Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Explorers' Club, № DCXLIII

Operation AXIOM: The World War
19-25 September 1918: The Battle of Megiddo—Arab forces cut the Ottoman lines of communication & the Entente (British, Imperial, A.N.Z.A.C., & French) broke through the Ottoman defenses at Sharon & Nalbus, encircled the Judean Hills, crossed the Jordan River, & extirpated the Turks & Germans from Palestine—killing, capturing, or scattering all but six thousand, who escaped to Damascus.





Lest we forget.

Commentary: The fighting took place all throughout Palestine, not just near Tel Megiddo, but the symbolically-minded General Allenby, the liberator of Jerusalem, chose the name "Battle of Megiddo" to reflect the historical Battles of Megiddo (1457 B.C.: Egypt versus Canaanite rebels & 609 B.C.: Egypt versus Judea) & the prophesied Battle of Armageddon from the Book of Revelation.

Saints + Scripture: XXVI Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Scripture of This Week
Mass Readings—Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Book of Numbers, chapter eleven, verses twenty-five thru twenty-nine;
Psalm Nineteen, verses eight, ten, twelve & thirteen, & fourteen;
The Letter of James, chapter five, verses one thru six;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter nine, verses thirty-eight thru forty-three, forty-five, forty-seven, & forty-eight.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in our Gospel today Jesus speaks, with incredible bluntness, about cutting off one’s hand and foot and the plucking out of one’s own eye. If these things are a block to your salvation, get rid of them, for it is better to enter life maimed than to enter Gehenna with all of your limbs and members.

The hand is the organ by which we reach out and grasp things. The soul is meant for union with God, but we have instead reached out to creatures, all of our energies grasping at finite things.

The Lord also speaks of the foot. The foot is the organ by which we set ourselves on a definite path. We are meant to walk on the path which is Christ. Do we? Or have we set out down a hundred errant paths, leading to glory, honor, power, or pleasure?

We are designed to seek after and look for God. Have we spent much of our lives looking in all the wrong places, beguiled by the enticements of this world? And are we willing to pluck out our eye spiritually, to abandon many of the preoccupations that have given us pleasure?
Video reflection by Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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

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


Mass Journal: Week Forty
Reflection by Matthew Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute:
A tree with deep roots can weather any storm. In your life & mine it is only a matter of time before the next storm gets here: an illness, the death of a loved one, unemployment, financial difficulties, a troubled child, a natural disaster, marital strife, or any number of other things. The storms of life are inevitable. The question is not whether there will be another storm. The question is: When will the next storm get here? And when the next storm gets here, it's too late to sink the roots. When the next storm gets here, you either have the roots or you don't.


Otherwise, 30 September would be the festival of Saint Jerome, Priest & Doctor of the Church (circa 347-420, A.K.A. Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus): Doctor-link ūnus, Doctor-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Doctors.


Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Simon of Crépy, Religious (circa 1047-1082, A.K.A. of Vexin), Count of Amiens: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Francis Borgia, Priest, S.J. (1510-1572, "Second Founder of the Society of Jesus"), Duke of Gandía, third Superior General of the Society of Jesus: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Black Pope.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Twould also be the festival of Blessed Ludwik Roch Gietyngier, Priest & Martyr (1904-1941), martyred in the reign of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, one of the One Hundred Eight Blessed Polish Martyrs: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link (List, № 51); Martyrs-link CVIII & Wikipedia-link CVIII.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"St. Jerome was the model of devotion & service to the revealed Word. He never tired of reminding the Church that God Himself spoke to the soul of sacred writers: 'To be ignorant of the Scriptures is not to know Christ.'""
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Little Flower Quote o' the Day
"Our Lord needs from us neither great deeds nor profound thoughts. Neither intelligence nor talents. He cherishes simplicity."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"The measure of our advancement in the spiritual life should be taken from the progress we make in the virtue of mortification; for it should be held as certain that the greater violence we shall do ourselves in mortification, the greater advance we shall make in perfection."
—St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church (347-420, feast day: 30 September)

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

Squirrel Nut Zippers, "Hell" from Hot (The Last Angry Sinner)

Commentary: In today's Gospel Reading from Mark (9:38-43, 45, 47, & 48), the Lord warns us to avoid being "thrown into Gehenna, where 'their worm does not die, & the fire is not quenched.'"
"In the afterlife,
You'll be headed for the serious strife,
Now you make the scene all day,
But tomorrow there'll be hell to pay…"

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Saints + Scripture: Ss. Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael

The Popish Plot
Saintly Saturday: "Michaelmas"


Commentary: The technical difficulties were with The Popish Plot, not with today's "Saints + Scripture" post.

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

'Tis the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael, Archangels: Archangels-link & Wikipedia-link Michaelmas, Archangel-link Mike & Wikipedia-link Mike, Archangel-link Golf & Wikipedia-link Golf, & Archangel-link Romeo & Wikipedia-link Romeo.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
An archangel is an angel of high rank. The word "archangel" usually is associated with the Abrahamic religions, but beings that are very similar to archangels are found in a number of religious traditions.
Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Feast of Ss. Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael
The Book of Daniel, chapter seven, verses nine, ten, thirteen, & fourteen;
or, the Book of Revelation, chapter twelve, verses seven thru twelve(a);
Psalm One Hundred Thirty-eight, verses one & two(a/b), two(c/d/e) & three, & four & five;
The Gospel according to John, chapter one, verses forty-seven thru fifty-one.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Meditating on these angels can tell us a great deal about the priesthood, for they exemplify the three fundamental tasks of the priest: healer, fighter, and evangelizer.

