Tuesday, June 30, 2009
It's a great thing for thing for this to happen, and something that Philadelphians have been wiating for for a while: A center-city parish offering the older Roman rite. I've been asked to help out as a server, and hopefully, I can do so.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Plaudat agmen captivorum,
turba det christianorum
laetum suum et decorum
cantum Matri Virgini.
Simul omnes exsultemus
atque grati celebremus
lucem tantam, qua gaudemus
vincla fracta cernere.
Institutrix dulcis nostra.
Matrem providam te monstra
et captivos refove.
Caritate fac praeclaram
atque Nato redde caram
quam fundasti subolem.
Fac ut tibi grati simus;
et ut tartara possimus
evitare, cum abimus,
vultum tuum exhibe.
I would assume that if the written tune isn't found, one can use the stabat mater.
Speaking as a person from the 'hood, and you know what I mean, that kind of massive taxation on energy should be the thing everyone is talking about. All of us are constantly complaining about high electricity prices, most of us getting several shutoff notices a year because we simply can't afford to pay our bills. We go months without hot water, electricity, heating, and gas for cooking. It's not exaggeration, it's reality, and I have experience of it myself. The fact that the government wants to raise energy prices and tax us even more should be causing shock, outrage, even protests. But nary a word is said by the inner-city community, much less any of my fellow African-Americans. That something that's going to affect us so deeply, and in such a negative manner isn't even known by the general public is an outrage and a shame.
MJ's death was quite convenient for the radical regulation policies of the incumbent administration. It allowed them to rush through this ideology/special interests based bill ( and indeed, it is certainly for the benefit of a specific group of people, it's not as if All Americans or the great majority even beleive in man-cause climate change) without much public knowledge and criticism. Without much debate on the floor either. And It's quite sad, because deep down, sure many Americans are not too keen on further taxation, and effectively being punished by the state for using a necessity.
So, God forbidding, what happens if this bill goes into law? There are two possibilities. Firstly, we'll finally wake up out of our stupor and realize that we've been hoodwinked, bamboozled, run-amok, etc, etc, by liberal democrats into mindlessly throwing our support behind someone who's quite frankly, not our friend. Maybe we'll protest.
But since that's not going to happen, our betters will enjoy their sense of self achievement while we, the have-nots continue to have-not because of their unbridled and unexplainable desire for control.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I love the pedal on this version. The organ in this one sounds similar to the organ at my own parish.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Again, I called it last summer (Man, I'm on a roll here)
As many others predicted and as has been shown to us in recent months the Obama cabinet runs more like a smug psedo-socialist political scheme than a presidency. Some of us have grown tired with their apprent idea that simply waying "We won" with a smile on your face is an itellient response to politicians of other parties, former presidents included, who criticise their actions, as if winning the presidencey were some kind of blanket validation of their practices. But I digress.
My real point is that I can't agree with the logic for the massive spendind and wealth redistribution we've bene seeing and hearing about.
This is said logic:
It is the government's job to protect the livelihood of it's citizens*. In a sense, the government has a duty to provide for the needs of it's citizens, and they have a right to be provided for. Therefore, wealth redistribution for the sake of advancing the goal of protecting livelihood is justified, because it must be done for the government to accomplish what's basically a right. While there is truth to this, this innocent statement usually dovetails into some sort of validation for state controlled healthcare or laws made to protect citizens' health. This, I think, is because the statement that they leave out where I've put the asterisk is "Whether they want it or not"
The whole thing is better summed up here.
Monday, June 22, 2009
So, yesterday after mass yesterday, I asked Fr.James what to do now that I have the requisite high school diploma, and he told me to talk Fr. Matthew, which I forgot to do, but will do next Sunday. I've actually been planning this for several weeks, but I get cold feet at the last minute, for obvious reasons. Seeing as how I'm the only Catholic in my anti-Catholic Pentecostal family, for me to go off and join a monastery is probably the worst thing I could do. To tell the truth, they don't even know that I left protestantism for catholicism years ago. They think that I'm just a non-church going backslidden christian. So yeah, lolshockvalue. That, and all my family are ordained ministrs in various churches, some well known in the neighborhood, so when this gets out, i'll really be out.
