Happy end of the Ecclesiastical Year! I’d like to see some sort of end of the Ecclesiastical Year celebration show on TV, which would lead into a “Welcome to Advent” show, but it would have to occur at 6 PM on Saturday, because that’s the time for Evening Prayer I. Perhaps there will be such a thing someday.
Here’s quite a nice blog done by the Visitation Sisters in Georgetown.
Meanwhile, we had a quiet retreat day here, which was good, because I wasn’t feeling 100% and I got a chance to rest.
On the turntable: Voices of the Middle Ages. Now that’s some old music! They were way ahead of their time, though, writing music for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite!
Continuing a “Catholic artists” theme, here’s a video of Josh Blakesley singing “Come to Jesus.” Actually, he only sings part of the song about four minutes in. He also explains how to play the song.
I never noticed before that Jeff Cavins has a blog. Nice style.
I found it via a link back for a Danielle Rose YouTube video. Here is that video. It’s a rehersal for a song she recorded for her new CD, I Thirst.
Written by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
A prayer before logging onto the internet:
Almighty and eternal God,
who created us in Thine image
and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful,
especially in the divine person of Thine Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant, we beseech Thee,
that, through the intercession of Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor,
during our journeys through the internet
we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee
and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
and, of course, the Latin…
OMNIPOTENS aeterne Deus, qui nos secundum imaginem Tuam plasmasti, et omnia bona, vera, pulchra, praesertim in divina persona Unigeniti Filii Tui Domini nostri Iesu Christi, quaerere iussisti, praesta quaesumus ut, per intercessionem Sancti Isidori, Episcopi et Doctoris, in peregrinationibus per interrete factis et manus oculosque ad quae Tibi sunt placita intendamus et omnes quos convenimus cum caritate ac patientia accipiamus. Per Christum Dominum Nostrum. Amen.
At present, we don’t have a “vocation video” for the Marians. It is a serious challenge. What should it be like? Since I’m not the vocation director, however, I’m not too concerned about it.
Still, in looking at other attempts, I have hope. It doesn’t have to be high-def with the latest video effects. Well, high-def isn’t a bad thing, either.
Here is an example of a somewhat older vocation video that, well, um, it’s not ideal. I like the section on missionary work in Japan. But… it’s something that clearly shows the need to be careful in choosing a video editor, not to mention the music used.
Coming soon, well, July 25, 2008 to be exact. It’s always a good time to remember this important encyclical, but Priests for Life wants to prepare for this anniversary in a special way.
Asking prayers for Jadyn Eckert, an 18 month old girl with sepsis. She is in the pediatric intensive care unit at a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. A website about her: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jadyneckert.
There’s an old RCA Red Seal LP called Keyboard Giants of the Past on the turntable today. I particularly like the piano performance of the Blue Danube Waltz by Josef Lhevinne. It is anything but ordinary–taking the waltz through various styles. The performance was recorded in 1928.
No noticeable impact here due to the Hollywood Writers’ Strike. I recently watched an episode of Jackie Gleason’s American Scene Magazine. It was hilarious–and from a mere 45 years ago. (I watched it thanks to the Museum of Broadcast Communications website). I also watched a Gary Moore show from 1951. There is so much programming to see that I’ve never seen, and even if it isn’t the best, it’s better than what’s on now!
Here’s a little article on two young women starting out in religious life from the Catholic Extension Magazine (yes, the same magazine as shown below in its 1938 form).
Since it’s “All Saints”, I thought I would embed a video of a song (in Italian) dedicated to Servant of God Chiara “Luce” Badano. She was born one year after me! (1971) She died in 1990 from cancer at the age of 18. HER CAUSE IS IN PROGRESS!
Talk about a recent example of holiness.