Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Saints + Scripture

The Popish Plot
Bonus Episode: "Auction"

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


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
She is among the most important figures of all time for Catholic spirituality. Her works—especially the four best known (The Life, The Way of Perfection, The Mansions [A.K.A. The Interior Castle], & The Foundations)—together with her more historical works, contain a doctrine which encompasses the whole of the spiritual life, from the first steps right up to intimacy with God at the center of the Interior Castle.
Wikipedia-link Way of Perfection & Wikipedia-link The Interior Castle

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

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

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

'Tis also the festival of Saint Magdalene of Nagasaki, Martyr (circa 1610-1634), martyred in the reign of the Japanese warlord Tokugawa Iemitsu: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
The Letter to the Romans, chapter one, verses sixteen thru twenty-five;
Psalm Nineteen, verses two & three, four & five;
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 that 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 Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.: 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 (R/. ten), verses eight, nine, ten, & eleven;
(or, R/. the Gospel according to John, chapter six, verse sixty-three);
The Gospel according to John, chapter fifteen, verses one thru eight.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Decision Dome, Day 23
The Book of Joshua, chapter eleven, verses one thru fifteen.

Commentary: The United Kings of Northern Canaan Defeated (Joshua, 11:1-15).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Certainly a life lived by faith resembles more an expedition up a mountain than a quiet evening spent reading in front of the fire; but anyone who embarks upon this expedition knows & experiences more & more that the adventure to which it invites us is worthwhile."
—Pope Benedict XVI (born 1927, reigned 2005-2013)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him."
—St. Teresa of Ávila, Doctor of the Church (1515-1582, feast day: 15 October)

Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"Orthodoxy is the only persecuted heresy."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day

Me First & the Gimme Gimmes, "Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard" from Me First & the Gimme Gimmes Have a Ball (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"Whoa!
Every couple of days they come & take me away,
But the press gets the story & leak,
Now when the radical priest come to get me released,
It was all on the cover of
Newsweek…"

Sunday, October 13, 2019

The Explorers' Club, № DCCXII

Operation AXIOM: After the World War—The German Revolution, Part VIII
16 October 1919: Adolf Hitler's first public speech—The Austrian-born Hitler remained in the German Reichswehr after the war & was assigned by army intelligence to infiltrate Anton Drexler's D.A.P.; he was ordered by his superior, Karl Mayr, to write down his anti-Semitic views in the Gemlich Letter & in January 1920 was given special permission to join the D.A.P., as member № 555 (in actuality, 55).





Lest we forget.

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

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

"Weird Al" Yankovic, "Party at the Leper Colony" from Poodle Hat (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: It is likely that the malady that afflicted Naaman in today's First Reading (2 Kings, 5:14-17) & the ten lepers in today's Gospel Reading (17:11-19) is distinct from modern leprosy (A.K.A. Hansen's disease). I suppose "Party at the Leper Colony" is an irreverent choice in any event.

Friday, October 11, 2019

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Today

Freitag, 11. Oktober
Fountains of Wayne, "Mexican Wine" from Welcome Interstate Managers (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"He was killed by a cellular phone explosion,
They scattered his ashes across the ocean,
The water was used to make baby lotion,
The wheels of promotion were set into motion.

"But the sun still shines in the summertime,
I'll be yours if you'll be mine,
I tried to change, but I changed my mind,
Think I'll have another glass of Mexican wine…

"Think I'll have another glass of Mexican wine,
Think I'll have another glass of Mexican wine,
Won't you have another glass of Mexican wine?"

Bonus! Song o' the End o' the Work Week


The Proclaimers, "Five O'clock World" from Born Innocent (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: I know (rather, I'm reasonably confident) the Lord is calling me to celibacy, but that doesn't mean I'm unaware of how many-splendored are the joys of spousal love. No disrespectful objectification of the actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead (pictured above) is intended, this winsome photograph simply struck me as a perfect embodiment of "Five O'clock World's" "long-haired girl."
"But it's a five o'clock world when the whistle blows,
No one owns a piece of my time,
And there's a long-haired girl who waits, I know,
To ease my troubled mind.

"In the shelter of her arms everything's O.K.,
When she talks and the world goes slippin' away,
And I know the reason I can still go on
When every other reason is gone,
Yeah, yeah, yeah…"

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the 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, the twenty-first [XXI] ecumenical council): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, Saint-link trēs, & Wikipedia-link; Pontiffs-link & Wikipedia-link Pontiff; & Wikipedia-link Vatican II & Wikipedia-link Councils.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
St. John died 3 June 1963, [at] Rome; beatified 3 September 2000; canonized 27 April 2014; feast day 11 October. One of the most popular popes of all time (reigned 1958-1963), who inaugurated a new era in the history of the Roman Catholic Church by his openness to change (aggiornamento), shown especially in his convoking of the Second Vatican Council. He wrote several socially important encyclicals, most notably Pacem in Terris.
Wikipedia-link Pacem in Terris.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Philip the Evangelist, Deacon (died circa 58, of Hierapolis), one of the Seven Deacons: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Deacons.

Commentary: Father of St. Hermione of Ephesus [4 September].

'Tis also the festival of Saint Æthelburh of Barking, Abbess, O.S.B. (died circa 686, also spelt Ethelburgh), founding abbess of Barking Abbey: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Barking.

