Sunday, November 17, 2019

Saints + Scripture: XXXIII Sunday in Tempus per annum

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

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Book of Malachi, chapter three, verses nineteen & twenty(a);
Psalm Ninety-eight (R/. cf. nine), verses five & six, seven & eight, & nine;
The Second Letter to the Thessalonians, chapter three, verses seven thru twelve;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter twenty-one, verses five thru nineteen.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today in the Gospel Jesus describes the world’s violent resistance to the establishment of God’s kingdom. From the earliest days until the present, the community of Jesus Christ has been the focus of the world’s violence. The old principle of "killing the messenger" applies here. The Church will announce, until the end of time, that the old world is passing away, that a new world of love, nonviolence, and life is emerging. This announcement always infuriates the world of sin—always. The twentieth century proved this by being the bloodiest on record, and the century with the most martyrs.

Jesus promises to give us "a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute." What do we do in the meantime? We maintain a detachment from this world that is passing away, our eyes fixed on the world that will never end. And we speak—confidently, boldly, provocatively—the message of the Gospel, the dying and rising of the Lord.
Video reflection by Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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


Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Relativism Ridge, Day 13
The Book of Judges, chapter six, verses thirty-three thru forty.

Commentary: Gideon Destroys the Altar of Baal (concluded; Judges, 6:33-35) & the Sign of the Fleece (Judges, 6:36-40).

Mass Journal: Week 51
Reflection by Matthew Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute:
The early Church was unstoppable, & as far as I can tell, it was because they followed this simple strategy. They believed that the values & principles of the Gospel were the best way to live. They nurtured friendships. They were deeply committed to a life of prayer. They were courageous in telling their story. They were generous & welcoming. Friendship is the original model of evangelization, & it is the model that will triumph in the modern context Friendship establishes trust & mutual respect, which together bring about the openness & acceptance that give birth to vulnerable dialogue. Only then can we begin addressing the questions that every human heart longs to answer: Who am I? Where did I come from? What am I here for? How do I do it? Where am I going? Friendship is the key to evangelization.


Otherwise, 17 November would be festival of Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus, Bishop (circa 213-270, of Neocaesarea, of Pontus; A.K.A. Theodore), Bishop of Neocaesarea: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Neocaesarea.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. The epithet Thaumaturgus means "wonder-" or "miracle-worker."

'Twould also be festival of Saints Acisclus & Victoria of Córdoba, Martyrs (died 304), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Diocletian & Maximian, victims of the Great Persecution (303-313): Martyr-link Alpha, Martyr-link Victor, & Wikipedia-link; Persecutions-link & Wikipedia-link Great Persecution.

'Twould also be festival of Saint Gregory of Tours, Bishop (circa 538-594, A.K.A. Georgius Florentius), Bishop of Tours: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Tours & Wikipedia-link Tours.

Commentary: Great-nephew of St. Eustadius [3 January].

'Twould also be festival of Saint Hilda of Whitby, Abbess, O.S.B. (circa 614-680, also spelt Hild), second (II) abbess of Hartlepool Abbey, founding (I) abbess of Whitby Abbey (A.K.A. Streanæshealh): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Hartlepool & Wikipedia-link Whitby.

Commentary: Grand-niece of St. Edwin of Northumbria [12 October] & sister of St. Hereswitha [3 September].

'Twould also be festival of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious, T.O.S.F. (1207-1231, A.K.A. of Thuringia): Saint-link ūna, Saint-link duæ, & Wikipedia-link.


Commentary: Descendant of Ss. Olga of Kiev [11 July] & Vladimir of Kiev [15 July]; niece of St. Hedwig of Silesia [16 October]; mother of Bl. Gertrude of Aldenberg [13 August]; aunt of Ss. Margaret of Hungary [18 January] & Kinga of Poland [24 July], & Bl. Yolanda of Poland [11 June]; & great-aunt of St. Elizabeth of Portugal [4 July].

Papal Quote o' the Day
"The laity, because of their vocation to be salt of the earth 7 the light of the world, should be well grounded in the Church's social doctrine. Then, through their presence in public life, they should contribute to strengthening the fabric of society."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, He can work through anyone."
—St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226, feast day: 4 October)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

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

Johnny Cash, "The Man Comes Around" from American IV: The Man Comes Around (St. Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: At the end & the beginning o' the liturgical year things get a little apocalyptic.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

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


John Linnell, "Michigan" from State Songs, Vol. 1 (Mike Papa Wolverine)

Commentary:
"O Michigan, exemplar of unchecked replication!
O Michigan, O Michigan, the tank the fishes are in!

"Expansionist in spirit, in letter borders obtain,
Don't hold us back, don't hold us back, we must eat Michigan's brain!
Now grow back Michigan, we miss you again!"

Friday, November 15, 2019

Bonus! Moonshot Songs o' the Day

R.E.M., "Man on the Moon" from Man on the Moon: Music from the Motion Picture (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: I'm not endorsing the Moon landing hoax theories alluded to in "Man on the Moon," in fact I explicitly denounce, rebuke, & refute those conspiracy theories. That said, "Man on the Moon" is an undeniably catchy song.

&

National Aeronautics & Space Administration, "Apollo 12 Excerpt 3" from The Apollo Missions (Mike Papa Whiskey)

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


The University of Michigan Marching Band, "Temptation" from Hurrah for the Yellow and Blue (Mike Papa Wolverine)

Commentary: "You can't have one without the other. Ladies and gentleman, the 'Hawaiian War Chant.'"

The University of Michigan Marching Band, "Hawaiian War Chant" from Hurrah for the Yellow and Blue (Mike Papa Wolverine)

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Explorers' Club, № DCCXVII

Operation AXIOM: Destination Moon—The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 12, Part I
14 November 1969: Apollo 12 lifted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, carrying Commander Charles "Pete" Conrad, Command Module Pilot Richard Gordon, & Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean aboard the Command & Service Module Yankee Clipper atop a Saturn V rocket also carrying the Lunar Module Intrepid; Apollo 12 was twice struck by lightning during the launch, but carried on.





Bonus! Moonshot Songs o' the Day
Mark Mothersbaugh, "Ping Island/Lightning Strike Rescue Op" from The Life Aquatic with Steve Zizzou: Soundtrack from the Motion Picture (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: It was for quick thinking during Apollo 12's lighting strike-induced telemetry system malfunctions, quick thinking that prevented the mission from being aborted, that N.A.S.A. flight controller John Aaron earned his reputation as a "steely-eyed missile man."