Raphael is a healer; consult the book of Tobit for the details. Michael is a fighter. When Satan dares to claim equality with God, Michael speaks his name,
Mich-a-el? Who is like God? And this is his victory. And Gabriel is the great messenger angel, the one who announces the Incarnation to a young maiden of Nazareth.

Perhaps more than ever today, people are suffering with what the hymn calls "sin-sick souls." The great salve for all of these wounds is Jesus Christ. But who will bring this salve to a hurting world? This is why Christ raises up priests. Just think of the racism, the hatred, and the injustice that reign everywhere. Who will fight? This is why Christ raises up priests, as new Michaels.

Finally, Jesus is a preacher. He is, after all, the Word of God made flesh. Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised that the Word comes forth from him with unique power.
Video reflection by Marc DelMonico, Ph.D.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Richard Rolle, Hermit (circa 1290-1349, of Hampole): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint René Goupil, Martyr, S.J. (1608-1642), martyred by Mohawks, the first of the eight North American Martyrs: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link North America & Wikipedia-link North America.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Luigi Monza, Priest (1898-1954), founder of the Secular Institute of the Little Apostles of Charity: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Above all, one must never lose confidence in what the Spirit of God can accomplish in our own day. Far as the Angel Gabriel said to the Virgin Mary, 'Nothing is impossible to God.' Let our hearts be alive in faith & always steadfast in hope."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Little Flower Quote o' the Day
"How great is my gratitude. What is He reserving for us in heaven if here below His love dispenses surprises so delightful?"
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Man is God's image & likeness, in which God wants to be honored for his own sake."
—St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226, feast day: 4 October)

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

The University of Michigan Marching Band, "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" from A Saturday Tradition (The Last Angry Wolverine)

Friday, September 28, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day


The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "What the World Needs Now Is Love" from the What the World Needs Now Is Love single (The Last Angry Rude Boy)

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest, C.M. (1581-1660), co-founder of the Daughters of Charity, formally the Company of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, & the Vincentians, formally the Congregation of the Mission: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link D.C. & Wikipedia-link C.M.


Commentary: Wayback Machine '17. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
French Roman Catholic priest who dedicated himself to serving the poor. He was renowned for his compassion, humility, & generosity. After working for some time in Paris among imprisoned galley slaves, he returned to be the superior of what is now known as the Congregation of the Mission, or the "Vincentians" (in France known as "Lazaristes"). These priests, with vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, & stability, were to devote themselves entirely to people in smaller towns & villages.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Baruc, Hermit (floruit sixth century; also spelt Barrog, Barry, etc.), namesake of Barry Island: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Island.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Elzéar of Sabran & Blessed Delphine of Glandèves, T.O.S.F. (1285-1323 & 1283-1360): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link Echo, Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link Delta.

Commentary: Wayback Machine '16. Husband & wife.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Ecclesiastes, chapter one, verses two thru eleven;
Psalm Ninety, verses three & four, five & six, twelve & thirteen, & fourteen & seventeen(b/c);
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter nine, verses seven, eight, & nine.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel we see Herod interested in and perplexed by Jesus. Political rulers don’t come across well in the New Testament. In Luke’s Christmas account, Caesar Augustus is compared very unfavorably to the Christ child. And in Matthew’s account that child is hunted down by the desperate Herod. Later, Herod’s son persecutes John the Baptist and Jesus himself. More to it, the Jewish authorities are seen in all of the Gospels as corrupt.

And Pontius Pilate is a typical Roman governor: efficient, concerned for order, brutal. Like the other rulers of the time, he perceives Jesus, quite correctly, as a threat. "So you are a king?" Pilate asks. Jesus says, "My kingdom does not belong to this world."

This does not mean that Jesus is unconcerned for the realities of politics, with the very "this-worldly" concerns of justice, peace, and right order. When he speaks of his kingdom not belonging to the "world," he shades the negative side of that term. The "world" is the realm of sin, selfishness, hatred, violence. What he is saying is that his way of ordering things is not typical of worldly powers like Pilate, Caesar, and Herod.
Video reflection by Father Roger Lopez, O.F.M.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul
The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter one, verses twenty-six thru thirty-one;
Psalm One Hundred Twelve, verse one;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter nine, verses thirty-five thru thirty-eight.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Christ taught us not only how to suffer but also to help those who suffer. And to encourage our generosity, He identified Himself with the person who suffers."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Little Flower Quote o' the Day
"Jesus will reward you a hundredfold for the sweet joys you have given up for Him."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Catholic Quote o' the Day
"If the only prayer you said in your life was 'I thank You,' that would be enough."
—Meister Eckhart (1260-1328)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Last Monday

Montag, 24. September
MxPx, "Move to Bremerton" from Life in General (The Last Angry Man)

Commentary:
"If you own a brain and use it too,
You got to know I have a crush on you,
I'm a sucker for a levelheaded girl with a pretty smile,
She gots to have ideas, yeah, and she gots to have style.

"Drop out of school and run away,
Quit your job, you got a place to stay,
Pack your bags and hitch a ride,
Bremerton's a good place to reside.

"Move to Bremerton, we'll hang out,
Move to Bremerton, we'll go all out,
Move to Bremerton, will you be mine?
Move to Bremerton, we'll hang out,
Move to Bremerton, we'll go all out,
Move to Bremerton 'til the end of time…"

Saints + Scripture: Please Stand By

Operation ÖSTERREICH

Weekly Wednesday Weigh-in
Last weigh-in: 332.0 lbs (Thursday, 6 September)
This weigh-in: 325.6 lbs.
Difference: -6.4 lbs.

