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Cheezburger of the Day

May 26, 2010

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Our Lady of Fatima . . .

May 25, 2010

Pray for us.

 The new statue of Our Lady of Fatima, centerpiece of my parish’s new Rosary and Meditation Garden, funded through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Thank you!

Where in the World Is Carmen San Diego, Waldo Niall Mor?

May 24, 2010

You may have noticed, dear readers, (all three of you) that I have been away from this blog for several weeks. There are good reasons for this, namely:

  1. Technical reasons. As you may remember from previous posts, recently I’ve been beset with technical problems: a logic board failure, a failure of my wireless keyboard and mouse, and an infestation of viruses and spyware, despite having what I thought was good anti-virus and security software. It took several days to find satisfactory replacement software, get it installed correctly, and get the computer more or less debugged and working properly.
  2. Church-related reasons. As you may also recall, I’m president of my parish’s praesidium (local chapter) of The Legion of Mary. Now is the time of year when our praesidium had to make its annual report to the Curia (the next level up in the Legion’s organization) about everything we’ve been up to during the past year. Organization and record keeping, however, aren’t my strong suits, so what should have been a fairly simple task turned into a mad scramble for information. Imagine doing all this whilst and at the same time trying to participate in a novena to Our Lady of Fatima called for by the pastor who really wanted—you guessed it—The Legion of Mary to be present each night of the novena. The climax of the celebration was the dedication of the parish’s new Rosary and Meditation Garden and statue of Our Lady of Fatima, with a special Mass celebrated by His Excellency, The Most Rev. Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of The Diocese of Charleston, SC. It was a BIG DEAL. 
  3. Medical reasons.  About a week ago, I began bleeding from my backside, a part of the anatomy from which no one should ever bleed. Because this wasn’t the first time this had happened, my doctor became concerned and ordered me into the hospital for a colonoscopy. After two days on a clear liquid diet, several rounds of laxatives, two enemas, and much poking and prodding in places humans were not meant to be poked and prodded, it was determined that the problem was a simple case of hemorrhoids. Even though all of this was unexpected and immensely inconvenient, I don’t regret it for a minute. Finding out you don’t have colon cancer brightens your day immeasurably.  Deo gratias!

So. How are you?

    He Is Risen!

    April 6, 2010

    Better late than never! I want to wish a most joyous and blessed Easter Season to all my readers. The joy of the Resurrection of Christ is too huge to be confined to just one day.

    Unfortunately, I could not attend the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday this year as I usually do. I really missed hearing the Exsultet, the ancient, traditional chanted hymn of praise and thanksgiving to God for the gift of the Resurrection. While searching YouTube for an appropriate Easter post, I came across this beautiful version of the Exsultet which is slightly different from the version most Americans are likely to hear at the Vigil Mass. It’s sung by a community of English Dominicans. Enjoy, and happy Easter!

    Good Friday

    April 2, 2010

    “And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying: ‘Eloi, Eloi, lamma sabacthani?’ Which is, being interpreted, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’ And some of the standers by hearing, said: ‘Behold he calleth Elias.’

    And one running and filling a sponge with vinegar, and putting it upon a reed, gave him to drink, saying: ‘Stay, let us see if Elias come to take him down.’ And Jesus having cried out with a loud voice, gave up the ghost.  And the veil of the temple was rent in two, from the top to the bottom. And the centurion who stood over against him, seeing that crying out in this manner he had given up the ghost, said: ‘Indeed this man was the son of God.'”

    (Mark 15 :34-39, Douay-Rheims Bible.)

    While It’s Still St. Patrick’s Day . . .

    March 18, 2010

    Here’s a little something for your enjoyment — a video for the song “Patrick Was A Gentleman” as performed by the Wolfe Tones. Enjoy!

    St. Patrick’s Day

    March 17, 2010

    “And many gifts were offered to me with weeping and tears, and I offended them [the donors], and also went against the wishes of a good number of my elders; but guided by God, I neither agreed with them nor deferred to them, not by my own grace but by God who is victorious in me and withstands them all, so that I might come to the Irish people to preach the Gospel and endure insults from unbelievers; that I might hear scandal of my travels, and endure many persecutions to the extent of prison; and so that I might give up my free birthright for the advantage of others, and if I should be worthy, I am ready [to give] even my life without hesitation; and most willingly for His name. And I choose to devote it to him even unto death, if God grant it to me.”

    from The Confession of St. Patrick