Friday, October 19, 2018

The Explorers' Club, № DCXLIX

Operation AXIOM: The World War
26 September-27 October 1918: The Capture of Damascus (26 September-1 October), the Pursuit to Haritan (3-27 October), & the Battle of Aleppo (25 October)—Entente forces pursued the retreating Ottomans to & then beyond Damascus, while Prince Faisal's Arab army captured Aleppo; the last remaining Turkish army, under Mustafa Kemal, prepared to defend the Ottoman heartland of Anatolia.






Lest we forget.

Saints + Scripture: Please Stand By

The Rebel Black Dot Work Sucks Song o' the Day

Reel Big Fish, "Last Show" from We're Not Happy 'til You're Not Happy (The Last Angry Rude Boy)

Skammentary: If or when I quit, & at this juncture all is darkness & I honestly cannot see how I could not quit, I want to burn properly my bridges by e-mailing my boss "Last Show."
"This is the last show I will ever play with you,
This is the end of what you put me through!
The last show I will ever play with you,
It's the end of what we do!

"I don't ant fame,
I don't want money,
I just want to have fun again,
And I don't want girls,
No backstage parties,
I just want to feel like we're friends…

"I never thought I would hate music,
I never thought I would hate you, yeah!
And every day this feels more like a job I don't even want to do.
Well, I think I've learned my lesson:
I'll never follow my dreams again…

"This is the last show I will ever play with you,
This is the end of what you put me through!
The last show I will ever play with you!

"This is the last show I will ever play with you,
This is the end of what you put me through!
The last show I will ever play with you!

"This is the last show,
This is the last line,
Good-bye!"

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Rebel Black Dot Work Sucks Song o' the Day

Reel Big Fish, "Nothin'" from Turn the Radio Off (The Last Angry Rude Boy)

Skammentary:
"I don't fuckin' care,
And I don't fuckin' care,
I don't fuckin' care anymore!

"I don't fuckin' care,
And I don't fuckin' care,
I don't fuckin' care anymore!

"(It's gonna be alright!)
I dont fuckin' care!
(It's gonna be alright!)
I dont fuckin' care!
(It's gonna be alright!)
I dont fuckin' care anymore!

"One, two, three, go!
I don't fuckin' care!
Said I don't fuckin' care!
Said I don't fuckin' care anymore!

"Said I don't fuckin' care!
Said I don't fuckin' care!
Said I don't fuckin' care anymore!

"Said I don't fuckin' care!
Said I don't fuckin' care!
Said I don't fuckin' care anymore!"

Saints + Scripture: Feast of Saint Luke

'Tis the Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist (died circa 84): Evangelist-link ūnus, Evangelist-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Gospel & Wikipedia-link Acts.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
He is one of the Four Evangelists—the four traditionally ascribed authors of the canonical Gospels. The early Church Fathers ascribed to him authorship of both the Gospel of Luke & the Acts of the Apostles, which would mean Luke contributed over a quarter of the text of the New Testament, more than any other author.
Wikipedia-link Four Evangelists & Wikipedia-link New Testament


Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Feast of St. Luke
The Second Letter to Timothy, chapter four, verses ten thru seventeen(b);
Psalm One Hundred Forty-five, verses ten & eleven, twelve & thirteen, & seventeen & eighteen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter ten, verses one thru nine.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, our Gospel shows us what Jesus wants his followers to be doing and how they ought do it. We are a missionary church. We are sent by the Lord to spread his word and do his work. The Gospel is just not something that we are meant to cling to for our own benefit; it is seed that we are meant to give away.

Prayer is not incidental to ministry. It is not decorative. It is the lifeblood of the Church’s efforts. Without it, nothing will succeed; without it, no ministers will come forward. At all times pray, pray, pray.

Poverty and simplicity of life are prerequisites to the effective proclamation of the Gospel. Anthony, Benedict, Chrysostom, Francis and Clare, Dominic, Ignatius, Mother Teresa—across the board, the most effective proclaimers of the Gospel are those who rely on the providence of God and strip themselves of worldliness.

What is the first thing that the minister should do upon entering a city? "Cure the sick there." Christ is
Soter, healer of both body and spirit. The second great task of the Church is to proclaim that "the reign of God is at hand." The Church is an announcing, proclaiming, evangelizing organism.
Video reflection by Father Roger Lopez, O.F.M.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Justus of Beauvais, Martyr (circa 278-287), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Diocletian & Maximian, a cephalophore: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Head.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Julian of Mesopotamia, Hermit (floruit 362): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Amabilis of Riom, Priest (died 475, A.K.A. of Auvergne): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"God's love is tender & merciful, patient & full of understanding. In the Scriptures, & also in the living memory of the Church, the love of God is indeed depicted & has been experienced as the compassionate love of a mother."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Little Flower Quote o' the Day
"I do not know the future; yet I can confidently say that my Spouse is at the door."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Christian Quote o' the Day
"That is one of the reasons I believe in Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed."
—C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Saints + Scripture: Please Stand By

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day

Magic!, "Gloria" from Primary Colours (The Last Angry Man)

Commentary:
"My friends told me not to trust that Gloria,
'She’s got ill intentions right from the start.'
I said, 'You don’t understand my Gloria.
Complicated yes, but pure at the heart.'
Today, I came home a little early
To find a stranger in my bed,
And I said—

"Gloria!
Why do you play with me?
If I’m the only one
Then who the hell is he?
Did you have sex all day
Just to tease me all night?
Whoa oh-oh, Gloria!
Can you just tell me why?

"Why?
Gloria, why?
Gloria, why?
Gloria, why?

