Saturday, November 30, 2019

Bonus! Song o' the Day: Go Blue!


Reel Big Fish, "Everything Sucks" from Turn the Radio Off (Rude Boy Mike Papa Wolverine)

Skammentary:
"I know everything sucks, yeah!
I know everything sucks, whoa-o-o!
I know everything sucks, yeah!
And this is gonna be the last time you hear me complain…"

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

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


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

Commentary: Go Blue!

Bonus! The Aquabats! Song o' the Day!


The Aquabats!, "Showtime!" from The Aquabats! Super Show! Television Soundtrack: Volume One (Captain Thumbs Up!)

Commentary:
"And if there's only one way out,
Then we're running out of time,
And if there's only one way out,
Strap in and lose your mind!
We burned as bright as we can shout:
Our voice! Our choice! Our minds!
All the way, here we go again!…

"It's showtime, everyone 'Go' time!
Here we go! Let's go! It's showtime!…"

Friday, November 29, 2019

Bonus! Song o' the Day: Go Blue! — Project OSPREY


Erykah Badu & The Blues Brothers, "Funky Nassau" from Blues Brothers 2000: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Mike Papa Wolverine)

Commentary: Congratulations to the valiant Wolverines of Team 104 (men's basketball), champions of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. The Maize & Blue won three games in three days, including victories over (№ 6) North Carolina, 73-64, & (№ 8) Gonzaga, 82-64. As of this writing, the valiant Wolverines under first-year head coach Juwan Howard are unranked, but that is expected to change by Monday's (2 December) new Associated Press Top 25 poll. Go Blue!

Bonus! The Aquabats! Song o' the Day!


The Aquabats!, "We Got This!" from The Aquabats! Super Show! Television Soundtrack: Volume One (Captain Thumbs Up!)

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


Duval & Seville, "Michigan" from This Time Everything Is Mine (Mike Papa Wolverine)

&

Edwin Starr, "War" from Motown 1's (Mike Papa Wolverine)

Commentary: Ohio is where happiness goes to die. Go Blue!

Saints + Scripture

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

'Tis the festival of Our Lady of Beauraing (apparitions 29 November 1932-3 January 1933, A.K.A. the Virgin of the Golden Heart): Madonna-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Brendan of Birr, Abbot (died circa 572, A.K.A. the Elder), founding abbot of the abbey at Birr, one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Birr, & Apostles-link Éire & Wikipedia-link Éire.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Edward Burden, Priest & Martyr (circa 1540-1588), martyred in the reign of the English queen Elizabeth I, one of the Eighty-five Martyrs of England & Wales: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link England & Wales & Wikipedia-link England & Wales.

'Tis also the festival of Blesseds George Errington, William Gibson, & William Knight, Martyrs (died 1596), martyred in the reign of the English queen Elizabeth I, three of the Eighty-five Martyrs of England & Wales: Martyr-link Golf Echo & Wikipedia-link Golf Echo, Martyr-link Whiskey Golf & Wikipedia-link Whiskey Golf, & Martyr-link Whiskey Kilo & Wikipedia-link Whiskey Kilo; Martyrs-link England & Wales & Wikipedia-link England & Wales.

'Tis also the festival of Blesseds Denis of the Nativity, Priest, & Redemptorus of the Cross, Religious; Martyrs, O.C.D. (died 1638, A.K.A. Pierre Berthelot & Tomás Rodrigues da Cunha), martyred in the reign of the Acehnese king Iskandar Thani at the instigation of the Protestant Dutch East India Company: Martyr-link Delta November & Wikipedia-link Delta November, & Martyr-link Romeo Charlie & Wikipedia-link Romeo Charlie.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Francesco Antonio Fasani, Priest, O.F.M. Conv. (1681-1742, A.K.A. Giovanniello Fasani): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Daniel, chapter seven, verses two thru fourteen;
The Book of Daniel, chapter three (R/. fifty-nine[b]), verses seventy-five, seventy-six, seventy-seven, seventy-eight, seventy-nine, eighty, & eighty-one;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter twenty-one, verses twenty-nine thru thirty-three.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel passage Jesus speaks of the time when the plan of God will be fulfilled. Some philosophies defend a circular or cyclic understanding of time. They hold that time just continually circles back on itself, repeating like the cycles of the seasons. The modern philosopher Nietzsche spoke of the “eternal return of the same.” That’s a mythic consciousness, and it can be found all over the world.

But the Jews had a very different sense of time, what we might call “linear.” They felt that time was moving somewhere, that it had, under God’s direction, a purpose. The past was not simply there to be repeated endlessly; rather, the past was a preparation for a definitive future. It was an anticipation of what God would do, what God was going to accomplish.

The Lord assures us that the kingdom of God is near and that we must prepare for its coming.
Video reflection by Monsignor James Vlaun: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Relativism Ridge, Day 25
The Book of Judges, chapter seventeen, verses one thru thirteen.

Commentary: Micah & the Levite (Judges, 17:1-13).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"We are taught by the Divine Word… to prevent the hearts of the simple being perverted, & the innocent secretly wounded by their arrows, & to block that broad road which could be opened to the uncorrected commission of sin."
—Pope Clement XII, on Freemasonry (1652-1740)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"O God, grant that whatever good things I have, I may share generously with those who have not, & whatever good things I do not have, I may request humbly from those who do."
—St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church (1225-1274, feast day: 28 January)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; & there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By


Commentary: We are still in Ordinary Time; this is the second-to-last day o' Ordinary Time. We aren't even in Advent yet, & yet we are already decking the halls for Christmas. This is not actually intolerable, because I am at this very moment tolerating it, but this is vexing. I am vexed. Vexed!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Saints + Scripture

The Popish Plot
"Thanksgiving 2019"


'Tis the festival of Our Lady of Kibeho (apparitions 28 November 1981-28 November 1989): Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Sosthenes of Colophon, Bishop & Martyr (died circa 68, A.K.A. of Corinth), inaugural Bishop of Colophon, martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Nero: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Colophon.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Stephen the Younger, Abbot & Martyr (714-764), martyred in the reign of the Byzantine emperor Constantine V, a foe of the Byzantine Iconoclastic heresy who rejected the heterodox Council of Hieria (754): Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Heresy-link Iconoclasm, Wikipedia-link Iconoclasm, & Wikipedia-link Hieria.

