Saturday, April 05, 2003

For Saturday
"Our Blessed Lady ought to be our love and our consolation."- St. Philip Neri
Unfortunately, I look more like a hobbit....


To which race of Middle Earth do you belong?
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Thanks to Ebbing Tide for the quiz.

Talk about 'better late than never'...
Couple Living Together 77 Years Marries .

Thanks to Zorak for the link.

This cracked me up...
Geraldo in Middle-earth...
(Note: To see the image, one needs to click on the button labeled, "Get Image" )

The Feast of St. Vincent Ferrer
is today. There is information on him here .
It is also the anniversary of the ordination of Fr. Joseph of the Pittsburgh Oratory to the priesthood. Ad multos annos !

Friday, April 04, 2003

I simply have to post this...
World Rat Day .

Today's first reading
is just too good not to blog.
"The wicked said among themselves, thinking not aright:
'Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;
he sets himself against our doings,
reproaches us for transgressions of the law
and charges us with violations of our training.
He professes to have knowledge of God
and styles himself a child of the Lord.
To us he is the censure of our thoughts;
merely to see him is a hardship for us,
Because his life is not like that of others,
and different are his ways.
He judges us debased;
he holds aloof from our paths as from things impure.
He calls blest the destiny of the just
and boasts that God is his Father.
Let us see whether his words be true;
let us find out what will happen to him.
For if the just one be the son of God, he will defend him
and deliver him from the hand of his foes.
With revilement and torture let us put him to the test
that we may have proof of his gentleness
and try his patience.
Let us condemn him to a shameful death;
for according to his own words, God will take care of him.'
These were their thoughts, but they erred;
for their wickedness blinded them,
and they knew not the hidden counsels of God;
neither did they count on a recompense of holiness
nor discern the innocent souls' reward. "

Wisdom 2:1a, 12-22

Short Meditations on the Stations of the Cross- Part Two
by Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O.

The Eighth Station
The Women of Jerusalem mourn for Our Lord
V. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

Ever since the prophecy of old time, that the Saviour of man was to be born of a woman of the stock of Abraham, the Jewish women had desired to bear Him. Yet, now that He was really come, how different, as the Gospel tells us, was the event from what they had expected. He said to them "that the days were coming when they should say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not borne, and the breasts which have not given suck." Ah, Lord, we know not what is good for us, and what is bad. We cannot foretell the future, nor do we know, when Thou comest to visit us, in what form Thou wilt come. And therefore we leave it all to Thee. Do Thou Thy good pleasure to us and in us. Let us ever look at Thee, and do Thou look upon us, and give us the grace of Thy bitter Cross and Passion, and console us in Thy own way and at Thy own time.

Pater, Ave, &c.

The Ninth Station
Jesus falls the third time
V. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

Satan will have a third and final fall at the end of the world, when he will be shut up for good in the everlasting fiery prison. He knew this was to be his end—he has no hope, but despair only. He knew that no suffering which he could at that moment inflict upon the Saviour of men would avail to rescue himself from that inevitable doom. But, in horrible rage and hatred, he determined to insult and torture while he could the great King whose throne is everlasting. Therefore a third time he smote Him down fiercely to the earth. O Jesus, Only-begotten Son of God, the Word Incarnate, we adore with fear and trembling and deep thankfulness Thy awful humiliation, that Thou who art the Highest, should have permitted Thyself, even for one hour, to be the sport and prey of the Evil One.

Pater, Ave, &c.

The Tenth Station
Jesus is stripped of His Garments
V. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

Jesus would give up everything of this world, before He left it. He exercised the most perfect poverty. When He left the Holy House of Nazareth, and went out to preach, He had not where to lay His head. He lived on the poorest food, and on what was given to Him by those who loved and served Him. And therefore He chose a death in which not even His clothes were left to Him. He parted with what seemed most necessary, and even a part of Him, by the law of human nature since the fall. Grant us in like manner, O dear Lord, to care nothing for anything on earth, and to bear the loss of all things, and to endure even shame, reproach, contempt, and mockery, rather than that Thou shalt be ashamed of us at the last day.