"I decided to forgive my Gloria,
Said she would never do it again,
So I went on a ten day cruise with Gloria
Hoping to get back to where we began.
Then one night I came back with some red wine
Just to find two sailors in my bed
And I said—

"Gloria!
Why do you play with me?
If I’m the only one
Then who the hell is he?
Did you have sex all day?
How could I be so blind?
Whoa oh-oh, Gloria!
Can you just tell me why?…"

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day

Mustard Plug, "What Does She Know?" from Can't Contain It (The Last Angry Rude Boy)

Skammentary: On consecutive nights last weekend, Mustard Plug played shows in Ann Arbor & Lansing. I did not attend either, much less both, in the main because 'twas an extraordinarily busy church weekend. The weekend before, I was able to see a reunion of The Loose Ties, right here in Flint. Ska's not dead, though I am quite concerned, based on the timing of the Jamaican origins of ska, the rise of 2-Tone, & the rise of ska-punk, that the "fourth wave" seems to be behind schedule.

Saints + Scripture

The Popish Plot
Taco Tuesday: "Reactions to 'Made for Happiness,' Part 3: Bonus Clips"

'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Hedwig, Religious, O.Cist. (1174-1243, of Silesia, of Andechs; A.K.A. Jadwiga), Duchess of Silesia: Saint-link ūna, Saint-link duæ, & Wikipedia-link.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Aunt of St. Elizabeth the Hungary [17 November] & mother of Servant of God Henry II the Pious.

Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Hedwig always helped the poor, the widows & the orphans, founded several hospitals for the sick & the lepers, & donated all her fortune to the Church. She allowed no one to leave her uncomforted, & one time she spent ten weeks teaching the Our Father to a poor woman. According to legend, she went barefoot even in winter.
'Tis also the Optional Memorial of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin, V.H.M. (1647-1690, the "Disciple of the Sacred Heart"): Saint-link ūna, Saint-link duæ, & Wikipedia-link; Sacred Heart-link & Wikipedia-link Sacred Heart.


Commentary: Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Margaret Mary was a French Roman Catholic Visitation nun & mystic, who promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in its modern form.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Gerard Majella, Religious, C.Ss.R. (1725-1755, the "Father of the Poor"): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Anicet Kopliński, Priest & Martyr, O.F.M. Cap. (1875-1941), martyred in the reign of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, one of the One Hundred Eight Blessed Polish Martyrs: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link CVIII & Wikipedia-link CVIII.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
The Letter to the Galatians, chapter five, verses one thru six;
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen, verses forty-one, forty-three, forty-four, forty-five, forty-seven, & forty-eight;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter eleven, verses thirty-seven thru forty-one.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, Jesus concludes today’s Gospel by prescribing giving alms as a key to holiness. I’ve quoted to you before some of the breathtaking remarks of saints and popes about almsgiving: Leo XIII says, "Once the demands of necessity and propriety have been met, the rest of your money belongs to the poor." John Chrysostom says, "The man who has two shirts in his closet, one belongs to him; the other belongs to the man who has no shirt."

The deepest root of all of this is in the prophets, who continually rail against those who are indifferent to the poor. The prophets teach us that compassion is key to biblical ethics, feeling the pain of others in our own hearts. We’re not dealing with an abstract Aristotelian moral philosophy, but rather with something more visceral.

This is precisely why the two great commandments are so tightly linked: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart…and love your neighbor as yourself." In loving God you feel the feelings of God, and God is compassionate to the poor and oppressed. That’s all the argument that a biblical person needs.
Video reflection by Deacon Ted Pijacki: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Hedwig
The Book of Sirach, chapter twenty-six, verses one thru four & thirteen thru sixteen;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-eight, verse one;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter three, verses thirty-one thru thirty-five.

Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
The Letter to the Ephesians, chapter three, verses fourteen thru nineteen;
Psalm Twenty-three, verse one;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter eleven, verses twenty-five thru thirty.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Once the demands of necessity & propriety have been met, the rest of your money belongs to the poor."
—Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903)
Little Flower Quote o' the Day
"We often think we receive graces & are divinely illuminated by means of brilliant candles. But from whence comes their light? From prayers, perhaps, of some humble, hidden soul, whose inward shining is not apparent to human eyes."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"The man who has two shirts in his closet, one belongs to him; the other belongs to the man who has no shirt."
—St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church (349-407, feast day: 13 September)

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Explorers' Club, № DCXLVIII

Operation AXIOM: The World War—The Hundred Days Offensive, Part VIII
8 October 1918: Corporal Alvin York (1887-1964) of the American 82nd Infantry Division*, originally a conscientious objector, conducted a solo feat of arms against a well-positioned German machine-gun company; he returned to his own lines with one hundred thirty-two German P.O.W.; promoted to sergeant, York received the Medal of Honor, the French Croix de guerre, & fifty sundry decorations.





Lest we forget.

Commentary: *The far-famed 82nd wouldn't become airborne 'til 1942. Clean-shaven actor Gary Cooper won an Oscar for playing the eponymous moustachioed sharpshooter in the 1941 motion picture Sergeant York. Cooper's non-moustachioed visage is typical, even emblematic of Hollywood's contempt for historical accuracy.

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day


Harold Faltermeyer, "Axel F" from Totally '80s for Kids (The Last Angry Man)

Saints + Scripture

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

The Popish Plot
Bonus Episode: "Shameless Self-Promoting"

'Tis the Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin & Doctor of the Church (1515-1582, A.K.A. of Ávila, Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada), co-foundress of the Discalced Carmelites, formally the Order of the Discalced Carmelites of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel; author of, among other words, The Way of Perfection & The Interior Castle: Doctor-link ūna, Doctor-link duæ, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Doctors & Wikipedia-link O.C.D.; Wikipedia-link Perfection & Wikipedia-link Castle.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
She was a Spanish mystic, Carmelite nun, author, & theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. Active during the Counter-Reformation [more properly, the Catholic Reformation], she was a reformer in the Carmelite Order.
Wikipedia-link Reformation & Wikipedia-link O.Carm.