'Tis also the festival of Saint James of the Marches, Priest, O.F.M. (circa 1391-1476, A.K.A. Dominic Gangala), who attended the Council of Florence (1439-1445): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Council-link Florence & Wikipedia-link Florence.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed James Thompson, Priest & Martyr (died 1582, A.K.A. James Hudson), martyred in the reign of the English queen Elizabeth I, one of the one hundred fifty-eight Martyrs of Douai: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link Douai & Wikipedia-link Douai.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Catherine Labouré, Virgin, D.C. (1806-1876, A.K.A. Zoë Labouré), to whom Our Lady revealed the Medal of Our Lady of Graces, A.K.A. the Miraculous Medal: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Miraculous Medal.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Daniel, chapter six, verses twelve thru twenty-eight;
The Book of Daniel, chapter three (R/. fifty-nine[b]), verses sixty-eight, sixty-nine, seventy, seventy-one, seventy-two, seventy-three, & seventy-four;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter twenty-one, verses twenty thru twenty-eight.

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

What is so important about worship? To worship is to order the whole of one’s life toward the living God, and in doing so, one becomes interiorly and exteriorly rightly ordered. To worship is to signal to oneself what one’s life is finally about. Worship is not something that God needs, but it is very much something that we need.

Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of Thanksgiving
The Book of Sirach, chapter fifty, verses twenty-two, twenty-three, & twenty-four;
Psalm One Hundred Forty-five (R/. cf. one), verses two & three, four & five, six & seven, eight & nine, & ten & eleven;
The Letter to the Colossians, chapter one, verses three thru nine;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter seventeen, verses eleven thru nineteen.

Commentary: Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
It began as a day of giving thanks & sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest & of the preceding year.
Video reflection by Marc DelMonico, Ph.D.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Video reflection by Father John Guthrie: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.



Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Relativism Ridge, Day 24
The Book of Judges, chapter sixteen, verses twenty-three thru thirty-one.

Commentary: Samson's Death (Judges, 16:23-31).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Remember the past with gratitude. Live the present with enthusiasm. Look forward to the future with confidence."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"In all created things discern the providence & wisdom of God, & in all things give Him thanks."
—St. Teresa of Ávila, Doctor of the Church (1515-1582, feast day: 15 October)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; & that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Bonus! Songs o' the Day: Go Blue!


Jeff Daniels, "Michigan, My Michigan" from Live and Unplugged to Benefit the Purple Rose Theatre (Mike Papa Wolverine)

&

The Temptations, "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" from Motown 1's (Mike Papa Wolverine)

Commentary: Ohio is where happiness goes to die. Go Blue!

Bonus! The Aquabats! Song o' the Day!


The Aquabats!, "Bye, Bye, the World Pass Us By!" from The Aquabats! Super Show! Television Soundtrack: Volume One (Captain Thumbs Up!)

Commentary: From the The Aquabats! Super Show! episode "Pilgrim Boy," wherein the eponymous Pilgrim Boy was played by Samm Levine.

When Alphaman!, Ninjablade Dragontooth!, Cupcake Bat!, & I saw The Aquabats! live on stage in Detroit this fall, the crowd was predictably & appropriately jubilant when The Aquabats! reached this lyric from "Bye, Bye, the World Pass Us By!":
"There's no pineapples left in Detroit."

The Rebel Black Dot Song o' Thanksgiving


The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "A Reason to Toast" from Medium Rare (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: "A Reason to Toast" is an R.B.D.S.O.T.D. Thanksgiving tradition, but not simply a tradition. I am absurdly abundantly blessed, so much so that even after scanning my library I can find no better way to express my gratitude to the Lord God Almighty for all His undeserved beneficence than "A Reason to Toast."

Down the Thanksgiving rabbit hole: Wayback Machine.
"I'd like to open up by making a suggestion,
One that I suggest you're open to,
And then I'll open up the floor and take a question,
After that it's time to tilt a few (you and you and you).

"A reason to toast,
A reason to cheer,
A reason to celebrate:
It's nice being here!

"You might be wondering just why I called this meeting
And let another moment pass,
Before we move on, please, let's rearrange the seating,
After that it's time to raise a glass.

"I'll raise my glass up high to all the friendly faces,
Here and wherever they may be,
I don't know why I never thought 'til now to say this,
But you mean the world to me.

"A reason to toast,
A reason to cheer,
A reason to celebrate:
It's nice being here!

"Let's raise a glass up high because we're here together,
What better reason could exist?
Hey, lads, let's raise a glass, what could be better than this?
If you're without a glass, then let's see your fist!
(Get 'em up there, boys!)

"A reason to toast,
A reason to cheer,
A reason to celebrate:
It's nice being here!…"

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Operation AXIOM: The Explorers' Club

Thirteen years ago to the day, 27 November 2006, the first episode of "The Explorers' Club" was published here @ The Secret Base. The subject of that inaugural, unnumbered episode—once one slogged through several ill-tempered, rambling paragraphs by your humble narrator—was the Fairey Rotodyne, a one-off experimental British gyrodyne (compound helicopter or compound gyroplane) of the late 1950s-early 1960s: The Explorers' Club, № I.