Commentary: Sister of the bishop St. Erkenwald [30 April].

'Tis also the festival of Saint Bruno the Great, Bishop (925-965, of Cologne, of Saxony; A.K.A. Duke Bruno I of Lotharingia), Archbishop of Cologne, founder of the abbey at St. Pantaleon's Church: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Cologne & Wikipedia-link Cologne, & 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. Antonia Bibiana Manuela Torres y Acosta), foundress of the Servants of Mary, Ministers to the Sick (S. de M.): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link S. de M.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Friday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Joel, chapter one, verses thirteen, fourteen, & fifteen & chapter two, verses one & two;
Psalm Nine, verses two & three, six & sixteen, & eight & nine;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter eleven, verses fifteen & 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 Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.: 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 (R/. one), verses one, two, & three(a); four; five; & six;
The Gospel according to John, chapter twenty-one, verses fifteen, sixteen, & seventeen.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Decision Dome, Day 19
The Book of Joshua, chapter nine, verses sixteen thru twenty-seven.

Commentary: The Gibeonites' Stratagem (concluded; Joshua, 9:16-27).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Among man's rights is that of being able to worship God in accordance with the right dictates of his own conscience, & to profess his religion both in private & in public."
—Pope St. John XXIII (1881-1963, feast day: 11 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"We are called into God’s Church for something, not for nothing surely. Let us wait & be cheerful, & be sure that good is destined for us, & that we are to be made useful."
—Bl. John Henry Newman (1801-1890, feast day: 9 October)
Commentary: Bl. John Henry Newman's official portrait has now been hung from St. Peter's Basilica ahead of Sunday's canonization.

Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"A sense of humour is the next best thing to the grace of God."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
Bonus! Song o' Vatican II
Tom Lehrer, "The Vatican Rag" from That Was the Year That Was (Mike Papa Whiskey)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Yesterday

Donnerstag, 10. Oktober
Jeff Landau, "Work and Satisfaction" from Let Alone/Much Less (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"Can I find work and satisfaction,
Not either/or?…

"Can you feel me on this?
I'm not gonna compromise…"

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Saints + Scripture

The Popish Plot
"Make the Liturgy Divine Again"

'Tis the festival of Saint Paulinus of York, Bishop (584-644), inaugural (I) Archbishop of York, later third (III) Bishop of Rochester; a member of the Gregorian mission to the Anglo-Saxons: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link York & Wikipedia-link York, Diocese-link Rochester & Wikipedia-link Rochester, & Wikipedia-link Mission.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint John of Bridlington, Priest & Abbot, C.R.S.A. (circa 1319-1379; A.K.A. of Thwing, John Twenge), prior of the Bridlington Priory: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Bridlington.

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

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, Religious, C.S.S.F. (1825-1899, A.K.A. Sophia Camille Truszkowska), foundress of the Felician Sisters (C.S.S.F.), 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 the Day
Mass Readings—Thursday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Malachi, chapter three, verses thirteen thru twenty(b);
Psalm One (R/. Psalm Forty, verse five[a]), verses one & two, three, & four & six;
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 says 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 Monsignor James Vlaun: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Decision Dome, Day 18
The Book of Joshua, chapter nine, verses one thru fifteen.

Commentary: The Gibeonites' Stratagem (Joshua, 9:1-15).

Papal Quote o' the 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 the rapid social change that is taking place in our age."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Give me grace, O my Father, to be utterly ashamed of my own reluctance! Rouse me from sloth & coldness, & make me desire Thee with my whole heart. Teach me to love meditation, sacred reading, & prayer. Teach me to love that which must engage my mind for all eternity."
—Bl. John Henry Newman (1801-1890, feast day: 9 October)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"Too many modern authors are engaged in a free-for-all race for a bigger & bigger immorality."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day


Wally Dogger, "I.T. Is for Rockstars" from I Surrender, When Do I Start? (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: I work from home; so, the fact that my Macintosh was out of commission all morning (6:30-11:00 A.M.) installing macOS 10.15 Catalina was super inconvenient. Had I known what a major update I was being asked to install (update, not upgrade), I would have deferred 'til this evening. The fact that my Macintosh is now running very poorly is the icing of chagrin on a cake of frustration.

Bonus! Bonus! Lied von ÖSTERREICH

Lily Allen, "Cheryl Tweedy" from the Smile E.P. (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"I wish my life was a little less seedy,
Why am I always so greedy?
Wish I looked just like Cheryl Tweedy,
I know I never will, I know I never will…"

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Denis, Bishop, & Companions, Martyrs (died circa 258, of Paris, of France), inaugural (I) Bishop of Paris; martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Valerian, in his empire-wide persecution, a cephalophore; atop his grave was built the Basilica of Saint-Denis, around which arose the city of Saint-Denis; one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers: Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Paris & Wikipedia-link Paris; Persecutions-link, Wikipedia-link Persecution ūnus, Wikipedia-link Persecution duo, & Wikipedia-link Cephalophore; Wikipedia-link Basilica & Wikipedia-link Saint-Denis; Holy Helpers-link, & Wikipedia-link Holy Helpers.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
In 250, St. Denis was sent to France with six other missionary bishops by Pope Fabian. Denis became the first bishop of Parish. He was beheaded in 258 with the priest Rusticus & the deacon Eleutherius.
Martyr-link Romeo & Martyr-link Echo


'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 (O.M.D.): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link O.M.D..


