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{Friday, September 30, 2005  }


I love to see the little guys get their comeuppance. It makes me think of the day when I'll finally get to point to somebody and go "HA!"

My favorite line of the news story:

The Germans in turn are uneasy about what they are calling the "Italianization" of German politics.


Baseball playoff scenarios. Go Houston.

Abortionist accused of eating foetuses. It takes a really sick and twisted person, even if they think that an unborn child is a blob of tissue, to work in environs such as his and to EAT said blob of flesh. I'm wondering if that doesn't have some satanic origins as well, because he's certainly not doing that out of necessity (from which cannibalism has known to arise) therefore he must be doing it out of preference. Ugh.

Suddenly "The Book of Virtues" looks less appealing. Bennett siad what?
posted by Lauren, 4:40 PM | link | 1 comments

{Thursday, September 29, 2005  }


Foetuses found at Bogota airport
posted by Lauren, 5:42 PM | link | 0 comments

.:{Some Stupid People Get It Wrong}:.

This proves that our society is illiterate.

Holy Ghost Stories
Is the Catholic Church's future up for grabs?
By Matt King
East Bay Express
Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Snarky commentary by yours truly

If on that April day when smoke blew from the Vatican the curtains had parted to reveal Saint Augustine as the next pope, the Catholic Church might have stood a chance.

So it doesn't stand a chance? Oh good, I'm glad this newspaper article told me. I had better get out now while I still can.

Church doctrine was never more modern than when it was interpreted by Augustine.

Funnily enough that's because Augustine's time was when a ton of Church doctrine was still developing.

His writings, whether in or out of favor, have dominated the church for 1,600 years. But his catechism, an inhuman mix of abstinence and passion grounded in the material desires he disavowed, has never taken hold in the political realm of organized Catholicism.

So what this paragraph is saying is that the "political realm of organized Catholicism" -- whatever that means -- is actually ... what? A hoard of licentiousness? What does that phrase mean? Why is he using the word "catechism" wrong? Trying to be poetic, but it doesn't work. Don't go chasin' waterfalls, hun.

Augustine is too unpredictable, too willing to break with tradition.

Gee, that's funny. That's why he totally accepted the authority of St. Ambrose and submitted himself to the tradition of the Scripture? Good job, fool. Augustine rails on against Manicheism for this reason [i.e. that it was man-made] and many more.


When he wasn't railing against the sins of the flesh and the intellect, Augustine was sitting in the back of the class, a restless playboy, seeking answers that he came to believe were nowhere but within himself, where his God resided.

Did anybody writing this article or the senseless book bother to read and try to understand the Confessions? A slightly huge point about finding God within oneself inasmuch as we know Him somehow (because how can one seek what one does not know?) -- not that God lives in us and we can worship the interior of our own selves.

Augustine was obsessed with finding the Truth and equally so with the impossibility of imposing it on his brothers. He certainly tried, and was ruthless in his efforts. But Augustine also saw the futility of wedding faith with logic.

Yyyyyeeessss and no. No. No no. No.

Can we say "doing violence to Augustine's text"?

Now put those coffee cups down, here comes a clincher --


Witness Augustine on mortal desires: "I went looking for you out there and went rushing headlong among all the beautiful things you have made. ... All sorts of things distracted me from you. ... So you flashed, you gleamed, you chased away my blindness!" Compare this to our new pope, who has stated that homosexuals are "inherently evil," but that we should try to be nice to them and help them become "adults." In replacing the great traveling salesman John Paul II with a doctrine-cruncher of Teutonic charisma, church leaders have ensured themselves years of dwindling market share.

Homosexuality, fool. Augustine speaks the same way about his mistress.

The segue into the Pope is a non-sequitur and doesn't segue very well anyway. What is he trying to prove with that sentence? Again, are you reading Augustine's text? In fact, I believe if you pick up the De civitate Dei Augustine rails on against sodomy (however I myself have not read it ... yet). Augustine would have much harsher things to say than any modern individual.

And talk of the devil:

The portrait of Benedict XVI that emerges in Greg Tobin's Holy Father (Sterling, $14.95), stitched together from news clips and the pope's own voluminous writings, is that of a man with admirable disgust for moral relativism, a policy wonk and master politician who quotes Augustine but has more affection for the church's windmills. Under church law, the former Joseph Ratzinger must be and is a scholastic: his intellectual pursuits restrained, and ultimately undone, by his adherence to an orthodox tradition that replaces pursuit of understanding God's will with an abiding faith in the institutions that humankind has erected in his name. Benedict XVI can't articulate why, for instance, women shouldn't be ordained other than to say that "the binding authority rests upon the continuity of the tradition. What bishops teach and do in unison over a long period of time is infallible."

I and my readers can certainly point to many modern thologians who are definitely not scholastics. Nor was the late pope John Paul II, technically speaking, a scholastic per se. Come to think of it ... I'm not sure I'd call our present Pope Benedict XVI a scholastic either. Scholasticism hasn't survived or hasn't survived well into the modern era.

Furthermore, Intelligent Omniscient Reporter[TM] has made the false assumption that the pursuit of understanding God's will and the institution are mutually exclusive; obviously this guy has some fat to chew over the institution of the church, and it sounds to me like he's a Protestant, so we'll forgive him because it's actually God who caused him to leave his brains in a box at home today.

[...skipping over the tired, old point about Galileo...]

In his favor, Woods [in "How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization"] has compiled an impressive and sometimes fascinating list of grand achievements by men in the Middle Ages who happened to be Catholic. It turns out that everything imaginable was either created, advanced, or preserved by Catholics, and, as he notes correctly, most of their names have been lost to the mainstream.

In the Middle Ages, if the place was important, it was Catholic. If the person was important, he was proabably Catholic, too. Or if he wasn't one, he had better become one soon (c.f. Clovis).

With a few spots of Arianism and the random heresy here or there, the world, in the Middle Ages, was undeniably largely Catholic. The Huns and the Osther/VisiGoths/Vandals etc were some random pockets of Various Unpleasantness, but they register as a destructive blip on the radar of history before they settled down to be absorbed into other cultures.

At which point they became Catholic.

Gregor Mendel was a Catholic monk. Descartes was Catholic. Even after the Middle Ages, Catholics make huge contributions to the world of (natural) philosophy. Get over it.

Skipping over more tired propaganda ... [...]

To men like Ratzinger and Woods, rules and edicts are prescriptive for a perturbed world. But what would Augustine say?

"Our heart is restless," he wrote, "until it rests in you."

I don't think said reporter knows how to read, having Missed The Point.

Let's pick up a copy of "The Divine Comedy" and say it's about how some woman puts Dante through hell.

Anti-Catholic bias is one thing. Twisting words is another thing. Add that plus three books reviewed in one article specifically with the aim of antagonizing Catholics is an illiterate ad hominem thing to do.

I realize that I myself am responding with ad hominems, but I am tired and cranky and this is my informal blog where I can say whatever the hell I please (blogs, being one of the few things in life a person can control, should technically prevent a severely-depressed person from descending into self-mutilation. Blogging: it's good for the mental health). Matt King (who should be fired along with this guy) is publishing an article for public consumption. And getting paid. I wouldn't pay money for that.

People, make sure you know how to read. That doesn't mean put sounds together to form a word, nor does it mean understanding the words made up of said sounds, but it means understanding the POINT and the message of literature and contextualizing it (key! The Illiad is not an anti-war poem as some Brilliant Scholars From The 60s have asserted). Otherwise everything about the subtle craft of writing is lost, and we have no way of keeping in touch with our past. How can we understand the Romances or Scripture if we like protestants take everything at face value? This was the very point of Emma (proving, too, that Jane Austen is for thinking persons and not just Girls Who Like Mister Darcy).

And when you have learned to read English -- which will take a lifetime (though one should make an effort to be Not Stupid by a certain age, at least) -- learn to read Latin. No, seriously. Western Civilization is incomprehensible without the classics and without a knowledge of Latin and Greek (though Latin is slightly more essential). This presumes that Western Civilization is being taught at all nowadays, too, I suppose.
posted by Lauren, 12:04 AM | link | 4 comments

{Wednesday, September 28, 2005  }

.:{Practically a guest blogger}:.

Lauren: Guess what I have!
Zadok: The answer to this better not be a disease.
posted by Lauren, 8:13 AM | link | 0 comments

{Tuesday, September 27, 2005  }

.:{Dominican Nuns Spotted On Antarctica}:.

"Say no more."
"I can say no more."
posted by Lauren, 10:09 PM | link | 1 comments

.:{It's scarily true}:.

You speak eloquently and have seemingly read every
book ever published. You are a fountain of
endless (sometimes useless) knowledge, and
never fail to impress at a party.
What people love: You can answer almost any
question people ask, and have thus been
nicknamed Jeeves.
What people hate: You constantly correct their
grammar and insult their paperbacks.

What Kind of Elitist Are You?
brought to you by Quizilla

Emphasis on the "useless" knowledge. That is, indeed, at the very core of this blog in its present incarnation.

In other news, Pope Pius XII exploded in his coffin. He was improperly embalmed by his dentist-physician; he turned blue whilst lying in state, and exploded in his coffin during the funeral.

Useless knowledge fact #340239854309583: it was under the terms of John Pym's Solemn League and Covenant that the Scots turned Charles I over to Oliver Cromwell, under whose dictatorship he was beheaded.

What? What are you all looking a-- I mean, at what are you all looking?

("Ending a preposition is simply something up with which I shall not put!")
posted by Lauren, 10:03 PM | link | 7 comments

{Monday, September 26, 2005  }

.:{Haven't they said this eight times already?}:.

