, I believe that Thou, Lord, can, in an instant, turn this loss to gain. Miserable as I am, yet I firmly believe that Thou canst do all things. Please restore to me the time lost, giving me Thy grace, both now and in the future, that I may appear before Thee in "wedding garments."

The "wedding garments" she refers to is a reference to last Sunday's Gospel in the normative rite. She is asking to redeem the time she has wasted so that she will be worthy of being invited into the wedding, unlike those who came without proper garments and were bound and cast out where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Too Good To Go Unnoted

Southern Appeal quoted over at Cacciaguida:

You do know that Catholics are an extremely important demographic within the Republican Party, don’t you? And if we feel slighted . . . Well, let’s just say that you don’t want to mess with the Opus Dei contingent of the Federalist Society

This Weekend's Football Matchups

The New England Patriots play the Denver Broncos in Denver, Sunday at 4:15 pm.

The Boston College Eagles take on Wake Forest Saturday (an ACC game).

The Saint John's Prep Eagles play St. John's of Shrewsbury in Shrewsbury Saturday, in a match-up of Xaverian Brothers' schools.

Twenty-Seven To Go

And Recta Ratio will reach the 7,000th entry.

Next week, sometime, I guess.

Indonesian Catholics Threatened With Violence For Saying the Rosary

By "Religion Of Peace" adherents (who else?).

A New James Bond

Daniel Craig, about whom I know absolutely nothing, except that he is almost as geriatric as I am (he's 4 years younger).

Well, at least Roger Moore's silly idea of Cuba Gooding, Jr. hasn't happened.

I am a big Bond fan. I really liked Pierce Brosnan in the role. In fact, I like him better than Moore and Connery. I think he could have made one more, but my last name isn't Broccoli.

Ahead of the Curve

Done With Mirrors has a helpful list of Halloween etymologies.

I won't be starting my pre-Hallowmas/Days of the Dead barrage for a few more days yet.

Hey, if anyone knows where to find authentic medieval dirge lyrics, other than The Lyke-Wake Dirge (which is already up at Recta Ratio: The Yahoo Group in Files/Seasonal Poetry and Prose/Hallowmas), please email me.

Piper, 42nd (or Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot, The Black Watch

Just because. The piper is a serjeant. And he's not wearing his neckstock!

Saturday Weddings Out In Scranton?

The new bishop of Scranton, PA has decided to be a rigid stickler with regard to the canon law provision that priests are to say no more than 2 Masses per day.

As Dom points out: great, discourage young couples from participating in the Sacrament of Matrimony with a full Nuptial Mass!

A rapid, or Novus Ordo low Mass takes about 35 minutes to say reverently, 25 minutes if there are few communicants and you omit the Sign of Peace and cut other permissible corners.

Why is it considered such a huge burden for a priest to say even 4 Masses per day, or 5? He does no other thing more important than provide the sacraments to the faithful. It is not as if he will be expected to come up with a completely different homily for every wedding or funeral.

Worst case scenario: there are thousands of great Catholic sermons on every topic, for every feast, and for every sacrament that have been published since the earliest days of the Church that he can draw on and use in his own Masses. He does not have to spend hours working on his sermons unless he wants to. And he can give the same sermon for each Sunday Mass, even if he says 5. He does not need one sermon for the old folks at 7:30 Sunday morning, and a different one for the teenagers on Sunday evening. Not tailoring the Masses for different constituencies might help reduce liturgical abuse. Just preach Christ and Him Crucified based on the Gospel and readings for that Sunday!

I do not see that it is a great burden on a Saturday to say a 7AM weekday low Mass (35 mins), a 9AM funeral(2 hours with burial), an 11:30AM wedding (an hour and a half: giving him an extra half hour to get back from the gravesite), and a 4PM Sunday vigil Mass(50 mins). Add a 5:30 second vigil Mass (low: 35 mins), and then you might be pushing it.

