Saturday, June 14, 2008

Byrd, Ave Verum Corpus

Tallis Scholars

Pinecrest Chamber Ensemble - Ave Verum Corpus

Pinecrest Presbyterian Church

Ave Verum Corpus de William Byrd (Amici del canto)

Amici del Canto

Fond du Lac High School Concert Choir


Spartan Tactical

I picked up the latest issue of Guns and Ammo: Combat Tactics and came across a profile of the company and its owner and founder, Jim Smith, whose background includes being a member of an "elite special forces unit." Want to guess which one? Here's a hint, he was a sniper on one of the choppers that was shot down in Mogadishu.

spartan tactical


There was also an article on the Santa Monica Police Department. It looks pretty good--a better place of employment than LAPD?

Finally, there was something about Grayman Knives. The West Nile Warrior:

and the Grax:

Grey Group Training Pro Shop
Off to SLO for niece #2's birthday party. Be back online on Sunday.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Claes Ryn references this article in Humanitas: The Unraveling of American Constitutionalism: From Customary Law to Permanent Innovation, Joseph Baldacchino (pdf)

The deep roots of American constitutionalism in English political tradition and culture have been succinctly and persuasively demonstrated by Joseph Baldacchino in "The Unraveling of American Constitutionalism: From Customary Law to Permanent Innovation," Humanitas, Vol. XVIII, Nos. 1 & 2 (2005). The American colonists wanted independence not because they subscribed to ahistorical, abstract principles but because they saw King and Parliament as violating precedent and custom and introducing unacceptable innovation. The colonists protested a breach of continuity and sought to reclaim their historically evolved rights as Englishmen.
From Pete Takeshi:
Steak For Dinner, Cheap And Delicious
America's Test Kitchen's Chris Kimball Tells How, Offers Recipes
FPJ: The Decline of Common Law Constitutionalism in Canada by Bradley C. S. Watson

Casa Balthasar now has a website

John Robb: JOURNAL: GG Progress

More observations on Mexico.
via EB: City, Country, Suburb? It isn’t Where You Live, But How You Live There.
Sharon Astyk, Casaubon's Book
I have not fried a steak for a long time, if ever... tonight I did so instead of broiling it (the method I've been using for the past 3 or 4 years), and the results weren't too bad. The meat was still tender on the inside, even if the outside was more burnt than I would have preferred. I think the Balsamic vinegar does help keep it tender...

Amália Rodrigues - Rasga o passado

Weep you no more, sad fountains - John Dowland

John Dowland - "In Darkness"

ENSEMBLE ORLANDO GIBBONS, biography, discography
The students had their end-of-the year party today. Ms. N. finally showed up as well. Lili's mom asked me to take a photo with Lili--that was a bit unexpected. I gave some of the pencils away, but I have a ton of stuff left. J was throwing a temper tantrum yesterday because I gave pencils to a few students, but not to everyone. It was a very bad day yesterday--lots of shouting at the students. But she wrote a letter to apologize and gave it to me this morning. CEB gave me a nice letter as well... another school year come and gone. I will miss the good kids.

Bah. I also dropped my phone onto the blacktop, and scuffed it a little. Heh, being detached from things is not that easy.

CI: Miss Korea Sets Her Sights on Miss Universe Title

Miss Korea Sets Her Sights on Miss Universe Title

Stressing that Miss Universe puts inner beauty above all else, the French trainer talked about how she worked with Lee for the contest. When she first saw Lee, Ligrin thought she was too skinny, so she asked her to gain 5 kg. She also had Lee ride a bicycle to build her muscles -- to the point where Lee was working so hard that people around them said it seemed like they were training for the Olympics.

If only the trend would catch on in Korea. At least the new Korean girl groups, like Wonder Girls, don't seem to be giving in to the pressure to be too skinny.
AICN: Jon Voight to Menace Jack Bauer on 24!!

Zenit article on Clear Creek

A Monastery to Last 1,000 Years

Traditional Benedictines Flourish in Eastern Oklahoma

By Jason Adkins

HULBERT, Oklahoma, JUNE 12, 2008 ( It’s been said that when the revolution comes, you won’t read about it in the newspapers.

Indeed, when the history of this part of the world is written, it may point to the recent establishment of a monastery amid the rolling hills and lakes of eastern Oklahoma as an event of momentous consequence for fostering a renaissance of Christian culture.

On my return drive to Minnesota after living for a year in Texas, I chose to spend some time at Our Lady of the Annunciation of Clear Creek monastery where an order of Benedictine monks, known as the “Clear Creek monks,” is attempting to rebuild monastic life and Christian culture in America from the ground up -- literally.

There, along with sharing in the common life of the monks, I spoke to the monastery’s prior, Father Philip Anderson, about the history and mission of this new monastic community.


Father Anderson told me the Clear Creek monks’ story begins at the University of Kansas. There, a Great Books program, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, gave students the opportunity to encounter the culture and ideas of Western Civilization.

This program run by John Senior was not a relativistic one -- allowing students to pick and choose among various philosophical viewpoints -- as is common among programs of that type.

Rather, the success of the program resulted from Senior’s willingness to propose answers to the deepest questions, and point to Catholicism as the source of the many fruits the West has produced. Senior also stressed the importance of the Latin language as the medium through which this common civilization and its achievements were bound together.

According to Father Anderson, the program became wildly popular and produced not a few converts to the faith; then some prominent university donors protested and the program was shut down. But Senior spawned a small movement among students that did not end with the closure of the great books program.

When some students, one of whom was Father Anderson, approached Senior about how to rebuild a civilization being lost to modern technocratic society, Senior suggested the students go find some monks in Europe -- for there were few, if any, left in America -- who were living a traditional monastic life.