Over seven hundred episodes later, the world remains fascinating, full of both wonder & woe, neither mutually exclusive to the other. With my own idiosyncrasies, "The Explorers' Club" has naturally focused extensively on history, especially with our observation of the centenary of the Great War of 1914-1918 & its aftermath, which continue to influence & shape current events & trends. There is so much to explore that we shall never run out of subjects for inquiry. I pray that you, dear reader, never lose your passion for exploration, for discovering as much as you can about this glorious creation the Lord gifts, has gifted, & continues to gift to us, our forefathers, & our posterity, 'til Kingdom come.

The first episode of "The Explorers' Club," on the magnificently odd Fairey Rotodyne, was published on 27 November 2006, thirteen years ago today.

Saints + Scripture

The Popish Plot
"A Devotional Journey into the Mass, Part 2"

'Tis the festival of Saint James Intercisus, Martyr (died 421; A.K.A. the Mutilated, Jakob Intercisus), martyred in the reign of the Sassanid king Bahram V: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. The epithet Intercisus means "cut into pieces." St. James was martyred by being cut into twenty-eight pieces.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Siffredus of Carpentras, Bishop (died circa 540; also spelt Siffrein, Syffroy), Bishop of Carpentras (circa 530-540), monk at Lérins Abbey: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Carpentras, & Abbey-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Fergus the Pict, Bishop (died circa 730, in the Latin Fergustus Pictus; also spelt Fergustian, A.K.A. Fergus Cruithneach), missionary bishop: Saint-link, Wikipedia-link Fergus, & Wikipedia-link Fergustus Pictus.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Vergilius of Salzberg, Bishop & Abbot, O.S.B. (circa 700-784, also spelt Fergal, etc.), Bishop of Salzberg, who built the first Salzberg Cathedral; abbot of Saint Peter's Archabbey & the Abbey of Aghaboe; a geometer & astronomer: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Salzberg, Wikipedia-link Salzberg, & Wikipedia-link Cathedral; Wikipedia-link Saint Peter's & Wikipedia-link Aghaboe; & Wikipedia-link Geometer.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Apollinaris of Monte Cassino, Abbot, O.S.B. (died 828), abbot of the Abbey of Monte Cassino: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link (list); Abbey-link Monte Cassino & Wikipedia-link Monte Cassino.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Daniel, chapter five, verses one thru six, thirteen & fourteen, sixteen & seventeen, & twenty-three thru twenty-eight;
The Book of Daniel, chapter three (R/. fifty-nine[b]), verses sixty-two, sixty-three, sixty-four, sixty-five, sixty-six, & sixty-seven;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter twenty-one, verses twelve thru nineteen.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today’s Gospel passage describes the persecution Christians face before the end of the world. When will the Church stop being persecuted? When the Lord returns, but not before.

From the earliest days until the present, the community of Jesus Christ has been the focus of the world’s violence. The old principle of "killing the messenger" applies here. The Church will announce, until the end of time, that the old world is passing away, that a new world of love, nonviolence, and life is emerging. This announcement always infuriates the world of sin, which explains why the twentieth century was the bloodiest on record—and the one with the most martyrs.

What do we do in the meantime? We maintain a detachment from the world that is passing away, our eyes fixed on the world that will never end. And we speak confidently, boldly, provocatively the message of the Gospel, the dying and rising of the Lord.
Video reflection by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.



Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Relativism Ridge, Day 23
The Book of Judges, chapter sixteen, verses four thru nine & sixteen thru twenty-two.

Commentary: Samson & Delilah (Judges, 16:4-9, 16-22).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Be firm in rejecting injustice! Be strong in conceiving & accomplishing gestures of equity, humanity, & peace, gestures that will unravel the tangled skin of violence. Humanity expects this service from you: it is your honor & your duty."
—Pope St. Paul VI (1897-1978, feast day: 29 May)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"I once asked a missionary on a Pacific island what was the greatest virtue of the people. He said 'I can tell you the greatest virtue in terms of the greatest vice. It is the sin of kaipo, the sin of eating alone.' They would go without food for several days until they could find someone with whom they could share their food."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)
Commentary: Venerable Fulton Sheen is scheduled to be beatified on 21 December, after which he will be Blessed Fulton Sheen. It is not yet known on what date his feast will be observed. Glory to God!

Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
Bonus! Song o' the Book of Daniel
Sam Smith, "Writing's on the Wall" (theme song from Spectre, single) (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Operation ÖSTERREICH

Weekly Wednesday Weigh-in
Last weigh-in: 338.4 lbs. (a fortnight hence, 13 November 2019)
This weigh-in: 340.4 lbs.
Difference: +2.0 lbs.

I've officially regained all of the weight I shed during Exodus 90 @ the beginning of 2019. That's some good work, Mike. Really, just an ace effort. Proud of yourself?


Bonus! Lied von ÖSTERREICH
"Weird Al" Yankovic, "Fat" from Even Worse (Mike Papa Wurst)

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


Glenn Miller, "(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo" from Glenn Miller's 50 Finest (Mike Papa Wolverine)

Commentary: There is a line in "(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo" that would confuse the Buckeye faithful:
I liked her looks when I carried her books
In Kalamazoo-zoo-zoo-zoo-zoo-zoo…"
Books are an information-recording medium composed of pages bound together between a cover. Books are used to transmit information from the author to the readers, for the purpose of acquiring knowledge. "Carried her books" is a reference to the song's protagonist & the eponymous gal having attended college together, most likely either Western Michigan University or Kalamazoo College. Yes, my astonished Buckeye friend, some persons attend university in order to acquire knowledge, not just to engage in masochistic self-hatred & envy of "that school up north."