&

National Aeronautics & Space Administration, "Apollo 12 Excerpt 1" from The Apollo Missions (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the festival of Saint Laurence O'Toole, Bishop & Abbot, O.S.A. (1128-1180, A.K.A. Lorcán Ua Tuathail), second (II) Archbishop of Dublin (1162-1180), abbot of the Monastery at Glendalough (1154-1162); who attended the Synod of Cashel (1171) & the Third Council of the Lateran (1179, the eleventh [XI] ecumenical council): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Dublin & Wikipedia-link Dublin; Wikipedia-link Glendalough; & Wikipedia-link Cashel & Wikipedia-link Lateran III

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Serapion of Algiers, Priest & Martyr, O.de.M. (circa 1179-1240, A.K.A. of England), martyred by English pirates: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saints Nikola Tavelić, Déodat of Rodez, Pierre of Narbonne, & Stefano of Cueno, Priests & Martyrs, O.F.M. (died 1391, Anglicized as Nicholas Tavelic; A.K.A. the Martyrs of the Jaffa Gate), martyred in the reign of the Mameluke sultan Sayf ad-Din Barquq: Martyr-link November Kilo ūnus, Martyr-link November Kilo duo, & Wikipedia-link November Kilo; Martyr-link Delta, Martyr-link Papa, & Martyr-link Sierra.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Giovanni Liccio, Priest, O.P. (circa 1400-1511, Anglicized as John Licci): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Maria Luiza Merkert, Religious, C.S.S.E. (1817-1872), co-foundress of the Sisters of Saint Elizabeth (C.S.S.E., the "Grey Nuns"): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link C.S.S.E.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Maria Theresa of Jesus, Religious, O.Carm. (1825-1889, A.K.A. Maria Scrilli), foundress of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Thursday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Wisdom, chapter seven, verse twenty-two(b) thru chapter eight, verse one;
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen (R/. eighty-nine[a]), verses eighty-nine, ninety, ninety-one, one hundred thirty, one hundred thirty-five, & one hundred seventy-five;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter seventeen, verses twenty thru twenty-five.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus warns that he, the Son of Man, will come on a day we do not expect. What’s so frightening about the coming of the Son of Man? Why isn’t it just good news?

Well, if he is the life, that life which is opposed to him has to give way; and if he’s truth, then false claimants to truth must cede to him; and if he’s the way, then the false ways have to be abandoned. So as we await the Lord’s second coming, we must give our lives to him and renounce everything that opposes him.
Video reflection by Harry Dudley, D.Min.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Relativism Ridge, Day 10
The Book of Judges, chapter four, verses seventeen thru twenty-four.

Commentary: Jael Kills Sisera (Judges, 4:17-24).

Proverb o' the Day (Sirach, 15:16-17)
He has placed before you fire & water:
stretch out your hand for whichever you wish.
Before a man are life & death, good & evil,
& whichever he chooses will be given to him.
Papal Quote o' the Day
"Death can be an experience of extraordinary solidarity. Death makes us brothers & sisters. In a world that casts death aside & does everything to hide it, it is urgently necessary to recall the inevitability of an event that is part of the history of every person."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Mercy imitates God & disappoints Satan."
—St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church (349-407, feast day: 13 September)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"Boundaries are the most beautiful things in the world. To love anything is to love its boundaries."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

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


The University of Michigan Marching Band, "M Fanfare" from A Saturday Tradition (Mike Papa Wolverine)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Saints + Scripture

The Popish Plot
"Impersonal Evangelization"

'Tis the Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin, M.S.C. (1850-1917), foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (M.S.C.): Saint-link ūna, Saint-link duæ, & Wikipedia-link; Order-link M.S.C. & Wikipedia-link M.S.C.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Frances Xavier Cabrini, M.S.C., also called Mother Cabrini, was an Italian-American Roman Catholic nun, who founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a catholic religious institute that was a major support to the Italian immigrants to the United States.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Brice of Tours, Bishop (circa 370-444), fourth (IV) Bishop of Tours: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Tours & Wikipedia-link Tours.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Gredifael, Abbot (sixth century), founding abbot of the monastery of Pawl Hen & Saint Gredifael's Church: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Saint Gredifael's.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Nicholas the Great, Pope (circa 800-867, Nicholas I), one hundredth fifth (CV) Bishop of Rome: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Pontifex-link & Wikipedia-link Pontifex.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Didacus of Alcalá, Religious, O.F.M. (circa 1400-1463, A.K.A. Diego de San Nicolás), namesake of the Mission San Diego de Alcalá & thus the City of San Diego: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Mission & Wikipedia-link San Diego.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Carl Lampert, Priest & Martyr (1894-1944), martyred in the reign of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Wednesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Wisdom, chapter six, verses one thru eleven;
Psalm Eighty-two (R/. eight[a]), verses three & four, six & seven;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter seventeen, verses eleven thru nineteen.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today’s Gospel recounts the Lord’s healing of ten lepers, only one of whom comes back to give thanks. Leprosy frightened people in ancient times, just as contagious and mysterious diseases frighten people today. But more than this, leprosy rendered someone unclean and therefore incapable of engaging in the act of worship. It is not accidental that the person responsible for examining the patient in ancient Israel was the priest. The priest’s job was to monitor the whole process of Israelite worship, very much including who could and couldn’t participate in the temple.

What is so important about worship? To worship is to order the whole of one’s life toward the living God, and in doing so, one becomes interiorly and exteriorly rightly ordered. To worship is to signal to oneself what one’s life is finally about. Worship is not something that God needs, but it is very much something that we need.
Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
The Book of Hosea, chapter two, verses sixteen(b/c), seventeen(c/d), twenty-one, & twenty-two;
Psalm Forty-five (R/. eleven);
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter ten, verses thirty-eight thru forty-two.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Relativism Ridge, Day 9
The Book of Judges, chapter four, verses one thru four, six, seven, & twelve thru sixteen.

Commentary: Deborah & Barak (Judges, 4:1-4, 6-7, & 12-16).