The journey eventually led Father Anderson and his companions to the medieval French Benedictine Abbey of Fontgombault, where they were welcomed and received formation in the religious life according to the Rule of St. Benedict. All along, these monks intended to return to America to establish a new monastery on their native soil.

The wait would last almost 25 years, concluding in 1998 when Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa invited the monks from Fontgombault to form a foundation community of that abbey in his diocese.

According to Father Anderson, building the monastery in eastern Oklahoma was the result of a fortuitous combination of an enthusiastic bishop, a Midwestern location -- close to many of Senior’s original students who could contribute to the foundation -- and the right piece of property. Father Anderson described the rocky property as “perfect for the monastic life.”

Since 1999, the original American monks, along with some Canadian and French brethren, have lived at the Clear Creek site near Hulbert, Oklahoma, where they have slowly -- but quickly, in monastic terms -- been building a monastery.

Marking the Hours

The Clear Creek monastic life centers on liturgical prayer, particularly the Liturgy of the Hours, which the monks chant in Latin eight times a day. The monk’s life, says Father Anderson, is a life of prayer: “God exists, and we have been created for him.” Praying the hours as a community allows the monks to give constant praise and thanks to the living, creator God.

The monks use the traditional -- or extraordinary -- form of the Roman liturgy. Father Anderson told me that the monks believe the traditional liturgy is more suited to the type of traditional, contemplative monastic life they wish to live. It is a symbol and embodiment, he said, of the type of cultural and religious life the monks desire to preserve.

I asked Father Anderson how the monks financially support their quiet life of prayer and praise. He said that unlike some monastic orders that make only one product and often have to build an adjoining factory to mass produce their goods, the Clear Creek monks engage in a variety of tasks and trades. The monks earn their living by raising sheep, running an orchard and vegetable farm, and making cheese, clothes and furniture.

Because the monks can perform many of the tasks needed to run the monastery, operational costs are pretty low. But building a Romanesque church for their monastery, which will be able to last a thousand years, is another matter.

"Per omnia saecula saeculorum"

The Clear Creek monks are raising money to build their church -- one they hope remains a landmark on the Oklahoma landscape for ages to come.

The monks believe their new church will be a sign of contradiction in a consumerist culture where everything is transient or can be thrown away when no longer useful. Change seems to be the only constant. The destabilizing elements in our culture are “poison for the soul” Father Anderson said.

The monks believe that people will always need faith and a culture that derives from that faith. According to the monks’ informational pamphlet, people “need a place in which they can reconnect with creation and with the silent center of their own being where God awaits them. The monastery is such a place.”

“The church will represent something permanent,” Father Anderson continued. “Architecture can have a spiritual effect on people. We hope to build something beautiful that will give value to this region and the people can be proud of.”

Father Anderson hopes construction on the church can begin sometime in 2009.

I asked Father Anderson whether the Clear Creek monks desired to rebuild civilization in America. He laughed and said that the Benedictines had “built Europe without even trying.”

“We focus on prayer,” he said. “We can only see the effects of our life indirectly like we see the ripples from a drop in a pond.”

According to Father Anderson, the work of the monks operates like concentric circles. Everything is centered on the interior life. But that has an effect on everything else, particularly the work of the monks. And the monastic way of life fosters a more contemplative way of being -- a life that explores the important questions and expresses itself through art, music festivals and literature -- that is, true culture.

Already, people have moved close to the monastery to share in the life of the monks, just like in the Middle Ages. Many laity and families show up at all times of day for Mass and to pray the hours with the monks.

Father Anderson said the diocese hopes to erect a parish nearby to assist in serving the spiritual needs of these many newcomers.

The Clear Creek monks already number 30, with three or four more expected to enter this year. The new residence they built is already filled to capacity and new monks will have to be housed in sheds adjacent to the monastery.

Father Anderson believes that the Clear Creek monks’ focus on the traditional monastic activities of prayer and manual labor, rather than following the path that many monasteries took by limiting their liturgical life in order to focus on running schools, is the secret of the monks’ vocational success.

As he said, “the life of a monk, hands folded in prayer, is a sermon without words.”

Hopefully, the story of the Clear Creek monks will inspire not only a renaissance in monastic life in the United States, but inspire teachers to be like John Senior and educate their students in truth, beauty, and goodness -- even at great professional cost.

With more teachers like Senior, and monks like those at Clear Creek, the possibility of the renewal of authentic monastic and Christian cultural life in America looks brighter.

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On the Net:

Our Lady of the Annunciation of Clear Creek Monastery:

"The Restoration of Christian Culture" by John Senior (IHS Press):

A Catholic alternative to Facebook?

Watch Out Facebook, Here Comes Something Catholic

Social Networking Site Launched for Sydney Youth Day

SYDNEY, Australia, JUNE 12, 2008 ( The archbishop of Sydney launched the first-ever online social networking site developed especially for a World Youth Day, and he's looking for friends.

Based on other popular social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, the Sydney World Youth Day organizers developed, which stands for Christ in the Third Millennium.

Cardinal George Pell, along with Bishop Anthony Fisher, coordinator of the Sydney World Youth Day, launched the site today at the Telstra Experience Centre with 100 young people. He invited them all to "come online and become one of my friends." is the exclusive online social network for World Youth Day Sydney 2008, and will connect pilgrims with each other before, during and after the event.

While showing those present his profile on, Cardinal Pell admitted he's new to the Internet: "Whatever about my ignorance on this area, it's more than balanced by my recognition of its importance, and my determination that representatives of the Church be actively presented in this area."

"I'm pleased too that I have been persuaded to come online," he added.

