Friday, January 24, 2020

The Rebel Black Dot Exodus 90 Song o' the Day

The Interrupters, "Title Holder" from Fight the Good Fight (Rude Boy St. Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary:
"Fight like s title holder,
Stand Like a champion,
Live like a warrior,
And never let 'em break you down.

"We're up against the ropes but we never choke,
When the pressure comes, we go for broke,
We've been beat up, yeah we've been knocked down,
Come by twice as hard and go round for round.
Hit 'em pound for pound, we're gonna see it through,
Not giving up, it's not what we do,
Bell rings and they're counting down,
But we won't be counted out…

"I've been told I can't, been told I won't,
Been told to compromise but I don't,
I've been beat up, yeah I've been knocked down,
Come by twice as hard and go round for round.
Hit 'em pound for pound, I'm gonna see it through,
Not giving up, I've been black and blue,
And all my scars remind me
My worst days are behind me…"

Saints + Scripture

Better Late than Never | Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa!

9 Days for Life: Day 4
May expectant fathers lovingly support the mothers of their children in welcoming new life.


The Popish Plot
"Week of Prayer for Christian Unity"

'Tis the Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop & Doctor of the Church, C.O., O.M., O.F.M. Cap. (1567-1622, the "Gentleman Saint"), Bishop of Geneva (1602-1622), author of Introduction to the Devout Life; co-founder of the Visitation Sisters, formally the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary (V.H.M.): Doctor-link ūnus, Doctor-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Geneva, Doctors-link & Wikipedia-link Doctors, & Wikipedia-link Introduction to the Devout Life; & Order-link V.H.M. & Wikipedia-link V.H.M.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
His ardent love of God & soul, his great kindliness, rare wisdom, & sure teaching made St. Francis exceptionally influential in bringing abotu conversions & in guiding souls in the spiritual life. He won back to the faith more than seventy thousand (70,000) heretics, thus restoring to the Church a great part of the Chablais, which had been ravaged by Protestantism.
Quoth
Minute Meditations from the Popes:
O Lord, St. Francis de Sales spoke about how people can encounter You in the ordinary circumstances of their life. May his life & teachings call me to a greater commitment to spiritual growth.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Felician of Foligno, Bishop & Martyr (circa 158-250), Bishop of Foligno (193-250), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Decius, a victim of the Decian Persecution; first bishop to receive the pallium: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Foligno, Persecutions-link & Wikipedia-link Decian Persecution, & Pallium-link & Wikipedia-link Pallium.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Exuperantius of Cingoli, Bishop (floruit 496), Bishop of Cingoli: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Cingoli.

'Tis also the festival of Blesseds William Ireland, Priest (S.J.), & John Grove, Martyrs (died 1679, A.K.A. William Ironmonger), martyred in the reign of the Anglo-Scottish king Charles II, victims of the perjurer Titus Oates's "Popish Plot" hoax: Martyr-link Whiskey India, Martyr-link Juliett Golf, & Wikipedia-link; Popish Plot-link & Wikipedia-link Popish Plot.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Marie Poussepin, Religious, T.O.S.D. (1653-1744), foundress of the Jacobines, formally the Dominican Sisters of Charity of the Presentation of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Tours: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Order-link Dominican Sisters.

'Tis also the festival of the thirteen Martyrs of Pratulin (died 1874, A.K.A. the Martyrs of Podlasie), martyred in the reign of the Russian emperor Alexander II: Martyrs-link & Wikipedia-link Pratulin.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Friday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
The First Book of Samuel, chapter twenty-four, verses three thru twenty-one;
Psalm Fifty-seven (R/. two[a]), verses two, three & four, & six & eleven;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter three, verses thirteen thru nineteen.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today in the Gospel Jesus gathers his disciples. And he appointed twelve Apostles "that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach."

St. Thérèse of Lisieux tells us that she endeavored to write down her spiritual memoir at the prompting of her sister, who was also her religious superior to whom she was bound in obedience. After praying that she say nothing displeasing to Christ, she took up the Gospel of Mark, and her eyes fell on these words: "He went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him."

This verse, she says, is the interpretive key to her life, for it describes the way Christ has worked in her soul: "He does not call those who are worthy, but those whom he pleases." Hers was a story of a divine love, graciously willing the good of the other, that awakens an imitative reaction in the one who is loved.

It is not a narrative of economic exchange—rewards for worthiness—but of the loop of grace, unmerited love engendering disinterested love, the divine life propagating itself in what is other.
Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D. (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.


Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Francis de Sales
The Letter to the Ephesians, chapter three, verses eight thru twelve;
Psalm Thirty-seven (R/. thirty[a]), verses three & four, five & six, & thirty & thirty-one;
The Gospel according to John, chapter fifteen, verses nine thru seventeen.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 12
The Book of Exodus, chapter five, verses five thru twenty-one.

Commentary: Bricks without Straw (continued; Exodus, 5:5-21).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"(The Gospel of Life) is the proclamation that Jesus has a unique relationship with every person, which enables us to see in every human face the face of Christ."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great, Evangelium Vitae № 81 (1920-2005, r. 1978-2005; feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"A man of the theater came to see me a few years ago. His reason was this: one night after a show he was talking to a number of theatrical people backstage & they said to him, 'You are a Catholic, aren't you?'

"And he said, 'I used to be, but I've done considerable reading in comparative religion, psychology, psychiatry, & metaphysics, & I had to give it up. Nobody could answer my questions.'

"Someone said, 'Why don't you go to Bishop Sheen & have him answer your questions?'

"So he said, 'Here I am, & I have a number of questions that I would like to put to you.'

"I said to him, 'Now before you ask a single question, you go back to the hotel where you are living, get rid of that chorus girl you're living with, & then come back & ask the questions.'

"He threw up his hands & laughed, & he said, 'Oh, certainly. I am trying to fool you just like I tried to fool myself.' That's the reason.

"I saw him not very long ago & I said, 'Well, you are still off the track aren't you?'

