Saturday, October 04, 2008

From Time to Time: Married Saints: Centered on Love of God and Neighbor

"Rejoice and exult, because your reward is great in heaven." St. Matthew, 5:12.

In the year 1206 there gathered in the castle of Wartburg in Thuringia six famous poets. Of their songs and poems the Duke was to decide which was best. So beautiful was their poetry that the Duke was unable to choose. He sent one of his officials to a neighboring kingdom to invite a celebrated wise man named Klingsohr to com~ and make the decision.

Klingsohr was famous in foretelling the future. The crowd greeted him with a request for some new prediction. The wise man surveyed the stars and exclaimed:

"I will tell you something both new and joyous. I see a beautiful star rising in Hungary, the rays of which extend to Marburg, and from Marburg over all the world. Know even that on this night there is born to my lord, the King of Hungary, a daughter who shall be named Elizabeth. She shall be given in marriage to the son of your prince, she shall become a saint, and her sanctity shall rejoice and console the entire world."

This bright new star was St. Elizabeth of Hungary, famous Franciscan Tertiary, saintly queen, wife and mother. A bride at the age of thirteen; a mother at sixteen; a widow at twenty; dead at the age of twenty-four, she was declared a saint five years later. These are rapid highlights in the life of this holy wife and mother, in a life blended of sweet romance, virtuous courtship, married happiness and married tears.

As we scan the stars of sanctity on this feast of All Saints we see many who were married. What admirable ancestors in the faith. What sterling examples to mothers and fathers today. What heroes and heroines in put­ting into practice the plan for sainthood offered by Jesus in the Gospel for this day. What help they give, what inspiration, to you parents and par­ents to be. There is no marriage situation but finds its example in the his­tory of the holy.

1. In one group both husband and wife were saints. On February 26th we keep the feast of St. Ethelbert and St. Bertha. There were St. Elzear and St. Delphina. There was St. Chrysanthus, a converted nobleman, who was tempted by the beautiful Daria. He converted her, married her, and helped her become a saint. St. Pinianus and St. Melania shared their immense wealth with the poor until they themselves became the poorest of the poor.

European family prayer time

2. We find husbands who were saintly, but whose wives were not. St. Thomas More had a devoted but rather worldly wife. Blessed Sebastian of Mexico was another example.

3. In a third group, rather numerous, we find a saintly wife with a sinful husband. In still other groups we find saintly parents and saintly children.

Some of you may find your example in St. Fabiola. She was wealthy and well known, but her first husband was so wicked that she divorced him and married another. At that time she was far from sanctity, but on the death of her second husband she turned to God. She put aside her gorgeous wardrobe, dressed in garments of penance, and stood before the gates of Rome, trying to make amends for her scandal. What an example to those of you who might be tempted to enter an impossible or sinful marriage.

There was one thing common to all these married saints - they followed the formula laid down by the Son of God in the Gospel of today.

Giving to the needyThey were poor in spirit. They gave generously to the poor. We even see the saintly and wealthy Queen Isabella of Spain, who helped Columbus to discover America, patching the clothes of her husband and children.

They were meek and patient and forgiving like St. Monica.

They shed their tears. They experienced hunger and thirst. They were merciful. And, yes, they were pure of heart. Many of these married saints, by mutual agreement lead a life of virginity.

They were peacemakers. They suffered for the sake of justice. Always these heroes and heroines remembered that Christ said they were blessed, if they accepted all trials in His spirit.

There is your plan, dear parents. There is your formula for family sanctity. There you see how St. Elizabeth of Hungary arrived at sanctity. There you see how many mothers and fathers of your parish will some day become saints. Today you will decide anew to live according to Christ's program. Whether you are canonized or not, you will go on loving and serving God above everyone and above everything.

Follow Christ's formula. It will make yours a happier home, a happier marriage, a happier family. Try it. Your reward will be very great - in this world and in the next. Amen.

Adapted from Talks on the Sacraments
by Fr. Arthur Tonne, OFM (1947)
NLM: Official "Summorum Pontificum" Website of the Ecclesia Dei Commission Online

The website.

See also Fr U.M. Lang on Cardinal Giuseppe Siri: The Splendour of Liturgical Ceremonial and its Relationship to the Faith and Fr. Scott Haynes reflects on the 50th Anniversary of De Musica Sacra.