Bishop Fisher said at the launch: "We are very excited to launch and to be helping young people and their friends plan their trip and share their faith and excitement for World Youth Day.

"The name Xt3 was inspired by Pope John Paul II and stands for Christ in the Third Millennium. Pope John Paul II spoke of young people's special task to bring the message of Christ to the world in the third Millennium.

"It is hoped that Xt3 users will continue to connect after World Youth Day in July, to build upon friendships made and continue dialogue about what it means to be a young person of faith."

Legacy is the brainchild of two English brothers, John and Robert Toone, along with Chris Purslow, who will continue to promote the site with the Archdiocese of Sydney after World Youth Day.

"This site has been launched in time for the Sydney event," said Robert Toone, "but it is a legacy piece for the Catholic Church in Australia and the world."

"It is an online platform to enable pilgrims to connect with millions, share the experience and build a better world," he said.

In addition to normal social networking features, such as the ability to join groups, create a profile and post pictures, the site also gives its members the opportunity to submit a question to "Ask a Priest" and ask for prayer intentions.

More than 2,000 users joined the test site since February 2008 to provide testing, feedback, and to enhance the site in time for its worldwide launch.

"This will be the most interactive World Youth Day event to date," said Michael Rocca, group managing director for Telstra Networks and Services.

Pointing to other interactive features such as Papal SMS's and Digital Prayer Walls, he said pilgrims will be "involved before, during and after the event."

A group of trained administrators will oversee Xt3 on a 24-hour basis to ensure that images, videos, comments and discussions are appropriate.

St. Anthony of Padua, June 13

Another of my mother's favorites. An exemplar of humility for academics and theologians...

St. Anthony of Padua
St. Anthony of Padua
St. Anthony Shrine - Daily Catholic Prayer, Biography of St ...
Saint Anthony of Padua -Welcome to The Crossroads Initiative
The Basilica of St. Anthony (Padua)
St. Anthony Shrine - Boston, MA
Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua Staffed by the Franciscan ...
Relics of Franciscan Saints in the National Shrine of Saint ...

Litany of Saint Anthony of Padua

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. Anthony of Padua, pray for us.
St. Anthony, glory of the Friars Minor, pray for us.
St. Anthony, ark of the testament, pray for us.
St. Anthony, sanctuary of heavenly wisdom, pray for us.
St. Anthony, destroyer of worldly vanity, pray for us.
St. Anthony, conqueror of impurity, pray for us.
St. Anthony, example of humility, pray for us.
St. Anthony, lover of the Cross, pray for us.
St. Anthony, martyr of desire, pray for us.
St. Anthony, generator of charity, pray for us.
St. Anthony, zealous for justice, pray for us.
St. Anthony, terror of infidels, pray for us.
St. Anthony, model of perfection, pray for us.
St. Anthony, consoler of the afflicted, pray for us.
St. Anthony, restorer of lost things, pray for us.
St. Anthony, defender of innocence, pray for us.
St. Anthony, liberator of prisoners, pray for us.
St. Anthony, guide of pilgrims, pray for us.
St. Anthony, restorer of health, pray for us.
St. Anthony, performer of miracles, pray for us.
St. Anthony, restorer of speech to the mute, pray for us.
St. Anthony, restorer of hearing to the deaf, pray for us.
St. Anthony, restorer of sight to the blind, pray for us.
St. Anthony, disperser of devils, pray for us.
St. Anthony, reviver of the dead, pray for us.
St. Anthony, tamer of tyrants, pray for us.

From the snares of the devil, St. Anthony deliver us.
From thunder, lightning and storms, St. Anthony deliver us.
From all evil of body and soul, St. Anthony deliver us.
Through your intercession, St. Anthony protect us.
Throughout the course of life, St. Anthony protect us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V. St. Anthony, pray for us.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


O my God, may the pious commemoration of St. Anthony, your Confessor and Doctor, give joy to your Church, that she may ever be strengthened with your spiritual assistance and merit to attain everlasting joy. Through Christ our Lord.

Guillaume Du Fay - "Mass for St. Anthony of Padua" (1)
part 2 - part 3 - part 4 - part 5 - part 6 - part 7 - part 8 - part 9 - part 10 - part 11

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Taki sings the praises of Ana Ivanovic: Ana the Enchantress

... and disses Maria Sharapova.

He wouldn't agree with the following CM then:


2 vids with the 2008 French Open champion:
Ana Ivanovic Interview before Roland Garros Final

Ana Ivanovic Roland Garros Champion Interview
Well, Alan Wolfe can't be all that bad if he can write the following (from "I Choose My Choice"):

(As Alan Wolfe has pointed out, “the Scandinavian welfare states which express so well a sense of obligation to distant strangers, are beginning to make it more difficult to express a sense of obligation to those with whom one shares family ties.”)
Neil Gilbert University of California, Berkeley
A Mother's Work - Gilbert, Neil - Yale University Press
UC Berkeley professor tackles the politics of motherhood - Inside ...

The Internet dulls the mind

via Rod Dreher, Your brain on Google, which as a link to an article in the latest issue of The Atlantic: Nicholas Carr, Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Read it all the way through if you can, if your mental acuity has not been dulled by use of the Internet. (Which unfortunately seems to be the case for me, as I've alluded to before. I do think that use of the Internet -- coupled with a high-speed connection, promotes a form of attention deficit. One does have an incentive to pay for a high-speed connection, if just for faster page loads -- with all of the multimedia content that is available through sites like youtube and veoh, as well as content embedded on blogs and websites, a fast connection is needed. But that in turn feeds the attention deficit disorder. I do think that both browsing websites and blogging have an negative impact on reading and writing skills, as well as thinking, leading to mental diarrhea.)