Commentary: Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Gradually, St. John's influence as a champion of the Catholic faith against Protestantism became known throughout Italy. He founded in Rome what became the Institute De Propaganda Fide (Society for the Propagation of the Faith) & the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine for the promotion of the Catholic Faith & the formation of missionaries.
'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 Goswin, Abbot, O.S.B. (1086-1165), abbot of Anchin Abbey: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Anchin.

'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.

Commentary: A distant kinsman of St. Vincent Ferrer [5 April].

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


Commentary: Bl. John is scheduled to be canonized next Sunday, 13 October. By his next feast, he ought to be St. John Henry Newman.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Jonah, chapter four, verses one thru eleven;
Psalm Eighty-six (R/. fifteen), verses three & four, five & six, & nine & ten;
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.


Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Denis & Companions
The Second Letter to the Corinthians, chapter six, verses four thru ten;
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 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 (R/. three), verses one & two, two & three, seven & eight, & ten;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter five, verses one thru eleven.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Decision Dome, Day 17
The Book of Joshua, chapter eight, verses twenty-four thru thirty-five.

Commentary: Capture & Destruction of Ai (concluded; Joshua, 8:24-29) & (Joshua, 8:30-35).

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: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"It is the saying of holy men that, if we wish to be perfect, we have nothing more to do than to perform the ordinary duties of the day well. A short road to perfection—short, not because easy, but because pertinent & intelligible. There are no short ways to perfection, but there are sure ones… I think this is an instruction which may be of great practical use to persons like ourselves."
—Bl. John Henry Newman (1801-1890, feast day: 9 October)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"To be good & idiotic is not a poor fate, but, on the contrary, an experience of primeval innocence, which wonders at all things."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Operation ÖSTERREICH: Nunc coepi

Weekly Wednesday Weigh-in
Last weigh-in: 327.4 lbs. (Wednesday, 4 September 2019)
This weigh-in: 339.6 lbs.
Difference: +12.2 lbs.

I've undone all the progress made during Exodus 90. Since the low weight of three hundred eight & one-fifth pounds (308.2 lbs.) on 10 April, almost precisely six months hence, I've gained thirty-one & two-fifths pounds (31.4 lbs.) to reach an elephantine three hundred thirty-nine & three-fifths pounds (339.6 lbs.). Do you really want to live like this, Mike? Is this the way to honor God?


Bonus! Lied von ÖSTERREICH
Denis Leary, "Asshole" from No Cure for Cancer (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Bonus! Song o' the Day

The A-OKs, "Re: Bellion" from Words Are Not for Eating (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary:
"Do me wrong, do me wrong 'cause it's do or die now,
Revolutions come & then they go,
Demised & despised, we remain terrorized,
Victims of a system based on fear, greed, & lies,
It's our last chance, let's make it out alive…"

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the festival of Saint Simeon (first century B.C.), who upon holding the Christ Child uttered the words immortalized as the Nunc dimittis (A.K.A. the Canticle of Simeon): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Nunc dimittis.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Reparata, Virgin & Martyr (died circa 250), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Decius, a victim of his empire-wide persecution: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Persecutions-link & Wikipedia-link Persecution.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Felix of Como, Bishop (died circa 391), inaugural (I) Bishop of Como: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Como & Wikipedia-link Como.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Pelagia the Penitent, Hermitess (fifth century, the "Beardless Hermit;" A.K.A. the Harlot, of Antioch, Margarita): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Keyne, Virgin (fifth century; also spelt Kenya, Ceinwan, etc.), namesake of a village build upon the site of her hermitage: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link St. Keyne.

Commentary: Aunt of St. Cadoc [25 September].

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Jonah, chapter three, verses one thru ten;
Psalm One Hundred Thirty, verses one(b) & two, three & four(a/b), & seven & eight;
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 is the story of Martha and Mary. I’d like to offer a fresh take on this famous little story. One of the principal marks of Jesus’ teaching and ministry is the overturning of social conventions. And one of the most striking and surprising of Jesus’ moves was a radical inclusion of women.

While this typically women’s work was going on, men would sit out in the main room of the residence and talk. If a prominent rabbi or Pharisee were present, the men would sit at his feet and listen to his words.

Now we can see why Mary’s attitude was so offensive to Martha and probably to everyone else in the room. Martha wasn’t simply mad that Mary was giving her more work to do; she was mad that Mary had the gall to assume the stance of a man, to take up her position in the men’s space.

In his response to Martha’s complaint, Jesus signals more than a preference for listening over acting; he invites a woman into full participation in the life of discipleship. "Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her."
Video reflection by Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Decision Dome, Day 16
The Book of Joshua, chapter eight, verses ten thru twenty-three.

Commentary: Capture & Destruction of Ai (cont'd; Joshua, 8:10-23).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Change must be judged not so much for its own sake for its content, its finality. Is the new of today leading us to a really better Christianity?"
—Pope St. Paul VI (1897-1978, feast day: 29 May)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"When it comes upon me how late I am trying to serve the Church, the obvious answer is, even saints, such as St. Augustine, St. Ignatius, did not begin in earnest till a late age."
—Bl. John Henry Newman (1801-1890, feast day: 9 October)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"If we wish to preserve the family we must revolutionize the nation."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
Commentary: I can guess at Chesterton's meaning, but context would help to clarify.