Averaged over the last three weeks, we have met, in fact slightly exceeded our goal of losing two pounds per week (2 lbs./week). This is the first time in the history of ÖSTERREICH that I've weighed in at less than three hundred thirty pounds (<330 lbs.), but of course—


Bonus! Lied von ÖSTERREICH
Robbie Williams, "No One Likes a Fat Pop Star" from Swings Both Ways (The Last Angry Chunk)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Today

Fun, "Some Nights" from Some Nights (The Last Angry Man)

Commentary: I don't like Fun, yet every now & again something in their pretentious Millennial self-importance scratches a certain musical itch in this bitter old member of Generation X's black heart.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the festival of Saint Cleopas (floruit first century, also spelt Cleophas, Clopas): Saint-link, Wikipedia-link C-L-E-O, & Wikipedia-link C-L-O.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Finbarr, Bishop & Abbot (circa 550-623, of Cork; also spelt Fionnbharra, abbreviated Barra), founder of the monastery at Gougane Barra & the city of Cork: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Monastery & Wikipedia-link City.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Ceolfrid, Abbot, O.S.B. (circa 642-716, also spelt Ceolfrith), who contributed to the Codex Amiatinus: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Codex.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Hermann of Reichenau, Religious, O.S.B. (1013-1054, A.K.A. the Cripple), who wrote the hymn Alma Redemptoris Mater: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Hymn.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Sergius of Radonezh, Priest & Abbot (circa 1314-1392, A.K.A. of Moscow, Bartholomew), founder of the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Lavra.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Vincenzo Maria of Saint Paul, Bishop, C.P. (1745-1824, A.K.A. Vincenzo Strambi, Anglicized as Vincent): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Proverbs, chapter twenty-one, verses one thru six & ten thru thirteen;
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen, verses one, twenty-seven, thirty, thirty-four, thirty-five, & forty-four;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter eight, verses nineteen, twenty, & twenty-one.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus identifies his disciples as his family. I want to say something about our becoming disciples in his family. Once we make the decision to follow Jesus then every other claimant to supremacy must fall away. As I’ve argued many times before, every one of us has something or some set of values that we consider greatest.

Perhaps it is money, material things, power, or the esteem of others. Perhaps it is your family, your kids, your wife, your husband.

None of this is false, and none of these things are bad. But when you place any of them in the absolute center of gravity, things go awry. When you make any of them your ultimate or final good, your spiritual life goes haywire. When you attach yourself to any of them with an absolute tenacity, you will fall apart.

Only when we make Christ the cornerstone of our lives are we truly ready for mission. Keep in mind that every encounter with God in the Bible conduces to mission, to being sent to do the work of the Lord. If we try to do this work while we are stuck to any number of attachments, we will fail. Period.
Video reflection by Father Seán Paul Fleming: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Papal Quote o' the Day
"Let Jesus Himself be the One to define your existence & direct your choices. In this way the relationships among you may correspond always to the model of love given by the Heart of Christ, without either lapses or evasions."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Little Flower Quote o' the Day
"God has taken from us Him whom we loved so tenderly—was it not that we might be able to say more truly than ever: "Our Father Who art in Heaven"? How consoling is this divine word, & what vast horizons it opens before us!"
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"All creatures on earth feel as we do. All creatures strive for happiness as we do. All creatures on earth love, suffer, & die as we do, & therefore they are equally with us works of the almighty Creator—our brethren."
—St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226, feast day: 4 October)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day


Sex Bob-Omb, "Garbage Truck" from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (The Last Angry Man)

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Saints + Scripture: XXV Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

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

Scripture of the Week
Mass Readings—Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Book of Wisdom, chapter two, verses twelve & seventeen thru twenty;
Psalm Fifty-four, verses three & four; five; & six, seven, & eight;
The Letter of James, chapter three, verse sixteen thru chapter four, verse three;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter nine, verses thirty thru thirty-seven.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus presents a child as the model for his disciples who want to be the most important. Jesus lays out for his disciples what is going to happen to him in Jerusalem, how he will be rejected, tortured, and killed. Oblivious to this, the disciples are discussing who among them is the most important. For Jesus, the path to greatness lies on the road to Calvary, to self-forgetting love; for the disciples—and for most people of most ages—it lies along the road to ego inflation.

What is the antidote? A child is proposed as a kind of living icon to these ambitious Apostles. We notice first how Jesus physically identifies with the child, sitting down at his level and placing his arms around him. It is as though he is saying that he himself is like a child. How so? Children don’t know how to dissemble, how to be one way and act another. They are what they are; they act in accordance with their deepest nature.

Why was this story of Jesus’ identification with children preserved by all of the synoptic Gospels? Somehow it gets close to the heart of Jesus’ life and message.
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.


Mass Journal: Week Thirty-nine
Reflection by Matthew Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute:
My favorite passage from the Catechism of the catholic Church appears as the first line of the first chapter, & it reads, "The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God & for God; & God never ceases to draw man to Himself. Only in God will he find the truth & happiness he never stops searching for.


Otherwise, 23 September would be the festival of Saint Linus, Pope (died circa 76), second (II) Bishop of Rome: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Pontiff.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Twould also be the festival of Blessed William Way, Priest & Martyr (died 1588, A.K.A. William May, William Flower), martyred in the reign of the English queen Elizabeth I, one of the Martyrs of Douai: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link Douai & Wikipedia-link Douai.

'Twould also be the festival of Blessed Jozef Stanek, Priest & Martyr (1916-1944), martyred in the reign of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hiter, one of the One Hundred Eight Blessed Polish Martyrs: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link (List, № 41); Martyrs-link CVIII & Wikipedia-link CVIII.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest, O.F.M. Cap. (1887-1968, "Padre Pio;" A.K.A. Francesco Forgione), stigmatic: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Stigmata-link & Wikipedia-link Stigmata.


