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{Monday, January 31, 2005  }

.:{My New Name}:.

Apologies for the huge pics at the top of these posts, but ...!

I don't believe I've mentioned my new name here. Upon entering the Third Order, we (all 16 or so of us!) took names.

Mine is Thomas Aquinas of the Most Holy Eucharist.
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.:{Vanitas Vanitarum}:.

The 2005 Catholic Blog Awards thing is accepting nominees.

Hint hint. ;)
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.:{Hymns from Friday's mass }:.

Dominic, the Lord's own champion
Charged to spread the Gospel flame
Sent to men the Word to publish
And His mysteries proclaim.
With the grace of God within you
Like a hero lord your came!

Stainless as a burnished chalice,
Shining as a fiery brand
Dominic, you came to aid us
And to do your Lord's command
With the grace of God within you
And the Gospel in your hand.

Now again we nee your goodness,
Your our father and our guide!
Keep us from all sin and error
From your blindness and our pride.
With the grace of God within us,
May we stand close by your side!

Let all the faithful multitude
With joy of soul exult in praise:
The clouds of error melt, subdued
By this new sun's compelling rays.

As this world's evening time drew neigh,
From Thomas floods of graces came;
For he abounded from on high
With wisdom and with virtu'e fame.

Then be to Father and to Son
And Holy Spirit praise confessed;
May we through merit Thomas won
Be joined in heaven with the blest!

Having been clothed with this scabular of our Order, you have been accepted into the Third Order of St. Dominic, so that you may be able to more eagerly serve Christ and His Church in the spirit and charism of the Order. So that you may more perfectly attain this, I, by the power invested in me, admit you to participation in the spiritual good of the entire Dominican Order.
~From the Rite for Reception of Candidates into Lay Fraternites of St. Dominic
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.:{God is Love}:.

...Thou wast love to us, as well as Love in Thyself. Thou wast love to man, more than to any other creatures. It was love that brought Thee from heaven, and subjected Thee to the laws of a created nature. It was love alone which was able to conquer Thee, the Highest -- and bring Thee low. Thou didst die through Thine infinite love of sinners! And it is love which keeps Thee here still, even now that Thou hast ascended on high, in a small tabernacle, and under chap and common outward forms. O Amor meus, if thou wert not infinite Love, wouldest Thou remain here, one hour, imprisoned and exposed to slight, indignity, and insult? O my God, I do know know what infinity means -- but one thing I see, that Thou art loving to a depth and height far beyond any measurement of mine.

~Meditations and Devotions by Cardinal Newman
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.:{Blessed are the pure of heart...}:.

Thou hast written well of Me, Thomas. What will thou have as thy reward?

Only Thyself, Lord!

St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Laurence -- detail from "Madonna of the Shadows"; Museo San Marco, Firenze

The wise son is the delight of his Father.

O blessed Thomas, pray for your unworthy sister!
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{Thursday, January 27, 2005  }

.:{Fontem sapientiae, Dominum, venite, adoremus }:.

On the eve of the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, and my entry into the novitiate of the Third Order of St Dominic

Domine, ante te omne desiderium meum et gemitus meus a te non est absconditus!

Exspetans exspectavi Dominum,
et intendit mihi.
Et exaudivit clamorem meum,
et eduxit me de lacu miseriae et de luto faecis;
et statuit super petram pedes meos,
et firmavit gressus meos.
Et immisit in os meum canticum novum,
carmen Deo nostro.

With expectation I have waited for the Lord,
and he was attentive to me.
And he heard my prayers,
and brought me out of the pit of misery and the mire of dregs.
And he set my feet upon a rock,
and directed my steps. And he put a new canticle into my mouth,
a song to our God.

Deus, qui beatum Thomam sanctitatis zelo ac sacrae doctrinae studio conspicuum effecisti, da nobis, quaesumus, et quae docuit intellectu conspicere, et quae gessit imitatione complere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.

Thoma, perenne Ecclesiae
lumen decusque praenitens,
in lucra verte gratiae
quae pangimus praeconia.

Tu corde mundo ac simplici,
tu luce mentis unica
Deum beatus ceteris
vidisti abunde clarius.

Superna tu mysteria
scrutatus alto acumine,
quam magna largus saeculis
das veritatis pabula!

Quae recta mens introspicit,
quae nuntiavit Spiritus,
scriptis refundis lucidis,
Christi probatus laudibus.

Silens, modestus, innocens,
Dei fruens consortio,
fulgore sol ut vividus
inter magistros emicas.

Sit Trinitati gloria,
quam, te favente, fidimus
et nos videre in saecula
semper novantes cantica.
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{Wednesday, January 26, 2005  }

.:{Beat this, Holy Whappers ... }:.

9. When therefore Saint Schothinus, by these and other severe chastisements, had purged himself from all molestations and imperfections of lustful desires, as though he followed after the purity of an agel here on earth, then began other corporeal creatures also to obey him and recognize him as an angel of God; wherefore he oftentimes walked dryshod over the sea, without the help of boat. Once, while he thus walked on the sea to pass into Britain, he met with the ship that carried St. Barry the Bishop; who, beholding and recognizing this man of God, enquired of himwherefore he thus walked on the sea. To whom Scothin answered that this was a flowery field whereon he walked; and presently, stretching his hand down to the water, he took from the midst of the ocean a handful of vermillion flowers which, in proof of his assertion, he cast into the Bishop's lap. The Bishop for his part, to maintain his own truth, drew a fish from the waters and cast it towards St. Scothin; whereupon, magnifying God in His marvellous works, they departed with blessings from the other.