At any rate, Mr. Carr makes a reference to Plato:
In Plato’s Phaedrus, Socrates bemoaned the development of writing. He feared that, as people came to rely on the written word as a substitute for the knowledge they used to carry inside their heads, they would, in the words of one of the dialogue’s characters, “cease to exercise their memory and become forgetful.” And because they would be able to “receive a quantity of information without proper instruction,” they would “be thought very knowledgeable when they are for the most part quite ignorant.” They would be “filled with the conceit of wisdom instead of real wisdom.” Socrates wasn’t wrong—the new technology did often have the effects he feared—but he was shortsighted. He couldn’t foresee the many ways that writing and reading would serve to spread information, spur fresh ideas, and expand human knowledge (if not wisdom).
How would Mr. Carr distinguish knowledge from opinion? Would he be able to offer definitions for either?

Unfortunately, Mr. Carr, despite his recognition of the problems that the Internet may cause for intelligence, is too optimistic with respect to benefits that have not yet been made manifest yet. He also reveals his acceptance of the modern understanding of reason and knowledge, and the updated version of the encyclopedic project. If he had a more "traditional" (i.e. realist) understanding of knowledge, and the dependence of knowledge on the senses and phantasms, he would see that the new technology cannot do anything that the written word could not already do on its own in referring to reality. What is needed for growth in knowledge and wisdom is both sensation (a direct perception of reality, and not one mediated by audiovisual media) and all of that is needed for good reasoning, including a good teacher, logic, and grammar. The value of good grammatical, rhetorical, and logical skills for clear thinking cannot be underestimated, and nothing the Internet does in terms of rewiring the brain can replace these basic tools of the human intellect [or should we say 'soul'?] The Internet, and its use of audiovisual media, graphics, and other things, both re-presents and distorts reality--its re-presentation of reality necessarily involves distortion? Is this statement stronger or is it different from Marshall McLuhan's "The medium is the message"?

The Official Site of Marshall McLuhan
Marshall McLuhan: "The Medium is the Message"
What is the Meaning of The Medium is the Message?

Also from the current issue of The Atlantic:
American Murder Mystery
Why is crime rising in so many American cities? The answer implicates one of the most celebrated antipoverty programs of recent decades. by Hanna Rosin

I Choose My Choice!
The fruits of the feminist revolution? Sisterhood, empowerment, and eight hours a day in a cubicle
by Sandra Tsing Loh

Something for The Western Confucian:
Distracting Miss Daisy
Why stop signs and speed limits endanger Americans
by John Staddon
via Rod Dreher: Conservatism and the limits of politics

The decline of American intellectual conservatism

Claes G. Ryn

Magdalena Sánchez

Magdalena Sánchez - Na kraj sveta

Magdalena Sánchez - ti li si

Desi Slava feat. Magdalena Sanchez - Esto es el amor

Magdalena Sanchez's MySpace

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Zimmerman, The Primeval Revelation and Its Relevance Today

Anthony Zimmerman, STD

See also the posts on Wilhelm Koppers, S.V.D., and Wilhelm Schmidt, S.V.D.
Sandro Magister, Dialogue among the Religions. The Vatican Prepares the Guidelines

Hayley Westenra has a new album in Japan

*Edit. I recall that she said in a recent interview she was making an album of songs in Japanese. It figures that she/her management would try to generate more sales in that market, given the number of fans she has in Japan.

Hayley Westenra - 白い色は恋人の色 (日本語詞ver.)

Hayley Westenra - 雪の華 (not in Japanese though)

[Live] ヘイリー - アメイジング・グレイス with 本田美奈子

アメイジング・グレイス / ヘイリー duet with 本田美奈子.
Hayley Westenra International - HWI - Hayley Tops Japanese ...
Fahrenheit & SHE - OST Opening Romantic Princess - Xin Wo 新窩

Encapsulates what I don't like about Taiwanese (or Chinese) pop culture.

Was it last week when I had a dream of da Jimmy? It was odd that he would be in it, and the emotional response that he provoked was unexpected as well.

Kali MVs

Bulgarian singer, would Range be interested? (Why does much of it sound like Indian music?)

Kali - Katastrofa

Kali - Obeshtavam ti

Kali - s nego sym

Kali - stava

Kali & Picasso - Chujda

suasan81 has more

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Via Amy Welborn: The text of Paul VI’s General Audience talk right before the new rite of the Mass was introduced on the First Sunday of Advent, 1969:
Korea Times: 'Sikgaek' Brings Korean Cuisine Back to TV Screen and Musical to Show Retro Culture of 70-80s

On Sikgaek:

The drama is based on cartoonist Hur Young-man's popular namesake cartoon that first appeared as a newspaper series in 2002. The journey of the ambitious and talented chef-to-be Lee Sung-chan was also released as a movie, ``Le Grand Chef'' in 2007.

Korean heartthrob Kim Rae-won (``My Little Bride,'' 2004) will star as the warm hearted chef-in-training Lee, while actress Nam Sang-mi (TV drama ``Sweet Spy,'' 2005) will play a silly country girl, Kim Jin-soo, who trails Lee with high hopes of becoming a food columnist. Veteran actor Choi Bool-am will appear as Master Oh Sook-soo, Lee's stepfather and the only person who truly believes in Lee's potential.

Lee is a happy and bright young man who loves to cook. Leaving the heavy responsibility of becoming the head chef of Oh's famous restaurant to his stepbrother, he explores the world of cooking and discovers that he's actually good at it. When Oh announces that he will not choose his own son to become the owner and head chef, cold-hearted jealousy and competition arise.

