Monday, September 30, 2019

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day


Reel Big Fish, "You Can't Have All of Me" from Life Sucks… Let's Dance! (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary:
"You can't have all of me,
My boss, my job, my family,
You can't have all of me,
I need a little for myself!
You can't have all of me,
My soul, my time, & my money,
You can't have all of me,
I need a little for myself!…"

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest & Doctor of the Church (circa 347-420, A.K.A. Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus): Doctor-link ūnus, Doctor-link duo, Doctor-link Array of Hope, & Wikipedia-link; Doctors-link & Wikipedia-link Doctors.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
He was a Latin catholic priest, confessor, theologian, & historian. He is best known for his translation of most of the Bible into Latin [the translation that became known as the Vulgate], & his commentaries on the Gospels.
Wikipedia-link Vulgate

Quoth
Minute Meditations from the Popes:
Lord Jesus, let me imitate St. Jerome & aspire to a deep & penetrating knowledge of Scripture. May I be ever more deeply nourished by the Divine Word & find in it a source of life.
'Tis the festival of Saint Simon of Crépy, Religious (circa 1047-1082, A.K.A. of Vexin), Count of Amiens: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis 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 (the "Black Pope"): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Black Pope.

'Tis the festival of Blessed Federico Albert, Priest (1820-1876), founder of the Albertines, formally the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Mary Immaculate: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis 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 Polska & Wikipedia-link Polska.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Zechariah, chapter eight, verses one thru eight;
Psalm One Hundred Two, verses sixteen, seventeen, & eighteen; nineteen, twenty, & twenty-one; & twenty-nine, twenty-two, & twenty-three;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter nine, verses forty-six thru fifty.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus presents a child as the model for his disciples. Jesus has just laid 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 disciples. We notice first how Jesus physically identifies with the child by placing him by his side. 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 Monsignor James Vlaun: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Jerome
The Second Letter to Timothy, chapter three, verses fourteen thru seventeen;
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen, verses nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, & fourteen;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter thirteen, verses forty-seven thru fifty-two.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Decision Dome, Day 8
The Book of Joshua, chapter four, verses fifteen thru twenty-four.

Commentary: Twelve Stones Set Up at Gilgal (concluded; Joshua, 4:15-24).

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 the 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)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"If I am to indulge in any of the pleasures of the present life, I am resolved to do it in such a way that the solemn realities of the future Judgment may never be banished from my thoughts."
—St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church (347-420, feast day: 30 September)

Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Explorers' Club, № DCCX

Operation AXIOM: After the World War
2 October 1919: President Woodrow Wilson of the United States was incapacitated by a stroke from which he never fully recovered; for weeks, in a palace coup worthy of a banana republic, the U.S. was ruled by the First Lady, Mrs. Edith Wilson; Wilson's physician, Dr. Cary Grayson; & Wilson's secretary, Mr. Joseph Tumulty, while Vice President Thomas Marshall & the Congress were kept in the dark.





Lest we forget.

Saints + Scripture: XXVI Sunday in Tempus per annum

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

The Popish Plot
"Archangels We Have Heard on High"

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

Scripture of the Week
Mass Readings—Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Book of Amos, chapter six, verses one(a) & four thru seven;
Psalm One Hundred Forty-six, verses seven, eight & nine, & nine & ten (& one[b]);
The First Letter to Timothy, chapter six, verses eleven thru sixteen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter sixteen, verses nineteen thru thirty-one.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today’s Gospel focuses on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man "dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day," while lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, "who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table."

God is not pleased with this kind of economic inequality, and he burns with a passion to set things right. This theme came roaring up out of the Bible and into the Christian tradition, and it echoes up and down the centuries. Even though it makes us uncomfortable—and God knows it does, especially those of us who live in the most affluent society in the world—we can’t avoid it because it’s everywhere in the Bible.

St. Thomas Aquinas says that we must distinguish between ownership and use of private property. We have a right to ownership, through our hard work, through our inheritance. Fair enough. But with regard to the use of those things—how we use them, why we use them—then, says Thomas, we must always be concerned first for the common good and not our own. This especially includes Lazarus at our gate: those who are suffering and most in need.
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 7
The Book of Joshua, chapter four, verses one thru fourteen.

Commentary: Twelve Stones Set Up at Gilgal (Joshua, 4:1-14).

Mass Journal: Week 44
Reflection by Matthew Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute:
Grace is the power of God alive within us. It heals the wounds that our sins have created & helps us to maintain moral balance. Grace helps us to persevere in the pursuit of virtue. It enlightens our minds to see & know which actions will help us become all God has created us to be. Grace inspires us to love what is good & shun what is evil. Grace is not a magical illusion. It is mystical & real.

I come to Confession to reconcile myself with myself, with God, & with the community. Confession is not just a cleansing experience; it is also a strengthening experience. Confession is an opportunity for you & God to work together to form a-better-version-of-yourself. It also increases our desires for holiness, & that is a desire we should fan with all our energy.