&

Stevie Wonder, "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" from Motown 1's (Mike Papa Wolverine)

Commentary: Ohio is where happiness goes to die. Go Blue!

Bonus! The Aquabats! Song o' the Day!


The Aquabats!, "Doing Science!" from The Aquabats! Super Show! Television Soundtrack: Volume One (Captain Thumbs Up!)

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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


Dienstag, 26. November
Superchunk, "Detroit Has a Skyline" from Here's Where the Strings Come In (Mike Papa Wolverine)

&

The Miracles, "Love Machine, Pt. 1" from Motown 1's (Mike Papa Wolverine)

Commentary: Ohio is where happiness goes to die. Go Blue!

Bonus! The Aquabats! Song o' Today!


Dienstag, 26. November
The Aquabats!, "B.R.O.!" from The Aquabats! Super Show! Television Soundtrack: Volume One (Captain Thumbs Up!)

The Rebel Black Dot Songs o' Yesterday: Go Blue!


Montag, 25. November
Sufjan Stevens, "Say Yes! to Michigan!" from Sufjan Stevens Presents… Greetings from Michigan, the Great Lake State (Mike Papa Wolverine)

&

Marvin Gaye, "I Heard It through the Grapevine" from Motown 1's (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Commentary: Last Saturday (23 November), after the hated Buckeyes' victory over the ferocious Nittany Lions, the former's cretinous fans broke out into that sweet little ditty, "I Don't Give a Damn for the Whole State of Michigan." Stay classy, Columbus. So, this week, we here @ The Secret Base shall fête sacred Michigan, highlighting both songs about the State of Michigan & songs from the State of Michigan, for the State of Ohio has nothing in its whole benighted history than can hold a candle to the brilliance of Motown.

Ohio is where happiness goes to die. Go Blue!

Saints + Scripture

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

The Popish Plot
"A Devotional Journey into the Mass, Part 1"

'Tis the festival of Saint Amator of Autun, Bishop (floruit circa 270), inaugural Bishop of Autun: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link (List); Diocese-link Autun & Wikipedia-link Autun.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Siricius, Pope (circa 334-399), thirty-eighth (XXXVIII) Bishop of Rome (384-399): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Pontifex-link & Wikipedia-link Pontifex.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Conrad of Constance, Bishop (circa 900-975), thirtieth (XXX) Bishop of Constance (934-975): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Constance.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Sylvester Gozzolini, Priest & Abbot, O.S.B. Silv. (1177-1267), founder of the Sylvestrine Congregation (O.S.B. Silv.), an all-male branch of the decentralized Benedictine Confederation: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link O.S.B. Silv., Order-link Benedictines, & Wikipedia-link Benedictines.

'Tis also the festival of Blesseds Hugh Taylor, Priest, & Maramduke Bowes, Martyrs (died 1585), martyred in the reign of the English queen Elizabeth I, two of the Eighty-five Martyrs of England & Wales: Martyr-link Hotel Tango, Martyr-link Mike Bravo, & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link England & Wales & Wikipedia-link England & Wales.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Gaetana Sterni, Religious (1827-1889), foundress of the Daughters of the Divine Will: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Giacomo Alberione, Priest (1884-1971, A.K.A. Santiago Alberione, Anglicized as James), founder of the Pauline Family, a congregation of nine religious institutes & one lay association; a peritus ("expert") at the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965, the twenty-first [XXI] ecumenical council): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Paulines, & Wikipedia-link Peritus & Wikipedia-link Vatican II.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Daniel, chapter two, verses thirty-one thru forty-five;
The Book of Daniel, chapter three (R/. fifty-nine[b]), verses fifty-seven, fifty-eight, fifty-nine, sixty, & sixty-one;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter twenty-one, verses five thru eleven.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus responds to questions about the end of the world. When will it come? What will happen?

Why were the first Christians interested in these questions? The simplest and deepest answer is that they had experienced the end of the world—precisely in the dying and rising of Jesus.

Jesus came preaching the kingdom of God, and the nations conspired against him. The old world seemed to conquer this new world that Jesus embodied. But then, in the Resurrection, they saw that the old world—the world predicated upon death and the world that had done Jesus in—was now defeated.

So awed were they by the Resurrection—and you can sense it in every book and letter of the New Testament—that they awaited the imminent arrival of the new state of affairs, the return of Jesus and the establishment of God’s kingdom. Though Jesus did not immediately return, the old world was over, broken, compromised, its destruction now just a matter of time.
Video reflection by Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Relativism Ridge, Day 22
The Book of Judges, chapter fifteen, verses one thru eight.

Commentary: Samson Defeats the Philistines (Judges, 15:1-8).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"A vocation is a call that comes from God's sovereign power & free gift. However, such a call must find an open path in the heart. It must enter into the depths of the subject's thoughts, feelings, & will, in order to influence one's moral behavior."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"A Christian mystic from India, Sadhu Sundar Singh, several years ago wanted to go into Tibet to evangelize. He hired a Tibetan guide to take him over the Himalayas. They had gone but a short distance when they became tired & sat on the snow & ice. Then Singh said, 'I think I hear someone groaning in the abyss.' The Tibetan said: 'Well, what difference does it make? We're almost dead ourselves.' Singh went down, found a man, & dragged him to the base of the Himalayas to a little village. Refreshed by his act of charity, he came back to find the Tibetan guide frozen to death on the ice."
—Ven. Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"Gratitude, being nearly the greatest of human duties, is also nearly the most difficult."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

Bonus! The Aquabats! Song o' Yesterday!


Montag, 25. November
"The Aquabats!, "Space Bees!" from The Aquabats! Super Show! Television Soundtrack: Volume One (Captain Thumbs Up!)