10. Behold, a messenger came from the king with the news that his only daughter was even now dead: at which tidings the kking who had no son, was sore afraid. But presently, recovering, he said to his peers, "O counsellors of my bosom and faithful friends of my secret thoughts, let none of us reveal my daughter's death to these stranger saints; but let us say that mine only son is dead." And he added: "Unless they raise up to me a son instead of that daughter, I will cast them all into prison." When therefore the holy Abbot and his elder companions was brought into the royal presence, then said the king: "If ye would found in our domain an abbey rich in lands and goods, then beseech your God to raise up from the jaws of hell my son who is even now dead, the only hope of my kingdom; but if ye may not obtain this, then shall ye depart dishonored from our realm, or remain as slaves among us." The holy men, hearing this, hastened to the chamber where the royal maiden lay dead: then the Abbot St. Gerald turned to the corpse and prayed: "O Eternal God, Who art the protector of all that trust in Thee, Who takest away the anguish of Thy faithful people, Who didst dry up the Red Sea for the captuve Israelites and miraculously loose Peter from his bonds, have mercy and loose us also, who are prisoners to these barbarians, from this perilous pass into which we are come by the death of the King's daughter, insomuch as Thou mayest make of this dead maiden, by Thy marvellous power, a living youth, granting to him quick motion and sense through our ministry." After which prayer the king turned to him and said "O man of God, saving thy reverence, it is my only son who is dead, and whom I beseech thee to vouchsafe to raise up." Then said St. Gerald, "Be it son or daughter, may God Who giveth life to all, and to Whom all things are possible, vouchsafe to raise thee up a male child." Whereupon, making a sign of the cross, he poured water into the maiden's mouth from that stone which he ever carried with him from his mother's womb; and, to the amazement of all beholders, a royal youth arose forthwith from the bier; by which unwonted miracle their infidelity was scattered, and the faith of them that believed was made more strong ... Then the king and his dukes endowed this new son with thirty townships of land, together with all the appurtenances thereof."

~From Acta Sanctorum Hiberniae of John Colgan, an Ulsterman who became Professer of Theology at Louvain

My challenge: Beat That.
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.:{When not to follow the example of scripture... }:.

"Aurelius [Ambrosius], after this victory, took the city of Conan above-mentioned, and stayed there three days. During this time he gave orders for the burial of the slain, for curing the wounded, and for the ease and refreshment of his forces that were fatigued. Then he called a council of his principal officers, to deliberate what was to be done with Hengist. There was present at the assembly Eldad, bishop of Gloucester, and brother of Eldol, a prelate of very great wisdom and piety. As soon as he beheld Hengist standing in the king's presence, he demanded silence, and said, 'Though all should be unanimous for setting him at libery, yet would I cut him to pieces. The prophet Samuel is my warrant, who, when he had Agag, king of Amalek, in his power, hewed him in pieces, saying, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. Do therefore the same to Hengist, who is a second Agag.' Accordingly Eldol took his sword and drew him out of the city, and then cut off his head. But Aurelius, who showed moderation in all his conduct, commanded him to be buried, and a heap of earth to be raised over his body, according to the custom of the pagans."
~From History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth
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{Monday, January 24, 2005  }


Also congratulations to Old Oligarch and Zorak who had their first child ... some day after the 19th of Januaru and between the 22nd! A girl! :)

I think they should name her after me. ;)

Or after St. Catherine of Siena. Or St. Rose of Lima. Yeah.
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.:{And in other news...}:.

I am adding this to my Amazon.com wishlist ... just because.

I mean... it looks like the sandcrawler or Jabba the Hutt's skiff or something! How cool is that!

*hides her home-made lightsaber...*
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.:{Calling all classics majors, or general helleiphiles }:.

(if Zenit.org wouldn't come to my email inbox, I could work on the Greek of Ignatius of Antioch's letter to the Ephesians in peace... ;) )

Vatican to Award Media Promotion of Latin and Greek

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 24, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences aims to honor what it deems the best newspaper article and short film and television announcement on the importance of Latin and Greek.

By giving out prizes, the dicastery seeks to support the growth of humanistic disciplines and to promote a better appreciation of history and the scientific and cultural development of Europe and related countries.

The pontifical committee believes that the progressive decline in the knowledge of Latin and Greek will lead to an ever smaller number of students capable of dedicating themselves not only to historical but also to philological, philosophical and theological studies at a proper level and, therefore, to blocking serious research in these fields.

The awards are meant to support classical culture in school and academic environments, as well as in the realm of public opinion.

Heading the awards jury is Archbishop John Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, an enthusiast of Latin. Other members of the jury include Monsignor Walter Brandmüller, president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences.

The best short film will be awarded 7,500 euros. The second prize of 5,000 euros will be awarded to the best television announcement.

The prize for the winner of the newspaper competition is 5,000 euros. The competition has extended to May 31 the deadline for the publication of articles.

For more information on the prizes, e-mail vati644@scienstor.va, or, beginning Feb. 1, consult the committee's Web page at www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pont_committees/scienstor/it/default.htm.

Pius XII established the pontifical committee in 1954 to promote the development of historical sciences through international cooperation.

Archbishop Foley ... I know him, he confirmed my little Confirmata (the girl I sponsored for Confirmation... she was also my roommate) in the church of S. Susanna in Rome on Dec 3rd.

Quick, somebody talented in film e-mail me! Put a classics major to work! ;)
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.:{St. Dominic and the Army - the Militia Jesu Christi }:.

In a post today, Zadok calls attention to an apparent revival of "muscular Christianity".

This reminded me that one time I had stumbled across the very cool Militia Jesu Christi in their modern day (yet still stuck in the sword phase and therefore merely wishful thinking) incarnation.

In doing a bit of research, I came to find that the Militia Jesu Christi was the beginning of the Dominican Third Order. Indeed, Pope Benedict XV said in his Fausto Appetente Die,

Joined to this zeal in retaining and defending the Faith there was in Dominic a supreme reverence for the Apostolic See. It is recorded that, prostrate at the feet of Innocent III, he vowed himself to the defense of the Roman Pontificate, and that the same predecessor of ours the following night saw him in vision sustain on his courageous shoulder the tottering pile of the Lateran Basilica. History tells, too, how when he was training his first followers to Christian perfection, Dominic thought of gathering from pious and devout lay people a certain sacred militia which would defend the rights of the Church and resist heresy with vigor. Hence arose the Third Order of the Dominicans which, spreading among lay people the institute of a more perfect life, was to be a truly great ornament and defense to the Church.