'Twould also be the festival of Saints Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael, Archangels: Archangel-links & 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 Minute Meditations from the Popes:
Almighty God, may the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael teach me to trust in Your power & goodness. May I, too, sing of the Glory of the Lord.
'Twould also be the festival of Saint Leudwinus of Trier, Bishop (circa 660-722; also spelt Liutwin, etc.; A.K.A. of Mettlach), thirty-fifth (XXXV) Bishop of Trier (A.K.A. Treves) & twelfth (XII) Bishop of Laon, co-founder of the Echternack Abbey at Mettlach: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Trier & Wikipedia-link Trier, Diocese-link Laon & Wikipedia-link Laon.

Commentary: Kinsman of the bishop & martyr St. Lambert of Maastricht [17 September].

'Twould also be the festival of Blessed Richard Rolle, Hermit (circa 1300-1349): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

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

'Twould also be 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. For as the Angel Gabriel said to the Virgin Mary, 'Nothing is impossible for 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)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Never get tired of doing little things for others. Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts."
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church (1873-1897, feast day: 1 October)

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


James Carter & the Prisoners, "Po Lazarus" from O Brother, Where Art Thou?: Music from a Film by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Saints + Scripture

Better Late than Never, Simplex Complex Edition | Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa!

'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Wenceslaus, Martyr (circa 907-935, A.K.A. Duke Wenceslaus I of Bohemia), martyred by his usurper brother Boleslaus the Cruel: Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Grandson of the martyr St. Ludmilla [16 September].

Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
When Wenceslaus's father died, his mother took control of the duchy & began to oppose Christianity. The people urged Wenceslaus to take power. He did so & protected & strengthened the Church. Wenceslaus, well known for his Christian virtue, responded to a call to live a consecrated life & made a vow of virginity.
'Tis also the Optional Memorial of Saint Lawrence Ruiz & Companions, Martyrs (died 1633-1637, A.K.A. the Sixteen Martyrs of Japan), martyred in the reign of the Japanese warlord Tokugawa Iemitsu: Martyrs-link ūnus, Martyrs-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Nihon.


Commentary: Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Saint Lorenzo Ruiz is the first canonized martyr of the Philippines, & was canonized along with fifteen companions, all of whom were on mission in Nagasai, Japan, to evangelize & minister to the Japanese Christian community. Thirteen of the martyrs were Dominicans & three were Dominican Tertiaries.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Faustus of Riez, Bishop & Abbot (circa 405-495), second (II) Bishop of Riez, abbot of Lérins Abbey: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Riez, Abbey-link Lérins, & Wikipedia-link Lérins.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Conval of Strathclyde, (circa 570-630, A.K.A. the Confessor; also spelt Conwall): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Jan of Dukla, Priest, O.F.M. Conv. (1414-1484, Anglicized as John): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Nykyta Budka, Bishop & Martyr (1877-1949), martyred in the reign of the Communist dictator Joseph Stalin: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Saturday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Zechariah, chapter two, verses five thru nine, fourteen, & fifteen(a);
The Book of Jeremiah, chapter thirty-one, verses ten, eleven & twelve(a/b), & thirteen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter nine, verses forty-three(b), forty-four, & forty-five.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus predicts his being handed over to men—that is, his crucifixion. Here is the point I want to make: we are meant to see on that cross our own ugliness. What brings Jesus to the cross? Stupidity, anger, mistrust, institutional injustice, betrayal, denial, unspeakable cruelty, fear. St. Peter puts it with disquieting laconicism: the Author of life came and you killed him. In the light of the cross, all of the vermin are revealed. This is why we speak of the cross as God’s judgment on the world.

So far, so awful. But we can’t stop telling the story at this point. Dante and every other spiritual master know that the only way up is down. When we live unaware of our sins, we will never make spiritual progress. So we need the light, however painful it is. Then we can begin to rise. Once Dante makes it all the way to the center of hell, he suddenly finds himself climbing out.

On the cross of Jesus, we meet our own sin. But we also meet the divine mercy, which has taken that sin upon himself in order to swallow it up.
Video reflection by Father Nicholas Vaskov: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Wenceslaus
The First Letter of Peter, chapter three, verses fourteen thru seventeen;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-six, verses one(b/c) & two(a/b), two(c/d) & three, four & five, & six;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter ten, verses thirty-four thru thirty-nine.

Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Lawrence Ruiz & Companions
The Second Book of Maccabees, chapter seven, verses one, two, & nine thru fourteen;
Psalm Thirty-four, verses two & three, four & five, six & seven, & eight & nine;
The Gospel according to John, chapter fifteen, verses eighteen thru twenty-one.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Decision Dome, Day 6
The Book of Joshua, chapter three, verses seven thru seventeen.