Pater, Ave, &c.

The Eleventh Station
Jesus is nailed to the Cross
V. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

Jesus is pierced through each hand and each foot with a sharp nail. His eyes are dimmed with blood, and are closed by the swollen lids and livid brows which the blows of His executioners have caused. His mouth is filled with vinegar and gall. His head is encircled by the sharp thorns. His heart is pierced with the spear. Thus, all His senses are mortified and crucified, that He may make atonement for every kind of human sin. O Jesus, mortify and crucify us with Thee. Let us never sin by hand or foot, by eyes or mouth, or by head or heart. Let all our senses be a sacrifice to Thee; let every member sing Thy praise. Let the sacred blood which flowed from Thy five wounds anoint us with such sanctifying grace that we may die to the world, and live only to Thee.

Pater, Ave, &c.

The Twelfth Station
Jesus dies upon the Cross
V. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

"Consummatum est." It is completed—it has come to a full end. The mystery of God's love towards us is accomplished. The price is paid, and we are redeemed. The Eternal Father determined not to pardon us without a price, in order to show us especial favour. He condescended to make us valuable to Him. What we buy we put a value on. He might have saved us without a price—by the mere fiat of His will. But to show His love for us He took a price, which, if there was to be a price set upon us at all, if there was any ransom at all to be taken for the guilt of our sins, could be nothing short of the death of His Son in our nature. O my God and Father, Thou hast valued us so much as to pay the highest of all possible prices for our sinful souls—and shall we not love and choose Thee above all things as the one necessary and one only good?

Pater, Ave, &c.

The Thirteenth Station
Jesus is laid in the arms of His Blessed Mother
V. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

He is thy property now, O Virgin Mother, once again, for He and the world have met and parted. He went out from Thee to do His Father's work—and He has done and suffered it. Satan and bad men have now no longer any claim upon Him—too long has He been in their arms. Satan took Him up aloft to the high mountain; evil men lifted Him up upon the Cross. He has not been in Thy arms, O Mother of God, since He was a child—but now thou hast a claim upon Him, when the world has done its worst. For thou art the all-favoured, all-blessed, all-gracious Mother of the Highest. We rejoice in this great mystery. He has been hidden in thy womb, He has lain in thy bosom, He has been suckled at thy breasts, He has been carried in thy arms—and now that He is dead, He is placed upon thy lap. Virgin Mother of God, pray for us.

Pater, Ave, &c.

The Fourteenth Station
Jesus is laid in the Sepulchre
V. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

Jesus, when He was nearest to His everlasting triumph, seemed to be farthest from triumphing. When He was nearest upon entering upon His kingdom, and exercising all power in heaven and earth, He was lying dead in a cave of the rock. He was wrapped round in burying-clothes, and confined within a sepulchre of stone, where He was soon to have a glorified spiritual body, which could penetrate all substances, go to and fro quicker than thought, and was about to ascend on high. Make us to trust in thee, O Jesus, that Thou wilt display in us a similar providence. Make us sure, O Lord, that the greater is our distress, the nearer we are to Thee. The more men scorn us, the more Thou dost honour us. The more men insult over us, the higher Thou wilt exalt us. The more they forget us, the more Thou dost keep us in mind. The more they abandon us, the closer Thou wilt bring us to Thyself.

Pater, Ave, &c.


God, who by the Precious Blood of Thy only-begotten Son didst sanctify the standard of the Cross, grant, we beseech Thee, that we who rejoice in the glory of the same Holy Cross may at all times and places rejoice in Thy protection, through the same Christ, our Lord.

End with one Pater, Ave, and Gloria, for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.

Meditations and Devotions
The Feast of St. Isidore of Seville, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, and proposed patron saint of the Internet
is today. There is information on him here. There is a prayer to request his intercession before going online here .