Indeed, the period of Spain in which Dominic lived was very militaristic -- 11th and 12th century Spain still had the Moors in their country to fight. And so the habit of the Ordo Praedicatorum was like the knights of the day, with their colors or their banner displayed in front of the uniform -- as the scapular of the habit -- and one's weapon at one's left side to be easily drawn by the right hand. Hence, the Dominican wears his rosary on the left side of his habit... this weapon may easily be drawn by his right hand.

This is, at least, the tradition as put down by Bld. Raymond of Capua in the 14th century. The other tradition around the Third Order is the Penitents of St. Dominic, a group of lay persons devoted to the ascetic life and to penance.

Both cool traditions, but the Milita is more *fun*, if less historically accurate (possibly! I maintain that it is probably true).

Another account says that the Militia may have grown into the Penitents:

According to the testimony of Lacordaire and other writers of the Order, it was during this preaching of the Divine Word in Lombardy that the saint organized the Third Order, or The Militia of Jesus Christ, as it was then called. This remarkable organization was made up of men pledged to the protection of the rights and property of the Church. It was at first a distinctly military body; but afterwards, under the title of The Order of Penance of St. Dominic, its character was changed to enable men and women still living in the world to acquire something of the spirit of the religious life. It assumed a still greater influence and importance when it established branches for its women members who desired to retire from the world and practice the religious life in all its fulness. These religious of the Third Order, as it is commonly called, constitute one of the most important and fruitful branches of the entire Dominican family. It cannot be more fittingly described than in the following beautiful words of Father Faber: "There is not a nook of the mystical paradise of our Heavenly Spouse where the flowers grow thicker or smell more fragrantly than this order of multitudinous childlike saints. No where in the Church does the Incarnate Word show His delight at being with the children of men in more touching simplicity, with more unearthly sweetness or more spouse-like familiarity."

NewAdvent.org has more:

Simultaneously with them there came into being another and very different institution which, however, subsequently amalgamated with the Ordo de Poenitentia to form the Dominican Third Order. This was a military order, called the Militia Jesu Christi (soldiery of Jesus Christ) created for the defence of the Church against the Albigenses. It owed its origin to Bishop Foulques of Toulouse, Simon de Montfort (Federici, "Istoria de cavalieri Gaudenti", Codex Diplomaticus, I), and not improbably to St. Dominic, then a canon of St. Augustine. This connection with the founder of the Friars Preachers is first definitely propounded by Bl. Raymund of Capua, who became a Dominican about 1350. But the truth of this assertion is borne out by several other indications. As early as 1235, Gregory IX confided the Militia to the care of Bl. Jordan of Saxony, second master-general, by a Bull of 18 May (Federici, op. cit., 10); and in the same year he decreed for the knights a habit of black and white (op. cit., 14). Further, when the Militia was brought across the Alps and established in Italy it is found to be always connected with some Dominican church (op. cit., I, 13)....

Owing to the fact that both received the same spiritual administration of the Friars Preachers, they appear to have been merged together at the close of the thirteenth century. This is what Raymond of Capua implies as the result of his researches. So too their ultimate coincidence is hinted at by Honorius III in 1221 when he designates the Militia "nomine poenitentiae" (Federici, Codex Diplomaticus), and a comparison also of the rules of the two institutions: that of Gregory IX for the Militia in 1235 (op. cit., 12-16) and that of Muñon de Zamora for the Order of Penance of St. Dominic in 1285 (op. cit., 28-36) would lead one to the same conclusion. The only considerable difference that could be cited against this identify is that Muñon de Zamora expressly forbids the carrying of arms. But this is in reality but a further proof of their approximation, for he allows for the one exception which could possibly apply to the Militia, viz. in defence of the Church (ibid., 32). This amalgamation is admitted by the Bollandists to have become general in the fourteenth century (Acta Sanctorum, Aug., I, 418-422). From this double movement therefore... was born the modern Third Order of St. Dominic.

And now for some completely random Dominicanity:
St. Catherine of Siena's Vision of St. Dominic

The O Lumen

O Lumen Ecclesiae
Doctor veritatis
Rosa patientiae
Ebur castitatis
Aquam sapientiae
Propinasti gratis:
Praedicator gratiae,
Nos junge beatis.

O light of the Church!
Teacher of truth!
Rose of patience!
Ivory of chastity!
You have freely poure forth
The Water of Wisdom:
Preacer of grace,
Unite us to the blessed!

Ecstacy of St. Dominic from the Church of S. Clemente, Rome
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.:{Apple + Orange = Apporange? Orangepple? Orapple? }:.

From Penitens comes this week's vocational post on The Sister Servants of the Eternal Word. But one thing that puzzles me about this order is that they claim both St. Dominic and St. Francis as their patrons and, I assume, the spirituality that they follow.

But how is this possble? The two seem to me as apples and oranges, and you can see that in the saints they produce -- St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Bonaventure as one example. I believe Ockham and Duns Scotus were also Franciscans.

Fr. Tom (O.P.) used to say that between the Franciscans and the Dominicans debating small areas of theology, whole huge physical fights would break out. Alriiiight! Now *that's* getting into it! ;)

Hmm... I can sort of see where they could be combined. Interesting.

The only order I will never live to see and will never exist until pigs fly is an order with both St. Dominic and St. Ignatius Loyola as patrons. ;)
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.:{Brilliance, Reverence, Beauty}:.

...there are a lot of blogpost-fish out there in the blogpost sea. And while most of them are those nasty bottom-feeders with a suckhole mouth, there are a few that break the glimmering surface of the blogosphere to glisten in the sunset for a few moments, like some kind of glorious blogpost-marlin...

(not the dinosaurs post, the one on "Kissing Bishop's Rings and Women's Hands")
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{Sunday, January 23, 2005  }

.:{Also, this looks disgusting}:.

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.:{What I learned in Irish History class...}:.