Commentary: Israel Passes over the Jordan (concluded; Joshua, 3:7-17).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"There is nothing passive about nonviolence when it is chosen out of love. It has nothing to do with indifference. It has everything to do with actively seeking to resist evil & conquer it with good."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Our Lord was not just a teacher, but a redeemer. He was coming to redeem man in the likeness of human flesh. Teachers change men by their lives. Our Blessed Lord would change men by His death. That poison of hate & sensuality & envy which is in the hearts of men could not be healed simply by mild exhortations of social reform. The wage of sin is death, & therefore it is by death that sin would be atoned for. As in ancient sacrifices where the fire symbolically burned up the imputed sin along with the victim, so on the cross the world’s sin would be put away in Christ’s suffering. For He would be upright as a priest, & prostrate as a victim. If there is anything a good teacher wants, it is a long life which will make his teaching known. Death is always a great tragedy to a teacher. When Socrates was given the hemlock juice, his message was cut off once & for all. Death was a stumbling block to Buddha & stood in the way of all of the teachings of the eastern mystics. But our Lord was always proclaiming His death, in which He took upon Himself the sins of the world so He would appear as a sinner."
—Ven. Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979)

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


Less Than Jake, "Never Going Back to New Jersey" from Losing Streak (Mike Papa Wolverine)

Commentary: This year, college football is observing its one hundred fiftieth anniversary (1869-2019). Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, very shrewdly promotes itself as the "birthplace of college football," but this does next to nothing to alleviate the annual insult of the valiant Wolverines having to play the alien Scarlet Knights. 'Tis an abomination that Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey is accounted a member of the B1G.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Bonus! Song o' the Day


The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "Here We Are" from While We're at It (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

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

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

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

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

"The lugs are loose on every wheel,
On every level, it's unreal!
Lost at the type head, lost to appeal
Fed up with the setup, where's the reveal?
A break? A scam? A ladder of rules?
A practical joke? No one's amused!
Whose premise? Whose plan? Whose bad idea?
That's not important. Get us out of here!

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

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day

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

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

"But I know no matter what,
No matter who,
No matter what I do—

"Somebody hates me,
(Somebody hates me),
Somebody hates me, somebody hates me,
(Somebody hates me)
Somebody hates me,
Somebody hates me and I hate somebody, too!

"Did you misunderstand something that I did?
Or was there one of my jokes that you didn't get?
Or do you think you got the way I think all figured out?
What did I say, to make you feel not cooled out?

"But I know no matter what,
No matter who,
No matter what I do—

"Somebody hates me,
(Somebody hates me),
Somebody hates me, somebody hates me,
(Somebody hates me)
Somebody hates me,
Somebody hates me and I hate somebody, too!…"

Saints + Scripture

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

'Tis the Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest, C.M. (circa 1580-1660), co-founder of the Daughters of Charity (D.C.), formally the Company of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, & the Vincentians (C.M.), formally the Congregation of the Mission (A.K.A. the Lazarists, etc.); two members of the broader Vincentian Family: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, Saint-link Array of Hope, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link D.C., Wikipedia-link C.M., & Wikipedia-link Family.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Founder of the Congregation of the Mission (Lazarists, or Vincentians) for preaching missions to the peasantry & for educating & training a pastoral clergy. The patron saint of charitable societies, St. Vincent de Paul is primarily recognized for his charity & compassion for the poor, though he is also known for his reform of the clergy & for his early role in opposing Jansenism [a heresy, a Catholic counterpart to Calvinism].
Wikipedia-link Jansenism

Quoth
Minute Meditations from the Popes:
Teach me compassion, O Lord. Make me like St. Vincent de Paul, who reached out to those most in need. Above all, let me remember what he always taught, that the poor owe us nothing when we help them, for the opportunity to help them is already our reward.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Baruc, Hermit (sixth century; also spelt Barrog, Barry, etc.), namesake of Barry Island: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Island.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Ceraunus, Bishop (died circa 614, Frankified as Céran), Bishop of Paris: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Paris.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Elzéar of Sabran & Blessed Delphine of Glandèves, Virgin, T.O.S.F. (circa 1285-1323 & 1283-1358), Count & Countess of Ariano: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link Echo, Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link Delta.

Commentary: Husband & wife; uncle & godfather of Pope Bl. Urban V [19 December].

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Haggai, chapter two, verses one thru nine;
Psalm Forty-three (R/. five), verses one, two, three, & four;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter nine, verses eighteen thru twenty-two.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, the Gospel for today is incomparably rich and mysterious. First, we notice that peculiar question, "Who do people say that I am?" No other religious figure or founder would ask such a question. This is the primordial and peculiar question of the Christian faith. It has to do with Jesus and who he is.

The first group that "responds" is the general public: "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets." A range of opinions—and all of them wrong.