Bonus! Lied von ÖSTERREICH: 1 Tag


Dienstag, 8. Oktober
"Weird Al" Yankovic, "Waffle King" from Alapalooza (Mike Papa Waffle)

Bonus! Lied von ÖSTERREICH: 2 Tage


Montag, 7. Oktober
Jeffries Fan Club, "Healthy Body" from Take Warning: The Songs of Operation Ivy (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whale)

Skammentary: "Healthy Body" is a critique of fitness culture, of those obsessed with perfecting their bodies who simultaneously neglect their minds & their (moral) hearts. My issue is generally the opposite: I spend much of my time nourishing my mind & purifying my heart, to the neglect of my mind. This approach is not as wrongheaded as the former, but ultimately just as ineffectual. Man is neither purely material nor purely spiritual, man is a body-spirit composite; we are embodied souls, meaning we must care for both body & soul.
"…It's just a matter of time:
Sick body, sick mind."

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Today

Dienstag, 8. Oktober
Less Than Jake, "We, the Uninspired" from the Absolution for Idiots and Addicts E.P. (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary: Less Than Jake are performing tonight in nearby Pontiac, but this is also the regularly scheduled meeting of the pastoral council, of which I am president; so, I have rather an obligation to attend. Drat!

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Yesterday

Montag, 7. Oktober
Reel Big Fish, "Everything Sucks" (live) from Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album, Disc 1: More Shtick Than You Can Shake a Stick At (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary: Yesterday was a lovely day & all was well, but "Everything Sucks" is the song that ran persistently through my mind.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Saints + Scripture

The Popish Plot
"Catholic T-Shirt Club Unboxing: Our Lady of the Rosary"

'Tis the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary (formerly, Our Lady of Victory), instituted to celebrate the miraculous victory of the Holy League over the Muslim Ottomans at the Battle of Lepanto (1571): Madonna-link ūna, Madonna-link duæ, & Wikipedia-link; Rosary-link, & Wikipedia-link Rosary; & Wikipedia-link Lepanto.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
According to Dominican tradition, in 1206, St. Dominic [8 August] was in Prouille, France, attempting to convert the Albigensians back to the Catholic faith. The young priest has little success until one day he received a vision of the Blessed Virgin, who gave him the Rosary as a tool against heretics. While Mary's giving the Rosary to St. Dominic is generally acknowledged as a legend, the development of this prayer form owes much to the followers of St. Dominic.
Quoth
Minute Meditations from the Popes:
Lord Jesus, today is the feast of our Lady of the Rosary. May the prayers of Your Holy Mother for the world lead me to pray the Rosary more often & with greater fervor.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Mark, Pope (died 336), thirty-fourth (XXXIV) Bishop of Rome: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Pontiffs-link & Wikipedia-link Pontiff.

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

'Tis also the festival of Saint Osyth, Abbess & Martyr (died circa 700; also spelt Osgyth, Sythe, etc.), foundress of the convent around which arose a namesake village; martyred by pagan Danes (a cephalophore): Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link St. Osyth & Wikipedia-link Cephalophore.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Gerold of Cologne, Martyr (circa 1201-1251), martyred by thieves while on pilgrimage: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Jonah, chapter one, verse one thru chapter two, verse two & verse eleven;
The Book of Jonah, chapter two, verses three, four, five, & eight;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter ten, verses twenty-five thru thirty-seven.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, our Gospel today is one of the best-known of Jesus’ parables, the story of the Good Samaritan. Every story, parable, illustration, and exhortation is, at the end of the day, a picture of the Lord.

In one of the great windows of Chartres Cathedral there is an intertwining of two stories, the account of the fall of mankind and the parable of the Good Samaritan. This reflects a connection that was made by the Church Fathers. The Good Samaritan is a symbol of Jesus himself, in his role as Savior of the world.

Now our task is to be other Christs. "Which of these three was neighbor to the man who fell in with the robbers?" "The one who treated him with compassion." Jesus says to him, "Go and do the same."

We spend our lives now looking for those people stranded by the road, victimized by sin. We don’t walk by, indifferent to them, but rather we do what Jesus did—even for those who are our natural enemies, even for those who frighten us. And we bring the Church’s power to bear, pouring in the oil and wine of compassion, communicating the power of Christ’s cross.
Video reflection by X: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary
The Acts of the Apostles, chapter one, verses twelve, thirteen, & fourteen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter one, verses forty-six & forty-seven, forty-eight & forty-nine, fifty & fifty-one, fifty-two & fifty-three, & fifty-four & fifty-five;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter one, verses twenty-six thru thirty-eight.


Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Decision Dome, Day 15
The Book of Joshua, chapter eight, verses one thru nine.

Commentary: Capture & Destruction of Ai (Joshua, 8:1-9).