As I was reading my Irish history textbook, I came across the very beginning of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Simplified and bulleted, they are as follows:

* King Dermot Mac Murrough abducts wife of O'Rourje of Breffney
* O'Rourke of Breffney is the neighbor of the High King Rory O'Connor
* High King Rory O'Connor banishes king Dermot Mac Murrough
* Dermot Mac Murrough looks for help to King Henry II (Plantegenet) of England.
* King Henry II gets a bull of legitimization from Pope Adrian IV (who just so happens to be the first and last English pope) -- supposedly to remedy the "deplorable condition of religion and morals"
[* The English come in]

It's like Helen of Troy. Except for the fact that England probably should have been razed if the stories were similar.

However, I find the thing most striking about these above factoids is that Irish names are still the same from the 10th century to the 21st.


And now, some random resources:
The Irish National Anthem in English and Irish
The Irish monastic adaption of Latin calle "Hiberno-Latin"
The Medieval Sourcebook
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.:{Nuestra Senora de la Merced}:.

Our Lady of Ransom or Our Lady of Mercy

While in Europe, one can be assured that I popped in to every shop in which there was a monstrance in the window. I confess it's been my ambition to one day buy, make, design, or somehow or other procure a monstrance and then donate it to a church. Thus while in Assisi (where I bought a most gorgeous pyx), I'm sure the Franciscans loved me. In and out I went.

One shop, however, was a bit pricey for me (actually, most of them were), yet it didn't stop me from spending 15 Euro on holy cards! There were too many cool ones with lovely sweet Victorian images like this one of St. Rose of Lima. Among the holy cards I couldn't turn down was a Marian image with which I was not familiar. The title at the bottom proclaimed it "Nuestra Senora de la Merced" -- Our Lady of Mercy. In one hand she held a sceptre with chains attached to it, and in her other a white scapular. She was crowned and wore a religious habit -- something like the Dominican habit with a shield on the scapular and a carmelite cappa. Under her feet was the moon and at her feet knelt a king and a knight.

Well, naturally this appealed to me very much. But I had totally forgotten about it until I opened my Missal yesterday and these cards, carelessly shoved between the pages, fell out (I must have been in a hurry -- I am too prone to putting Important Things between the pages of books and then shelving those books).

Sifting through them again I once again saw Our Lady of Mercy, and decided to figure out what she was all about. This is what I found:

Tradition has it that around 1218, St. Peter Nolasco and James I, King of Aragon and Catalonia, experienced separately a vision of the Most Holy Virgin who asked them to found a religious order dedicated to rescuing the many Christian captives held by the Moslems. This Order of Our Lady of Mercy, also known as Our Lady of Ramson, approved as a military order in 1235 by Pope Gregory IX, was able to liberate thousands of Christian prisoners, and later became dedicated to teaching and social work...

In 1730 she was proclaimed "Patroness of the Peruvian Lands" and in 1823 "Patroness of the Armies of the Republic." On the first centennial of the nation's independence, the image was solemnly crowned and received the title of "Grand Marshall of Peru" on September 24, 1921, Feast of Our Lady of Mercy, since then declared a national holiday, when every year the army renders homage to her high military rank.

The image carries numerous decorations granted by the Republic of Peru, its governors and national institutions. In 1970 the town council of Lima gave her the keys of the city, and in 1971 the president of the Republic conferred on her the Great Peruvian Cross of Naval Merit, gestures which evidence the affection and devotion of Peru to Our Lady of Mercy, that many consider their national patroness.

(from some Hispanic heritage site)

Doing a bit more research, I came across this interesting Dominican bit:

A congregation of men founded in 1218 by St. Peter Nolasco, born 1189, at Mas-des-Saintes-Puelles, Department of Aude, France. Joining Simon de Montfort's army, then attacking the Albigenses, he was appointed tutor to the young king, James of Aragon, who had succeeded to the throne after the death of his father, Pedro II, killed at the battle of Muret. Peter Nolasco followed his pupil to his capital, Barcelona, in 1215. From the year 1192 certain noblemen of that city had formed a confraternity for the purpose of caring for the sick in hospitals, and also for rescuing Christian captives from the Moors. Peter Nolasco was requested by the Blessed Virgin in a vision to found an order especially devoted to the ransom of captives. His confessor, St Raymond of Pennafort, the canon of Barcelona, encouraged and assisted him in this project; and King James also extended his protection. The noblemen already referred to were the first monks of the order, and their headquarters was the convent St. Eulalie of Barcelona, erected 1232. They had both religious in holy orders, and lay monks or knights; the choir monks were clothed in tunic, scapular, and cape of white. These religious followed the rule drawn up for them by St Raymond of Pennafort. The order was approved, first by Honorius III and then by Gregory IX (1230), the latter, at the request of St Raymond Nonnatus presented by St Peter Nolasco, granted a Bull of confirmation and prescribed the Rule of St. Augustine, the former rule now forming the constitutions (1235). St. Peter was the first superior, with the title of Commander-General; he also filled the office of Ransomer, a title given to the monk sent into the lands subject to the Moors to arrange for the ransom of prisoners. The holy founder died in 1256, seven years after having resigned his superiorship; he was succeeded by Guillaume Le Bas.

The Mercedarians have a badly maintained but nonetheless semi-operating website at www.orderofmercy.org.
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{Friday, January 21, 2005  }

.:{One week!!! }:.

Today marks one week until I enter the novitiate of the Third Order of St. Dominic.

I thought you might appreciate the Dominican proper end to night prayer ...

Dominican end to night prayer:
Salve Regina, Mater misericordiae. Vita, Dulcedo et Spes nostra, salve! Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae, ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle. Eia, ergo, advocata nostra illos tuos misericordies oculos ad nos ostende, et Jesum benedictum fructum ventris tui nobis post hoc exsilium ostende. O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria,
V. Dignare me laudare te, Virgo sacrata.
R. Da mihi virtutem contra hostes tuos.

Concede nos famulos tuos, quaesimus, Domine Deus, perpetua mentis et corporis salute gaudere: et, gloriosa beatae Mariae semper Virginis intercessione, a praesenti liberari tristitia et aeterna perfrui laetitis. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.