"'Yes,' he said, 'but I have not thrown away the map.' Now here was a perfect example of someone covering up conscience."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)
Proverb of the Day (Jeremiah, 1:5)
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Rebel Black Dot Exodus 90 Song o' the Day

A New Found Glory, "This Disaster" from Catalyst (St. Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"Are you aware of how much you complicate me?
And are you aware your words suffocate me?
And don't deny you're talking behind my back to your friends,
And don't deny, one day you'll need me, need me.

"All my life I've been lookin' for the answers
To the questions you never asked and
We never planned on this disaster,
When will I let it go?…"

Saints + Scripture

9 Days for Life: Day 3
May every expectant mother receive compassionate care and support as she nurtures the life in her womb.


'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Vincent, Deacon & Martyr (died circa 304; of Saragossa, of Huesca), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Diocletian & Maximian, a victim of the Great Persecution: Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Persecutions-link & Wikipedia-link Great Persecution.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
St. Vincent is Spain's most renowned martyr. Ordained deacon by Bishop [St.] Valerius of Saragossa [22 January], he was taken in chains to Valencia during the Diocletianic Persecution & put to death.
'Tis also the Optional Memorial of Saint Marianne Cope, Virgin, T.O.S.F. (1838-1918, of Moloka'i; baptized Maria Anna Barbara Koob, Americanized as Cope upon immigration): Saint-link ūna, Saint-link duæ, & Wikipedia-link.


Commentary: Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
In 1883, St. Marianne Cope led a group of sisters to the Hawai'ian Islands to care for the poor, especially those suffering from leprosy. In 1888 she went to Kalaupapa, Moloka'i, where she set up a home for girls.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Messalina of Foligno, Virgin & Martyr (died 251), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Decius, a victim of the Decian Persecution: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Persecutions-link & Wikipedia-link Decian Persecution.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Amasius of Teano, Bishop (died 356), second (II) Bishop of Teano (346-356): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Teano.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Ormond of Mairé, Abbot (floruit 587, also spelt Armand), abbot of the monastery of Saint Mairé: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Ildephonsus of Toledo, Bishop & Abbot (circa 607-667; A.K.A. Hildefuns, Dexius), thirty-second (XXXII) Bishop of Toledo (657-667), who participated in the Eighth Council of Toledo (653) & the Ninth Council of Toledo (655): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Toledo, Wikipedia-link VIII Council, & Wikipedia-link IX Council.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
The First Book of Samuel, chapter eighteen, verses six thru nine & chapter nineteen, verses one thru seven;
Psalm Fifty-six (R/. five[b]), verses two & three, nine & ten(a), ten(b) & eleven, & twelve & thirteen;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter three, verses seven thru twelve.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus cured so many people that he had to climb into a boat to escape the press of the crowd. To this day the Church carries on his gracious healing ministry.

We recall that the Apostles of Jesus simply continued what the Master did. And one of the principal marks of the Lord’s ministry was clearly healing. There was, of course, a deep biblical conviction that when the day of the Lord arrives, creation would be set right. What we witness in the healings of Jesus is just this repairing of creation.

If you doubt that miracles of physical healing still take place in the life of the Church, I invite you to read Craig Keener’s book
Miracles or visit the Church in Africa, Asia, or Latin America, where the expectation of the miraculous is taken for granted. But the Church also brings healing to mind, soul, will, and imagination. The Bible knows that sin has done tremendous damage to us, and anyone involved in pastoral ministry knows what this looks like: broken minds, divided hearts, addicted passions.
Video reflection by Monsignor James Vlaun (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.

Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Vincent
The Second Letter to the Corinthians, chapter four, verses seven thru fifteen;
Psalm Thirty-four (R/. five), verses two & three, four & five, six & seven, & eight & nine;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter ten, verses seventeen thru twenty-two.

Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Marianne Cope
The Book of Tobit, chapter twelve, verses six thru fourteen(a);
Psalm Thirty-four (R/. two);
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twenty-five, verses thirty-one thru forty-six
(or, the Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twenty-five, verses thirty-one thru forty).

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 11
The Book of Exodus, chapter five, verses one thru four.

Commentary: Bricks without Straw (Exodus, 5:1-4).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable & creates difficulties? 'If personal & social sensitivity towards the acceptance of the new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away.'"
—Pope Francis, Laudato Si' № 120 (b. 1936, r. 2013-present)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Let us make best use of the fleeting moments. They will not return."
—St. Marianne Cope (1838-1918, feast day: 23 January)

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Saints + Scripture: Legal Protection of Unborn Children

9 Days for Life: Day 2
May all unborn children be protected in law and welcomed in love.


'Tis the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children: U.S.C.C.B.-link, 9 Days for Life-link, & Wikipedia-link.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
The U.S. Bishops have declared 22 January to be a "Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children," in support of the full restoration of the "right to life & penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion."
Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
The First Book of Samuel, chapter seventeen, verses thirty-two, thirty-three, thirty-seven, & forty thru fifty-one;
Psalm On Hundred Forty-four (R/. one), verses one(b), two, & nine & ten;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter three, verses one thru six.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus withstands the opposition of the Pharisees to heal a man with a withered hand. His healings like this one signified the arrival of the kingdom of God.

When Jesus began to preach, his theme was that the kingdom of God is at hand. In his own person an entirely new way of ordering things was on offer. Then—in his love and nonviolence, in his mocking of the Pharisees and religious establishment, in his healing and teaching—Jesus was demonstrating precisely what the reign of the God of Israel looks like.

This way of life inevitably awakened the opposition of the powers that be. At the climax of his ministry, Jesus faced down the resistance of "the world," to use the typical New Testament term, meaning that whole congeries of cruelty, betrayal, denial, violence, corruption, and hatred by which human affairs are typically ordered.

He permitted all of that darkness to wash over him, to crush him, to snuff him out. But then, on the third day, he rose again from the dead in the power of the Holy Spirit, and thereby outflanked, outmaneuvered, and swallowed up the darkness.
Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D. (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.