Starts June 16...
Times Online: 10 reasons to go without make-up
This season is all about the natural look. To perfect it, step away from the beauty counter and just get naked
Rabbi Daniel Lapin -- I was listening to him on 560 AM; I was surprised to hear someone on that station advocate the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. As far as I know, the rest of the time they air "conservative" (i.e. Republican and neoconservative) programming which gives the typical Republican positions on Iraq, the National Government, and everything else. (Plus Dr. Laura 3 hours a day and some talk shows on weekends discussing financial matters and other things.) Too bad he isn't on the air more often, at least to counter the other talking heads on the question of Iraq.


(At least I think it was Rabbi Lapin--I didn't actually hear him saying his name on Sunday; I only found it by looking at the programming schedule for KSFO.)

Colbert on the Confederate flag

Boundless Line solicits opinions on the necktie

Death to the Necktie!

George Monbiot, These objects of contempt are now our best chance of feeding the world

These objects of contempt are now our best chance of feeding the world
George Monbiot, Guardian

via EB

Some statistics compiled with information about techniques might convince those who believe industrial agriculture is a necessary evil.
via NOR: Traditionalists wait for Vatican ruling

Traditionalist Anglicans, that is.

The Traditional Anglican Communion
The Traditional Anglican Church
The MESSENGER Journal. Keeping members and friends of the ...
Fr. Augustine Thompson O.P., Dominican Use of the Capuce

Of interest at Twitch

EVANGELION 1.0 On English Friendly DVD!
Fresh Chinese Trailer For John Woo’s BATTLE OF RED CLIFF
Koki Mitani’s THE MAGIC HOUR Opens Strong

Zenit: Benedict XVI's Homily at Mass in Savona

Benedict XVI's Homily at Mass in Savona

"Praise God ... for Who He Is"

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 10, 2008 ( Here is a Vatican translation of Benedict XVI's May 17 homily in Savona's Piazza del Popolo during the Pontiff's two-day pastoral visit to the Italian region of Liguria.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is a great joy for me to be in your midst and to celebrate the Eucharist for you on the solemn Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. I greet with affection your Pastor, Bishop Vittorio Lupi, whom I thank for the words with which he introduced the diocesan Community at the beginning of the celebration and, even more, for the sentiments of charity and pastoral hope that he expressed. I also thank the Mayor for his cordial greeting to me on behalf of the entire City. I greet the Civil Authorities, the priests, the Religious, the deacons, and the leaders of the Associations, Movements and Ecclesial Communities. I renew to you all in Christ my best wishes for grace and peace.

On this Solemnity, the liturgy invites us to praise God not merely for the wonders that he has worked, but for who he is; for the beauty and goodness of his being from which his action stems. We are invited to contemplate, so to speak, the Heart of God, his deepest reality which is his being One in the Trinity, a supreme and profound communion of love and life. The whole of Sacred Scripture speaks to us of him. Indeed, it is he who speaks to us of himself in the Scriptures and reveals himself as Creator of the universe and Lord of history. Today we have heard a passage from the Book of Exodus in which - something quite exceptional - God proclaims his own Name! He does so in the presence of Moses with whom he spoke face to face, as with a friend. And what is God's Name? It never fails to move us: "The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness" (Ex 34: 6). These are human words but were prompted and, as it were, uttered by the Holy Spirit. They tell us the truth about God. They were true in the past, they are true today and they will always be true; they make us see in our mind's eye the Face of the Invisible One, they tell us the Name of the Ineffable One. This Name is Mercy, Grace, Faithfulness.

Dear friends, how can I fail to rejoice with you here in Savona for the fact that this is the very Name with which the Virgin Mary introduced herself, appearing on 18 March 1536 to a peasant, a son of this land? "Our Lady of Mercy" is the title by which she is venerated - and for some years now we have a large statue of her in the Vatican Gardens too. But Mary did not speak of herself, she never speaks of herself but always of God, and she did so with this name, so old yet ever new: mercy, which is a synonym of love, of grace. This is the whole essence of Christianity because it is the essence of God himself. God is One since he is all and only Love but precisely by being Love he is openness, acceptance, dialogue; and in his relationship with us, sinful human beings, he is mercy, compassion, grace and forgiveness. God has created all things for existence and what he wills is always and only life.

For those in danger he is salvation. We have just heard this in John's Gospel: "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (Jn 3: 16): in God's gift of himself in the Person of the Son the whole of the Trinity is at work.
It is the Father who places at our disposal what is dearest to him; the Son who, consenting to the Father, empties himself of his glory in order to give himself to us; the Spirit who leaves the peace of the divine embrace to water the deserts of humanity. For this work of his mercy, in preparing himself to take on our flesh, God chose to need a human "yes", the "yes" of a woman who would become the Mother of his Incarnate Word, Jesus, the human Face of Divine Mercy. Mary thus became and remains for ever the "Mother of Mercy" as she also made herself known here in Savona.

