Monday, May 30, 2011

Benedict on Music

I stole this from Father Z:

In order to bring into better focus this distance between words and actions, it is enough to go back – as far as the words are concerned – to the third of the three capital discourses of the pontificate of Benedict XVI: the one on September 12, 2008 at the Collège des Bernardins in Paris (the third after the one to the Roman curia on December 22, 2005 and that of Regensburg on September 12, 2006). [Get that?  One of what Magister thinks are the three most important discourses Benedict has given.]
At the Collège des Bernardins, pope Ratzinger said:

“For prayer that issues from the word of God, speech is not enough: music is required. Two chants from the Christian liturgy come from biblical texts in which they are placed on the lips of angels: the ‘Gloria,’ which is sung by the angels at the birth of Jesus, and the ‘Sanctus,’ which according to Isaiah 6 is the cry of the seraphim who stand directly before God. [NB] Christian worship is therefore an invitation to sing with the angels, and thus to lead the word to its highest destination.[...] From this perspective one can understand the seriousness of a remark by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, who used an expression from the Platonic tradition handed down by Augustine, to pass judgement on the poor singing of monks, which for him was evidently very far from being a mishap of only minor importance. He describes the confusion resulting from a poorly executed chant as a falling into the ‘regio dissimilitudinis,’ the ‘zone of dissimilarity‘ [...], into a remoteness from God, in which man no longer reflects him, and so has become dissimilar not only to God, but to himself, to what being human truly is. Bernard is certainly putting it strongly when he uses this phrase, which indicates man’s falling away from himself, to describe bad singing . But it shows how seriously he viewed the matter. It shows that the culture of singing is also the culture of being, and that the monks have to pray and sing in a manner commensurate with the grandeur of the word handed down to them, with its claim on true beauty. This intrinsic requirement of speaking with God and singing of him with words he himself has given, [texts of Sacred Scripture] is what gave rise to the great tradition of Western music. It was not a form of private ‘creativity’, in which the individual leaves a memorial to himself and makes self-representation his essential criterion. Rather it is about vigilantly recognizing with the ‘ears of the heart’ the inner laws of the music of creation, the archetypes of music that the Creator built into his world and into men, and thus discovering music that is worthy of God, and at the same time truly worthy of man, music whose worthiness resounds in purity.”

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Conspiracy Continues

A shame that my first attempt to post a U-Tube link would involve such a serious subject. Bear with me.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Lemonade Day turns Sour

       Lemonade day was created to teach children about small business. I forgot to include the book about legislations. Here's the chapter about regulations.
Lemonade stands: A real lemon of a day -

Friday, April 15, 2011


Years ago I was having a very hard time praying anything. Somewhere I found a prayer card of St. Bridget's Chaplet with the seven dolors of Mary. The card only asked for one Hail Mary for each dolor and I found that, with difficulty, I could do this each day. I have also found that the promised graces did flow into my life. Little did I know that the Friday before good friday was dedicated in the Church to the seven dolors of Mary. So today I will do my bit and share this.

    (St. Luke II, 34, 35)

    (St. Matthew II, 13-14)

    (St. Luke II, 43-45)




    (John 19: 38-42)

  • According to St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373), seven promises were made to those who medidate on Our Lady's Tears and Dolors. The Blessed Virgin grants seven graces to the souls who honour her daily by saying seven Hail Marys while meditating on her tears and dolors. These are:

    1. "I will grant peace to their families."

    2. "They will be enlightened about the Divine Mysteries."

    3. "I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work."

    4. "I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my Divine Son or the sanctification of their souls."

    5. "I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives."

    6. "I will visibly help them at the moment of their death - they will see the face of their mother."

    7. "I have obtained this grace from my Divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness, since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son will be their eternal consolation and joy."


    Benedict XIII., September 26th, 1724, granted an indulgence of two hundred days for every Our Father and every Hail Mary to those who, with sincere contrition, and having confessed, or firmly purposing to confess their sins, shall recite this Chaplet on any Friday, or on any day of Lent, on the Festival of the Seven Dolors, or within the Octave; and one hundred days on any other day of the year.

    Clement XII., December 12, 1734, confirmed these indulgences, and moreover granted:

    1. A Plenary indulgence to those who shall have recited this Chaplet for a month every day - Confession, Communion and Prayers for the Church, required as usual.

    2. An indulgence of one hundred years to all who should recite it on any day, having confessed their sins, with sincere sorrow, or at least firmly purposing to do so.

    3. One hundred and fifty years to those who should recite it on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and Holidays of obligation, with Confession and Communion.

    4. A Plenary indulgence once a year, on any day, to those who are accustomed to recite it four times a week, on condition of Confession, Communion, and the Recital of the Chaplet on the day of Communion.

    5. Two hundred years' indulgence to all who recite it devoutly after Confession; and to all who carry it about them, and frequently recite it, ten years' indulgence every time they shall hear Mass, hear a sermon, or reciting Our Father, and seven Hail Mary's, shall perform any spiritual or corporal work of mercy, in honor of our Blessed Saviour, the Blessed Virgin Mary, or any Saint, their advocate.

    All these indulgences were confirmed by a decree of January 17th, 1747, and rendered applicable to the souls in Purgatory.

    Thursday, April 14, 2011

    God the supreme good

    Just Thomism God its more than an add on to the good we see, He is more than we know.

    Saturday, April 9, 2011

    We are not animals

    A reporter  interviewing a Chinese lawyer on the NPR show" The state we're in" proposed that , for china,  the current economic boom and the goods that it brings is more important than individual rights. The lawyer answered simply, " We are not animals. We need more than food and housing" . A concise answer to those who would lead is into a nanny state.