Mass Readings—Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
The Book of Genesis, chapter one, verse one thru chapter two, verse two;
or, the Second Book of Maccabees, chapter seven, verses one & twenty thru thirty-one;
or, the Book of Isaiah, chapter forty-nine, verses one thru six;

Psalm Eight (R/. two[a/b]), verses four & five, six & seven, & eight & nine;
or, Psalm One Hundred Thirty-nine (R/. fourteen), verses one(b), two, & three; thirteen & fourteen(a/b); & fourteen(c) & fifteen;

The Letter to the Romans, chapter eleven, verses thirty-three thru thirty-six;
or, the Letter to the Ephesians, chapter one, verses three thru fourteen;
or, the Letter to the Ephesians, chapter three, verses fourteen thru twenty-one;
or, the Letter to the Colossians, chapter one, verses twelve thru twenty;
or, the First Letter of John, chapter three, verses eleven thru twenty-one;

The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter eighteen, verses one thru five, ten, twelve, thirteen, & fourteen;
or, the Gospel according to Mark, chapter nine, verses thirty thru thirty-seven;
or, the Gospel according to Luke, chapter one, verses thirty-nine thru fifty-six;
or, the Gospel according to Luke, chapter seventeen, verses eleven thru nineteen;
or, the Gospel according to Luke, chapter twenty-three, verses thirty-five thru forty-three;
or, the Gospel according to John, chapter one, verses one thru five, nine thru fourteen, sixteen, seventeen, & eighteen;
or, the Gospel according to John, chapter six, verses twenty-four thru thirty-five.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 10
The Book of Exodus, chapter four, verses eighteen thru thirty-one.

Commentary: Moses Returns to Egypt (Exodus, 4:18-31).

'Tis also the festival of Saint Bertwald of Ramsbury, Bishop, O.S.B. (died 1045; also spelt Brithwald, etc.; A.K.A. of Glastonbury, of Sarum), ninth (IX) Bishop of Ramsbury (995-1045): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Ramsbury.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed William Patenson, Priest & Martyr (died 1592) martyred in the reign of the English queen Elizabeth I, one of the one hundred sixty Martyrs of Douai: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link Douai & Wikipedia-link Douai.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Guillaume-Joseph Chaminade, Priest, S.M. (1761-1850, Anglicized as William Joseph Chaminade), founder of the Marianists (S.M.), formally the Society of Mary: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link S.M.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Laura Vicuña (1891-1904): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"The inviolability of the person… finds its primary & fundamental expression in the inviolability of human life. Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights—for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture—is false & illusory if the right to life, the most basic & fundamental right & the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great, Christifideles Laici № 38 (1920-2005, r. 1978-2005; feast day: 22 October)
Catholic Quote o' the Day
"I am dedicated to spending the rest of my life undoing the law that bears my name."
—Norma McCorvey ("Jane Roe," 1947-2017)

Operation ÖSTERREICH: Exodus 90, Day 10

Weekly Wednesday Weigh-in
Last weigh-in: 340.4 lbs. (Wednesday, 27 November 2019)
This weigh-in: 345.0 lbs.
Difference: +4.6 lbs.

I'm starting this second Exodus 90 from a worse position (a heavier weight) than I started the first Exodus 90 last year. Having learned to fast, I threw myself into feasting & just kept eating, long after the feast had passed & that eating became gluttony. My solace is in the LORD, not in a bag of Lay's; like so much in the pilgrimage that is the Christian's earthly exile, that statement is at least partly aspirational.

I'm not "bad" because I eat too much & exercise too little, but I do exercise too little & eat too much because I'm frustrated, agitated, stressed, or otherwise feel "bad."
Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind & straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians, 3:13-14)
Already & not yet.


Bonus! Lied von ÖSTERREICH
"Weird Al" Yankovic, "Grapefruit Diet" from Running with Scissiors (Mike Papa Whale)

The Rebel Black Dot Exodus 90 Song o' the Day

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "After the Music Is Over" from While We're at It (St. Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary:
"The wrath cut a path of such sorrow,
So sad and so abrupt,
O God, we can't let it corrupt
Any hope we have left for tomorrow.

"The final and the very last bastion:
Hold on tight to every shred that still exists,
Remember all the pain and all the passion,
Fight on with your hard head and fists!

"After the music is over,
When what needs to be's been said,
After the tears have all been shed,
When it's over, what is after that?…"

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Rebel Black Dot Exodus 90 Song o' the Day

Bombskare, "See What You See" from A Million Ways to Die (Rude Boy St. Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary:
"This life is a hell of a thing
To happen to me, to happen to you.
The edge of a knife is no place for a life,
Not even for me, not even for you.
Mind is gone but the pulse is strong,
Your dreams come true, but it's not what you want,
When I decide to revive my surprise,
Don't dig it from me, I'll dig it from you.

"Forgive my sins,
Look the other way,
Live to lie another way…"