Monday, November 25, 2019

Saints + Scripture

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

'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin & Martyr (circa 287-306, A.K.A. of the Wheel), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Maxentius & Galerius, a victim of the Great Persecution; one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers: Martyr-link ūna, Martyr-link duæ, & Wikipedia-link; Persecution-link & Wikipedia-link Great Persecution; & Holy Helpers-link & Wikipedia-link Holy Helpers.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
It is said that she visited her contemporary, the Roman emperor Maxentius, & tried to persuade him to stop persecuting Christians. She succeeded in converting his wife, the Empress. The Emperor send fifty pagan wise men to dispute with her, but she overcame all their arguments & all were subsequently burnt alive for their failure to convince her. She refused to deny her faith & marry the Emperor. He had her beaten for two hours & imprisoned. The Emperor than had her tortured on a spiked wheel, but it fell to pieces & she remained unhurt, although some spectators her willed by flying splinters.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Peter of Alexandria, Bishop & Martyr (died 311, A.K.A. Pope Peter I of Alexandria), seventeenth (XVII) Pope of Alexandria, martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Maxentius & Galerius, a victim of the Great Persecution: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Alexandria & Wikipedia-link Alexandria, Persecution-link & Wikipedia-link Great Persecution.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Alan of Lavaur, Abbot (seventh century), founder of an abbey at Lavaur, namesake of the Cathédrale Saint-Alain de Lavaur: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Saint-Alain de Lavaur.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Beatrice of Ornacieux, Religious, O.Cart. (circa 1240-1309, A.K.A. of Eymeu), co-foundress of the charterhouse at Eymeu: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Elizabeth of Reute, Religious, T.O.R. (1386-1420, A.K.A. Elizabeth Achler), a stigmatist: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Stigmata-link & Wikipedia-link Stigmata.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
The Book of Daniel, chapter one, verses one thru six & eight thru twenty;
The Book of Daniel, chapter three (R/. fifty-two[b]), verses fifty-two, fifty-three, fifty-four, fifty-five, & fifty-six;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter twenty-one, verses one thru four.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today’s Gospel tells of the poor widow who gave her last penny to the temple treasury. Her behavior makes us consider our possessiveness. What do we tell ourselves all the time? That we’re not happy because we don’t have all the things that we should have or that we want to have. What follows from this is that life becomes a constant quest to get, to acquire, to attain possessions.

Do you remember the parable about the foolish rich man? When his barns were filled with all his possessions, he decided to tear them down and build bigger ones. Why is he a fool? Because (and I want you to repeat this to yourself as I say it) you have everything you need right now to be happy.

What makes you happy is always right in front of you because what makes you happy is love. Love is willing the good of the other, opening yourself to the world around you. Love is not a feeling. It’s an act of the will. It is the great act of dispossession.
Video reflection by Monsignor James Vlaun: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Catherine of Alexandria
The Book of Revelation, chapter twenty-one, verses five, six, & seven;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-four (R/. seven), verses two & three, four & five, & seven(c/d) & eight;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter ten, verses Z.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Relativism Ridge, Day 21
The Book of Judges, chapter fourteen, verses ten thru twenty.

Commentary: Samson's Marriage at Timnah (concluded; Judges, 14:10-20).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"The way that God is seen in this world is by following Christ; seeing is going, is being on the way for our whole life toward the living God, whereby Jesus Christ, by the entire way that He walked, especially by the Paschal Mystery of His suffering, death, Resurrection, & Ascension, presents us with the itinerary."
—Pope Benedict XVI (born 1927, reigned 2005-2013)
Christian Quote o' the Day
"Sainthood lies in the habit of referring the smallest actions to God."
—C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"It was the problem of how men could be made to realise the wonder & splendour of being alive, in environments which their own daily criticism treated as dead-alive, & which their imagination had left for dead."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

Sunday, November 24, 2019

The Explorers' Club, № DCCXX

Operation AXIOM: Destination Moon—The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 12, Part III
24 November 1969: The Command Module Yankee Clipper splashed down in the Pacific Ocean & was recovered by crewmen from the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet; Pete Conrad, Richard Gordon, & Alan Bean were placed in a Mobile Quarantine Facility aboard the Hornet (remaining quarantined for three weeks) & promoted to captain (O-6) by incumbent U.S. president Richard Nixon via telephone.





Bonus! Moonshot Songs o' the Day
Leonard Rosenman, "Home Again (End Credits)" from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (Trekkie Mike Papa Whiskey)

&

National Aeronautics & Space Administration, "Apollo 12 Excerpt 28" from The Apollo Missions (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Bonus! Song o' the Lord's Day: Christ the King


Taizé, "Jesus, Remember Me" from Laudate Omnes Gentes (St. Mike Papa Whiskey)

Saints + Scripture: Solemnity of Christ the King

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

'Tis the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe: Christus Rex-link, Wikipedia-link Christus Rex, & Wikipedia-link Feast.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Pope Pius XI instituted this feast in 1925 with his encyclical Quas Primas ("In the first") to respond to growing nationalism & secularism. He recognized that these related societal ills would breed increasing hostility against the Church. His encyclical reminds the faithful that while governments & philosophies come & go, Christ reigns as king forever.
Scripture of the Week
Mass Readings—Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
The Second Book of Samuel, chapter five, verses one, two, & three;
Psalm One Hundred Twenty-two (R/. cf. one), verses one & two, three & four, & four & five;
The Letter to the Colossians, chapter one, verses twelve thru twenty;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter twenty-three, verses thirty-five thru forty-three.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today we celebrate the feast of Christ the King. This day reminds us what the Christian thing is all about: that Jesus really is the King, the Lord of our lives. It affirms that we belong utterly to him; that we can say, with St. Paul, "It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me."