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, [Luminous,] Sorrowful, & Glorious Mysteries remind us."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"When the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus & Mary more glory & is more meritorious than any other prayer."
—St. Louis de Montfort (1673-1716, feast day: 28 April)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"Knowledge & innocence are both excellent things, & they are both very funny. But it is right that knowledge should be the servant & innocence the master."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Sunday, October 6, 2019

The Explorers' Club, № DCCXI

Operation AXIOM: After the World War—The Black Sox Scandal, Part I
1-9 October 1919: The Cincinnati Reds of the National League won the best-of-nine World Series over the Chicago White Sox of the American League, five games to three; eight White Sox players, later dubbed the "Black Sox," accepted bribes from a consortium of gamblers led by mobster Arnold "the Brain" Rothstein to fix the result; rumors of a fix were circulating even before the first pitch.






Lest we forget.

Bonus! Lied von ÖSTERREICH: 3 Tage


Jim Gaffigan, "Fast Food" from Beyond the Pale (Mike Papa Woolly Mammoth)

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

Daniel Schmit & Mike Hilliker, "O Sacrament Most Holy" from Mercy (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"O Jesus, we adore Thee,
Who in Thy love divine
Concealed Thy mighty Godhead
In forms of bread & wine.

"O Sacrament Most Holy,
O Sacrament Divine,
All priase & all thanksgiving
Be every moment Thine."

Saturday, October 5, 2019

The Victors: Team 140 — August & September


Game 1
Saturday, 31 August @ Michigan Stadium
(№ 7) Michigan 40-21 Middle Tennessee State
1-0, B1G 0-0

I did not see the game because I was at a family wedding in *shudder* Ohio. The hated Buckeyes whooped it up at the reception, after their club's epic victory-for-the-ages over Florida Atlantic.

Game 2
Saturday, 7 September @ Michigan Stadium
(№ 7) Michigan 24-21 Army (2 O.T.)
2-0, B1G 0-0

The valiant Wolverines did everything possible to lose the game to the epithetless Black Knights of Army (the Unites States Military Academy @ West Point, New York), turning the ball over three times in the first half, eventually trailing 14-7 at halftime. For the second week in a wow, quarterback Shea Patterson (senior) fumbled the ball during Michigan's first offensive possession. Army is a tough opponent, but over-matched by any major college football program; I mean absolutely no disrespect to Army & their wily triple-option offense, but the valiant Wolverines did not cover themselves in glory in securing the victory.

After the win, fan reaction was divided. Some were outraged that the victory was not more decisive, others counseled that Army was such a bogey opponent that the only useful takeaway was the resilience with which the valiant Wolverines fought through the first half's adversity. For my part, I was outraged, that outrage tempered only by my despair. The "speed & space" offense of new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis faced tough sledding against Army's disciplined defense. Miscues were legion: Patterson & the receiving corps appeared to be operating out of different playbooks. The only bright spot was running back Zach Charbonnet (freshman), who turned in a yeoman's performance, carrying the ball thirty-thirty times for one hundred yards & three touchdowns.

Bye Week 1
Saturday, 14 September
(№ 10) Michigan
2-0, B1G 0-0

There are two bye weeks this season, in part because there are five Saturdays in November.

Game 3
Saturday, 21 September @ Camp Randall Stadium
(№ 13) Wisconsin 35-14 Michigan (№ 11)
2-1, B1G 0-1

I will never again call any Don Brown defense the "Murder Machine," not after the defense gave up sixty-two points to the hated Buckeyes in last season's "rivalry" game. Uncle Don's Massage Machine was nearly as hapless against the balanced attack of the pesky Badgers: Wisconsin led 28-0 at halftime & 35-0 midway through the third quarter. Admittedly, Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor is an elite player, but the Massage Machine proved that they are most definitely not an elite unit.

The offense was predictably inept. Coach Gattis's offense simply does not work. The players cannot execute the scheme, the coaching staff cannot manage player substitutions, & Patterson continues to be a liability. I'm confident he's doing the best he can, which is precisely why I'm so down on him. If he was angling to set an N.C.A.A. record for most consecutive games with at least one turnover, how would his game look any different? Eventually, the coaches replaced Patterson at quarterback with Dylan McCaffrey (junior), but before McCaffrey was knocked out of the game after two consecutive illegal hits; both of Wisconsin's starting safeties were ejected for illegal "targeting," after both struck McCaffrey in the helmet with their helmets. McCaffrey left the game with concussion symptoms. Stay classy, Madison.

Panic & despair were the order of the day in the Wolverine Nation after the shellacking. I thought that we would lose the game, but never in my most fevered #FireHarbaugh prognostications of doom did I imagine the pesky Badgers would hold a 35-0 lead at any point. All is lost! Woe & lament!

Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888, an excerpt
by Earnest Thayer (1863-1940)

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
the band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
and somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
but there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.

Game 4
Saturday, 28 September @ Michigan Stadium
(№ 20) Michigan 52-0 Rutgers
3-1, B1G 1-1

The sick joke that is Josh Gattis's offensively inept offense looked like a well-oiled machine against the alien Scarlet Knights of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Of course, that counts for very little since the competition was, as noted, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, a sad sack club & a source of constant embarrassment & consternation as members of the B1G. A contributing factor is that Coach Gattis was down on the sidelines, from whence he had always previously coached, whereas in his first three games at Michigan, he'd coached from the eagle's nest of the press box.

Uncle Don's Massage Machine looked positively murderous against the alien Scarlet Knights of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Of course, that counts for very little since the competition was, as noted, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, a sad sack club & a source of constant embarrassment & consternation as members of the B1G.

