Saturday, January 13, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
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Thursday, January 11, 2007
So many crucifixes one finds here are so bland, depicting no wounds or suffering. At most, there is a little blood trickling from the hands, feet, and side of Our Lord. And maybe a drop or two from the crown of thorns. But the reality was much more like The Passion of the Christ than the infamous "Resurrection Crucifix", or, as I call it, "always Easter, and never Good Friday."
This crucifix is obviously 20th century, as it accurately depicts the method of nailing Our Lord's hands to the Cross (and that appears almost never before the 20th century). it is from Italy, and there is a legend about the wounds giving off a perfume. It is pretty moderate with regard to the level of bloodiness. Perhaps a little too sterile, as it doesn't really reflect the marks from the scourging.
Be that as it may, I would love to have a Crucifix like this one. It is so very well done that it stands out remarkably from what we are used to.
The main news story was the slap-down administered by the baseball writers who vote to Mark McGwire, for his use of steroids, which calls into question the legitimacy of his homerun record.
And then, like the boy in the bubble, there is Pete Rose, who achievements undoubtably merit entrance into the Hall of Fame, but whose gambling behaviour precludes him on moral and ethical grounds.
The two cases are not similar, and of the two, I would much rather see Rose enter than McGwire.
They are still working on the 1962 edition of the Roman Breviary, which will be a great adjunct to their wonderful updated 1962 Missal.
For the record, I don't know, or really care to know, anyone named Ali, Hasan, Mohamed, or anyone in the entire continent of Africa. Also for the record, I never have, and never will enter the UK National Lottery.
So anything addressed to me from any of these sources is spam, and can be trashed without even showing up in my bulk folder. OK, Yahoo?
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
So, what have I missed? Not much.
There is still no motu proprio on the Latin Mass issued from the Holy See. But, as ever, its release is said to be "imminent."
The arch-bishop-designate for Warsaw had to resign in disgrace just before his scheduled installation Mass, after it was revealed that he had been a spy for the former Communist regime. That speaks volumes about the utterly terrible manner in which bishops, archbishops, and cardinals are appointed in the Church, the utter lack of candid information that reaches the Holy Father, the gaping chasm of personal knowledge of the personality of the men who get appointed. We have seen it here with some of his appointments to US sees, like San Francisco.
Holy Trinity is still looking down the cannon's mouth, with closure seemingly more assured than ever, and the Latin Mass on the move soon to Newton.
Mitt Romney is no longer Governor of Massachusetts. That title now belongs to Hon. Deval Patrick (Moonbat-Massachusetts).
Hillary Clinton is having a devil of a time with a little tempest in a teapot for freshman senator Barak Obama. We wish her many more such.
Control of the US Senate remains up in the air, hinging on the health of an ailing Democrat senator from a state with a Republican governor.
Iraq remains a mess.
Iran and Syria remain to be dealt with, but no one has the guts to do it, or even talk about it.
Jimmy's Harborside restaraunt was demolished. I ate lunch there my one and only time on one of the days of the bar exam back in 1989, since it was held practically next door.
And long-time Boston City Councilor Jimmy Kelly died yesterday after a heroic battle with brain cancer. Requiescat in pace.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
From Wilson's Almanac.
Another Plough Monday, and the end of Christmas festivity and vacation for another year. One is reminded of the line from W. H. Auden's Christmas Oratorio, that, though we are now in the merry season of carnival, there is vague awareness of the "whiff of apprehension at the thought of Lent and Good Friday."
Here is Auden in full:
Well, so that is that. Now we must dismantle the tree,
Putting the decorations back into their cardboard boxes --
Some have got broken -- and carrying them up to the attic.
The holly and the mistletoe must be taken down and burnt,
And the children got ready for school. There are enough
Left-overs to do, warmed-up, for the rest of the week --
Not that we have much appetite, having drunk such a lot,
Stayed up so late, attempted -- quite unsuccessfully --
To love all of our relatives, and in general
Grossly overestimated our powers. Once again
As in previous years we have seen the actual Vision and failed
To do more than entertain it as an agreeable
Possibility, once again we have sent Him away,
Begging though to remain His disobedient servant,
The promising child who cannot keep his word for long.
The Christmas Feast is already a fading memory,
And already the mind begins to be vaguely aware
Of an unpleasant whiff of apprehension at the thought
Of Lent and Good Friday which cannot, after all, now
Be very far off. But, for the time being, here we all are,
Back in the moderate Aristotelian city
Of darning and the Eight-Fifteen, where Euclid's geometry
And Newton's mechanics would account for our experience,
And the kitchen table exists because I scrub it.
It seems to have shrunk during the holidays. The streets
Are much narrower than we remembered; we had forgotten
The office was as depressing as this. To those who have seen
The Child, however dimly, however incredulously,
The Time Being is, in a sense, the most trying time of all.
For the innocent children who whispered so excitedly
Outside the locked door where they knew the presents to be
Grew up when it opened. Now, recollecting that moment
We can repress the joy, but the guilt remains conscious;
Remembering the stable where for once in our lives
Everything became a You and nothing was an It.
And craving the sensation but ignoring the cause,
We look round for something, no matter what, to inhibit
Our self-reflection, and the obvious thing for that purpose
Would be some great suffering. So, once we have met the Son,
We are tempted ever after to pray to the Father;
"Lead us into temptation and evil for our sake."
They will come, all right, don't worry; probably in a form
That we do not expect, and certainly with a force
More dreadful than we can imagine. In the meantime
There are bills to be paid, machines to keep in repair,
Irregular verbs to learn, the Time Being to redeem
From insignificance. The happy morning is over,
The night of agony still to come; the time is noon:
When the Spirit must practice his scales of rejoicing
Without even a hostile audience, and the Soul endure
A silence that is neither for nor against her faith
That God's Will will be done, That, in spite of her prayers,
God will cheat no one, not even the world of its triumph.