Thursday, January 31, 2008

Eating Lard Makes You Fat, survey finds



Jeepers, does it really take a Which? survey to tell readers that if they choose a mocha with full-fat milk, whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles, it might contain a few calories? Next thing you know they'll be expecting warnings on the cups explaining that the contents are hot. Oh, hang on....

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Five guys named Mo



I think I've spotted a link in all this terrorism stuff that's plaguing us, and I think I'm going to contact the police.

Man convicted of terror offences
A man has been found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow of three terrorism offences.
Mohammed Atif Siddique, 21, from Alva, in Clackmannanshire, will be sentenced next month

Four guilty over terror material
Three students and a schoolboy have been found guilty of possessing material for terrorist purposes. Prosecutors had said the internet propaganda was designed to encourage Islamic terrorist martyrdom. Schoolboy Mohammed Irfan Raja, now 18, and Bradford University students Aitzaz Zafar, 20, Usman Ahmed Malik, 21 and Akbar Butt, 20, were all convicted.

Four 21/7 bomb plotters get life
Four men convicted of the 21 July bomb plot have been jailed for life, with a minimum tariff of 40 years each. Muktar Ibrahim, 29, Yassin Omar, 26, Ramzi Mohammed, 25, and Hussain Osman, 28, were found guilty on Monday.

The bombers
The four men who carried out the 7 July bombings were young Britons who had led apparently ordinary lives.
Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, Edgware Road bomber
A married father-of-one and teaching assistant, Mohammad Sidique Khan was the oldest of the bombers and is thought to have taken the lead role.

Man admits plot to behead soldier
A man described as a "fanatic" has pleaded guilty to plotting to kidnap and kill a British Muslim soldier. Parviz Khan, 37, an unemployed charity worker from Birmingham, intended to seize and behead the serviceman "like a pig", Leicester Crown Court was told.

Three other men, Basiru Gassama, 30, Mohammed Irfan, 31, and Hamid Elasmar, 44, have admitted other offences connected with Khan's plot. The court heard Amjad Mahmood, 32, and Zahoor Iqbal, 30, denied involvement.


See? See that?

Still it can't be about religion, because as Commander Brian Paddick said: "Islam and terrorism don't go together". But then as Mark Steyn (Peace Be Upon Him) says:"He's talking drivel."

Brian Paddick is LibDem candidate for London Mayor.

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Brokeback Glasgow


The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name (In Glasgow)


I was sorry to hear of Heath Ledger's death. Dying in one's 20s seems awfully young these days. The picture above did the rounds in the aftermath of Brokeback Mountain. I had it sent to me as Brokeback Mountain - Glasgow Style

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Blogrolling

Some new names for the Blogroll:

Leutgeb is at Bara Brith (Speckled Bread in Welsh, if you were wondering)

Apologist for the abomination that is celery, La Mamma, has her blog Antagonistic Pots and Pans

Rita is at Tigerish Waters. Reading between the lines she's a Man City suporter but I might be wrong.

Finally The Catholic Teuchtar who writes at the intersection of Popery and all things Highland.

Let me know if you want a spot in the blogroll (no heretics, hippies or tire-kickers). Sorry if I've missed anyone who should be here this time.

UPDATE:

Oliver's Blog, The Expectation of our Lady has been added. He is not a heretic, a hippy or a tire-kicker.

FURTHER UPDATE:

Raising3saints is a Byzantine Catholic living in The Colonies. His blog is the splendidly titled Eastward, Catholic Soldiers! and I'm happy to add him to the the blogroll (in the Johnny Foreigner section)

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Letters To The Editor

From two clerics. First from His Lordship the Bishop of Motherwell the Rt Rev Joseph Devine in The Herald

The Catholic Faith is not an elite private club. Catholicism is not a small, privileged group. The Church exists for everyone. It is God's saving message for all mankind. It is a refuge for repentant sinners (that is an apt description for all of us, not just Mr Blair). It is a patient and forgiving teacher of Christ's profound truths. Mr Blair now, like the rest of us, has declared that he believes everything the Church teaches to be the revealed truth. He has thrown himself on God's mercy and has asked for forgiveness. It is regrettable that some would have Mr Blair walk barefoot in sackcloth and ashes and make a public recantation of his sins. That being the case, I would in similar fashion have to follow alongside him and so would everyone else I know. It would be quite a procession.