Reaction to the rout was predictably mixed. To mine eyes, the best news was also the worst news: 'Twas widely remarked that the valiant Wolverines came out against Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey with a vim & a vigor that had been lacking in the Middle Tennessee, Army, & especially the Wisconsin games. Huzzah, because Team 140 looked much crisper & focused, but at the same time I have to ask why were they so apathetic & lethargic in the earlier games? Are they so arrogant that they think they can just show up & "phone it in" against any given opponent? Why are Harbaugh & his staff so uniformly unable to motivate their players? All is still lost! Woe & lament!

Next Game
Homecoming: The (№ 19) valiant Wolverines host the (№ 14) tenacious Hawkeyes of Iowa. Last week, Iowa faced Middle Tennessee State; unlike Michigan, Iowa did not give up three touchdowns to the epithetless Blue Raiders. This augurs ill for the Homecoming match up & I both predict & expect doom, but I'd like to be wrong. I'd be thrilled to eat crow after a convincing Michigan victory.

Go Blue!

Bonus! Lied von ÖSTERREICH: 4 Tage


Samstag, 5. Oktober
"Weird Al" Yankovic, "The White Stuff" from Off the Deep End (Mike Papa Whale)

Commentary:
"I've had a zillion or two in my life,
They're so right…"

Bonus! Lied von ÖSTERREICH: 5 Tage


Freitag, 4. Oktober
"Weird Al" Yankovic, "Inactive" from Mandatory Fun (Mike Papa Walrus)

Commentary:
"I'm out of shape, fattening up,
I'm sipping Coke from a Solo cup,
Doughnut crumbs are upon my lips…"

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Yesterday


Freitag, 4. Oktober
The Interrupters, "Easy on You" from The Interrupters (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Today: Go Blue!


Samstag, 5. Oktober
John Linnell, "Iowa" from State Songs, Vol. 1 (Mike Papa Wolverine)

Commentary:"
Silhouette on the moon,
Flying around on a broom,
Iowa is a witch,
She's a witch,
She's a witch,
She's a witch!…"

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the festival of Our Lord of Mercy (apparition 3 October 1847, A.K.A. the Miracle of Ocotlán): Miracle-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Dionysius the Areopagite, Bishop & Martyr (died circa 95, of Athens; also spelt Denis), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Husband of St. Damaris of Athens [16 October].

'Tis also the festival of Saint Cyprian of Toulon, Bishop (circa 476-546), Bishop of Toulon, a foe of the Semipelagian heresy: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Toulon, & Heresy-link Pelagianism & Wikipedia-link Semipelagianism.

'Tis also the festival of Saints Ewald the Black & Ewald the Fair, Priests & Martyrs (died circa 692, also spelt Hewald), martyred by pagan Saxons: Martyr-link Black, Martyr-link Fair, & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Gérard of Brogne, Priest & Abbot, O.S.B. (circa 895-959, also spelt Djuråd), founder of Brogne Abbey: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Brogne.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Theodora Guérin, Religious, S.P. (1798-1856, "Mother Théodore;" A.K.A. Anne-Thérèse Guérin), foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (S.P.) & Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College: Saint-link ūna, Saint-link duæ, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link S.P. & Wikipedia-link College.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Thursday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Nehemiah, chapter eight, verses one thru four(a), five & six, & seven(b) thru twelve;
Psalm Nineteen, (R/. 9[a/b]), verses eight, nine, ten, & eleven;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter ten, verses one thru twelve.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, our Gospel, taken from the magnificent tenth chapter of Luke’s Gospel, is a portrait of the Church. It shows us what Jesus wants his followers to be doing and how to do it. Listen to how the passage begins: “The Lord appointed a further seventy-two and sent them in pairs before him to every town and place he intended to visit.”

We are a missionary Church. We are sent by the Lord to spread his word and do his work. The Christian Gospel is just not something that we are meant to cling to for our own benefit. Rather, it is like seed that we are meant to give away.

He sends them two by two. We do this work together, with others, in community. Ministers need people to support them, pray for them, talk to them, challenge them. St. Francis had an experience of God and then, within months, gathered people around him; St. Dominic, from the beginning, had brothers in his work; St. Teresa of Calcutta attracted a number of her former students to join her in her mission. We don’t go it alone.
Video reflection by Monsignor James Vlaun: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Decision Dome, Day 11
The Book of Joshua, chapter six, verses one thru fourteen.

Commentary: Jericho Taken & Destroyed (Joshua, 6:1-14).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Arriving at a deeper awareness of Christ demands also a deeper awareness of the Holy Spirit. 'To know Who Christ is' & 'to know Who the Spirit is' are two indissolubly linked requirements, the only implying the other."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"When our Lord does come to use the word qahal—the word used for God’s people—He calls it 'My qahal': I will found My Church, My people. The bond that Christ establishes with this new qahal is not a bond of law, it is a bond of love. The very best moment for establishing this bond was a banquet where His Twelve sat about Him in love. Just as Moses often sprinkled blood upon the people as a sign of covenant, so He said that He would make a new covenant, a new pact, a new testament. And there was the sprinkling of the blood of goats & bullocks & sheep; He gave His Own Blood & said, “This is the Blood of the New Covenant”—the new testament, the new pact. This is the bond that will unite all of My people together. Now do you see that the Church is not an institution?"
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"If you want the common man to fight, you must be offering him the thing for which he fights best—his own honour & his own home."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Bonus! Lied von ÖSTERREICH: 6 Tage