It appears that the FSSP apostolate in Phoenix is doing well. (Photos.)

The Cottars

The Cottars (official); The Cottars (Mira Music); MySpace.

Rounder Records

excerpt from a Dirty Linen article

Ready for the Storm

Atlantic Blue cover

Short clip from the Surrey Fusion Festival

Cape Breton Fiddle & Guitar - Qristina and Quinn Bachand

The Northern Agrarian endorses Ralph Nader.

via Nathancontramundi

Friday, October 03, 2008

Zenit: Fr. Cantalamessa's Gospel Commentary for 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Vineyard and the Fruits

Gospel Commentary for 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap

ROME, OCT. 3, 2008 ( The immediate context of the parable of the murderous tenants of the vineyard is the relationship between God and the people of Israel. It is to Israel that God first sent the prophets and then his own Son.

But similar to all of Jesus’ parables, this story has a certain openness. In the relationship between God and Israel the history of God’s relationship with the whole of humanity is traced. Jesus takes up and continues God’s lament in Isaiah, which we heard in the first reading. It is there that we find the key to the parable and its tone. Why did God “plant a vineyard” and what are the "fruits" that are expected, which God will come to look for?

Here the parable does not correspond to reality. Human beings do not plant vineyards and dedicate themselves to its care for the love of the vines but for their own benefit. God is different. He creates man and enters into a covenant with him, not for his own benefit, but for man’s benefit, out of pure love. The fruits that are expected from man are love of God and justice toward the oppressed: all things that are for the good of man, not God.

This parable of Jesus is terribly relevant to our Europe, and in general to the Christian world. In this context, too, we must say that Jesus has been “cast out of the vineyard,” thrown out of a culture that proclaims itself post-Christian, or even anti-Christian. The words of the vineyard tenants resound, if not in the words at least in the deeds, of our secularized society: “Let us kill the heir and the inheritance will be ours!”

No one wants to hear anymore about Europe’s Christian roots, of the Christian patrimony. Secularized humanity wants to be the heir, the master. Sartre put this terrible declaration into the mouth of one of his characters: “There is nothing in heaven, neither good nor evil, there is no one who can give me orders. [...] I am a man, and every man must invent his own path.”

What I have just sketched is a “broadband” application of the parable. But Jesus' parables almost always have a more “narrow band” application, an application to the individual: they apply to each individual person, not just to humanity or Christendom in general. We are invited to ask ourselves: What fate have I prepared for Christ in my life? How am I responding to God’s incomprehensible love for me? Have I too, by chance, thrown him out of my house, my life; that is, have I forgotten and ignored Christ?

I remember one day I was listening to this parable at Mass while I was fairly distracted. Then came the words of the owner of vineyard: “They will respect my Son.” I started, and I understood that those words were addressed to me personally in that moment. The heavenly Father was about to send me his Son in the sacrament of his body and blood. Did I understand the importance of this great moment? Was I ready to welcome him with respect, the respect that the Father expected? Those words brought me brusquely back from my wandering thoughts.

There is a sense of regret, of delusion in the parable. It certainly is not a story with a happy ending! But in its depths it tells us of the incredible love that God has for his people and for every creature. It is a love that, even through the alternating events of loss and return, will always be victorious and have the last word.

God’s rejections are never definitive. They are pedagogical abandonments. Even the rejection of Israel, which obliquely echoes through Christ’s words -- “The kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit” -- is of this sort, as is that described by Isaiah in the first reading. We have seen that this danger also threatens Christendom, or at least large parts of it.

St. Paul writes in his letter to the Romans: “Has God rejected his people? Of course not! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. ... Did they stumble so as to fall? Of course not! But through their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make them jealous. ... For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?” (Romans 11:1 passim).

On Sept. 29 our brothers celebrated the New Year with the feast of Rosh Hashanah. I would like to take this occasion to offer my wishes for peace and prosperity. With the Apostle Paul I ask that “peace be upon the Israel of God.”

[Translation by Joseph G. Trabbic]

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Father Raniero Cantalamessa is the Pontifical Household preacher. The readings for this Sunday are Isaiah 5:1-7; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43.
Zenit: What Is Needed for a Bible Comeback (Part 1), Pope's Address to Knights of Columbus
Looks like GodSpy has some new material up--I should drop by more frequently now...