Part of me already knows the two possible reactions.
1) "You're a preacher's kid, so it's natural for you to rebel eventually. It's just a phase you'll grow out of." Or:
2) "You're all on hard times, and you're just trying to escape your life. It's just a phase you'll grow out of."
Neither is really true. I've been formulating my approach. The easiest way would be to wait till there's an argument, and bring it up. They'll be distracted and I still get the message out. I bring up that my dad always says that when I was dedicated to God as an infant, the minister prophecied that I would be in ministry, something that if it happenned, turned out to be true. (With a shocking twist!) I then say in my most respectfull manner that I'm not asking their permission, I'm telling them what I'm doing with my life.
That all happens the night before I leave to go to my postulancy. That of course is'nt as hard as finding the right order. I'm looking for one not entirely stuck in 1970's pseudo-liberalism, dissent, outdated theology and practice. It should have a habit worn in public, communal office and devotions. If anyone's read Michael Rose's 'Goodbye, good men" , ( As polemic as it may be, it does contain some truth.) they should have an idea of what I'm avoiding.
That said, I've narrowed it down to these five possible orders:
Now, since the Mercedarians are the easiest to travel to, I'll try them first.
*ETA* And I'm going over for a visit today.
*ETA again* And I'm spending three days at the monastery starting this Thursday. I'll make a formal reqgest and begin my application. Please pray for me so that I'll be brave enough to tell mom and pop what I'm doing, because I'm so scared I feel like I need to binge on junk food to calm down.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I did'nt start using this term until recently. I first picked it up at Michael Lawrence's blog, and have been using it on and off for some time now.
Now, it should be obvious what it means, right? Nanny state refers to government protection by intervention. The government means to protect it's citizens by passing laws, policies, or in other ways excessively controlling the lives of it's citizens, regarless of their personal desires. For example, smoking bans, trans fat bans, drinking laws , drug laws, and excessive safety laws. It should be blatantly obvious that this does'nt work. If Prohibition has taught us anything*, it's that making an action illegal does'nt stop it. It's not actually possible in my mind, to legislate personal behaviour and desires.
Now, don't get me wrong. I do not advocate that the government should legislate nothing whatever regarding behaviours. In fact, I counsider myself bound by my religion to to support legislation against crimes which trespass against justice, be they crimes against life, against property, or even some unacceptable moral behaviours. The problem I'm speaking about is rather that, nowadays, anything that can be shown to have a negative effect on a person's life is fair game to be made illegal, or at least discouraged by other laws. hence, since the government can't totally outlaw fatty foods, they make them expensive and limit who can sell them. (Currently in my own city, all transfat is illegal.) Skating in Philly's love park is dangerous, as it's extremely easy to get injured. So that is illegal as well.
Certain games can have a negative effect on a person's psyche. sometimes inciting violence. Now, due to government mandated censorship, it seems that first amendment rights do not apply to the gaming industry, of which many examples could be pointed out. You and I see it in possible 'green' regulations. With global warming and the impending overpopulation of the world, some people are brave enough to advocate a return to some of America's practices of Eugenics (Which I did my term paper on this year) and we're all familiar with pres.Obama's statement that government-induced bankrupting of the coal industry might be a neccesary evil. Those are all examples of government intervention, and current news seems to support the idea that there is mor to come: Socialized medicine, government regulated commerce, mandatory youth camps, etc, etc.
So you're wondering now "What exactly is this r'tard's point? " or something to amounting to those words. Basically, I don't think that the current overregulation of private lives does any real good. I don't think that the kind of government intervention in the economy and private busineess that we've been hearing of, or the over regulation we've seen recently can lead to much of anything, other than more arrests and prosecutions, and a possible slide into to Socialism-Lite.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I got an e-mail from a friend from school letting me know that one of my good friend overdosed on pain medication and died yesterday. There are'nt any plans for a funeral yet.
Thisis running like one of those Tyler Perry-style dramtic plays. Maybe there will be a big happy endidng and a dramatic chorus sung at the nearest church.
