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{Tuesday, October 24, 2006  }

.:{I wonder where Kenny Rogers fits in to this?}:.

The Biggest Cheaters in Baseball History.
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{Friday, October 20, 2006  }

.:{Go Cardinals!}:.

Ahhh... it's good to watch a game of baseball again.

If you didn't watch last night's game, read about it. It was positively Homeric.

And on Saturday, prepare to root for the Cardinals in the World Series! Although my team is the Astros (darn you, The White Sox! auugh), I root for the cardinals because

1) Cardinals are Virginia's state bird, and Virginia is obviously the best state in the union
2) Cardinals are also the mascot of the Catholic University of America (go CUA!)
3) Cardinals elect the pope. Maybe if they win the World Series, they'll be swayed to elect Schoenborn for the next pope. (God bless and keep Pope Benedict)
4) Scarlet is the color of the theological virtue of charity. It is charitable to root for the Cardinals
5) They beat the Mets

Here at Cnytr, we unanimously say: pila clavaque ludete! [Play ball!]

And for her next trick, the Cnytress will sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in perfectly scanning Latin. Stay tuned.
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.:{Freedom for everyone, except Catholics}:.

New York: Catholics prohibited from sticking to Catholic principles
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{Wednesday, October 18, 2006  }

.:{Ruining it for the Rest of Us}:.

It seems I've lately heard many people remarking with some suprise about the young marriage age in the USA these days. I myself had a double-take moment when I realized that my own mother got married at my age -- 21. The people I've spoken with seem to be split right down the middle about starting a family young to have many children (I pitch my tent in that camp) or else waiting until one is more mature, though not set in one's ways.

The title of this article I stumbled accross on MSN seemed sensible enough -- Young Men Want to Wait on Marriage -- but the reasons given were pretty wretched and, if I may sound the note of many other bloggers, symptomatic of the times we live in.

But what's worse -- cohabitation seems to make marriage less desireable for men who go for that sort of thing, but I conjecture that this sort is bringing the Good Guys out there down to the lowest common denominator. Grrr, snarl.

Ladies, if the sitcoms are right and you want commitment, then stop living with the boyfriend -- there'll be no point, in his mind, to committment.

But despite the sad state of affairs of the world, my hearty congratulations to Jane from Alle Psalite who seems to have found herself a good one.

I myself, being sunburnt, will sit in a corner ala Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing and cry "heigh-ho for a husband".
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{Thursday, October 12, 2006  }


Hat tip: Mark Shea
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{Monday, October 09, 2006  }

.:{In Fourteen Hundred and Ninety-Two...}:.

Christopher Columbus explains his voyages to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain

Happy useless federal holiday, an excuse for a day off of school, off of work, and for the infamous "administrative Monday" that plages the CUA campus.

Having nothing intelligent myself to say, I turn you over to Mark Twain's Innocents Abroad:

The guides in Genoa are delighted to secure an American party, because Americans so much wonder, and deal so much in sentiment and emotion before any relic of Columbus. Our guide there fidgeted about as if he had swallowed a spring mattress. He was full of animation -- full of impatience. He said:

"Come wis me, genteelmen! --come! I show you ze letter writing by Chrostpher Colombo! --write it himself! -- write it wis his own hand! -- come!"

He took us to the municipal palace. After much impressive fumbling of keys and opening of locks, the stained and aged document was spread before us. The guide's eyes sparkled. He danced about us and tapped the parchment with his finger:

"What I tell you, genteelmen! Is it not so! See! hand-writing Christopher Colombo! -- write it himself!"

We looked indifferent -- unconcered. The doctor examined the document very deliberately, during a painful paus. -- Then he said, without any show of interest:

"Ah -- Ferguson -- what -- what did you say was the name of the party who wrote this?"

"Christopher Colombo! ze great Christopher Colombo!"

Another deliberate examination.

"Ah -- did he write it himself, or -- or how?"

"He write it himself! -- Christopher Colombo! he's own handwriting, write by himself!"

Then the doctor laid the document down and said:

"Why, I have seen boys in America only fourteen years old that could write better than that."

"But zis is ze great Christo--"

"I don't care who it is! It's the worst writing I ever saw. Now you mustn't think you can impose on us because we are strangers. We are not fools, by a good deal. If you have got any specimens of penmanship of real merit, trot them out! -- and if you haven't, drive on!"

We drove on. The guide was considerably shaken up, but he made one more venture. He had something which he thought would overcome us. He said:

"Ah, genteelmen, you come wis me! I show you beautiful, O, magnificent bust Christopher Colombo! -- splendid, grand, magnificent!"