Rather less edifying, this from Canon David Partridge in The Telegraph - an Anglican minister looking forward to the cry "Allahu Akbar!" over Oxford:

With clear guidelines on noise pollution, such a move would be nothing less than an expression of mature, vibrant society.


The muezzin's call over the spires of Oxford would be 'noise pollution' at whatever volume it issued forth.

'Vibrant'. Hmmm.

Rather tellingly he signed himself
Canon David Partridge,
Central Mosque,
Oxford


Looks like he's already gone over to The Dark Side.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

James Macmillan - spot on again


He always hits the spot. Must be living in Jordanhill that does it. James Macmillan in the Catholic Herald this week lauds the Benedictine reforms.
History will look back unkindly on the generation of Vatican II Catholics who were handed such a precious pentecostal gift of grace – a unique opportunity to purify the Church, only to squander it disastrously. They bent over backwards to accommodate the zeitgeist, rather than open a generational heart to the Heilige Geist. This is not what John XXIII foresaw when he inaugurated his great reforming council. He would have been horrified to see how many Catholics fell prey to the trendy nihilism of the 1960s, duped by a destructive iconoclasm which has eroded so much of the West’s culture and morals.


It's only a few years since he directed a welcome spotlight on the anti-Catholicism of much of Scottish public life. Oh, and by the way he's probably Britain's greatest living composer. A giant. God bless him.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

"The teaching of Jesus Christ is not measured by public opinion"



Got that?

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Hello.....



....Lionel Richtea

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Stunted liturgical vocabulary







It would seem that the signs we use in liturgy have been impoverished by the inheritance of the 'reform' (i.e. what happened from 1965 onwards in 'The Spirit of V2'). If liturgical colours, for example, are thought of as expressive of the emotions or intention of the worshipping Church, then it would seem that limiting the range of liturgical colour has in practice led to a diminished liturgical vocabulary. If, for example, you lose roughly a third of the liturgical colours of the year, then there is necessarily an impoverishment of the liturgical language we use when we come before Almighty God (language isn't always verbal, despite what the professional laity, the chattering classes and weak clerics who ushered in a wordy liturgy that paradoxically uses the blandest of mid-Atlantic English would have us believe). Going to another extreme of post-Conciliar use of colour one ends up with this monstrosity that is positively dysphasic or at least incoherent.






Which liturgical season are we celebrating, Father?



Take the obvious example of liturgical black. I understand that since we wait in joyful hope, it might be liturgically apposite to use the colour we use at Easter, white, to symbolise this at funerals. It was certainly the case that white vestments were used before the changes of the Second Vatican Council for the burial of children before the age of reason. However, the removal of black - even for All Souls Day - meant that the Church effectively joined in society's denial of death and in doing so lost a signifier - thus subverting the signified. End result - liturgical and emotional confusion for the mourners with no effective language to grieve beyond the maudlin, Dianified mess of football shirts and teddy bears.




Similarly, if all we have are minimalist, undecorated vestments, then again, this speaks not of the noble simplicity beloved of the post concilar professional laity (although one is never quite sure what they mean) but of a marked poverty (not of the desirable kind, necessary for salvation) but a poverty of imagination.

Likewise, if there is merely one form to the chasuble (baggy, vaguely Gothic) rather than a range (Roman, Gothic, Pugin) then another dimension is lost to the liturgy. Thus the baggy worsted, modern chasuble in the context of, say, a baroque church creates a dissonance.

Thus was the unspoken pre-Concilar set of signs diminished by the post-Conciliar wreckers. In the name of diversity is diversity wrecked - diversity of shape, colour and decoration. In the process the finely honed, organically grown language of liturgy in non-verbal signs, becomes a chilidish babble.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

For Crying Out Loud!



Three Little Pigs 'too offensive'. It'raises cultural issues'.

Now what on earth could that mean?

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It's a dog's life

Dog leash goths 'hounded off bus'

Woof! As Paulinus Minor Minor says.

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Tony Blair - latter-day Dorian Gray



Yikes, Mr B, you don't look well.

The story is HERE

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The BBC with an agenda? Surely not...



