Vespers Podcast for tonight

This is from last year, and I think it includes one of my "little talks."Excuse the singing. I'm only posting this by request. :-) … [Read more...]

O Eve! Reconciled!


Eve and Mary by Sr. Grace Remington, O.C.S.OIt's still Christmas! And here is a lovely story about how things get moved along by the Holy Spirit:A Trappistine nun, Abbess Columba Guare of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, who composes the texts for the Abbey's Christmas cards, wrote this lovely poem, wherein the Virgin Mary addresses Eve with hope and gladness:O Eve! My mother, my daughter, life-giving Eve,Do not be ashamed, do not grieve.The former things have passed … [Read more...]

In Praise of Adoration

Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters at ChristmasSitting before the Holy Eucharist: “it is like sitting out in the sun. You may not feel the effect at the moment, but a little while later, you know you were singed.” -- Sr. Briege McKennaI've written several times in the past about how genuinely wonderful it is to have the opportunity to sit before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer and silence.It was by happening upon Adoration that my heart was turned, irrevocably, finally and for all time, toward … [Read more...]

It's Still Christmastime!

An Anchoress Word Cloud via WordleThe Reading from Vespers, December 27:God sent his son in the likeness of sinful flesh as a sin offering, thereby condemning sin in the flesh, so that the just demands of the law might be fulfilled in us who live, not according to the flesh, but according to the spirit. -- Romans 8:3-4If you need a little shot in the arm to keep the mind of Christmas going, Pope Benedict XVI spoke a truly beautiful homily at midnight mass, which many are only just getting … [Read more...]

Christmas linking around

While the President-elect enjoys the links in Hawaii, Glenn Reynolds hears from readers about reduced crowds at resorts. Can you imagine the conniptions the press would have having if McCain had won and took the exact same vacation Obama is currently taking while "people are freezing to death and Americans are stuck at home..."I mean, I'm just sayin'.Meanwhile, the pope's excellent address to the Roman Curia got scammed by Reuters, who played with the Holy Father's … [Read more...]

Podcast: Gospel of Luke Nativity Story

It's Christmas Eve!In the wee small hours of the morning, after many hours of baking, I decided to make a podcast of the Nativity narrative via the Gospel of Luke. Perhaps some would like to have a listen while wrapping, baking, or whatever.I used the New American translation - not my favorite, but it's the one I had on hand. Still, this has been such a wonderful Advent that even with the less-than-lyrical translation, I actually welled up a few times while reading. I don't think you can … [Read more...]

O Emmanuel!

O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, expectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster.O Emmanuel, the one awaited by the gentiles, and their Savior: come to save us, Lord our God.Reading at Vespers: from 2 Peter 3:8b-10In the Lord's eyes, one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years are as a day. The Lord does not delay in keeping his promise - though some consider it "delay." Rather, he shows you generous patience, since he wants none to perish … [Read more...]

Advent Culmination

Your light will come, Jerusalem; the Lord will dawn on you in radiant beauty. -- Responsory to Morning Prayer in AdventFor morning prayer the reading is from the prophet Jeremiah 30: 21,22Thus says the Lord: His leader shall be from Jacob, and his rulers shall come from his kin. When I summon him, he shall approach me. You shall be my people, and I will be your God.In the Office of Readings, (Page 1944 in the Breviary) I love this excerpt from a Sermon by Peter … [Read more...]

O Rex Gentium!

O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti.O King of the Nations, and the one they desired, keystone, who makes both peoples one, come and save mankind, whom you shaped from the mud. … [Read more...]

Quick links around

Happy Hannukah! Or Oy, Come all ye Faithful!Mulling Advent and Friendship over coffee. It's a nice, thoughtful piece by Patrick O' Hannigan, even though he does not say whether it was the delectable Mystic Monk Coffee being served. No, I can't recommend it enough!We'd like Rites and Rituals: but with no transcendence, please.Bush is mulling a farewell message. I personally think he should buy an hour of tv time and debunk the NY Times one distortion, spin or outright lie at a time. At … [Read more...]