O Lumen Ecclesiam, Doctor veritatis, Rosa patientiae, Ebur castitatis, Aquam sapientiae propinasti gratis: Praedicator gratiae, nos junge beatis. Alleluia!

V. Ora pro me, beate Pater Dominice
R. Ut digni efficamur promissionibus Christi.

Concede, quaesimus, omnipotens Deus: ut qui peccatorum nostrorum pondere premimur, beati Dominici, Confessoris tui, Patris nostri, patrocinio sublevemur. Per Christum Dominum nostrum, Amen.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, o most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary,

V. Make me worthy to praise you, o Sacred Virgin,
R. Give me strength against your enemies.

Grant us your servants, we beseech thee, O Lord, to rejoice in perpetuity of mind and health of body and, by the intercession of blessed Mary ever Virgin, free us from present sorrow and lead us to eternal joy.

O light of the Church,
Teacher of Truth,
Rose of patience,
Ivory of chastity,
You have deeply drunk
the water of Wisdom:
Preacher of grace,
Unite us to the Blessed.

V. Pray for us, O Holy Father Dominic,
R. That we made be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Grant, we beseech thee, omnipotent God, that we, pressed by the weight of our sins, may be alleviated by the patronage of blessed Dominic, your Confessor, our Father. Through Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
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.:{Christ's virgin could not be broken by any terror, nor won over by false allurements. }:.

St. Agnes

Jesu, coróna Vírginum,
Quem Mater illa concipit
Quæ sola Virgo parturit,
Hæc vota clemens accipe :

Qui pergis inter lília
Septus choreis Vírginum,
Sponsus decorus glória
Sponsisque reddens præmia.

Quocúmque tendis, Virgines
Sequúntur, atque laudibus
Post te canéntes cursitant,
Hymnosque dulces personant ;

Te deprecamur supplices,
Nostris ut addas sensibus
Nescire prorsus ómnia
Corruptiónis vulnera.

Virtus, honor, laus, glória
Deo Patri cum Filio,
Sancto simul Paraclito,
In sæculórum sæcula. Amen.

From the Tratise on Virgins by St. Ambrose:

Hæc tredecim annórum martyrium fecisse traditur. Quo detestabilior crudelitas quæ nec minúsculæ pepercit ætáti ; immo magna vis fidei, quæ etiam ab illa testimónium invenit ætate. Fuitne in illo corpúsculo vúlneri locus? Et quæ non habuit quo ferrum reciperet, habuit quo ferrum vinceret. Hæc inter cruentas carnificum impávida manus, hæc stridéntium gravibus immobilis tractibus catenárum, nunc furentis mucroni militis totum offerre corpus, mori adhuc nescia, sed parata, vel si ad aras invita raperétur, téndere Christo inter ignes manus, atque in ipsis sacrílegis focis trophæum Dómini signare victoris : nunc ferrátis colla manusque ambas insérere néxibus. Sed nullus tam tenúia membra poterat nexus includere. Novum martyrii genus! Nondum idonea pœnæ, et jam mátura victóriæ ; certare difficilis, facilis corónari : magistérium virtutis implevit, quæ præjudícium vehebat ætatis.

We learn by tradition that this holy martyr testified in the thirteenth year of her age. We will pass by the foul cruelty which did not spare her tender years, to contemplate the great power of her faith, whereby she overcame the weakness of childhood, and witnessed a good confession. Her little body was hardly big enough to give play to the instruments of their cruelty, but if they could scare sheath their swords in her slight frame, they found in her that which laughed the power of the sword to scorn. She had no fear when she found herself grasped by the bloody hands of the executioners. She was unmoved when they dragged her with clanging chains. Hardly entered on life, she stood fully prepared to die. She quailed not when the weapons of the angry soldiery were pointed at her breast. If they forced her against her will to approach the altars of devils, she could stretch forth her hands to Christ amid the very flames which consumed the idolatrous offerings, and mark on the heathen shrine the victorious Cross of the Lord. She was ready to submit her neck and hands to the iron shackles, but they were too big to clasp her slender limbs. Behold a strange martyr! She is not grown of stature to fight the battle, but she is ripe for the triumph ; too weak to run in the race, and yet clearly entitled to the prize ; unable from her age to be aught but a learner, she is found a teacher.

(Latin and translations taken from the Old Breviary ... apologies, but I'm a bit swamped with Ignatius of Antioch's Greek to do Latin translating for fun right now. ;) )
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{Tuesday, January 18, 2005  }

.:{Stuff that Happens in College}:.

...and I'm back! With a vengeance! Ha-HA!

And what a cool class schedule I have:

Medieval Europe I (MWF)
Biology for Idiots (a.k.a. "Baby Bio") (MW)
Western Civ II (Tu/Th)
Patristic Greek Readings (Tu/Thu)
History of Ireland (Tu/Thu)
King Arthur in Europe (Thu)

My classes are arranged such that I have one class on Friday, and that my classes are done for the day on Tu/Thu at 12:20.


And so I come back from dinner at the cafeteria this evening to find someone sitting in the lounge way atop one of the ... floating-box things that's a shelf on one side and a floating seat on the other side.

I come in and remark upon this in surprise. Someone tells me "shhh!!! He's a ninja. In training."

"Oooohhhhh," I said.

It's all so clear now.
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{Thursday, January 13, 2005  }

.:{On the way }:.

Bloggians --

And we're off! Return Sunday/Monday/Tuesdayish. Have fun, take care, and pray that my mom and I don't kill each other. ;)

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{Wednesday, January 12, 2005  }

.:{Kids On Marriage}:.

So I was going through old stuff in my Inbox and I found this ...

Kids Say The Darndest Things


You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
* Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.
* Kirsten, age 10


Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
* Camille, age 10

No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married.
* Freddie, age 6


You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
* Derrick, age 8


Both don't want any more kids.
* Lori, age 8


Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
* Lynnette, age 8

On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
* Martin, age 10


I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.
* Craig, age 9


When they're rich.
* Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.
* Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.
* Howard, age 8


It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
* Anita, age 9


There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?
* Kelvin, age 8

"And the #1 Favorite is........"


Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if she looks like a truck.
* Ricky, age 10 (Ricky is wise beyond his years)

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.:{A Saint of Yesterday }:.

Because I need to pack now, I looked this one up in the breviary and found on St. Patrick's parish in DC's website an account of his life --

Born in Catania, Sicily; died 1486; cultus approved 1825. Born of wealthy and pious parents, Bernard was given a good education. In spite of this good training, he spent a careless youth. Only after he was badly injured in a duel was he brought back to his senses. His long convalescence gave him plenty of time to think, and once he was able to go out of the house, he went to the Dominican convent of Catania and begged to be admitted to the order.

Bernard, as a religious, was the exact opposite of what he had been as a young man. Now he made no effort to obtain the things he had valued all his life, but spent his time in prayer, solitude, and continual penance. There is little recorded of his life, except that he kept the rule meticulously, and that he was particularly kind to sinners in the confessional. Apparently, he did not attain fame as a preacher, but was content to spend his time in the work of the confessional and the private direction of souls.

One legend pictures Bernard as having great power over birds and animals. When he walked outside in the gardens, praying, the birds would flutter down around him, singing; but as soon as he went into ecstasy, they kept still, for fear they would disturb him. Once, the porter was sent to Bernard's room to call him, and saw a bright light shining under the door. Peeking through the keyhole, he saw a beautiful child shining with light and holding a book, from which Bernard was reading. He hurried to get the prior to see the marvel.

Bernard had the gift of prophecy, which he used on several occasions to try warning people to amend their lives. He prophesied his own death. Fifteen years after his death, he appeared to the prior, telling his to transfer his remains to the Rosary chapel. During this translation, a man was cured of paralysis by touching the relics (Benedictines, Dorcy).
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{Tuesday, January 11, 2005  }

.:{Shaaaarp RadTrads (not) }:.

www.breviary.net is a place I like to frequent, as I've a bit of a soft spot for the old breviary, thanks to Dr. Fratantuono's Latin class last year (and strange, weird and Egar-Allen-Poeish as he is, we will miss him!).

However, it's a site entirely run by radtrads, specifically the "Confraternity of Ss. Peter and Paul", of which the site says:

The Lay Confraternity of Ss. Peter & Paul was established for the purpose of inviting the Christian faithful throughout the world to give glory to God by uniting themselves with the Catholic clergy in that public prayer and liturgy which is the Divine Office.

Yet, if you join, you don't actually have to recite the breviary:

As explained in the Constitutions you will not become obliged in any way to recitation of the Divine Office.

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight. So tell me why to join this again?
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.:{From the Old Breviary }:.

some sweet 17th century(?) Flemish(???) painting by some painter... I don't know

Since I actually have some leisure time, who wants to spend it packing? I'd much rather be translating Latin, though I haven't really *seriously* touched Latin in a while (translating the OP proper in my head doesn't count). I was looking for some Ecclesiastical Latin to translate, and I came upon the Office of Readings from the old Breviary, and so since we just had the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, I offer you more of those holy cousins, Our Lord and St. John the Baptist.

From a sermon by St. John Chrysostom:

Cum ad nos advenisset Redemptor nostri generis, venit prótinus ad suum amicum Joánnem, dum adhuc esset in ventre matris. Quem cum ex utero in utero aspéxisset Joánnes, términos natúræ concutiens, exclamat : Video Dóminum, qui natúræ impósuit términos, et non exspecto tempus nascéndi. Novem mensium tempus mihi non est hic necessarium ; in me est enim, qui est æternus. Egrédiar ex hoc tenebroso tabernáculo, rerum admirabílium compendiosam prædicábo cognitiónem. Sum signum : significábo Christi advéntum. Sum tuba : proferam Fílii Dei in carne dispensatiónem. Tuba canam ; eo ipso paternæ linguæ benedícam, et eam traham, ut loquátur. Tuba canam, eo ipso paternæ linguæ benedícam, et eam traham, ut loquátur. Tuba canam, et uterum maternum vivificabo.

When our Redeemer had come to us of our own race, he went at once to his friend John, while as yet in his mother's womb. And when John from the womb beheld the One in the womb, he striking the walls of his natural prison cried out: "I behold my Lord, who gave nature her bounds! And I do not wish to wait for the time of my birth! Is nine months here necessary? For truly he who is Eternal is with me! I would go forth from this dark tabernacle, I shall preach my expansive knowledge of marvellous things! I am the sign: I shall signify the coming of Christ. I am the trumpet, I would make known the dispensation of the Son of God in the flesh. Let me sound forth as a trumpet: let me bless even he of my paternal tongue, and free him that he may speak. Let me sound forth as a trumpet, and enliven my mother's womb!"

From a sermon by St. Ambrose:

Contuéndum est, quia superior venit ad inferiórem, ut inferior adjuvétur : Maria ad Elisabeth, Christus ad Joánnem. Denique etiam póstea, ut sanctificaret baptismum Joánnis, Dóminus venit ad baptismum. Cito quoque adventus Mariæ et præséntiæ divinæ benefícia declarántur. Vide distinctiónem singulorúmque verbórum proprietátem. Vocem prior Elisabeth audívit, sed Joánnes prior gratiam sensit. Illa natúræ ordine audívit, iste exsultávit ratióne mysterii. Illa Mariæ, iste Dómini sensit advéntum. Istæ gratiam loquúntur, illi intus operántur, pietatisque mystérium maternis adoriúntur profectibus ; duplicique miraculo prophetant matres spiritu párvulórum. Exsultávit infans, repleta est mater. Non prius mater repleta, quam fílius ; sed, cum fílius esset repletus Spiritu Sancto, replevit et matrem.