Proverb o' the Day (Sirach, 14:14)
Do not deprive yourself of a happy day;
let not your share of desired good pass by you.
Papal Quote o' the Day
"Whenever the Holy Spirit intervenes, He leaves people astonished."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"I will go anywhere & do anything in order to communicate the love of Jesus to those who do not know Him or have forgotten Him."
—St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917, feast day: 13 November)

Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"Good literature is a thing quite different from books. And in one respect books are more important even than good literature."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Operation ÖSTERREICH

Weekly Wednesday Weigh-in
Last weigh-in: 337.8 lbs
This weigh-in: 338.4 lbs.
Difference: +0.6 lbs.


Bonus! Lied von ÖSTERREICH
Chumbawamba, "Tubthumping" from Tubthumper (Mike Papa Woolly Mammoth)

Commentary:
"I get knocked down,
But I get up again,
You're never gonna keep my down…"

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


The University of Michigan Marching Band, "Let's Go Blue" from A Saturday Tradition (Mike Papa Wolverine)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Bonus! Interrupters Song o' the Day

The Interrupters, "Easy on You" from The Interrupters (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary: At Monday's Mass @ St. Matthew, Fr. Gerald urged us to be gentle with ourselves as well as with others. I am much better at being gentle with others than with myself.

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


The University of Michigan Marching Band, "Varsity" from Hurrah for the Yellow and Blue (Mike Papa Wolverine)

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop & Martyr, O.S.B.M. (circa 1580-1623, A.K.A. Ioann Kuntsevych), third (III) Archeparch of Polotsk-Vitebsk, martyred by a conspiracy of Orthodox schismatics & Protestant heretics: Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Polotsk-Vitebsk.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Throughout his adult life, he was distinguished by his extraordinary zeal in performing the Church services & by extraordinary devotion during the Divine Liturgy. Not only in the church did he preach & hear confessions, but likewise in the fields, hospitals, prisons, & even on his personal journeys. This zeal, united with his kindness for the poor, led great numbers of Eastern Orthodox confession Ruthenians to a religious conversion to the Eastern Catholic confession & Catholic unity.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Machar of Aberdeen, Bishop (died circa 540, the "Apostle to the Picts"): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Cuimín Fada of Kilcummin, Abbot (died 662; also spelt Cumméne, Cummian), founder of a monastery at Kilcummin (Cill Chuimín, "church of Cuimín"): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Kilcummin.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Cunibert of Cologne, Bishop (circa 600-663, A.K.A. of Trier; also spelt Cunipert, Honoberht), third (III) Bishop of Cologne (Colonia Agrippina): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Cologne & Wikipedia-link Cologne.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Ymar of Reculver, Religious & Martyr, O.S.B. (died circa 830), martyred by Viking Danes: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Margarito Flores García, Priest & Martyr (1899-1927), martyred in the reign of the Mexican strongman Plutarco Elías Calles, one of the twenty-five Saints of the Cristero War (A.K.A. the Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution): Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link México & Wikipedia-link México.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Tuesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Wisdom, chapter two, verse twenty-three thru chapter three, verse nine;
Psalm Thirty-four (R/. two[a]), verses two & three, sixteen & seventeen, & eighteen & nineteen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter seventeen, verses seven thru ten.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, as is often the case with Jesus’ more difficult parables, we have to pay careful attention to today’s Gospel story. It’s all about justice, which is rendering to each what is due—a good and noble thing. When justice is your primary consideration, you are basically in charge, morally speaking. But what Jesus is doing today in this striking and annoying story is to shake us out of that understanding of our relationship to God.

The point is this: God owes us precisely nothing. Everything we have, including our very existence, is a sheer gift. We are in absolutely no position ever to demand anything of God. To move into this space is to move out of the stance of faith. And so no matter what God asks, the proper response is: "I am an unprofitable servant; I have done what I was obliged to do."
Video reflection by Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Josaphat
The Letter to the Ephesians, chapter four, verses one thru seven, eleven, twelve, & thirteen;
Psalm One (R/. two[a]), verses one & two, three, & four & six;
(or, R/. Psalm Forty, verse five[a]);
(or, R/. Psalm Ninety-two, verses thirteen & fourteen);
The Gospel according to John, chapter seventeen, verses twenty thru twenty-six.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Relativism Ridge, Day 8
The Book of Judges, chapter three, verses twelve, fourteen thru seventeen, twenty-one, twenty-two, & twenty-six thru thirty.

Commentary: Ehud (Judges, 3:12, 14-17, 21-22, & 26-30).

Proverb o' the Day (Wisdom, 1:14)
For He created all things that they mighty exist,
& the creatures of the world are wholesome
& there is no destructive poison in them;
& the dominion of Hades is not on earth.
Papal Quote o' the Day
"Only by becoming more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ can we hope to travel the path of unity under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Only by accepting Jesus as Lord of our lives can we empty ourselves of negative thinking about each other."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"My brethren, let us convince ourselves… that God does not afflict us in this life for our injury but for our good, in order that we may cease from sin, & by recovering His grace escape eternal punishment… God says within Himself, 'If I allow those sinners to enjoy their pleasures undisturbed, they will remain in the sleep of sin: they must be afflicted, in order that, recovering from their lethargy, they may return to Me.'"
—St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church (1696-1787, feast day: 1 August)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"Science invents conveniences by design & inconveniences by accident."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Monday, November 11, 2019

The Explorers' Club, № DCCXVI

Operation AXIOM: After the World War
11 November 1919: The First Armistice Day—At 11:00 A.M. G.M.T., a two-minute silence in honor of the glorious dead & the missing was observed on the grounds of Buckingham Palace, & at 11:00 A.M. local time throughout the British Empire; parades & other solemn observances were held throughout the victorious Entente countries & their empires, not in the defeated, shattered Central Powers.






Lest we forget.