Papal Quote o' the Day
"Every burden is light when we are united to Christ, when it is He Who gives us the strength & breath to go on walking. On the other hand, how heavy the burden is when it is carried without Christ!"
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Little Flower Quote o' the Day
"I understood that each person is free to respond to the call of Jesus, to do little or much for Him, to select among the sacrifices He asks. Then I cried out: 'My God, I choose ALL!'"
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Catholic Quote o' the Day
"Man is neither angel nor beast, & unfortunately anyone who tries to make an angel out of him makes him a beast."
—Blaise Pascal (1588-1651)

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

Matt Maher, "The Spirit and the Bride" from The Love In Between (The Last Angry Saint)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Bonus! Song o' Today

The Blues Brothers, "Theme from Rawhide" from The Blues Brothers: Original Soundtrack Recording (The Last Angry Blues Brother)

Saints + Scripture: Please Stand By

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

The University of Michigan Marching Band, "Sing, Sing, Sing" from Hurrah for the Yellow and Blue (The Last Angry Wolverine)

Commentary: This year, as in '17, Church once again hates football. I will be unable to watch today's Michigan football game, the B1G season opener, due to an all day diocesan extravaganza in, of all places, East Lansing. Of course, I'm not really complaining. I've been stoked about the Made for Happiness Diocesan Assembly for months, relentless promoting it via The Popish Plot & the FaceSpace.

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Last Saturday: Go Blue!

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

Samstag, 15. September
The University of Michigan Marching Band, "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" from A Saturday Tradition (The Last Angry Wolverine)

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Today

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, "Love You, Cha Cha Cha" from Glorious (The Last Angry Rude Boy)

Saints + Scripture — Saturday, 15 September

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

Saturday, 15 September was the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows: Madonna-link ūna, Madonna-link duæ, & Wikipedia-link.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Name by which the Virgin Mary is referred to in relation to the sorrows in her life. In common religious Catholic imagery, the Virgin Mary is portrayed in a sorrowful & lacrimating affect, with seven long knives or daggers piercing her heart, often bleeding.
'Twas also the festival of Saints Emilas, Deacon, & Jeremiah, Martyrs (died 852), martyred in the reign of the Umayyad king Abd ar-Rahman II, two of the forty-eight Martyrs of Córdoba: Martyr-link Echo, Martyr-link Juliett, & Wikipedia-link (List); Wikipedia-link Córdoba.

'Twas also the festival of Blessed Anton Maria Schwartz, Priest (1852-1929), founder of the Pious Workers of Saint Joseph Calasanctius of the Mother of God: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Workers.

'Twas also the festival of Blessed Paolo Manna, Priest, P.I.M.E. (1872-1952), founder of the Pontifical Missionary Union: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link P.M.U.

Scripture of That Day
Mass Readings—Saturday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time
The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter ten, verses fourteen thru twenty-two;
Psalm One Hundred Sixteen, verses twelve & thirteen, seventeen & eighteen;
The Gospel according to John, chapter nineteen, verses twenty-five, twenty-six, & twenty-seven;
or, the Gospel according to Luke, chapter two, verses thirty-three, thirty-four, & thirty-five.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. In our Gospel Jesus entrusts care of his mother to St. John. We can see some background for this profound action in The Passion of the Christ, the most provocative and popular religious movie in decades. What I would like to do is simply highlight a theme from the movie that especially struck me when I saw it.

The theme that I would like to emphasize is that of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. We are compelled to see the scenes through her eyes. Early in Luke’s Gospel, we are told that Mary "contemplated these things, reflecting on them in her heart." She is the theologian par excellence, the one who understands. When she sees Jesus being led away, she weeps and then she says "Amen."

In scene after scene, we watch her spiritual comprehension. The wonderful scene where she is marked with the Blood of her son is especially evocative. And then the
Pietà depiction at the very end, where we see Mary’s role: to present the sacrifice of her son to us and for us.
Video reflection by Marc DelMonico, Ph.D.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Mass Readings—Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
The Letter to the Hebrews, chapter five, verses seven, eight, & nine;
Psalm Thirty-one, verse seventeen;
The Gospel according to John, chapter nineteen, verses twenty-five, twenty-six, & twenty-seven;
or, the Gospel according to Luke, chapter two, verses thirty-three, thirty-four, & thirty-five.

Papal Quote o' That Day
"Mary not only leads us to the Mystery of the Cross like a teacher; she also participates in that Mystery. She suffers with Jesus & suffers with us. With Jesus she also confronts & defeats the powers of evil."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Little Flower Quote o' That Day
"There is no joy like that known by the truly poor in spirit."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Atheist Quote o' That Day
"When faith in the Mother of God declines, faith in the Son of God & God the Father declines also."
—Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Last Friday

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

Freitag, 14. September
Fun, "Carry On" from Some Nights (The Last Angry Man)

Saints + Scripture: Feast of Saint Matthew

The Popish Plot
Fermentation Friday: "Hobbits & Half Pints"

'Tis the Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist (floruit first century, A.K.A. Levi): Apostle-link ūnus, Apostle-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Apostles, Wikipedia-link Evangelists, & Wikipedia-link Gospel.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
According to the Christian Bible, he is one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus &, according to Christian tradition, one of the four Evangelists.

Jesus saw, seated in his customs bureau, Levi the publican, whose business it was to collect taxes from the people for their Roman masters. Jesus said to him: Follow Me. Leaving all behind, Matthew arose & did so, thereby giving us all an example of the way in which we should respond to grace.
Scripture of This Day
Mass Readings—Feast of St. Matthew
The Letter to the Ephesians, chapter four, verses one thru seven;
Psalm Nineteen, verses two & three, four & five;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter nine, verses nine thru thirteen.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today we celebrate the feast of St. Matthew, and our Gospel tells of his conversion. Matthew’s laconic account details what the transition from spiritual death to spiritual life is like. First, we notice the look of Jesus. If there is one theme clearly stated in the New Testament it is that of the primacy of grace.