IRA arms decommissioned

The IRA's last remaining weapons have been put beyond use, bringing an end to the organisation's military struggle against the British in Northern Ireland, the decommissioning watchdog confirmed today.

"The decommissioning of the arms of the IRA is now an accomplished fact," said John de Chastelain, the retired Canadian general who has been responsible for overseeing the decommissioning process since 1997.

"This can be the end of the use of the gun in Irish politics," he added.

He presented a confidential report on his weapons inspections to the British and Irish governments this morning following several months of decommissioning actions in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

He said they had been decommissioning since July but the bulk of the work had been done in the past week, finishing on Saturday.

"The arms involved included the full range of ammunition, rifles, machine guns, mortars, handguns, explosives, explosive substances and other arms," he said.

For the first time, IRA members present at the decommissioning admitted that all their weapons had been put beyond use. "This time when we said to them, 'Is this everything?' they said: 'Yes.'"

Of course they're going to say "yes", what do you think they're going to say, "no"? And which part of the IRA is this? There are so many slinter factions that there's going to be somebody with rifles and car bombs somewhere. I wonder if the Sinn Fein-connected IRA (because they ARE connected and Gerry Adams IS a liar, among other things) whose technical name I've forgotten but is generally the IRA people think of when someone says "the IRA".

They're not showing any photos to prove it, and their not having any witnesses except for those that they appoint. How shady is that?

But do note something:

The IRA's arms dumps were mostly built up in the 80s thanks to shipments - totalling more than 150 tonnes - from Libya.

This means:

a) Gadaafi is a lot shadier than we're giving him credit for. Yes we're happy that we can travel to Lybia now (well... I am ... lovely, well-preserved Roman ruins there), but America need to put her foot down without picking up the sword.
b) Drug money is funding the IRA.

Another interesting part:

The locations of many of the arms dumps are thought to only be known to IRA quartermasters, meaning the group's leaders needed to retain their loyalty to be capable of decommissioning at all.

This also raises the eyebrow of suspicion.


Sinn Féin will expect concessions from the British government as a result of the decommissioning, including a halving of British troop numbers in Northern Ireland and the right of IRA members on the run to return home without fear of prosecution.

Decommissioning normally involves removing crucial components of the weapons to make them unusable rather than their complete destruction.


There's a possibility that the Robert McCartney incident (a guy killed by IRA thugs whose sisters drew a LOT of attention) earlier this year could have shaken things up enough to cause such a change. It's possible, because technically yeah, the IRA is really out-of-date.

Overall: highly skeptical yet still possible.
posted by Lauren, 9:05 PM | link | 0 comments


I have been reminded by a reader that I owe an update on my sister for whom I requested prayers a few weeks ago.

Praise be to God, the tests came back negative for lymphoma. There are a number of other things it could be, but none freaky and life-threatening as such. In fact I doubt it could be anything REALLY serious. We're definitely all breathing a lot easier.

A hundred thousand thanks for all your prayers -- we couldn't have gotten through weeks of stress without them.
posted by Lauren, 8:02 PM | link | 2 comments

.:{The Italians deserve more credit than I give them}:.

Perhaps it's just Roman men who have no decency. Whatever it is, they were the ones who blew the whistle on the random porn shoot at Oktoberfest.

(Who the heck would try that? Nevermind, I don't want to know.)

And in other news, Cnytr is cranky again and hereby announces that spammers shall be slain.

It is for this reason that one must now do that stupid word verification thing that I really hate when leaving comments.

Apologies. But some people are idiots.
posted by Lauren, 4:48 PM | link | 2 comments

.:{Fr. Tucker Gets It Exactly Right}:.

Behold Dappled Things on the trappings of religion.
posted by Lauren, 7:47 AM | link | 0 comments

{Sunday, September 25, 2005  }

.:{Random Cardinal Schoenborn Alert}:.

According to This site, Cardinal Schoenborn (OP) will be celebrating mass for the 40 year jubilee of something (*doesn't actually read German*) on October 2nd in St. John's in Vienna, Austria.

And then three days later, they have an opera-studio on Die Zauberflöte.

An exciting time to be in Vienna. If anybody is there, go and take lots of pictures.

(... and I don't know what my own Cardinal McCarrick is doing this week...)
posted by Lauren, 10:14 PM | link | 3 comments

.:{The real problem on t.v.}:.

Hello everyone,

Usually I speak to you as a blogger, but today I'd like to speak to you as a concerned citizen.

We all know about the bad things on t.v. -- language, sex, violence, prunes, that Subway guy, the O.C. -- but today I'd like to speak to you about what is really at the heart of all that is bad and evil on t.v. nowadays: spiders.

Yes, my friends, that's right. One cannot sit down to watch a good healthy episode of The Simpsons anymore without being assaulted by entirely gratuitous images of spiders. You see them on every station, in nearly every commercial -- they're taking over.

Even as we speak many thousands of people are being horrified by the blood-sucking demonic fiends of nature. They are being exposed to the supreme unnaturality of one life form injecting its fangs and sucking the life out of another life form. This is clearly against all decency and against the intuitive natural law. Even in the simplest car commercial the ruthless advertising companies feel the need, no, the drive to portray the arachnid in all of its forms.

It is a well-known fact that spiders are responsible for things such as global warming, hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq, the SSPX, and poor starving children in Afghanistan. For every spider that lives, God kills three kittens.

It horrifies me, it should horrify you.

And so I'm asking you to join me in my campaign to first REMOVE SPIDERS FROM NATIONAL TELEVISION.


If you would like to support our cause, simply smash a spider whenever you see one. If we all smash every spider we see, we'll be well on our way to making these disgusting things history.

Thank you for your pledge of support.


Lauren "Cnytr" B
Head of Cnytrs (Concerned Normal-people against Yucky and repugnanT aRachnids) Against Spiders


Simply fill out and detatch this form and send it to
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.:{Henry Suso and other Dominicans in (blurry) woodcuts}:.

a Florentine woodcut print of St. Thomas Aquinas, circ. 15th century AD

At the National Gallery this morning, I was most foolish not to bring my real camera with me. Resorting to my camera phone, I have some kind of terrible, not-fit-to-be-blogged images of both German and rare Italian woodcut prints focusing, of course, on the Dominicans. But they're still pictures of Dominican things, so what does it matter? One of these days I'll go back with my real camera and take pictures of these and of the Dominican images from the Bolognese manuscripts now on display as well.

But in the meantime:

St. Dominic woodcut; in the closeup, it's slightly easier to tell that the detail above is of the meeting of St. Francis and Dominic, and the pope's dream of St. Francis and Dominic supporting the church. The description on the side of this image said that St. Dominic is holding St. Peter's, to which I say ... *shrug*.
The nine ways of prayer, which you really can't tell what each is.
A detail.

The final one is of Bld. Henry Suso:

Bld. Henry Suso was joined the Dominican order at age 13, studied under Meister Eckhart, and was picked on for it In his youth, he practiced severe penances (including wearing a tight shirt lined with nails that he wore when he slept), but the dog pictured in this image is cautioning him to give up these severe penances to go out and preach.

The Dominican breviary has this to say about him (in Latin; may translate later, or not):

Celeberrima et suavis figura huius beati cum magistro Eckhart et Ioannae Tauler eminet inter praecellentes magistros scholae dominicanae spiritualitatis "a mysticis rhenanis" nuncupatae. Henricus, divinae Sapientiae cultor ac donminicae Passionis amantissimus, ortum habuit propr Constantiam in Germania, exeunte probabiliter XIII saeculo, a patre nobili et irreligioso atque a piissima matre e familia Seuze, cuius nomen accepit. Adulescens 13 annorum ingressus est Ordinem S. Dominici in conventu Constantiensi. Natura tenerus et amans, quinquennium in religione remissius vixit, sed divinae gratiae lumine perfusus ac mysticis muneribus cumulatus, austera vivendi ratione enituit, adversitatibus et calumniis patienter ac tacite toleratis.

Libros scripsit, quam plurimum a fidelibus dilectos, clarae famae in historia spiritualium litterarum, qui adhuc vitam spiritualitem afficiunt. Mystica eius opera -- quorum quaedam vulgari sermone conscripta -- continuo diligi ac typis edi compertum est, illud in primis quod inscribitur Horologium Sapientiae in quo ipse exspolitationem a sensibilibus et unionem cum Deo per contemplationem perfectionum et passionum Christi praedicat. Humilitate et caritate refulgens, caelestibus donis illustratus, amore Iesu, cuius nomen in pectore sibi insculpsit, flagrans, Ulmae piisime obiit die 25 ianuarii 1366. A Gregorio XVI eius cultus confirmatus fuit die 22 aprilis 1831. Cuius sepulcrum saeculo XVI, dissidiis religionis saevientibus, dirutum fuit.
posted by Lauren, 5:08 PM | link | 0 comments

.:{Christ in the Winepress}:.

The National Gallery of Art right now has two very good exhibitions of medieval art: Origins of European Printmaking: Fifteenth-Century Woodcuts and Their Public and Masterpieces in Miniature: Italian Manuscript Illumination from the J. Paul Getty Museum. Furthermore they also have an exhibition of large bronze statuary of Ghiberti and some other guys.

Overall I have to say it's quite a collection.

Go, take pictures, and buy stuff to support the exhibition. And buy me the books on illuminating manuscripts.

In the woodcuts gallery, however, I came across a most interesting motif: Christ in the winepress.

(Unfortunately [or fortunately], I had already filled up my camera with Dominican woodcuts, so I didn't actually get a picture of one of the woodcuts on display.)