Yes, priests are busy, but let's face it, the job does not involve any heavy lifting. Anyone in the corporate world works on a lot more hectic schedule with a lot more stress. If doing the main work of the job, saying Mass, 3 times a day (average time spent saying Mass: a little over 2 hours per weekday) is too much of a burden, consider Saint John Vianney, with his 12-14 hours per day in the confessional!

Telling people to plan wedding Masses for weekenights is bullsh-t. People have weddings on Saturday because that is when people can come. What are we now, black heathen protties being married in the city clerk's office on a weekday? This is outrageous. It is like dealing with a union shopsteward! And that canon law enshrines and protects this laziness is absurd!

The Diocese of Linz, Austria: World Capital of Catholic Liturgical Abuse

Catholic Church Conservation has the sickening photos to prove it.

As I Suspected

Matthew Sheehan's is indeed closing its doors, but is not closing down. Instead, it is going to become an on-line business. I suspect that the 50% off sale will continue until after Christmas, then the downtown Boston store will close, and all the company's business will be via the net.

Here is the new website, but it is still under construction.

Eighth Consecutive Day of Rain

Not that it has been pouring all that time. In fact, it has been mostly drizzle and heavy mist here in Boston. But 8 days without the sun is hard to take even if you are not getting deluged. Today, and tomorrow, the rain will abide. Then Sunday we may see some breaks of sunshine.

In the meantime, the foliage should be pretty close to peak in the White Mountains and the Lakes region of New Hampshire this weekend. Columbus Day Weekend was kind of a washout. You can see fall foliage in cloudy weather, but it is far more glorious in the sun.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Burkean Influences On Conservative Leadership

Ian Duncan Smith, leader of the UK's Conservative Party, and Republican Senator Rick Santorum, a solid Catholic Federalist Society Reagan Republican have a joint op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal in which they call for social policy that supports the "little platoons" of society, rather than just meat-cleavering the budget (or, what is acutally happening, throwing more pork down the drain).

While I am an unreconstructed free marketeer, I have also been known to favor social policies that would give businesses tax credits for hiring local people, for keeping rising executives in the community they have lived in, rather than tranferring them to different cities, or countries, or that encourage colleges to select incoming students and new faculty hires from the local area, rather than nationally, or even internationally. All those measures foster a greater sense of community.

Social policies that restrict divorce, restrict abortion, support the genuine family (one man, one woman, and their offspring for life plus whatever grandparents and other collateral relatives who need support), and encourage decision-making and responsibility at the local level are all good social policy.

Far, far better than a government handout. And cheaper for the taxpayer, too.

Thanks for De Civitate Dei for pointing it out.

Two Photos, One Church

The New Liturgical Movement offers a comparison of a church, identity withheld, before and after Vatican II (though, in this case, there was apparently a catastrophic fire in the church that lead to the renovation, not liturgical fidgets).

The "Before" photo is what I am more comfortable with now. However, I grew up with "After," a church built in the early 1960s, with the presider's chair as the central focus, no real crucifix, but rather a gold Corpus suspended in front of a green silk wall hanging. Our Lady of the Assumption, Lynnfield, was, except for stained glass and Stations of the Cross, as plain as a protestant worship barn.

"Before," now says "Catholic Church" to me. Holy Trinity in Boston, St. James in Salem, even the church I was baptized in, Sacred Heart in Malden, are all in this style. As one of the commenters says, "Before" teaches through its architectural detail in a way "After" does not.

An Old Argument Resolved By Medical Science


Forget about decorating a new nursery for that baby your wife hasn't even popped out yet.

Medical science has made it plain that, because of SIDS, infants should sleep in the same room as their parents, but not in the same bed.

What Is A "Cultural Catholic"?

Der Tommissar at Donegal Express explains it perfectly.

That's the category I was put in from his quiz.

The only thing is that the identification of the "cultural Catholic" with the Democrat Party is long gone. It was broken by Nixon. Destroyed forever by Reagan. And its grave obliterated by W. But the fatal wound was the modern liberal identification with feminism and abortion, which makes that party the party of baby killers, plain and simple.