Saints + Scripture

9 Days for Life: Day 1
May the tragic practice of abortion end.


'Tis the Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin & Martyr (circa 291-304, of Rome, A.K.A. Ines), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Diocletian & Maximian, a victim of the Great Persecution; martyred at the site of the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone & buried in the Catacombs of Saint Agnes, atop which sits the basilica of Sant'Agnese fuori le mura ("outside the walls"): Martyr-link ūna, Martyr-link duæ, Martyr-link Array of Hope, & Wikipedia-link; Persecutions-link, & Wikipedia-link Great Persecution; & Wikipedia-link Sant'Agnese in Agone, Wikipedia-link Catacombs of Saint Agnes, & Wikipedia-link Sant'Agnese fuori le mura.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Agnes is dep[icted in at with a lamb, evoking her name which resembles the Latin word of "lamb," agnus (the given name is Greek, from hagnē ἁγνή "chaste, pure"). She is also shown with a martyr's palm. She is the patron saint of girls & chastity.
Quoth Minute Meditations from the Popes:
"Despite her youth, St. Agnes experienced the victorious strength of the love of Christ. Sustained by that inner force, she was able to 'conquer overwhelmingly.' May she be your model of courage & generosity in every event of your life."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, r. 1978-2005; feast day: 22 October)
'Tis also the festival of Saint Publius of Malta, Bishop & Martyr (circa 20-112, A.K.A. of Athens), fourth (IV) Bishop of Athens (90-112), first (I) Bishop of Malta (60-90), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Trajan: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Athens, Wikipedia-link Malta, & Persecutions-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Bríga of Kilbride, Abbess (sixth century; also spelt Brigid, A.K.A. of Killbrige), founding abbess of the monastery at Oughter Ard: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Oughter Ard.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Meinrad of Einsiedeln, Priest & Martyr, O.S.B. (circa 797-861, the "Martyr of Hospitality;" A.K.A. of Reichenau), martyred by brigands once they discovered he possessed nothing worth stealing; atop his hermitage was later build Einsiedeln Abbey: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Einsiedeln.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Edward Stransham, Priest & Martyr (1557-1586), martyred in the reign of the English queen Elizabeth I, one of the one hundred sixty Martyrs of Douai: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link Douai & Wikipedia-link Douai.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Nicholas Woodfen, Priest & Martyr (1550-1586; A.K.A. Nicholas Wheeler, Nicholas Devereux), martyred in the reign of the English queen Elizabeth I, one of the Eighty-five Martyrs of England & Wales: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyr-link England & Wales & Wikipedia-link England & Wales.

Commentary: Bls. Edward & Nicholas were matryed together @ Tyburn: Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Alban Roe, Priest & Martyr, O.S.B. (1583-1642), martyred in the reign of the Anglo-Scottish king Charles I, one of the Forty Martyrs of England & Wales: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyr-link England & Wales & Wikipedia-link England & Wales.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
The First Book of Samuel, chapter sixteen, verses one thru thirteen;
Psalm Eighty-nine (R/. twenty-one[a]), verses twenty, twenty-one & twenty-two, & twenty-seven & twenty-eight;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter two, verses twenty-three thru twenty-eight.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus acknowledges that he is the Lord.

And the claim of the first Christians was
Iesous Kyrios/—Jesus is Lord. This was bound to annoy both Jews and Gentiles. The Jews would be massively put off by the use of the term Kyrios in describing an ordinary human being. Moreover, the implication that this man was the Messiah of Israel—when he had died at the hands of Israel’s enemies—was simply blasphemous.

And for the Greeks, this claim was subversive, for a watchword of the time was
Kaiser Kyrios—the Emperor is Lord. A new system of allegiance was being proposed, a new type of ordering and lordship—and this was indeed a threat to the regnant system.

Christians should enter the public arena boldly and confidently, for we are not announcing a private or personal spirituality, but rather declaring a new King under whose lordship
everything must fall. If Jesus is truly Lord, then government, business, family life, the arts, sexuality, and entertainment all come properly under his headship.
Video reflection by Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M. (U.S. Con. of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.

Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Agnes
The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter one, verses twenty-six thru thirty-one;
Psalm Twenty-three (R/. one), verses one(b), two, & three(a); four; five; & six;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter thirteen, verses forty-four, forty-five, & forty-six.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 9
The Book of Exodus, chapter four, verses ten thru seventeen.

Commentary: God Gives Moses Help for His Mission (concluded; Exodus, 4:10-17).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Our defense of the innocent unborn needs to be clear, firm, & passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred & demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development. Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned & the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm & elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, & every form of rejection."
—Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate № 101 (b. 1936, r. 2013-present)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Christ has made my soul beautiful with the jewels of grace & virtue."
—St. Agnes (291-304, feast day: 21 January)

Christian Quote o' the Day
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
—Martin Luther King Junior (1929-1968)

Monday, January 20, 2020

The Explorers' Club, № DCCXXIX

Operation AXIOM: After the World War—Prohibition, Part III
17 January 1920: Prohibition began—Amendment XVIII to the United States Constitution came into effect one year after ratification; the enforcing Volstead Act came into effect at 12:01 A.M. with the first documented breach of said Act taking place at 12:59 A.M., & the Bureau of Prohibition was founded; some city, county, & state ordinances were more strictly "dry," outlawing alcoholic beverages outright.





Lest we forget.

Saints + Scripture

Better Late than Never | Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa!

'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Fabian, Pope & Martyr (circa 200-250, A.K.A. Flavian), twentieth (XX) Bishop of Rome (236-250), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Decius, a victim of the Decian Persecution: Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, Martyr-link trēs, & Wikipedia-link; Pontifex-link & Wikipedia-link Pontifex; & Persecutions-link & Wikipedia-link Decian Persecution.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Fabian was a pope… Emperor Decius sent an edict that commanded the death penalty for all who would not give up their following of Christ. Pope Fabian eagerly died for the faith.
'Tis also the Optional Memorial of Saint Sebastian, Martyr (circa 256-288), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Diocletian & Maximian, on the site where now sits the church of San Sebatiano al Palatino; he was laid to rest in the Catacombs of San Sebastiano, atop which sits the basilica of San Sebastiano fuori le mura ("outside the walls"): Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link San Sebatiano al Palatino, Wikipedia-link Catacombs of San Sebastiano, & Wikipedia-link San Sebastiano fuori le mura.