As seen in these images, Christ simultaneously tramples the grapes in the press while being crushed himself; his blood mingles with the grapes and is received in a chalice.

I know relatively little about this sort of image, but I conjecture it could be a reference to the justice and mercy of Christ (in addition to the most obvious image of the salvific sacrifice made present in the mass). The grapes seem to be the grapes of wrath (Rev 19:15 that Christ is trampling, yet simultaneously he is crushed himself by the weight of our sins and gives his blood to us.

The image probably quotes Isaiah as well:

Who is this that comes from Edom, in crimsoned garments from Bozrah, he that is glorious in his apparel, marching in the greatness of his strength? "It is I, announcing vindication, mighty to save." Why is thy apparel red, and thy garments like his that treads in the wine press? "I have trodden the wine press alone, and from the peoples no one was with me; I trod them in my anger and trampled them in my wrath; their lifeblood is sprinkled upon my garments, and I have stained all my raiment. For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and my year of redemption has come. I looked, but there was no one to help; I was appalled, but there was no one to uphold; so my own arm brought me victory, and my wrath upheld me. I trod down the peoples in my anger, I made them drunk in my wrath, and I poured out their lifeblood on the earth."

(63:1-6 RSV)

However this passage complicates the image a little bit, as the Christ in the winepress is almost Christ of the Ecce Homo, not a vindictive or a judging Christ. It may be that the Medievals are ignoring context for the sake of iconography (quite possible), or else this image is quite complicated (almost certain).

Like other iconographic surprises I've encountered, I don't have a complete answer, and find it interesting to ponder.

Thoughts welcome and appreciated.
posted by Lauren, 4:34 PM | link | 2 comments

{Saturday, September 24, 2005  }

.:{Why I Love Medeival Manuscripts}:.

posted by Lauren, 10:02 PM | link | 5 comments

.:{Baseball anecdote}:.

Hooray for school programs -- last night, courtesy of CUA, I was able to attend a baseball game, Red Sox vrs. the Orioles.

Ah, it's been a long time since I've been to a baseball game, and it was great. I got one of those big ol' pretzels slathered in mustard (since I can't eat hotdogs) and those overly sugar-laden drinks and a thing of cotton candy.

But I have to say that the crowd spirit was wonderful. Looking out into the sea of fans, it was difficult to tell whether there was more orange or red.

The usual rivalling cheers of "Let's go Red Sox! *clap clap clapclapclap*" and "Let's go Orioles! *clap clap clapclapclap*" went back and forth and back and forth... until one particularly drunk fan in an Orioles jersey stood up in front of his section and led his own chant. Before one knew it, the entire stadium was chanting along with us:

"Yankees suck! Yankees suck! Yankees suck! Yankees suck!"

I love baseball.
posted by Lauren, 7:15 PM | link | 2 comments

.:{So I'm not as nuts as I thought I was.}:.

I swear, Europe mellowed me out politically.

You are a

Social Conservative
(38% permissive)

and an...

Economic Moderate
(55% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on OkCupid Free Online Dating

However what I found interesting was the breakdown of the results to some of the Hot Button questions:

How People Came Down On The Issues
45% pro-choice
28% pro-death penalty
37% for gun control
30% against the War on Drugs
15% for the War on Iraq

Interesting. I wonder if this says something about my generation, the raised-on-computer generation who would be doing these quizzy things (*huge general postulation*), if we actually are becoming increasinly more conservative.


(They asked for write-in laws that would ALWAYS be enforced FOREVER. I tried to write in a pro-life law that justified itself, but when it come to the anti-contraception part, I forgot.

"I would dictate that human life is to be defended in all its forms and stages, thus outlawing abortion of all stages, and euthanasia; furthermore, abortifacient contraceptives will be allowed for this reason, non-abortifacient pill contraceptives hurt women, and other forms of contraception should be illegal. Because Ireland says so. "
—LB from Washington, DC

Evil things are illegal in Ireland. I'm still amazed at how they do it. And how the Irish constitution of 1937 begins,

In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred [...].

Read the Bunreacht na hEiraann (a.k.a. The Irish Constitution). Read and marvel at sections 40-44 (on pages 53-58), which includes the following:

3° The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.



1. 1° The State recognises the Family as the natural primary and fundamental unit group of Society, and as a moral institution possessing inalienable and imprescriptible rights, antecedent and superior to all positive law.

3. 1° The State pledges itself to guard with special care the institution of Marriage, on which the Family is founded, and to protect it against attack. [...]

3° No person whose marriage has been dissolved under the civil law of any other State but is a subsisting valid marriage under the law for the time being in force within the jurisdiction of the Government and Parliament established by this Constitution shall be capable of contracting a valid marriage within that jurisdiction during the lifetime of the other party to the marriage so dissolved.


44. 1. The State acknowledges that the homage of public worship is due to Almighty God. It shall hold His Name in reverence, and shall respect and honour religion.

posted by Lauren, 5:01 PM | link | 6 comments

{Thursday, September 22, 2005  }

.:{We kick your butt in the name of the Father ... and of the Son ... and of the Holy ... Spirit!!!}:.

Priests! Transformers! Touchdown Jesus! THOMAS AQUINAS UNDERPANTS!

"Around here the Cannon IS Law!"

Yet another reason I wish I hadn't ignored mom when she suggested Notre Dame.
posted by Lauren, 8:34 AM | link | 2 comments

{Wednesday, September 21, 2005  }

.:{Not another one...}:.

Hurricane Rita is evidently now a category 5 hurricane -- the same strength as was Katrina when she hit.

Evidently Houston is being evacuated. Given this tracking model, it looks like it's going to roll right over Dallas.

How are things looking over there? I hope Julie at Happy Catholic and everybody at the U of Dallas stays safe.
posted by Lauren, 4:50 PM | link | 1 comments

.:{Pope Tells Latin Jesuit Joke}:.

A Jesuit and a Franciscan priest were walking together in the forest, and the Jesuit wanted to see whether there was an echo. So, he called out in a loud voice, "Quod est Franciscanorum regula?" And the echo came back, "-gula, -gula" Then the Franciscan calls out in a loud voice, "Fuitne Judas Jesuita?" And the echo came back, "-ita, -ita".

From here. Hat tip: Combox of Urbi et Orbi.

(for the uninitiate:
Quod est Franciscanorum regula? - What is the rule of the Franciscans?
gula - Gluttony
Fuitne Judas Jesuita? - Was Judas a Jesut?
Ita - Yeah.)
posted by Lauren, 8:34 AM | link | 4 comments

.:{Theology Meets Disneyworld}:.

No, really. From Eidos. Haven't you ever wondered which rides at Disneyland are favored by various churches?

Catholic Ride:
It's a Small World
People from all nations gather together. The guest travels in one very stable boat, carried along by very pure Water, but the music in the ride is very annoying.

Vatican II Catholic Secondary Ride:
All of Disney's California Adventure
See it is like this: the old Park is just not cool anymore. It is hard to get teen agers to go. If we build a new park and leave out all the old characters, then we will be cool. Kids will love us. The fact that no one comes at the moment to the new park is not the fault of the new park but of the old park. Maybe we should close the old park?

Latin Mass Secondary Ride:
Davey Crockett's Explorer Canoes
This ride is not fun. In fact, it is hard work. Who expects a ride to be fun? Hard work is no more than park goers have always done. It was good enough for Walt. They don't build rides like this anymore.

Hat tip: Happy Catholic.
posted by Lauren, 8:23 AM | link | 0 comments

{Tuesday, September 20, 2005  }

.:{I'm being used for my blog}:.

So if you were a Cnytr and you were involved in a church-cleaning project (i.e. un-waxing and re-waxing pews that see a lot of daily wear-and-tear), what would you use for both the cleaning and the re-waxing?

Update: No, really, give me an answer.
posted by Lauren, 6:21 PM | link | 3 comments

{Monday, September 19, 2005  }


A few not-doing-my-homework comments on the past two days:

The Cnytr, she must admit that she has never been a big fan of the sport. Of any kind, really. And she doesn't consider figure skating and gynmastics "sports" (either you win points or you don't, none of this artistic merit whatness). Hockey -- now there's a sport. Let's get a bunch of angry Canadians padded up and throw a small object at them and give them big sticks with which to hit it. It's sports like that that keep my family in business. We are a dentisty-type family.

I must admit that I am a baseball convert. Around the same time I started learning Greek (junior year of highschool), I began watching baseball. I was a huge fan of the Astros. It was because of their pitchers, really; Roger Clemens and (at the time) Roy Oswalt. I don't know why the Astros. I turned the t.v. on one day and there they were. And it was lovely. Ever since, I did my Greek homework in front of baseball every night. Dad (who hates baseball) took me to the occasional O's game.

I like baseball. It appeals to be intellectually. But I've not watched a game all season (I feel like a bad person, especially with the inaugural season of the Nats being right HERE).

I have, on the other hand, been the sworn enemy of football since I was about 8. Thanksgiving time with the family was never quite enjoyable, as the wimmin in the family seemed to have a clone each: my mother and her sisters look quite alike. My older sisters have cousins their ages, whereas I am alone in my age group. Having been rejected from the conversational side of the family, I often used to wander to the other half of the family. They were, of course, watching football: some spouted stats, some recalled their days at The State University. I, being 8, didn't understand/comprehend the lingo. Yet this would not have deterred me: rather, it was the sudden and random bestial roars that eminated from the small group surrounding the television. It frightened me at first, not expecting such an outburst of noise from otherwise mild-mannered men.

