He Restores My Soul…

Sleepless and surfing, I stumbled upon these really exquisite seasonal landscapes (I'm especially taken with the autumnal shots) from The Dominican Monastery of the Mother of God in West Springfield, MA.They look like a swell buncha gals, but what I really want to know is what sort of camera did they use for these eye-popping pictures! The pictures on the homepage are downright gorgeous, too!Sometimes you just need to stare at beauty for a while. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

The Book of Tobit is useful and under-utilized

Earlier, I wrote that I am in the process of putting together the liturgy for my brother's funeral.That's not just a hard sentence to write, it is a difficult task to set oneself to. It requires a willingness to say, "yes, I suppose this must be done, and better to do it now, when I am thinking clearly..." when one really doesn't yet want to...quite...believe that the end is near.Choosing from an approved list of prayers used throughout the Mass of Christian Burial is not difficult, even … [Read more...]

Days of Rest and Aimless Surfing…

Sunday used to be such a gentle day, a day for going to church, then stopping by Aunt Mary's for coffee and a bun and teasing a cousin or getting a game of touch football going. Early supper, some music and time to read or play a board game with family members.Okay, scratch that, I don't believe our family ever played a board game that didn't end with someone flinging the movable pieces across the room and closing the gameboard with a resounding THWACK as everyone quickly dispersed.I'm trying to … [Read more...]

And With Your Spirit

Oh, happy day! After 35 years of the sleepy and uninspiring English translations of the Latin Mass, it seems we are finally on a path to correct the language and allow the liturgy to have a bit of poetry and supernatural inflection!William Oddie (wonderful name) gives us the latest in the UK Spectator as he wonders Whose Rite is it, Anyway.It seems John Paul II is serious about correcting the prayers and responses of the liturgy, although he is - predictably - encountering resistance from the … [Read more...]

Humanae Vitae, the most misunderstood musing

Over at Captain Ed's Place there is a lively discussion taking place in the comments thread regarding the SCOTUS refusal to hear the appeal of Catholic Charities concerning California law. In a nutshell, California has told Catholic Charities - an excellent gang of people who help anyone in need with everything from tonight's supper to job counselling - that their health plan must - must, mind you - offer health insurance coverage with includes artificial contraception. Got that? A non-profit … [Read more...]