Commentary: Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Sebastian was believed to be a soldier. The only actual fact we have is that Sebastian was an early Christian martyr.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Euthymius the Great, Bishop & Abbot (circa 377-473), founding abbot of the Laura of Euthymius (420-473), a father of the Council of Ephesus (431, the third [III] ecumenical council): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Laura, & Council-link Ephesus & Wikipedia-link Ephesus.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Féchín of Fore, Priest & Abbot (died circa 665; also spelt Féichín, A.K.A. Mo-Ecca, Vigeanus; Fore is Fhobhair in the Irish, Anglicized as Fobar), founding abbot of Fore Abbey (630-665): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Fore.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Wulfstan of Worcester, Bishop, O.S.B. (circa 1008-1095, also spelt Wulstan), twenty-fifth (XXV) Bishop of Worcester (1062-1095), founder of the Great Malvern Priory (1075): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Worchester & Wikipedia-link Great Malvern.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Henry of Uppsala, Bishop & Martyr (died circa 1156; A.K.A. Henrik, Heikki), martyred by the already excommunicated murderer Lalli: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Basil Moreau, Priest, C.S.C. (1799-1873), founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross (1837, C.S.C.), the Marianites of Holy Cross (1841, M.S.C.), the Sisters of Holy Cross (Notre Dame) (1843), & the Sisters of Holy Cross (Montreal) (1847): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link C.S.C., Wikipedia-link M.S.C., Wikipedia-link Notre Dame, & Wikipedia-link Montreal.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
The First Book of Samuel, chapter fifteen, verses sixteen thru twenty-three;
Psalm Fifty (R/. twenty-three[b]), verses eight & nine, sixteen(b/c) & seventeen, & twenty-one & twenty-three;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter two, verses eighteen thru twenty-two.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel the Lord says his disciples do not fast because God is holding a great wedding banquet.

You find the theme of the wedding throughout the Old Testament as a motif to express God’s covenant with his people. We’ve fallen apart in sin. We’ve gone into exile. And what does God want? He wants to call us back to a great wedding banquet.

Throughout the ministry of Jesus you find that same motif: he will gather the scattered tribes—yes, the elite, but also the sinners and the outcasts. All are welcome around the table of the Lord, establishing this wedding banquet and unity that God wants with his people.

Jesus presents himself as the coming together of heaven and earth. He’s the coming together of divinity and humanity in his own person. He is this wedding banquet. "Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" Because this great banquet is going on!
Video reflection by Monsignor James Vlaun (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.


Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Fabian
The First Letter of Peter, chapter five, verses one thru four;
Psalm Forty (R/. eight[a] & nine[a]), verses two & four(a/b), seven & eight(a), eight(a) & nine, & ten;
The Gospel according to John, chapter twenty-one, verses fifteen, sixteen, & seventeen.

Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Sebastian
The First Letter of Peter, chapter three, verses fourteen thru seventeen;
Psalm Thirty-four (R/. five), verses two & three, four & five, six & seven, & eight & nine;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter ten, verses twenty-eight thru thirty-three.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 8
The Book of Exodus, chapter four, verses one thru nine.

Commentary: God Gives Moses Help for His Mission (Exodus, 4:1-9).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"There exists a close connection between holiness of life & the promotion of a more human way of life in society, for it is from a converted & reconciled heart that goodness & justice flow in human relations. Time & energy given to the life of the spirit is not time & energy take away from service."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, r. 1978-2005; feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Guilt will always come out; one can see it when one knows souls well. I was once instructing a young woman who had finished about fifteen hours of teachings on tape & records. After the first instruction on confession she said to my secretary, 'I'm finished. No more lessons. I do not want to hear anything about the Catholic Church from now on.'

"My secretary phoned me & I said, 'Ask her to finish the other three on the subject of confession, & then I will see her.'

"I saw her at the end of these three, & she was in a veritable crisis. She was screaming, shrieking, 'Let me out of here! Let me out of here! I never want to hear anything again about the Church after hearing this talk on confession.'

"Well, it took about five minutes to calm her down & I said, 'Listen, my good girl. There is absolutely no proportion between what you have heard & the way you are acting. So there has to be something else. Do you know what I think is wrong? I think you have had an abortion.'

"She said, 'Yes'—so happy that it was out. Now see how that bad conscience came out? She made an attack upon confession, the truth, the faith—but that was not the problem."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)
Christian Quote o' the Day
"The time is always right to do what is right."
—Martin Luther King Junior (1929-1968)

Bonus! Song o' Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Marvin Gaye, "What's Going On" from Motown 1's (St. Mike Papa Whiskey)

Bonus! Exodus 90 Song o' Yesterday


Sonntag, 19. Januar
Bombskare, "Bad to Worse" from A Million Ways to Die (Rude Boy St. Mike Papa Whiskey)

The Rebel Black Dot Exodus 90 Song o' the Day


Rilo Kiley, "A Better Son/Daughter" from The Execution of All Things (St. Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: I've never been able to take the character Kylo Ren seriously because his farcical name is so similar to that of the late, lamented indie rock band Rilo Kiley. Perhaps he ought to have been called Kylo Rieli to make a full anagram? Of course, then you'd lose the priceless & hilarious association with Ren & Stimpy (above). Seriously, he'd be more intimidating if they called him Fluffykins the Periwinkle Pixie.

What has any of that to do with Exodus 90? Not a blessed thing, but have you ever listened to the lyrics of "A Better Son/Daughter"?
"Sometimes in the morning I am petrified and can't move,
Awake but cannot open my eyes,
And the weight is crushing down on my lungs,
I know I can't breathe
And hope someone will save me this time.

"And your mother's still calling you insane and high,
Swearing it's different this time,
And you tell her to give in to the demons that possess her,
And that God never blessed her insides.

"Then you hang up the phone and feel badly for upsetting things
Crawl back into bed to dream of a time
When your heart was open wide,
And you loved things just because,
Like the sick and the dying.

"And sometimes when you're on,
You're really fucking on,
And your friends, they sing along
And they love you.

"But the lows are so extreme
That the good seems fucking cheap,
And it teases you for weeks in its absence.

"But you'll fight and you'll make it through,
You'll fake it if you have to,
And you'll show up for work with a smile.

"And you'll be better and you'll be smarter
And more grown up and a better daughter,
Or son, and a real good friend.

And you'll be awake, you'll be alert,
You'll be positive though it hurts,
And you'll laugh and embrace all your friends.

"You'll be a real good listener,
You'll be honest, you'll be brave,
You'll be handsome, you'll be beautiful.

"You'll be happy.

"Your ship may be coming in,
You're weak but not giving in
To the cries and the wails of the valley below.