It happened again and again. I couldn't predict it as I didn't quite get what was going on with the game. And when I tried to concentrate on decoding the game so I could plug my ears before the explosion, inevitably my eardrums were assaulted with "OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" and "GO! GO GO GO GO GO GO!!!!!" and "YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH" and "GET IT GET IT GET IT GET IT" and "FUMBLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE".

I decided not to visit the t.v. end of the house until it had been vacated.

This scenario repeated itself ad nauseam -- except with more tv-avoision -- subsequent Thanksgivings. Dislike for football in general increased when I attempted to understand the game for myself. I didn't quite see the appeal in large, heavily-swathed men repeatedly slamming into each other. If I wanted to watch that, I'd watch Henry V.

And yet ...

The other day, I was bored and decided to take time that I technically don't have to watch television. Flipping channels, I accidentally landed on ... a football game. But rather than hit the button, something kept me there. For some reason the crowd was in a HUGE frenzy. The cheerleaders were going nuts. The pitch of the crowd had risen to an almost falsetto level of fervor. And no wonder -- double-overtime in a Michigan State v. Notre Dame game.

Hmm, I thought to myself, Notre Dame. I'll give it a shot for the sake of my friends the Whapsters.

And wow. What a game.

No wonder the crowd was so worked up. It was great. The Notre Dame fight song played, the cheerleaders jumped and kicked in a caffinated frenzy. Guys slammed into each other but -- hey! HEY! FUMBLEEEEEEEE!

Suddenly we (=ND) had the ball! Only a few points behind, we struggled for yardage, gaining, gaining, and then somebody did something stupid on a 3rd down and blew our 4th down and Michigan had the ball. But! We could save it! We could still do it! Come on #10! Throw it! Run, guy, run! Run! GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO!!!

But alas!! Michigan was running -- dangerously close to the goal! NDers flew, left and right, right and left, just missing the guy with the ball! So close! Come on ND! Get him! Come on! Come on! Come on!!! But -- OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Michigan scored the winning run! Alas!

I think I've been taken in by ND football.

Perhaps I'll surprise the football men posse this Thanksgiving. Watch out for La Lorenza. And Go Irish!
posted by Lauren, 11:18 PM | link | 6 comments

.:{Church of Scientology Doesn't Know Latin}:.

So what I find most offensive about the Church of Scientology is that they defined "scio" as "knowing in the fullest sense of the word" (?) and "logos" as "study of" (???).

Hmmm. Somebody's cereal box secret decoder ring is defective.

"In the beginning was the study of, and the study of was with God, and the study of was God."

They've taken two of the most subtle and complicated words and boiled them down into inanity and actual error, because it's only the English suffix -logy which comes from logos which means "study of", which is a construing of the word. And "agnoscio" would, I think, be "knowing" in the sense of REALLY knowing than just "scio", and it doesn't mean "knowing in the fullest sense of the word".

If we would only study the classics (*coughLATINcough*), nobody would be stupid enough to fall for either Mormonism OR the Church of Scientology. One would immediately see through its collective flimsy Latin and poor knowledge of Greek. And if one can't trust them to translate Such Important Things correctly, for what can one trust them?

Certainly not that there was no Christ and that the Judeo-Christian religion was made up by aliens (???).

Well I'd believe that sooner than I'd believe that "logos" means "study of".

(Hat tip: The Curt Jester, who went off on an entirely different rant.)
posted by Lauren, 7:47 AM | link | 11 comments

{Sunday, September 18, 2005  }

.:{A Son of St. Dominic}:.

Congratulations to the once Paul Lew, now Br. Lawrence Lew OP who, on Friday, was solemnly vested with the habit of St. Dominic.

Welcome to the family, hun! :)

Sanctus Pater Noster Dominicus, ora pro nobis ut efficiamur promissionibus Christi.
posted by Lauren, 10:16 AM | link | 3 comments

.:{Library Thing Beta}:.


Instead of reading Eusebius I have been playing with Library Thing; catalogue your books online, get the library of congress and ISBN numbers. Show your list to people. Fabulous. (Talk about bringing one's work home...)

My catalogue is only partially done and it's only the books I have here in my flat.

I really should be reading Eusebius.

(Yes I do, by the way, have two copies of Wheelock's Latin)

Update: I find it most iteresting to note the top 25 authors on Library Thing:

J. K. Rowling (1,033),
Terry Pratchett (736),
Neil Gaiman (593),
J. R. R. Tolkien (555),
C. S. Lewis (549),
Anne McCaffrey (472),
Stephen King (404),
Mercedes Lackey (378),
Robert A. Heinlein (363),
Neal Stephenson (354),
Douglas Adams (312),
William Shakespeare (290),
Jane Austen (282),
Isaac Asimov (251),
Orson Scott Card (233),
Lois McMaster Bujold (227),
Kurt Vonnegut (224),
William Gibson (215),
Ursula K. Le Guin (201),
Agatha Christie (192),
Robert Jordan (191),
P. G. Wodehouse (182),
Umberto Eco (178),
Diana Wynne Jones (177),
Clamp (173)

This of course in no way shows a demographic trend. The sort of people who love books (we assume) enough to catalogue their books and show them off appear to have good taste. With the exception of Stephen King, Anne McCaffrey and Terry Pratchett. Pah. Vulgar.

And if there's one book out of my school library that I would recommend that the discerning reader read, it is An Experiment in Criticism by CS Lewis. Seriously.
posted by Lauren, 1:40 AM | link | 4 comments

{Friday, September 16, 2005  }

.:{I can see my house from here!}:.

Whoa. Check out Google Earth. Satellite imagery TO THA MOON.

See St. Peter's from 75 feet. I have to close down The Job and I'm playing with this thing, it's addictive.

Update: Apparently someone had as much fun with this as I did, and discovered some Roman ruins behind his house. Hat tip: Fr. Jim Tucker.

The guy who found it had a blog, which is here: Quelli Della Bassa.
posted by Lauren, 4:52 PM | link | 2 comments

.:{Another reason we have allowed the 70s to die}:.

Power-dressing man leaves trail of destruction

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man built up a 40,000-volt charge of static electricity in his clothes as he walked, leaving a trail of scorched carpet and molten plastic and forcing firefighters to evacuate a building.

Frank Clewer, who was wearing a woolen shirt and a synthetic nylon jacket, was oblivious to the growing electrical current that was building up as his clothes rubbed together.

A news story I thought could come only from the twisted minds at the Onion. Hat-tip: Zorak.
posted by Lauren, 4:30 PM | link | 3 comments

.:{Social norm?}:.

A lot of media buzz has surrounded the recent document from the Feds concerning American teenaged sexual activity. The Miami Herald just ran a story about teenagers and a particularly disordered form of heterosexual sexual activity.

What I find most most disturbing is the following:

The data also underscore the fact that, unlike their parents' generation, many young people -- particularly those from middle- and upper-income white families -- do not consider oral sex a big deal.

''Oral sex is far less intimate than intercourse. It's a different kind of relationship,'' said Claire Brindis, professor of pediatrics at the University of California-San Francisco. 'At 50 percent, we're talking about a major social norm. It's part of kids' lives.''

Whoa whoa whoa.

A social norm?

And yeah it's based on a different kind of relationship: a self-centered relationship of subjection and submission. There is no mutuality involved, it's all take and no give. That sort of relationship is not normal, healthy or good in any context whatever.

I will refrain from making broad and sweeping judgements on Americans altogether -- and what's more, I shall bite my tongue and not forcefully demand for the immediate defenestration and subsequent decapitation of the parents who hate their children in this way -- but I will say that there is one thing everybody can do to stem the tide and to do it now: live chastity, love chastity, promote chastity and show how it is mysterious and therefore terribly attractive.

The article also mentioned how many teenagers actually are abstaining from sex for risk of pregnancy and diseases, but are engaging in other activities. This may be step one, but one is still kind of missing the point of chastity.

Dude, chastity is hott.*

* wherein "hott" in this context signifies cool, sweet, awesome, r0x0r!!!11, gorgeous, mysterious, bitchin, amazing, rightly-ordered and "yes I approve".
posted by Lauren, 4:11 PM | link | 6 comments

{Thursday, September 15, 2005  }

.:{The Dominican Rite}:.

Once again at The Job I have found a lovely gem of a book called "The Dominican Mass Book: The ordinary of the mass according to the dominican rite, with notes, devotions for holy communion and prayers from the writings of Dominican saints by A Dominican of the Second Order, Carisbroke; Second Edition; London... 1923".

I intend to have the entire things scanned or copied in its entirety eventually, but for the moment here is the introduction.



IT is frequently asked why the Dominican Order makes use of a rite differing in many respects from that of Rome. The answer is not difficult to find if we make a few reflections upon the rise of the Church's Liturgy until the fourth century --- that is to say, during the ages of persecution. It was extremely simple in form, for elaborate ceremonial would have been impossible in the Catacombs and other hiding places in which the early Christians were compelled to seek shelter for their gatherings. Yet we undoubtedly find there all the elements which compose our modern Liturgy.

When the Church obtained her freedom, side by side with the development of her teaching came the development of her external worship; for as Don Gueranger observes: "Liturgy has always been considered as the highest teaching of dogma as well as its most popular form/" In the primitive Church much was left to the discretion of the Bishop who invariably presided over the Eucharistic assembly. He was responsible for the passages of Holy Scripture read to the faithful and the prayers said; when need arose he decided the order of ceremonial, etc. As Christianity spread throughout the West this rule still held good. The same fundamental liturgical elements are to be found in every rite: Psalmody, reading of the Scriptures, the offering of the faithful, the Consecration, the Communion, the prayers of thanksgiving; but the prayers and ceremonies differ according to the particular rite. We find St. Ambrose (died A.D. 397)compiling the rite of the Church of Milan, generally known as the Ambrosian, which is still in use; St. Isidore of Seville (died A.D. 596) draws up the Mozarabic rite for Spain; St. Augustine is sent to convert England in 596, and brings the Roman Liturgy with him, but to it are added local customs required by circumstances, as we learn from St. Bede.