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop (circa 316-397), third (III) Bishop of Tours (371-397), founder of Ligugé Abbey (361), formally the Abbey of Saint Martin of Ligugé, & Marmoutier Abbey (372): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Tours, & Wikipedia-link Tours; & Wikipedia-link Ligugé & Wikipedia-link Marmoutier.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
As he was passing through the city gates one bitterly cold winter, he spied & forlorn & tattered beggar pleading for alms. Having nothing to give him but a share of his own clothing, Martin drew his sword & cut his cloak in two. That night in a dream, Martin saw Christ wearing that portion of cloak that he had given to the beggar, & heard Him saying to the angels that surrounded Him, "Martin the catechumen has clothed Me with this garment."
'Tis also the festival of Saint Menas of Egypt, Martyr (circa 285-309, also spelt Mina, etc.), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Galerius & Maximinus II, a victim of the Great Persecution: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Persecutions-link & Wikipedia-link Persecution.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Turibius of Liébana, Bishop & Abbot, O.S.B. (floruit 527, A.K.A. the Monk), Bishop of Palencia, founding abbot of the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Palencia & Wikipedia-link Santo Toribio.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Maria Vincenza, Religious, I.S.M. (1802-1855, A.K.A. Luigia Poloni), co-foundress of the Sisters of Mercy of Verona (I.S.M., 1840): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link I.S.M.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Alicja Maria Jadwiga Kotowska, Religious & Martyr, C.R. (1899-1939), martyred in the reign of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, in the Massacres in Piaśnica, one of the One Hundred Eight Blessed Polish Martyrs: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Piaśnica, Martyrs-link Polska, & Wikipedia-link Polska.

'Tis also the festival of Blesseds Eugene Bossilkov, Bishop (C.P.); Josaphat Chichkov, Pavel Djidjov, & Kamen Vitchev, Priests (A.A.); Martyrs (died 1952), martyred in the reign of the Communist dictator Vâlko Chervenkov: Martyr-link Echo Bravo & Wikipedia-link Echo Bravo, Martyr-link Juliett Charlie & Wikipedia-link Juliett Charlie, Martyr-link Papa Delta & Wikipedia-link Papa Delta, & Martyr-link Kilo Victor & Wikipedia-link Kilo Victor.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Monday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Wisdom, chapter one, verses one thru seven;
Psalm One Hundred Thirty-nine (R/. twenty-four[b]), verses one(b), two, & three; four, five, & six; seven & eight; & nine & ten;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter seventeen, verses one thru six.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel we hear Jesus speak about faith. Faith is powerful, for it is a link to the reality of God, the power that made and sustains the cosmos. Sometimes, the power of faith is manifested in spectacular and immediately obvious ways. For example, there is a long tradition of faith healing, stretching back to Jesus himself and through many of the saints. There is also the power of prayer. When some people ask in a spirit of trust, really believing that what they are asking for will happen, it happens.

But more often than not, the power of faith manifests itself in the courage to face trauma, sickness, even the terror of death. It is the confidence that we are being guided and cared for, even when that guidance and care are not immediately apparent.
Video reflection by Monsignor James Vlaun: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Martin of Tours
The Book of Isaiah, chapter sixty-one, verses one, two, & three(a/b/c/d);
Psalm Eighty-nine (R/. two[a]), verses two & three, four & five, twenty-one & twenty-two, & twenty-five & twenty-seven;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twenty-five, verses thirty-one thru forty.

Scripture Study—Wisdom Books
The Book of Sirach, chapter twenty-four (verses one thru thirty-four);
The Book of Sirach, chapter twenty-five (verses one thru twenty-six).

Commentary: The Praise of Wisdom (Sirach, 24:1-34) & the Good & the Evil in Daily Life (Sirach, 25:1-26).

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Relativism Ridge, Day 7
The Book of Judges, chapter three, verses seven thru eleven.

Commentary: Othniel (Judges, 3:7-11).

Proverb o' the Day (Sirach, 25:10)
How great is he who has gained wisdom!
But there is no one superior to him who fears the Lord.
Papal Quote o' the Day
"In order to see Jesus, we first need to let Him look at us!"
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Let us then at once return to God, but let it be at once. We have offended Him enough already let us not tempt His anger any further. Behold Him, He calls us & is ready to pardon us if we repent of our evil deeds & promise Him to change our lives."
—St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church (1696-1787, feast day: 1 August)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Bonus! Song o' the Day: Bye Week


Fountains of Wayne, "All Kinds of Time" from Welcome Interstate Managers (Mike Papa Wolverine)

Commentary: This is the valiant Wolverines of Team 140's second bye week. Let's hope this "improvement week" goes better than the bye week that preceded the fiasco against Wisconsin.
"The clock's running down,
The team's losing ground
To the opposing defense,
The young quarterback
Waits for the snap,
When suddenly it all starts to make sense.

"He's got all kinds of time,
He's got all kinds of time,
All kinds of time,
He's got all kinds of time,
All kinds of time.

"He takes a step back,
He's under attack,
But he knows that no one can touch him now,
He seems so at ease,
A strange inner peace
Is all that he's feeling somehow.

"He's got all kinds of time,
He's got all kinds of time,
All kinds of time,
He's got all kinds of time,
All kinds of time.

"He thinks of his mother,
He thinks of his bride to be,
He thinks of his father,
His two younger brothers,
gathered around a widescreen T.V.

"He looks to the left,
He looks to the right,
And there in a golden ray of light
Is his open man,
Just like he planned,
The whole world is his tonight…"

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

The Rebel Black Dot Interrupters Song o' the Day

The Interrupters, "So Wrong" from Fight the Good Fight (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: My plan for the last two months has been the see The Interrupters in concert @ Detroit's Majestic Theater tonight. But now I am needed @ the parish tonight; so, I won't rock out to The Interrupters tonight; better luck next time.
"You were right & I was so wrong,
I was weak & you were so strong,
No that the damage is done,
You were right & I was so…"

Friday, November 8, 2019

Saints + Scripture

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

The Popish Plot
"The Pope's Prayer Intention for November 2019"

'Tis also the festival of Saints Claudius, Castorus, Nicostratus, & Simpronian, Martyrs (died circa 287, A.K.A. the Four Crowned Martyrs), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Diocletian & Maximian: Martyr-link C-A-S, Martyr-link C-L-A, Martyr-link November, Martyr-link Sierra, Martyrs-link Crowned & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Cybi of Caenarvon, Bishop & Abbot (circa 483-560, Felyn ["the Tanned"]; also spelt Cuby, Gybi, etc.), founder of Saint Cybi's Church & bishop-abbot of the monastery at Caer Gybi, who attended the Synod of Brefi (circa 560): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link Saint Cybi's; Wikipedia-link & Wikipedia-link Caer Gybi, & Wikipedia-link Synod.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Nephew of Ss. Cyngar of Llangefni [7 November], a monk at Caer Gybi, & Non [3 March], cousin of St. David [1 March].