"And your ship may be coming in,
You're weak but not giving in,
And you'll fight it,
You'll go out fighting all of them."
My Exodus 90 "Why" is to be better, smarter, more grown up, a better son, a real good friend, awake, alert, positive though it hurts, a real good listener, honest, brave, handsome, beautiful, & happy.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Saints + Scripture: II Sunday in Tempus per annum

Better Late than Never | Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa!

The Popish Plot
"Billboards (Ineffective Evangelization Series)"

'Tis the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Tempus per annum, "time through the year"): Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Week
Mass Readings—Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Book of Isaiah, chapter forty-nine, verses three, five, & six;
Psalm Forty (R/. eight[a] & nine[a]), verses two & four, seven & eight, eight & nine, & ten;
The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter one, verses one, two, & three;
The Gospel according to John, chapter one, verses twenty-nine thru thirty-four.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in our Gospel today John the Baptist gives witness to the role of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ Baptism.

Baptism is the moment when the Holy Spirit draws us out of this fallen world and into a new world. And with this in mind, we can understand the relationship between Baptism and the other sacraments. Baptism is birth in the spiritual order, the beginning of a properly spiritual life. The other sacraments represent specifications of that life.

For instance, a living thing needs to be nourished. This is the role that the Eucharist plays. But do you see why only baptized people can receive the Eucharist? If you’re not alive, there is no point in feeding you.
Video reflection by Father Gregory Reichlen (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.

Video reflection by Father Claude Burns (uCatholic): Weekend Reflection with Father Pontifex.

Audio reflection by Scott Hahn, Ph.D. (St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology): Breaking the Bread.


Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 7
The Book of Exodus, chapter three, verses seven thru twenty-two.

Commentary: Moses & the Burning Bush (concluded; Exodus, 3:7-12) & God Reveals His Name (Exodus, 3:13-22).



Otherwise, 19 January would be the festival of Saint Germanicus of Smyrna, Martyr (died circa 156), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Pontianus of Spoleto, Martyr (circa 156-175), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, buried beneath & namesake of the Basilica of San Ponziano: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link San Ponziano.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Bassianus of Lodi, Bishop (circa 320-413), Bishop of Lodi (373-413), buried within the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Lodi Cathedral); participant at the Council of Aquileia (381) & the Synod of Milan (389): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Lodi, Wikipedia-link Lodi, & Wikipedia-link Cathedral Basilica; & Wikipedia-link Aquileia & Wikipedia-link Milan.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Remigius of Rouen, Bishop (died 771), third (III) Archbishop of Rouen (753-762): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Arsenius of Corfu, Bishop (died 959, A.K.A. of Kerkyra), first (I) Bishop of Corfu: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"We strongly deny the assertion that there is no obligation for us to put the message of Christ at the disposal of all. Indeed, we claim with full conviction that it is our right & our duty to do no less."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, r. 1978-2005; feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Love, love, love, & remember that you were loved even before you were created. For God who sees Himself, passionately loves the beauty of His creation, & He created it because His love is boundless, to give it eternal life & to allow it to enjoy the indescribable blessedness which He Himself possesses."
—St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church (1347-1380, feast day: 29 April)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Lord's Day: II


Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Audrey Assad, "Lamb of God" from the Death, Be Not Proud E.P. (St. Mike Papa Whiskey)

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

The Rebel Black Dot Exodus 90 Song o' the Day!


The Aquabats!, "Guy Stuff!" from The Aquabats! Super Show! (Captain Thumbs Up!)

Commentary: I haven't been to any of my men's small groups since Advent, & it's been taking a toll.
"Fixin' stuff and using heavy tools,
It's guy stuff! Guy stuff!
Workin' together and laughin' at danger,
It's guy stuff! Guy stuff!

"Jugglin' hand grenades with a blindfold on,
Guy stuff! Guy stuff!
Eat a handful of nails, then wrestle a grizzly bear,
Guy stuff! Guy stuff!
Guy stuff! Guy stuff!
Guy stuff! Guy stuff!

"Guy stuff!"

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Rebel Black Dot Exodus 90 Song o' the Day


The Interrupters, "Rumors and Gossip" from Fight the Good Fight (Rude Boy St. Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary:
"Rumors & gossip, you're so sick & toxic,
Lies & accusations, in heavy rotation,
And I don't know what you want from me
In your alternate reality,
Rumors & gossip, you're too sick & toxic for me…"

Saints + Scripture

Better Late than Never | Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa!

The Popish Plot
"'5 Questions for Catholic YouTubers' Collaboration"

'Tis the Memorial of Saint Anthony, Abbot (circa 251-356), most renowned of the Desert Fathers, whose temptation is oft-depicted in art, who is also associated with the Tau Cross: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Desert Fathers, Wikipedia-link Temptation of Saint Anthony, & Wikipedia-link Saint Anthony's Cross.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
He is distinguished from other saints named Anthony such as Anthony of Padua [13 June] by various epithets of his own: Anthony the Great, Anthony of Egypt, Anthony the Abbot, Anthony of the Desert, Anthony the Anchorite, & Anthony of Thebes. He is also known as the "Father of All Monks."
Quoth
Minute Meditations from the Popes:
O Lord, St. Anthony the Abbot traveled out into the desert in order to learn the ways of self-denial. May I too find the desert in my life & learn from You.
'Tis also the festival of Our Lady of Pontmain (apparition 17 January 1871, A.K.A. Our Lady of Hope): Madonna-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Sulpitius the Pious, Bishop (died circa 644), Bishop of Bourges (624-644): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Bourges.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Mildgytha, Abbess, O.S.B. (died circa 676): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Daughter of St. Domne Eafe [19 November] & sister of Ss. Mildburh [23 February] & Mildrith [13 July].