Jim Gaffigan, "Hot Pockets" from Beyond the Pale (Mike Papa Whale)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day, Eh


Barenaked Ladies, "One Week" from Stunt (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary, eh:
"How can I help it if I think you're funny when you're mad?
Trying hard not to smile, though I feel bad,
I'm the kind of guy who laughs at a funeral,
Can't understand what I mean, but you soon will…"

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day

Reel Big Fish, "I'd Rather Get It Wrong" from Life Sucks… Let's Dance! (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary: As I've remarked before, one of the chief signs that I'm simply not suited to marriage is that, contrary the of-repeated marital wisdom, "You can be right, or you can be happy," I'd rather be right than happy. The Reel Big Fish sing of the conventional wisdom, with which I disagree, but they do so in a winsome way.
"I'd rather get it wrong with you
Than right with anybody else,
I'd rather sing along with you, out of tune,
Than sing it all by myself.
And you sure drive me crazy,
But at least we're on this road together, baby,
And I'd rather get it wrong with you
Than right with anybody else…

"I'd rather get it wrong with you
Than right,
I'd rather get it wrong with you
Than right,
I'd rather get it wrong with you
Than right with anybody else."

Saints + Scripture

The Popish Plot
"The Pope's Prayer Intentions for October 2019"

'Tis the Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels: Angels-link ūnus, Angels-link duo, Angels-link Array of Hope, Wikipedia-link Angels, & Wikipedia-link Feast.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
[St.] John XXIII [11 October] wrote a Meditation for the Feast of the Guardian Angels, which reads, in part: "We must remember how admirable was the intention of divine Providence in entrusting to the angels the mission of watching over all mankind, & over individual human beings, lest they should fall victims to the grave dangers which encounter."
Quoth Minute Meditations from the Popes:
Lord Jesus, You have promised that You would have our Angels watch over us. Let my Angel always be close at hand to protect & guide, intercede & respond in Your Name.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Leodegar of Poitiers, Bishop & Martyr (circa 615-679, also spelt Leger), Bishop of Autun, martyred by the Frankish mayor of the palace Ebroin: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Auton & Wikipedia-link Auton.

Commentary: Son of St. Sigrada [8 August] & brother of St. Warinus [25 August].

'Tis also the festival of Saint Émilie de Villeneuve, Religious (1811-1854, A.K.A. Jeanne-Emilie), foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Jan Beyzym, Priest, S.J. (1850-1912): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Maria Anna Kratochwil, Religious & Martyr, S.S.N.D. (1881-1942, A.K.A. Maria Antonina Kratochwil), 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 Polska & Wikipedia-link Polska.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Wednesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Nehemiah, chapter two, verses one thru eight;
Psalm One Hundred Thirty-seven (R/. six[a/b]), verses one & two, three, four & five, & six;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter eighteen, verses one thru five & ten.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today we celebrate the feast of our Guardian Angels. Why does God send these spiritual messengers to help us? Well, Aquinas says that each of us, due to our fallen nature, has been assigned a heavenly guide. Is all of this just speculation and conjecture?

One of my favorite stories about angels is this one: Two relatively inexperienced pilots found themselves lost on a foggy day. Though they tried desperately to make contact with an airport, they were incapable of doing so. One of them then prayed for protection.

In time, a voice crackled onto the radio. The speaker identified himself as a controller from a small airport. Through very precise instructions, he guided the two pilots through the fog to a landing strip at that airport.

Once they had arrived, to their astonishment they discovered that the airport was closed and that there was no one on duty. A bizarre coincidence? A happy accident? Or perhaps a sign that we are being protected by powers at a higher pitch of ontological perfection? As you know, stories such as this come out of the woodwork once people are given the opportunity to share them.
Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.



Mass Readings—Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels
The Book of Exodus, chapter twenty-three, verses twenty thru twenty-three;
Psalm Ninety-one (R/. eleven), verses one & two; three & four(a/b); four(c), five & six; & ten & eleven;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter eighteen, verses one thru five & ten.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Decision Dome, Day 10
The Book of Joshua, chapter five, verses nine thru fifteen.

Commentary: The Sons of Israel Are Circumcised (concluded; Joshua, 5:9), the Passover at Gilgal (Joshua, 5:10-12), & Joshua's Vision (Joshua, 5:13-15).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Holiness is the awareness of being 'watched over,' watched over by God. Saints know very well their frailty, the precariousness of their existence. Yet they are not frightened. They feel secure in spite of all this."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
G. K. Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"It is the paradox of history that each generation is converted by the saint who contradicts it most."
—Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"How great the dignity of the soul, since each one has from his birth an angel commissioned to guard it."
—St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church (347-420, feast day: 30 September)
Bonus! Song o' the Holy Guardian Angels
The Stanley Brothers, "Angel Band" from O Brother, Where Art Thou?: Music from a Film by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Operation ÖSTERREICH — Please Stand By

The Weekly Wednesday Weigh-in has been like a high-subsidized, bird-killing windmill on fire & catastrophically failing. Weigh-ins will resume next Wednesday, 9 October, the anniversary of my baptism.