Waugh’s Unlikely Champions
The Right’s Hypocritical Crusade against Wall Street
God is Godard
John Murphy reviews Ron Hansen's Exiles
Adam and Eve make a stand in California
#110 Stuff White People Like
James Kalb, Design for Living
Cal Catholic Daily: “Academic excellence, social justice, community-based learning,” Santa Clara University names LMU dean as new president

I expect more of the same at SCU--no major changes, just more fund-raising and 'development.' Ex Corde Ecclesiae? "What's that?"

Father Michael Engh S.J., current dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at Loyola Marymount University, was named president of Santa Clara University. (Courtesy Santa Clara University)

SJ Mercury: L.A. priest chosen as Santa Clara University's new president
The recent financial turbulence of the secular world underscores the importance of spiritual education, Engh, 58, said in a brief interview.

"I believe that a religious-based education is more important than ever. We have so much in the world to make sense of,'' he said. "We need a larger and deeper set of values to help us answer the questions: Who am I? What do I believe in? What is satisfying?''
The Argonaut article

Related links:

Michael Engh, SJ (CV)
Home - Loyola Marymount University
Bellarmine College
Jesuits of the California Province
RJ Stove, 20th Century Music--What Went Wrong?

The Distributist Review: Market Mysticism

The Distributist Review: Market Mysticism
How reliable is

The Republican candidate for the 15th California Congressional District. The Green Party candidate. The incumbent. Those are our choices?

Dale Ann Bradley

IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year (2007 & 2008)

official website
Compass Records

Daughters of Bluegrass Dale Ann Bradley

Dale Ann Bradley feat. Alison Krauss - "The Road is Rocky"

Dale Ann Bradley Band. Run, Rufus, Run

Dale Ann Bradley. Pass Me Not

Dale Ann Bradley Interview - Folk Music
Dale Ann Bradley interview by Little Debbie | WMMT FM 88.7
Dale Ann Bradley Interview on the Hayride | WMMT FM 88.7
The Bluegrass Blog: Dale Ann Bradley - GrassCast Interview #47

Dale Ann Bradley Band - Remixed

Dailey & Vincent

AP: Dailey & Vincent big winners at bluegrass awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - New duo Dailey & Vincent dominated the International Bluegrass Music Association awards Thursday, winning entertainer of the year, album of the year, vocal group, emerging artist and gospel recorded performance.

"To the fans that come out to see the shows — thank you so much. You're exciting to be around," Darrin Vincent said. "I promise you we'll give our 100 percent best to honor bluegrass music this year."

Vincent, a member of Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder before striking out on his own last year with Jamie Dailey, a former member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, were the leading nominees with 10.

They won gospel recorded performance for "By the Mark." Dailey also won for best male vocalist.

"Doyle Lawson, I love you like a Daddy. Thank you for being a great leader," Dailey said.

The duo went head to head with their old bosses in a number of categories. Vince Gill presented them the entertainer award and quipped, "Pretty good year to be named Vincent, I have to say."

Dale Ann Bradley won for female vocalist in a tough field that included perennial favorites Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent.

"This is very sweet, and I appreciate this so much," said an emotional Bradley.

Barry Bales was awarded bass player of the year.

"Thanks to Alison Krauss and Union Station for the best on-the-job training in the world," remarked Bales, a member of Union Station.

Michael Cleveland won for top fiddle player and thanked his father, saying, "If it wasn't for him, I couldn't possibly do this."

Cleveland and his band Flamekeeper also won for instrumental group of the year.

Kristin Scott Benson won banjo player of the year, Rob Ickes dobro player, Josh Williams guitar and Adam Steffey mandolin.

Song of the year was Blue Highway's "Through the Window of a Train," written by Tim Stafford and Steve Gulley.

"We're just fortunate to be able to do this," Stafford said.

The show featured performances by Bradley, Steep Canyon Rangers, Blue Highway, the Grascals, Lawson & Quicksilver, the SteelDrivers, the Del McCoury Band, Dailey & Vincent, the Dan Tyminski Band, the Infamous Stringdusters and Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.

For Dailey & Vincent, this year's event is one for the books. Dailey is the former lead singer and guitarist for Quicksilver, while Vincent played guitar and mandolin with Kentucky Thunder.