Et unde hoc mihi, ut veniat Mater Dómini mei ad me? Hoc est, Quo tantum bonum mihi accidit, ut mater Dómini mei veniat ad me? Miraculum sentio, agnosco mystérium : Mater Dómini Verbo fœta, Deo plena est. Mansit autem Maria cum illa mensibus tribus, et reversa est in domum suam. Bene inducitur sancta Maria et exhibuisse offícium, et mysticum numerum custodisse. Non enim sola familiaritátis est causa quod diu mansit, sed etiam tanti vátis profectus. Nam, si primo ingressu tantus profectus éxstitit, ut ad salutatiónem Mariæ exsultaret infans in utero, replerétur Spiritu Sancto mater infántis ; quantum putámus usu tanti temporis sanctæ Mariæ addidisse præséntiam? Ungebátur itaque, et quasi bonus athleta exercebátur in utero matris Propheta ; amplissimo enim virtus ejus certámini parabátur.

It must be considered why the superior here comes to the inferior, so that the lesser is helped: Mary comes to Elizabeth, Christ comes to John. And then even after, in order to sanctify the baptism of John, Our Lord comes to be baptized. And the blessings of Mary's coming and the Divine presence are declared at once. See the distinction made, and the particular meaning of every word. Elizabeth was the first to hear Mary's voice, but John was the first to receive the grace. Elizabeth heard Mary by the ordinance of nature, but John rejoiced by the reason of the mystery. Elizabeth percieved the coming of Mary, but John percieved the coming of the Lord. The women spoke grace, but the infants were busied within, and they engaged in the mystery of holiness when their mothers met. And by a twofold miracle, the mothers prophesied with the spirit of their little ones. The infant leapt, and his mother was filled with the Holy Spirit. The mother was not filled before her son but when her son was filled with the Holy Spirit, his mother was filled with the Holy Spirit also.

And whence is this to me, that the Mother of My Lord should come to me? That is, by what does so great a good befall me that the Mother of My Lord should come unto me? I feel the miracle, I acknowledge the mystery: the Mother of my Lord, pregnant with the Word, is filled with God. And Mary remained with her for three months, and returned to her own house. It is well to introduce how holy Mary performed this duty, and guarded her this mystic number (of months). For not only for friendship's sake did she remain for so long a time, but even for the benefit of so great a prophet. For, if the first coming was so great a blessing that at the greeting of Mary the infant leapt within the womb and his mother is filled with the Holy Spirit, *what blessedness must we not deem to have flowed upon him from so long neighbourhood of Mary?* And so a Prophet was annointed, and like a good althete was exercised in the womb of his mother, for his strength was fully prepared for battle.

(note: the part in asterisks was me being lazy and stealing the translation from the old breviary.)
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.:{Randomness of the day}:.

I am so behind the times. But when one comes across random quotes, there is no way one can't laugh --

Don't you eroticize the Blessed Mother! She didn't have breasts. The Lord was nursed by a bird which gave him to drink milk from a Blessed Coconut. I read about it in the visions of Grunhilde of Thuringia. I have a deep devotion to the Holy Coconut of Nazareth.

(Old Holy Happing Post from Fr. Johansen)

(Also see the post on The Lactation of St. Bernard -- St. Bernard, Our Lady, and the Song of Songs/Song of Solomon/Canticle of Canticles ... beautiful! and DON'T LAUGH. :P)
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Audi, filia, ... et inclina aurem tuam ... et concupisce Rex decorum tuum.
Hear, o daughter ... and incline your hear ... and the King shall desire your beauty. (Ps. 44[45])
A painting found in the church of San. Severin, Rue de San Severin, Paris.

It's come through the pipelines -- it's official! I'll be received into the novitiate for the Third Order of St. Dominic this January 28th -- feast of St. Thomas Aquinas!

Yay for the Dominican laity!!!

Hear, O daughter, consider, and incline your ear; forget your people and your father's house;
and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him;
the people of Tyre will sue your favor with gifts, the richest of the people
with all kinds of wealth. The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes;
in many-colored robes she is led to the king, with her virgin companions, her escort, in her train.
With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king.
Instead of your fathers shall be your sons; you will make them princes in all the earth.
I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations; therefore the peoples will praise you for ever and ever.
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Heh, this is the both the blessing and the curse of posting the Latin that one translates oneself:
1) People catch my errors
2) people know that I MAKE errors.

I don't make errors. :P

Anyway I fixed it, and added a sort of preamble. Heh. ;)
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{Monday, January 10, 2005  }

.:{Bld. Gundislavus/Gonzalo of Amarente, Priest}:.

So today is the feast of yet another obscure Dominican saint -- Saint Gundislavus of Amarente -- and all but the Dominicans celebrate his feast day on the 16th of January.

From the above-linked site are some interesting points of his life:
* "When the workers ran out of food, Gonzalo went to the water, called out, and fish jumped onto the river bank to feed them." I wonder if he had any special lures or jigs that he used.
* "When workers who helped briefly with his bridge building ran out of wine, Gonzalo prayed, smacked a rock with a stick, it split open, and wine poured out." Because of course, contractors can only work while drunk.
* "During a homily, in which he wanted to show the horror of exclusion from the Church, he 'excommunicated' a basket of bread; the loaves immediately became black, rotted and inedible. When he removed the 'excommunication' a few minutes later, the bread became fresh and wholesome again." So ... I wonder if he can remove the excommunication from some of the stuff that's ended up in my trash-can ...
* When he returned from pilgramiging, his family did not recognize him so they released the dogs and the bees and the dogs with the bees in their mouth so when they bark they shoot bees at you. (Actually, the Latin says "cudgels and pointy things".)

Poor kid.

I'd like to see him do that fish thing, though.
("We've got a keg ... of ... worms ... and ... phytoplankton!")

From the Dominican Proper today

Tagilde [in Portugallia] exeunte s. XII natus primum parochus fuit, deinde 14 annos in peragrandis atque invisendis Terrae Sanctae ac Romae sacrariis impendit. Ad propria reversus at minis ac fustibus receptus, eremiticam vitam elegit. Demum Praedicatorum Ordinem aplexus est. Exacto religionis tirocinio licentiam redeundi Amaranthum in pristinum solitarium locum, comitante alio fratre, ibique reliquae vitae tempus inter divinorum contemplationem et circumstantis populi evangelizationem partivit, exercitationibus ascetis insistens. Amaranthi, anno, ut tradunt, 1250 obiit. Clemens X, die 10 iulii 1671, eius Missam et Officium concessit.