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Joseph of Freising, Bishop (died 764, A.K.A. of Verona), third (III) Bishop of Freising (747-764), founder of the Benedictine Isen Abbey (752): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Freising & Wikipedia-link Isen.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Roseline of Villeneuve, Religious, O.Cart. (circa 1263-1329, also spelt Rossolina, Rosalinde, etc.): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
The First Book of Samuel, chapter eight, verses four thru seven & ten thru twenty-two(a);
Psalm Eighty-nine (R/. two), verses sixteen & seventeen, eighteen & nineteen;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter two, verses one thru twelve.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in our Gospel today Jesus says matter-of-factly, before healing the paralytic, "Child, your sins are forgiven." Shocked, the Pharisees respond, "He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?"

They were quite right, of course, which is the whole point. If you had hurt me, I could with some legitimacy offer you my personal forgiveness of your offense. But if someone else had harmed you, I could scarcely offer
that person my forgiveness for his sin. The only way that such a statement could be anything but blasphemous would be if I were the one who is offended in every sin. And this is what the Pharisees correctly intuited.

G.K. Chesterton said that even those who reject the doctrine of the Incarnation (like the Pharisees) are different for having heard it. The claim that God became one of us changes the imagination, compelling a reassessment of both God and the world. This odd assertion is made, implicitly or explicitly, on practically every page of the New Testament.

Therefore, when Jesus forgives the paralytic’s sin, the Pharisees respond that only God can forgive sins, thereby, despite themselves, professing faith in the Good News.
Video reflection by Father John Crossin, O.S.F.S. (U.S. Con. of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.

Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Anthony
The Letter to the Ephesians, chapter six, verses ten thru thirteen & eighteen;
Psalm Sixteen (R/. five), verses one, two(a), & five; seven & eight; & eleven;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter nineteen, verses sixteen thru twenty-six.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 5
The Book of Exodus, chapter two, verses eleven thru twenty-five.

Commentary: Moses Flees to Midian (Exodus, 2:11-25).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Be not afraid."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, r. 1978-2005; feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"I cannot see why a Christian should be in the least bit troubled about the virgin birth, because there's a virgin birth in us all. Everyone who becomes a Christian has Christ in him. Christ is born & conceived in everyone by baptism. There is first of all the renewal crisis in the intellect so that, Paul says, we 'put on the mind of Christ.' He is in the will, as grace & power. And He is in our body, because our body, becomes the temple of God. The convert (it's easy to understand in a convert because one can always distinguish the before & after state) can often say: 'Oh, yes, at this precise date I heard the word of God. And the Word was born in me so that I have His truth & His grace, & He's living inside of my body.' There is conception by perception, conception by the hearing of the word of God."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Rebel Black Dot Exodus 90 Song o' the Day


Mike Hilliker, Melanie Rea, & Holy Redeemer Music, "Lord Have Mercy" from Mercy (St. Mike Papa Whiskey)

Saints + Scripture

Better Late than Never | Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa!

'Tis the festival of Saint Priscilla of Rome, Martyr (died circa 95), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian, foundress & namesake of the Catacomb of Priscilla: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Catacombs.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Marcellus I, Pope & Martyr (255-309), thirtieth (XXX) Bishop of Rome (308-309), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Maxentius & Maximinus II, a victim of the Great Persecution; buried in the Catacomb of Priscilla: Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Pontifex-link & Wikipedia-link Pontifex; Persecutions-link & Wikipedia-link Great Persecution; & Wikipedia-link Catacombs.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Honoratus of Arles, Bishop & Abbot (circa 350-430), Bishop of Arles (427-430), founding abbot of Lérins Abbey (410-427): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Arles & Wikipedia-link Arles, & Abbey-link Lérins & Wikipedia-link Lérins.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Berard of Cabrio, Priest, & Companions, Martyrs, O.F.M. (died 1220), protomartyrs of the Franciscan Order, martyred personally by the Moroccan king Yusuf II: Protomartyrs-link, Martyr-link Bravo, Martyr-link Alpha-Charlie, Martyr-link Alpha-Delta, Martyr-link Oscar, Martyr-link Papa, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Protomartyrs.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Joseph Vaz, Priest, C.O. (1651-1711, the "Apostle of Ceylon" [A.K.A. Sri Lanka], a "slave of Mary"): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Louis-Antoine-Rose Ormières Lacase, Priest (1809-1890), of the Sisters of the Guardian Angel: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Thursday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
The First Book of Samuel, chapter four, verses one thru eleven;
Psalm Forty-four (R/. twenty-seven[b]), verses ten & eleven, fourteen & fifteen, & twenty-four & twenty-five;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter one, verses forty thru forty-five.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, our Gospel today gives us one of the great scenes of Jesus healing a leper. And as is usually the case, it becomes an icon of the spiritual life in general.

Once in the Lord’s presence, the leper knelt down and begged him. The suffering man realizes who Jesus is: not one prophet among many but the incarnation of the God of Israel, the only one before whom worship is the appropriate attitude.

In our sickness, our weakness, our shame, our sin, our oddness—lots of us feel like this leper. We feel as though we’re just not worthy. Whatever trouble we are in, we have to come to Jesus in the attitude of worship. He is the Lord and we’re not. This is the key step in getting our lives in order: right praise.

Consider the leper’s beautiful plea, essential in any act of petitionary prayer: "If you wish, you can make me clean." He is not demanding; he is acknowledging the lordship of Jesus, his sovereignty. "Thy will be done" is always the right attitude in any prayer.
Video reflection by Monsignor James Vlaun (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.


Scripture Study—Wisdom Books (Penance)
The Book of the Psalms, psalm twenty-seven (verses one thru fourteen).

Commentary: Triumphant Song of Confidence (Psalm 27).

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 4
The Book of Exodus, chapter two, verses one thru ten.

Commentary: Birth & Youth of Moses (Exodus, 2:1-10).

