Friday, March 06, 2015

Something to think about at Mass....

When you clap for the birthday boy, or the anniversary couple or the choir at Mass remember that the only people who clapped at Calvary were Our Lord's enemies.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Daughters of Charity, then and now

I was looking a pictures of liturgical dancers* and found one at the bottom of this post that made me really sad. The Daughters/Sisters of Charity were my old high school nuns and I remember them with affection.

St. Louise, co-foundess of the Daughters of Charity

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, foundress of the American Sisters of Charity, it's rule was based on the French Daughters of Charity, founded by St. Vincent dePaul and St. Louise de Marillac

Servant of God, Sr. Blandina Segal of Sante Fe New Mexico
In 1850, the Sisters of Charity decided to join with the French Daughters of Charity. 
Mother Clementine was the Superior of the order at the time of the unification.

A Canadian Sister of Charity performing a liturgical dance.

* Liturgical dance is another sad example of  the Protestantization of our Church. Seriously, why is this allowed? It's self aggandizement in the house of God. On a merely human level it's either immodest and an occasion of sin for some,  or sadly ridiculous. The dancers either look like writhing  Orion slave girls or they are old women who have clearly forgotten that white hair ill becomes a fool and jester.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Peter in danger?

"Theologians debating sex is a terrible sign:it was while the Byzantines debated that of the angels that the Turks arrived" Indro Montanelli

Until I saw this quote I didn't know who  the late, Italian journalist, Mr. Indro Montanelli was but I can not get his remark out of my mind. The ISIS monsters have said they will attack Rome. Since they've done everything they've said they would do it's reasonable to assume that they mean this threat. My hope is that the many, many wealthy Arabs who shop in Rome and enjoy it very much will be able to speak to whomever it is who funds ISIS these days but these boys seem so far out of control that they might be like Frankenstein's monster once it left the castle laboratory. Islam, as a dangerous force has returned. Perhaps this is allowed as a scourge. Since our bishops are trying to turn the Faith into a Prostestantesque (and not even main line) thing with big sloppy kisses for publicly unrepentant sinners maybe it's time for the "Turks" to arrive again.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Goodbye childhood friend....

Farewell, Mr. Spock.

After the Wedding

Today it's not uncommon at Catholic weddings for the bride to leave her bouquet at Our Lady's chapel but in 1880s France Breton brides would come to church on the day after with her flowers.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I don't think St. Basil would be pleased

When I think of Father Rosica and Fr. Timothy Scott I have to wonder what the heck is wrong with the Basilian order?

Mother Vogl, pray for us.
St. John Eudes, pray for us.
St. John Vianney, pray for us.
St. Basil, pray for us. 

a beautiful memory

When I was seven or eight I stood in my church, St. Augustine, leaned against a pillar and looked up in awe at the light dancing from the stained glass portraits of Saints Paul and Augustine. They almost seemed to breathe and look down benignly on me. This painting brought that beautiful memory back to me.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

An update on my uncle

My uncle has stabilized enough to be moved from the Critical Care unit at the hospital into a rehabilitation hospital. He has a tracheotomy and is lethargic. If you speak or touch him he responds. The staff at the rehab hospital are all very kind and upbeat.  I need to go to the nursing home and secure some of my uncle's things. The last time I was there it was obvious that someone had been watching his TV because the channel had been changed so I should probably get Rocky to take it home.  I really hope I don't see the nurse practitioner or his RN because I am not confident that I'll be civil.
Thank you all for your prayers.