'Tis also the festival of Saint Aurelia of Strasbourg, Virgin (floruit fourth century): Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Severus of Trier, Bishop (died circa 455): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Canus Natus, Bishop (died 490, also spelt Cannatus): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
The Letter to the Galatians, chapter four, verses twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four, twenty-six, twenty-seven, & thirty-one thru chapter five, verse one;
Psalm One Hundred Thirteen, verses one(b) & two; three & four; & five(a), six, & seven;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter eleven, verses twenty-nine thru thirty-two.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus tells the crowd that they will receive no sign except the sign of Jonah, which was a prophetic code for his Death and Resurrection.

Everything Jesus said and did, in one way or another, is an anticipation of his Resurrection. The God of Israel, the God of Jesus Christ, is a God of life, a God of the living. He hates death and the ways of death.

He hates sin, which brings about spiritual death; he hates physical illness, which brings about bodily death; he hates corruption, which brings about societal death. And so he battles all these things all the way. Jesus heals blind eyes and deaf ears and crippled limbs; he illuminates darkened minds; he liberates imprisoned souls.

His ministry is a ministry of life, of the triumph of life over death.
Video reflection by Msgr. James Vlaun (Telecare T.V.): United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Teresa of Jesus
The Letter to the Romans, chapter eight, verses twenty-two thru twenty-seven;
Psalm Nineteen, verse ten;
or, the Gospel according to John, chapter six, verses sixty-three;
The Gospel according to John, chapter fifteen, verses one thru eight.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"If only we can say Our Father & know what this means, then we would understand the Christian faith."
—Pope St. Paul VI (1897-1978, feast day: 26 September)

Little Flower Quote o' the Day
"I am a child of the Church. I do not ask for riches or glory, not even for the glory of heaven."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Dotor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Beautiful is the moment in which we understand that we are no more than an instrument of God; we live only as long as God wants us to live; we can only do as much as God makes us able to do; we are only as intelligent as God would have us be."
—St. Óscar Romero (1917-1980, feast day: 24 March)

Commentary: Ss. Paul VI & Óscar Romero were canonized yesterday, 14 October 2018.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Saints + Scripture: XXVIII Sunday in Ordinary Time

'Tis the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Week
Mass Readings—Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Book of Wisdom, chapter seven, verses seven thru eleven;
Psalm Ninety, verses twelve & thirteen, fourteen & fifteen, & sixteen & seventeen;
The Letter to the Hebrews, chapter four, verses twelve & thirteen;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter ten, verses seventeen thru thirty
(or, the Gospel according to Mark, chapter ten, verses seventeen thru twenty-seven).

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel a rich young man asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. There is something absolutely right about the young man, something spiritually alive, and that is his deep desire to share in everlasting life. He knows what he wants, and he knows where to find it.

Jesus responds to his wonderful and spiritually alive question by enumerating many of the Commandments. The young man takes this in, and replies, "Teacher, I have kept all these since my childhood." So Jesus looks at him with love and says, "Go and sell what you have and give to the poor.…After that come follow me."

God is nothing but love, straight through, and therefore the life of friendship with him, in the richest sense, is a life of total love, self-forgetting love. Jesus senses that this young man is ready for the high adventure of the spiritual life: he is asking the right question and he is properly prepared. But at this point the young man tragically balks. The spiritual life, at the highest pitch, is about giving your life away, and this is why the many possessions are a problem.
Video reflection by Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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

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


Mass Journal: Week Forty-two
Reflection by Matthew Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute:
Repent is a powerful word. But what does it mean for you & me, here & now, more than two thousand years later? It means the same as it did to the people walking around the dusty pathways in their sandals, trying to inch closer to Jesus as He passed through their town or village. Repent means "to turn back to God." I find myself needing to turn back to God many times a day, in ways small & large. It is not a matter of guilt & it is not a shameful thing. It is simply that at His side I am a better person—a better son, husband, father, brother, friend, employer, & citizen. Over time, I have also come to realize, quite painfully, that when I turn away from God I am also turning my back on my true self. Do you need to turn back to God today? Do you need to repent?


Otherwise, 14 October would be the festival of Saint Callistus I, Pope & Martyr (died circa 223, also spelt Callixtus), sixteenth (XVI) Bishop of Rome, martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Severus Alexander, superintendent of the Catacombs of Callixtus: Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Pontiff & Wikipedia-link Catacombs.


Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Donatian of Rheims, Bishop (died circa 389; also spelt Donat, Donas): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Twould also be the festival of Blessed Richard Creagh, Bishop & Martyr (1523-1586), martyred in the reign of the English queen Elizabeth I, one of the Irish Martyrs: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link Irish & Wikipedia-link Irish.

'Twould also be the festival of Blessed Franciszek Rosłaniec, Priest & Martyr (1889-1942), martyred in the reign of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, one of the One Hundred Eight Blessed Polish Martyrs: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link List (№ 23); Martyrs-link CVIII & Wikipedia-link CVIII.

'Twould also be the festival of Blessed Roman Lysko, Priest & Martyr (1914-1949), martyred in the reign of the Communist dictator Joseph Stalin: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Those who see suffering with merely human eyes cannot understand its meaning. We Christians know that suffering can be converted if we offer it to God. It can become an instrument of salvation, a path to holiness that helps us to reach heaven."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Little Flower Quote o' the Day
"To remain a child before God means to recognize our nothingness, to expect everything from God. It is not to become discouraged over our failings, for children fall often, but they are too little to hurt themselves very much."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Christian Quote o' the Day
"A moral approach to the world is possible & beneficial only when one takes upon himself the whole awful mess of life, one's share in the responsibility for death & sin, in short, original sin as a whole, & stops seeing guilt always in others."
—Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)

The R.B.D. Song o' the Lord's Day: XXVIII Sun. in O.T.

Mike Hilliker & Melanie Rea, "Lord, Have Mercy" from Mercy (The Last Angry Sinner)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day: Go Blue!