If we say anything else, we are horsing around with Christianity and not really living it. If we pay lip service to Jesus but do not submit completely to him, we are fooling around and not treating him as the King of our lives. If we let him into one or two rooms of the house and not every room, he isn’t our King.

Jesus is our
Dominus, our Lord—or we are missing the point.
Video reflection by Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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



Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Relativism Ridge, Day 20
The Book of Judges, chapter fourteen, verses one thru nine.

Commentary: Samson's Marriage at Timnah (Judges, 14:1-9).

Mass Journal: Week 52
Reflection by Matthew Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute:
Does it not strike you as a great poverty of leadership that here in America we cannot put one person on the evening news who can be acknowledged by Americans from coast to coast as a Catholic leader? Where is the "someone" who speaks for us? It is true that occasionally a bishop or cardinal effectively harnesses the media in his diocese & establishes a vibrant identity as a Catholic leader in his geographic area. It is also true that some lay Catholics who occupy positions of prominence in the business world, the entertainment world, or the political realm have successfully established a Catholic identity in different ways. But we have no national figures, not within the clergy & not among the laity. Does that not strike you as a massive poverty of leadership? Where is the Catholic leader who can speak to the people of our time in ways that are bold, brilliant, logical, articulate, & inspiring.


Otherwise, 24 November would be the festival of Saint Chrysogonus, Priest & Martyr (died 304), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperors Diocletian & Maximian, a victim of the Great Persecution: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Persecutions-link & Wikipedia-link Great Persecution.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Twould also be the festival of Saints Flora & María of Córdoba, Martyrs (died 851), martyred in the reign of the Umayyad king Abd ar-Rahman II, two of the forty-eight Martyrs of Córdoba: Martyr-link Foxtrot, Martyr-link Mike, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Córdoba.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Albert of Louvain, Bishop & Martyr (1166-1192), Bishop of Liège (1192), martyred in the reign of the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Liège & Wikipedia-link Liège.

'Twould also be the festival of Saint Andrew Dũng-Lạc, Priest, & Companions, Martyrs (died 1745-1862; A.K.A. the Martyrs of Vietnam, of Tonkin, of Annam, of Indochina), martyred in the reigns of the Lê, Tây Sơn, & Nguyễn dynasties of Vietnam: Martyr-link Alpha Delta-Lima & Wikipedia-link Alpha Delta-Lima; Martyrs-link Vietnam ūnus, Martyrs-link Vietnam duo, & Wikipedia-link Vietnam.


'Twould also be the festival of Blessed Maria Anna Sala, Religious, I.M. (1829-1891): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Who has not heard Dostoyevsky’s oft-quoted remark: ‘Beauty will save us’? Usually people forget to mention, however, that by redeeming beauty Dostoyevsky means Christ. He it is whom we must learn to see. If we cease to know Him only through words but are struck by the arrow of His paradoxical beauty, then we will truly come to know Him & will no longer merely know about Him secondhand. Then we will have encountered the beauty of truth, of redeeming truth. Nothing can bring us into contact with the beauty of Christ Himself more than the world of beauty created by faith & the light that shines upon the faces of the saints, through which His own light becomes visible."
—Pope Benedict XVI (born 1927, reigned 2005-2013)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"The Church reminds us & admonishes us: Christians, be conscious of your state; Christians, be consistent; Christians, be faithful; Christians, be strong. In a word, Christians, be Christians!"
—Pope St. Paul VI (1897-1978, feast day: 29 May)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"I have only found one creed that could not be satisfied with a truth, but only with the Truth, which is made of a million such truths and yet is one."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Saints + Scripture: Christ the King — Please Stand By

The R.B.D. Song o' the Lord's Day: Christ the King


Sandi Patty, "God & King" from Everlasting (St. Mike Papa Whiskey)

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Bonus! Moonshot Songs o' the Day


(A) New Found Glory, "Coming Home" from Coming Home (Mike Papa Whiskey)

&

National Aeronautics & Space Administration, "Apollo 12 Excerpt 23" from The Apollo Missions (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Saints + Scripture

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

The Popish Plot
"Bonus Clips & Outtakes from Fall 2019"

'Tis the Optional Memorial of Saint Clement I, Pope & Martyr (died circa 101, of Rome) fourth (IV) Bishop of Rome (circa 88-101), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Trajan, author of the First & Second Letters of Clement, one of the Apostolic Fathers: Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, Martyr-link trēs, & Wikipedia-link; Pontifex-link & Wikipedia-link Pontifex, Persecutions-link, Wikipedia-link 1 Clement & Wikipedia-link 2 Clement, & Fathers-link & Wikipedia-link Fathers.


Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Tis also the Optional Memorial of Saint Columban, Abbot (circa 540-615), founding abbot of the Abbey of Luxeuil (circa 585) & the Abbey of Bobbio (circa 590): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Abbey-link Luxeuil & Wikipedia-link Luxeuil, & Wikipedia-link Bobbio.


'Tis also the Optional Memorial of Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro, Priest & Martyr, S.J. (1891-1927), martyred in the reign of the Mexican strongman Plutarco Elías Calles, one of the Saints of the Cristero War (A.K.A. the Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution): Martyr-link ūnus, Martyr-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link México & Wikipedia-link México.


'Tis also the festival of Saint Felicitas of Rome, Martyr (circa 101-165, Anglicized as Felicity), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Persecutions-link & Wikipedia-link Persecution.

Commentary: Mother of the Seven Holy Brothers [10 July], also martyrs.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Clement of Metz, Bishop (died circa 300), inaugural (I) Bishop of Metz: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Diocese-link Metz & Wikipedia-link Metz.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Vulfetrude, Abbess, O.S.B. (died circa 669, also spelt Wilfetrudis), second (II) abbess of the Abbey of Nivelles: Saint-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Nivelles.