Proverb o' the Day (Psalm 27:1)
The LORD is my light & my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
Papal Quote o' the Day
"What warmth of charity, nay, what 'an abundant outpouring of love'—which came forth from him in the few days of his ministry."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, reigned 1978-2005, feast day: 22 October) on Pope Servant of God John Paul I (1912-1978, reigned September 1978)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"In a certain sense the human nature of our blessed Lord was unlimited. It could embrace within itself all the human natures of the world. In other words, that human nature of Christ represented to a great extent the human nature of every single person who has ever lived. You read His genealogy in Matthew & in Luke, & you will find saints, but you will also find sinners. There was a bend sinister in His pedigree. We find Gentile women like Ruth; we find a public sinner like Rehab. These were typical of the humanity that Christ assumed into Himself when He became incarnate. Every human being that would ever be born until the end of time was incorporated into this humanity. Hence there's not a Buddhist, not a Confucianist, not a Communist, not a sinner, not a saint who is not in someway part of this human nature of Christ. You are in it. Your next–door neighbor is in it. Every persecutor of the church is in it. When, therefore, we are puzzled about how other people are saved, we need only realize that here is implicitly all salvation, all men in Christ."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Rebel Black Dot Exodus 90 Song o' the Day


Magic!, "Let Your Hair Down" from Don't Kill the Magic (St. Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: The Wisdom of Ben Sira (A.K.A. the Book of Sirach, the Book of Ecclesiasticus), chapter thirty-six, verse twenty-two (Sirach, 36:22).

Revised Standard Version, Second Catholic Edition (R.S.V.S.C.E.):
A woman's beauty gladdens the countenance,
& surpasses every human desire.
New American Bible (N.A.B.):
A woman's beauty makes her husband's face light up,
for it surpasses all else that charms the eye.

Saints + Scripture

Better Late than Never | Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa!

'Tis the festival of Our Lady of Banneux (apparitions 15 January-2 March 1933, A.K.A. Our Lady of the Poor, the Queen of Nations): Madonna-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Paul the First Hermit (circa 226-342; A.K.A. of Thebes, the Anchorite): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Eugippius, Priest (circa 460-535): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Pierre of Castelnau, Religious & Martyr, O.Cist. (died 1208, Anglicized as Peter), martyred by Albigensian heretics (A.K.A. the Cathers), the proximate cause of the Albigensian Crusade (1209-1229): Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Heresy-link Albigensianism & Wikipedia-link Albigensianism, & Crusades-link & Wikipedia-link Crusade.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Arnold Janssen, Priest, S.V.D. (1837-1909), founder of the Society of the Divine Word (1875, S.V.D.); the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (1889, S.Sp.S.), the "Blue Sisters"; & the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters (1896, S.Sp.S.A.P.), the "Pink Sisters": Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Order-link S.V.D. & Wikipedia-link S.V.D., Order-link S.Sp.S. & Wikipedia-link S.Sp.S., & Wikipedia-link S.Sp.S.A.P.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Nikolaus Groß, Martyr (1898-1945, Anglicized as Gross), martyred in the reign of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
The First Book of Samuel, chapter three, verses one thru ten, nineteen, & twenty;
Psalm Forty (R/. eight[a] & nine[a]), verses two & five, seven & eight(a), eight(b) & nine, & ten;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter one, verses twenty-nine thru thirty-nine.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus heals many of the townspeople of Capernaum. His healing of physical ailments points to his spiritual healing—to his being the doctor of the soul.

The Gospels are filled with accounts of Jesus' healing encounters with those whose spiritual energies are unable to flow. Much of Jesus’ ministry consisted in teaching people how to see (the kingdom of God), how to hear (the voice of the Spirit), how to walk (overcoming the paralysis of the heart), and how to be free of themselves so as to discover God.

Jesus was referred to in the early Church as the Savior (
salvator in Latin). The term speaks of the one who brings healing—indeed, our word salve is closely related to salvus, meaning health. When the soul is healthy, it is in a living relationship with God. When the soul is sick, the entire person becomes ill, because all flows from and depends upon the dynamic encounter with the source of being and life who is God.

We heal the soul by bringing to bear the
salvator, the healer, the one who in his person reconciled us with God and opened the soul to the divine power.
Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D. (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90, Day 3
The Book of Exodus, chapter one, verses fifteen thru twenty-two.

Commentary: The Israelites Are Oppressed by the Egyptians (concluded; Exodus, 1:15-22).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"This smile was not a mask, behind which a person can hide himself, nor was it a studied gesture to obtain something, but the expression, unconscious & natural of a soul transparent & luminous to its very depths."
—Pope Benedict XVI (born 1927, reigned 2005-2013) on Pope Servant of God John Paul I (1912-1978, reigned 26 August-28 September 1978)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"There are two verses in scripture, one from Isaiah & the other from the Epistle to the Hebrews, which seem to be contradictory. Isaiah says that our Lord was reckoned with the transgressors, or sinners. The Epistle to the Hebrews says that He was separated from sinners. He was one with them & at the same time not with them. He was reckoned with sinners, inasmuch as in His human nature He took upon Himself all the penalties of sin. He was separated simply because He was God & also because, even in His human nature, He was like us in all things, save sin."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Explorers' Club, № DCCXXVIII

Operation AXIOM: After the World War | The Stars My Destination
13 January 1920: The New York Times printed an editorial mocking Dr. Robert H. Goddard's monograph A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes—detailing his experiments in rocketry for the Smithsonian Institution—& denying the theoretical ability of rockets to operate in outer space; on 17 July 1969, the day after Apollo 11 lifted off toward the Moon, the Times printed a modest correction.





Lest we forget.

The Rebel Black Dot Exodus 90 Song o' the Day


Rosemary Nichols, Linda Gardner, & Caryl Little, "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" from Fiddler on the Roof (St. Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: Last week, a distaff parishioner approached me & told me that another distaff parishioner had approached her asking for the down low on yours truly. After their discussion, the second parishioner was of the opinion that I would make a suitable match with her sister-in-law & dispatched the first parishioner as an embassy. After prayerful consideration, I consented to an introduction & to explore the match; I'm not yet in the seminary & God speaks to us through many varied persons & circumstances. Word soon reached me that the second parishioner's sister-in-law, a denizen of Oregon, is not interested in a long-distance relationship. Both parishioners are sorry about this, but I view the sister-in-law's decision as a sign that I'm still meant to enter the seminary, where those in the know say the real work of priestly discernment is done.