'Tis also the festival of Saint Adeodatus I, Pope (570-618, also spelt Deusdedit), sixty-eighth (LXVIII) Bishop of Rome, & the first to use lead seals (bullae) on his decrees: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Pontiffs-link & Wikipedia-link Pontiff; & Papal Bull-link & Wikipedia-link Papal Bull.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Godfrey of Amiens, Bishop & Abbot, O.S.B. (circa 1066-1115), Bishop of Amiens, abbot of the Abbey of Nogent-sous-Coucy: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Amiens & Wikipedia-link Amiens.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed John Duns Scotus, Priest, O.F.M. (circa 1266-1308, the "Doctor Subtilis" [Subtle Doctor]), an early theologian of the Immaculate Conception, whose philosophy is known as Scotism: Blessed-link ūnus, Blessed-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Madonna-link Immaculate Conception & Wikipedia-link Immaculate Conception; & Scotism-link & Wikipedia-link Scotism.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, Religious, O.C.D. (1880-1906, A.K.A. Élisabeth Catez): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Friday of the Thirty-one Week in Ordinary Time
The Letter to the Romans, chapter fifteen, verses fourteen thru twenty-one;
Psalm Ninety-eight (R/. cf. two[b]), verses one, two & three(a/b), & three(c/d) & four;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter sixteen, verses one thru eight.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, like the steward in today’s Gospel, we must regularly take a hard took at ourselves. What are our strengths and our weaknesses? Where do we need improvement? Where are we not in particularly good shape? Is our prayer life strong? Do we frequent the sacraments? Do we participate in the Mass? Are our lives focused around the corporal and spiritual works of mercy? Do we speak out against injustices and moral evils?

And, like the steward, we must act with cleverness, firmness of purpose, and boldness. Enough wishy-washiness in the spiritual life! The time for action is now. Today, commit to making Jesus Christ and his demands the undisputed center of your life.
Video reflection by Fr. Daniel Villarreal: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Relativism Ridge, Day 4
The Book of Judges, chapter two, verses six thru fifteen.

Commentary: Death of Joshua (Judges, 2:6-10) & Israel's Unfaithfulness (Judges, 2:11-15).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Death, understood as the complete & final annihilation of our being, does not exist, especially for us believers. We already have our place in the Mystical Body of Christ, destined for resurrection &, God willing, eternal life. This is the truth!"
—Pope St. Paul VI (1897-1978, feast day: 29 May)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"We can, if we will, become a saint, for God will never refuse to help us to do so."
—St. Jean Vianney (1786-1859, feast day: 4 August)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"It is in truth a mark of faith to joke about one’s convictions, to exaggerate them as proof of their solidity & security; for nobody exaggerates unless he is feeling satisfied and safe. A man dances on a rock, not a tightrope."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

The Rebel Black Dot Interrupters Song o' the Day

The Interrupters, "Jenny Drinks" from Say It Out Loud (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"…Jenny win, she invite you in for a Jameson,
She's a saint although you know she like to sin,
She don't budge & she don't judge, she's falling in love,
At the very least she's always interesting.

"The world just ain't ready for a spirit like me,
I've never been so frustrated with humanity,
And I suppose that I'm the one who seems crazy,
But the world just ain't ready for a spirit like me."

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the festival of Saint Cyngar of Llangefni (circa 488-550, Anglicized as Congar), founding monk at the monastery at Caer Gybi: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Caer Gybi.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Uncle of St. Cybi [8 November], founding abbot of Caer Gybi.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Willibrord of Echternach, Bishop, O.S.B. (circa 658-739, the "Apostle to the Frisians;" A.K.A. Clement), inaugural Bishop of Utrecht: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Utrecht, & Wikipedia-link Utrecht.

Commentary: Son of St. Wilgis [31 January].

'Tis also the festival of Saint Ernest of Zweifalten, Abbot & Martyr, O.S.B. (died 1148), abbot of the Abbey of Zwiefalten, martyred by Saracens at Mecca during the Second Crusade (1147-1149): Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Zwiefalten, & Crusade-link & Wikipedia-link Crusade.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Engelbert of Cologne, Bishop & Martyr (circa 1185-1225, A.K.A. Count Engelbert II of Berg), Archbishop of Cologne, solider in the Albigensian Crusade (1209-1229) against the Cathar heresy (A.K.A. Albigensianism); martyred by his cousin, Count Frederick of Isenberg, in defense of the nuns of the Essen Abbey: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Cologne & Wikipedia-link Essen; & Heresy-link Albigensianism, Wikipedia-link Albigensianism, & Wikipedia-link Crusade.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Vincenzo Grossi, Priest (1845-1917), founder of the Daughters of the Oratory (F.d.O.): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link F.d.O.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Thursday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
The Letter to the Romans, chapter fourteen, verses seven thru twelve;
Psalm Twenty-seven (R/. thirteen), verses one(b/c/d/e), four, & thirteen & fourteen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter fifteen, verses one thru ten.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, one feature of today’s Gospel passage is the craziness of the shepherd: “What man among you, having a hundred sheep and losing one, wouldn’t leave the ninety-nine and go after the lost one until he finds it?” Well, the implied answer is “No one.” Who would take that great a risk, putting the ninety-nine in danger to find the one? It’s just bad economics. Why would God fret over one little soul? Why would he bother?

Well, it’s his nature. It’s what he does. As Catherine of Siena put it, he is
pazzo d’amore (crazy in love). God is as crazy for you as if you were the only one in the world.
Video reflection by Monsignor James Vlaun: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Relativism Ridge, Day 3
The Book of Judges, chapter two, verses one thru five.

Commentary: Israel's Disobedience (Judges, 2:1-5).