The University of Michigan Marching Band, "Pinball Wizard" from A Saturday Tradition (The Last Angry Wolverine)

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the festival of Saint Theophilus of Antioch, Bishop (died circa 184): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Benedict of Cupra, Martyr (died circa 304, A.K.A. of Tronto), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Diocletian & Maximian, a victim of the Great Persecution: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Persecution.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Edward the Confessor (1003-1066), King of England: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Daniel & Companions, Religious & Martyrs, O.F.M. (died 1227, A.K.A. the Martyrs of Cueta, the Martyrs of Morocco), martyred in the reign of the Almohad caliph Yahya al-Mu'tasim: Martyrs-link Cueta ūnus, Martyrs-link Cueta duo, & Wikipedia-link; Martyr-link Alpha, Martyr-link D-A-N, Martyr-link D-O-N, Martyr-link Hotel, Martyr-link Lima, Martyr-link November, & Martyr-link Sierra.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, A.K.A. the Miracle of Fátima, the final & crowning apparition of Our Lady of Fátima (apparitions 13 May-13 October 1917): Wikipedia-link Miracle; Madonna-link & Wikipedia-link Fátima.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
The Letter to the Galatians, chapter three, verses twenty-two thru twenty-nine;
Psalm One Hundred Five, verses two & three, four & five, & six & seven;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter eleven, verses twenty-seven & twenty-eight.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, our Gospel blesses those who hear the word of God and observe it. In this regard, I would like to speak about the response of the Polish people to the word proclaimed by St. John Paul II. The power of the Polish Communist state, and behind that the power of the Soviet Union, is what John Paul faced at the beginning of the 1980s. But he was practiced in the art of facing down oppressive political forces, having grown up under Nazism and Communism.

He spoke of God, of human rights, of the dignity of the individual—frightening at every turn, his handlers worried about diplomatic repercussions. As he spoke, the crowds got bigger and more enthusiastic. This went beyond mere Polish nationalism. At one gathering, the millions of people began to chant "We want God! We want God!" over and over for fifteen minutes.

There was no controlling this power, born of the confidence that God’s love is more powerful than any of the weapons of the empires of the world, from crosses to nuclear bombs. This is, of course, why Communist officialdom tried vehemently to stop John Paul II. But there is no chaining the Word of God!
Video reflection by Marc DelMonico, Ph.D.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Papal Quote o' the Day
"We have a responsibility regarding the light that has been passed to us. We cannot enclose it within the four walls of our 'I.' We must also communicate it to others. We must shine with it before all."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Little Flower Quote o' the Day
"I made a resolution never to wander far away from the glance of Jesus in order to travel peacefully toward the eternal shore!"
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"When Christ's hands were nailed to the Cross, He also nailed our sins to the Cross."
—St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church (1090-1153, feast day: 20 August)

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Explorers' Club, № DCXLVII

Operation AXIOM: The World War—The Hundred Days Offensive, Part VII
2-8 October 1918: The Lost Battalion—Nine companies of the American 77th Division, commanded by Major Charles Whittlesey (1884-1921) were cut off from the Entente lines & surrounded by the Germans; six days of fierce fighting ensued, with the 77th fending off the Central Powers while sometimes being shelled by their own artillery, & communicating via the homing pigeon "Cher Ami."






Lest we forget.

Commentary: Your humble narrator first learned of the "Lost Battalion" in 2001, with the release of the made-for-television movie, The Lost Battalion, starring Rick Schroder as Major Whittlesey.

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the festival of Our Lady of the Pillar (apparition circa 40): Madonna-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Fiestas del Pilar.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Edwin of Northumbria, Martyr (circa 585-633; also spelt Eadwine, Æduinus), King of Deria & Bernicia, martyred by the pagan king Penda of Mercia: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Husband of St. Æthelburh of Kent [8 September], father of St. Eanflæd of Whitby [24 November], & great uncle of St. Hilda of Whitby [17 November].

'Tis also the festival of Saint Wilfrid of York, Bishop, O.S.B. (circa 633-709, also spelt Wilfrith; A.K.A. of Ripon), who convened the Synod of Whitby, founder of the abbey around which arose the City of Ripon: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Synod & Wikipedia-link City.

Commentary: Wilfrid I, not to be confused with another Bishop of York, St. Wilfrid II (died 746, A.K.A. the Younger) [29 April].

'Tis also the festival of Saint Serafino of Montegranaro, Religious, O.F.M. Cap. (1540-1604, A.K.A. Felice Rapagnano): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed John Baptist, Priest & Martyr, O.F.M. (circa 1603-1642, A.K.A. Thomas Bullaker), martyred in the reign of the Anglo-Scottish king Charles I, one of the Eighty-five Martyrs of England & Wales: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link LXXXV & Wikipedia-link LXXXV.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
The Letter to the Galatians, chapter three, verses seven thru fourteen;
Psalm One Hundred Eleven, verses one(b) & two, three & four, & five & six;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter eleven, verses fifteen thru twenty-six.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel we learn of a person possessed by a demon. Jesus meets the man and drives out the demon, but then is immediately accused of being in league with Satan. Some of the witnesses said, “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.”

Jesus’ response is wonderful in its logic and laconicism: “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?”

The demonic power is always one of scattering. It breaks up communion. But Jesus, as always, is the voice of
communio, of one bringing things back together.

Think back to Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand. Facing a large, hungry crowd, his disciples beg him to “dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus answers, “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.”