Sorry, I use bad humour as an 'upper'
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Sadly, it looks like my dad is going through a fourth bout of cancer. This time, it's in his liver. We were really hoping that last time (about three months ago) was the last time, but it's not so. Withpit getting into details, or depressing you with things that you don't want to hear, it's put a real strain on the family. Especially today. It's been a hard day, and with Mom at work (and who knows where else) and all my other siblings living their lives, it's just me and one of my brothers taking care of the house. Dad told us not to visit him today. I don'nt know why, but I wish he had'nt. My aunt invited herself over, talked about how much she does'nt like my mother, and genrally made a mess of things. I'm sure whem I'm more mature, I'll've learned to deal like a normal adult.
Now, that's all I'm going to say. I'm still trying to keep up the visage of a normal, loving, close-knit family, y'know.
Jesu, mercy, Mary, pray.
Oh, he's like God. I did'nt catch it the first time, sorry. Without being a prophet of doom and a megalomaniac. is it okay if I remind you all that I called this somtime last fall?
Now, I could try to be objective and say that it's all just a mistaken idea based on poorly chosen words, and I'll accept that, but either way, it's a little much to say that this man, however important he may be, is like God. But then again, considering his moves for big government and constant government intrusion on the private sector, he could be likened to a verison of the hyper calvinist deity: always intruding on every little bit of everyone's life to make sure that everything goes exactly the way he wants it to be, so there are not real trangressions of his law.*
*This is a political post, so yes, I will exaggerate theology to make a point.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
...Like plan his own funeral. Well, having served many, many funerals, I can confidently say that I've seen enough not to leave it up to anyone except me, I've seen so much silly and stupid stuff done. So, this is what I'd like:
Chants from the 74' Roman gradual except the reponsorial psalm.
hymn at the entrance: O God our help in ages past.
Mass setting: A setting in English that I'm eventually going to write.
Psalm: Psalm 27, chanted through to the tonus peregrinus
Offertory: Motet: I heard a voice from heaven say, Thomas Tomkins. hymn: Be thou my vision
Communion: Psalm 66, chanted in English to the 3rd tone with ending B in the Liber Usualis, given for psalm 115, Credidi propter quod locutus sum. hymn: Jerusalem, my happy home. (Westminster hymnal version.) Motet: Ave verum corpus, Edward Elgar.
Recessional: Nunc Dimittus, chanted in English to Tone 8g given in the Liber Usualis.
That's for music, which you know is my thing. Now for the homily, don't canonize me. I'll be temporarily raised just long enough to clobber the priest who does it anyway. Instead, speak of about how if I was a faithful Christian, I can look forward to the union with God and his saints in heaven for eternity after a my purgatory is done. Therefore, everyone should offer up rosaries, novenas, and penances on my behalf if they want me to enjoy that blessedness sooner. If, and only if, a eulogy must be given, (and I really don't want one because trust me, they'd have to leave out a lot of stuff to make me look goood) It can be given at the grave before I'm commended and buried.
Don't do anything outside of these lines. Or else,I'll come back and get you.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Our American papers are pretty prone to obvious bias and slants. The internet is refreshing, because living in democratville, it's not often you can find a balanced article on anything. Most things political are written from a Democratic point of view. It's gotten so that I don't buy papers, and If I find them, I ignore certain writers who are guaranteed to make me wish I had'nt read them/found the paper/ woke up in the morning. Especially the local Metro. Even when they try to be balanced, they still belittle conservatives. There are bright spots here and there. A Democratic supporter of President Obama once asked seriously, exactl what did our president accomplish in his first few month/ Nothing really, said the man. As on, time goes on, he's written articles pointing out obvious and possible mistakes he's made. A month ago, he proved my fears by writing an article asking why every time he writes an article seriously and fairly criticising the president, he gets flooded with angry letters decrying his audacity to criticise. No one is above criticism. Except, seemingly in the minds of some, the president. I could cite others, but I like that one. I should clarify that they don't usually lie by comission, but only by omission.