Then that devastating question: "But who do you say that I am?" You who are closest to me, you whom I have chosen. But the disciples don’t speak. Are they afraid? Perhaps. Are they ignorant? Probably.

Finally, Simon Peter speaks: "You are the Messiah." You are the
Messhiach, the anointed, the long-awaited Savior; but more to it, as Peter says in other Gospels, you are the Son of God, not just a human hero. This is the mystical faith that stands at the heart of Christianity. This is the standing or falling point. To hold this Petrine faith is to be a Christian; to deny it is not to be a Christian
Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.: 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 (R/. one or "Alleluia"), verses one(b/c) & two; three & four; five, six, & seven; seven& eight; & nine;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter nine, verses thirty-five thru thirty-eight.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Decision Dome, Day 5
The Book of Joshua, chapter three, verses one thru six.

Commentary: Israel Passes over the Jordan (Joshua, 3:1-6).

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)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Our Lord took upon Himself a patterned human nature. That human nature was something like a die that a government makes when it wishes to mint coins. When the die is fashioned, millions of coins can be fashioned like it. Christ, our patterned man, was born; He suffered; He overcame temptations; He rose from the dead & was glorified at the right hand of the Father. Because He was born, we are to be born, not physically, but spiritually. Because He denied Himself & suffered, we are to deny ourselves. The cross becomes the condition of the empty tomb. Once our life is patterned upon His crucifixion, then our life shall be patterned also on His glorious Resurrection & ascension. Are we as coins? He will ask for coins & He will say, 'Whose inscription is thereon?' Is it Caesar’s? Do we belong to the world? Or do we belong to God?"
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Saints + Scripture

The Popish Plot
"St. Michael Prayer"

'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saints Cosmas & Damian, Martyrs (died circa 303), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Diocletian & Maximian, victims of the Great Persecution; two of the Holy Unmercenaries (A.K.A. the moneyless ones): Martyrs-link, Martyr-link Charlie, Martyr-link Delta, & Wikipedia-link; Persecutions-link & Wikipedia-link Persecution; & Wikipedia-link Holy Unmercenaries.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
They suffered martyrdom in Syria during the persecution of the emperor Diocletian. A church erected on the site of their burial was enlarged by the emperor Justinian. Legend says that they were twin brothers born in Arabia who were both skilled doctors. They were among those whoa re venerated in the East as the "moneyless ones" because, purportedly, they did not charge a fee for their services. Nine centuries later, [St.] Francis of Assisi [4 October] rebuilt the dilapidated San Damiano chapel outside Assisi.
'Tis the festival of Saints Cyprian of Antioch & Justina, Virgin, Martyrs (died circa 304, A.K.A. of Nicomedia), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Diocletian & Maximian, victims of the Great Persecution: Martyr-link Charlie, Martyr-link Juliett, & Wikipedia-link; Persecutions-link & Wikipedia-link Persecution.

'Tis the festival of Saint Colmán Elo, Bishop & Abbot (circa 555-611, A.K.A. Colmán Macusailni), Bishop of Connor, founding abbot of the Abbey of Muckamore: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Connor.

Commentary: Nephew of St. Columba [9 June].

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Haggai, chapter one, verses one thru eight;
Psalm One Hundred Forty-nine, verses one(b) & two; three & four; & five, six(a), & nine(b);
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 Monsignor James Vlaun: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of Ss. Cosmas & Damian
The Book of Wisdom, chapter three, verses one thru nine;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-six, verses one(b/c) & two(a/b), two(c/d) & three, four & five, & six;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter ten, verses twenty-eight thru thirty-three.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Decision Dome, Day 4
The Book of Joshua, chapter two, verses fifteen thru twenty-four.

Commentary: Spies Sent to Jericho (concluded; Joshua, 2:15-24).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Since the passion & death of the Lord Jesus Christ, these souls have seen & see the Divine Essence with an intuitive vision & even face-to-face, without the mediation of any creature by way of object of vision; rather the Divine Essence immediately manifests itself to them, plainly, clearly & openly, & in this vision they enjoy the Divine Essence."
—Pope Benedict XII (1285-1342)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"If created things are so utterly lovely, how gloriously beautiful must be He Who made them! The wisdom of the worker is revealed in his handiwork."
—St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church (1195-1231, feast day: 13 June)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day


John Linnell, "Maine" from State Songs, Vol. 1 (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"Blessed with excitement & dread,
Exhausted from oversleep,
Awake but still in bed…"

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Bonus! Song o' the Day


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

Commentary:
"Trading my time for the pay I get,
Living on money that I ain't made yet,
Gotta keep going, gotta make my way,
But I live for the end of the day.

"'Cause it's a five o'clock world when the whistle blows,
No one owns a piece of my time,
And there's a long-haired girl who waits, I know,
To ease my troubled mind…"
Oh, wait, no there's not.
Scheiße!