Why? We don’t know. We just know that we will not lift ourselves to spiritual wholeness. A gaze has to come upon us from the outside. Not so much finding God as allowing ourselves to be found.

Jesus says to him, "Follow me." There is nothing simpler or more basic in the Christian life than this. This is what we disciples do: we follow, we walk after him, we apprentice to him. "He got up and followed him." The symbolism here is marvelous. Getting up, rising up—
anastasis, the same word used to designate the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Conversion (turning around) is also elevation, rising up.

To come to Christ is to come to a higher, richer, broader form of life. Now life is not simply the pleasures and goods of the body; now life is lived in and through God.
Video reflection by Reverend Pat O'Brien: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Iphigenia of Ethiopia, Virgin (floruit first century, A.K.A. of Abyssinia; also spelt Ephigenia): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint François Jaccard, Priest & Martyr, M.E.P. (1799-1838), martyred in the reign of the Nguyễn emperor Minh Mạng, one of the Martyrs of Vietnam: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link (List); Martyrs-link Vietnam & Wikipedia-link Vietnam.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Laurent-Joseph-Marius Imbert, Bishop & Martyr, M.E.P. (1796-1839, A.K.A. Laurant-Maria-Joseph Imbert, Imbert Bum), martyred in the reign of the Joseon king Heonjong, one of the Korean Martyrs: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link CIII.

Papal Quote o' This Day
"The Incarnate Word of God continues to speak to the Church through the sacred books. In reading & studying the Scriptures, Christians seek to know God & to understand God's plan for the human family."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Little Flower Quote o' This Day
"I know that Jesus could not wish useless suffering for us, & He would not inspire me with the desires I feel, were He not willing to fulfill them."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Saint Quote o' This Day
"Beside each believer stands an angel as protector & shepherd leading him to life."
—St. Basil the Great, Doctor of the Church (329-379, feast day: 2 January)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Explorers' Club, № DCXLII

Operation AXIOM: The World War
15-29 September 1918: The Vardar Offensive—An Entente assault (the Battle of Dobro Pole, 15-18 September) sparked a collapse in Bulgarian morale & mass desertions, & though a parallel assault (the Battle of Doiran, 18-19 September) was defeated, the collapse at Dobro Pole forced a Central Powers withdrawal; an agrarian, republican rebellion at Radomir threatened the Bulgarian monarchy.





Lest we forget.

Saints + Scripture

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

'Tis the Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, & Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, & Companions, Martyrs (died 1839-1867), martyred in the reign of the Joseon kings Jeongjo, Sunjo, Heonjong, Cheoljong, & Gojong: Martyr-link Alpha Kilo Tango & Wikipedia-link Alpha Kilo Tango; Martyr-link Papa Charlie Hotel & Wikipedia-link Papa Charlie Hotel; & Martyrs-link CIII ūnus, Martyrs-link CIII duo, & Wikipedia-link CIII.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Saint Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn… was the first Korean-born Catholic priest & is the patron saint of Korea. On 6 May 1984, Pope [St.] John Paul II [22 October] canonized Kim along with [one hundred two] other Korean Martyrs, including Paul Chong Hasang, during his trip to Korea.
'Tis also the festival of Saints Fausta & Evilasius, Martyrs (died 311, of Cyzicus), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Maxentius & Galerius, victims of the Great Persecution: Martyr-link Foxtrot & Wikipedia-link Foxtrot, Martyr-link Echo & Wikipedia-link Echo; Wikipedia-link Persecution.

Commentary: After two years, CatholicSaints.info still has the names Fausta & Evilasius backwards. I've matched each entry up with the right life, the name Evilasius with the life of Fausta & the name of Fausta with the life of Evilasius.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Agapetus I, Pope (died 536, also spelt Agapitus), fifty-seventh (LVII) Bishop of Rome: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Pontiff.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Thomas Johnson, Priest & Martyr, O.Cart. (died 1537), martyred in the reign of the English king Henry VIII, one of the Carthusian Martyrs of London: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link Charterhouse & Wikipedia-link Charterhouse.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Thursday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter fifteen, verses one thru eleven;
Psalm One Hundred Eighteen, verses one(b) & two, sixteen(a/b) & seventeen, & twenty-eight;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter seven, verses thirty-six thru fifty.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, our Gospel today tells the story of a woman who—in the house of Simon the Pharisee—approaches Jesus, weeping onto his feet and anointing them with oil. One of the principal marks of Jesus’ teaching is the overturning of social conventions. In service of what he calls the kingdom of God, God’s way of ordering the world, he says and does all sorts of outrageous things.

And one of the most striking and surprising of Jesus’ moves was a radical inclusion of women. He allowed women into his inner circle (practically unheard of for a rabbi); he spoke publicly to the woman at the well; he engaged with the Syro-Phoenician woman; he forgave the woman caught in adultery. And the first witnesses of the Resurrection were women.