I rather like Dr Who, but it is easy to see the hand of an atheist like Russell T Davies (yes, that's right the writer of Queer As Folk) in episodes where the baddies are (from the top):cat-like Sisters of Charity who keep humans for spare parts; a sinister Latin-chanting group of monks who do the dirty work for a werewolf; a not-so angelic host of automatons who whip off their halos and use them to decapitate their victims, Oddjob-style.

You don't think Russell could have an agenda, do you?

Sadly, gone are the days when the Time Lords modelled themselves on the Catholic Church, elected a President who wore white and had their own college of cardinals.

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Bears defaecate in woods, survey finds


Men drink more alcohol than women. Your tax money in action via the Office for National Statistics.

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Psychorabbit - qu'es-ce que c'est?



Easter brought a bunny. Not that one. I hate that one. It brought The Bad Black Rabbit. He is the angriest animal I have ever come across. Aggressive, unpleasant and dangerous. He's probably more of a danger to himself though as he has bitten through some cables. Electrical ones. Then again he is from North Lanarkshire.

For the first month my arms looked like those of a deliberate self-harmer, until I learnt how to hold him properly. Mrs P took advice and the general consensus was that taking his gonads off would calm him down.

I received a text one afternoon:


BBR is a little b*****d and I do not like him. We have an appointment at the vets on friday.


His gonads went. He's been no less angry since, maybe more so. To be fair, I'd feel the same. But he does seem to like us. When he's outside he gets on his hind legs to see what we're up to. The only time he's at all pacified is when he lies on his back when he goes into a sort of trance.




I like the little fella. But I'd still have no hesitation in eating him if the larder was bare.

Jugged. Yum.

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Live from Calvary

An outfit from Australia called the Glue Society have put together some amazing pictures of Biblical events using Google Earth.

As Rolf would say - can you tell what it is?








1) Noah's Ark on Mt Ararat; 2)The parting of the Red Sea; 3)...you don't really need me to tell you, do you?

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O God our help in ages past



Whatever one may think of the decisions made by politicians in committing troops to conflicts, they are OUR armed forces. I have heard many 'prayers of the faithful' about hopes for 'an end to conflict around the world' or desires for 'peace with justice'. Every now and again it would be nice to hear a plea to the Almighty to protect and safeguard our armed forces from their enemies. Perhaps even the odd prayer that they might vanquish those who would do us harm. I wonder how the families of servicemen and women feel when they see the Church being so seemingly unsupportive of them and their loved ones.

Is it too much to ask?

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Big Tam




“He (Mohammed) seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh urges us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as is not unexpected; he was obeyed by carnal men. As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be
grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity. He did not bring forth any signs produced in a supernatural way, which alone fittingly gives witness to divine inspiration; for a visible action that can be only divine reveals an invisibly inspired teacher of truth. On the Contrary, Mohammed said that he was sent in the power of his arms - which are signs not lacking even to robbers and tyrants. What is more, no wise men, men trained in things divine and human, believed in him from the beginning. Those who believed in him were brutal men and desert wanderers, utterly ignorant of all divine teaching, through whose numbers Mohammed forced others to become his follower’s by the violence of his arms. Nor do divine pronouncements on part of preceding prophets offer him any witness. On the contrary, he perverts almost all the testimony of the Old and the New Testaments by making them into a fabrication of his own, as can be seen by anyone who examines his law. It was, therefore, a shrewd decision on his part to forbid his followers to read the Old and New Testaments, lest these books convict him of falsity. It is thus clear that those who place faith in his words believe foolishly”

PS Before anyone says: yes, I know it's probably Averroes rather than Mo in the picture.

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To the guys in the bookshop

After the discussion on Wednesday I realise my liturgical knowledge is not up to scratch. You need to start seminars for idiots like me.

Now, reading list:
Dix
Fortescue
Reid
Flanagan
Nichols
Ratzinger.....

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New front opens in ongoing war

What do you think they mean when they use this code?


"No ifs or buts - there is absolutely no excuse not to comply with the law to stamp out unfair and covert admission practices, which penalise low-income families and increase social segregation."

[Emphasis mine]

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The Circus Comes To Town


Am I alone is being (1) disturbed by the sight of media-hungry vultures witnesses having fifteen minutes of fame at the sick circus that is the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and (2) fed up at my hard-earned dosh being wasted in this way? (especially if it involves money lining the already bulging pockets of Michael Mansfield QC.)