Bluegrass veteran Del McCoury hosted the show at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

"What better place to celebrate bluegrass music," McCoury asked. "I first performed on this stage in 1963 as a Bluegrass Boy with Bill Monroe and I can almost hear his voice now."

The late Charles Wolfe, a country music scholar and English professor at Middle Tennessee State University, and Bill Clifton, a recording artist in the '50s and '60s with songs such as "Mary Dear" and "Going Back to Dixie," were inducted into the organization's Hall of Fame.

Dailey and Vincent began thinking of striking out on their own after they recorded a Christmas song, "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem," for a bluegrass collection in 2004. The tune took off, hitting No. 1 on Prime Cuts of Bluegrass, a compilation CD serviced to bluegrass radio.

"I told Darrin we might be on to something here," Dailey said.

Jamie Dailey, left, hugs Darrin Vincent after they performed at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Darrin Vincent, front, and Jamie Dailey, back, accept an award at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008. Between the two performers, they took home six awards.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Dailey and Vincent - Official Site

Dailey & Vincent - When I Reach the Home Up There

Don't You Want To Go To Heaven When You Die


Dailey and Vincent with Cindy Baucom

@ the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
Dailey & Vincent GBGF 2008 08 24 1134 03:19
Dailey & Vincent GBGF 2008 08 24 1122 07:27
Dailey & Vincent GBGF 2008 08 24 1112 05:45 Hello Gettysburg
Dailey & Vincent GBGF 2008 08 24 1129 "I Believe" 04:32

Youtube: Dailey & Vincent Interview
Bluegrass Journal: Rounder features Exclusive interview with Dailey & Vincent (the interview)

Related Links:
International Bluegrass Music Association
IBMA Awards
Bluegrass Journal: 2008 IBMA Award Winners

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Lew Rockwell interviews Tom DiLorenzo about Abe Lincoln
DNI: John Robb to Keynote 2008 Boyd Conference

Boyd Conference 2008
ning community

ST LOUIS - OCTOBER 02: Democratic vice presidential candidate U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) and Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin take the stage at the start of the vice presidential debate at the Field House of Washington University's Athletic Complex on October 2, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. The highly anticipated showdown between the two vice-presidential candidates will be their only debate before the election. (Getty)

2008 Vice-Presidential Debate--NYT transcript & video, video.

I ended up watching much of it, if not all of it. You had the two VP candidates declaring their love of Israel, and the blatant interventionism on display again. Gov. Palin also said this:

But even more important is that world view that I share with John McCain. That world view that says that America is a nation of exceptionalism. And we are to be that shining city on a hill, as President Reagan so beautifully said, that we are a beacon of hope and that we are unapologetic here. We are not perfect as a nation. But together, we represent a perfect ideal. And that is democracy and tolerance and freedom and equal rights. Those things that we stand for that can be put to good use as a force for good in this world.
American Exceptionalism is one foundations of the American Nationalist myth, tied to the proposition nation (by making use of it--the older versions had a foundation in WASP culture and values). It's a myth dominant in the minds of many; it seems that even PC adherents, multiculturalists and Democrats will appeal to it, though of course their version, which defends those values they seek to spread and uphold. Gov. Palin a Constitutionalist and true Federalist (or anti-Federalist)? I don't think so.

I must admit that as soon as she started talking about John McCain and how much she was glad to be a part of the ticket, the first thing that came to my mind was a colorful expression--someone might say that she's sold herself out to be on the ticket, but perhaps there wasn't much principle and substance to begin with; those paleoconservatives who actually saw some hope in her as a politician are being proven wrong as the campaign drags on.

As soon as others write commentary, I'll add links. I don't have much to say in addition to what I have already written.

Republican vice presidential nominee Alaska Governor Sarah Palin takes part in the U.S. vice presidential debate with Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri October 2, 2008. (AP)

Edit. Here they are: Daniel Larison, Rod Dreher

AR: Cassandra's View

Cassandra's View
John Michael Greer, The Archdruid Report

This year's ASPO-USA conference in Sacramento approached the surreal at times, with implausible "solutions" to the peak oil crisis presented cheek by jowl with troubling news about the limits already closing around industrial civilization, in the setting of a luxury hotel sustained by exactly the kind of resource use the future will not be able to sustain. Chalk it up to a used copy of Bulfinch's Mythology, but images out of Greek legend proved impossible for a visiting archdruid to push aside.