Proverb o' the Day (Sirach, 12:13-14)
Who will pity a snake charmer bitten by a serpent,
or any who go near wild beats?
So no one will pity a man who associates with a sinner
& becomes involved in his sins.
Papal Quote o' the Day
"We ask you to go out to meet poor Lazarus, in his hunger & misery. Make yourself his neighbor, so that he can recognize in your eyes the eyes of Christ welcoming him, & in your hands the hands of the Lord sharing His gifts."
—Pope St. Paul VI (1897-1978, feast day: 29 May)
Catholic Quote o' the Day
"Men are not born saints with special gifts & privileges. They fight against the world, the flesh, & the devil, & as they conquer, the Spirit of Jesus begins to shine through with more clarity."
—Mary Angelica of the Annunciation ("Mother Angelica," 1923-2016)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"Whatever is it that we are all looking for? I fancy that it is really quite close."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

The Rebel Black Dot Interrupters Song o' the Day

The Interrupters, "Take Back the Power" from The Interrupters (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"What's your plan for tomorrow?
Are you a leader or will you follow?
Are you a fighter or will you cower?
It's our time to take back the power…"

Bonus! Song o' the Day


Meaghan Smith, "It Snowed" from the iTunes (free) Holiday Sampler (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: This wasn't the first snow of the season, that fell on Hallowe'en, but that melted with the dawn; this snowfall, though only a dusting, persists though the sun has risen.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the festival of Saint Paul the Confessor, Bishop & Martyr (died circa 350, A.K.A. Paul I of Constantinople), first Archbishop of Constantinople (twenty-eighth [XXVIII] bishop at Byzantium), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Constans & Constantius II, for opposing the Arian heresy: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Constantinople & Wikipedia-link Constantinople, & Heresy-link Arianism & Wikipedia-link Arianism.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Efflam of Brittany, Hermit & Abbot (circa 448-512): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Leonard of Noblac, Hermit & Abbot (died circa 559, A.K.A. of Noblet, of Limoges, of Limousin; also spelt Lienard, Annard, etc.), founder of the abbey at Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Winnoc of Flanders, Abbot (circa 640-717, A.K.A. of Wormhout), founding abbot of the monastery at Wormhout: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Wormhout.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Barlaam of Khutyn, Hermit & Abbot (died circa 1193, A.K.A. of Novgorod, Alexis Milchalevich; also spelt Varlaam), founder of the Khutyn Monastery of the Savior's Transfiguration & of Saint Varlaam: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Khutyn.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Christina of Stommeln, Religious (1242-1312, A.K.A. Christina Bruso), a Beguine & a stigmatic: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Order-link Beguines & Wikipedia-link Beguines, & Stigmata-link & Wikipedia-link Stigmata.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Wednesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
The Letter to the Romans, chapter thirteen, verses eight, nine, & ten;
Psalm One Hundred Twelve (R/. five[a]), verses one(b) & two, four & five, & nine;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter fourteen, verses twenty-five thru thirty-three.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in our Gospel today the Lord offers one of the greatest, most “slap you in the face” challenges he ever offered. “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother… and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”

There is the great spiritual principle that undergirds the entire Gospel: detachment. The heart of the spiritual life is to love God and then to love everything else for the sake of God. But we sinners, as St. Augustine said, fall into the trap of loving the creature and forgetting the Creator. That’s when we get off the rails.

We treat something less than God as God—and trouble ensues. And this is why Jesus tells his fair-weather fans that they have a very stark choice to make. Jesus must be loved first and last—and everything else in their lives has to find its meaning in relation to him.

In typical Semitic fashion, he makes this point through a stark exaggeration: “Unless you hate your mother and father, wife and children, sisters and brothers…” Well yes, hate them in the measure that they have become gods to you. For precisely in that measure are they dangerous.
Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Relativism Ridge, Day 2
The Book of Judges, chapter one, verses twenty-seven thru thirty-five.

Commentary: Israel's Failure to Complete the Conquest (concluded; Judges, 1:27-35).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"We must nourish in ourselves a personal religious activity. To meditate. To pray. To pray means to ascend; to ascend to the first source of everything; of being, thought, action, enjoyment."
—Pope St. Paul VI (1897-1978, feast day: 29 May)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Keep in mind that our community is not composed of those who are already saints, but of those who are trying to become saints. Therefore let us be extremely patient with each other's faults & failures."
—St. Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997, feast day: 5 September)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"Satire has weakened in our epoch for several reasons, but chiefly, I think, because the world has become too absurd to be satirized."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Operation ÖSTERREICH

Weekly Wednesday Weigh-in
Last weigh-in: 336.4 lbs
This weigh-in: 337.8 lbs.
Difference: +1.4 lbs.

"Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, the third time it's enemy action."
—Ian Fleming, Goldfinger


Bonus! Lied von ÖSTERREICH
Jim Gaffigan, "Box of Donuts" from Cinco (Mike Papa Whale)

The Rebel Black Dot Interrupters Song o' the Day

The Interrupters, "Judge Not" from The Interrupters (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary:
"Judge not, before you judge yourself.
Judge not, if you're not ready for judgment.
The Lord of Life is watching & you may stumble, too,
So while you talk about me, Someone else is judging you…"

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Rebel Black Dot Interrupters Song o' the Day

The Interrupters, "Broken World" from Fight the Good Fight (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary: When I shared The Interrupters with *REDACTED*, one of his complaints was their earnestness.
"I wanna know:
When it's dark as a dungeon, can you be a light?
Can you bring peace in the middle of a fight?
When you see separation, can you unite?
When you 'em doing wrong, can you do what's right?

"From the bottom of our hearts
To the top of our lungs
We're crying out for unity
And the battle's just begun!
Let love be your foundation,
Let wisdom be your guide,
'Til the problems that we're facing
Can no longer divide a broken world!…

"I wanna know:
If your enemy was drowning, would you pull him to shore?
If a stranger was starving, would you open your door?
Are there any revolutionaries here anymore?
And what you gonna be remembered for?…"

Bonus! Memento Mori Song o' the Day

William Shatner, "You'll Have Time" from Has Been (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:"Live life!
Live life like you're gonna die,
Because you're gonna…"

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the festival of Saint Magnus of Milan, Bishop (died circa 530), Archbishop of Milan, patron of the Basilica of San Magno in Legnano: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Milan & Wikipedia-link Milan, & Wikipedia-link San Magno.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Guido Maria Conforti, Bishop (1865-1931), Bishop of Parma (1907-1931), Archbishop of Ravenna (1902-1904), & founder of the Xaverian Missionary Fathers: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Parma, & Diocese-link Ravenna & Wikipedia-link Ravenna.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Narcyz Putz, Priest & Martyr (1877-1942), martyred in the reign of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, one of the One Hundred Eight Blessed Polish Martyrs: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link (List, № 60); Martyrs-link Polska & Wikipedia-link Polska.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Bernhard Lichtenberg, Priest & Martyr (1875-1943), martyred in the reign of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, honored as one of the Righteous among the Nations: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Righteous among the Nations.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
The Letter to the Romans, chapter twelve, verses five thru sixteen(a/b);
Psalm One Hundred Thirty-one, verses one(b/c/d/e), two, & three;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter fourteen, verses fifteen thru twenty-four.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today’s Gospel likens the kingdom of heaven to a man giving a great dinner. In the parallel passage of this parable from the Gospel of Matthew, that man is presented as a king and the great dinner as a wedding feast. Notice that the father (God the Father) is giving a banquet for his son (God the Son), whose bride is the Church. Jesus is the marriage of divinity and humanity—and we his followers are invited to join in the joy of this union.