Commentary: Niece of the founding abbess St. Gertrude of Nivelles [17 March].

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Margaret of Savoy, Religious, T.O.S.D. (circa 1382-1464), Marchioness of Montferrat, foundress of a convent at Alba, Piedmont: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Saturday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
The First Book of Maccabees, chapter six, verses one thru thirteen;
Psalm Nine (R/. sixteen[a]), verses two & three, four & six, & sixteen & nineteen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter twenty, verses twenty-seven thru forty.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, today’s Gospel reports a conversation Jesus had with some of the Sadducees, who held that there is no life after death. We could practically hear their speech on the lips of secularists today. But Jesus is having none of it. The dead shall indeed rise, he says. Otherwise, how could Moses have spoken of God as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, all of whom were long dead by Moses’ time? But their risen existence, though in continuity, even bodily continuity, with what has gone before, will be transformed, transfigured, raised up.

Those who hold to the resurrection of the body are those who are most effective at working for justice and peace in this world. If you are a complete materialist and secularist, you hold that everything and everybody, in the end, just fades away. But if you believe in the resurrection of the body, then everything in this world is destined for redemption. Everything matters.
Video reflection by Sister Annie Bremmer: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Clement I
The First Letter of Peter, chapter five, verses one thru four;
Psalm Eighty-nine, verses two & three, four & five, twenty-one & twenty-two, & twenty-five & twenty-seven;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter sixteen, verses thirteen thru nineteen.

Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of St. Columban
The Book of Isaiah, chapter fifty-two, verses seven thru ten;
Psalm Ninety-six (R/. three), verses one & two(a), two(b) & three, seven & eight(a), & ten;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter nine, verses fifty-seven thru sixty-two.

Mass Readings—Optional Memorial of Bl. Miguel Agustín Pro
The Book of Sirach, chapter fifty-one, verses one thru eight;
Psalm Thirty-one (R/. six);
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter ten, verses twenty-eight thru thirty-three.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Relativism Ridge, Day 19
The Book of Judges, chapter thirteen, verses one thru seven, twenty-four, & twenty-five.

Commentary: The Birth of Samson (Judges, 13:1-7, 24-25).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"To preach the Gospel of forgiveness seems absurd to human politics, because in the natural economy justice does not often permit forgiveness. But in the Christian economy, it is not absurd. Difficult, yes, but not absurd."
—Pope St. Paul VI (1897-1978, feast day: 29 May)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"¡Viva Cristo Rey!"
—Bl. Miguel Agustín Pro (1891-1927, feast day: 23 November)

Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"Joy comes from within & not from without."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Saints + Scripture — Please Stand By

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


Robert Preston, "Gary, Indiana" from The Music Man: Original Soundtrack (Mike Papa Wolverine)

Commentary: I do enjoy that their state flag is in our school colors. Go Blue!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Bonus! Songs o' the Day

St. Cecilia, the Patroness of Musicians
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "They Will Need Music" from The Magic of Youth (Rude Boy Mike Papa Whiskey)

Skammentary:
"…We will need to music to uplift,
It'll be a Godsend, it'll be a gift,
And hope and glory to coincide,
We'll need the strength, the warmth, the comfort that the music will provide!"
The Re-consecration of the Temple by the Maccabees
Barenaked Ladies, "Hanukkah, O Hannukah" from Barenaked for the Holidays (Mike Papa Whiskey)

The Rebel Black Dot Moonshot Songs o' the Day


Guster, "Rocketship" from Goldfly (Mike Papa Whiskey)

&

National Aeronautics & Space Administration, "Apollo 12 Excerpt 15" from The Apollo Missions (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin & Martyr (died circa 176-235): Martyr-link ūna, Martyr-link duæ, Martyr-link Array of Hope, & Wikipedia-link.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
She is the patroness of musicians. It is written that as the musicians played at her wedding she "sang in her heart to the Lord."
'Tis also the festival of Saints Philemon & Apphia, Martyrs (died circa 68), martyred in the reign of the Roman emperor Nero, recipients of the Letter to Philemon: Martyr-link Papa, Martyr-link Alpha, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Epistle.

'Tis also the festival of Eighty-five Martyrs of England & Wales (died 1584-1679), martyred in the reigns of the English queen Elizabeth I; the Anglo-Scottish kings James VI & I, Charles I, & Charles II; & the English warlord Oliver Cromwell: Martyrs-link England & Wales & Wikipedia-link England & Wales.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Salvatore Lilli, Priest & Martyr, O.F.M. (1853-1895), martyred by Muslims, one of the eight Martyrs of Armenia: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Martyrs-link Armenia.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Tommaso Reggio, Bishop (1818-1901), Archbishop of Genoa (1892-1901), Bishop of Ventimiglia (1877-1892), & founder of the Sisters of Saint Martha (1878): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Ventimiglia & Wikipedia-link Genoa.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
The First Book of Maccabees, chapter four, verses thirty-six, thirty-seven, & fifty-two thru fifty-nine;
The First Book of Chronicles, chapter twenty-nine (R/. thirteen[b]), verses ten(b/c/d), eleven(a/b/c), eleven(d) & twelve(a), & twelve(b/c/d);
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter nineteen, verses forty-five thru forty-eight.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire Catholic Ministries):
Friends, in today’s Gospel we see Jesus cleansing the temple. What did it mean for a provincial prophet to come into the holy city of Jerusalem and make a ruckus in the temple? Well, you can probably imagine. To make matters worse, Jesus says something that is as shocking as his actions. He says, "I will destroy this temple and in three days rebuild it." No wonder that it was precisely this act that led to his Crucifixion.