Bonus! Lied von ÖSTERREICH
"Weird Al" Yankovic, "Spam" from U.H.F.: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Mike Papa Walrus)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "Wonderful Day for the Race" from While We're at It (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary: I enjoy the Reel Big Fish because their music is humorous & sardonic, which speaks to my own black heart. Above & beyond this, though, I enjoy the music of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones because their music is earnest & respectful, which speaks to the Lord's Sacred Heart. Because they are earnest, the Bosstones will take to task those with whom they disagree, but they do so still respecting each person's inherent worth; the Reel Big Fish make the modern mistake of assuming an interlocutor has no value beyond the opinion which which one takes issue.
"What a wonderful day for the race,
Everywhere it's taking place!
I swear you'll hear one wasn't run,
But I'm talking 'about the human one…"

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin & Doctor of the Church, O.C.D. (1873-1897, "the Little Flower of Jesus;" A.K.A. of Lisieux, Marie Françoise-Thérèse Martin): Doctor-link ūna, Doctor-link duæ, Doctor-link Array of Hope, & Wikipedia-link; Doctors-link & Wikipedia-link Doctors.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Daughter of Ss. Louis Martin & Marie-Azélie Guérin [12 July] & sister of Servants of God Agnes of Jesus, O.C.D.; Françoise-Thérèse, V.H.M.; & Geneviève of the Holy Face, O.C.D.

Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Louis, her father, while talking to Thérèse in the garden, got up, gently picked a little white flower, root intact, & gave it to her, explaining the care with which God brought it into being & preserved it until that day. Thérèse later wrote: "While I listened I believed I was hearing my own story." To Thérèse, the flower seemed a symbol of herself, "destined to live in another soil."
'Tis also the festival of Blessed John Robinson, Priest & Martyr (circa 1530-1588), martyred in the reign of the English queen Elizabeth I, one of the one hundred fifty-eight Martyrs of Douai: Martyr-link; Martyrs-link Douai & Wikipedia-link Douai.

'Tis also the festival of Blesseds Ralph Crockett & Edward James, Priests & Martyrs (died 1588), martyred in the reign of the English queen Elizabeth I, two of the one hundred fifty-eight Martyrs of Douai: Martyr-link Romeo Charlie & Wikipedia-link Romeo Charlie, Martyr-link Echo Juliett & Wikipedia-link Echo Juliett; Martyrs-link Douai & Wikipedia-link Douai.

'Tis also the festival of Blesseds Christopher Buxton, Gerard Edwards, & Robert Wilcox, Priests; & Robert Widmerpool; Martyrs (died 1588), martyred in the reign of the English queen Elizabeth I, the four Oaten Hill Martyrs (A.K.A. the Canterbury Martyrs): Martyr-link Charlie Bravo & Wikipedia-link Charlie Bravo, Martyr-link Romeo Whiskey-India-Lima, Martyr-link Romeo Whiskey-India-Delta; Wikipedia-link Oaten Hill.

Commentary: Bls. Christopher Buxton & Robert Wilcox are also two of the Martyrs of Douai.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Luigi Maria Monti, Religious (1825-1900, also spelt Aloysius), founder of the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Tuesday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Zechariah, chapter eight, verses twenty thru twenty-three;
Psalm Eighty-seven, verses one(b), two, & three; four & five; & six & seven
(R/. the Book of Zechariah, chapter eight, verse twenty-three);
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter nine, verses fifty-one thru fifty-six.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus rebukes James and John for their desire for vengeance. We are walking with Jesus and his disciples as they make their way to Jerusalem. As they pass through Samaria, they are refused hospitality, for their destination is Jerusalem and this annoys the Samaritans. Bothersome? Stupid? Racist? Sure, all of those things. As a result, James and John (the sons of thunder) cry out: "Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?"

Can you hear echoes of this cry up and down the ages? Whenever people have been unjustly treated, excluded, looked down upon, they experience, naturally enough, feelings of hatred and a desire to get back. Correctly enough, they will say that their family or their race or their country was offended, and so they, with justification, react.

But Jesus turns only to rebuke them. Why? Because following him and his way of nonviolence is more important than race or country or ethnic group. Our feelings for him have to go beyond even our justified feelings for these good things.
Video reflection by Father Andrew Lauricella: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus
The Book of Isaiah, chapter sixty-six, verses ten thru fourteen(c);
Psalm One Hundred Thirty-one, verses one(b/c/d/e), two, & three;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter eighteen, verses one thru four.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Decision Dome, Day 9
The Book of Joshua, chapter five, verses one thru eight.

Commentary: The Sons of Israel Are Circumcised (Joshua, 5:1-8).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"In order that your life may retain a taste of the feast, be dynamic & joyful in the service of others. Seek to carry out what Christ asks of you; answer with Mary's 'fiat': 'I am the servant of the Lord' (Luke, 1:38)."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"I will seek out a means of getting to heaven by a little way."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)

Mass Matters
Through 1 October 2019, I have participated in the holy sacrifice of the Mass two hundred seventy-three times (CCLXXIII), six fewer Mass than by this point last year, 1 October 2018 (two hundred seventy-nine, CCLXXIX).