The joyful intimacy of the Father and the Son is now offered to us to be shared. Listen to Isaiah to learn the details of this banquet: "On this mountain the Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines."

Now, there is an edge to all of this. For it is the king who is doing the inviting, and it is a wedding banquet for his son. We can see how terribly important it is to respond to the invitation of the King of kings.

We have heard the invitation of God to enter into intimacy with him, to make him the center of our lives, to be married to him in Christ—and often we find the most pathetic excuses not to respond.
Video reflection by Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Scripture Study—Wisdom Books
The Book of Sirach, chapter twenty-two (verses one thru twenty-seven);
The Book of Sirach, chapter twenty-three (verses one thru twenty-seven).

Commentary: On Wisdom, Folly, & Self-Control (Sirach, 22:1-23:27).

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Relativism Ridge, Day 1
The Book of Judges, chapter 1, verses one thru four, seventeen, eighteen, & nineteen.

Commentary: Israel's Failure to Complete the Conquest (Judges, 1:1-4, 17-19).

Proverb o' the Day (Sirach, 22:27)
O that a guard were set over my mouth,
& a seal of prudence upon my lips,
that it may keep me from falling,
so that my tongue may not destroy me!
Papal Quote o' the Day
"To live the Christian life well there is need of continual repairing, of recurring reforms, of repeated renewals. The Christian life is not soft or easy. It is not blindly optimistic. It is joyous but it is not happy-go-lucky."
—Pope St. Paul VI (1897-1978, feast day: 29 May)
Christian Quote o' the Day
"You can choose to look the other way, but you can never again say that you did not know."
—William Wilberforce (1759-1833)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"There are some people who would hardly accept any direct happiness, unless you sprang it on them as a surprise."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Monday, November 4, 2019

The Explorers' Club, № DCCXV

Operation AXIOM: After the World War—The Red Scare, Part XI
November 1919-January 1920: The Palmer Raids—Under pressure from the Congress, U.S. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer organized the mass arrest & detention of alien anarchists, aided by J. Edgar Hoover, chief of the Bureau of Investigation's "Radical Division;" Department of Labor officials frustrated the bid to deport even non-violent aliens; 3,000+ persons were arrested & 556 deported.





Lest we forget.

Saints + Scripture

The Popish Plot
"Catholic T-shirt Club Unboxing: All Saints"

'Tis the Memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo, Bishop (1538-1584), Archbishop of Milan & founder of the Oblates of Saints Ambrose & Charles (O.SS.C.A.), who organized the third & final session of the Council of Trent (1545-1563, the nineteenth [XIX] ecumenical council) & significantly contributed to the Roman Catechism (1566): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Milan & Wikipedia-link Milan; Order-link O.SS.C.A. & Wikipedia-linkO.SS.C.A.; & Wikipedia-link Trent & Wikipedia-link Roman Catechism.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
He was Roman Catholic archbishop of Milan & a cardinal. He was a leading figure of the Counter-Reformation together with St. Ignatius of Loyola [31 July] & St. Philip Neri [26 May]. In that role he was responsible for significant reforms in the Catholic Church, including the founding of seminaries for the education of priests.
Wikipedia-link Catholic Reformation


'Tis also the festival of Saint Beornstan of Winchester, Bishop, O.S.B. (circa 870-934; also spelt Byrnstan, Birstan), twenty-third (XXIII) Bishop of Winchester: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Winchester & Wikipedia-link Winchester.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Gregor of Burtscheid, Abbot, O.S.B. (circa 940-999, of Calabria, of Cassano), inaugural abbot of the Burtscheid Abbey: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Burtscheid.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Elena of Arcella, Religious, O.S.C. (1207-1242, A.K.A. Elena Enselmini, Anglicized as Helen): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Teresa Manganiello, T.O.S.F. (1849-1876, A.K.A. Maria Luisa Manganiello), inspiration for the Franciscan Immaculate Sisters: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Monday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
The Letter to the Romans, chapter eleven, verses twenty-nine thru thirty-six;
Psalm Sixty-nine (R/. fourteen[c]), verses thirty & thirty-one, thirty-three & thirty-four, & thirty-six;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter fourteen, verses twelve, thirteen, & fourteen.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus gives us this extraordinary command to consider the weakest and most vulnerable in our society: "When you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind." This is one of his central concerns throughout the Gospels. Aliens, strangers, foreigners, widows, orphans, the poor—if these weak people are ignored, God will become angry.

God’s passion not only runs right through the biblical tradition, but it comes roaring up into the social teaching of the Catholic Church: "If you have two coats in your closet, one belongs to you; the other belongs to the man who has no coat."

Let us not forget the poor and marginalized today.
Video reflection by Monsignor James Vlaun: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo
The Letter to the Romans, chapter twelve, verses three thru thirteen;
Psalm Eighty-nine (R/. two[a]), verses two & three, four & five, twenty-one & twenty-two, & twenty-five & twenty-seven;
The Gospel according to John, chapter ten, verses eleven thru sixteen.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"[The Virgin Mary] by her seed has crushed the head of the twisted serpent, & has alone destroyed all heresies, & by the blessed fruit of her womb has saved a world condemned by the fall of our first parent. From her, without human hand, was that stone cut, which, struck by wood, poured forth the abundantly flowing waters of graces."
—Pope St. Pius V (1504-1572, feast day: 30 April)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Everything could be a prayer if it were offered to God."
—St. Martin de Porres (1579-1639, feast day: 3 November)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"A book is assuredly a sacred object. In a book certainly the largest jewels are shut in the smallest casket."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

The Rebel Black Dot Interrupters Song o' the Day

The Interrupters, "She Got Arrested" from Say It Out Loud (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary:
"She met Luck a year ago last Christmas,
He drove a truck in town on business,
She fell in love or so she thought,
Cause Maryland was cold and Nevada was hot,
So she moved alone to the City of Sin,
Then got a place with him, put her chips all in,
But it got dark, he was a stranger,
Put his hands on her in anger.