It may be remarked that before the Council of Trent, when the Roman rite was referred to, it merely meant the Roman outline of the Mass, the Canon, and the Collects, etc. The local Church of Rome had its own ceremonies and customs, which were no used elsewhere, and very often when the Roman rite was adopted in a particular case, local ceremonies were still retained.

When St. Dominic founded his Order in 1215, every country in Europe and every religious Order had its own particular rite. Sometimes diocese in the same country differed in customs and ceremonies; for example, in England we find Salisbury, York, Hereford, Bangor, etc.' in France, Paris, Rouen, Bayeux, Lyons, etc., each having different usages.

It must be remembered that St. Dominic was an innovator. He created the first religious Order in the modern sense of the word. His idea in no way resembled the ideas of the great monastic founders who preceded him. From the first he intended a single Order, divided indeed into Provinces, but united under one head. With all reverence, we may not say that in this, as in so many other respects, St. Dominic shows a striking resemblance to our Blessed Lord? The disciple modelled his Order upon the plan his Divine Master had traced out for His Church; for the Order of Preachers, as conceived by its founder, was one in its end, one in its organization, legislation, and hierarchy; it was equally necessary that it should be one in its Liturgy.

When St. Dominic sent out his first sixteen disciples to the conquest of Europe, he chose Paris as one of the strongholds. He meant nothing less than the capture of the centres of intellectual activity; he therefore turned his attention chiefly to university towns. And how well he succeeded through Blessed Jordan of Saxony, his successor in the Mastership of the Order, students of Dominican history know. The little colony of Paris friars hired a small house in the vicinity of Notre-dame, and attended the offices in the Cathedral. It seems probable that wherever they went they adopted the rite of the country or diocese which gave them hospitality. But when the Order had spread throughout Europe and become a large and important body, the inconveniences of this plan were soon made manifest. Each year saw the assembling of the General Chapter, and to it flocked delegates from all the Provinces of the Order. As every Province followed a different rite and chant, the confusion which ensued may be better imagined than described. Here a question arises, Why did not St. Dominic, whose love of the Liturgy was so remarkable, legislate for this matter? It must be remembered that St. Dominic himself only presided over two General Chapters; the hand of death snatched him all too soon from the government of his Order.

Blessed Jordan of Saxony, the second Master General, was keenly alive to the situation , and we find him trying to remedy the disorder. In his Constitutions of 1228, there is a paragraph prohibiting any further modifications of the chant, etc.' but his death at sea (1237) seems to have relaxed the centralizing power of the Order. The Chapters of 1240, 1241, and 1242, allowed each Priory to follow its own local customs; the result was evidently unsatisfactory, since in 1244 John the Teutonic, the fourth General, ordered the Definitors appointed to attend the Chapter at Cologne in the following year, to bring from their respective Provinces the notes and rubrics of the Missal, Gradual and Breviary. A commission of four Friars was then deputed to draw up from these elements liturgical books which might serve the Order. By the next year (1246) the commissioners had succeeded in compiling a Liturgy which the General Chapter of Paris imposed upon all. However, in 1250, the Chapter held in London was besieged by so many complaints that the four Friars were instructed to improve upon their earlier effort. The second attempt, in spite of the approval of the Chapter of 1252, was as unsuccessful as the first. Complaints poured in as before, and the Chapter of Buda (1254), after electing Humbertus de Romanis, General of the Order, handed the whole matter over to him. He was by no means new to liturgical work, since to him was due the compilation of the lectionary, the only book which appears to have given satisfaction. In two years he had completed the task assigned to him and issued his volumes. They were fourteen in number -- viz., Lectionary, Antiphoner, Psalter, Collectar, Martyrology, Processional, Gradual, High Altar Missal, Gospel Book, Epistle Book, Side Altar Missal, Pulpitory, and Portable Breviary. This is the Office still used in the Dominican Order, it has remained practically unchanged, although slight modifications have been made in the lessons and antiphons, and new festivals added to the calendar. The rubrics for Mass are, however, untouched, as may be seen by comparing a modern Dominican missal with a copy of Master Humbert's works in the British Museum (Add. MSSS. 23,935).

At the request of Blessed John of Vercelli, sixth Master General, Clement IV issued a Bull (Consurgit in nobis, July 7, 1267) prohibiting any change to be made in the Office drawn up by Humbert. Later, in 1285, Honorius IV, by his Bull (Meritis Vestrae) empowered the General Chapters to make such alterations in rubrics and office as they deemed necessary; but this Bull remained practically a dead letter. In our own day, before any change can be made in the Dominican Missal and Breviary, a decree of the S.C.R. is essential.

When in 1568 the Dominican Pope, St. Pius V, reformed the Liturgy, he imposed the Roman Missal and Breviary on the whole Western Church; at the same time he allowed those Churches and Religious Orders who Liturgies dated back two hundred years to continue their use. The Dominican Order was thus able to retain its own ancient rite in the celebration of Mass and the recitation of the Divine Office. Those who worship in Dominican churches to-day have before their eyes the ceremonial so familiar to our Catholic forefathers in the days when this country could boast of more than fifty Dominican Priories. They see, likewise, rites and ceremonies drawn from many of the ancient Church of the West; Sarum, Paris, Bayeux, Rouen, Lyons, and others, are still represented in the Liturgy so justly loved and jealously guarded by the Order of Friars Preachers.
posted by Lauren, 5:06 PM | link | 17 comments

.:{This just bodes ill, says the medievalist}:.

Plague-Infected Mice Missing From N.J. Lab

Sept. 15, 2005 — Authorities are investigating the disappearance from a New Jersey bioterror research lab of at least three mice carrying a deadly strain of plague.

Sources say FBI agents and bioterrorism experts have interviewed and polygraphed employees at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, N.J., the location of the lab run by the Public Health Research Institute, a leading center for research on infectious diseases.

The mice have been missing for approximately two weeks.


Officials discovered two weeks ago a failure to account for three of 24 mice that had been injected with a bacterium that causes various forms of the plague, including bubonic plague, inside the high-security facility located in the middle of the city of Newark.

The injections were part of an experiment testing potential treatments for the plague, according to The Star-Ledger of Newark, which first reported the story in today's editions.

They say there's not much risk to public health. Yeah, tell that to half the population of Europe.

Quick, go out and join a religious order and spend the rest of your short life in prayer and taking care of the sick. I don't recommend the purported "sale" of indulgences, but you get a plenary indulgence if you go on a Crusade.
posted by Lauren, 4:58 PM | link | 3 comments

{Tuesday, September 13, 2005  }

.:{Beware, student brothers...}:.

Scene: the library. BrOP#1 is telling BrOP#2 (from Colombia) the duties of the student brothers in the library. After explaining the call number system, he comes to the dehumidifiers. Colombian BrOP#2 doesn't know what these are, so BrOP#1 explains and tells him that they must be emptied every Saturday and Sunday. BrOP#2 asks what one does with the water inside them.

Says BrOP#1, "You chug it."
posted by Lauren, 3:39 PM | link | 4 comments

{Monday, September 12, 2005  }

.:{Mother and daughter reunited}:.

Susan Ann Catherine Torres has died.

Susan Anne Catherine Torres, whose mother was declared brain dead but kept on life support machines for three months so she could be born, died of heart failure Sunday night at Children's Hospital in Washington, her uncle, Justin Torres, said today. She was 5 weeks old.

The cause was heart failure following emergency surgery to repair a perforated intestine, according to Torres, who said the child's condition had deteriorated suddenly over the weekend.

In addition to the Post's repord, Ireland On-Line adds the stuff moral theologians are interested in:

The pregnancy became a race between the foetus’ development and the cancer that was ravaging the woman’s body. Doctors at Virginia Hospital Centre in Arlington, where the baby was born, said that Torres’ health was deteriorating and that the risk of harm to the foetus finally outweighed the benefits of extending the pregnancy.

The mother died shortly after her daughter’s birth when she was taken off life support. The baby was about two months premature and weighed 1 pound, 13 ounces.

English-language medical literature contains at least 11 cases since 1979 of irreversibly brain-damaged women whose lives were prolonged for the benefit of the developing foetus, according to the University of Connecticut Health Centre.

[Jason Torres had quit his job to be by his wife’s side, spending each night sleeping in a reclining chair next to her bed. The couple had one other child - 2-year-old Peter.]

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace.
posted by Lauren, 2:58 PM | link | 2 comments

.:{Ante lectionem, scriptionem vel praedicationem}:.

Creator ineffabilis,
qui de thesauris sapientiae tuae,
tres Angelorum hierarchias designasti,
et eas super caelum empyreum
miro ordine collocasti,
atque universi partes
elegantissime disposuisti:

Tu, inquam, qui verus fons luminis
et sapientiae diceris
atque supereminens principium,
infundere digneris
super intellectus mei tenebras
tuae radium claritatis,
duplices, in quibus natus sum,
a me removens tenebras:
peccatum scilicet et ignorantiam.

Tu, qui linguas infantium facis disertas,
linguam meam erudias,
atque in labiis meis
gratiam tuae benedictionis infundas.
Da mihi intellegendi acumen,
retinendi capacitatem,
addiscendi modum et facilitatem,
interpretandi subtilitatem,
loquendi gratiam copiosam.

