J. S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata (Music for Mondays)

Bach knows coffee…

Johann Sebastian Bach loved coffee, before coffee houses were cool. He and his musician friends hung out at a place in Liepzig that was something along the lines of Central Perk in the television series Friends, and they jammed, and penned masterpieces, and stuff.

Being the giant of music knowledge that I am, I found all this out today via a Google search (about 5 minutes ago) because I love books, coffee, and music. [Read more...]

Little Old Lady Who Ruined the Fresco Says “Pass the Loot!” UPDATED

Remember this?

The, um, “restorer” would like a piece of the action. You see, because of her work, the Church is making money hand-over-fist, and she wants her fair share. Gawker shares this bit of news with us,

Cecilia Giménez, the 85-year-old Spanish villager who took it upon herself to transform Elías García Martínez’s Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) into Ecce Mono (Behold the Monkey), has apparently recovered from the anxiety she initially experienced and is now looking to get paid. [Read more...]

Fraternal Correction (A Few Words for Wednesday)

A poem by Kenhelm Digby Best, priest of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, London, 1900.

 Fraternal Correction

Ah! there are untamed spirits, rough and rude,
Rugged as unwrought iron, unsubdued
Till fire hath filled it with a glowing heat—
And love alone with such souls can compete.
But, soon as love hath made these souls less like
Their wretched self, some deem it time to strike—
Unskilful smiths! they only beat the mass
Into its own cold hardness—while, alas!
Had they loved on, and not been violent,
How easily the stubborn had been bent!
Reproof that irritates, and frequent test
Make untried tempers brittle at the best—
Morose and murmuring, instead of gay,
For perseverance less and less they pray—
Till, finally, it needs but one blow more
To strew the shivered fragments on the floor.

More poems like this one are available on the YIMCatholic Bookshelf.

 

 

Thoughts As Summer Winds Down on a Saturday

La Grenouillere, Claude Monet, 1869

My children headed back to school twelve days back. But it still feels a bit like summer, though this year it seems as if all the seasons are running three weeks ahead of schedule.

Though the scorching of July made headlines, and has been followed up in the news with leading questions by seemingly all-knowing journalists wondering if this is because of global warming, my electric bill says otherwise. [Read more...]

Just When You Thought Beauty Will Save the World, There’s This…




Uh-oh. Ecco Homo non amplius?
You know, there is wisdom in admitting your limitations. More details over at the Guardian.

Thoughts from the Prophet Alexandr Solzhenitsyn (A Few Words for Wednesday)

What follows are a few paragraphs from Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s lecture that, according to the endnotes, was “delivered only to the Swedish Academy and not actually given as a lecture.” It was delivered in 1970, and is an homage to the trinity of truth, goodness, and beauty. The entire essay is simply entitled Nobel Lecture in Literature 1970. 

Solzhenitsyn’s insights are valuable not only because of his stature as an artist, but because of the life that he lived. The following excerpt comes from the sixth of seven sections, and resonates with me especially these days. These thoughts should give us pause as we venture further into the political circus that rages around us nowadays. They are the harsh light of truth, trained upon the realities of our political systems, and how easily they lead us astray. [Read more...]

Paul Ryan Said He’s Pro-Life (Except in Cases of Rape)? Here’s What Happened Next…UPDATED

When I heard the news, I was just having some tea, see, and then BAM! I threw an epic fit. Think zero to 100mph to zero in 11 seconds flat. It looked sort of like this (many thanks to Alan Rickman for playing the part of your intrepid blogger). [Read more...]

The YIMCatholic Photo Album UPDATED

I just noticed the neatest thing over on my Google+ account. There is a photo album there where all of the photographs I have ever used while the blog was on Blogger are presented all together. It sort of reminds me of a Pinterest board.

It’s also like going back in time just scrolling through the collection of photographs, paintings, and drawings (906 in all) from my very first solo post (see photograph above), to all the rest of them. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, than these 906 pictures are worth 906,000 words. Or more likely, a million of ‘em. [Read more...]

The Good News in Six Minutes: The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Remember the anti-drug campaign using the photograph above? The video below is kind of like that too. It’s from out of the Richmond Diocese, and in the interest of sharing “best practices,” maybe it ought to be utilized in all the dioceses. What we have below is a different statement: This is your heart on fire,

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Any questions? :)

H/T Micah Murphy of Truth and Charity. Also, you’ll find Blessed Pope John Paul II’s “Reconciliation and Penance” right here.

 

Art and Baseball? It’s All Part of God’s Plan

A friend of mine shared the following essay with me recently. She knows I’m a baseball fan, but I’m not sure if she realizes I’m a newbie writer. Either way, it’s a good little piece written by the fellow you see in the photograph here.

R.A. Dickey, knuckleballer extraordinaire

 

I have been a baseball player for twenty-eight years, the last fifteen of which I have had the blessing of playing professionally.

I am currently a pitcher for the New York Mets, and I specialize in throwing the knuckleball. I have had an affinity for literature for an equally long time. I remember writing poetry, albeit the “make a wish with a fish on a dish” type stuff, as early as fourth grade. All this is to say that throughout my career as a baseball player, I have been able to discover a great many similarities between the game of baseball and the written word. [Read more...]


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