Luke, who told this story, was a companion of Paul, and his Gospel reflects many of Paul’s themes. Paul famously said, “In Christ, there is no slave or free, no Jew or Greek, no male or female.” This was very radical stuff, for these were some of the most basic social divisions of the time. Free men were a lot better off than slaves; Jews had huge advantages over Greeks; and males were seen as superior to females. But not anymore—in light of the kingdom of God that Jesus announced.
Video reflection by Father Roger Lopez, O.F.M.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Memorial of Ss. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, & Companions
The Book of Wisdom, chapter three, verses one thru nine;
or, the Letter to the Romans, chapter eight, verses thirty-one(b) thru thirty-nine;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-six, verse five;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter nine, verses twenty-three thru twenty-six.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"We must have our own deep, continual inward life of prayer, of faith, of charity. Without that we cannot participate usefully & wisely in the rebirth & reflowering of the liturgy. We cannot think, breathe, act, suffer, & filly hope with the living pilgrim Church. We must pray."
—Pope Bl. Paul VI (1897-1978, feast day: 26 September)
Little Flower Quote o' the Day
"How can I fear a God who is nothing but mercy & love."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Christian Quote o' the Day
"All that is not eternal is eternally out of date."
—Clive Staples "C. S." Lewis (1898-1963)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Today


Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, "Glorious" from Glorious (The Last Angry Rude Boy)

Skammentary: While aesthetics ought not be predominant, neither are they inconsequential. I glory in "Skapara" wearing leisure suits in the venerable ska tradition, & in there being nine current members of the Orchestra.

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Last Thursday

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


Donnerstag, 13. September
Sufjan Stevens, "Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)" from Sufjan Stevens Presents… Greetings from Michigan, the Great Lake State (The Last Angry Michigander)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Saints + Scripture: Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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

Friday, 14 September was the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: Holy Cross-link ūnus, Holy Cross-link duo, Wikipedia-link Holy Cross, & Wikipedia-link Feast.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
The date of the feast marks the dedication of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 335. This was a two-day festival: although the actual consecration of the church was on 13 September, the cross itself was brought outside the church on 14 September so that the clergy & faithful could pray before the true cross, & all could come forward to venerate it.
Wikipedia-link Church


Scripture of That Day
Mass Readings—Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
The Book of Numbers, chapter twenty-one, verses four(b) thru nine;
Psalm Seventy-eight, verses one(b/c) & two, thirty-four & thirty-five, thirty-six & thirty-seven, & thirty-eight;
The Letter to the Philippians, chapter two, verses six thru eleven;
The Gospel according to John, chapter three, verses thirteen thru seventeen.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today we celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. How strange this feast would have sounded to someone in the ancient world! The triumph of the cross! It would have been analogous to someone speaking today of the triumph of the electric chair or the exaltation of the noose.

The cross terrified people in Greco-Roman times, and that was the point. The cross was state-sponsored terrorism, a form of capital punishment reserved for those who had in the most egregious ways undermined the authority of the Roman state.

So why in the heck are we celebrating the cross’s triumph? There is only one possible explanation, and that is the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. All the attempts to soft-pedal and explain away the Resurrection are ruled out by this feast. If Jesus was a victim of that terrible cross tout court, then we should all go home.

Once they had taken in the experience of the Resurrection, the first Christians turned with rapt attention to the cross, convinced that in it they would find something decisive. Somehow, in the strange providence of God, that cross was ingredient in the very process by which God would save the world.
Video reflection by Father Praveen Lakkisetti: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


'Twas also the festival of Saint Cormac of Cashel, Bishop (836-908, A.K.A. Cormac mac Cuilennáin), King of Munster: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Twas also the festival of Saint Notburga of Rattenburg (circa 1265-1313, A.K.A. of Tyrol, of Eben): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Twas also the festival of Saint Louis Gabriel Taurin Dufresse, Bishop & Martyr, M.E.P. (1750-1815, A.K.A. Jean-Gabriel-Taurin Dufresse), martyred in the reign of the Jiaqing Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, one of the Martyr Saints of China: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link China.

Papal Quote o' That Day
"On this day when Catholics around the world celebrate the Triumph of the Cross, the Church invites us to look once again at the meaning of Christian discipleship. She invites us to understand the sacrifices it involves & place all our hope in our Crucified & Risen Savior."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Little Flower Quote o' That Day
"To live on love is not to set up our tent on Tabor. It is to climb Calvary with Jesus & see the Cross as a treasure."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Saint Quote o' That Day
"We long for the joy of heaven, where God is. It is within our power to be with Him in heaven even now, to be happy with Him in this very moment. But to be happy with Him now means to help as He helps, to give as He gives, to serve as He serves, to save as He saves, to love as He loves. To be with Him twenty-four house a day, to encounter Him in His most frightening disguise. For He said so: 'What you did to the least of my brethren, you did to Me.'"
—St. Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997, feast day: 5 September)

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Januarius, Bishop & Martyr (died circa 305), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Diocletian & Maximian, a victim of the Great Persecution; whose relics are subject to the periodic blood miracle: Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Persecution, Wikipedia-link Feast, & Wikipedia-link Blood.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
While no contemporary sources on his life are preserved, later sources & legends claim that he died during the Great Persecution…. Januarius is the patron saint of Naples, where the faithful gather three times a year in Naples Cathedral [the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary] to witness the liquefaction of what is claimed to be a sample of his blood kept in a sealed glass ampoule.
'Tis also the festival of Our Lady of La Salette (apparition 1846): Madonna-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saints Felix & Constantia, Martyrs (died 68, of Nocera), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Nero: Saint-link Foxtrot, Saint-link Charlie, & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Theodore of Canterbury, Bishop (circa 602-690, A.K.A. of Tarsus), who convened the Council of Hereford (672): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Council.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter twelve, verse thirty-one thru chapter thirteen, verse thirteen;
Psalm Thirty-three, verses two & three, four& five, & twelve & twenty-two;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter seven, verses thirty-one thru thirty-five.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel the Pharisees compare the eating habits of John the Baptist, who fasted, and Jesus who dined with sinners. In the carefully stratified society of Jesus’ time, a righteous person would never associate with the unrighteous for fear of becoming unclean.