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the festival of Saint Cleopas (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 Cadoc of Llancarfan, Abbot (circa 497-580; A.K.A. the Wise, of Wales; also spelt Cadog), abbot of the clas at Llancarfan: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Clas & Wikipedia-link Llancarfan.

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

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

'Tis also the festival of Saint Vincenzo Maria of Saint Paul, Bishop, C.P. (1745-1824), Bishop of Macerata-Tolentino: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Macerata-Tolentino.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Tempus per annum
The Book of Ezra, chapter nine, verses five thru nine;
The Book of Tobit, chapter thirteen, verses two, three & four(a), four(b/c/d/e/f/g/n), seven, & eight;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter nine, verses one thru six.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus sends the Twelve on their mission to announce the nearness of the kingdom. I want to say a few things about embracing our mission and being equipped for it.

What do you need for your mission? You need a keen sense of God as the absolute center of your life. In a word, you require the spiritual gifts of piety and fear of the Lord. I realize that these terms can sound fussy and puritanical, but they are actually naming something strong and essential.

First, you need fear of the Lord, which does not mean that you are afraid of God. It means that nothing to you is more important than God, that everything in your life centers around and is subordinate to your love for God. Second, your equipping needs to include piety. Piety means you honor God above everything else, that you worship him alone. These spiritual gifts enable you to find true balance; they allow you to discover what your life is about.

Equipped with these gifts, you are ready for mission. Having received the fire of the Holy Spirit, you are ready to set the world on fire.
Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Decision Dome, Day 3
The Book of Joshua, chapter two, verses one thru fourteen.

Commentary: Spies Sent to Jericho (Joshua, 2:1-14).

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 [Sacred] Heart of Christ, without either lapses or evasions."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Learn to love humility, for it will cover all your sins. All sins are repulsive before God, but the most repulsive of all is pride of the heart. Do not consider yourself learned & wise; otherwise, all your efforts will be destroyed, & yoyr boat will reach the harbor empty."
—St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church (1195-1231, feast day: 13 June)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day

Barenaked Ladies, "For You" from Everything to Everyone (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: This R.B.D.S.O.T.D. was inspired by a tweet my beloved brother sent me, from a thoroughly awful Twitter account called "Swear Trek," a source of very funny tweets that reflect an absolute lack of charity & goodwill. I wasted most of the first three decades of my life on bitterness over wrongs both real & imaginary & thoughts of vengeance both feasible & fantastical; so, I know well that revenge & bitterness are obstacles to grace & love. We obfuscate the harm this does to our hearts & minds by saying, "It's just a joke," but we all know that what makes every sardonic quip both so biting & so amusing is the grain of truth around which it is constructed.
"In a book in a box high upon a shelf,
In a locked & guarded vault,
Are the things I keep only for myself,
It's your fate, but it's not your fault.

"And for every useless reason I know,
There's a reason not to care,
If I hide myself wherever I go
Am I ever really there?

"There is nowhere else I would rather be,
But I can't just be right here,
An enigma wrapped in a mystery,
Or a fool consumed by fear.

"And for every useless reason I know,
There's a reason not to care,
If I hide myself wherever I go
Am I ever really there?

"I will give you all I could ever give,
Though it's less than you will need…"

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day


MxPx, "Angels" from Secret Weapon (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"Spread your wings around me,
Take me high into the air,
Free prisoners from shackles,
Teach them patience not despair,
In time we all will know
Our destination, which way we will go.

"Where angels carry me along the way,
Where I can close my eyes at night & pray,
Where angels sit & watch me while I look up to the sky,
Where angels carry me along the way…"

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the festival of Our Lady of Walsingham (apparition 1061, A.K.A. the Virgin by the Sea): Madonna-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Our Lady of Mercy (apparition 1218, A.K.A. Our Lady of Ransom), patroness of the Mercedarians (O. de M.), formally the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy: Madonna-link, Wikipedia-link Mercy, & Wikipedia-link Ransom; Order-link O. de M. & Wikipedia-link O. de M..

'Tis also the festival of Saint Anathalon of Milan, Bishop (second century), Bishop of Milan: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Milan & Wikipedia-link Milan.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Terence of Pesaro, Bishop & Martyr (circa 210-251), Bishop of Pesaro, martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Decius, a victim of the Decian Persecution: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Pesaro, Persecutions-link, & Wikipedia-link Persecution.