Paul Burrell's been there. 'The Rock' *yawns*. The very last word in discretion. Not.

Then there was the 'complementary therapist' Simone Simmons (She practices something called "energy healing" - I daresay she's much in demand certain types of retreat centres). I liked the idea Peter Allen on Radio 5 had of a 'complimentary therapist' who would spend all day just saying nice things to you.

Anyway, she thought Prince Philip ('Dearest Pa') was out to get Di. She had letters to prove it. But she can't show them to us as she burnt them because she feared for her life.

Riiiiiiiight.

Don't tell my kids ("Sorry, Miss. I haven't got my homework. No the dog/rabbit didn't eat it. I burnt it all because I fear Prince Philip might have me killed if he saw what I'd written"). Still, what do I know? I'm probably in the pay of MI5 or the CIA. Or SMERSH.
Or something.

Have these people got nothing better to do? Let me tell you what happened. A driver got drunk and drove too fast at the behest of his employer's son, Dodi Fayed. The car hit a pillar leaving three people dead and one seriously injured. Two young boys were made motherless. Tragic.

Now just get on with your lives.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Interesting times ahead....



...the next time Newcastle play Man Utd. Light blue touch paper, withdraw etc, etc.

Fact: did you know Keegan's first coach was a nun (at primary school)? Not a lot of people know that.

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Can anyone answer this question?

Given that St Thomas Aquinas was canonised in 1323 - were any pre-Reformation English parish churches ever dedicated to the Angelic Doctor? Were any dedicated to St Francis of Assisi given that he was canonised in 1228?

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Wilfully obtuse or deliberately mischievous? Fisking Bobby



Sometimes I want to scream. Damian Thompson points out that The Tablet's man in Rome, Bobby "Cry Me A River" Mickens has put a piece in The Telegraph (under the radar as 'Our Foreign Staff'. Coward)


Pope Benedict turns his back on new rituals

[How about Pope Benedict turns towards The Lord?]

Pope Benedict celebrated parts of Sunday's Mass with his back turned on the congregation [no he didn't he was facing God Almighty, in solidarity with, and leading his congregation], reintroducing an old ritual that was phased out decades ago.

The Pope used the Sistine Chapel's ancient altar, set right against the wall [No - facing east as Churches have done since the earliest times] under Michelangelo's dramatic depiction of the Last Judgment, instead of a mobile altar which allowed his predecessor, John Paul II, to face the congregation.[or as a barrier between himself and the people, depending on how you look at it]

A statement by the Vatican's office for liturgical celebrations said it had been decided to use the old altar, where ballots are placed during papal elections, to respect "the beauty and the harmony of this architectural jewel".

That meant that for the first time in this kind of celebration since the Second Vatican Council, between 1962 and 1965, the Pope occasionally turned his back on the faithful and faced the Cross. [He's NOT turning his back on the poeple, he's facing The Lord WITH the people. How many times, dumbkopf?]

The pontiff is slowly reintroducing some of the rituals phased out after Vatican II, which modernised the Church and ordered that local languages be used instead of Latin.[they weren't phased out, they were conveniently ditched by clergy and laity with an agenda and no appreciation of history or sacramental theology in order to make Lutherans feel comfy]

In another nod to traditionalists, he has said he would like the centuries-old Gregorian chant to be more widely used. [So has every pope. Ever. We're Catholics - it's the music we do.]

During the Mass, the Pope also baptised 13 babies, pouring water on their heads from a golden shell.[Bit snide, wasn't it? What do you want, a conch from a women's conch commune in Papua New Guinea? Being gold its probably lasted a few hundred years which is longer than most post-Conciliar tat will last. With any luck.]

There was a brief panic when the pontiff realised that he had lost his papal ring, which an aide found near the altar.[Lawks those liturgy queens! Getting all upset about a ring. Yes - The Fisherman's ring - a symbol of his office as Vicar of Christ. Good grief]

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Monday, January 14, 2008

What not to wear (at Mass)



I'm probably a bit of a hypocrite as I can be a bit sartorially challenged at Mass myself. However, I think there is a line to be drawn at wearing the t-shirts seen above in the queue for Holy Communion yesterday. Maybe I should steer the youth of the parish to Ebomania's CWA range of clothing.