But here is Jesus, scandalizing everyone because he does indeed break down these barriers. How would you feel if you saw me socializing with prostitutes and drug dealers, eating and drinking with terrorists? Would it shock you, dismay you, disappoint you? But this is what Jesus did, precisely because he is the Incarnation of the God who aggressively seeks out the lost.

God looks for us, comes running after us, never lets go, never relents, never gives up. The more we run, the more he runs after; the more we hide, the more he looks; the more we resist, the more he persists. God loves sinners and associates with them.
Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Januarius
The Letter to the Hebrews, chapter ten, verses thirty-two thru thirty-six;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-six, verse five;
The Gospel according to John, chapter twelve, verses twenty-four, twenty-five, & twenty-six.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Jesus came to tell us that He wants us all to be in paradise, & that Hell—of which one speaks little in our time—exists & is eternal for all who close their hearts to His love."
—Pope Benedict XVI (born 1927, reigned 2005-2013)
Little Flower Quote o' the Day
"It is such a folly to pass one's time fretting, instead of resting quietly on the Heart of Jesus."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Humankind has more than the right to peace. It has also the right that all should pledge themselves to get rid of the causes that foment conflicts within a nation & between nations."
—Pope Bl. Paul VI (1897-1978, feast day: 26 September)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day

Astropop 3, "So Happy" from Plea for Peace (The Last Angry Man)

Commentary:
"I'm so happy you got everything you wanted,
I'm so delighted for you!
What should I do
With all my dreams that never came true?

"I'm so happy you got everything you needed,
I'm so excited for you!
What should I do
With all my dreams that never came true?…"

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Last Tuesday

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

Dientag, 11. September
Dr. John & the Blues Brothers Band, "Season of the Witch" from Blues Brothers 2000: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (The Last Angry Blues Brother)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Today!


The Aquabats!, "Throw Away the Trash!" from the Yo! Check Out This Ride! E.P. (Captain Thumbs Up!)

Saints + Scripture

The Popish Plot
Taco Tuesday: "Faith, Fun, & Puns"

'Tis the festival of Saint Ariadne of Phrygia, Martyr (died circa 130), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Hygbald, Abbot, O.S.B. (died circa 690; also spelt Hybald, etc.): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Richardis of Andlau, Religious, O.S.B. (circa 839-896; A.K.A. of Swabia, of Alsace, Richgard), Holy Roman Empress, foundress of the Abbey of Andlau: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Abbey.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Joseph of Cupertino, Priest, O.F.M. Conv. (1603-1663, the "Flying Friar;" A.K.A. Giuseppe Maria Desa): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Józef Kut, Priest & Martyr (1905-1942), martyred in the reign of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, one of the One Hundred Eight Blessed Polish Martyrs: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link CVIII & Wikipedia-link CVIII.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter twelve, verses twelve, thirteen, fourteen, & twenty-seven thru thirty-one(a);
Psalm One Hundred, verses one(b) & two, three, four, & five;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter seven, verses eleven thru seventeen.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, our Gospel today gives us Jesus’ raising of the son of the widow of Nain. This is a prime exemplification of the key Gospel truth that everything Jesus said and did, in one way or another, is an anticipation of his Resurrection. The God of Israel, the God of Jesus Christ, is a God of life, a God of the living. He hates death and the ways of death.

The death in today’s Gospel goes beyond the tragic loss of a loved one, as awful as that is. In the context of Jesus’ time and place, this is a disaster for the widow. There is no social safety net, no insurance, no guaranteed income. Unless she finds kindly neighbors who will support her, she is lost without her husband and, importantly, her "only son." This is why the heart of Jesus is especially moved with pity.

Notice please that the reaction of the bystanders is fear. This is the fear that comes from the turning upside-down of a world. This is also the reaction of the women at the tomb on Easter Sunday morning. An evangelization that isn’t a little scary is an inadequate evangelization.
Video reflection by Dennis Mahaney: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Papal Quote o' the Day
"The voice of the Church is like the voice of a mother: It may seem monotonous at time. However, it has a tone of tenderness & of strength that keeps us from evil & saves us."
—Pope St. John XXIII (1881-1963, feast day: 11 October)
Little Flower Quote o' the Day
"Love proves itself by deeds."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Walk with your feet on earth, but in your heart be in heaven."
—St. John Bosco (1815-1888, feast day: 31 January)

Monday, September 17, 2018

The Explorers' Club, № DCXLI

Operation AXIOM: The World War—The Hundred Days Offensive, Part IV
12-15 September 1918: The Battle of Saint-Mihiel—A meticulously planned Entente attack, led by General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing & executed by his American Expeditionary Forces with clockwork precision, caught the Germans in the process of withdrawing & captured the Saint-Mihiel salient; the American tank contingent was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel George S. Patton.






Lest we forget.

Commentary: Amidst many other laudable facets, Pershing's thoroughly detailed Saint-Mihiel plan also introduced the terms "D-Day" & "H-Hour."

