A Freaky Little Coda to the “Black Mass” Story

You like a little freaky? I got a little freaky for you, right here! This gave me goosebumps when I heard it, this morning, while visiting the gang at the Son Rise Morning show.

Recall this earlier post about Joris-Karl Huysmans, the French novelist who described the “Black Mass” meant to be re-enacted at Harvard, on May 12 of this year. Huysmans died in 1907, as a Benedictine Oblate.

Do you know the date of his death?
You’ll never guess, so I’ll tell you: he died on May 12. 107 years to the day, of the great Eucharistic push-back against the very fascinations that had marked his life before Christ.

Yeah, cue the Twilight Zone theme and remember the Bard…”There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

Except our philosophy is supernatural. So goosebumps do come, sometimes.

It has not been my intention to continue writing about the Black Mass story, by the way. But things keep coming up.

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  • Fr William Barrocas

    THAT CONNECTION OF JORIS-KARL HUYSMAUS WITH BLACK MASS ALSO CALLED BY SOME ‘SATANIC’ WAS A REVELATION MOST UNEXPECTED. TO THINK THAT HE WROTE ABOUT THE ‘BLACK MASS’ AND WENT FOR HIS REWARD ON MAY 12 1907, EXACTLY 107 YEARS AGO TO THE DAY. TO THINK THAT THIS HARVARD MASS KEPT ON HIS DEATH ANNIVERSARY SHOWS THAT THE ORGANISERS AND SPONSORS WERE DOING SOMETHING IS HONOUR AND MEMORY OF THE AUTHOR. SO, THAT MEANS THERE IS MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.HOPE WE WILL KNOW

  • MeanLizzie

    Please don’t write in all caps. It reads like screaming.

  • http://leelusplace.blogspot.com/ leelu

    I love a Deity with a sense of humor!

  • newton

    Freaky… but interesting!

  • Fr William Barrocas

    I AM VERY SORRY IF YOU FELT I WAS SCREAMING, IN OUR PART OF THE WORLD IT WOULD BE BEING SIMPLE AND SINCERE. NOW WHAT DO I DO? MAY BE I WILL FOLLOW YOU WAY RATHER THAN ASK THAT YOU FOLLOW MINE.

  • http://www.thewinedarksea.com/ Melanie B

    Beautiful shivers.

  • Ron Turner

    maybe – after making a fool of yourself again – you will just go away

  • Jon Fermin

    Just turn off the caps lock and type like a normal person. typing in all caps comes off to most internet viewers as extremely obnoxious and should be used VERY sparingly for PRECISE emphasis, see?

  • Anne Ashford-Hall

    How rude!

  • Victor

    MAY BE I WILL FOLLOW YOUR WAY RATHER THAN ASK THAT YOU FOLLOW MINE AND…………………………..

    END YA SAY Fr? DON’T BE LIKE THAT! BE NICE NOW!
    Remember that while in Rome YA should do as The Romans do now! LOL :)
    God Bless Peace


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