'Tis also the festival of Blesseds William Spenser, Priest, & Robert Hardesty, Martyrs (died 1589), martyred in the reign of the English queen Elizabeth I, two of the Eighty-five Martyrs of England & Wales: Martyr-link Whiskey Spenser, Martyr-link Romeo Hotel, & Wikipedia-link; Martyr-link England & Wales & Wikipedia-link England & Wales.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Pacificus of San Severino, Priest, O.F.M. (1653-1721, A.K.A. Carlo Antonio Divini): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Francesco Spoto, Priest & Martyr, M.S.P.T.M. (1924-1964), martyred by Communist Simba rebels in Congo-Kinshasa: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Tempus per annum
The Book of Ezra, chapter six, verses seven, eight, twelve(b), & fourteen thru twenty;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-two, verses one & two, three & four(a/b), & four(c/d) & five;
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 Greg Friedman, O.F.M.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Scripture Study—Historical Books
The Book of Tobit, chapter twelve (verses one thru twenty-two);
The Book of Tobit, chapter thirteen (verses one thru eighteen);
The Book of Tobit, chapter fourteen (verses one thru fifteen).

Commentary: Raphael's Wages (Tobit, 12:1-10), Raphael Reveals His Identity (12:11-22), Tobit's Prayer of Thanksgiving (13:1-18), & Tobit's Final Counsel & Death (14:1-15).

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Decision Dome, Day 2
The Book of Joshua, chapter one, verses ten thru eighteen.

Commentary: Preparations for Taking Over the Land (Joshua, 1:10-18).

"Decision Dome" is the fourth of the five exercises in the post-Exodus 90 "Front Range." The creators of Exodus 90, to whom I am very grateful & appreciative, realized that, as amazingly formative & consequential as Exodus 90 is, singular experiences are never enough; formation must be ongoing. My Exodus 90 fraternity & I are guinea pigs in this first experiment with the Front Range, after which are to follow the "
Oratio Range," the "Meditatio Range," & the "Missio Range." How far we will follow this track is yet to be seen. How much fruit following this track will bear is also yet to be seen.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"We need a docile heart in order to build an exemplary Christian community. We need a spirit that is strong in the Faith in order to proclaim the love of God that conquers sin & saves in Christ Who died & is risen."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Regret not that which is past, & trust not to thine own righteousness."
—St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church (1195-1231, feast day: 13 June)

Monday, September 23, 2019

The Explorers' Club, № DCCIX

Operation AXIOM: After the World War—The Red Scare, Part X
22 September 1919-8 January 1920: The Steel Strike of 1919—Half the steel workers in the United Stats went on strike, encouraged by the Amalgamated Association of Iron & Steel Workers; violent clashes ensued; the federal government was paralyzed, but state & local governments allied with the steel trusts & the American Federation of Labor (A.F.L.) to undermine & eventually break the strike.





Lest we forget.

Bonus! Song o' the Explorers' Club
Dropkick Murphys, "Worker's Song" from Blackout (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the Memorial 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, Saint-link Array of Hope, & Wikipedia-link; Stigmata-link & Wikipedia-link Stigmata.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Padre Pio, also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, O.F.M. Cap., was a friar, priest,… stigmatist, & mystic. Born Francesco Forgione, he was given the name of Pius when he joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin [O.F.M. Cap.].
Wikipedia-link O.F.M. Cap.


'Tis also the festival of Saint Linus, Pope (died circa 76), second (II) Bishop of Rome: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Pontiffs-link & Wikipedia-link Pontiff.

'Tis also 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 one hundred sixty Martyrs of Douai: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyr-link Douai & Wikipedia-link Douai.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Bernardyna Maria Jabłońska, Religious (1878-1940), co-foundress of the Albertine Sisters (C.S.A.P.I.), formally the Congregation of Albertine Sisters Serving the Poor: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link C.S.A.P.I..

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Jozef Stanek, Priest & Martyr, S.A.C. (1916-1944), martyred in the reign of the Nazi dictator Adolf Hiter, one of the One Hundred Eight Blessed Polish Martyrs (A.K.A. the 108 Martyrs of World War II): Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link (List, № 41); Martyr-link Polska & Wikipedia-link Polska.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Tempus per annum
The Book of Ezra, chapter one, verses one thru six;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-six, verses one(b) & two(a/b), two(c/d) & three, four & five, & six;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter eight, verses sixteen, seventeen, & eighteen.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today’s Gospel is the parable of the lamp which, placed on a lampstand, gives light to all. Light obviously isn’t for itself; rather, we see things by it. It illuminates things upon which it shines.

We are light by which people around us come to see what is worth seeing. By the very quality and integrity of our lives, we shed light, illumining what is beautiful and revealing what is ugly. The clear implication is that without vibrant Christians the world is a much worse place. Let me illustrate this principle with an example. One of the most painful truths of the last century is that the weakness of Christian witness allows some of the worst elements in society to flourish.

Think of the rise of the evil powers that created World War II. Christianity had become so weak, so uncompelling, so attenuated that great evil was allowed to flourish. Yes, indeed there were a handful of powerful Christian resisters, but let’s face it: the overwhelmingly vast majority of Christians either supported Hitler or remained in silence, out of either fear or indifference.
Video reflection by Monsignor James Vlaun: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Pius of Pietrelcina
The Letter to the Galatians, chapter two, verses nineteen & twenty;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-eight, verses one & two, three, & four & five;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter sixteen, verses twenty-four thru twenty-seven.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Decision Dome, Day 1
The Book of Joshua, chapter one, verses one thru nine.