Deus, qui Beati Gundislavi mentem sancti tui nominis amore mirabiliter inflammasti, tibique in solitudine illi servire tribuisti, eius nobis interventione concede ut, eodem ducti spiritu, semper te cogitemus, et quae tibi grata sunt, inflammato studio faciamus. Per Dominum.

Bld. Gundislavus was born in 1187 in Vizella Portugal to a wealthy and high-ranking family. He spent 14 years in wandering and in pilgrimage to the Holy Land as well as to the shrines of Rome. Reeturning to his own, upon being recieved with cudgels and pointy things, he chose an eremitic life. [Geeze, I would too! ~LB] At length, he embraced the Order of Preachers. By the , he obtained the liberty of returning to Amarente into his former place of solitude by attending another brother, and there he divided the rest of his life among the contemplation of Divine things and the evangelization of the people, insisting upon ascetic practices. The Amaranthians have it that he died on this day in 1259. On July 10th 1671, Clement X approved his Mass and office.


O God, who marvellously inflamed the mind of Blessed Gundislavus with the love of your holy name, you bestowed it upon him to serve you in solitude; grant us that by the his intercession and led by his spirit, we might always reflect upon you, and that we may with burning zeal do what is pleasing to you. Through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

[Erratum fixed Jan 11 '05; typo fixed Jan 12]
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{Friday, January 07, 2005  }

.:{Happy Raymondmas}:.

St. Raymond of Pennafort

Sacra Raimundi veneremur omnes
gesta, quae toto resonant in orbe:
et chorus noster referat in canoro
carmine laudes.

Ille, qui claris meritis refertus
duxit in terris sine labe vitam,
caelico laetus iubilante coetu
sidera scandit.

Doctor et virgo duplici corona
fulget in caelis: sed amore plenus,
quotquot hic languent miseri fideles,
respicit omnes.

Laus, honor, virtus Domino perennis,
qui, Deus simplex pariterque trinus,
nostra, Raimundi precibus, remittat
crimina vitae.

Ant. Lead us forth, O Lord, through Raymond’s loving prayers, from the house of the bondage of sin into the liberty of the glory of Thy sons.
V. Pray for us, O Blessed Raymond. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. Dear God, you chose blessed Raymond for a glorious minister of the sacrament of penance, and did guide him wonderfully across the waves of the sea, grant that through his intercession, we may bring forth worthy fruits of penance, and at length reach the haven of salvation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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{Thursday, January 06, 2005  }

.:{Jay Leno on Kerry}:.

Did anybody get this week’s "Newsweek”? In this week’s magazine, John Kerry says he didn’t lose the election, he just didn’t win. There’s that clear decisive thinking we all loved about him.
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{Wednesday, January 05, 2005  }

.:{In one month...}:.

...I shall leave my teenaged years behind forever -- and good riddance!

Today's also the vigil of the feast of the Epiphany. Or ... is it really? Because Epiphany was celebrated on Sunday, and now we're kind of in the middle of an in-between-Epiphany-and-the-Baptism-of-the-Lord time... it's been a very liturgically confusing week. *scratches head*

Anyway... I should update my Amazon.com wishlist. It's got way too much anime and not enough Philosophy... even though ... drool... it has commentaries on Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics and Metaphysics -- though what I really want is Aquinas' commentary on Aristotle's Posterior Analytics. I read pieces of it for Logic class back in highschool, but I'd like to read through the whole thing.

All of these things are mostly done by Ralph McInerny at Notre Dame... I think I should break into their library and "liberate" these books... only, the Whappers can probably appreciate said books, so I'd better not... :(

Also, I thought I had Charles Williams' "The Greater Trumps", but I don't... aaaallllmost bought it for $0.75, but I am so poor right now, I had better not...

One thing that's been on the wishlist for a long time, Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry by Jacques Maritain. I had this one out from the UVA library for a long time, but I never finished it. *heavy sigh*

There... add a little Bernard of Clairvaux, little Medieval Exegesis, shake it up with "Napoleon Dynamite" and "De-Lovely" ... voila!!! Wishlist updated!
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{Tuesday, January 04, 2005  }

.:{St. Zdislava, O.P.}:.

St. Zdislava

The first Slavic Dominican tertiary.

From the Dominican Proper of today:

Orta est Krizanov in Moravia [Cecoslovachia]* anno circiter 1220. Gallo, principi de familiar Lemberk matrimonio iuncta, quattor susceptos libros studiose educavit. Habitu Ordinis suscepto, fervens S. Dominici discipula effecta est Fratrum Praedicatorum propagationem in Bohemia promovit atque a viro suo duorum conventum aedificationem impetravit. Familiaribus enitens virtutibus in pauperem servitio se totam impendit, nihil de domesticis curis remittens. Iablonae obiit anno 1252. Eius cultus die 28 augusti 1907 a S. Pio X approbatus est.


Deus, qui Beatam Zdislavam per officia coniugalis vitae et opera caritatis viam perfectionis percurrere docuisti, eius intercessione concede ut cunctae familiae iugiter renoventur et christianarum virtutum floreant testimonio. Per Dominum.

(O God, who hast taught St. Zidislava to run the way of perfection through the duties of a conjgcal life and works of charity, grant that by her intercession every family may be renewed together and that the testimony of Christian virtue may florish. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.)

*For any purists out there, I believe this is evidence for a dualistic pronunciation of Latin: say "Kickeroo" if you must for Classical Latin, but Ecclesiastical Latin is pronounced very much like modern Italian.
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Judas, mercator pessimus, osculo petiit Dóminum: ille ut agnus innocens non negávit Judæ ósculum.

Denariórum numero Christum Judæis tradidit.

Melius illi erat, si natus non fuisset.

The vile merchant Judas came to the Lord to kiss him, which same, like as an innocent Lamb, refused not the kiss of Judas, who for thirty pieces of silver betrayed Christ to the Jews.

Better for that man that he had never been born.

....You know who you are.
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