Saturday, December 22, 2007

Henry V, Act IV, Scene i

If the enemy is an ass and a fool and a prating coxcomb, is it meet, think you, that we should also, look you, be an ass and a fool and a prating coxcomb? in your own conscience, now?
Dappled Things
(the periodical)

The current (Advent/Christmas) issue.

This poem strikes me as especially good.

Hat tip: Meredith.
"How the world needs artists, poets"

A reflection at The Bride and the Dragon.
From the archives

Archbishop Sheen. It'll make you smile.

Friday, December 21, 2007

The old prophet

A poem by Teófilo at Vivificat!

A paragraph from a sermon by Msgr Ronald Knox.

The first post in several months at the Blog from the Core. A welcome return!
Huckabee news
also spotted at Clairity Daily

The presidential candidate has accepted an invitation to speak at an anti-Catholic preacher's church.

The Catholic Church is to blame for Adolf Hitler's hatred of the Jews? Things like that emanate from the "reverend" Hagee. Never mind the fact that Nazis persecuted Catholics (George Weigel's biography of Pope John Paul II mentions in passing a Polish priest who was buried alive in excrement for his opposition to the National Socialist régime). And the late Pope aforementioned was one of the most philo-Semitic figures in recent history ...

The charge is too stupid to attempt to refute. Just goes to show you: anti-Catholicism is alive and well on the right (Hagee, et al.) as it is on the left (examples too numerous to cite).

Thursday, December 20, 2007

An Orthodox reflection at On the Square
the First Things blog

Icons Will Save the World by Susan Cushman. With sections entitled, "Spiritual Beauty," "Veneration vs. Worship," "Sanctifying the Sense of Sight," "Incarnational Art," etc.

Spotted at Clairity Daily, if memory serves.
Weighed and found wanting

William Luse assesses the crop of 2008 GOP presidential contenders.
Straight No Chaser

The men's a cappella group from Indiana University performs an ... interesting version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." At two minutes in, we get a serious early '80s flashback:

Monday, December 17, 2007

The O Antiphons

December 17

O Wisdom, which camest out of the mouth of the most High, and reachest from one end to another, mightily and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence.

O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

December 18

O Adonai and Leader of the house of Israel, who appearedst in the Bush of Moses in a flame of fire, and gavest him the law in Sinai: Come and deliver us with an outstretched arm.

O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.

December 19

O Root of Jesse, which standest for an ensign of the people, at whom kings shall shut their mouths, to whom the Gentiles shall seek: Come and deliver us, and tarry not.

O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.

December 20

O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel; that openest, and no man shutteth, and shuttest, and no man openeth: come and bring the prisoner out of the prison house, and him that sitteth in darkness, and the shadow of death.

O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel: qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: venit, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris et umbra mortis.

December 21

O Day-Spring, Brightness of Light, everlasting and sun of Righteousness: Come and enlighten him that sitteth in darkness, and the shadow of death.

O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris et umbra mortis.

December 22

O King of the Nations, and their Desire; the Cornerstone, who makest both one: Come and save mankind, whom thou formedst of clay.

O Rex gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti.

December 23

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of all nations, and their Salvation: Come and save us, O Lord our God.

O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos Domine Deus noster.
For what it's worth

Andrew Sullivan makes an endorsement in the GOP primaries.
Written five or six winters ago

Snow coats the mounds of snow already fallen;
When stars drift down to earth, who can be sullen?
Bill Clinton for SCOTUS?

Let's hope not.

Via The Daily Eudemon.
Timeless works of art

Cardinal Seán visits the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where one can find Sandro Botticelli's Virgin and Child with an Angel (c. 1470), and other fine works of holy inspiration; slowly scroll down.