Commentary: God Commissions Joshua (Joshua, 1:1-9).

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)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"The Earth could exist more easily without the Sun than without the holy sacrifice of the Mass."
—St. Pius of Pietrelcina (1887-1968, feast day: 23 September)

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' the Day


Desmond Dekker & the Aces, "Israelites" from King of Ska (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary: What song came to me this morning during my twenty minutes of silent, contemplative prayer? "Israelites." Why? God knows. That's not a dodge. The Lord God Almighty does, in fact, know, because He knows everything.
"Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir,
So that every mouth can be fed,
Poor, poor me, Israelites…"

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Saints + Scripture: XXV Sunday in Tempus per annum

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

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

Scripture of the Week
Mass Readings—Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Book of Amos, chapter eight, verses four thru seven;
Psalm One Hundred Thirteen, verses one & two; four, five, & six; & seven & eight;
The First Letter to Timothy, chapter two, verses one thru eight;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter sixteen, verses one thru thirteen
(or, the Gospel according to Luke, chapter sixteen, verses ten thru thirteen).

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today’s Gospel focuses on prudence. Luke gives us the parable of the dishonest steward, who seeks the favor of his master’s creditors by reducing what they owed him. And the master even “commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently.”

In the Middle Ages, prudence was called “the queen of the virtues” because it was the virtue that enabled one to do the right thing in a particular situation. Prudence is a feel for the moral situation, something like the feel a quarterback has for the playing field, or a politician for the voters in his district.

Courage, justice, and temperance are wonderful virtues, but without prudence, they are blind and finally useless. For a person can be as courageous as possible, but if he doesn’t know when, where, and how to play out his courage, that virtue is useless.
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 43
Reflection by Matthew Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute:
I am a sinner & I need to be saved. I need to be saved from myself & from my sin. There are many people who love me deeply—parents, siblings, friends, colleagues, & neighbors—but they cannot save me. I need a savior. it is the clarity of this realization that is life changing. This is what makes me eligible for membership in the Catholic Church. Jesus didn't come for the healthy; He came for the sick, & He established the Church to continue His work (cf. Mark, 2:17). I am imperfect, but I am capable of change & growth. We are all imperfect but perfectible. The Church holds me in my weakness, comforts me in my limitations, endeavors to heal me of my sickness, & nurtures me back to full health, making me whole again. And throughout this process, the Church manages to harness all my efforts & struggles, not only for my own good, but for the good of the entire Church & indeed humanity. This is just a tiny part of the incredible mystery of the Church.


Otherwise, 22 September would be the festival of Saint Maurice & the Theban Legion, Martyrs (died circa 287, A.K.A. the Martyrs of Agaunum), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Diocletian & Maximian: Martyr-link Mike & Wikipedia-link Mike; Martyrs-link Legion & Wikipedia-link Legion.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Emmeram of Regenbergs, Bishop & Martyr (died circa 652, A.K.A. Haimhramm, etc.), martyred by Lantpert of Bavaria while shielding another from Lantpert's wrath: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: My sources give St. Emmeram's see as either Poitiers, Aquitaine or Regensberg, Bavaria. I do not have enough data to render a judgment.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Sadalberga, Abbess (circa 605-670, also spelt Salaberga), founding abbess of the Abbey of Saint John at Laon (originally of Our Lady): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Abbey.

Commentary: Sister of the bishop St. Leudinus Bodo [11 September], wife of St. Blandinus of Laon [?], & mother of Ss. Baldwin [16 October] & Anstrudis [17 October].

'Twould also be the festival of Blessed Otto of Freising, Bishop & Abbot, O.Cist. (circa 1114-1158), twenty-second (XXII) Bishop of Freising: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Freising & Wikipedia-link Freising.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Thomas of Villanova, Bishop, O.S.A. (1488-1555, "the Father of the Poor;" A.K.A. the Almsgiver, Tomás García y Martínez) eighth (VIII) Archbishop of Valencia: Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Valencia.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Ignatius of Santhià, Priest, O.F.M. Cap. (1686-1770, A.K.A. Lorenzo Maurizio Belvisotti): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"If today we are living in a climate of public freedom & personal responsibility, we will have an increased duty to exercise our own critical moral judgment with vigilant assiduousness. Temptations are very widespread & aggressive in our day."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."
—St. Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997, feast day: 5 September)

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

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


Audrey Assad, "Receive" from the Death, Be Not Proud E.P. (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary:
"…To the Father, to the Son,
And to the Spirit be
Blessing, honor, glory, power,
Might, and majesty!
It is God who we encounter,
It is God that we receive
From this altar,
From this altar,
From this altar we do believe."

