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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Overheard Confessions

Between the uncontrolledly booming voice of the confessor, and the fact that he was a bit tubby and couldn't close the door comfortably, I was pretty aware, from hearing his end of things, of all the concerns every penitent brought to him.

The trouble was, I had the actual answer to a problem of the man who preceded me.

Should I have given it him?

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Thankful? Grateful? To WHOM exactly?

I heard on television somewhere that that this is the holiday when we express how thankful we are to our family and friends...

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

The Questions That Plague Me...

No kids came to the house, and as I finish up my leftover Halloween candy -- LIAR! you went and bought more after, THAT'S what you're finishing up--- okay, okay, but the question that has me bemused and confounded is:
If these are "snack" sized, where in blazes can I get my hands on the ENTREE size heath Bars?

Wednesday, 6 November 2013


Collecting and dispersing the belongings of a loved one is difficult.

Who would have thought it was more difficult to go to morning Mass and catch sight of a familiar sweater, on the shoulders of an old lady who apparently shops at the St Vincent De Paul?

Mind you, I also was wearing belongings of Hers, shoes and perfume.

Not ONLY, of course.

All Souls Mass was particularly hard, made easier by passing the time during added-on "rituals" calculating how many days indulgence having to listen to a strikingly disneyfied version of Eagle's Wings was worth...

Saturday, 2 November 2013

This seems promising - oh me of little faith.
The good Nuns at the Rosary Shrine informed us that their brothers at the house of studies had released an album of sacred music, but until I read the playlist... (yeah, yeah, I shoulda known I could trust their musical judgement, but what passes for sacred music in some catholic circles is scary. And not in a good Halloween-ween way.)
But getta loada THIS:
1. Cantate Domino (Ps 96:1–3) – Hans Leo Hassler (1564–1612)
2. Sancta et immaculata – Francisco Guerrero (1528–1599)
      ~ Christmas Responsory/Marian Feasts
3. Thine Are the Heavens (Ps 89:12, 15a)– Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P. (b. 1983)
      ~ Christmas Offertory
4. Hodie Christus natus est – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525–1594)
      ~ Christmas Antiphon
5. Notas mihi (Ps 16:11) – Dominican chant
      ~ Communion for St. Thomas Aquinas
6. Veritas mea (Ps 89:25) – Oreste Ravanello (1871–1938)
      ~ Offertory for St. Joseph
7. O vos omnes (Lam 1:12) – Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548–1611)
      ~ Passiontide Responsory
8. Ubi caritas – Chant, arr. James Junípero Moore, O.P. (b. 1976)
      ~ Holy Thursday Antiphon
9. Terra tremuit (Ps 76:9–10) – William Byrd (1540–1623)
      ~ Easter Offertory
10. If Ye Love Me (Jn 14:15–17) – Thomas Tallis (1505–1585)
       ~ Pentecost
11. O sacrum convivium (St. Thomas Aquinas) – Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548–1611)
       ~ Corpus Christi Antiphon
12. In medio ecclesiae – Dominican chant
       ~ Officium for St. Dominic
13. To You Do We Come (Sub tuum) – Polish chant, adapt. The Monks of New Skete,
       arr. Dominican Nuns of Summit (used with permission)
14. Confitemini Domino (Ps 118:1) – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina  (1525–1594)
15. Round Us Falls the Night (William Romanis, alt.) – ROCHELLE, attrib. Adam Drese, harmony by S. S. Wesley

I haven't actually heard any of it, (library, doncha know,) but am looking forward to it very much.

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