St. Charles church, Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Before Vatican II
(btw, not an ancient Catholic church, the parish only dates from 1896, about the same period many American Catholic churches were built: remember, the original Catholic church that served that community was seized by the government and turned over to protestant rebels, so that no Catholic church existed there for hundreds of years, and when emancipation came, a whole new church had to be built, since the usurpers still held the original).

Terrific Quotation On Inculturation

"Inculturation will happen of its own accord. Self-conscious, romantic, Western notions of the rituals of noble savages being purer than our nasty Roman Rite ought to be put into the trash can with Rousseau."

Dominicanus quoted over at Cyntr (because anyone who notices the order in which I comment on other blogs will see that I read from the top-down of my links alphabetically, so naturally, I saw it at Cyntr first!).

Hard Times For Dealers In Catholic Books and Goods

Yesterday, I mentioned the plight of Sophia Institute Press, and we all know that TAN is in trouble. Well, last evening, the reality that, despite all the interest The Passion of the Christ, Theresa, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Lord of the Rings, The Year of the Eucharist, the Death of Pope John Paul the Great, the election of Pope Benedict XVI, World Youth Day, the Eucharistic Synod, even the pervert priest scandal and its aftermath, have generated over all things Catholic in the last few years, these are very hard times for purveyors of Catholic books and Catholic goods.

Matthew F. Sheehan's Religious Goods, a landmark of Boston's Downtown Crossing for 100 years, is closing in this, its 100th year in business. Right now, everything in the store is 50% off. They have had a great selection of rosaries, books new and used (it is where I got the 1959 Missal I use when I attend Holy Trinity's Indult Mass), crucifixes, and other sacramentals.

One fairly traditional (maybe "neo-traditonal" might be a better word) priest told me the place has always given him the creeps. The counter help has been, well, "odd" is the least offensive word I can use. Unwelcoming, curt, and unfriendly might be better ones.

Even with that, it was a good place to browse should you need a Raccolta, a Roman Breviary, some Fontanini nativity figures, a holy water stoop, a Brown Scapular, a rosary case, a new copy of The Imitation of Christ, or even a paten or ciborium. You could even browse unattended there, though one got the distinct impression that the help didn't want people in the store at all. As long as you showed them who was the boss, and adopted a hopelessly patronizing attitude towards them, they got the message and left you alone.

They filled a very important niche in the Catholic goods market here in Boston. The future, I think, is not with "brick-and-mortar" stores like Sheehan's but with on-line services. And Sheehan's is, I think, a casualty to this reality.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Today's Catholic Cultural Heritage Image

The Cathedral of Seville, Spain The biggest church in the world (yep, bigger than Saint Peter's!). It was built in the 1400s on the site of a mosque razed during the Reconquista (and what better use is there for a mosque, other than to build a Catholic church over its site?). Since it is the biggest church in the world, and is in the Spanish Gothic style, it is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world.

Exterior of the Cathedral at night

The Cathedral's cloister, filled with orange trees (Seville Oranges, of course!)

Reliquary with multiple relics

Tomb of Christopher Columbus (and since today is October 12th...)

Vaulting and stained glass window

Rood screen, columns, and vaulting

The organ

The reredos, 80 feet high and all gold (gilt over carved wood). There are numerous scenes fromt he life of the Lord on the reredos.

I Don't Think I Have Mentioned This

But it has been raining, on and off here, since, Friday, I think. After about 96 hours of clouds, rain, drizzle, fog, and mist you sort of lose track. And the forecast says we have a few more damp dismal days in store. There has been dreadful flooding in New Hampshire.

Is This Spin?

Karl Rove is saying that many more prominent conservative judges had asked the White House to not even consider them for the Supreme Court vacancy, because they did not wish to be put through the wringer the Democrats in the Senate and their leftist allies have in store.

Is it true, though?

But they were in the running for the first vacancy? Sounds fishy to me. I could, however, see some of the more established conservative talent being cheesed off at not getting the nod for the first nomination when they went through an interview process as if they were being hired for an executive vice presidency.

Summaries of LA Pervet Priest Files

In Pdf format.