In the course of the Church's history, the Virgin Mary did none other than to invite her children to return to God, to entrust themselves to him in prayer, to knock with trusting insistence at the door of his merciful Heart. In truth, all he wants is to pour out into the world the superabundance of his Grace. "Mercy and not justice", Mary implored, knowing that she would certainly have been heard by her Son Jesus but also knowing of the need for the conversion of sinners' hearts. For this reason she asked for prayer and penance. Therefore, my Visit to Savona on Trinity Sunday is first of all a pilgrimage, through Mary, to the sources of faith, hope and love. It is a pilgrimage that is also a memory and a tribute to my Venerable Predecessor Pius VII, whose dramatic experience is indissolubly linked to this City and its Marian Shrine. Two centuries later, I come to renew the expression of gratitude of the Holy See and of the entire Church for the faith, love and courage with which your fellow citizens supported the Pope under house arrest in this City, imposed upon him by Napoleon Bonaparte. Many testimonies of the manifestations of solidarity for the Pontiff, sometimes even at personal risk, have been preserved. They are events that the people of Savona can well be proud to commemorate today. As your Bishop rightly observed, through the power of the Holy Spirit, that dark page of Europe's history has become rich in graces and teachings for our day too. It teaches us courage in facing the challenges of the world: materialism, relativism, secularism without ever yielding to compromises, ready to pay in person while remaining faithful to the Lord and his Church. The example of serene firmness set by Pope Pius VII invites us to keep our trust in God unaltered in trials, aware that although he permits the Church to experience difficult moments he never abandons us. The episode the Great Pontiff went through in your land invites us always to trust in the intercession and motherly assistance of Mary Most Holy.

The apparition of the Virgin at a tragic moment in Savona's history and the terrible experience that the Successor of Peter faced here are helpful in passing on a message of hope to the Christian generations of our time and encourage us to trust in the means of grace that the Lord makes available to us in every situation. And among these means of salvation I would like first of all to recall prayer: personal, family and community prayer. On today's Feast of the Trinity, I would like to emphasize the dimension of praise, contemplation and adoration. I am thinking of young families and I would like to ask them not to be afraid to adopt, from the first years of marriage, a simple style of domestic prayer, encouraged by the presence of small children who are often prompted to speak spontaneously to the Lord and to Our Lady. I urge parishes and associations to give time and space to prayer since activities are pastorally sterile if they are not constantly preceded, accompanied and sustained by prayer.

And what can be said of the Eucharistic Celebration, especially Sunday Mass? The Lord's Day is rightly at the centre of the Italian Bishops' attention: the Christian root of Sunday must be rediscovered, starting with the celebration of the Risen Lord, encountered in the Word of God and recognized in the breaking of the Eucharistic Bread. Then the Sacrament of Reconciliation also asks to be reassessed as a fundamental means for spiritual growth and for facing today's challenges with strength and courage. Together with prayer and the Sacraments, other inseparable instruments for growth are works of charity, which should be practised with a lively faith. I also chose to reflect on this aspect of Christian life in my Encyclical, Deus Caritas Est. In the modern world, which often makes beauty and physical efficiency an idea to be pursued in every possible way, we are called as Christians to discover the Face of Jesus Christ, "the fairest of the sons of men" (Ps 45[44]: 2[3]), precisely in people who are suffering and marginalized. Today, the moral and material emergencies that worry us are unfortunately numerous. In this regard, I gladly take this opportunity to address a greeting to the prisoners and personnel of the St Augustine Penitentiary in Savona, who have lived for some time in a situation of particular hardship. I also extend an equally warm greeting to the sick who are patients in the hospital, in clinics or in private homes.

I would like to address a special word to you, dear priests, to express my appreciation of your silent work and the demanding fidelity with which you carry it out. Dear brothers in Christ, always believe in the effectiveness of your daily priestly service! It is precious in the eyes of God and of the faithful and its value cannot be quantified in figures and statistics: we shall only know the results in Paradise! Many of you are quite elderly: this reminds me of that wonderful passage by the Prophet Isaiah which says: "Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint" (Is 40: 30-31). Together with the deacons at the service of the diocese, live communion with the Bishop and among yourselves, expressing it in active collaboration, mutual support and shared pastoral coordination. Persevere in the courageous and joyful witness of your service. Search people out, as did the Lord Jesus: in visits to families, in contact with the sick, in dialogue with young people, making yourselves present in every context of work and life. To you, dear men and women religious, whom I thank for your presence, I confirm that the world needs your witness and your prayer. Live your vocation in daily fidelity and make your life an offering pleasing to God: the Church is grateful to you and encourages you to persevere in your service.

I want, of course, to give a special warm greeting to you young people! Dear friends, put your youth at the service of God and of your brethren. Following Christ always requires the courage to go against the tide. However, it is worth it: this is the way to real personal fulfilment and hence to true happiness. With Christ, in fact, one experiences that "it is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20: 35). This is why I encourage you to take the ideal of holiness seriously. A well known French writer has left us in one of his works a sentence I would like to consign to you today: "There is only one real sadness: not to be saints" (Léon Bloy, La femme pauvre, II, 27). Dear young people, dare to dedicate your life to courageous choices, not alone of course, but with the Lord! Give this City the impetus and enthusiasm that flow from your living experience of faith, an experience that does not spoil the expectations of human life but exalts them by participation in the very experience of Christ.

And this also applies for Christians who are no longer young. My hope for all is that faith in the Triune God will imbue in every person and in every community the fervour of love and hope, the joy of loving one another as brothers and sisters and of putting oneself humbly at the service of others. This is the "leaven" that causes humanity to grow, the light that shines in the world. May Mary Most Holy, Mother of Mercy, together with all your Patron Saints help you to express in living your life the Apostle's exhortation which we have just heard. I make it my own with great affection: "Mend your ways, heed my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you" (II Cor 13: 11). Amen.

© Copyright 2008 -- Libreria Editrice Vaticana
Alfred-Maurice de Zayas, Willing Executioners?--The Holocaust, Germans, and Collective Guilt

The author's website.
via AICN: Rumors on the Prisoner Remake

wiki on the original series

Six of One - The Prisoner - Patrick McGoohan - Home Page
Home - The Prisoner Online
RetroWeb Classic Television: The Prisoner
The Unmutual - Prisoner / McGoohan / Portmeirion Home Page
Patrick McGoohan website

BBC - BBC Four Cinema - The Prisoner

Patrick McGoohan Interview
The Danger Man Website

There was a comic book sequel to the series, but it doesn't appear to have been well-received.