2008 Peak Oil Conference: September 21-23 : Sacramento, CA

Where's a Tardis when you need one? I'd like to get the last 10 years of my life back.
People don't fail to disappoint. It reminds me of the Free Rider problem, as it is presented by Dr. Pakaluk. If other people don't pull their weight for the sake of the group, why should you? It is what law and virtue require, but there is the very real temptation to do the minimum (or even less) because of a perceived unfairness in the sharing of some burden. Similarly, why should you hold yourself to a high standard for behavior and comportment and industriousness, if others do less and do just fine?

I still think that it is a form of punishment when the mediocre and the unqualified are elevated to positions of authority. The bureaucratic state has overstretched itself, and reaps what it has sown.

Dr. Pakaluk's follow up posts:
The Free Rider Problem, and Aristotle the Whipping Boy
The Free Rider and the Dumb Ass
Jerry Salyer, The Crunchy-Con Menace

He responds to David Gordon's We Will Berry You!—The Flaky Socialism of the Crunchy Cons.
Quint @ AICN has reviews of Appaloosa and The Burrowers.

Disappointing news about Appaloosa.

Edit. Apparently Steve Sailer likes the movie.
Cody & Julianne - wk2 Time for Some Campaigning

The website is still around, even though it's become commercialized. Time for Some Campaigning.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The Deliberate Agrarian is having a special sale of his book, Writings of a Deliberate Agrarian.
Twitch: A Trailer For Chee Keong Cheung’s BODYGUARD: A NEW BEGINNING
Stan Goff, How the Republicans Can Win (and Deserve It)

He refers to Republican B.J. Lawson. (Lawson's blog.) Democrats for B. J. Lawson.
Lawson for Congress Blog

Megumi Nakajima

Macross F OP ED ~May'n & 中島愛

Macross Frontier May'n/中島愛

Macross Frontier OPライオンPV(May'n/中島愛)

中島愛 星間飛行 高画質版? 再UP!

her official blog

GL, Getting the most out of a farm or garden tractor

Getting the most out of a farm or garden tractor
Gene Logsdon,

Whether you have an old farm tractor or a new garden tractor, consider this partial listing of PTO-driven tools it can power: mowers, tillers, binders, seed harvesters, saws, hedge trimmers, electric generators... By using your tractor fully as a power source, you save the cost of all the motors these tools would individually require.

Fabius Maximus: A long-shot project for fusion power: the Polywell

AICN: New Trailer for Australia

Does Nicole Kidman's English accent disappear half-way through the trailer? I'm generally interested in cowboy movies, but there are at least two negatives for this movie: Nicole Kidman and Baz Luhrmann. I'm inclined to think that Baz Luhrmann is trying too hard to create an Australian epic. I still haven't seen his other movies, but I do prefer the look of this movie to the what I've seen of the others in trailers, and the colors match the settings.

I really doubt the two main characters get married before having relations (as hinted at in the trailer)--I am surprised though that the movie isn't even more PC, despite what appears to be some elements of feminism and multiculturalism in the story. Regarding the latter, it depends on what sort of relationship the aborigine boy has with Hugh Jackman's character, and his significance to Australian culture. I wrote multiculturalism for a reason--there's nothing objectionable about including aborigines among the characters. But to say the Australian Aboriginal culture is equal, or even superior to Australian Anglo culture? (And I'm not referring primarily to material culture, but to religion and mores.) That would be a questionable instance of multiculturalism.

Of course, superiority in culture does not justify injustice or [extreme] chauvinism.

According to wiki, Russell Crowe was interested in playing the role ultimately taken by Hugh Jackman. I suppose he could pull the role off; how about Guy Pearce? He hasn't really done many leading-man roles.

I should get the Man from Snowy River sequel.

some stills here, more at the official website
NLM: The History and Forms of the Christian Altar. Part 1: The Early Christian and Early Roman Forms

This is a interesting post about English Catholic history: Catholic Houses in Oxfordshire

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Patrick Deneen, Technology, Culture, and Virtue

via Mere Comments

The Rules by the Esolens

@ Mere Comments

So then, whom could you marry? A long time ago we came up with something we called "Esolen's Rules." They're only half facetious. But they are an attempt to get at the normal.
Just a select few:
16. Never marry anyone who is not interested in looking at your fourth-grade yearbook. This means: never marry anyone who seems unaware that he or she is marrying also a family, a hometown, a past, silly friends, comedies and tragedies. Never marry anyone who does not want to meet your father and mother. If your sister doesn't like him, dump him. If your sister doesn't like her, dump her. That is why God created sisters. Their approval, however, is not a sufficient condition; they will occasionally like losers, but they almost never detest good marrying material.

17. Never marry a feminist of either sex. That would be as bad as marrying someone with the soul (not the occupation, but the soul) of a lawyer.

18. Never marry anyone whom you catch in a lie, even a little one. Trust us on this one. People in love are about the most gullible creatures on God's green earth. In fact, beside the dictionary entry on "gullible" there's a picture of a woman in love, eyes looking dreamily upward, hands holding her chin; and a picture of an indignant young man defending the honor of his beloved, who would never do such a thing, no sir!


DWST Season 7 ( Cody & Julianne) Week 2 9/29/08

Julianne Hough-Hello from the set of Dancing With The Stars

Julianne Hough Interview on AT&T blue room

full interview

DWTS Season 7- Pros Group Dance 09/24/2008 HD
IGN: Ridley Scott's Robin Hood Cast

If the movie is completed, I think comparisons may be made with Kingdom of Heaven... and Robin and Marian? Robin and Marian was one of the first movies that we saw on videotape--I can't remember if we got it from the library or from a video store. It is available on DVD--perhaps I should rewatch it some time...

*spoiler warning* The biggest problem with the movie, as I remember it, was the ending, which was rather objectionable from a Catholic point of view. Marian poisons herself and Robin Hood, and in her explanation/defense of her action, she tells him that she loves him more than God. Maybe that sounds right to certain Romantics, but it is 'offensive to pious ears.' (I remember a Catholic posting at a blog how angry and offended he was that he was supposed to love God more than his wife. How bizarre.)

robin hood: robin and marian (1976)
Transition Culture: A Sympathetic Critique of Localisation by Peter North.

Peter North - DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY - University of Liverpool

Related links:
Local action in the face of dangerous climate change and resource constraints.
Alternative Currency Movements as a Challenge to Globalisation?
Money and Liberation
Monetary Regionalisation | Dr. Peter North
Twitch: Review of PAINTED SKIN
SF Chronicle: California took on energy crisis, now it faces water crisis
via EB

Monday, September 29, 2008

NLM: Msgr Gänswein on the Pope and the Liturgy

Pope Benedict XVI receives his speech from the hands of his personal secretary Georg Gaenswein before the Angelus prayer in Castel Gandolfo, his summer residence, outside Rome on September 28, 2008. (AFP/Getty)
The Beautiful People Syndrome, by Ron Kaufman

via Stephen Hand

Look at the behavior of young and poor children who have not yet been dominated completely by television and the ideals transmitted through it. The young and poor value you for your goodness and affection, regardless of your appearance.
Patrick Deneen, Peak Education

He refers to this article by Timothy Burke, Planning for Contraction

I do not know what will happen to small orthodox Catholic liberal arts colleges--on the one hand, it seems that they may be able to fare better, since the sort of education that offer is not available at most larger colleges and universities. But, if the education they give is no longer marketable in some way...
Daniel Larison, Endorsing Baldwin
Kevin Gutzman, Bad Paper—How the Fed Bailed on the Constitution
The Unit is becoming more like 24--watch the season premiere--a conspiracy to assassinate the president and VP, as well as the president-elect and the VP-elect. Does it jump the shark this season as well? (What sort of ridiculous turn in 24 could replace the expression, "Jump the shark"? I don't have confidence that the new season will be able to turn things around. Last season started off well, but took a turn for the worse, and was judged by many fans to have been the worst thus far. It definitely took a turn towards becoming a soap opera, as much as that is possible for 24.) There is a new female (Army) intelligence operative who joins the team--while it may be that CAG works with women in Federal agencies from time to time, is this something that could happen in the real world?

Is it just about who is qualified to get the job done?

B16: On John Paul I

On John Paul I

"Humility Can Be Considered His Spiritual Legacy"

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 28, 2008 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave before praying the Angelus with the crowds gathered in the courtyard of the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters!

Today the liturgy proposes to us the Gospel parable of the two sons whom the father sent out to work in his vineyard. One of them immediately says yes, but then does not go; the other at first refuses, but then, repenting, follows his father’s wishes.

