Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Causes of concern

It occured to me about the time that silly movie just impending and the ads for it cluttered up between the segments of Doctor Who (which is also silly, but differently) — That the name of the hazardous game consisted of two words, one French, one German, both meaning "yes".

For sure, invoking you-cannot-even-say-what to whatever end is a hazardous game fool's rush, but to build into the very name of the game ab-initio acquiescence — to agree to say "no" only to saying "no" — is, shall we say, cause for grave concern. It is agreeing, at the start of play, that you have already lost.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Dignus est Agnus

Our New Fire fizzled out before they could light the Paschal Candle from it.

The choir twice didn't get the Ferial Tone (at the Exsultet and blessing the Font... while the organist is ... enthusiastic ... about ... helping us along ... and making sure we have enough time to sing all the notes)

But what more than makes up for all that?


... am I being a bit silly? But it's still Easter!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

to Avoid Excessive Latinity

... or, don't be you too Norman.

A dear dear friend of mine who has been through a lot (and I won't tell you any more than this) was once frequently worn down by the maxim "Patience is a virtue". Like all propositions that happen to be true, it isn't at all a helpful thing to say unless one properly understands the proper meaning of all the words in it and their interconnections. Worse, some phrases become so culturally bound that they work, in conversation, like single words ("for all intents and purposes", anyone?). A triage nurse might have fun announcing "Patient has a vert hue", and it might be true, and it might be what the doctor hears, but that's not the true expression "Patience is a virtue".

Now, the hapless proponent of the virtue of patience may well have meant: "if you'll wait quiet a while longer, perhaps I'll praise you later on", because "patience" has come usually to mean "enduring delay", and "virtue" that which is praiseworthy. But that also is not the true meaning of "Patience is a virtue". For the True Meaning, we must translate the Latin into "plain brittish".

Suffering is Strength.

Ok, you will counter that "suffer", from latin "su(per)fero", or "bear up", is still Latin. Thing is, we don't read it as Latin anymore.

Next, you might complain "That's backwards. Suffering needs strength; you can't 'suffer' the way you mean if you aren't already strong". Well, yes and no; but the formation of strength requires exercise: you have to try first what you aren't good at before you get good at it. Then doing it well is proof of strength.

And, here's the odd bit. Doing it well need not mean "quit yer belly-achin'". It does mean "Despair not". It does not mean that the pain goes away, or becomes "bearable". It does mean you are lovable. And a good and loving neighbor will suffer with you, and so exercise his patience, too.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Confusions of the Supreme Court nothwithstanding

1 Whereas "Canada is founded on principles recognizing the supremacy of God and the rule of law"

2 Whereas the provision of aid in suicide is aiding and abetting an act of murder, and recognized as such in Canadian law

3 Whereas a promise to provide aid in suicide is equally conspiracy to murder

4 Whereas Canadian law nonetheless further recognizes that a suicide, as victim of a murder, is more in need of living aid than of criminal prosecution

5 Whereas the logical procession from principles to consequences is not a fault in Law, but one of the underlying principles of the rule of law,

6 Whereas the act or conspiracy of a free person, capable or otherwise, is not alienated of its free character by anticipated sufferings

A Therefore it is already, unambiguously, and constitutionally illegal for all, whether licensed as a medical agent or not, to provide aid in the suicide of a disabled individual, or to promise aid in the suicide of a person either currently disabled or anticipating future disability.

B Furthermore, there is no conflict with the constitution in this conclusion, as security from both murder and conspiracy to murder are both founded on the Charter provision: "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person [...] except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice."

C In Particular, the exception "in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice" has always intended the proportioned and proportionate acts, of the state or civilians, necessary to protect themselves against an active menace; it is a perversion and contradiction to the constitution to deny (6) to reconstruct the lawful protection of another's life as compelling an earlier suicide, or depriving anyone of "Life, liberty and security of the person".

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A... silent song?