Set to get a rebate check from the IRS

as part of the stimulus package?

Here is the schedule for paper checks:

Last two SSN digits: Payments will be mailed no later than (and received a few days after):
00 through 09 May 16
10 through 18 May 23

19 through 25

May 30
26 through 38 June 6
39 through 51 June 13
52 through 63 June 20
64 through 75 June 27
76 through 87 July 4
88 through 99 July 11

Book review: Crash Course: Preparing for Peak Oil by Zachary Nowak
The book has a concise introduction to the concept of Peak Oil, followed by a discussion on scenario planning, plus a guide to the skills and knowledge necessary to make the best of a less-than-ideal future.
Christopher Anadale, The science behind advertisers' thong and dance

Michael Behe on Colbert

The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism (hc, paperback)

At Origins' Margins | Christianity Today | A Magazine of ...
The Edge of Evolution - Michael J. Behe - Books - Review - New ...
Christopher Roach, Buy a Gun Gunning for Obama | Newsweek Politics: Campaign ...
RealClearPolitics - Articles - Obama's Gun Dance

Herb London, A View of the College Curriculum

Also from First Principles Journal:
A View of the College Curriculum
Herb London - 06/04/08
What is an appropriate curriculum for our students? What happened to the consensus on which the college curriculum once rested? Together these comprise two of the most urgent questions in contemporary American higher education. While recent scholars have commented on the relatively “un-politicized” nature of American professors, they have failed to note that a profound and revolutionary change has occurred on American campuses since the 1960’s, resulting in the institutionalization of an agenda far from the classical ideal of the liberal arts curriculum. . . .
John M. Vella, The Jesuits and Political Power

A review of the following:
Jesuit Political Thought: The Society of Jesus and the State, c. 1540-1630, by Harro Höpfl, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. xii + 406 pp.(hc, paperback)
The Jesuits and the Thirty Years War: Kings, Courts, and Confessors, by Robert Bireley, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. xii + 300 pp.

H-Net Review: Sophie Nicholls on Jesuit Political Thought: The ...
| Book Review | The American Historical Review, 110.5 | The ...

Review: The Jesuits and the Thirty Years War: Kings, Courts, and ...
H-Net Review: Matthew O'Brien on The Jesuits and the Thirty Years ...

Carrie Underwood commercials

Looks like the vitamin water commercial isn't out yet. (Behind-the-scenes photos.)

Carrie Underwood Nintendo DS Lite Commercial


Carrie Underwood Nintendo DS Behind the Scenes

Froggy 98 Television Commercial

Carrie Underwood interview on CMT

Carrie's ACM Backstage Interview with GAC

Carrie Underwood ArtistDirect Interview

Taylor Swift B93 Electric Barnyard Interview

Monday, June 09, 2008

Rethinking the Foundations of Modern Political Thought

Cambridge University Press: Rethinking the Foundations of Modern Political Thought (edited by Annabel Brett and James Tully, with Holly Hamilton-Bleakley)
Google Books:Rethinking the Foundations of Modern Political

Hrm, also found this --
Ashgate Publishing: Juan de Mariana and Early Modern Spanish Political Thought
Google Books: Juan de Mariana and Early Modern Spanish

and McGill-Queen's University Press: Arthur P. Monahan, From Personal Duties Towards Personal Rights: Late Medieval and Early Modern Political Thought, 1300-1600
Google Books: From Personal Duties Towards Personal Rights

They all sound like interesting titles worth perusing.
Now at First Principles Journal: Arthur Versluis, Secession and American Federalism

It was first made available on-line at Vermont Commons.

"Casual" button-down shirts

After writing the post on guayabera, I remembered that several of my friends have worn casual button-down shirts that are meant to be untucked. These were not traditional guayabera, so I did some digging online, looking first at the Alfani line at Macy's. There are a couple of examples of what I am talking about, here and here and here. Casual shirts at Armani (GA, EA, A/X), Banana Republic, Eddie Bauer, Express, JC Penny, Target (long-sleeved). Some appear similar or are derived from guayabera, but others have the origin in the modern Western button-down shirts. The more expensive casual shirts appear to be popular with Asians and Caucasians of a certain socio-economic strata. Does causal mean more and more "untucked"? Something seems really off with the long-sleeved casual shirts--both the cut at the bottom and the sleeves. Maybe it's only because I've become accustomed to seeing a shirt of such a design tucked. But such long-sleeved casual shirts seem too form-fitting, and not as pleasing as the guayabera. Also, would cuffs that are shorter in length look better? Are certain shirt designs better able to flatter all body types, while others are purposely designed for flattering only one body type?
Ugh! The cheapest grade of gasoline at the World gas station is now more than $4.50. I didn't check the nearby Valero. Bah. It used to be that I'd wait for gas prices to go down, since they were fluctuating earlier this year. Now I try to get gas before it goes up again. When the prices will stop increasing? Part of it is due to anticipated Summer demand, no doubt. It's a good thing I won't be doing that much driving as soon as the school year is over.