Ingressum instruas,
progressum dirigas,
egressum compleas:
Tu, qui es verus Deus et homo,
qui vivis et regnas
in saecula saeculorum. Amen

~St. Thomas Aquinas
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{Sunday, September 11, 2005  }

.:{A few words against the infidel for today}:.

Who could, even in the simplest kind of prose
describe in full the scene of blood and wounds
that I saw now -- no matter how he tried!

Certainly any tongue would have to fail:
man's memory and man's vocabulary
are not enough to comprehend such pain.


Between his legs his guts spilled out, with the heart
and other vital parts, and the dirty sack
that turns to [crap] whatever the mouth gulps down.

While I stood staring into his misery,
he looked at me and with both hands he opened
his chest and said: "See how I tear myself!

See how Mahomet is deformed and torn!
In front of me, and weeping, Ali walks,
his face cleft from his chin up to the crown.

The souls that you see passing in this ditch
were all sowers of scandal and schism in life,
and so in death you see them torn asunder..."

~Dante, Inferno, Canto XXVIII 1-6, 25-36
posted by Lauren, 9:40 PM | link

.:{We Remember}:.

posted by Lauren, 8:55 PM | link | 0 comments

.:{Baby Susan Torres}:.

I'm sure you all remember Susan Torres, the woman who, when she was 17 weeks pregnant, collapsed and was rushed to the hospital whereupon it was discovered that she had stage four melanoma, was brain-dead and had no hope of recovery. Her child, also named Susan, was born on August 2nd(?) at 1 lb, 13oz.

It now seems that little Susan is suddenly fighting for her life, and prayers are requested for all; this is from an email forwarded me by a fellow Dominican tertiary:

Baby Susan is critical; she was flown to Children's Hospital yesterday in extremely critical condition. She had an intestinal infection that became necrotic which has led to septicemia. She will not live without surgery to remove the dead tissue but cannot be operated on because of her unstable condition. Her kidneys have shut down, her BP is unstable, and it looks as though, bar a miracle, Baby Susan will lose her fight for life.

I just spoke with Karen Torres and she asked that everyone pray for this miracle. Her son Jason, Baby Susan's father, is stricken with grief.

We are praying the The Infant of Prague Novena Prayer every hour for nine hours and ask that everyone do the same.

Please pray and pray quickly.
posted by Lauren, 5:59 PM | link | 0 comments

.:{Why Cnytr Hates Descartes}:.

From the Meditations on First Philosophy:

...And finally, even if these ideas did proceed form things other than myself, it does not therefore follow that they must resemble those things. Indeed it seems I have frequently noticed a vast difference in many respects. For example, I find within myself two distinct ideas of the sun. One idea is drawn, as it were, from the senses. Now it is this idea which, of all those that I take to be derived from outside me, is most in need of examination. By means of this idea the sun appears to me to be quite small. But there is another idea, one derived from astronomical reasoning, that is, it is elicited from certain notions that are innate in me, or else is fashioned by me in some other way. Through this idea the sun is shown to be several times larger than the earth. [Both ideas surely cannot resemble the same sun existing outside me; and reason convinces me that the idea that seems to have emanated from the sun itself from so close is the very one that least resembles the sun.]

That reminds me of a Father Ted line,

Father Ted: Alright, one last time, Dougal. Concentrate. These cows [*holding small toy cows*] are small. But those out there [*points out the window*] are far away.


Far away:

posted by Lauren, 1:30 PM | link | 2 comments

{Saturday, September 10, 2005  }

.:{Punny or Painful?}:.

Bryan(formerly of Quodlibeta): Duplexes are the scourge of Western Civilization.
Lauren: What are duplexes?
Bryan: Duplexes are houses with two doors, because they're divided in two. Therefore, they can't stand.


[appx. half-hour later, Lauren is quizzing Bryan on his Greek]
Lauren: No no, you just gave me the genitive singular when I asked for the nominative singular. Oh, *points* that's not St. Paul's street, you need the next one.
Bryan: Augh! You're right. I'm trying to do Greek AND drive. Don't Greek and drive.
posted by Lauren, 11:50 PM | link | 1 comments

{Friday, September 09, 2005  }


posted by Lauren, 7:46 PM | link | 1 comments


"But if you don't know Latin, forget it! Go out and get a pizza ... or jump in the Tiber! Out!"

A most hilarious broadcast of "Latin Lover" with out own most excellent Fr. Reginald Foster.

Let those who have ears hear!
posted by Lauren, 8:31 AM | link | 4 comments

{Thursday, September 08, 2005  }

.:{Viva La Voce}:.


Though I listen fairly regularly to Classical 103.5 (though it seems to be fairly ubiquitous, the real one is here in DC), I have only recently turned on Viva La Voce.


They have viewable playlists, and "Opera at 8" every night. This evening's playlist includes Rossini (featuring the most excellent Cecilia Bartoli), Montiverdi's Vespero della Beata Vergine, Orphée et Euridice Act I, and more. "Chill with Chant" begins at 11:15, after which comes Bach's B Minor Mass.

And it further reminds me that the next season of the DC opera includes I Vesperi Siciliani, Porgy and Bess, and a trilogy of various acts of various operas, with Placido Domingo and Mirella Freni (one of my favorite Mimis) and Barbara Frittoli (but I don't know who her).

Furthermore an interesting production of Das Rheingold for Wagnerians (I am not one of them) -- why, I ask, the leather jacket and eyepatch? -- the obligatory Mozart La Clemenza de Tito for Mozart's 250th birthday and some other stuff.

I can afford to go to none of these. But still! They're playing! Maybe the Provincial will walk by my desk and say "well done, good and faithful Lauren" and give me tickets to go see I Vesperi. I mean, that's what Provincials do, isn't it? Come down the chimney and hide opera tickets in the yard?

(There need to be these kinds of legends for adults as well as for children...)
posted by Lauren, 6:00 PM | link | 1 comments

.:{Why I Love My Job}:.

As I'm sitting at the desk at job #2 (now the only job, hereafter referred to as "my job" or "the job"), the Provincial walks by. I've met him on a number of occasions, but I suspect he doesn't remember me, but he does a good job of pretending he does.

By the way, that's a funny picture of the the Master General.

But the point is: the Provincial has just walked by. How cool is that?
posted by Lauren, 3:43 PM | link | 1 comments

{Wednesday, September 07, 2005  }

.:{Requiescat in pace}:.

William H. Rehnquist, 1924-2005
posted by Lauren, 7:52 PM | link | 1 comments

{Tuesday, September 06, 2005  }

.:{Another urgent prayer request}:.


I have another urgent urgent prayer request. (Oy vey ... it seems my family is a mess recently...)

As I said in an email to my Latin prof, I have this evening received some rather shockingly bad news regarding the health of my elder sister Colleen (30, married, mother of three -- not the one for whom I requested prayers in March). It seems that a persistent swollen lymph node has not responded to antibiotics prescribed for it; although two biopsies turned up inconclusive, whatever it is that is making one lymph node swell has rapidly begin attacking the other ones (a growth of some sort says a CT scan) and is getting close to her bone and to her facial nerve such that the doctor recommends immediate surgery.

Not good. In fact very bad. Please pray a Hail Mary, and if you'd like to chuck in St. Rita or St. Jude (St. Jude has never let me down yet), I'd appreciate it.

Ago gratias.
posted by Lauren, 11:04 PM | link | 2 comments

.:{Look, NO}:.

People, remember Episcopacy.

There is a hyoooge stink over at Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam over a priest that Bp. Louverde of the Arlingtion Diocese has suspended, supposedly for the correction of a deacon.

Knowing Louverde as I do, he had his goshdarn good reasons for doing this. Just because the reprimanded deacon's wife (who is, as the thing notes, half a continent away) is kvetchy about the "conservative" diocese doesn't mean that Louverde is suspending Fr. Clarke for some kind of liberal agenda.

For heaven's sake, people. One who wasn't there and wasn't involved has no idea what the hell is going on. This again falls under the aforementioned heading of jurisdiction.

You can make anybody look terrible on paper, which is what they've unfairly done to Louverde here. Bishop Louverde is a good bishop and a good man.

What? What next? Are they going to be picking on Awesome DiLorenzo for not condemning the people who don't kneel at the consecration? Gimme a friggin' break, people.

Oh, oh wait. I forgot. People are blaming the Pope for not accepting McCarrick's resignation. Yes, Bp. DiLorenzo, I'm afraid you're next.
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.:{McCarrick to Hang Around for a Bit}:.

Ach! This was against all expectations.

Pope Wants McCarrick to Remain Archbishop

Updated: Tuesday, Sep. 6, 2005 - 3:46 PM

WASHINGTON - The leader of more than half a million Catholics in the D.C. area and Southern Maryland will continue in that position.
The pope told Cardinal Theodore McCarrick that he should remain the Archbishop of Washington.

When he turned 75 in July of 2005, McCarrick offered his resignation, which is required by church law. But Pope Benedict the 16th wants McCarrick to stay on.

McCarrick arrived in Washington in 2001, taking over from Cardinal James Hickey.

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.:{Hooked on Plato (*fi*nally)}:.

From today's Washington Post:

Freshman Classes Getting Hooked on the Classics
Modern Campuses Return to Works of Dead White Males

[Actually, the Greeks and Romans weren't white, eejit. ~LB]

By Jay Mathews
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 6, 2005; Page A08

Six years ago, a faculty committee at Ursinus College near Philadelphia sat down to review its core curriculum. The usual results of such meetings, some critics of higher education say, are minor adjustments in a smorgasbord of courses that don't really have much to do with each other.