Thursday, April 03, 2003

Again, I am not a warblogger...
but, IMHO, this piece is clever enough for a link, and it connects with , ahem, one of my obessions...

From Mr. Bettinelli's blog

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

I will not blow my stack..I will not blow my stack....I will not blow my stack...
In my just mentioned Google search, I came across an egregious idiot listing my beloved Venerable Newman on a list of 'gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered saints'. ( To be fair, he did state that the Venerable 'almost certainly abstained from expressing his sexuality genitally.' )
His evidence for this ? That Venerable Newman wept bitterly over the death of his closest friend Fr. Ambrose St. John and requested that after his own death, he would be buried in the same grave .

Apparently, this man has no understanding of a. spiritual friendship b. pre-Victorian and Victorian-era sentimentality ......

At least the Venerable was in good company... in my quick glance I saw St. Paul and St. Jeanne Darc tarred with the same brush, and on evidence as slender-to-nonexistent.....
Sigh ....
I did a Google search on 'Oratorian spirituality', and the first four entries I get are all connected with the French version, which is interesting, but not quite the same thing as the original type of Congregation.

I did also get this link, but it was the fifth page of results...

I can't believe I forgot this....
Dave Alexander notes that in Mexico (and presumably other Spanish-speaking countries ?), an equivalent 'feast' to our 'April Fools Day' is celebrated on December 28, the Feast of the Holy Innocents. (Note: Direct link is not working- some scrolling is necessary)
Well, the Pittsburgh Oratory's own Fr. Michael's anniversary of entering the community is..April 1st. His date of ordination to the priesthood ? December 28.

Personally, I think St. Philip would heartily approve .......

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

In honor of the day...
I hereby post links to my favorite Tolkien humor-oriented fanfics.
A Letter from the Principal - Fëanor as a tiny little Elf. As seen by the Principal of his nursery school....
If Women Had Ruled Middle-earth - WARNING: Mild Adult Humor: The ladies of Arda discuss the Elves and Men in their lives....
Of Wine and Merriment - In which Glorfindel entertains little Arwen with a tale of one of her ancestors...
For Tuesday
by Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O. .....

1. Place yourself in the presence of God, kneeling with your hands clasped.

2. Read slowly and devoutly

Psalm xc. (as it is found in Compline)

3. Bring all you have read before you, as if you saw the Angels protecting you, especially your Guardian Angel.

4. Then say to God whatever is suggested to you; for instance:—

"He hath given His Angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. In their hands they shall bear thee up, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone."

(1) O my God, I will go forward in Thy way, for my Guardian goes with me. I am very blind; I know not what is before me. I know not what will happen to me in life. I do not know whether I shall live long, or die young. But this I know, that in health and sickness, in joy and sorrow, in youth and age, Thou wilt be with me.

(2) O my sweet Guardian, how beautiful thou art. I wish I could see thee. And thou art as pure and holy as thou art beautiful, and thy breath inspires chaste thoughts. And as gentle and kind as thou art pure.

5. Conclusion.—God of Angels, have mercy on me. Queen of Angels, pray for me.

Meditations and Devotions

Monday, March 31, 2003

Happy news...
Jen, who is one of the students who has been ministered to by the Oratory here, is entering The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia down in Nashville, Tennessee, this August. Prayers for her would be appreciated.

Sunday, March 30, 2003

A big thank you...
to the wonderful Jeff Miller. Thanks to him, and his tech savvy, my picture links are working on these posts . Thanks again !

May the angels lead her into paradise...
I mentioned that the wife of my friend Ed was ill . She passed away yesterday. Prayers for the repose of her soul, and the comfort of her family, would be most welcome.
Music at noon Mass
Processional Hymn: "Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days"
Offertory: "God So Loved the World"- Sir John Stainer (1840-1901)
Communion: "Jerusalem Quae Aedificatur" - Gregorian Chant
Recessional Hymn: "Hail, Redeemer, King Divine "