Monthly Archives: July 2008


Yeehaw! Hoody-hoo! Pop the champagne, sing Te Deum, and dance the non-liturgical happy dance of joy!

All ye English-speaking Catholics, praise the Lord! 2010, subito! 🙂

Break into rap, brothers and sisters!

I have sinned
through my fault,
through my fault,
through my most grievous…
through my fault,
through my fault,
through my most grievous fault….

Long, long ago before the sin of Babel,
Understand the same tongue, everyone was able
But we had too much pride
Our minds were changed inside
So He confused the tongues that we used.

But then the Holy Church, she’s born on Pentecost,
And mankind gains back what we had lost
So even though we come from every tongue and land,
When you speak the Gospel, we can understand —
Peter, speak the Gospel, and we’ll understand!

The mystery of faith….
I believe.
I believe.

The mystery of faith….
I believe.
I believe.

So ev’rybody come to the Mass and hear it!
“Peace be with you.” “And with your spirit.”
Ev’rybody come to the Mass of Benny,
Where Christ’s blood’s “poured out for you and for many”.
Christ’s blood’s “poured out for you and for many”.

Now everyone who comes from an English-speaking nation,
Will fin’lly get to hear a more literal translation,
The changes are substantial — like “consubstantial” —
But hearing what Mass really says is an essential!

Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof,
but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed.

Rejoice and be glad, and give God the glory
Because now we get to hear all of the story.
Translation we can trust?
It is right and just!
Just! Just! Just!

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you, we bless you,
we adore you, we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory.

So ev’rybody come to the Mass and hear it!
“Peace be with you.” “And with your spirit.”
Ev’rybody come to the Mass of Benny!
Where Christ’s blood’s “poured out for you and for many”.
Christ’s blood’s “poured out for you and for many”.

“Go forth, the Mass is ended.”
“Thanks be to God.”

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Cantiones Sacrae by Joseph Mohr, S.J.

Here’s Cantiones Sacrae, an interesting book of Latin hymns and “devotional chants” for the whole church year, arranged for simple harmony. There seem to be huge numbers of settings for “Tantum Ergo Sacramentum” and similar hymns. The real piece of awesomeness is that it has a hymn specifically for St. Stanislaus Kostka. (Man, these Jesuits stick together….) Also, for St. Aloysius Gonzaga.

There’s some music also apparently designed to be sung _over_ private Masses, which seems… unnecessary.

But anyway, there’s a lot of interesting stuff here, which doubtless those people more musical than myself will understand better than I and find useful.

Musica Sacra: Monatschrift is another Catholic hymnbook I found on All the forematter is in German, but the hymns seem to be mostly in Latin. There seem to be hymns for pretty much every feastday.

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Dogs and Cats and Biblical Proportions

Enbrethiliel has a good post up about animals and God. (It must be good; she links to me.) 🙂

It is lucky for dogs that we Catholics accept Jewish scriptures written in Greek — because Jews in Israel didn’t think much of dogs, but the writer of the Book of Tobit thought that of course Tobit should have a dog. So if you’re Catholic or Orthodox, pets are scriptural. If you’re not, you have to rely on human tradition. 😉

Here’s an interesting article on the Book of Tobit in the Dead Sea Scrolls and St. Jerome’s tail-wagging addition.

Cats have been important helpers of humanity for a long time, and Pope Benedict XVI isn’t the only churchman who’s liked them. For example, there’s the 9th century Irish monk at Reichenau who wrote a little poem about his cat, White Pangur (Pangur Ban). (More translations.) Apparently Pangur Ban (along with his monks) is a main character in an old kids’ Celtic fantasy series by Fay Sampson. Looks interesting.


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Begin the Beguine Tourism

There are still beguine houses (beguinages) and beguines in Belgium.

I want one, darn it. Or a house of canonesses.

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French Holy Cards Blog

If you like looking at holy cards, here’s a “blogue” all about French ones. Of course, it’s in French, but I think you’ll get the general idea. 🙂

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Good TV News, Bad TV News

Bad news: I missed the season finale of Avatar, the Last Airbender, and all the latest episodes, too.

Good news: In a stunningly sensible move, someone has hired David James Elliott (Harm on JAG) to play a medieval knight in a medieval knightly romance miniseries named Mirabilis.

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The Universality of Wandering Thoughts

Carney’s translation of “Is mebul dom imradud” (By an anonymous monk, about 1000 AD.)

A shame on my thinking
How it wanders away
It will cause me embarrassment
on Last Judgement day.

At psalm time it rushes forth
on a pathway that’s odd
running, raving, misbehaving
in the presence of God.

To merry women’s company
(the unvirtuous kind),
through wood and through cities,
faster than the wind.

When road is smooth it travels
merrily and gay,
but passes just as easily
the impenetrable way.

It needs no ship to journey
and the seas go by,
jumps with but a single leap
from solid earth to sky.

Put a fetter on its leg,
chain it to prayer?
Yes! But in a minute’s time
it’s no longer there.

Little use in beating it,
plying whip or rod:
like an eel’s tail it slips away
from my grasp and from God.

No chain and no dark dungeon
will hinder its course;
it laughs at seas and fortresses,
is mocking of force.

Dear Christ, lord of chastity,
chain thinking in place
with power of Spirit septiform
and all His grace.

Make, great elemental God,
the heart be still,
that You be my only love
and I, Your will.

May I come to Christ at last,
and then to see
that He is no unsteady thing,
nor wandering, like me.

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