At Ursinus, with 1,500 students and a good reputation for medical sciences, something else happened. The committee thought it was time to make a radical move and decided to create a full course on the human experience that every freshman would be required to take.

Forcing all first-year students to read the same classic texts by Homer, Plato and Virgil used to be fairly common at U.S. colleges. But the academic rebellions of the 1960s and 1970s led to more student choice and less contact with dead white male writers of classic literature and philosophy. Many colleges adopted core programs that were very loose, except for a few stubborn enclaves, such as the St. John's colleges in Santa Fe, N.M., and Annapolis that make everybody read the same old books.

Hmmm... "forcing" all the poor unfortunate first years ... love that phrasing. But yes, if the students have crappy teachers, I'll bet it is "forcing" them.

And furthermore, the classical authors were not white. "Dead white men" would be the founding fathers who, contrary to popular opinion, are different from the classical giants. Again, although the authors of the classics are dead, they were not white. Especially not some of the Greek stuff from Asia minor (i.e. Thales of Miletus), a.k.a. modern-day Turkey.

They "make everybody read the same old books", as if one wouldn't know that upon arrival to St. John's, it's rather the point of the school. St. John's is so unique that I pity the person who applies to it without knowing into what he is getting himself.

Whoever wrote this article should be fired.

Ursinus President John Strassburger said he was not sure how students would react to the new required course, the Common Intellectual Experience, or CIE. He and his faculty soon learned that even for 21st century undergraduates, the great works can be addictive.

"I discussed ideas from the 'Heart of Darkness' when talking about racism in a course about Hispanic literature and culture, and witnessed a heated argument about Simone de Beauvoir's take on feminism at a frat party," said junior Sally Brosnan. "I have walked in on my roommate reading the unassigned chapters of Nietzsche's '[On] the Genealogy of Morals,' instead of her usual Wednesday night reruns of 'Sex and the City.' At the end of the semester, several students kept their CIE books rather than selling them back to the bookstore for beer money."

J. Scott Lee, executive director of the Association for Core Texts and Courses headquartered at Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, estimated that about 65 undergraduate institutions require all freshmen to take the same classics or core courses. Even so, he said, that is more than did so in the 1970s.

Lee said that when the group of colleges that form his association had its first meeting in 1995, those in attendance were surprised at how many schools had begun to have such freshman year course rules. This was in part, he said, a reaction to "the core being too much like a shopping mall, and there was a deeper and more fundamental concern over the very nature of what education should be for undergraduates."

Good good, I am all in favor of a non-shopping-mall-like core (yet with some choice so one needn't sit through super-boring lectures on topics that hold no interest whatever, like economic movements of the 8th century BC). It is also to be noted (as the article does) that St. John's is a bit overwhelming. I think a happy balance between the two alternatives (shopping mall vrs. super-structured) can be struck that is not UDallas, who leans a bit too much on the side of St. John's.

Most colleges still give freshmen plenty of choice, in part because they think students are more likely to apply themselves to subjects that interest them. [No duh. ~LB] "The difference between courses where students are forced to be there and where students have chosen to be there is like night and day," said Paul Armstrong, dean of the college at Brown University, which does not have core requirements.

Armstrong added, however, that his son Tim, who attends Reed College in Portland, Ore., enjoyed the Humanities 110 course required there for all freshmen.

Barry Latzer, a Graduate Center of the City University of New York political scientist and expert on core curricula, said several colleges seem to have common freshman course requirements but in reality don't. "Many of these courses seem to be seminars, small classes with term papers, the subject of which varied with the interests of the instructors, who were drawn from different departments," he said.

The thing is, all the students are reading the same texts. If one has brains, one can discern the text and draw something from it in common with another class that also read the same texts but whose lecture perhaps took a different bent. And, oh dear, there may EVEN be discussion and thinking for oneSELF. *shock*!

*is in a particularly cantankerous mood this morning*

Anne Neal, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, said one reason why most colleges do not have a common course for freshmen is because "it's much easier not to." The number of courses at all schools has grown rapidly, each with its advocates.

So. They're admitting to sloth. They're reducing the quality of education because they're lazy. Thanks, guys.

Faculty commitment to research also plays a role. "Professor Jones is researching Tibet, so he wants to teach a course on Tibet," Neal said. "But the reality is that faculty are there to teach students, and the question is, what do our students know when they graduate? Have they received a coherent and rigorous education, or have we simply given them a patchwork of classes and a curriculum where everything goes?"

Among the colleges that have freshmen take the same course are schools as big and famous as Columbia University, with 23,800 students in New York, and as small and little-known as Oglethorpe University, with 1,029 students in Atlanta. Colgate University has two required courses, and George Washington University for the first time this year will require all freshmen to take a writing course, even if they had top scores on entrance exams.

Some of the common freshman courses are not too strenuous, students say, but others are terrifying. John Schiappa, a former undergraduate at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Va., said he has vivid memories of Rhetoric 101 and 102, required of all freshmen, as well as a required sophomore rhetoric course.

"It may seem elementary to teach college students the value of writing and speaking well and correctly," Schiappa said, "but the course pushes so far beyond that. HSC's rhetoric requirement is akin to the worst grammar class one has ever taken, multiplied by a factor of 10 and stretched across two years. . . . It was a catalyst for bonding through hardship."

This is also an advantage to courses in classical education.

The same feeling of togetherness is generated by Humanities 110 at Reed. "Every freshman student is reading the same thing at the same time," said Peter Steinberger, dean of the faculty, "so when it is Herodotus week, the campus is awash in copies of Herodotus. This creates an intellectual basis for freshmen to interact."

Isn't that what I just said?

At Ursinus, the incoming class of 2009 read the epic poem "Gilgamesh" over the summer and discussed it during orientation week. The following Monday, Aug. 29, the freshmen gathered in the evening to watch faculty and students perform a medieval cycle play about Noah, since the story of the great flood figures in both "Gilgamesh" and another Common Intellectual Experience reading, the book of Genesis in the Bible.

See, now that's brilliant.

BTW the Epic of Gilgamesh is even less white than the Greco-Roman stuff. Ancient Mesopotamia was not Caucasian.

Ursinus students said they were excited to read a recent essay by Harvard University professor and minister Peter J. Gomes recommending the Common Intellectual Experience for other schools, including his own. Gomes said he thought Harvard's faculty would resist the idea, but "why should all of the creative and liberating ideas for liberal education be left to the small residential liberal arts colleges?"

They should also be forced to learn Latin. If you don't know Latin, you may as well go back to bed. Or, as Fr. Reggie Foster says, be shot. Latin is the WORLD, dangit, it's the whole goshdarn western civilization!

Grr snarl. Stupid universities.

Update: That's what I get for writing as soon as I wake up after a nice, long weekend. I left the cantankerosity but I fixed a lot of the bad grammar and the misplaced apostrophe. Apologies that you had to put up with that sort of shocking lack of grammaric scrupulosity.
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{Monday, September 05, 2005  }


By Gozzoli

(bigger here)

(I have Jerabek at his word that he's not going to leave annoying comments)

Behold, too, the Domini canes

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Welcome to the Hungarians who found this blog by searching for "you are my burqa".

My hovercraft is full of eels.
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.:{More on St. Christopher the Dog-head}:.

From the Byzantine Museum in Athens

Way back in August of 2003, the Holy Whapping had a bit on St. Christopher of the Dog's head:

Speaking of dogs and saints, today is also another feast of the martyr St. Christopher, who is said, according to some rather dubious legends, to have belonged to a race of men with dog's heads instead of human ones. Though perhaps this is a garbled version of another account which reduces this rather fabulous image to merely being a facial deformity (at least according to the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate's website, which sports one of these odd icons). An even more clear and less weird picture of the linguistic origin of this strange story about cyncecephoroi and cannibals comes from here. Check it out. I'm afraid in the past I've given the saint a terrible time about his curious physique (sorry, Chris). Strictly speaking, the canons of iconography dictate he be depicted with a normal face, though not everyone seemed to pay attention to this.

Doing a bit of poking around along the same lines turns up the Irish Passion of St. Christopher (not the same thing as the Passion of St. Tibulus... a little rough, that was).

Even more interesting was the direct excerpt from one of the lives of St. Christopher collected from the page above:

Now this Christopher was one of the Dogheads, a race that had the heads of dogs and ate human flesh. He meditated much on God, but at that time he could speak only the language of the Dogheads. When he saw how much the Christians suffered he was indignant and left the city. He began to adore God and prayed. "Almighty God," he said, "give me the gift of speech, open my mouth, and make plain thy might that those who persecute thy people may be converted". An angel of God came to him and said: "God has heard your prayer." The angel raised Christopher from the ground, and struck and blew upon his mouth, and the grace of eloquence was given him as he had desired. Thereupon Christopher arose and went into the city, and immediately began to stop the offering of sacrifice. "I am a Christian," he said, "and I will not sacrifice to the gods". There came a certain Baceus to him and struck him. "You may do so", said Christopher, "for I will not strike you in return, but I forgive you, for forgiveness is the new law." Baceus went to the king, and said: "Hail O King, I have news for you. I have seen a man with a dog's head on him, and long hair, and eyes glittering like the morning star in his head, and his teeth were like the tusks of a wild boar. I struck him for he was cursing the gods; but he did not strike me, and said it was for the sake of God that he refrained. I am telling you this in order to know what is to be done with him, for it seems that it is by the God of the Christians that he has been sent, to help the Christians." "Bring him to me," said the king. The bystanders said that a large number of men must be sent for him. "Let two hundred soldiers go for him," said the king, "and bring him hither in chains; and if he resist you, bring his head with you that I may see it."
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.:{Ordination Protocol}:.