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Be careful what you wish for, Fr Tim


Well we're not long into 2008 and already one of Fr Tim Finigan's 10 Things That Will Not Happen proves to be a rather misguided prophecy. Who would have thought it?

BTW in my search for Hawaiian shirts I did find a USMC Hawaiian shirt. Perhaps The Caveman could wear it during his stint as 'Welcoming Minister' at the Find Your Feminine Side, Father! day for the clergy. A little bit bellicose, perhaps.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

It jus' came through the door with some, like, pizza menus an' stuff...



Wicked, man.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Bird flu latest




Shouldn't joke about something so serious, really.

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In what sense "East London Man"?



I am perturbed (and I know I am not alone) by the BBC's reporting of terrorism. This unpleasant young man was off to join the bearded thugs who benighted Afghanistan and currently plan to kill members of our armed forces. We used to deal with that sort of behaviour quite rigorously. Alas, he'll only get 4 and half years in chokey.

Anyway, I digress. The BBC. Well they describe this miscreant who I assume would quite happily, given the evidence, self-combust on public transport with the aim of killing and maiming as many people as possible, as an "east London man"

Now lets look at the facts. According to The Telegraph Mr Qureshi was (1) Born in Pakistan; (2) grew up in Saudi Arabia; (3) lived in Russia for 7 years. He moved to Forest Gate (yes Forest Gate) in 2004 to work as dental assistant.

How does that make him an "east London man"?

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

An Inconvenient Truth

This was an awful story. A young man goes berserk with a gun, kills eight people and turns the gun on himself. Senseless. Stupid. Columbine and Dunblane all over again. I don't usually have much time for The Guardian but on Comment Is Free, Brendan O'Neill has done some digging and there a rather more chilling edge to the story.



Shortly before the massacre, he made a tribute video for Pentti Linkola, a well-known Finnish intellectual and deep ecologist who believes the planet is vastly overpopulated by human beings.......Auvinen declared himself to be an "antisocial Social Darwinist". He was part of a nihilistic group of social Darwinists in southern Finland who believe that the Darwinian concept of natural selection should be applied on a societal scale, so that only some humans - presumably eco-enlightened ones - will survive.

The Culture of Death, then, doing exactly what it says on the tin. Auvinen is alleged to have posted a video on YouTube in which he says:



"I'm a natural selector and will eliminate all those I see as unfit,"


Nice. I have long had the view that there is a fringe of ecomaniacs who really would quite like to see a depopulated earth by any means necessary, as we get in the way of all that lovely nature. The eugenicists and euthanasiasts, have form of course. Then again, as Hilary points out on Lifesite their poster boy, is always there with the snappy soundbite. Chilling.

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Fisking Bad Hymns #1: Jesus Christ is waiting

Jesus Christ is waiting,
waiting in the streets;
[Fair enough: so far, so innocuous. But what is he waiting for? A bus?]
no one is his neighbour,
all alone he eats.
[No, he made everyone his neighbour, Samaritan, Syro-Phoenician, Roman centurion; as for eating alone, it wasn’t his bag. Our Blessed Lord was not one for getting a takeaway kebab and watching ‘Match Of The Day’ on his own]
Listen, Lord Jesus,
I am lonely too.
[Aw diddums! You should get out more. Anyway how could you be lonely with all those Alternative Liturgy/J'n'P/We are Church Conferences you go to?]
Make me, friend or stranger,
fit to wait on you.
[OK – not a bad end to some pretty ghastly middle bits]

Jesus Christ is raging,
raging in the streets,
[What the….?????!!!! He is reported to have been cross once – in the Temple; this is an attempt to turn Our Lord into Che Guevara or George Galloway]
where injustice spirals
and real hope retreats.
[Well, there are plenty of sink estates like that – what are you going do to about it apart from writing to The Tablet?]
Listen, Lord Jesus
I am angry too.
[I bet you are –but what about? Abortion? Teenage pregnancies? People trafficking? Polish brickies who in truth are literature professors living 5 to a room on £3 an hour? Rubbish liturgy?]
In the Kingdom's causes
let me rage with you.
[Our Lord does not want you to rage. Where does he ask you to rage in Scripture or Tradition? To thirst for justice, yes. To give alms, visit the sick, bury the dead, help the widow and orphan, welcome the stranger. But rage? Yeah, man. Rage against the machine]