He brought us before the beautiful bust -- for it
was beautiful -- and sprang back and struck an attitude:

"Ah, look, genteelmen! -- beautiful, grand, -- bust Christopher Colombo! -- beautiful bust, beautiful pedestal!"

The doctor put up his eye-glass -- procured for such occasions:

"Ah -- whad did you say this gentleman's name was?"

"Christopher Colombo! -- ze great Christopher Colombo!"

"Christopher Colombo -- the great Christopher Colombo. Well, what did
he do?"

"Discover America! -- discover America, Oh, ze devil!"

"Discover America. No -- that statement will hardly wash. We are just from America ourselves. We heard nothing about it. Christopher Colombo -- pleasant name -- is -- is he dead?"

"Oh, corpo di Baccho! -- three hundred year!"

"What did he die of?"

"I do not know! -- I can not tell."

"Small-pox, think?"

"I do not know, genteelmen! -- I think he die of somethings."

"Parents living?"


"Ah -- which is the bust and which is the pedestal?"

"Santa Maria! --
zis ze bust! -- zis ze pedestal!"

"Ah, I see, I see -- happy combination -- very happy combination, indeed. Is -- is this the first time this gentleman was ever on a bust?"

That joke was lost on the foreigner -- guides can not master the subtleties of the American joke.
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.:{Dominicans - Dancing for Joy}:.

You go, Brother!

Hat-tip: KB at ASU. (no blog)
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{Sunday, October 08, 2006  }

.:{More Dominicany Goodness}:.


If at all possible, go to EWTN and watch "The Mass, the Priesthood and Mary" -- Mozart's Coronation Mass at St. John Cantius in Chicago for the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Dominicany goodness, and homilist Fr. Brian Mullady.
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.:{More Dominicany Goodness}:.

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{Saturday, October 07, 2006  }

.:{Lepanto and the Feast of the Holy Rosary}:.

It was on this day in 1571 that the greatest naval battle in history took place off the port of Patras in Greece. It is in celebration of the victory of this battle, the battle of Christendom with the Ottoman Empire, that the feast of the Holy Rosary was established on this day.

Had it not been for this battle, we would all probably be speaking Arabic right now.

According to the site from which I took the image, the original name of this feast instituted by the Dominican Pope Pius V was Beata Vergine Maria della Vittoria, our The feast of the Blessed Virgin May of the Victory:

I mussulmani, che già avevano occupato una parte dell'Europa e che dominavano il Mediterraneo, minacciavano sempre più l'intera Cristianità. Allora il Papa sollecitò una lega tra le nazioni cristiane, alcune si costituirono in una lega e allestirono una flotta, mentre tutti i cristiani di buona volontà rispondevano all'appello del Papa per una mobilitazione spirituale con la recita del Rosario. Il 7 ottobre 1571, domenica, la flotta cristiana e quella turca si scontrarono nel golfo di Lepanto; i cristiani, benché inferiori nelle forze, riportarono una grande e decisiva vittoria. S.Pio V attribuì il successo alla Madonna auxilium christianorum (aiuto dei cristiani) e volle esprimere la sua gratitudine istituendo la festa della "Beata Vergine delle Vittoria" per il giorno 7 ottobre.

Zadok's translation:

The muslims, who already occupied some of Europe and dominated the Mediterranean, were increasingly threatening the whole of Christendom. So the Pope requested a league of the Christians, some nations forming a league and assembling a fleet, whilst all Christians of good will respeonded to the Papal appeal by means of a spiritual mobilization by reciting the rosary. On Sunday 7th of October 1571 the Christian and Muslim fleets met in the gulf of Lepanto; the Chrsitains, despite being inferior in numbers, recorded a great and decisive victory. St Pius V attributed the success to the Madonna auxilium christianorum (Our Lady, help of Christians) and wanted to express his gratitude by establishing the feast of the Blessed Virgin of Victories on the 7th of October.

(From Fiesole)

If you have iTunes, I highly recommend Fr. Dominic Langevin's talk on the Rosary as archived on "The K Street Catholic" podcast.

In the longish Latin blurb in the Dominican proper, not mention is made of the connection of the feast with the victory of Lepanto, choosing instead to focus on the spirit of the feast.

A quick, off-the-top-of-my-head translation has the breviary saying thus:

Blessed Humbert of Romans (d. 1277), in his De modo orandi written for the novices of the Order, says this: "Let the novice first contemplate after the Matins of the Blessed Virgin and consider with love the generosities of God: namely in the Incarnation, the Nativity, the Passion and other things of this nature; ... and afterwards let him say the Pater Noster and Ave Maria ... After Compline let him recall the generosities of God, in the way that was written a the beginning of the Modi orandi ...; and he could even add the Salve Regina, etc. with other antiphons and particular prayers to the Blessed Virgin."

(more to come later)

Of the two readings of the Office today, one comes to us from Galatians 3:22-4:7, while the others include Paul VI's Marialis cultus, St. Thomas Aquinas' exposition on the Angelic salutation, and a selection from Lumen Gentium 65-69.

I find it interesting to note that each of the hymns and antiphons of this feast in the Dominican breviary reflect one of the mysteries of the Rosary, with the final vespers hymn being a recapitulatio onmium Mysteriorum.

At the end of Vespers II, the final benediction is different, given as follows:

Deus, qui per beatae Mariae Virginis partum genus humanum sua voluit benignitate redimere, sua vos dignetur benedictione ditare.
R. Amen

My translation:

May God, who by his favor desired to redeem the human race in being born of the Blessed Virgin Mary, deign to enrich us by his blessing.
R. Amen

Vespers for this evening is as follows:

Te gestientem gaudiis
te sauciam doloribus,
te iugi amictam gloria,
o Virgo Mater, pangimus.

Ave, redundans gaudio
dum concipis, dum visitas,
et edis, offers, invenis,
mater beata, Filium.

Ave, dolens et intimo
in corde agonem, verbera,
spinas crucemque Filii
perpessa, princeps martyrum.

Ave, in triumphis Filii,
in ignibus Paracliti,
in regni honore et lumine
regina fulgens gloria.

Venite, gentes, carpite
ex his rosas mysteriis,
et pulchri amoris inclitae
matri coronas nectite.

Sit Trinitati gloria,
quae sacra per mysteria
orantibus det gratiam,
qua consequantur gloriam.

Ant. 1: Exaltata est Virgo Maria super choros Angelorum; et in capite eius corona stellarum duodecim, alleluia.

(Psalmi et canticum de Communi B. Mariae Virginis (LH IV, 1340))

Ant. 2: Benedicta filia tu a Domino, quia per te fructum vitae communicavimus.

Ant. 3: Beata Mater et intacta Virgo, gloriosa Regina mundi, intercede pro nobis ad Dominum.

Lectio Brevis (Cf Act 1:11b, 12, 13a, 14)
Postquam assumptus est Iesus in caelum, reversi sunt Apostoli in Ierusalem a monte, qui vocatur Oliveti, qui est iuxta Ierusalem sabbati habens iter. Et cum introissent, in cenaculum ascenderunt, ubi manebat. Omnes erant perservantes unanimiter in oratione cum mulieribus et Maria matre Iesu et fratribus eius.

Responsorium breve:
R. Sancta Dei Genetrix, * Virgo semper Maria. Sancta.
V. Intercede pro nobis ad Dominum Deum nostrum. * Virgo semper Maria. Gloria Patri. Sancta.

Ad Magnificat, Ant.: Maria autem conservabat omnia verba haec, conferens in corde suo.

Vel: Et ait Maria: Magnificat anima mea Dominum; et exsultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo.


Memores exordiorum redemptionis nostrae, cum Maria matre nostra vespertinas preces ad Deum Patrem dirigamus:
Audi, Pater aeterne, vocem illius quam praeelegisti.
Qui Mariam Virginem verbi tui perfecte docilem fecisti,
-nosmetipsos, quaesimus, perfice Filii eius discipulos.
Misso Spiritu Sancto, Virgo Filium tuum concepit et editit mundo:
-eius precibus ut fructus eiusdem Spiritus optios proferamus concede.
Eam fecisti iuxta crucem firmissimam et in resurrectione Filii gaudio refertam:
-eius precibus in adversis nos subleva et spem in nobis corrobora.
Eius tandem precibus concede, ut qui incarnationem Filii tui congnovimus:
-per passionem eius et crucem ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur.
Qui glorisam in caelis reginam coronasti:
-migratos e terra apud eam sanctorum agminum fac consortes.

[Nunc a Christo edocti, Dum exoremus, Patrem invocantes; sive gaudio repleti, sive fracti dolore, Patrem semper illum agnoscamus:]

Pater Noster, etc


Deus, cuius Unigenitus per vitam, mortem et resurrectionem suam nobis salutis aeterne praemia comparavit, concede quaesumus ut, haec mysteria sacratissimo beatae Mariae Virginis Rosario recolentes, et imitemur quod continent, et quod promittunt assequamur. Per Dominum.

Benedictio Finalis [ut supra].

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.:{Modern Job}:.

From ToothpasteForDinner
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