Saturday, June 05, 2004

A thank-you to Zadok...
I mentioned that the Venerable commented on the surplice riots, and he found and blogged a lengthy,delightful quote .
Please pray...
for the victims of these terrible crimes.

Link courtesy of Jeff Miller.

It begins....
The Novena of the Litany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Priest and Victim in prospect of the American bishops' meeting in Denver, June 14 through June 20, 2004, that is.
Lane Core has kindly provided the necessary texts.

On June 5, 1847
Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O., celebrated his First Mass.
"To me nothing is so consoling, so piercing, so thrilling, so overcoming, as the Mass, said as it is among us. I could attend Masses for ever, and not be tired. It is not a mere form of words—it is a great action, the greatest action that can be on earth. It is, not the invocation merely, but, if I dare use the word, the evocation of the Eternal. He becomes present on the altar in flesh and blood, before whom angels bow and devils tremble. This is that awful event which is the scope, and the interpretation, of every part of the solemnity. Words are necessary, but as means, not as ends; they are not mere addresses to the throne of grace, they are instruments of what is far higher, of consecration, of sacrifice." - Loss and Gain
The Feast of St. Boniface,O.S.B., Archbishop and Martyr
is today. There is information on him here. To all those who have him as a special patron, happy feast day !
It is also the feast of his co-worker St. Hadulph, O.S.B., Martyr.

Friday, June 04, 2004

For Friday
"One drop of His blood had been sufficient to satisfy for our sins; He might have offered His circumcision as an atonement, and it would have been sufficient; one moment of His agony of blood had been sufficient, one stroke of the scourge might have wrought a sufficient satisfaction. But neither circumcision, agony, nor scourging was our redemption, because He did not offer them as such. The price He paid was nothing short of the whole treasure of His blood, poured forth to the last drop from His veins and sacred heart. He shed His whole life for us; He left Himself empty of His all. He left His throne on high; He gave up His home on earth; He parted with His Mother, He gave His strength and His toil, He gave His body and soul, He offered up His passion, His crucifixion, and His death that man should not be bought for nothing. This is what the apostle intimates in saying that we are 'bought with a great price'; and the prophet, while he declares that 'with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him a copious' or 'plenteous redemption'. " -Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O. Discourses to Mixed Congregations
You know,I didn't realize...
that I missed Reginald.
A bit of good news...
I may have hit a turnaround on the job situation. Continued prayers would be most appreciated.
has wonderful news !
It's nice to see...
that some young folks are standing up for modesty, but isn't it a bit odd that Fox chose to place a Victoria's Secret ad at the top of this story ? Undermining the news even as they report it...sigh...

Link courtesy of Mayor Samwise.
The Feast of St. Petroc, Abbot
is today. There is information on him here.
It is also the feast of Blessed Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad,C.SS.S., Virgin . To any Brigettines out there, happy feast day !

Thursday, June 03, 2004

On June 3, 1844
Venerable John Henry Newman, who had given up his Anglican ministry the previous year but was still struggling with whether or not he should come into the Catholic Church, wrote this letter to his sister:
"'Calmet's Dictionary' was a book the boys had (i.e. brought from home) at school, and was popular. It is, in fact, a very popular book, as well as a good book, and I am surprised aunt and you should not know it. I have never seen it myself since I was a boy. I wish I had, but it is too dear to buy. For a long while I used to think Calmet was a Protestant; but he was a good monk of the Benedictine Order, a strict man and a reformer in his day. I know two other of his works—his Comment on the Rule of St. Benedict, and his Literal Commentary on Scripture, which I think Adam Clarke (!) pronounced the best commentary on Scripture extant; it is very good certainly.

… You must not be surprised if I should determine on giving up my Fellowship: but at present I have no plan formed.

I was glad to see J. Fourdrinier and Mr. Deane. You must not suppose I put on a cheerfulness because people do not find out I have cares; the truth is (thank God!) I am cheerful. And though it so entirely depends on Him that I might be cast down for good and all any day, and know not, of course, what is before me, yet having sound sleep at night, and quiet days, and trying to serve Him without aims of this world, however imperfectly, how can I but be cheerful, as I am? And I trust He will overrule all painful things which myself or others have to bear, to our good. Of course the pain of my friends is what cuts me, and I do not know how I shall bear it; but He gives us strength according to our day. "

Priceless quote...
courtesy of Steve Skojec.
Great image
by Scott Hahn, courtesy of TSO.

Lane Core
has proposed that we begin a Litany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Priest and Victim on Saturday,to pray for our bishops here in the US before they begin their meeting on June 14. Sounds like a great idea to me !
The Feast of the Martyrs of Uganda
is today. There is information on these wonderful witnesses to the Faith here. Prayers for all those who are persecuted for following Christ now would be appropriate.
It is also the feast of St. John Grande, O.H., St. Kevin, Abbot, and St. Clotilde, Widow.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

I will be restoring my post links.I've just added the first two.
Mark Shea...
has an interesting article which involves,among other topics, the Professor.
I'm not a Python fan...
but I still think this is funny.
Lane !
I was planning to post that ! Not all of us have access to a computer before afternoon.....
Oh, well, I guess I'll post a notice that the final part of Apologia Pro Vita Sua was published as a pamphlet on this date in 1864.
Oh, and this bit of verse....
by Venerable John Henry Newman,C.O.

"And He said, It is finished."
"One only, of God's messengers to man,
Finish'd the work of grace, which He began;
E'en Moses wearied upon Nebo's height,
Though loth to leave the fight
With the doom'd foe, and yield the sun-bright land
To Joshua's armèd hand.

And David wrought in turn a strenuous part,
Zeal for God's house consuming him in heart;
And yet he might not build, but only bring
Gifts for the Heavenly King;
And these another rear'd, his peaceful son,
Till the full work was done.

List, Christian warrior! thou, whose soul is fain
To rid thy Mother of her present chain;
Christ will avenge His Bride; yea, even now
Begins the work, and thou
Shalt spend in it thy strength, but, ere He save,
Thy lot shall be the grave. "

June 2, 1833.

You see, anything that might possibly keep an unborn baby alive if the mother doesn't absolutely want the little tyke...
is a problem, even if the kid is late term and halfway out into the world.
God have mercy on this sick society.

Link courtesy of Gerard Serafin.
It seems that Enbrethiliel
was insulted yesterday. Pray for this man, so that his blindness may be lifted.
The Feast of Sts. Marcellinus and Peter, Martyrs
is today. There is information on them here.
It is also the feast of Pope St. Eugene I, St. Stephen of Sweden, Bishop and Martyr, and St. Erasmus, Bishop and Martyr, who is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Relics of Saints
by Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O.
"He is not the God of the dead, but of the living; for all
live unto Him.

" 'The Fathers are in dust, yet live to God:' "—
So says the Truth; as if the motionless clay
Still held the seeds of life beneath the sod,
Smouldering and struggling till the judgment-day.

And hence we learn with reverence to esteem
Of these frail houses, though the grave confines;
Sophist may urge his cunning tests, and deem
That they are earth;-but they are heavenly shrines."

June 1, 1833

The Feast of St. Justin Martyr
is today. There is information on him here.
It is also the feast of Blessed John Storey, Martyr.

Music at the 11:30 am Mass on the Solemnity of Pentecost
Processional Hymn:" Come, Holy Ghost"
Sequence: "Veni Sancte Spiritus" - Chant
Offertory: "Come Down, O Love Divine"- Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Communion: "Veni Creator Spiritus" - Chant
Recessional Hymn: "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling"