Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the Memorial of Saint John Vianney, Priest (1786-1859, the "Curé d'Ars"), the patron saint of parish priests: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, Saint-link trēs, & Wikipedia-link.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth Minute Meditations from the Popes:
Lord God, St. John Vianney spent much of his life listening to the confessions of the faithful. May his example teach me to rededicate myself to the reconciliation You are offering.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Sithney, Religious (died circa 529, A.K.A. Senzi), the patron saint of mad dogs/against rabies: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Euphronius of Tours, Bishop (circa 503-573), eighth (VIII) Bishop of Tours (555-573), who presided over the Council of Tours (567): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link & Wikipedia-link Tours, & Wikipedia-link Council.

Commentary: A kinsman of the ninth (IX) Bishop of Tours, St. Gregory of Tours [17 November].

'Tis also the festival of Saint Lua of Killaloe, Priest & Abbot (circa 554-609, A.K.A. of Limerick; also spelt Molua, Lughaidh) founder of a monastery at Killaloe (Cill-da-Lua, "Lua's Church"): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Killaloe.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Raynerius of Split, Bishop & Martyr, O.Cam. (died 1180; also spelt Rainerio, Rajnerije, etc.), martyred defending the property rights of the Church, Archbishop of Split (1175-1180), Bishop of Cagli (1156-1175): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Split & Wikipedia-link Cagli.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed William Horne, Religious & Martyr, O.Cart. (died 1540), martyred in the reign of the English king Henry VIII, one of the Carthusian Martyrs of London: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link (List); Martyrs-link Charterhouse & Wikipedia-link Charterhouse.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Tuesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Jeremiah, chapter thirty, verses one, two, twelve thru fifteen, & eighteen thru twenty-two;
Psalm One Hundred Two (R/. seventeen), verses sixteen, seventeen, & eighteen; nineteen, twenty, & twenty-one, & twenty-nine, twenty-two, & twenty-three;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter fourteen, verses twenty-two thru thirty-six;
or, the Gospel according to Matthew, chapter fifteen, verses one, two, & ten thru fourteen.

Commentary: No, your memory is not playing tricks on you, today's first option for the Gospel Reading is the exact same as yesterday's Gospel Reading: Matthew, 14:22-36.

Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus comes to the disciples walking on stormy waters, arousing their fear. When the trials of life confront the ego, the first reaction is fear, since the ego is fundamentally persuaded that there is no power beyond itself upon which it can rely.

Protestant theologian Paul Tillich claims that the state of being that produces anxiety and fear is a stubborn resting in oneself and in the things of the world. As long as the fragile ego is central, a person will live in constant fear of attack, humiliation, and self-loss. Peace will come only when one is awakened to what Tillich calls “ultimate concern,” the infinite power of Being itself, supporting, challenging, and calling one out of oneself.

Only when a person realizes the infinite depth of who she is in the divine power will she experience salvation, the feeling of being securely held up and accepted. It is a question, for Tillich, of seeing differently, of developing a new vision of oneself and the world, of experiencing a conversion at a fundamental level.
Video reflection by Father David Baker (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.


Mass Readings—Memorial of St. John Vianney
The Book of Ezekiel, chapter three, verses seventeen thru twenty-one;
Psalm One Hundred Seventeen, verses one(b/c), two
(R/. the Gospel according to Mark, chapter sixteen, verse fifteen);
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter nine, verse thirty-five thru chapter ten, verse one.

Scripture Study—Pierced Hands Bible Reading Plan: Day 4
The Book of Genesis, chapter four (verses one thru twenty-six);
The Book of Genesis, chapter five (verses one thru thirty-two);
Psalm Four (verses one thru eight);
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter two, verses thirteen thru twenty-three.

Commentary: Cain & Abel (4:1-16), Beginnings of Civilization (4:17-26), & Adam's Descendants to Noah (5:1-32); Confident Plea for Deliverance from Enemies (Psalm 4); & the Escape to Egypt (Matthew, 2:13-18) & the Return from Egypt (Matthew, 2:19-23).

Scripture Study—Day 91: Decapitation Rock, Day 2
The Second Book of Samuel, chapter thirteen, verses eight thru fourteen.

Commentary: Amnon Defiles Tamar (cont'd; 2 Samuel, 13:8-14).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Confession is an act of honesty & courage; an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to a loving & forgiving God. It is an act of the prodigal son who returns to his Father & is welcomed by Him with the gift of peace."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, r. 1978-2005; feast: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Here is a rule for everyday life: Do not do anything which you cannot offer to God."
—St. John Vianney (1786-1859, feast: 4 August)

Mother Teresa Quote o' the Day
"Until you hear Jesus in the silence of your heart, you will not be able to hear Him saying, 'I thirst' in the hearts of the poor…"
—St. Teresa of Calcutta, M.C. (1910-1997, feast: 5 September)
Archbishop Sheen Quote o' the Day
"What is the Mass? The Mass is a drama; it's not a tragedy because there's a Resurrection. In every great drama there is first of all the conception of it strong in the mind of the artist. Second, there are long rehearsals, the choosing of characters & types; third, there is opening night; & fourth, there are road companies. The drama of the Mass was conceived in the mind of the eternal dramatist, for the Lamb was slain from the beginning of the world. Then there were the rehearsals & the types & the choosing of characters: paschal lamb, the serpent, & the many other instances & prototypes of sacrifice in the Old Testament. Then came the opening night, the Last Supper, which looked forward to the cross. And then the Lord sent out His road companies, His priests: 'Do this in memory of me.' Same action, same words, same drama, only different characters pronouncing the lines. When, therefore, we begin the Mass, we are reaching back to the cross of Calvary & lifting it out of its rocks & planting it right down here in our midst. Every time a Mass is offered, Calvary is represented somewhere on earth."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day: SKAugust


Reel Big Fish, "Somebody Hates Me" from Why Do They Rock So Hard? (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary:
"I just made an enemy of someone I don't know
And they are upset about something that I must have done,
It really doesn't make much sense
When I've got no statement in my defense.

"But, I know
No matter what,
No matter who,
No matter what I do—
Somebody hates me! (Somebody hates me!)
Somebody hates me! Somebody hates me! (Somebody hates me!)
Somebody hates me! (Somebody hates me!)
And I hate somebody, too!…

"I know it's wrong,
I do it too. (I do it, too.)
And I guess I should say:
Don't let it get to you…"

Monday, August 3, 2020

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day: SKAugust


The Interrupters, "Easy On You" from The Interrupters (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary: Today's R.B.D.S.O.T.D. was inspired by a Twitter acquaintance, Anonymous L, who tweeted her frustration with herself & how annoying everyone must find her. I know only too well the pit of frustration from which she tweeted, & how seductively & easily it can spiral into greater self-loathing & shame. We must all hold ourselves in tension between doing our utmost & always striving to be better, to be holier, & resisting the voice of Old Scratch, who whispers in our mind's ear that we will never be good enough, that we're the worst, & constantly tempts us to despair. Being a disciple of the Lord Jesus demands much of us, but such is the fathomless gratuity of Our Lord that He never asks anything of us without first gifting us with both whatever he asks of us & the grace to make a gift of ourselves back to Him, Who gave everything for us.
"…They always told you you were never good enough.

"But why, oh why are you making it,
Are you making it so hard?

"Be easy on yourself,
Be easy on yourself,
Be easy on yourself
'Cause nobody's been easy on you…"

Saints + Scripture

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

The Popish Plot
"Catholic T-shirt Club Unboxing: St. Martin de Porres"

'Tis the festival of Saint Aspren of Naples, Bishop (first-second century), inaugural Bishop of Naples (twenty-three years): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Naples-link, Wikipedia-link Diocese, Wikipedia-link Archdiocese, & Wikipedia-link Bishops.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Dalmatius of Constantinople, Abbot (died 440), Archimandrite of the Dalmatian Monastery, a foe of the Nestorian heresy: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Archimandrite-link & Wikipedia-link Archimandrite; & Heresy-link & Wikipedia-link Nestorianism.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Euphronius of Autun, Bishop (died circa 490), Bishop of Autun (450-490): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link & Wikipedia-link Autun.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Senach of Clonard, Abbot (died circa 590), second (II) Abbot of Clonard Abbey (552-590): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link (List); Abbey-link, Wikipedia-link Clonard, & Wikipedia-link Abbots.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Waltheof of Melrose, Priest & Abbot, O.Cist. (circa 1095-1160), second (II) Abbot of Melrose Abbey (1148-11160), monk at Rievaulx Abbey (1143-1148), & prior of Kirkham Priory (1134): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Melrose & Wikipedia-link Abbots, Wikipedia-link Rievaulx, & Wikipedia-link Kirkham.

Commentary: Grandson of St. Waltheof of Northumbria [31 August].

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Augustin Kažotić, Bishop & Martyr, O.P. (circa 1260-1323, A.K.A. Augustine Gazotich), Bishop of Lucera (1322-1323), martyred by a Saracen of Lucera; Bishop of Zagreb (1303-1322); & a father of the Council of Vienne (the fifteen [XV] ecumenical council, 1311-1312): Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Zagreb & Wikipedia-link Vienne; & Wikipedia-link Lucera & Wikipedia-link Saracens.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Jeremiah, chapter twenty-eight, verses one thru seventeen;
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen (R/. sixty-eight[b]), verses twenty-nine, forty-three, seventy-nine, eighty, ninety-five, & one hundred two;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter fourteen, verses twenty-two thru thirty-six.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus comes to his disciples walking on the water. Whenever we encounter the disciples in a boat, we are dealing with the Church, the barque of Peter. Here we see the beginning of the Church’s journey through time.

Winds and waves toss the barque. Anyone acquainted with Church history knows the truth of this—and it’s a special comfort for those enduring our tumultuous times. We are engaged in a spiritual warfare, a battle not against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities.
Early in the morning, the disciples saw Jesus coming toward them, "walking on the sea." Terrified, they cried out. But Jesus calmed them with the words, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid." Then Peter said, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water."

Peter stands preeminently for the Church across the ages. And here is the Church at its best, reaching out in confidence to Christ. The fruit of that confidence is participation in the Lord’s power: "Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus." Relying on our own power, we can do nothing. But relying on him, we can do anything.
Video reflection by Monsignor James Vlaun (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.

Video reflection by Curtis Mitch (St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology): Daily Reflection.


Scripture Study—Pierced Hands Bible Reading Plan: Day 3
The Book of Genesis, chapter one (verses one thru thirty-one);
The Book of Genesis, chapter two (verses one thru twenty-five);
The Book of Genesis, chapter three (verses one thru twenty-four);
Psalm Three (verses one thru eight);
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter two, verses one thru twelve.

Commentary: Six Days of Creation & the Sabbath (Genesis, 1:1-2:3), Another Account of Creation (Genesis, 2:4-25), & the Fall of Man (Genesis, 3:1-24); Trust in God under Adversity (Psalm 3); & the Visit of the Wise Men (Matthew, 2:1-12).

Scripture Study—Day 91: Decapitation Rock, Day 1
The Second Book of Samuel, chapter thirteen, verses one thru five.

Commentary: Amnon Defiles Tamar (2 Samuel, 13:1-5).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"In the light of faith, each one of you can look at others as if they were an icon, a portrait—at least a potential one—of Christ."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, r. 1978-2005; feast: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"So great is the goodness of God in your regard, that when you ask through ignorance for that which is not beneficial, He does not grant your prayer in this matter, but gives you something better instead."
—St. Bernard of Clairvaux, O.Cist., Doctor of the Church (1090-1153, feast: 20 August)
Mother Teresa Quote o' the Day
"The sound of your footsteps in search of souls to love should be like sweet music for Jesus. Keep the thirst for souls ever burning in your hearts."
—St. Teresa of Calcutta, M.C. (1910-1997, feast: 5 September)
Archbishop Sheen Quote o' the Day
"As Catholics, we do not subscribe to a system of dogmas. We begin with a Person, the Person of our Lord continued in His mystical body the Church. What is faith? Faith is the meeting of two personalities. You & the Lord. There is no adhesion to an abstract dogma, but rather a communion with a Person Who can neither deceive nor be deceived. The authoritarians start with a party line. We start with our Lord, the Son of the living God, who said, 'I am the truth.' In other words, truth was identified with His personality. Remember when you were a child. What did you consider your home? Just a sum of commands given by either your mother or your father? It was more than that, was it not? It was the love of their personalities. Our faith, then, is first & foremost in Christ, who lives in His mystical body the Church. It is only secondarily in the explicit beliefs. If our Lord did not reveal them, we would not believe them. If we lost Him, we would lose our beliefs. He comes first."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

'Tis the Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time.

The Popish Plot
"Catholic T-shirt Club Unboxing: St. Martin de Porres"

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Bonus! Song o' the Day: SKAugust


Operation Ivy, "Sound System" from Operation Ivy (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary:
"Pick it up! Pick it up! Pick it up!…"

Saints + Scripture: XVIII Sunday in Tempus per annum

Simplex Complex Edition | Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa!

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

Scripture of the Week
Mass Readings—Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Book of Isaiah, chapter fifty-five, verses one thru three;
Psalm One Hundred Forty-five (R/. cf. sixteen), verses eight & nine, fifteen & sixteen, & seventeen & eighteen;
The Letter to the Romans, chapter eight, verses thirty-five, thirty-seven, thirty-eight, & thirty-nine;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter fourteen, verses thirteen thru twenty-one.

Commentary: Gospel reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel, we see Jesus’ miracle of feeding the five thousand. Jesus went up on a mountain and sat down with his disciples. In Scripture, mountains are places of encounter, where God comes down and men and women go up.

The disciples want to dismiss the hungry crowd, but Jesus says, “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.” Jesus is interested not only in instructing the crowds but in feeding them as well. The disciples bring forth a poor pittance—five barley loaves and two fish—and observe that this is woefully inadequate for so many. But Jesus presses forward, taking, giving thanks, and having the disciples distribute the bread. And everyone is fed.

A significant theological principle is in play here: God has no need vis-à-vis the world that he has made. Precisely because he stands to gain nothing from the world, whatever is given to him breaks against the rock of the divine self-sufficiency and redounds to the benefit of the giver. From this principle follows as a corollary what St. John Paul II called the law of the gift—namely, that one’s being increases in the measure that one gives oneself away.
Video reflection by Father Thomas Petro (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Sunday Reflection.

Video reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire): Sunday Sermon.

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


Scripture Study—Pierced Hands (Bible in a Year): Day 2
The First Letter of John, chapter three, verses eleven thru twenty-four;
The First Letter of John, chapter four (verses one thru twenty-one);
The First Letter of John, chapter five verses one thru twenty-one);
Psalm Two (verses one thru eleven);
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter one, verses eighteen thru twenty-five.

Commentary: Love One Another (1 John, 3:11-24), Testing the Spirits (1 John, 4:1-6), God Is Love (1 John, 4:7-21), Faith Conquers the World (1 John, 5:1-5), Testimony concerning the Son of God (1 John, 5:6-12), & Epilogue (1 John, 5:13-21); God's Promise to His Anointed (Psalm 2); & the Birth of Jesus Christ (Matthew, 1:18-25).



Otherwise, 2 August would be the festival of Saint Stephen I, Pope (died 257), twenty-third (XXIII) Bishop of Rome (254-257): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Pontifex-link & Wikipedia-link Pontifex.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop (circa 283-371), inaugural Bishop of Vercelli (343-371) & patron of Vercelli's Cattedrale di Sant'Eusebio, a foe of the Arian heresy: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link, Wikipedia-link Vercelli, & Wikipedia-link Cathedral; & Heresy-link & Wikipedia-link Arianism.


'Twould also be the festival of Saint Sidwell, Virgin & Martyr (sixth century), martyred at the instigation of her stepmother: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Sister of the fellow virgin-martyrs Ss. Urith [8 July] & Juthwara [1 July].

'Twould also be the festival of Blessed Juana of Aza (circa 1135-1205, Anglicized as Joanna, Joan, Jane): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Mother of Ven. Antonio de Guzmán, Bl. Manés de Guzmán [30 July], & St. Dominic de Guzmán [8 August].

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Peter Julian Eymard, Priest, S.S.S. (1811-1886, the "Apostle of the Eucharist"), founder of the Sacramentinos (1856, S.S.S.), formally the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, & the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament (1859, also S.S.S.): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Sacramentinos & Wikipedia-link Servants.


'Twould also be the festival of Dedication of the Chapel of Our Lady of the Angels (A.K.A. the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels), origin of the Portiuncola Indulgence, A.K.A. the "Pardon of Assisi:" Dedication-link, Wikipedia-link Our Lady of the Angels, & Wikipedia-link Portiuncula; Indulgence-link & Wikipedia-link Portiuncola Indulgence.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"The crucifix does not signify defeat or failure. It reveals to us the Love that overcomes evil & sin."
—Pope Francis (b. 1936, r. 2013-present)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"In recalling to mind the life & actions of the saints, walk in their footsteps as much as possible, & humble thyself if thou canst not attain to their perfection."
—St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P., Doctor of the Church (1225-1274, feast: 28 January)
Mother Teresa Quote o' the Day
"If our life is without prayer, it is like a house without a foundation."
—St. Teresa of Calcutta, M.C. (1910-1997, feast: 5 September)
Archbishop Sheen Quote o' the Day
"The Mass is not a souvenir. When you go to Mass it is not the same as going, for example, to Calvary & chipping away a rock & saying, 'This is a souvenir of the place where our Lord died.' No, the Mass is a vision; it is an action in time & in eternity. It is in time, because we see it taking place before our eyes on the altar. It is also in eternity, as regards the value of redemption. All the merits of our Lord's death, Resurrection, ascension, & glorification are applied to us. We unite ourselves with that great eternal act of love. The Mass, then, is not a distinct sacrifice from the cross. If we at the Mass close our eyes & concentrate on that mystery, we are in effect with Mary, & Magdalen, & John at the foot of the cross."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

The Stars My Destination: Demo-2 Splashdown


The Crew Dragon Endeavour is scheduled to splashdown this afternoon, returning N.A.S.A. astronauts Doug Hurley & Bob Behnken safely to Earth after two months on the International Space Station. If all goes well with the recovery, for which we all hope & pray, the Endeavour will be given a thorough examination; pending the outcome of that inspection & other post-mission activities, the Crew Dragon capsule will be certified "operational" & regularly-scheduled missions can begin as soon as this fall.

Godspeed, Bob & Doug!

Bonus! Song o' the Endeavour
A New Found Glory, "Coming Home" from Coming Home (Space Cadet Mike Papa Whiskey)

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

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Daniel Schmit & Melanie Rea, "Come to the Water" from Mercy: Songs for Holy Week (St. Mike Papa Whiskey)

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Saints + Scripture

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

'Tis the Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop & Doctor of the Church, C.Ss.R. (1696-1787), Bishop of Sant'Agata de' Goti (1762-1775) & founder of the Redemptorists (1732, C.Ss.R.), formally the Congregation of the Most Holt Redeemer: Doctor-link ūnus, Doctor-link duo, Doctor-link trēs, & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link & Wikipedia-link Sant'Agata de' Goti; Doctors-link & Wikipedia-link Doctors; & Order-link C.Ss.R. & Wikipedia-link C.Ss.R.


Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Peter in Chains (circa 44, A.K.A. the Liberation of Saint Peter): Apostle-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Peter Faber, Priest, S.J. (1506-1546, the "Apostle of Germany"), co-founder of the Jesuits (1534, S.J.), formally the Society of Jesus: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Order-link S.J. & Wikipedia-link S.J..

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Thomas Welbourne, Martyr (died 1605), martyred in the reign of the Anglo-Scottish king James VI & I: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Gerhard Hirschfelder, Priest & Martyr (1907-1942), martyred in the reign of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of the eleven Blessed Martyrs of Nowogródek, C.S.F.N. (died 1943), martyred in the reign of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler: Martyrs-link Nowogródek & Wikipedia-link Nowogródek.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Jeremiah, chapter twenty-six, verses eleven thru sixteen & twenty-four;
Psalm Sixty-nine (R/. fourteen[c]), verses fifteen & sixteen, thirty & thirty-one, & thirty-three & thirty-four;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter fourteen, verses one thru twelve.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel, Herod has John the Baptist beheaded, making him a protomartyr of Christ’s followers, the first of many martyrs to come.

Can we read that terrible and wonderful book of martyrs, the book of Revelation, without seeing the power of bold, truthful proclamation in the early Christian Church? And the cloud of witnesses grows up and down the Christian centuries. Today, from Pakistan to Nigeria, from Egypt to Iraq, ordinary Christians routinely risk their lives simply by declaring their faith and worshiping according to their conscience.

They are walking in the footsteps of great martyrs of the tradition, from Stephen, Peter, and Paul to Miguel Pro shouting “Viva Cristo Rey” to his executioners; Martin Luther King Jr. taking an assassin’s bullet because he insisted on being a drum major for New Testament justice; and [Bl.] Franz Jaggerstätter, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Edith Stein [St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross] challenging to their dying breaths the lies of Nazism.

And what we see in these martyrs is not ordinary courage but a courage elevated and transfigured through love. We see a willingness to give away even one’s life out of love for Christ and his people.
Video reflection by Marc DelMonico, Ph.D. (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.


Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori
The Letter to the Romans, chapter eight, verses one thru four;
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen (R/. twelve), verses nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, & fourteen;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter five, verses thirteen thru nineteen.

Scripture Study—Bible in a Year: Day 1
The First Letter of John, chapter one (verses one thru ten);
The First Letter of John, chapter two (verses one thru twenty-nine);
The First Letter of John, chapter three, verses one thru ten;
Psalm One (verses one thru six);
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter one, verses one thru seventeen.

Commentary: The Word of Life (1 John, 1:1-4), God Is Light (1 John, 1:5-10), Christ Is Our Advocate (1 John, 2:1-6), a New Commandment (1 John, 2:7-17), Warning against the Antichrist (1 John, 2:18-27), & Children of God (1 John, 2:28-3:10); the Two Ways (Psalm 1); & the Genealogy of Jesus Christ (Matthew, 1:1-17).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Catholics must become closer to the 'unchurched' & help them discover their true vocation in Christ. This is the best service we can render to them & the best expression of solidarity & friendship."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, r. 1978-2005; feast: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with Him, familiarly & with confidence & love, as to the dearest & most loving of friends."
—St. Alphonsus Liguori, C.Ss.R., Doctor of the Church (1696-1787, feast: 1 August)

Mother Teresa Quote o' the Day
"One day right in the beginning, we had no rice for dinner & then a lady came & brought rice. She said she was coming back from the office '& something in me told me to go to Mother Teresa & bring her rice.' How beautiful it is when we listen to the Holy Spirit."
—St. Teresa of Calcutta, M.C. (1910-1997, feast: 5 September)
Archbishop Sheen Quote o' the Day
"The Mass is not a new sacrifice. It is the re-presentation in space & time of redemption. Why should we be penalized by the eternal God because of the accident of time? Are there not women today who want to be Veronicas & to offer veils to the suffering Christ? Are there not men like Simon who want to help carry the cross? Do we not want to take our own sufferings, to have them united with Him in order that they might be considered part of the expiation for our sins? It is said that science might someday be able to go back & pick up all the sounds that were ever spoken because they still exist someplace in space. That means that we might recover the voice of Alexander & Gregory & Demosthenes, even the voice of Christ; but what is that compared to going back & finding & repeating the very sacrifice of the cross? What compares to taking the cross of Calvary & transplanting it to New York, London, Tokyo, & Berlin, & applying the benefits of redemption to our souls now? What a mystery of love! This is the Mass."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)
Mass Matters
Through 31 July, the two hundred thirteenth day of Anno domini 2020 (MMXX), I heard the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in person one hundred thirty-six times, seventy-seven fewer than at this point in 2019 (MMXIX).

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

'Tis the Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time.

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day: SKAugust


The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "Simmer Down" from the Ska-Core, the Devil, and More E.P. (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary: "Simmer Down" was the number one single in Jamaica in February 1964, the first single by The Wailers, featuring The Skatalites. This cover is from 1993, & was at the time quite a different sound for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, who in their early years were highly influenced by hard rock, even heavy metal.

Bonus! Song o' the Day


They Might Be Giants, "Robot Parade" from No! (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Friday, July 31, 2020

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

'Tis the Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time.

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day: 41 Jahre


Fountains of Wayne, "Bright Future in Sales" from Welcome Interstate Managers (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"And if I make it home alive—

"I'm gonna get my shit together,
'Cause I can't live like this forever…"

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Saints + Scripture

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

The Popish Plot
"Catholic T-shirt Club Unboxing: Saint Joseph"

'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor of the Church (circa 380-450, the “Doctor of Homilies”), Bishop of Ravenna (430-450): Doctor-link ūnus, Doctor-link duo, Doctor-link trēs, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Ravenna & Wikipedia-link Bishops; & Doctors-link & Wikipedia-link Doctors.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Chrysologus is an epithet, meaning "golden-worded."

'Tis also the festival of Saint Tatwine of Canterbury, Bishop, O.S.B. (circa 670-734; also spelt Tatuini, Tadwinus), tenth (X) Archbishop of Canterbury (731-734), abbot of Breedon Abbey (731): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link, Wikipedia-link Canterbury, & Wikipedia-link Archbishops; & Abbey-link & Wikipedia-link Breedon.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Hatebrand, Abbot, O.S.B. (died 1198), abbot of the abbey at Olden-Klooster (1183-1198): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blesseds Thomas Abel, Richard Featherstone, & Edward Powell, Priests & Martyrs (died 1540; also spelt Abell, Able; also spelt Fetherston), martyred in the reign of the English king Henry VIII: Martyr-link Tango Alpha & Wikipedia-link Tango Alpha, Martyr-link Romeo Foxtrot & Wikipedia-link Romeo Foxtrot, & Martyr-link Echo Papa & Wikipedia-link Echo Papa.

Commentary: Bls. Thomas, Richard, & Edward were twinned with & executed alongside a trio of Lutherans: Robert Barnes, Thomas Gerrard, & William Jerome. The Catholics were hanged, drawn, & quartered for treason; the Lutherans were burned at the stake for heresy. Wikipedia-link Romeo Bravo & Wikipedia-link Tango Golf.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Leopold of Castelnuovo, Priest, O.F.M. Cap. (1866-1942, the "Apostle of Confession" & the "Apostle of Unity;" A.K.A. Bogdan Ivan Mandić): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Solanus Casey, Priest, O.F.M. Cap. (1870-1957, A.K.A. Bernard Francis Casey): Blessed-link ūnus, Blessed-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.


Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Jeremiah, chapter eighteen, verses one thru six;
Psalm One Hundred Forty-six (R/. five[a]), verses one & two, three & four, & five & six;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter thirteen, verses forty-seven thru fifty-three.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today’s Gospel reminds us of the final judgment when the wicked will be separated from the righteous. When good and evil are confused or intermingled, divine judgment separates them, clarifying the issue.

Bob Dylan said, “The enemy I see wears the cloak of decency.” One of the favorite ruses of evil is to cover itself in the mantle of justice and piety, at the same time aping and hiding behind that which it opposes. Christ’s judgment rips away these cloaking devices, these deceits, and shows things as they are.

Authentic Christianity is a fighting religion, and it calls evil by its name. The Church knows what stands outside of itself, and it turns its back on it. The bearer of light and truth, it separates good from evil, sometimes painfully, like a “two-edged sword.”
Video reflection by Monsignor James Vlaun (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.

Video reflection by Becket Ghioto (St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology): Daily Reflection.


Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Peter Chrysologus
The Letter to the Ephesians, chapter three, verses eight thru twelve;
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen (R/. twelve), verses nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, & fourteen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter six, verses forty-three, forty-four, & forty-five.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"If humanity 'groans & travails in pain,' it does so to the extent that people's minds & hearts are not lifted up with Christ to God. Their consciences are not conformed through Christ to the wisdom that comes from God."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, r. 1978-2005; feast: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Let us foster confidence in God, & thank Him ahead of time for whatever He chooses to send us."
—Bl. Solanus Casey (1870-1957, feast: 30 July)

Mother Teresa Quote o' the Day
"Serve God joyfully. Let there be no sadness in your life. The only true sorrow is sin."
—St. Teresa of Calcutta, M.C. (1910-1997, feast: 5 September)
Archbishop Sheen Quote o' the Day
"Our Blessed Lord's last meal is more than a meal. It is a memorial of His death. He used bread & wine because these were the two substances which traditionally nourished man. In using bread & wine He was therefore using a symbol of ourselves. He now prepares the new passover. The old Passover was to celebrate the Jews leaving their bondage in Egypt & coming into the promised land. The new covenant, the new exodus, the new passover, is passing from sin to union with God through Christ. Our Lord then says, 'I am going to give you a memorial of My death.' He then symbolized for them His death by the separate consecration of His bread & wine. He said first, 'This is my Body.' Over the wine He said, 'This is my Blood,' not 'this symbolizes.' This is. That separate consecration of bread & wine was like the tearing apart of blood from body, which is the way He would die on the cross the next day. And then He said, 'Do this in memory of me.' Every time we assist at Mass we are watching the renewal of the death of Christ & incorporating our own death into His. That is the meaning of the Eucharist."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

'Tis the Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time.

