Saturday, November 30, 2002

Carl Olsen's take on a annoying Time article
is great. Of course the modernist types have been doing that to Tolkien since 1954. I take the fact that the movies are getting this type of reaction as a positive sign. It means they may actually be reflecting the book properly !
What's really funny is the typical way the Time writer assumes that if one believes in good and evil, one is therefore a simpleton who sees people as immutably good or bad. (Boromir, anyone ? )

Depressing statement by one of our Anglican brothers
I read this in my hard copy of Adoremus Bulletin, then found it online. The first thing that popped into my head ?
"Then many of his disciples who were listening said, 'This saying is hard; who can accept it?' " (Gospel of St. John, 6:60)

In the local news
There's a fuss over crèche parking. Now the signs can't acknowlege that people are coming there to see the crèche. Ah, well, it's worth the fuss. If you are in Pittsburgh before January 6, this nativity scene is definitely worth seeing. The picture on the site simply cannot do it justice.

The Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle
is today. There's information on him here . Blessings on Fr. Drew of the Oratory on his name day.

Friday, November 29, 2002

Just because
God's Ways not Our Ways - Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O.
Quia hæc locutus sum vobis, tristitia implevit cor vestrum.
Sed ego veritatem dico vobis. Expedit vobis.

Because I have spoken these things to you, sorrow hath filled your heart.
But I tell you the truth: it is expedient for you.

1. O MY Saviour, I adore Thee for Thy infinite wisdom, which sees what we do not see, and orderest all things in its own most perfect way. When Thou didst say to the Apostles that Thou wast going away, they cried out, as if Thou hadst, if it may be so said, broken faith with them. They seemed to say to Thee, "O Jesu, did we not leave all things for Thee? Did we not give up home and family, father and wife, friends and neighbours, our habits, our accustomed way of living, that we might join Thee? Did we not divorce ourselves from the world, or rather die to it, that we might be eternally united and live to Thee? And now Thou sayest that Thou art leaving us. Is this reasonable? is this just? is this faithfulness to Thy promise? Did we bargain for this? O Lord Jesus, we adore Thee, but we are confounded, and we know not what to say!"

2. Yet let God be true, and every man a liar. Let the Divine Word triumph in our minds over every argument and persuasion of sensible appearances. Let faith rule us and not sight. Thou art justified, O Lord, when Thou art arraigned, and dost gain the cause when Thou art judged. For Thou didst know that the true way of possessing Thee was to lose Thee. Thou didst know that what man stands most of all in need of, and in the first place, is not an outward guide, though that he needs too, but an inward, intimate, invisible aid. Thou didst intend to heal him thoroughly, not slightly; not merely to reform the surface, but to remove and destroy the heart and root of all his ills. Thou then didst purpose to visit his soul, and Thou didst depart in body, that Thou mightest come again to him in spirit. Thou didst not stay with Thy Apostles therefore, as in the days of Thy flesh, but Thou didst come to them and abide with them for ever, with a much more immediate and true communion in the power of the Paraclete.

3. O my God, in Thy sight, I confess and bewail my extreme weakness, in distrusting, if not Thee, at least Thy own servants and representatives, when things do not turn out as I would have them, or expected! Thou hast given me St. Philip, that great creation of Thy grace, for my master and patron—and I have committed myself to him—and he has done very great things for me, and has in many ways fulfilled towards me all that I can fairly reckon he had promised. But, because in some things he has disappointed me, and delayed, I have got impatient; and have served him, though without conscious disloyalty, yet with peevishness and coldness. O my dear Lord, give me a generous faith in Thee and in Thy servants!

It figures
I get a nice recommendation here and a link
here ...just when my page is giving me problems. Sigh.

Thursday, November 28, 2002

No blogging today
I have limited computer access today, plus I seem to be having some technical problems with my archive.

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

It's all over the Blogosphere, but I'm posting this link too...
Mr. Dreher sometimes drives me up the wall. However, this is a fine article on a tragedy I don't remember hearing anything about in the national media. Of course, I seldom watch, listen to, or read the national media, so it may be I'm merely missing the story there...but I doubt it.

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

My invitation arrived today
This is going to be one exciting December. First the premiere of The Two Towers. Then Christmas. And then...well, here's what the invitation says:
"With gratitude to Almighty God,
The Fathers of the Oratory
invite you to attend the Ordination of

Michael J. Darcy, C.O.

to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ
through the Imposition of Hands
and the Invocation of the Holy Spirit
by His Excellency

The Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl
Bishop of Pittsburgh

on Saturday, the twenty-eighth day of December
in the year of Our Lord
two thousand and two
at ten o' clock in the morning in

St. Paul Cathedral
Fifth Avenue and Craig Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania"

Talk about a December to remember !

Monday, November 25, 2002

Blogs4God asked us to send in little lists of things for which we thank God.
Here's mine :
I am thankful to God that I exist...
For the Incarnation and the Redemption...
For the Sacraments, and for the Eucharist in particular....
For the fact that the Faith engages all of a person, from the intellect and will to the aesthetic sense and the emotions...
For my mother...
For the Oratorians...
For my brothers and sisters in the Secular Oratory
For the college students and all the other people our Oratory serves...
For Our Lady and her fiat ...
For all the saints, with special gratitude for St. Philip Neri, the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, and Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O. ...
For the different writers whose works have given me so much, from St. Augustine and St. John Cassian, to Venerable Newman, G.K. Chesterton and Ronald Knox... Special gratitude for the amazing John Ronald Reuel Tolkien....
For Sunday Vespers with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament...
For our choir director, who, in an era of Haugen and Haas, has our congregation doing Gregorian chant and us singing Mozart, Palestrina, Victoria, and Byrd...
For the people I see reading Tolkien on the bus..
For the little quiver of joy I feel at weddings and ordinations...
I could go on and on, but I think that's enough for the moment...

Sunday, November 24, 2002

I've been waiting for this...
Somebody actually posted a drawing of Fëanor that somewhat resembles the picture I have in my head. I found this on Rolozo Tolkien .
Finding a decent picture of the Head of the House of the Dispossessed is not that easy.

Music at noon Mass
Processional Hymn: "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name"
Offertory: "Christus Vincit"- Ambrosian Chant
Communion: "Ave Domine" - Ludwig Senfl (1490-1543)
Recessional Hymn: "To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King"