Peter Morici, An Unsustainable Trade Deficit

Heightening the Risk of Recession
An Unsustainable Trade Deficit


Scott McConnell responds

to the Buchanan-Lukacs controversy: Buchanan, Lukacs, and TAC

Byzantine and Roman fashion

Links--Byzantine dress:
Byzantine fashion-wiki
Byzantium and Early Medieval Europe
Byzantine, Barbarism, Carolingian Fashion
The Basics of Byzantine Dress
The Costumer's Manifesto: Byzantine, Late Roman, Coptic Costume links
The Byzantine Era

Basic Medieval Patterns

From Gladiator:

From Rome:

Roman dress:
Roman Dress
Women's Fashion in Ancient Rome
Roman Clothing, Part I, Part II
Ancient Roman Fashion
The Roman Way
Ancient Roman Clothing
Roman Costumes And Dress
Ancient Roman Costume Links at The Costumer's Manifesto
Roman Armor And Military Dress

Misc -- Siri
Roman Miscellany: Roman Dress




Hrm, I thought I had made a post already about guayabera shirts. Pete Takeshi purchased one or two a while back--I don't know if he still wears these regularly. I was thinking about them today because it is getting hot again here in the South Bay. If we should be conserving energy, our dress codes will have to be more flexible in response to changes in temperature. (Not that many companies here in California have a dress code--maybe some of the older companies. I've forgotten if HP has a dress code. But most young companies do not have a dress code, and Apple, Google and Youtube don't, as far as I know.)

Even if the use of air conditioning is more efficient in some places rather than others (or they are replaced by air curtains, like in stores in Hong Kong), can we justify the consumption of electricity in such a non-vital way? (Non-vital for most people, that is, who can cope with high temperatures.)

I've seen some of the young adults wearing them around here, especially people who are probably employed in the tech companies. I should see if Macy's carries any (as if that is an accurate way to gauge their popularity).

The guayabera was created for labor -- it seems to be more practical than the modern Western dress shirt, at least the one that is worn with business suits. However, a white guayabera (or one of any other color) being seen with blue jeans would probably discredit the guayabera as a serious clothing option in the minds of some conservatives. Then again, the fact that it is worn untucked may have already done that. (And then there is the ethnic association.)

I can understand that reaction to a degree--an untucked shirt is associated with being messy and careless with one's appearance. In other cultures (for example those of E. Asia), the equivalent to a shirt was worn untucked--and it too was underwear. This remains true with the latest form of traditional Chinese clothing (as exemplified by what Jackie Chan is wearing):

(source and more)

What about the European linen shirt that was the precursor to the dress shirt? Was the chemise tucked? When did the custom of tucking the innermost garment begin in Europe? The guayabera seems to be worn without any undergarments--understandable, if it is particularly suited to tropical/hot climates, and it is unlikely that one would be wearing anything on top of it. But in Europe, with its colder climate, there will be several layers of clothing on top of the shirt, and if one is wearing a waistcoat or a vest, one would probably not want to have his shirt on the outside of his pants and extending below the waistcoat. It would make the wearing of the waistcoat look ridiculous. But if the waistcoat and the modern coat had not come into existence? Would European shirts be tucked?

Yahoo TV, The Tudors

Yahoo Movies, from The Golden Age (All Movie Photos; IGN; RT)

Were shirts always tucked in under breeches and covered by doublets? Were they tucked for the sake of insulation? E. Asian undergarments were untucked and long, because what was worn over it covered the upper body and its length was equal to or longer to the undergarment.

Tuck Your Shirt In: DETAILS Article on
Now tuck your shirt in - Times Online
History of the Shirt: Men's shirts through time
Males Vogue: Men’s Shirt’s History
Costumer's Manifesto: Renaissance and 16th Century
(Which reminds me, I should check out HBO's Elizabeth I and Al Pacino's The Merchant of Venice.)

As for the guayabera... does such a shirt look good on someone short and stocky? If it is too big then wouldn't it make someone look shorter or fatter? But if it is too tight, then one's lack of fitness will be obvious. Best to stay healthy and fit.

Apparently it is possible for the bottom of a guayabera to be narrower than the chest.

Maybe I could pick up a panama hat as well.

Are loose shirts more practical than tight ones? Better ventilated? And what's more advantageous if one has to engage in combat? Something close-fitting, or something looser? The dress shirts that I have worn have been somewhat constricting, but maybe they are just ill-fitting since they were all mass-produced.

BDU and ACU jackets seem to be rather loose. What is the rationale, if any, for that?

Army Combat Uniform
Program Executive Office Soldier

Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform
AF ABU wiki

Not easy to find a current German uniform as a comparison. Easiest place would probably be
Germany Army official page (wiki)

Guayabera links:
The Guayabera Shirt Store
MyCubanStore: Beach Wedding Shirts | Guayaberas...
FridayShirts: Beach Wedding Attire | Guayabera...
Debra Torres: Designer Guayabera Shirts
D'Accord Guayaberas
Taste of Cuba
Mexican wedding shirts
Guayabera Shirt - Classic Guayabera Short Sleeve (Powered by CubeCart)

I don't think I'd go for a barong tagalog.

My Barong
Barong Tagalog and Filipiniana Dresses -
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Hat links:
Panama Hats Direct
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Brent Black Panama Hats
Panama Hat Company of St. Augustine
Montecristi Ecuador Montecristi Panama Hats
Panama Hats from the Village Hat Shop
Panama hat, fur felt hats, and hat bands from Montecristi custom ...
panama hat Home: Buy online a hat from Ecuador
Panama hats including solarbrim sun classic dress for mens ladies ...

Heh. This was interesting, because of the source: The Genuine Panama Hat--Made in Ecuador? - Jehovah's Witnesses ...

Stetson - Legendary Hats Since 1865
Welcome to Stetson
Stetson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
HATS - Stetson Hats - Cowboy hats, Dress hats and Panama hats
Mens Hats

Western Wear:
Wrangler® Western Wear
Western Wear at Sheplers
Vintage Western Wear.Com
Western Wear and Clothing
Drysdales Western Wear
Spur Western Wear


Tom James - What Is the Best Collar Style for Me?