Whatever drives the Church apart is an echo of this “dismiss the crowds” impulse, and a reminder of the demonic tendency to divide. In times of trial and threat, this is a very common instinct. We blame, attack, break up, and disperse. But Jesus is right: “There is no need for them to go away.”
Video reflection by D.J. Bernal: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Certainly you are not unaware of how much the path of love can cost. Christ Himself reminds you of it from atop the Cross."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Little Flower Quote o' the Day
"We have only one task during the night of the present life—to love Jesus."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Catholic Quote o' the Day
"Human weakness cannot upset the plans of Divine Omnipotence. A Divine Master-Builder can work even with falling stones."
—Michael cardinal von Faulhaber (1869-1952)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "Here We Are" from While We're At It (The Last Angry Rude Boy)

Skammentary:
"Wrath like you've never imagined,
Beyond our wildest dreams,
No explanation, God's green creation
Is coming apart at the seams,
Seems we might have done it this time,
This time might be the one,
We can't reverse or even worse,
This time, this time what have we done?

"Here we are!
How did we get here?
Did we ask for this to happen
And not know where it would go?
It's gone too far,
It can't continue,
Someone has to do something before anyone
Does anything we will regret forever!

"A path we should never set foot on,
A road that nobody takes,
Incompetent leaders, liars and cheaters,
Catastrophic and costly mistakes,
We're hoping to come to our senses,
And sensing that won't be the case,
Hope's running low, there's no place to go,
How did we get to this place?…"

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Bonus! Song o' the Day

Plumtree, "Scott Pilgrim" from Predicts the Future (The Last Angry Man)

Commentary:
"I've liked you for a thousand years,
A thousand years,
I've liked you for a thousand years,
A thousand years,
I've liked you for a thousand years,
A thousand years,
I've liked you for a thousand years,
A thousand years.

"I can't wait 'til I see you,
I can't wait until I see you,
I can't wait 'til I see you,
I can't wait until I see you,
I can't wait 'til I see you,
I can't wait until I see you,
I can't wait 'til I see you,
I can't wait until I see you.

"You can't stand to see me that way,
No matter what I do,
No matter what I say,
You can't stand to see me that way…"

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the festival of Optional Memorial of Saint John XXIII, Pope (1881-1963, "Good Pope John;" A.K.A. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli), two hundred sixty-first (CCLXI) Bishop of Rome, who convened the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), formally the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Pontiff & Wikipedia-link Council.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Pope John XXIII surprised those who expected him to be a caretaker ope by calling the historic Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), the first sessions opening on 11 October 1962. His passionate views on equality were summed up in his statement, "We were all made in God's image, & thus, we are all Godly alike."
'Tis also the festival of Saint Philip the Evangelist, Deacon (died circa 58, of Hierapolis): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Bruno the Great, Bishop (925-965, of Cologne, of Saxony; A.K.A. Duke Bruno I of Lotharingia), founder of the abbey at St. Pantaleon's Church: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Abbey.

Commentary: Son of St. Matilda of Ringelheim [17 March]. Not to be confused with St. Bruno of Cologne (1030-1101), founder of the Carthusian Order [6 October].

'Tis also the festival of Saint María Soledad, Virgin, S. de M. (1826-1887, A.K.A. Manuela Torres Acosta), foundress of the Servants of Mary, Ministers to the Sick: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link S. de M.

Scripture of This Day
Mass Readings—Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
The Letter to the Galatians, chapter three, verses one thru five;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter one, verses sixty-nine & seventy; seventy-one & seventy-two; & seventy-three, seventy-four, & seventy-five;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter eleven, verses five thru thirteen.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, our Gospel today is about prayer and the power of prayer. This excerpt from Luke is filled with wisdom in regard to the proper attitude of prayer. What is prayer, and how should we pray? Prayer is intimate communion and conversation with God. Judging from Jesus’ own life, prayer is something that we ought to do often, especially at key moments of our lives.

Well, how should we pray? What does it look like? You have to pray with faith. Have you noticed how Jesus, time and again, says to people before working a miracle, "Do you believe I can do this?" Can you hear the simple faith in this astonishing line of Jesus: "I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours."

And today he says, "Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."
Video reflection by Father Roger Lopez, O.F.M.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. John XXIII
The Book of Ezekiel, chapter thirty-four, verses eleven thru sixteen;
Psalm Twenty-three, verse one;
The Gospel according to John, chapter twenty-one, verses fifteen, sixteen, & seventeen.

Papal Quote o' This Day
"Hold truth in holy respect; fear to offend it, to betray it. Impose upon yourself the discipline of silence, of moderation, of patience. Truth seeks only to be proclaimed in its entirety."
—Pope St. John XXIII (1881-1968, feast day: 11 October)
Little Flower Quote o' This Day
"I give thanks to my Jesus for making me walk in darkness, & in this darkness I enjoy profound peace. I only desire that my darkness may obtain light for sinners."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Saint Quote o' This Day
"Moreover, we read that man cannot exist 'alone' (cf. Genesis, 2:18); he can exist only as a 'unity of the two,' & therefore in relation to another human person. It is a question here of a mutual relationship: man to woman & woman to man. Being a person in this image & likeness of God thus also involves existing in a relationship, in relation to the other 'I.' This is a prelude to the definitive self-revelation to the Triune God: a living unity in the communion of the father, Son, & Holy Spirit."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)

Saints + Scripture — Wednesday, 10 October

The Long Road Back, Part IX of IX | Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa!

Wednesday, 10 October was the festival of Saint Paulinus of York, Bishop (584-644), a member of the Gregorian mission to the Anglo-Saxons: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Mission.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Twas also the festival of Saint Daniele Combini, Bishop, M.C.C.I. (1831-1881), founder of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus & the Comboni Missionary Sisters: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link M.C.C.I. & Wikipedia-link S.M.C.

'Twas also the festival of Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, Religious, C.S.S.F. (1825-1899, A.K.A. Sophia Truszkowska), foundress of the Felician Sisters, formally the Congregation of Sisters of Saint Felix of Cantalice Third Order Regular of Saint Francis of Assisi: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link C.S.S.F.

Scripture of That Day
Mass Readings—Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
The Letter to the Galatians, chapter two, verses one, two, & seven thru fourteen;
Psalm One Hundred Seventeen, verses one(b), two;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter eleven, verses one thru four.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, our Gospel for today gives us an opportunity to reflect on the great prayer that Jesus taught us. Think how this prayer links us to all of the great figures in Christian history, from Peter and Paul to Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Francis of Assisi, John Henry Newman, G.K. Chesterton, John Paul II, and right up to the present day.

A desire to pray is planted deep within us. This just means the desire to speak to God and to listen to him. Keep in mind that prayer is not designed to change God’s mind or to tell God something he doesn’t know. God isn’t like a big city boss or a reluctant pasha whom we have to persuade. He is rather the one who wants nothing other than to give us good things—though they might not always be what we want.

Can you see how this prayer rightly orders us? We must put God’s holy name first; we must strive to do his will in all things and at all times; we must be strengthened by spiritual food or we will fall; we must be agents of forgiveness; we must be able to withstand the dark powers.
Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Papal Quote o' That Day
"In the past the attacks against the Christian Faith came from without, from forces contrary & extraneous to the believing community. Today the snares arise from within, in the context of rapid social change that is taking place in our age."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Little Flower Quote o' That Day
"Even when alone be cheerful, remembering always that you are in the sight of the angels."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Saint Quote o' That Day
"O God, to turn away from You is to fall. To turn to You is to stand up. To remain in You is to have a sure support."
—St. Augustine of Hippo, Doctor of the Church (354-430, feast day: 28 August)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Yesterday

Mittwoch, 10. Oktober*
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "Unified" from While We're At It (The Last Angry Rude Boy)

Skammentary:
"We're not here to misinform you,
We are only trying to warn you.

"We are with you not against you,
We only hope you got the common sense to
Realize, we're unified,
And realize we are here to back you,
And not let anybody else attack you,
So you know we're on your side,
We're unified,
We're unified…

"It's not something you signed on for,
What you were built for or designed for.

"We are with you not against you,
We only hope you got the common sense to
Realize, we're unified,
And realize we are here to back you,
And not let anybody else attack you,
So you know we're on your side,
We're unified,
We're unified…"
*Kommentar: Mittwoch is my favorite German name of a day of the week. Many of the German day names, like our English day names, deprive from the gods of Germanic paganism: the English Thursday, from "Thor's day," & the German Donnerstag, "Donner's day," Donner being the Germanic equivalent of the Norse Thor. The English Wednesday is from "Woden's day," whereas the German Mittwoch means, "midweek." I enjoy that immensely.

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Today

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "Walked Like a Ghost" from While We're At It (The Last Angry Rude Boy)

Skammentary: "Walked Like a Ghost" continues the venerable ska tradition of pairing upbeat, even cheery music, with dark, even tragic lyrics.
"He walked like a ghost
Until he became a ghost,
He lost what he believed in and all that he held close,
Words would not express or allow him to describe
The sadness that he dealt with up until the day he died.

"Sarah and Lily and Grace,
When the world was a much better place.

"Twenty of them please,
On up and down the keys,
He played with a purpose; he also played with ease,
I played them too, the sweetest soul I knew,
And cherished every moment that I got to spend with you.

"Sarah and Lily and Grace,
Sarah and Lily and Grace,
Sarah and Lily and Grace,
When the world was a much better place.

Holes had replaced those beautiful brown eyes,
Souls erased, angels fell, and darkness filled the sky,
And he walked like a ghost up until the day he was,
When something like this happens, I guess, that's what someone does.

"And Sarah and Lily and Grace,
Sarah and Lily and Grace,
Sarah and Lily and Grace,
When the world was a much better place.

"Sarah, and Lily and Grace
When the world was a much better place."

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Tuesday

Dienstag, 9. Oktober
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "The West Ends" from While We're At It (The Last Angry Rude Boy)

Skammentary:
"A very short walk, but its block after block,
Brutalist buildings beyond the shock,
Cement and the steel and the zero appeal,
If this was where you called home, then how would you feel?

"Urban renewal, demolition, and the Act of Contrition,
'Why would you live here in this condition?'
Why would you say that? This is our home!
The West End's the best, then won't they just leave us alone?
Why won't they just leave us alone?

"This is not squalor,
It's dollar to dollar,
We don't care about status
Or color or collar,
This is not poverty,
We don't live in the slums,
We are the working class poor
And we're not just derelict bums…"

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Monday

Montag, 8. Oktober
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "Closer to Nowhere" from While We're At It (The Last Angry Rude Boy)

Skammentary:
"She had a god's eye up on the beautiful bonsai,
She hung the rosary beads around the Buddha's neck,
A dreamcatcher fell and rang a sacred bell
Near the Hindu tapestry that was a wreck,
I heard the bell toll when I struck the singing bowl
With a crystal that I found behind the chimes,
Flipped through a copy of
Eat, Pray, Love,
I didn't judge her, no, I don't sometimes…"

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Explorers' Club, № DCXLVI

Operation AXIOM: The World War—The Hundred Days Offensive, Part VI
29 September-10 October: The Battle of the Saint-Quentin Canal—A British, Australian & American assault, preceded by the largest artillery bombardment of the war & the first use of British-produced mustard gas, & accompanied by hordes of tanks, first breached the formidable "Hindenburg Line" (the Siegfriedstellung); the German High Command (Oberste Heeresleitung) realized the war was lost.






Lest we forget.