With this parable Jesus emphasizes his predilection for sinners who convert, and he teaches us that humility is essential for welcoming the gift of salvation. St. Paul, too, in the passage from the Letter to the Philippians that we meditate on today, calls for humility. “Do nothing out of selfishness or vainglory,” he writes, “but humbly regard others as superior to you” (Philippians 2:3). These are Christ’s own sentiments, he who laid aside divine glory for love of us, became man and lowered himself even to dying on the cross (cf. Philippians 2:5-8). The Greek verb that is used here, “ekenôsen,” literally means that he “emptied himself” and places the profound humility and infinite love of Jesus, the humble Servant par excellence, in a clear light.

Reflecting on these biblical texts, I immediately thought of Pope John Paul I, the 30th anniversary of whose death is today. He chose Charles Borromeo’s motto as his own episcopal motto: “Humilitas”: a single word that synthesizes what is essential in Christian life and indicates the indispensable virtue of those who are called to the service of authority in the Church.

In one of the four general audiences of his very brief pontificate he said, among other things, in that tone that distinguished him: “I will just recommend one virtue so dear to the Lord. He said, ‘Learn from me who am meek and humble of heart.’ … Even if you have done great things, say: ‘We are useless servants.’ Alternatively, the tendency in all of us is rather the contrary: to show off” (General Audience of Sept. 6, 1978). Humility can be considered his spiritual legacy.

Because of this virtue of his, 33 days were enough for Pope Luciani to enter into the hearts of the people. In his speeches he used examples taken from concrete life, from his memories of family life and from popular wisdom. His simplicity was a vehicle of a solid and rich teaching that, thanks to the gift of an exceptional memory and great culture, he adorned with numerous references to ecclesiastical and secular writers.

He was thus an incomparable catechist, in the line of Pius X, his fellow countryman and predecessor in the See of St. Mark and then in the see of St. Peter. “We must feel small before God,” he said in the same audience. And added: “I am not ashamed to feel like a child before his mother; one believes in one's mother; I believe in the Lord, in what he has revealed to me.”

These words display the whole breadth of his faith. As we thank God for having given him to the Church and to the world, let us treasure his example, exerting ourselves to cultivate his humility, which made him capable of talking to everyone, especially the little and so-called distant. For these intentions let us call upon Mary Most Holy, humble handmaiden of the Lord.

[After the Angelus, the Holy Father greeted the pilgrims in several languages. In Italian, he said:]

Summer has come to an end and I will return to the Vatican the day after tomorrow. I thank the Lord for all the gifts he has bestowed upon me during this time. I think especially of World Youth Day in Sydney, the period of rest in Bressanone, the visit to Sardinia and the apostolic trip to Paris and Lourdes; and I think of the possibility of sojourning here in this house, where I am better able to rest and work during the hottest months.

An affectionate greeting to the community of Castel Gandolfo, with a heartfelt thank you to the bishop, the mayor and the various police departments. Thanks to everyone and goodbye!

[In English, he said:]

I offer a warm welcome to the English-speaking visitors gathered for this Angelus prayer. My special greeting goes to the students from Aquinas College in Australia and to the members of the Fatima pilgrimage from the Philippines. In today’s Gospel, the Lord asks us to reflect whether we are obedient to the Father in word alone, or truly committed to following his will in our daily lives. May his words inspire in us a spirit of genuine conversion and an ever more generous commitment to the spread of the Gospel. Upon you and your families I cordially invoke God’s blessings of wisdom, joy and peace!

[Speaking again in Italian, he said:]

As I offer best wishes to the students who have just begun the academic year, I express appreciation for the “Making Me Study is Good for Everyone” campaign of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. In the spirit of St. Vincent, whom we celebrated in yesterday’s liturgy, this initiative is proposed to prevent the poverty of illiteracy.

I wish everyone a good month of October, month of the Holy Rosary, during which, if it pleases God, I will go on pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady at Pompei on Sunday, Oct. 19. Have a good Sunday!