The Stars My Destination: Mars 2020


Bonus! Song o' Perseverance & Ingenuity
The Skatalites, "Trip to Mars" from Greetings from Skamania (Space Cadet Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary: Congratulations to N.A.S.A. & U.L.A. for this morning's successful launch of the Mars 2020 mission! Godspeed, Perseverance & Ingenuity!

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day: 41 Jahre


Jimmy Soul, "If You Wanna Be Happy" from If You Wanna Be Happy (single) (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life,
Never make a pretty woman your wife,
Go for my personal point of view:
Get an ugly girl to marry you…"

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day: 41 Jahre


Melbourne Ska Orchestra, "While You Wait" from Melbourne Ska Orchestra (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary:
"You know how the world operates,
No time like the present to make
The change that you want to create.

"Come on, take a ride
And feel the bumps as you fly,
'Cause if you don't try,
She'll think you are wasting her time.

"Oh, while you wait,
Oh, while you wait, she's gone.
Oh, while you wait,
Oh, while you wait, she's gone…

"Oh, while you wait,
Oh, while you wait, she's gone.
Oh, while you wait,
Oh, while you wait, she's gone.
Oh, while you wait and hesitate,
It's someone else steppin' in your place.
While you wait,
Oh, while you wait, she's gone…

"Oh, while you wait,
Oh, while you wait, she's gone,
Oh, while you wait,
Oh, while you wait, she's gone,
Oh, while you wait and hesitate,
It's someone else steppin' in your place,
Soon find out you have lost the race,
Late courage never made the grade,
While you wait,
Oh, while you wait, she's gone."

Saints + Scripture

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

'Tis the festival of Memorial of Saint Martha (died circa 80, of Bethany, the "Wonder Worker of Southern Gaul"): Saint-link ūna, Saint-link duæ, Saint-link tria, & Wikipedia-link.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Sister of Ss. Lazarus & Mary of Bethany [29 July].

Quoth
Minute Meditations from the Popes:
Lord Jesus, You taught St. Martha a lesson in the true meaning of love. Help me to realize that You have called me to be Your friend & enable me to respond to that call with all my heart, soul, & strength.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Mary of Bethany (first century): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Sister of Ss. Martha & Lazarus of Bethany [29 July].

'Tis also the festival of Saint Lazarus of Bethany, Bishop & Martyr (died circa 96; A.K.A. Lazarus of the Four Days, the Resurrected), inaugural Bishop of Marseille, martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian, a victim of his persecution (89-96): Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Marseille, & Persecutions-link & Wikipedia-link Persecution.

Commentary: Brother of Ss. Martha & Mary of Bethany [29 July].

'Tis also the festival of Saint Sulien, Abbot (sixth century; also spelt Sulian, Silin), founding abbot of the abbey at Luxulyan: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Luxulyan.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Olaf, Martyr (circa 995-1030, A.K.A. King Olaf II of Norway [1015-1028], the Fat, the Stout, the Big; also spelt Olave, Ólafr Haraldsson), martyred by pagan Vikings, celebrated as the Rex Perpetuus Norvegiae ["Perpetual King of Norway"]: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Rex Perpetuus Norvegiae.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Urban II, Pope, O.S.B. (1040-1099; A.K.A. Odo, also spelt Otho, Eudes; of Châtillon, of Lagery), one hundred fifty-ninth (CLIX) Bishop of Rome (1088-1099), who called the Council of Piacenza (March 1095), the Council of Clermont (November 1095), & the First Crusade (1096-1099); Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia (1078-1088): Blessed-link ūnus, Blessed-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Ostia; Pontifex-link & Wikipedia-link Pontifex; & Wikipedia-link Piacenza, Wikipedia-link Clermont, & First Crusade-link & Wikipedia-link First Crusade.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Lek Sirdani, Priest & Martyr (1891-1948), martyred in the reign of the Communist dictator Enver Hoxha, one of the thirty-eight Martyrs of Albania: Martyrs-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Albania.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Jeremiah, chapter fifteen, verses ten & sixteen thru twenty-one;
Psalm Fifty-nine (R/. seventeen[d]), verses two & three, four, ten & eleven, seventeen, & eighteen;
The Gospel according to John, chapter eleven, verses nineteen thru twenty-seven;
or, the Gospel according to Luke, chapter ten, verses thirty-eight thru forty-two.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus says, "I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die."

Jesus came primarily as a warrior whose final enemy is death. It is easy to domesticate Jesus, presenting him as a kindly moral teacher. But that is not how the Gospels present him. He is a cosmic warrior who has come to do battle with those forces that keep us from being fully alive.

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus deals with the effects of death and a death-obsessed culture: violence, hatred, egotism, exclusion, false religion, phony community. But the final enemy he must face down is death itself. Like Frodo going into Mordor, he has to go into death’s domain, get into close quarters with it, and take it on.

Coming to Lazarus’ tomb, Jesus feels the deepest emotions and begins to weep. This is God entering into the darkness, confusion, and agony of the death of sinners. He doesn’t blithely stand above our situation, but rather takes it on and feels it at its deepest level.
Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D. (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.

Video reflection by Doctor John Bergsma (St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology): Daily Reflection.


Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Martha
The First Letter of John, chapter four, verses seven thru sixteen;
Psalm Thirty-four (R/. two or nine), verses two & three, four & five, six & seven, eight & nine, & ten & eleven;
The Gospel according to John, chapter eleven, verses nineteen thru twenty-seven;
or, the Gospel according to Luke, chapter ten, verses thirty-eight thru forty-two.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Lord Jesus, grant that those You have called Your friends may come to know in fullness the joy You have promised. May they know the joy of praising You, the joy of serving their brothers & sisters, the joy of abiding in Your love."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, r. 1978-2005; feast: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"St. Joseph has the power to assist us in all causes, in every necessity, in every undertaking."
—St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P., Doctor of the Church (1225-1274, feast: 28 January)
Mother Teresa Quote o' the Day
"Prayer is necessary as air to breathe, as necessary as the blood in our bodies, as necessary as anything. We think so many things are necessary, but we are wrong. We have been deceived & we deceive ourselves. So few things are necessary, & prayer is one of them."
—St. Teresa of Calcutta, M.C. (1910-1997, feast: 5 September)
Archbishop Sheen Quote o' the Day
"There are two ways of knowing: knowing from the outside & knowing from the inside, knowing by study & knowing by communion. Hence, sacred scripture always speaks of the union of husband & wife as 'knowledge.' For example, 'Adam knew Eve, & she conceived.' Mary, 'I know not man.' Paul said, 'Husbands, possess your wives in knowledge.' The Old Testament said, 'Solomon knew her not.' There is a knowledge that comes from the intimate, personal union of husband & wife that transcends any other kind of knowledge. And so in the Eucharist there is another kind of knowledge by communion that is not given to us by study. This is the incorporation to the higher life."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

'Tis the Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time.

Operation ÖSTERREICH: Auspicious Day Special

We made the birthday cake last for three days, which is pretty good for us; often, it is gone by the second day. The Weekly Wednesday Weigh-in will return next Wednesday, 5 August, in triumph or ignominy.


Bonus! Lied von ÖSTERREICH
Jim Gaffigan, "Cake" from Beyond the Pale (Mike Papa Waffle)

Bonus! Song o' the Day

Mahalia Jackson, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!" from Toys for Tots: 25 All-Time Christmas Favorites (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: Christmas in July? I woke up this morning with Mahalia Jackson's majestic rendition of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!" playing in my head.
"…Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the sun of righteous!
Light and life to all He brings,
Filled with healing in His wings,
More, He lay his glory by,
Born that man no more may die!
Born to raise the sons of earth!
Born to given them second birth!

"Hark! the herald angels sing!
Glory to the newborn King!"

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day: 41 Jahre


The Peacocks, "Older Than Punk" from It's Time for the Peacocks (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: I'm not actually older than punk.
"Baby, I am older,
I'm older than punk,
If you wanna know
What that means to me,
It's that I can say, 'No!'…

"Or just ask why I don't believe in everything they say…"

Saints + Scripture

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

The Popish Plot
"Attachments"

'Tis the festival of Saints Nazarius & Celsus of Rome, Martyrs (died circa 68), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Nero, victims of the Neronian Persecution (64-68): Martyr-link November, Martyr-link Charlie, & Wikipedia-link; Persecutions-link & Wikipedia-link Neronian Persecution.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. St. Nazarius is the son of St. Perpetua [4 August].

'Tis also the festival of Saint Victor I, Pope & Martyr (circa 155-199), fourteenth (XIV) Bishop of Rome (189-199), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Septimius Severus, a victim of the Severan Persecution (199-211): Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, Martyr-link trēs, & Wikipedia-link; Pontifex-link & Wikipedia-link Pontifex; & Persecutions-link & Wikipedia-link Severan Persecution.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Samson of Dol, Bishop & Abbot (circa 485-565, A.K.A. of York, of Brittany; also spelt Sampson, Samsun), one of the Seven Founder Saints of Brittany: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Brittany.

Commentary: Brother of Ss. Gwyneth of Cornwall & Veep [both 1 July].

'Tis also the festival of Saint Jaime Hilario Barbal, Religious & Martyr, F.S.C. (1898-1937, A.K.A. Manuel Barbal i Cosín), martyred by Spanish Communist "Republicans": Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception, Religious, F.C.C. (1910-1946, A.K.A. Anna Muttathupadathu): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Stanley Rother, Priest & Martyr (1935-1981), martyred by a Guatemalan death squad: Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.


Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Jeremiah, chapter fourteen, verses seventeen thru twenty-two;
Psalm Seventy-nine (R/. nine), verses eight, nine & eleven & thirteen;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter thirteen, verses thirty-six thru forty-three.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in our Gospel today Jesus explains the parable of the weeds among the wheat. God’s word creates the Church, the community of those who strive to build up the kingdom. But this Church is never absolutely pure and untrammeled, for God’s ways are opposed by a spiritual power, an enemy. His task is to sow weeds among the wheat—clandestinely, quietly, unobtrusively.

This sort of coming together of good and evil is to be expected. The Church will always be a place of saints and sinners, and the sinners will often look like saints. The enemy of the Church, who never rests, ensures it.

Vigilance in regards to evil is necessary in a fallen world, yet we must be wary of a zeal that, in its passion for setting things right, comes to believe that evil can be dealt with by destroying what is good.

In the midst of a fallen world, what is expected of us is that we live in hope that at the end, at harvest time, the Master will separate the good from the bad.
Video reflection by Father Jack Ledwon (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.


Papal Quote o' the Day
"The Eucharist is the privileged summit of the meeting of Christ's love for us; a love that is made available for each of us, a love that is made to be sacrificial lamb & food for our hunger for life. As the Apostle says, 'He loved me & gave Himself up for me.'"
—Pope St. Paul VI (1897-1978, r. 1963-1978; feast: 29 May)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"What I wish above all is, that you busy yourselves in the pure love of Jesus Christ, in the desire for His glory, & the salvation of souls which He has so dearly purchased."
—St. Igantius of Loyola, S.J. (1491-1556, feast: 31 July)
Mother Teresa Quote o' the Day
"We must know that we have been created for greater things, not just to be numbers in the world, not just to go for degrees & diplomas. Not just to work & accomplish. We have been created to love & to be loved. This is easy to forget amidst the busyness of life. You have been created to love & to be loved. Make love a priority."
—St. Teresa of Calcutta, M.C. (1910-1997, feast: 5 September)

Monday, July 27, 2020

The Explorers' Club, № DCCLXI

Operation AXIOM: After the World War—The Greco-Turkish War, Part III
22 June-September 1920: The Greek Summer Offensive—The British & Greeks launched a series of coordinated attacks & amphibious landings throughout the lands south of the Sea of Marmara & the Aegean Region, advancing over 125 miles out from Smyrna; the captive Ottoman government in Constantinople countered Atatürk's nationalists by invoking the sultan's authority as Islamic caliph.