There are'nt a lot of black organists, epsecially on youtube. I also like this composition of his.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
St. Vincent Ferrer on the Blessed Eucharist:
The third secret wonder of this sacrament is the sacramental indwelling. O wonderful it is that
the whole Christ dwells in such a small quantity. You ask how is this possible? Again how is it
possible that when the host is broken, the whole Christ is not broken, moreover the whole
remains integral, even in each broken particle. Here all rules of philosophy fail. Nevertheless
for your consolation I will show you a comparison to the eye, from your image howsoever large
you may be, which is received whole in a mirror. If there were a hundred thousand or even more
mirrors in front of you, your image would be in all of them. And if you break a mirror,
nevertheless the image is not broken, but in each of its fragments it remains integral. Shall not
God the Father be able to do the same with his image, who is Christ? Christ is the image of the
invisible God. (Cf 2 Cor 4:4, and Col 1:15). The host is a mirror, someone said. Is it not like an
image in a mirror, which is not corporeal, and of Christ in the host, which has a real body. I say
that always, because the glorified body is more subtle than an image which is prevented from
entering the mirror by a little handkerchief [panno]. Nothing can impede a glorified body; [it is]
more subtle than light, than a voice, than even an image. Therefore, once the words are
pronounced, immediately the whole body is in the host, like the image in the mirror.
Therefore of this consecrated host it can be said "For she is the brightness of eternal light, and
the unspotted mirror of God's majesty, and the image of his goodness," (Wis 7:26). " For she is
the brightness of eternal light," with respect to the divinity which is there. For which it must be
known that by the power of the word alone it is there, namely under the appearance of bread, the body of Christ, but from real concomitance there is also there the soul, because the body of
Christ is there as a living body, which is not without a soul, nor without blood.
If in the triduum [triduo, thee day duration of Christ's entombment] the Apostles had
consecrated, only the dead body of Christ would have been there, which was [its state] at that
time. But now it is alive, together with the soul and blood and divinity. By the power of the
words only the body is there, but concomitantly the soul is there with its excellences and the
divinity with all its perfections. Just as if some lord had invited a certain great lord or prelate to
dinner, and he had arrived with his shield-bearers, by virtue of the words of invitation., only the
lord himself or the prelate was invited, but from concomitance or association the shield-bearers
were also there. Thus the priest by consecrating with the power of the words, consecrates
precisely only the body of Christ, but the soul, blood and divinity follow him. Therefore think
what you eat, when you receive communion, because there is something greater there than all
things corporeal, namely the body of Christ, something there more excellent than spiritual
creatures, namely the soul of Christ, and divinity also is there, which is above everything which
God made or will make or can make. Therefore the authority says, "For she is the brightness of
eternal light," (Wis 7:26), namely with respect to divinity.
Therefore the host is round, which signifies the eternity of God and a mirror without flaw, with
respect to the soul, ”and the unspotted mirror," with respect to the soul. Therefore the host ought
to be most pure and white. "and the image of his goodness," (Wis 7:26). with respect to the body
through which he accomplished his goodness in the work of redemption.
Morally, we have here a teaching which if we wish to receive communion in a dignified way,
we have three, namely, the brightness of eternal light through true belief without error and false
opinion. Secondly, the mirror unspotted through chastity. Third that we have the image of his
goodness through firm friendship, because just as Christ did not wish to take revenge on his
enemies, neither should you out of your love of him. Therefore Christ, "Blessed are the
peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God," (Mt 5:9). Note "peacemakers" from its
etymology, i.e. making peace, and cursed is he who impedes peace about which it can be said,
"Damned are the warmongers, because they shall be called children of the devil."
Friday, June 12, 2009
I once had a booklet that explained all the titles given in the litany, with a meditation on each, but it's gone now.
This is a novena I found. I'll probably use it before the feast of the Eucharistic heart of Jesus.:
Lord Jesus, Who hast deigned to open by Thy special love the unutterable goodness and riches of Thy Heart to Thy Bride, the Church: grant to us, Thy servants, that we may merit to be enriched and refreshed by Thy heavenly graces, flowing from this sweetest of fountains.