Looks like things in LA-LA land had been just as bad as in Boston, and Cardinal Mahony just as culpable as Cardinal Law, whose resignation he demanded.

Pot. Kettle. Black.

A Fair Story About Opus Dei?


In Saint Louis Today.

Link via Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.

If You Can, Buy Something From Sophia Institute Press

John Barger has penned a very moving letter, which I find touching on many levels. It is about John and his late wife Susan's marriage, and how holiness entered to dull anger and bring love. It really tore at my heart.

Today Sophia is facing $75,000 in debt, and would really be aided if people perused their catalog and bought good classics of Catholic devotional literature from them. I know, TAN is not out of the woods, either. It seems like Ignatius is the only traditional Catholic publisher for which this is a genuine pudding time. All have good books. And today, this week, I think Sophia needs your help the most. It is not just a business, it is a ministry. If you are able, please help.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Great Post

Over at Friends of La Nef on the Ecclesia Dei indult and why all true Catholic traditionalists ought to give it (and its expansion) their full support.

The Weekend In Sports Ended Very Nicely Indeed

With the evil New York Yankees knocked out of all further participation in this year's playoffs.

Deo gratias!

Monday, October 10, 2005

New Fall Colors Up

At Recta Ratio: The Yahoo Group

Schroeder Out!

Angela Merkel will be the new chancellor of Germany.

But the ramshackle left-right hate-fest of a government she will be leading will collapse at the drop of a hat, and new elections will probably happen within 15 months.

Schroeder, one of those Germans who has grown up fat, lazy, and protected by the US, has been a minor annoyance to US foreign policy. Good to see him out, as it is always good to see a socialist leader unemployed.

Michelle Malkin Also Opposes Miers

Thinking conservatives have come to the conclusion that this is a terribly botched blown opportunity.

A Football Sweep!

It was a very good weekend indeed for my football teams.

BC beat Virgina.

The Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons.

And the Saint John's Prep Eagles beat Marshfield 13-7, which makes them 4-1 for the season.

Since football is all we have here in New England is mid-October, we shall cherish it as best we can.

Another Kneeling For Reception Incident

This one from one of the Juventutem bloggers.

The lamentable things are the priest not backing down when the blogger cited chapter and verse of Vatican directives that allow kneeling, and his claiming that standing was more "traditional"!

When liberals are challenged about the way they want things, they trot out the lamest ragtime to defend them.

The Rosary For Beginners

Father Tucker provides some good, basic teaching on how to use the Rosary.

Too basic you say? There are a lot of kids coming out of 8 years of Catholic grammar school who have no idea what a set of rosary beads is, or how to use them.

My Catholic education wasn't quite that bad, but we never studied the Rosary, and were never in 8 years told how to use beads, or to get them. We did, however, say the Rosary in the morning during May, with the nun who was the principal leading over the PA system, during 1 or 2 years.


Smurf Flambe!

Father Tucker alerts us to this new ad.

No, it is not reasonable adult wish-fulfillment, like the old interactive humor clip that allowed you to gun down Barney and the Teletubbies (and the more you shot Barney, the more he kept twitching!). It is just Euroweenie anti-war propaganda trash. Too bad.

What Kind of Catholic Are You?

You scored as Traditional Catholic. You look at the great piety and holiness of the Church before the Second Vatican Council and the decay of belief and practice since then, and see that much of the decline is due to failed reforms based on the "Spirit of the Council". You regret the loss of vast numbers of Religious and Ordained clergy and the widely diverging celebrations of the Mass of Pope Paul VI, which often don't even seem to be Catholic anymore. You are helping to rebuild this past culture in one of the many new Traditional Latin Mass communities or attend Eastern Catholic Divine Liturgy. You seek refuge from the world of pornography, recreational drugs, violence, and materialism. You are an articulate, confident, committed, and intelligent Catholic.

But do you support legitimate reform of the Church, and are you willing to submit to the directives of the Second Vatican Council? Will you cooperate responsibly with others who are not part of the Traditional community?