Lest we forget.

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Today: 41 Jahre


Montag, 27. Juli
Dennis McCarthy, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine—After 3:00 A.M. at Quark's" from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine—After 3:00 A.M. at Quark's (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Bonus! Song o' Yesterday: 41 Jahre


Sonntag, 26. Juli
They Might Be Giants, "It's Not My Birthday" from Then: The Earlier Years (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"It's not my birthday,
It's not today,
It's not my birthday,
So why do you lash out at me?…"

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

'Tis the Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Bonus! Bonus! Song o' This Auspicious Day


Jim Gaffigan, "Presents" from Beyond the Pale (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"They give the alert 'cause, you know, there's so much pressure in our society to have a good time on your birthday. You know, it's like, 'Can't believe I'm going to work on my birthday!' 'Can't believe I'm doing laundry on my birthday!' 'Can't believe I'm paying for sex on my birthday! Ripoff!'

"It is fun getting those gifts, though…"

Saints + Scripture: Feast of Saint James

'Tis the Feast of Saint James, Apostle (died 44, the Greater, the Son of Zebedee, one of the two "Sons of Thunder;" originally Ya'qob, in Latin Iacobus, in English Jacob), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Claudius, at the command of the client tetrarch Herod Agrippa: Apostle-link ūnus, Apostle-link duo, Apostle-link trēs, & Wikipedia-link; Apostles-link & Wikipedia-link Apostles.


Commentary: Wayback Machine.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Feast of Saint James
The Second Letter to the Corinthians, chapter four, verses seven thru fifteen;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-six (R/. five), verses one(b/c) & two(a/b), two(c/d) & three, four & five, & six;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twenty, verses twenty thru twenty-eight.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel, the mother of James and John asks Jesus in their name that they might play leading roles in his kingdom. This Gospel reveals that the brothers are in a bad spiritual place. We have to move from the play that we are writing, directing, and starring in to the play that God is directing.

To be fair to them, their request makes a certain amount of sense, as the Messiah was expected to be a new David, and David was a man of tremendous power and honor. Power is the capacity to get things done; without it, nothing of value would ever have been accomplished. Honor is a way of signaling to others something that’s worth noticing.

But James and John are asking for these two things in the wrong spirit. When the ego grabs power and honor for itself, things get dysfunctional very quickly. So what must we do? In other versions of this story, Jesus placed a child in the midst of the Twelve, showing someone who had neither power nor honor. Here he simply says, “Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.”
Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D. (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops): Daily Reflection.



Scripture Study—Day 91: Contentness Plateau, Day 34
The Second Book of Samuel, chapter twelve, verses fifteen thru twenty-three.

Commentary: Nathan Condemns David, & God Punishes Him (cont'd; 2 Samuel, 12:15-23).

'Tis also the festival of Saint Christopher, Martyr (died circa 251, A.K.A. Offero, Reprobus), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Decius, a victim of the Decian Persecution (250-251); one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Persecutions-link & Wikipedia-link Decian Persecution, & Holy Helpers-link & Wikipedia-link Holy Helpers.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Olympias of Constantinople, Deaconess (circa 361-408, A.K.A. the Younger; also spelt Olympiad): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Deaconess.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Glodesind of Metz, Abbess (died circa 608): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Rodolfo Acquaviva, Priest & Martyr, S.J. (1550-1583), martyred by Hindu Kshatriyas, one of the twenty martyrs of the Cuncolim Revolt: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Cuncolim.

Commentary: Cousin of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, S.J. [21 June].

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Antonio Lucci, Bishop, O.F.M. Cov. (1682-1752, the "Angel of the Poor;" A.K.A. Angelo Nicola Lucci), Bishop of Bovino (1729-1752): Blessed-link ūnus, Blessed-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Bovino.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Faith in the God of Jesus Christ means faith in the God who still opens up, really & truly, a future behind the wall of death. Only if that happens is the future truly promised."
—Pope Benedict XVI (b. 1927, r. 2005-2013)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Patience is necessary for the servant of God, & we must not be distressed at trouble, but wait for consolation."
—St. Philip Neri, Cong. Orat. (1515-1595, feast: 26 May)
Mother Teresa Quote o' the Day
"I believe that many people today think the poor are not humans like them. They look down on them. But if they had a deep respect for the poor, I am sure it would be easy for them to come closer to them, & to see that they have as much right to the things of life & to love as anybody has."
—St. Teresa of Calcutta, M.C. (1910-1997, feast: 5 September)
Archbishop Sheen Quote o' the Day
"The best way to understand that the Church is not just an institution is to understand it as the body of Christ. That’s the way St. Paul understood the Church, & that’s the way we have it in sacred scripture. Our Blessed Lord says all through the gospels that He is going to establish a new body, a new qahal, a new people of God. After all, when people are united for a given purpose, they are a body. Now our Lord did not use the word 'body' precisely because His Own physical body was before everyone. He used the word 'kingdom' because that was a word the Jews could understand. But when St. Paul was talking to the pagans, he had to use a word which was more understandable, namely, 'body.' Our Lord communicated exactly the same idea. He said that the new people He would unite with Himself would be related to Him as branches & vine. He said, 'I am the vine, you are the branches.' The truth that He had, He said He would give to them. 'My truth I give to you. My power I give you.' Also He communicated the power to forgive sins. Our Blessed Lord said that He would develop & form a new body which would be very small at first like a mustard seed, & then it would grow & spread throughout the entire world."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' This Auspicious Day


The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "Everybody's Better" from A Jackknife to a Swan (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary:
"Everybody's better than I am,
I think everybody's better than me,
And everybody's swell, I guess,
They're doing well, more or less
And everybody's better than I am, I think…

"Everybody's acting like I don't matter,
Everybody's into the act,
Too many of them to avoid,
It could be that I'm paranoid,
I matter as a matter of fact…"