Sunday, May 22, 2016

Wallander: Epilogue or Epitaph

The Half-Finished Heaven

Despondency breaks off its course.
Anguish breaks off its course.
The vulture breaks off its flight.
The eager light streams out,
even the ghosts take a draught.
And our paintings see daylight,
our red beasts of the ice-age studios.
Everything begins to look around.
We walk in the sun in hundreds.
Each man is a half-open door
leading to a room for everyone.
The endless ground under us.
The water is shining among the trees.
The lake is a window into the earth.

From Tomas Tranströmer, New Collected Poems, translated by Robin Fulton (Bloodaxe Books, 1997/2011)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

AD of NY: Stranger Than Fiction

Today's New York Post ran a ridiculous but tragic story titled, "Foul mouthed priest in hot water at Catholic high school".  The story features the aforementioned priest, some nasty expletives with asterisks in the middle of them, mutual accusations among the agonists and a dispute over motivation for pulling down a student's shorts.

Is the press making a mockery of our archdiocese?  Is our archdiocese making a mockery of itself?  Maybe the Holy Spirit is revving up for Pentecost.  Veni creator spiritus!

Hit it, girls...

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Happy Mothers' Day to My Fellow Unconventionally Consecrated Oddballs

Today, as homemade gifts and cards are profferred, sticky kisses planted on soft cheeks, glasses raised and bouquets placed on graves, I would like to pay tribute to all the mothers that never bore physical children.

At many churches today, mothers will be asked to stand at the conclusion of Mass for a special final blessing.  At Our Lady of Vilnius all stood for the final blessing which began with mothers of flesh and blood, then rippled out in concentric circles blessing all who have loved, created and nurtured.

In the spirit of Our Lady of Vilnius parish and The International Jubilee Year of Mercy, I offer you the Recessional Hymn for this post..  The post has ended, thanks be to God.  Go in peace.

Hit it, Leonard..

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Congregation for the Clergy Informs Cardinal Dolan of Procedural Lapse While Making All Things New

Today's Catholic New York spins the above development as "Two Manhattan Merger Decrees to be Reissued"

According to the article:
"The Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, which oversees parish mergers, notified the archdiocese that it should have redrawn the parish boundaries before the mergers were put into effect, not afterward, as the archdiocese had planned."
The affected parishes and mergers are St. John the Evangelist-Our Lady of Peace and St. Monica’s-St. Elizabeth of Hungary-St. Stephen of Hungary.

I look forward to a statement from the good folks at Our Lady of Peace Virtual Parish.  Their last post indicates that the review of their appeal before the Congregation for the Clergy had been extended 4 times, most recently until April 30.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Music for Earth Day

I enjoyed singing "Stewards of  Earth" to the tune of Sibelius' Finlandia at Saint Stanislaus Kostka.  Here is the lyric:
All praise to you, O Lord of all creation;
You made the world, and it is yours alone,
The planet earth you spun in its location
Amid the stars adorning heaven's dome.
We lease the earth but for a life's duration,
Yet for this life it is our cherished home.

With grace you clothed the earth in splendor;
With teeming life you filled the sea and land.
Instill in us a sense of awe and wonder,
When we behold the bounty of your hand.
Then when we hear the voice of bird or thunder,
We hear the voice our faith can understand.

To tend the earth is our entrusted duty,
For earth is ours to use and not abuse,
O gracious Lord, true Source of all resources,
Forgive our greed that wields destruction's sword.
Then let us serve as wise and faithful stewards,
While earth gives glory to creation's Lord.
I couldn't find a good video of a chorus singing it, but here is an inspiring bunch of Finnish guys singing Finlandia flash-mob style.  Hit it, boys!