So what was he doing and why? First, in showing his lordship over even this most sacred symbol, he was announcing who he was. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus acts in the person of God. Secondly, he was instituting a new Temple, the Temple of his crucified and risen body. Jesus himself is the place where God dwells, and we, in the measure that we are grafted on to him, are temples of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is passing judgment on all of the inadequate, corrupt forms of human religion and is establishing the new and eternal covenant, the new Temple, in his own person.
Video reflection by Paula Triglo-Galan: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


Mass Readings—Memorial of St. Cecilia
The Book of Hosea, chapter two, verses sixteen(b/c), seventeen(c/d), twenty-one, & twenty-two;
Psalm Forty-five (R/. eleven), verses eleven & twelve, fourteen & fifteen, & sixteen & seventeen;
(or, R/. "The bridegroom is here; let us go out to meet Christ the Lord.")
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twenty-five, verses one thru thirteen.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Relativism Ridge, Day 18
The Book of Judges, chapter eleven, verses thirty thru forty.

Commentary: Jephthah's Vow (Judges, 11:30-33) & Jephthah's Daughter (Judges, 11:34-40).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"You produce music, poetry & art, drama, painting & sculpture, & literature. All those things reflect the soul of a nation being influenced by the Spirit of Christ for the perfection of humanity."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Arise, soldiers of Christ, throw out the works of darkness & put on the armor of light."
—St. Cecilia (died circa 176-235, feast day: 22 November)

Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"What is always crumbling is not the creed but the criticism."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Rebel Black Dot Moonshot Songs o' the Day


Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, "Rocket Man" from Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Have a Ball (Mike Papa Whiskey)

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National Aeronautics & Space Administration, "Apollo 12 Excerpt 14" from The Apollo Missions (Mike Papa Whiskey)

Saints + Scripture

'Tis the Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (circa 12 B.C.): Madonna-link ūna, Madonna-link duæ, & Wikipedia-link.


Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Mary's parents, [Ss.] Joachim & Anne [26 July], who had been childless, received a heavenly message that they would have a child. In thanksgiving for the gift of their daughter, they brought her, when still a child, to the Temple in Jerusalem to consecrate her to God.
Quoth
Minute Meditations from the Popes:
Blessed Mother Mary, teach me about your Son. Instruct me in His ways; protect me from those things that separate me from Him; & lead me home to Him in heaven with you forever.
'Tis also the festival of Saint Gelasius I, Pope (died 496), forty-ninth (XLIX) Bishop of Rome (492-496), first pope to be titled Vicar of Christ, a foe of the Acacian Schism (484-519): Saint-link ūnus, Saint-link duo, & Wikipedia-link; Pontifex-link, Wikipedia-link Pontifex, & Wikipedia-link Vicarius Christi; & Wikipedia-link Schism.

'Tis also the festival of Saint Gelasius Ó Cuileanáin, Priest & Martyr, O.Cist. (died 1580, Anglicized as O'Cullenan), abbot of Boyle Abbey, martyred in the reign of the English queen Elizabeth I, one of the Irish Martyrs: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link Boyle, & Martyrs-link Éire & Wikipedia-link Éire.

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Maria of Jesus the Good Shepherd, Religious, C.S.F.N. (1842-1902, A.K.A. Maria Franciszka Siedliska), foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (C.S.F.N.): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link C.S.F.N..

'Tis also the festival of Blessed Clelia Merloni, Religious, A.S.C.J. (1861-1930), foundress of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (A.S.C.J.): Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link A.S.C.J..

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings—Thursday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
The First Book of Maccabees, chapter two, verses fifteen thru twenty-nine;
Psalm Fifty (R/. twenty-three[b]), verses one(b) & two, five & six, & fourteen & fifteen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter nineteen, verses forty-one thru forty-four.

Commentary: Reflection by Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire):
Friends, in today’s Gospel passage, Jesus laments over Jerusalem because it failed to acknowledge him. He said, "They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation." This is a thunderclap, a shock, a highly subversive thing to say. It would be something like a president-elect coming upon the White House in the midst of a crowd of his supporters and saying, "All of this will be destroyed."

But this is precisely what Jesus does here. I know I’ve said it to you before, but I will say it again, because it belongs to the heart of the Gospel and it is repeated by Jesus over and over again: nothing in this world lasts. Nothing in this world should, therefore, be the object of our deepest longings or of our most powerful commitments.

The temple represented all of the glitter and glamor of this world, the best it can offer; and the people standing there, entranced by it, stand for all of us down through the ages who stand staring up at the goods of this world. So we must free ourselves from worldly attachments and live for God alone.
Mass Readings—Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Book of Zechariah, chapter two, verses fourteen thru seventeen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter one (R/. forty-nine), verses forty-six & forty-seven, forty-eight & forty-nine, fifty & fifty-one, fifty-two & fifty-three, & fifty-four & fifty-five;
(or, R/. "O Blessed Virgin Mary, you carried the Son of the eternal Father.");
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twelve, verses forty-six thru fifty.

Commentary: Video reflection by Harry Dudley, D.Min.: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Scripture Study—Exodus 90: Day 91: Relativism Ridge, Day 17
The Book of Judges, chapter eleven, verses one thru eleven.

Commentary: Jephthah (Judges, 11:1-11).

Papal Quote o' the Day
"Before Jesus ever spoke about Himself & His mission, Mary spoke of Him to those who came to visit the Child. And they were amazed to learn how much God had done for the salvation of Israel & the entire humanity."
—Pope St. John Paul II the Great (1920-2005, feast day: 22 October)
Saint Quote o' the Day
"Whoever sees God has obtained all the goods of which he can conceive."
—St. Gregory of Nyssa (335-395, feast day: 10 January)
Chesterton Quote o' the Day
"The family cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilisations which disregard it."
—G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)