[Translation by Joseph G. Trabbic]

Sunday, September 28, 2008

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Sarge, no hay mujeres jóvenes en el oratorio de esta mañana. (Debido a que fue el último fin de semana del mes, la Misa solemne se celebró a las 8 AM.) Al parecer no asistir constantemente una misa especial el domingo. (O no ir a la oratoria periódicamente.) Tal vez debería ir a los 11 o 5:30 el próximo fin de semana. Tal vez el oratorio es un callejón sin salida. Si las jóvenes no van a la misma Misa como usted, es difícil reunirse con ellas, ¿no? Tenemos que ir a Puerto Rico.

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Photos: Tina Fey

I've enjoyed her Palin impersonation, and she's cute--it seems to be that she is a favorite among nerds and geeks, who count her as one of their own. (And apparently she considers herself to be one, too.)


Writer and actress Tina Fey walks the picket line as the Writers Guild of America strikes for better wages, in New York, November 13, 2007. (Reuters)

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 6: (L-R) Actresses Jane Krakowski, Tina Fey and Katrina Bowden attend An Evening With "30 Rock" at the Puck Building on December 6, 2007 in New York City. (Getty)

Writer, comedian and actress Tina Fey walks the picket line with members of the Writers Guild of America as they picket in front of Viacom headquarters in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008. (AP/Kathy Willens)

LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 27: Actress Tina Fey arrives at the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty)

Tina Fey arrives at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP/Kevork Djansezian)

Tina Fey holds the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series for her work in "30 Rock," at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP/Reed Saxon)

LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 27: Actress Tina Fey poses with her Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for "30 Rock" in the press room during the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty)

Actress Tina Fey poses in the press room during the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild awards held at the Shrine Auditorium 27 January 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (AFP/Getty)

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 12: Actors Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey arrive at the Gotham Magazine's 8th Annual Gala at the Rainbow Room on February 12, 2008 in New York City. (Getty)

Actress Tina Fey poses for a portrait during a media day promoting the film "Baby Mama" in New York April 14, 2008. The film will premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. (Reuters)

Writer and actress Tina Fey makes an appearance on MTV's "Total Request Live" at MTV Studios, Tuesday, April 22, 2008 in New York. The program is scheduled to air on Thursday. (AP/Evan Agostini)

Writer and actress Tina Fey attends the opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival and the world premiere of "Baby Mama" at the Ziegfeld Theater, Wednesday, April 23, 2008 in New York. (AP/Evan Agostini)

NEW YORK - APRIL 23: Actress Tina Fey arrives to the "Baby Mama" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre, during the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2008 in New York City. (Getty)

NEW YORK - MAY 08: Actress Tina Fey arrives at TIME's 100 Most Influential People Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall on May 08, 2008 in New York City. (Getty)


Actress/Writer Tina Fey attends the NBC Universal Experience at Rockefeller Center as part of Upfront Week on Monday, May 12, 2008 in New York. (AP/Peter Kramer)

NEW YORK - MAY 12: Actress/writer Tina Fey arrives for the NBC Universal Experience at Rockefeller Center as part of upfront week on May 12, 2008 in New York City. (Getty)

NEW YORK - JUNE 02: Actress Tina Fey attends the 2008 CFDA Fashion Awards at the New York Public Library on June 2, 2008 in New York City. (Getty)

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 19: Actress and writer Tina Fey attends the 24th Annual Television Critics Association Awards Show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 19, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty)

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Actress Tina Fey arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty)

Writer, producer and star Tina Fey accepts the award for outstanding writing for a comedy series for her work on the "30 Rock" episode titled "Cooter" at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP/Mark J. Terrill)

Tina Fey holds the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for her work on '30 Rock, in the press room at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Noika Theatre in Los Angeles on September 21, 2008. (AFP/Getty)

Tina Fey holds the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for her work on "30 Rock" at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP/Reed Saxon)

Writer and actress Tina Fey holds one of her two Emmys she won for outstanding writing for a comedy series and for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for "30 Rock'' at the 60th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles September 21, 2008. (Reuters)

Tina Fey holds her awards for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, outstanding writing in a comedy series and outstanding comedy series for her work on "30 Rock" backstage at the trophy table at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP/Kevork Djansezian)

Matthew Weiner holds the awards for outstanding writing for a drama series and outstanding drama series for "Mad Men" as he talks with Tina Fey backstage at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, in Los Angeles. Fey won awards for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, outstanding writing in a comedy series and outstanding comedy series for her work on "30 Rock." (AP/Kevork Djansezian)
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