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Saints + Scripture: Feast of Saint Matthew

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

The Popish Plot
"St. Matthew"

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


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Matthew was a first-century tax collector turned Apostle who chronicled the life & ministry of Christ. He is one of the four Evangelists.
Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Feast of St. Matthew
The Letter to the Ephesians, chapter four, verses one thru seven, eleven, twelve, & thirteen;
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 Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


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

'Tis also the festival of Saint Gerulfus, Martyr (circa 740-748, also spelt Gerulph), martyred by a kinsman, whom he pardoned with his dying breath: Martyr-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 Martyrs of Korea: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link Korea & Wikipedia-link Korea.

Papal Quote o' the 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)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Maybe you have often said, 'I do not want an institution standing between God and me.' Well, that’s right. After all, you have a right to communicate with God. But the Church is not that kind of an institution, standing between you & God. Israel was not between the world & God. Think of the Church somewhat in the fashion of a body. Do you ever say, for example, I do not want your lips & eyes & hands & so forth standing between me & you? After all, how can I communicate anything to you, except by something visible & tangible & carnal? Anything visible that you see about me or will ever see about me is nothing but the sign of an invisible soul. The carnal is the token of the spiritual. So when our Blessed Lord came to this earth & took upon Himself a human body, you would not say, 'I do not want this body of Christ standing between me & my love of Christ.' That is the only way of the Incarnation, to communicate the divine through the human. This human nature of our Blessed Lord, this body of His was the instrument of His divinity. When, therefore, our Lord came as priest, as prophet, & as king, everything He did was done through the power & the means of this human nature."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

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


Mad Caddies, "Road Rash" from Duck and Cover (Mike Papa Wolverine)

Commentary: This afternoon, the valiant Wolverines open B1G league play with their first road game of the season, against the pesky Badgers of Wisconsin. I'm not optimistic, but I'd love to be surprised.

Fire Harbaugh. Go Blue!

Bonus! The Aquabats! Song o' the Day!


The Aquabats!, "The Shark Fighter!" from Hi-Five Soup! (Captain Thumbs Up!)

Commentary: I was smacked in the head by a giant, surprisingly robust shark bouncing above the crowd @ The Aquabats!' concert. The above is not a photograph from last Friday the Thirteenth's show. While I was using my smartphone to shoot a video of Ninjablade Dragontooth & Cupcake Bat on stage during "Pool Party!," the phone was smacked by a bouncing beach ball. The Aquabats! present a full-contact concert experience, let there be no doubt. Good thing I was wearing my Anti-Negativity Helmet.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Misadventures with the Twitters

Recently, we here @ The Secret Base have embarked upon our third sortie into the vast cesspool of the Twitters. This sortie was inspired by the two priests who host the excellent podcast, Clerically Speaking, one from the Diocese of Pittsburgh & the other from the Diocese of Victoria in Canada*, who forged their fruitful friendship on the Twitters. By & large, it's been a disaster. For every amusing or prayerful tweet there are a minimum of two or three hateful &/or vulgar tweets, even amidst those who explicitly identify as Catholics. (Yes, I am aware that the Church is full of sinners; that's why we're all in the Church, because we need salvation.) I have gained a renewed appreciation for the anti-Trump bumper sticker, "The Twit Tweets."

Anyway, I posted the following "thread" of three tweets to the Twitters this evening, only then to realize the smug, self-righteous, & self-centered on the Twitters won't care about the soul of an anonymous inmate in the Genesee County Jail, because he's a person, not a GIF; because he's a person, not a "hot take;" because he's a person, not a self-referential poll. Here they are, because I am newly convicted that any & all time spent on the Twitters is a neglect o' The Secret Base.
Great morning in the country #jail today. Two inmates came out for the early sessions, only one for the later session. Bigger groups are interesting, because I stand @ the podium & play preacher, pontificating on the following Sunday's #scriptures, but smaller groups are better.

One of the early guys had recently had a breakthrough, coming to grips with the fact that he bears responsibility for all the wrong he's done, all the damage he's wrought. #CatholicTwitter, please pray for him (God will know who you mean), he's struggling with guilt & shame.

In the later session, Napoleon Solo (not his real name, to no one's big surprise) & I had a rambling conversation about the #CatholicFaith, the #Bible, the Incarnation, & anything & everything else. 'Twas a glorious exemplar of the #fun of #holiness. Let's "taco" 'bout #Jesus!
Bonus! Song o' the Day
The Soggy Bottom Boys, "In the Jailhouse Now" from O Brother, Where Art Thou?: Music from a Film by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (Mike Papa Whiskey)

*I'm not making fun of the Canadas (though I do so enjoy mocking the Canadas), it's actually called the "Diocese of Victoria in Canada" to avoid confusion with the similarly-named "Diocese of Victoria in Texas."