Saints + Scripture

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

The Popish Plot
Taco Tuesday: "Reaction to 'Made for Happiness,' Part 2"

'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Denis, Bishop, & Companions, Martyrs (died circa 258, of Paris, of France), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Valerian, in his persecution; atop his grave was built the Basilica & Abbey of Saint-Denis, around which arose the city of Saint-Denis: Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Persecution ūnus & Wikipedia-link Persecution duo; & Wikipedia-link Basilica/Abbey & Wikipedia-link Commune.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
St. Denis was bishop of Paris in the third century &, together with his companions Rusticus & Eleutherius, was martyred for his faith by decapitation. A popular story claims that the decapitated bishop picked up his head & walked several miles while preaching a sermon on repentance & is accounted one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.
Martyr-link Romeo & Martyr-link Echo, Wikipedia-link Cephalophore, & Helpers-link XIV & Wikipedia-link XIV


'Tis also the Optional Memorial of Saint John Leonardi, Priest O.M.D. (1541-1609, A.K.A. Giovanni of the Mother of God), founder of the Clerics Regular of the Mother of God: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link O.M.D.


Commentary: Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
St. John was an Italian Roman catholic priest & founder of the Clerks Regular of the Mother of God of Lucca… part of the movement known as the Counter-Reformation [more properly, the Catholic Reformation]. Leonardi worked with this group to spread devotion to the Blessed Mother & devotion to the Forty Hours as well as spreading the message of the importance of frequent reception of the Eucharist.
Wikipedia-link Reformation, Wikipedia-link Forty Hours, & Wikipedia-link Eucharist


'Tis also the festival of Saint Ghislain, Abbot (died circa 680, A.K.A. Gislenus), founder of the Abbey of Saint-Ghislain, namesake of the town of Saint-Ghislain: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Abbey & Wikipedia-link Commune.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Luis Beltrán, Priest, O.P. (1526-1581, the "Apostle to the Americas;" also spelt Luis Bertrán, Anglicized as Louis Bertrand): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed John Henry Newman, Cardinal, C.O. (1801-1890), founder of the Birmingham Oratory & the London Oratory; namesake of the Newman Centers: Blessed-link ūnus, Blessed-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Birmingham & Wikipedia-link London; Wikipedia-link Centers.


Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
The Letter to the Galatians, chapter one, verses thirteen thru twenty-four;
Psalm One Hundred Thirty-nine, verses One(b), two, & three; thirteen & fourteen(a/b); & fourteen(c) & fifteen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter ten, verses thirty-eight thru forty-two.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today’s Gospel inspires protests more than almost any other that I’ve preached on. "Hey Bishop, I think Martha gets a bum rap." And for centuries the story has been read that Martha represents the "active" life and Mary the "contemplative" life. I would like to stress that the active/contemplative reading of the Martha and Mary story is not that helpful. We have to dig a little deeper.

What does he upbraid Martha for? "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and upset about many things." It is the frantic, divided, unfocused quality of her life that Jesus is drawing attention to. And what is Mary being praised for? Not precisely that she is "contemplative," but that she has chosen the
unum necessarium (the one necessary thing). She sits quietly at the feet of the Lord, not so much eschewing work as gathering herself, learning what she is essentially about.

There is a cacophony of voices calling out to you; there are a thousand influences pulling you this way and that. What’s the one necessary thing? It is to listen to the voice of Jesus as he tells you of his love and as he tells you who you are.
Video reflection by Father Bryan Zielenieski: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of Ss. Denis & Companions
The Second Letter to the Corinthians, chapter six, verses four thru ten;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-six, verse five;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter five, verses thirteen thru sixteen.

Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. John Leonardi
The Second Letter to the Corinthians, chapter four, verses one, two, five, six & seven;
Psalm Ninety-six, verse three;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter five, verses one thru eleven.

Bible Study—The Bible Timeline Reading Plan: Early World
The Book of Genesis, chapter nine (verses one thru twenty-nine);
The Book of Genesis, chapter ten (verses one thru thirty-two);
The Book of Genesis, chapter eleven (verses one thru thirty-two).

Commentary: The Covenant with Noah (Genesis, 9:1-17), Noah & His Sons (9:18-29), Nations Descended from Noah (10:1-32), the Tower of Babel (11:1-9), Descendants of Shem (11:10-26), & Descendants of Terah (11:27-32).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"A deeply Christian life cannot be sustained by religious feelings alone or by a vague identification with a religious tradition. What is required is an ever greater understanding of the Mystery of Salvation that is revealed in Christ & handed down in Sacred Scripture & Church teaching."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day:)
Little Flower Quote o' the Day
"I realized that all souls have more or less the same battles to fight, but no two souls are exactly the same."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"We have lost paradise but have received heaven, & therefore the gain is greater than the loss."
—St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church (349-407, feast day: 13 September)

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Saints + Scripture: XXVII Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

'Tis the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Week
Mass Readings—Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Book of Genesis, chapter two, verses eighteen thru twenty-four;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-eight, verses one & two, three, four & five, & six;
The Letter to the Hebrews, chapter two, verses nine, ten, & eleven;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter ten, verses two thru sixteen
(or, the Gospel according to Mark, chapter ten, verses two thru twelve).

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in our Gospel Jesus defines the fundamental sacredness of marriage. I’m convinced that the deep sacramental and religious meaning of marriage—even within the Church—has been, in recent years, dramatically compromised. We say that marriage is a vocation, but do we mean it?

We can look at human sexual relationships at a number of different levels. Two people can come together purely for physical pleasure, for economic reasons, or for psychological companionship. And we might witness two people coming together out of authentic love.

But none of these levels is what the Bible means by marriage. When I was doing parish work, I would invariably ask young couples, “Why do you want to get married in church?” Most would say something like, “We love each other.” But I said, “Well, that’s no reason to get married in church.” Usually, they looked stunned. But I meant it.

You come to church to be married before God and his people when you are convinced that your marriage is not, finally, about you; that it is about God and about serving God’s purposes; that it is, as much as the priesthood of a priest, a vocation, a sacred calling.
Video reflection by Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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

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


Mass Journal: Week Forty-one
Reflection by Matthew Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute:
This process of identifying strengths & weaknesses & transforming the weaknesses into strengths is classic Catholic spirituality. For two thousand years, the champions of Christianity, the men & women we call saints, have been going into the classroom of silence, taking a humble & honest look at themselves, & assessing their own strengths & weaknesses. Then, armed with this knowledge, they have bravely set forth to transform their weaknesses into strengths, their vices into virtues.