V. Heart of Jesus, burning with love for us.
R. Set our hearts on fire with love of Thee.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who hast said: Ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you; we beseech Thee, grant us the gift of Thy divine love, that with all our heart, our words and deeds we may ever love Thee and never cease praising Thee.
V. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, most obedient to the will of the Father.
R. Incline our hearts to Thee, that we may do always what is pleasing to Thee.
O divine Heart of Jesus, grant, we pray Thee, eternal rest to the souls in purgatory, final grace to those who are about to die, true repentance to sinners, the light of faith to non Christians, and Thy blessing to us and all who are dear to us. To Thee, therefore, we commend all these souls, and in their behalf we offer unto Thee all the merits of Thy Sacred Heart.
V. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, thirsting for our salvation.
R. Recall us sinners to Thy Heart, that we may not die in our sins.
Let us pray.
O God, Who mercifully deigns to bestow upon us in the Heart of Thy Son, which was wounded for our sins; the infinite treasures of love, grant, we beseech Thee, that we who pay Him the devout homage of our affection may likewise exhibit a worthy reparation for our sins. Through the same Christ our Lord.
(Lastly, don't forget to keep reading this.)
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Remember I got those Faber-Castell pens for my birthday last year? Well, I have'nt really used them at all. But, yesterday I had an idea for a picture, and I drew it. I thought it looked wrong in pencil but was afraid to ink it, lest I ruin it again. But I did it anyway, and you see the result, Yup, I love how it came out. Please see the full size here. (Since Opera won't let me re-size pictures and photos.)h
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The internet was out for a while, hence a lack of posting. We had a huge storm yesterday. I mean, hugue. Thunder strong enough to shake the house and put out the lights. Ginger hates storms, and spent most of the day hiding under my bed.
I started drawing a picture of my original character for my possible manga. You know, I bought some real manga paper so that I don't have to draw my own margins. The proportions are kinda off. Cobbs Creek unfortunately did'nt happen. Dad was'nt feeling good, so we stayed home. We'll go another day, but it's not the same. The creek was swelled by the rain, and it was a perfect 73 degrees outside today. I got some time to get back to BWV542 today. It's extremely difficult. I can barely manage the third voice of the fugue, so it'll take me a good few months to get it down. ake rig
I really want some cake right now. There is'nt any though. There are waffles though.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
The Athanasian Creed.
Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith.Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
And the Catholic Faith is this:
That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance.
For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost.
But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one, the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost.
The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, and the Holy Ghost uncreate.
The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible,and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.
The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal.
And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal.
As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated, but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible.
So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty.
And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.
So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God.
And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.
So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord.
And yet not three Lords, but one Lord.For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by himself to be both God and Lord,
So are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion, to say, here be three Gods, or three Lords.
The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten.
The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten.
The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son, neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other; none is greater, or less than another;
But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal.
So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.
Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess, that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man;
God, of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the Substance of his Mother, born in the world;
Perfect God and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting;
Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead; and inferior to the Father, as touching his Manhood.
Who although he be God and Man, yet he is not two, but one Christ;
One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking of the Manhood into God;
One altogether, not by confusion of Substance, but by unity of Person.
For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ;
Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead.
He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, from whence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies and shall give account for their own works.
And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting, and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.
This is the Catholic Faith, which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.
Collect of the day:
O God our Father, who, in sending thy Word of Truth and the Spirit of sanctification into the world, didst declare thine admirable Mystery unto men: Grant to us in the confession of the true faith, to know the glory of the Eternal Trinity, and to adore Its Unity in the strength of Its majesty.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son, Who lives and reigns with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Sorry, I made it. It need'nt have been quite as grainy, but I only had three suitable colors for the shirt and two for the pants/gloves. I may make another version after I get my graduation present. ( A new pack of Prisma 48's, plus some extra colors .)
Monday, June 1, 2009
Sacred heart of Jesus Window in the south transept of my parish's church.
Besides Our Lady, this is my favorite devotion. I'll try to read Peace, Joy, and Love. It's the best book on devotion to the sacred heart that I've read. Do read it if you can get ahold of a copy. Prepare for loys of sacred heart related posts.h