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Robert Bellarmine, Bishop & Doctor of the Church, S.J. (1542-1621): Doctor-link ūnus, Doctor-link duo, Doctor-link The True Enlightenment!, & Wikipedia-link; Doctors-link & Wikipedia-link Doctors.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
He was an Italian Jesuit & a Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was named a Doctor of the Church, one of only thirty-six. He was one of the most important figures in the Counter-Reformation. He was a professor of theology & later rector of the Roman College, & in 1602 became Archbishop of Capua. Bellarmine supported the reform decrees of the Council of Trent.
Wikipedia-link Reformation, Wikipedia-link College, & Wikipedia-link Council


'Tis also the festival of Saint Lambert of Maastricht, Bishop & Martyr (circa 635-705), martyred whilst celebrating Mass in the reign of the Frankish warlord Pepin II: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Abbess & Doctor of the Church, O.S.B. (1098-1179), whose visions are recorded in the Scivias: Doctor-link ūna, Doctor-link duæ, Doctor-link The True Enlightenment!, & Wikipedia-link; Doctors-link & Wikipedia-link Doctors; Wikipedia-link Scivias.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Pedro de Arbués, Priest & Martyr, C.R.S.A. (circa 1441-1485), martyred by Marranos whilst at prayer in the cathedral of Zaragosa: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter eleven, verses seventeen thru twenty-six & thirty-three;
Psalm Forty, verses seven & eight(a), eight(b) & nine, ten, & seventeen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter seven, verses one thru ten.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus is amazed at a Roman centurion’s faith: "I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith." How often the Bible compels us to meditate on the meaning of faith! We might say that the Scriptures rest upon faith, remain inspired at every turn by the spirit of faith.

Faith is an attitude of trust in the presence of God. Faith is openness to what God will reveal, do, and invite. It should be obvious that, in dealing with the infinite, all-powerful person who is God, we are never in control.

One of the most fundamental statements of faith is this: your life is not about you. You’re not in control. This is not your project. Rather, you are part of God’s great design. To believe this in your bones and act accordingly is to have faith. When we operate out of this transformed vision, amazing things can happen, for we have surrendered to "a power already at work in us that can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine." Even a tiny bit of faith makes an extraordinary difference.
Video reflection by Msgr. James Vlaun (Telecare T.V.): United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Robert Bellarmine
The Book of Wisdom, chapter seven, verses seven thru ten, fifteen, & sixteen;
Psalm Nineteen, verse ten;
or, the Gospel according to John, chapter six, verse sixty-three;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter seven, verses twenty-one thru twenty-nine.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"The first requirement for a constant listening to Christ is the full knowledge of yourselves. A methodical & intelligent work on your personal life will open you to the perceptive & joyful formation of the new self."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Little Flower Quote o' the Day
"I had to remember that all would be revealed on the Day of Judgment."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Charity is that with which no man is lost, & without which no man is saved."
—St. Robert Bellarmine, Doctor of the Church (1542-1621, feast day: 17 September)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Last Monday

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

Montag, 10. September
Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Bad Moon Rising" from Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits (The Last Angry Man)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Today

John Linnell, "Maine" from State Songs (The Last Angry Man)

Commentary:
"Exhausted from oversleep,
Awake but still in bed…"

Friday, September 14, 2018

Saints + Scripture: Please Stand By

Saints + Scripture — Wednesday, 12 September

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

Wednesday, 12 September was the Optional Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary: Madonna-link ūna, Madonna-link duæ, & Wikipedia-link.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
The name of Mary is venerated because it belongs to the Mother of God. In 1684, Pope [Blessed] Innocent XI [12 August] included it in the General Roman Calendar to commemorate the victory at the battle of Vienna in 1683. It was removed from the Church calendar in the liturgical reform following Vatican II, but restored by Pope Saint John Paul II [22 October] in 2002, along with the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus [3 January].
'Twas also the festival of Saint Juventius of Pavia, Bishop (floruit first century): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Twas also the festival of Saint Ailbe of Emly, Bishop (died circa 541, A.K.A. Elvis): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Twas also the festival of Saint Guy of Anderlecht (circa 950-1012, the "Poor Man of Anderlecht;" also spelt Guido, Guidon; A.K.A. Wye of Láken): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of That Day
Mass Readings—Wednesday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time
The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter seven, verses twenty-five thru thirty-one;
Psalm Forty-five, verses eleven & twelve, fourteen & fifteen, & sixteen & seventeen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter six, verses twenty thru twenty-six.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, our Gospel for today is Luke’s version of the Beatitudes, less well-known than Matthew’s but actually punchier, more to the point. It all hinges on detachment, that decisively important spiritual attitude. Apatheia in the Greek fathers, indifferencia in Ignatius of Loyola. Spiritual detachment means that I am unattached to worldly values that become a substitute for the ultimate good of God.

How bluntly Luke’s account puts things! Look at Luke’s first beatitude, a model for the rest: "Blessed are you poor; the reign of God is yours." What if we translated this as, "How lucky you are if you are not addicted to material things." When we place material things in the center of our concerns, we find ourselves caught in an addictive pattern.

Because material goods don’t satisfy the hunger in my soul, I convince myself that I need more of them to gain contentment. So I strive and work to get more nice things—cars, homes, TVs, clothes—and then I find that those don’t satisfy me. So I strive and strive, and the rhythm continues.

Therefore, how lucky I would be if I were poor, unattached to material goods, finally indifferent to them.
Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary
The Letter to the Galatians, chapter four, verses four thru seven;
Confer the Book of Judith, chapter thirteen, verses eighteen & nineteen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter one, verses thirty-nine thru forty-seven.

Bible Study—Wisdom Books
The Book of Proverbs, chapter twelve (verses one thru twenty-eight).

Commentary: Wise Sayings of Solomon (cont'd; Proverbs, 12:1-28).

Proverb o' That Day (Proverbs, 12:1)
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but he who hates reproof is stupid.
Papal Quote o' That Day
"The family must be a great school of piety, spirituality, & religious fidelity. The Church has great trust in the delicate, authoritative, & irreplaceable religious teaching supplied by parents."
—Pope Bl. Paul VI (1897-1978, feast day: 26 September)
Little Flower Quote o' That Day
"How often have I thought that I may owe all the graces I've received to the prayers of a person who begged them from God for me, & whom I shall know only in heaven."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)
Christian Quote o' That Day
"God whispers to us in our pleasures; speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world."
—Clive Staples "C. S." Lewis (1898-1963)