Otherwise, 7 October would be the festival of Our Lady of the Rosary (formerly, Our Lady of Victory), instituted to celebrate the miraculous Christian victory over the Muslim Turks in the Battle of Lepanto (1571): Madonna-link ūna, Madonna-link duæ, & Wikipedia-link; Rosary-link, Wikipedia-link Rosary, & Wikipedia-link Lepanto.


Commentary: Wayback Machine '17 & Wayback Machine "The Explorers' Club," № CDX.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Mark, Pope (died 336), thirty-fourth (XXXIV) Bishop of Rome: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Pontiff.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Cynog ap Brychan, Martyr (circa 434-492, also spelt Canog): Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Osyth, Abbess & Martyr (died circa 700; also spelt Osgyth, Sythe, etc.), martyred by pagan Anglo-Saxons (a cephalophore), foundress of the convent at Chich, around which arose a village named for her: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Cephalophore & Wikipedia-link.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"I want to recommend the Rosary to you in a special way. It is a source of profound Christian life. Try to pray it every day alone or with your family. Meditate on those scenes of the life of Jesus & Mary of which the Joyful, Sorrowful, & Glorious Mysteries remind us."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Little Flower Quote o' the Day
"I am the smallest of creatures & I recognize my worthlessness, but I also know how hearts that are generous & noble love to do good."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"The Rosary means lingering in the sphere of Mary's life, the content of which is Christ"
—Romano Guardini (1885-1968)

The R.B.D. Song o' the Lord's Day: XXVII Sunday in O.T.

Focus featuring Sarah Kroger, "O God Beyond All Praising" from Origin (A Beauty Initiative within F.O.C.U.S.) (The Last Angry Saint)

Commentary:
"O God beyond all praising,
We worship You today,
And sing the love amazing
That songs cannot repay.

"For we can only wonder
At every gift you send,
And blessings without number,
And mercies without end.

"We lift our hearts before You
And wait upon Your Word,
We honor and adore You,
Our great and mighty Lord!…"

Saturday, October 6, 2018

The Explorers' Club, № DCXLV

Operation AXIOM: The World War
30 September 1918: The Armistice of Salonica, signed the previous day, went into effect at noon, effecting Bulgaria's withdrawal from the war & essential capitulation, ending the Vierbund; other Central Powers forces were required to leave the country within four weeks, the Entente were granted transit rights for their troops through Bulgaria, & 150,000 Bulgarian soldiers were taken as hostages.






Lest we forget.

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Bruno, Priest, O.Cart. (circa 1030-1101, of Cologne), founder of the Carthusian Order, A.K.A. the Order of Saint Bruno, & the Grande Chartreuse: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Order-link, Wikipedia-link O.Cart., & Wikipedia-link Charterhouse


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Confessor, ecclesiastical writer, & founder of the Carthusian Order.
'Tis also the Optional Memorial of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, Virgin S.N.J.M. (1811-1849, A.K.A. Eulalie Mélanie Durocher), foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus & Mary: Blessed-link ūna, Blessed-link duæ, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link S.N.J.M.


Commentary: Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Marie Rose was a Canadian Roman Catholic religious siter, who founded the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus & Mary.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Faith, Virgin & Martyr (died circa 287, died circa 287, of Agen, of Conques; A.K.A. Fides, Foy), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Diocletian & Maximian: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Pardulf, Abbot, O.S.B. (circa 657-737, A.K.A. Pardoux), author of the Vita Pardulfi: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Vita.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Epiphania of Pavia, Religious (died circa 800): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Job, chapter forty-two, verses one, two, three, five, six, & twelve thru seventeen;
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen, verses sixty-six, seventy-one, seventy-five, ninety-one, one hundred twenty-five, & one hundred thirty;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter ten, verses seventeen thru twenty-four.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus calls his disciples and us "childlike": "Although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike." How so? Children don’t know how to dissemble, how to be one way and act another. "Kids say the darndest things," because they don’t know how to hide the truth of their reactions.

In this, they are like stars or flowers or animals, things that are what they are, unambiguously. The challenge of the spiritual life is to realize what God wants us to be and thereby come to the same simplicity and directness in our existence. To find out what is in line with the deepest grain of our being.

Let me put this another way: children haven’t yet learned how to look at themselves. Why can a child immerse himself so eagerly and thoroughly in what he is doing? Because he can lose himself; because he is not looking at himself, conscious of the reactions, expectations, and approval of those around him. The best moments in life occur when we lose the ego, lose ourselves in the world, and just are as God wants us to be.
Video reflection by Marc DelMonico, Ph.D.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Bruno
The Letter to the Philippians, chapter three, verses eight thru fourteen;
Psalm Forty, verse five(a);
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter nine, verses fifty-seven thru sixty-two.

Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of Bl. Marie Rose Durocher
The First Book of Kings, chapter nineteen, verses four thru nine(a) & eleven thru fifteen(a);
Confer Psalm Sixteen, verse five(a);
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter nineteen, verses twenty-seven, twenty-eight, & twenty-nine.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"To conserve & increase that Divine life in which you share, strive for a continuous conversion of mind & heart, firmly struggling with sin that destroys the life of your soul. Return with confidence to God our Father with the repentance that flows from love of Him Who is Supreme Goodness."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Little Flower Quote o' the Day
"The very desires & intuitions of my inmost heart assured me that another & more lovely land awaited me, an abiding city."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Catholic Quote o' the Day
"Man is united with all living creatures by his earthly origin, but only through his soul, which God 'breathed into' him, is he man. This confers upon him his irreplaceable dignity but also his unique responsibility."
—Christoph Cardinal Schönborn (born 1945)