Tuesday, December 02, 2008

what I'm reading & hearing

Last year I tried to use the Little Office of the Virgin Mary and just didn't get the routine down. Today I visited the Catholic Information Center bookstore in DC and bought a copy of The Divine Office for Dodos by Madeline Nugent. I'm going to try to learn to do the simplified version of the Liturgy of the Hours. I'll be buying the one volume breviary, not the big ole 4 volume one.

I also bought a Latin pronunciation CD by Marion Smedberg and spent some time in adoration in the chapel. Oh and I'm listenng to the Priests CD. It's gorgeous. These aren't just three Irish priests who sing a bit, they have stunning, professionally trained voices. If you only buy one CD this Christmas, this is the one. Plus, they are using the money to help out their parishes.

This weekend I finished Our Lady of Kibeho, a touching book about the only approved Marian apparition in Africa.

5 comments:

Catherine Lucia said...

A few things.
1) The Liturgy of the Hours is not as hard as it looks. It can be overwhelming, but I promise you it is not as difficult as it seems. There are some sites, and pamphlets etc., that tell you the pages for every day--if you can get a hold of one that matches your book, it's really helpful until you can do it on your own.

2) You will quickly get annoyed with the compact version and go full-blown 4-volume. Set aside a few dollars every now and then to prepare. :-) It's mostly the Office of Readings that's the difference, honestly.

3) I just bought Our Lady of Kibeho, and I cannot wait to read it. I also love Immaculee Ilibagiza's books Left to Tell and Led by Faith (not done with the latter)--her writing is excellent, but her story is just amazing.

Catherine Lucia said...

A few things.
1) The Liturgy of the Hours is not as hard as it looks. It can be overwhelming, but I promise you it is not as difficult as it seems. There are some sites, and pamphlets etc., that tell you the pages for every day--if you can get a hold of one that matches your book, it's really helpful until you can do it on your own.

2) You will quickly get annoyed with the compact version and go full-blown 4-volume. Set aside a few dollars every now and then to prepare. :-) It's mostly the Office of Readings that's the difference, honestly.

3) I just bought Our Lady of Kibeho, and I cannot wait to read it. I also love Immaculee Ilibagiza's books Left to Tell and Led by Faith (not done with the latter)--her writing is excellent, but her story is just amazing.

Catherine Lucia said...

(sorry for the double comment!!)

Owen said...

The LOTH is not difficult at all especially if you buy the little guide that tells you what pages to flip to each day. Worth it's weight in gold that little guide and well under 5 bucks.

I've used the LOTH off and on since my conversion, three years ago this coming January. However, the problem I have with it is its lame wording in the prayers and such and the wretched NAB as the base translation. It doesn't follow the old pattern of the Divine Office but this new thing made up in the heady post V2 days. What do I like about it? The Second readings which are most often old and ancient writings of saints, popes and the Church Fathers.

I am eagerly awaiting the new Latin-English D-R based breviary to be published by Baronius. To that, if possible I would keep up with the Second Readings for any given day.

Catherine Lucia said...

I never use the psalm-prayers--and while I don't particularly like the concluding prayers either, I don't really mind because they're what, two seconds? :-) I do understand the Bible translation annoyance, though. Personally I like the one in the LOTH, although I prefer the Revised Standard for accuracy--it's just that when I'm praying, I don't mind slight inaccuracy, as long as it's pretty. That may sound dumb and ignorant but it's just the way I feel about my prayer. Besides, it's really hard to make the Psalms ugly--and the LOTH is largely psalms.