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Wikipedia Hamlet: I'll have these players Play something like the murder of my father Before mine uncle: I'll observe his looks; I'll tent him to the quick: if he but blench, I know my course. The spirit that I have seen May be the devil: and the devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness and my melancholy, As he is very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me: I'll have grounds More relative than this: the play's the thing Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king. - Hamlet Act II Scene II For those of us tilted enough to blog, we must live with the possibility that what we blog about may very well reveal more about ourselves than our intended subject. Viewed through such a lens, it is easy to understand why certain subjects appear at certain blogs. Bloggers play to their strengths. Why wouldn't they/we? Occasionally, some more than others, they risk offerings that stretch the limits of their comprehension an
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Quotes for a Wednesday

E.H. Shepard, For a long time they looked at the river beneath them from The House at Pooh Corner. (Sotheby's London) On Wednesday, when the sky is blue, and I have nothing else to do, I sometimes wonder if it's true That who is what and what is who. - Winnie-the-Pooh (A.A. Milne) It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. - Epictetus Those who make some other person their job... are dangerous. - Dorothy L. Sayers We know what we are, but not what we may be . - William Shakespeare Don't worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth. - Dorothy Day Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel. - G.K. Chesterton First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do . - Epictetus The only ethical principle which has made science possible is that the truth shall be told all the time. If we do not penalize false statements made in error, we open up the way

The Beauty of the Ordinariate Liturgy: beyond dichotomy.

Mystery, accessibility, joy, hope, Presence. In the Ordinariate Form of the Mass, one finds the best intentions of the Second Vatican Council realized: renewal  and Tradition (yep... that's a capital 'T'). Both the 'now' and the 'then'. The 'now' - where the Holy Ghost is presently leading us - and the 'then' - where the Holy Ghost has led the Church and gifted Her with an abundance of blessings. When we know where the Church has been, noting the details of faithful witness, we may then better discern where the Spirit is leading us in the present moment. Cut off from our roots, we risk falling for cheap imitations. The Ordinariate Mass offers worshippers a Liturgy unmistakably oriented to God. Papa Benedict XVI reminds us in his letter to the Bishops on the Occasion of the publication of the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum : What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden e

Quotes for a Tuesday in January

Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering 'it will be happier'... ― Alfred Lord Tennyson For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. ― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. ― G.K. Chesterton I am fresh of spirit and resolved to meet all perils very constantly. ―  Julius Caesar , 5.1.98, William Shakespeare How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world. –  The Merchant of Venice , Shakespeare Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. – Saint Teresa of Calcutta The beginning is always today. ― Mary Shelley You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ― C. S. Lewis Everyone thinks of changing the world, but

The Pynson Ballad concerning the Story of Walsingham

Screenshot | Artistic impression of Medieval Priory built beside the Holy House (Denny) The Foundation of the Chapel of Walsingham (The Pynson Ballad, published by Richard Pynson circa A.D. 1485*) https://www.walsinghamanglicanmedieval.org.uk/pynson.htm https://web.archive.org/web/20080725010750/http://www.walsinghamanglicanarchives.org.uk/pynsonballad.htm http://devotiontoourlady.com/shrine-of-walsingham.html Of this chapell se here the fundacyon, Bylded the yere of crystes incarnacyon, A thousande complete syxty and one, The tyme of sent Edward kyng of this region. Beholde and se, ye goostly folkes all, Which to this place have devocyon When ye to Our Lady askynge socoure call Desyrynge here hir helpe in your trybulacyon: Of this hir chapell ye may se the fundacyon. If ye wyll this table overse and rede Howe by myracle it was founded indede. A noble wydowe, somtyme lady of this towne, Called Rychold, in lyvynge full vertuous, Desyred of Oure Lady a petycyowne Hir to honoure with some

Saint John Henry Newman: Road to Perfection

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy. - Leviticus 19:1-2 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. - Saint Matthew 5:48 Resolve to be perfect; resolve to be holy. As we meditate on the Nativity scene, and as we will again someday soon approach the Holy Eucharist, and as we live our daily lives throughout the coming new year, let us be mindful of the call to holiness. The following counsel contains many gems, like a glorious crown. Let us adorn ourselves with such wisdom! A Short Road to Perfection Saint John Henry Newman September 27, 1856 It is the saying of holy men that, if we wish to be perfect, we have nothing more to do than to perform the ordinary duties of the day well. A short road to perfection—short, not because easy, but because pertinent and intelligible. There are no short ways to perfection, but there are su

The 2020 King Herod Award goes to... .

1488 Matteo di Giovanni Prime Minister Justin "The Grinch" Trudeau for Advancing the culture of death:  https://edmontonsun.com/2014/05/08/edmontons-catholic-archbishop-is-outraged-over-justin-trudeaus-no-choice-but-pro-choice-stance Attempting to cancel Christmas:  https://www.crisismagazine.com/2020/sorry-mr-trudeau-christmas-isnt-yours-to-cancel ;  https://globalnews.ca/news/7474576/watch-live-trudeau-coronavirus-update/ Attacking religious freedom:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZE2ty8W7mQ ;  https://calgaryherald.com/opinion/columnists/corbella-trudeaus-reversal-on-canada-jobs-attestation-a-great-christmas-present Scandal and Corruption:  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54096059 ;  https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/a-short-history-of-justin-trudeaus-scandal-plagued-liberal-government ;  https://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/opinion/columnists/bob-zimmer-disturbing-new-details-in-trudeau-s-we-scandal-1.24180702 ;  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-poli

Quotes for Christmas

We consider Christmas as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and mankind. He who has faith knows this truly; let him rejoice. - Pope Saint Paul VI When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs? - Gilbert K. Chesterton Open wide your door to the one who comes. Open your soul, throw open the depths of your heart to see the riches of simplicity, the treasures of peace, the sweetness of grace. Open your heart and run to meet the Sun of eternal light that illuminates all men. - Saint Ambrose There are two births of Christ, one unto the world in Bethlehem; the other in the soul, when it is spiritually reborn. Men think of the former much more than the later, and celebrate it every year; but the spiritual Bethlehem is equally momentous…. It was the second birth that Saint Paul insisted on when he wrote from prison to hi

Spring (Winter) Cleaning

A brief note to visitors that the Pages Section of this blog has been reorganized. Click on the drop down menu to explore everything from essays on the Holy Trinity, information on the Ordinariate and the Anglican Patrimony incorporated into the Catholic Church, prayer, various art, civil rights and law institutes, music groups and religious associations, historical images and many other hidden treasures! Feel free to dig around!

Of Jesse Promised Fruit

  Herbert Howells (1892-1983) A Spotless Rose (1919) A spotless rose is blowing, Sprung from a tender root, Of ancient seers foreshowing, Of Jesse promised fruit; Its fairest bud unfolds to light Amid the cold, cold winter, And in the dark midnight. The rose which I am singing, Whereof Isaiah said, Is from its sweet root springing In Mary purest maid; For through our God’s great love and might, The Blessed Babe she bare us In a cold, cold winter’s night.