Traditional Catholic


New Catholic


Neo-Conservative Catholic


Radical Catholic


Evangelical Catholic


Lukewarm Catholic


Liberal Catholic


What is your style of American Catholicism?
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Not a big surprise.

Columbus Day

Columbus pwns you!

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Patriots' Update

With just over three and a half minutes to go, the Falcons have tied the game 28-28.

This is a pivotal game for the Pats. If they blow this, and they had a lead, I think that they can kiss goodbye to hopes for a 3rd consecutive Superbowl win, as it would be their third loss of the season. But if they win, their hopes stay alive.

On the positive side, their division is fairly weak. With 2 loses, they are only a half-game behind the current division leaders. And it would be no major feat to overtake them for the divisional title, which puts them, clearly, in the playoffs.

But I have a bad feeling that this will end up as a lost season if they can't pull off a win this week. I don't know if real football fanatics share my view, but there it is.

Well, they won it, 31-28, with a field goal with 17 seconds left. That creates some needed momentum and positive feeling that can help offset injury problems that, more than anything else, have plagued them the last three weeks.

The Sunday Cigar and Occasional Pipe

"The most futile and disastrous day seems well spent when it is reviewed through the blue, fragrant smoke of a Havana cigar."
Evelyn Waugh

Russell Kirk from the cover of a book. The '70s called. They want their jacket back.

Dr. Kirk from the 1950s or 1960s, avec cigar

William F. Buckley, Jr., the other founder of modern American conservatism, c. 1968

From the same Stars & Stripes interview. There are a lot more photos of WFB with a cigar, including the cover of The Sayings of Chairman Bill, but I just could not find them on line.

Many photos of Evelyn Waugh show him with a cigar

A self-portrait of Waugh

With not just a cigar, but a bowler!

An older Waugh

Waugh, painted in youth, with a pipe

A photo from Waugh's youthful, pipe-smoking days
"The cigar numbs sorrow and fills the solitary hours with a million gracious images."
George Sand

A G.K. Chesterton print

Chesterton around 1932, cigar in hand

Monsignor Ronald Knox with his pipe

J.R.R. Tolkien with his ubiquitous pipe

Rush Limbaugh lighting up on the golf course

From the cover of Time Magazine.
Peter Mayle, from a 1992 interview for Acquired Tastes:
I find it fascinating that some people have so many cigars that they have to keep them in some vault. It's rather wonderful -- tottering down from your club so you can go and say hello to your cigars. Taking one or two back for after lunch. It's marvelous. Those are the kinds of expensive habits that I think are totally seductive...

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

A glowing review from Barbara Nicolosi.

Sounds like a "must-see" event.

Add Ann Coulter To My List of Conservatives I Respect Who Oppose Miers

From Thursday's column.

I particularly like this bit:

...Some jobs are so dirty, you can only send in someone who has the finely honed hatred of liberals acquired at elite universities to do them. The devil is an abstraction for normal, decent Americans living in the red states. By contrast, at the top universities, you come face to face with the devil every day, and you learn all his little tropes and tricks.

Conservatives from elite schools have already been subjected to liberal blandishments and haven't blinked. These are right-wingers who have fought off the best and the brightest the blue states have to offer. The New York Times isn't going to mau-mau them – as it does intellectual lightweights like Jim Jeffords and Lincoln Chafee – by dangling fawning profiles before them. They aren't waiting for a pat on the head from Nina Totenberg or Linda Greenhouse. To paraphrase Archie Bunker, when you find a conservative from an elite law school, you've really got something.

The West Asian Earthquake Makes Katrina's Death Toll Pale In Comparison

It has reached 30,000 dead, and still counting.

And if that many are dead, imagine how many are homeless, have lost loved ones, etc. Pray for them.

Some Good Sports News

The BC Eagles beat Virginia 28-17 in the rain at the Heights yesterday. BC was ranked 18th going into the game, and now have a 5-1 record (2-1 in the ACC).

No word on the Saint John's Prep game.

The Pat's play this afternoon.

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