I am, at the moment, chewing on the half-verse, from today's ever-strange Gospel reading,
... ecce, nubes lucida obumbravit eos.
because it feels so strange.

Thoughts and reflections welcome.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Don't Publish your Passwords

I'm not going to quote the noncanonical and say "we do not know who else may be watching!" — well, ok, with wireless communications and laptops and all that, there are many people we don't know specifically, but — there is one class of nefarious souls we do know is always watching, and that's the Demonic.

Put not your faith in Shiboleths. Do not speak, thinking to no-one, the Devil's way into your heart. But neither despair!

[Eph 6] 12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. 13 Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice ...

Friday, February 20, 2015

Playing nero et rubrum

I don't know why I'm playing this game, but ... anyways, a dear dear friend, out of deep troublement in heart, asked me my reactions to these ... could we call them leaked quotes? Anyways, these so-far uncorroborable and heavily snipped words, attributed by Zenit to be attributed by mostly-unnamed people to our Holy Father the inimitable Franciscus I PP... I can't tell, I can't guess how reliable the attribution is, I can't actually tell what the questions were all about to which (as is alluded) he was responding. Anyways, I did that, and then though "oh, I just wrote a 'blog post. Why not post it?"

... However, some excerpts of the Pope's discourse were released thanks in part to several priests who spoke to the press following the meeting. [there is no official transcript. fun.] Some even managed to record [in what medium?] the Pope's words. In addition to several phrases reported by a few Italian news agencies this morning, the 78 year old Pontiff touched upon the theme, for example, on the "traditional rite" with which Benedict XVI granted to celebrate Mass. Through the Motu Propio Summorum Pontificum, published in 2007, the now Pope Emeritus allowed the possibility of celebrating the Mass according the liturgical books edited by John XXIII in 1962, notwithstanding that the "ordinary" form of celebration in the Catholic Church would always remain that established by Paul VI in 1970. [modulo: the ordinary form has been revised since then and will always be subject to the pope's authority to revise again; otherwise, nothing new there]

Pope Francis explained that this gesture by his predecessor, "a man of communion", was meant to offer "a courageous hand to Lefebvrians and traditionalists", as well as to those who wished to celebrate the Mass according to the ancient rites. [His Holiness is free to opine on His Holiness' motives and intentions; whether the former does any good service in voicing opinion...] The so-called "Tridentine" Mass – the Pope said – is an "extraordinary form of the Roman Rite", one that was approved following the Second Vatican Council. Thus, it is not deemed a distinct rite, but rather a "different form of the same right". [infra solis nihil novum]

However, the Pope noted that there are priests and bishops who speak of a "reform of the reform." [I think we can expect Bergoglio to suffer some misapprehension on what this means. He may hear the words but he doesn't necessarily hear what one is meaning to say; I'm sure different people mean different things by it anyways. For another e.g., when he talks of "capitalism", he doesn't mean "free market"] Some of them are "saints" and speak "in good faith." But this [the idea? speaking of it? which?? the article obscures] "is mistaken", the Holy Father said. He then referred to the case of some bishops who accepted "traditionalist" seminarians who were kicked out of other dioceses, without finding out information on them, because "they presented themselves very well, very devout." They were then ordained, but these were later revealed to have "psychological and moral problems." [This sounds like a good example of "don't publish your passwords". If a person has an inordinate attachment to the idea that he is called to priesthood, and knows that being a traditionalist is a password to some bishop's good will, then we can expect that bishop to be duped some of the time. It isn't even suggested that there is a connection between apparent disorder and a true love of tradition.]
excerpted ZENIT, which for some reason I feel compelled to acknowledge for purposes of copyright law.

I also feel compelled to ask what the reliability/slant/interest of zenit is (of which many had heard, but few knew where it lay...)? So far as I know, they are a "news agency", so that it is their business to produce news, whether there is any to hand or not.

But in any case, God Bless our Pope and preserve him from error.