For anyone who will be attending an ordination, Br. Seraphim (who is himself being ordained in November *invites self to his ordination*) has a list of customs and what you should expect.
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{Sunday, September 04, 2005  }

.:{A Call for eLumen Contributions}:.

To anyone who attended the Duc in Altum! Third Order Dominican Congress in June, 2005:

Hoping to prepare a special commemorative issue of the congress, eLumen will be accepting written and photographic contributions (we especially need photos!) until September 7th.

Please send me (directly) your comments (formal or informal), written reflections, photos, or whatever you would like to be considered for inclusion in this special commemorative issue.

Thank you and God bless!

~Lauren B, TOPn
Managing Editor, eLumen

p.s. See sidebar for my email address.
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.:{A verbal balk at Amazon.com}:.

I knew Amazon.com started selling a lot of things on their site in addition to books, but I had no idea that this extended to contraceptives, enhancers and er ... other ... things ... under a "sex and sensuality" heading.

I find this more than a little disturbing. I had no idea.

I would suggest some kind of boycott, but in my exprience boycotts are impractical wastes of time unless properly and carefully organized (see the Disney boycott after their purchase of the Miramax company, like that worked; now we buy Disney AND Miramax stuff. On the other hand, the spring boycott of eBay was well communicated and organized, one of the most successful boycotts I've ever seen).

This generally doesn't sit well with me at all, but I've no idea what if anything can be done about it. From sheer broke-ness, I had lately using addall.com for purchasing books of any kind, yet often I find the cheapest ones are on the amazon.com marketplace which, though the main cut of the $ goes to the seller, amazon.com also gets commission from a sale as well, but not as much (I imagine) as buying a new product directly from amazon.

Does anybody have thoughts or suggestions on this matter?
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.:{Medieval Manuscript Illuminations}:.

From left to right: St. Stephen the Protomartyr, a male falconer, St. George of Cappodocia, St. Peter Martyr and St. Christopher; scenes from the life of Christ include Christ among the Doctors and Christ annointed by woman

Many many thanks to a reader Mary P who emailed me with a link to the online research resource of the Morgan library in New York.

The manuscripts are sorted and sampleable (so one needn't sift through images), the whole page is given along with the possibility to view details, there are different types of manuscripts (unlile the bibliotheque nationale de France which only seems to have French images from the 15th and 14th centuries) and the images are searchable.

Thank you, thank you Mary!
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.:{Adoro Te Devote}:.

Adoro te devote, latens Deitas,
Quae sub his figuris vere latitas;
Tibi se cor meum totum subiicit,
Quia te contemplans, totum deficit.

Visus, tactus, gustus in te fallitur,
Sed auditu solo tuto creditur;
Credo quidquid dixit Dei Filius,
Nil hoc verbo veritatis verius.

In Cruce latebat sola Deitas.
At hic latet simul et humanitas:
Ambo tamen credens, atque confitens,
Peto quod petivit latro paenitens.

Plagas, sicut Thomas, non intueor,
Deum tamen meum te confiteor:
Fac me tibi semper magis credere,
In te spem habere, te diligere.

O memoriale mortis Domini,
Panis vivus vitam praestans homini:
Praesta meae menti de te vivere,
Et te illi semper dulce sapere.

Pie pellicane Iesu Domine,
Me immundum munda tuo Sanguine:
Cuius una stilla salvum facere
Totum mundum quit ab omni scelere.

Iesu, quem velatum nunc aspicio,
Oro, fiat illud, quod tam sitio,
Ut te revelata cernens facie,
Visu sim beatus tuae gloriae.

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{Saturday, September 03, 2005  }

.:{Frasier Mini-Meme}:.

If you were stranded on a desert island with only one meal, aria, and bottle of wine, what would they be?

Penne all'arrabiata (since my poor Thomist's stomach can no longer handle meat of any kind and especially not veal saltimbocca alla romana *sigh*), Nessun dorma (though close tie with Che gelida manina) and the wholly unpretentious Shiraz made by Yellowtail.

I just have to hear what arias Cacciaguida would choose.
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.:{Mmmm, bacon...}:.

I just noticed, on a Did Bacon Write Aquinas? post, the comment box:

I am reminded of the Wodehouse story in which two Drones have a conversation along these lines:

"Who is Bacon?"

"Some chap who's supposed to have written Shakespeare's plays."

"Awfully decent of him."

"I think so."

"Of course, he may have owed Shakespeare some money."

"Well, there is that."

Thank you, Tom.
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.:{"I should be paid by the word." ~Z}:.

Lauren: [mass] ... with a Latin... choir ... thing.
Zadok: Schola Cantorum?
Lauren: Yeah. That thing.
Zadok: See, you're supposed to get that right and are supposed to correct me.
Lauren: Shutup. I'm tired and full of pasta.
Zadok: That could be your tombstone inscription, "I'm tired and full of pasta." Better, yet, translate that into Latin.

Or, as we'd say in Irish (as I'm taking Irish this semester),

Tá tuirseach orm agus tá mé lán do pheasta.
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.:{"I'm only slightly callously insensitive."}:.

"This is another way God is telling us to be Catholic."

[Both these quotes from Zadok]

Theory: Mad Cow May Have Come From Humans

The hypothesis, outlined this week in The Lancet medical journal, suggests the infected cattle feed came from the Indian subcontinent, where bodies sometimes are ceremonially thrown into the Ganges River.
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{Friday, September 02, 2005  }

.:{Unpublished Aquinas Scripture Commentaries}:.

Thanks to an astute reader with an agenda, I have the only good thing to come out of Ave Maria University since the visit by Cardinal Schoenborn, the unpublished scripture commentaries of St. Thomas Aquinas. Then again, they didn't even come directly from Ave Maria:

The following unpublished translations, done years ago by Fr. Fabian Larcher, of St. Thomas Aquinas's biblical commentaries on Hebrews, Colossians, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, and Ephesians. Until a couple years ago, these unpublished translations - good but left unpublished because they are not critical editions (i.e. with footnotes, using the most critically up-to-date Latin text etc.) - existed only in typescripts kept in a box by Fr. Pierre Conway OP of the Dominican House in Washington D.C. He gave the typescripts to the Aquinas Center on the promise that they would be converted into digital format and worked toward publication.

In my freshman year of college, I had to write a scripture commentary paper using three different Authorities. I chose the contraversial "wives, be obedient to your husbands" passage of Ephesians and I cited John Paul II, somebody else, and St. Thomas Aquinas. However, I had submitted my list of authorities before I knew what I was getting into: I knew Aquinas had written a commentary on Ephesians, but I didn't know that it had never really been published before. Since I waited until the 11th hour to write my paper, I was in a bit of a panic to discover only the Latin text in our library. However, in what I think was the best quick-translation job of my life, I sight-read the Latin into a tape recorder, stopping only to look up the occasional word. This, I found, produced a fairly smooth translation.

And if I could FIND that DARN TAPE, I could type that up, publish it and make eight thousand dollars per volume in an edition the Vatican would publish.

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.:{Franciscan Eye for the Lay Guy}:.

I am a Third Order Dominican (novice).

Campus ministry at CUA is run by the Franciscans.

I have never been very Franciscan. Both of my sisters went to Franciscan U of Steubenville, and I was shoved in that direction and categorically refused it (wicked little me).

However, my initial contact with the Franciscans in the DC area (the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, the Franciscan monastery of the Holy Land, and those TORs who live near Providence hospital into whom I keep running) has been very positive. Not that it's ever been otherwise, mind you, but I pick on them a bit much, perhaps.

Just to prove how not-mean I am, I give you Friary Notes run by one Br. Seraphim TOR. No, I haven't read it very extensively and I usually read my sidebar blogs forEVar before I offer them to the public; however this is part of my putting trust in the Franciscans.

It's just that ... I was scrolling through some older entries (sort of without really reading them and stumbled across a post with the phrases "Extreme Friary Makeover" and "Franciscan Eye for the Lay Guy". He also listens to Vatican Radio.

Therefore, he goes on the sidebar. Enjoy.
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.:{A message from the Dominican brothers of the Southern Province}:.

Thank you all for your concern. I can't tell you how much it means to us at this time. Our stress about our missing brothers has been tremendous, and our grief about what is happening in New Orleans is overwhelming.

First, let me tell you the good news that as of this evening, all of the missing friars have been accounted for and are safe in one of our priories, thank God. They have come to the surface piecemeal and willy nilly, showing up in Dallas and Houston, TX, and in Houma, Thibodaux, and Sunset, LA!. Their stories are amazing. Thank you all for your prayers for them. Of course, prayers continue for the multitude of refugees left homeless by this disaster, including many of the Dominican Laity in New Orleans.

We have set up an emergency relief fund for those who wish to assist us in our recovery and in helping us to assist our co-workers and those we minister with. Donations made out to Dominican Friars Hurricane Relief can be sent to the following address:

Dominican Friars Hurricane Relief
c/o St. Albert Priory
3150 Vince Hagan Dr.
Irving, TX 75062-4736

[That's the new priory next to UD! ~LB]

It is still too soon to know what other kind of assistance we might need right now, but know that we rely on your prayers.

Fr. Wayne.

Wayne Cavalier, O.P., Ph.D.
San Juan Macias Priory
210 St. Ann St.
San Antonio, TX 72801-6357
210-732-9526 x 102
fax 210-738-1755
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