Jesus Christ is healing,
healing in the streets;
[Spot on]
curing those who suffer,
touching those he greets.
[OK. He touched lepers in a way which broke the taboos of His time. But he wasn’t Princess Di with a beard]
Listen, Lord Jesus,
I have pity too.
[Look Jesus, me too, ME TOO!!!!]
Let my care be active,
healing, just like you.
[Yes, it’s sooooo, important to be active, busy, doing, seen to be doing]

Jesus Christ is dancing,
dancing in the streets,
[“…in Chicago… down in New Orleans…. ….in New York City… …. All we need in music….sweet music…” bwahahahahahahahah!]
where each sign of hatred
he, with love, defeats.
[“…dadadadadaaaah ….all you need is love, love - love is all you need!!!”]
Listen, Lord Jesus
I should triumph too.
[Me, me, ME Lord – I want to triumph]
Where good conquers evil
let me dance with you.
[Liturgical dance….all you need is luuuuurve….yes, we know where you’re coming from]

Jesus Christ is calling,
calling in the streets,
'Who will join my journey?
I will guide their feet.'
[OK, that’s fine]
Listen, Lord Jesus,
let my fears be few.
[OK but if fear is your Cross, how about picking it up? Oh no, sorry how does it go again? "If anyone wishes to be a follower of mine, let him affirm himself, put down his cross and have a rest.”]
Walk one step before me;
I will follow you.
[Not a bad finish to a truly execrable ‘hymn’/’worship song’, though it does have echoes of the awful “Walk with me oh, my Lord…”]

So there you have it, Jesus Christ is a raging madman, dancing in the streets affirming all those lonely, angry baby boomers in their Guardian/Tablet/New Statesman –inspired anger at oh, let me take a guess: perm any three from:



  • “Islamophobia”


  • “Homophobia”


  • The fact that women can’t be ordained


  • The existence of the State of Israel


  • The election of Pope Benedict


  • The Latin Mass (whether EF or OF)


  • George W Bush


  • The lack of a really good organic/fairtrade coffee house within a three mile radius, thus necessitating the guilt-ridden use of the 4x4 to drive into Banbury.


Can anyone else tell me of any other truly awful hymns?

BTW is it a duty to sing along with this or should one stubbornly maintain one's silence, hymnbook closed on the bench if anything like this comes alng?

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Friday, January 04, 2008

Day Is Past and Gone

I was privileged in August to hear the band Fisher King and Leven at a gig in Glasgow, organised by a friend who has become something of a music promoter, organising good folk and roots concerts in small venues (tennis clubs and the like). You see I do quite like folk music, I just don't think it fits the majesty of the Roman Rite. Rant over. Anyway, Robert Fisher of the Willard Grant Conspiracy sang a song which sounded almost like a lullaby, but was a gentle meditation on the closeness of death and our need to contemplate it.



Day is past and gone
The evening Shades appear
Oh may we all remember well
The hour of death is near

We lay our garments by
Upon our beds to rest
So time will soon disrobe us all
Of what we now possess

Day is past and gone
The evening Shades appear
Oh may we all remember well
The hour of death is near

Lord, keep us safe this night
Secure from all our fears
May angels guard us while we sleep
‘Til morning light appears

Day is past and gone
The evening Shades appear
Oh may we all remember well
The hour of death is near



Echoes of an old wise man as he approached death?


"We often seek to ignore this reality in every possible way, distancing the very thought of it from our horizons. This effort, however, apart from being useless, is also inappropriate. Reflection on death is in fact beneficial because it relativises all the secondary realities that we have unfortunately absolutised, namely, riches, success and power."

-Pope John Paul II, quoted by Christopher Howse

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Memento Homo, Quia Pulvis Es

Sounds like this could be a treat tonight.

Advice to the Living
Thursday 3 January 2008 20:00-20:30 (Radio 4 FM)
People who only have a short time left to live give advice to the rest of us about what matters and what doesn't, and about enjoying every moment.


There's more about it HERE

If you miss it, it will be on 'listen again' HERE

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Above and beyond the call of duty



Thanks are due to Fr Augustine CP and Fr Paul Francis CP of the Passionist Community at St Mungo's, Townhead for their exemplary care of a patient of mine in her last days.

God bless her, and them and please remember all three in your prayers.

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Musical Interlude

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year


God's blessings in abundance on you and yours in 2008.