"And she got arrested for shooting down her man,
U.S. Marshals caught her outside of Spokane,
She said, 'I'd do it again,
Do it again,
Do it again,
Yeah, I'd do it again.
I'd do it again,
Do it again,
Do it again,
Yeah, I'd do it again.'

"They brought her down to the police station,
In an eight-foot room for interrogation,
Her fingerprints on the murder weapon,
All they needed was a taped confession,
And she was bloody, been beaten for years,
And her demeaner was cold so she cried no tears,
But this time it was his blood on her,
She wore it like a badge of honor.

"And she got arrested…

"Flight risk, drove a thousand miles,
In a cell for a year on trial,
No regrets for the things she done:
He lost the fight, she won.
And told her story, jury heard it,
Deliberating for a verdict,
She's up for murder in the first degree,
Because she refused to plead insanity!

"And she got arrested…"

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Saints + Scripture: XXXI Sunday in Tempus per annum

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

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Book of Wisdom, chapter eleven, verse twenty-two thru chapter twelve, verse two;
Psalm One Hundred Forty-five (R/. cf. one), verses one & two, eight & nine, ten & eleven, & thirteen & fourteen;
The Second Letter to the Thessalonians, chapter one, verse eleven thru chapter two, verse two;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter nineteen, verses one thru ten.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today’s Gospel declares in the story of Zacchaeus how quickly God responds to any sign of faith. Zacchaeus’ climbing the sycamore tree shows he had more than a passing interest in seeing Jesus. He had a deep hunger of the spirit. His principal virtue was his willingness to go to great extremes. But this is what we do when we know that something of great moment is at stake. When our health is endangered, we move, we act; when our job is threatened, we go to almost any extreme to keep it.

When Jesus spotted him, he said, "Zacchaeus, hurry down. I mean to stay at your house today." Christians, God responds to us readily when we show the least interest in him. He doesn’t play hard to get; he is not coy with us. When we seek him, he responds, because loving us is his entire game.

Notice how Jesus tells Zacchaeus to hurry. Don’t wait, don’t hesitate. Seize the moment of conversion when it comes.
Video reflection by Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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

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


Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Decision Dome, Day 42
The Book of Joshua, chapter twenty-four, verses sixteen thru thirty-three.

Commentary: The Tribes Renew the Covenant (concluded; Joshua, 24:16-28) & the Death of Joshua & Eleazar (Joshua, 24:29-33).

Mass Journal: Week 49
Reflection by Matthew Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute:
There is genius in Catholicism. The human heart years for happiness, & God wants us to be happy. We only experience this happiness, & the fulfillment that accompanies it, when we are changing, growing, becoming more like Jesus Christ & through Him becoming the-best-version-of-ourselves. Catholicism is the dynamic lifestyle & learning system divinely designed to assist us in this transformation. I love the Church. To me, Catholicism is a gift that can never be fully appreciated, described, or understood. But in order to even begin to appreciate Catholicism in all its beauty we must experience it. My travels have affirmed that people love the Church. The press may attack the Church, fallen-away Catholics may ridicule it, & even practicing Catholics may criticize it, but I firmly believe these are curious expressions of love. At the very least, they are expressions of a desire for the Church to be the beacon of light it should be in the world. Sometimes love goes sour, as it has for many modern Catholics in their relationship with the Church. When love goes sour, it is usually for one of four reasons: misunderstanding, indifference, selfishness, or the pride that makes a person unwilling to apologize or forgive. Sometimes it is a combination, & usually both parties are at fault to some extent.


Otherwise, 3 November would be the festival of Saint Gwenhael, Abbot (died circa 550, also spelt Guénaël), second (II) abbot of the Abbey of Landévennec: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Landévennec.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Rumwold of Buckingham (662, also spelt Rumbold): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Hubertus of Liège, Bishop, O.S.B. (circa 656-727, the "Apostle of the Ardennes;" also spelt Hubert), inaugural Bishop of Liège after being Bishop of Maastricht, namesake of the traditional rabies cure Saint Hubert's Key: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Liège & Wikipedia-link Maastricht; & Wikipedia-link St. Hubert's Key.


Commentary: Father of the bishop St. Floribert of Liège [27 April].

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Malachy of Armagh, Bishop (1094-1148; A.K.A. Máel Máedóc Ua Morgair, Anglicized as Malachy O'More), second (II) Archbishop of Armagh, third (III) Bishop of Down, second (II) Bishop of Connor, & abbot of Bangor Abbey; definitely not the author of the Prophecy of the Popes: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Armagh & Wikipedia-link Armagh; Wikipedia-link Down, Wikipedia-link Connor, & Wikipedia-link Down & Connor; Abbey-link Bangor & Wikipedia-link Bangor; & Wikipedia-link Prophecy of the Popes.

Commentary: Brother of the bishop St. Christian of Clogher [12 June].

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Martin de Porres, Religious, O.P. (1579-1639, the "Saint of the Broom"): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.


Commentary: Quoth Minute Meditations from the Popes:
O Lord, may I learn from the example of St. Martin de Porres & develop a balanced spirituality. Let me not run away from those aspects of the spiritual life that I find difficult.
Papal Quote o' the Day
"Brother Martin has three loves: Christ crucified, Our Lady of the Rosary, & St. Dominic. He also had three passions: charity, especially toward the poor & the sick; a very vigorous penance that he regarded as 'the price of love;' & nourishing those virtues, humility."
—Pope St. Paul VI (1897-1978, feast day: 29 May)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"In order to bear our afflictions with patience, it is very useful to read the lives & legends of the saints who endured great torments for Jesus Christ."
—St. Teresa of Ávila, Doctor of the Church (1515-1582, feast day: 15 October)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"Man must have just enough faith in himself to have adventures, & just enough doubt of himself to enjoy them."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)