feria ii post dom iii nov

St Cecilia. I went, I saw, I heard the crazy accompaniments to the Psalmody at Lauds this morning. I prayed. I was alone in the nave for most of the office; who wouldn’t want to go listen to an organist play around with Psalm tones for half an hour in the early morning? It’s the summary of music from the Gregorian through the contemporary with a strong emphasis on the Romantic. Today the Basilica is bedecked in finery spanning the centuries, luminous in the morning humidity. There’s a special glint in the mosaics, made more beautiful because of the privacy of the scene.

What I’m thinking about today, as of now:

  • Thanksgiving.
  • Karel Svoboda, and whether my French is as good as I think it is.

Intentions for prayer: (for:) Bishop X, Carmel, FrMS, music friends, the president elect, the faithful departed, Norcia (the monastery, the people), propinquis, benefactoribus.

Sabbato post dom I nov

There have been a number of ridiculous rumors coming from my presbyterate (how embarrassing) regarding the new bishop. Gossip, lies, and rumors. NB: anything that is said at this point only hurts Bishop X, and what good is that? Moreover, gossip is never becoming of a pastor. Then again, neither is heresy, so I suppose there’s little to be expected from some quarters other than gossip and lies. The Lord weeps.

What I’m thinking about today, as of now:

  • place to place to place: Casa to catacombs to the Via Ostiense to da Orazio to the Casa.
  • How much I want to be at the 20th anniversary celebration of the MCS.
  • The end of the world. November things.

Intentions for prayer: (for:) Bishop X, Carmel, FrMS, Madeleine Choir School (the people), the president elect, the faithful departed, Norcia (the monastery, the people), propinquis, benefactoribus.

Feria V post Dom I Nov

Petitionem tuam, Francisce, admitto.

Above the door of the Porziuncula there is a reminder that the prayers offered here are particularly well received.

I prayed there Tuesday night CEST. They were received. The president of the United States is responsible for hiring about 4k people to politically appointable positions. Between the two possible presidential winners, only one is at least tenuously attached to an agenda that does not seek to make war on what is good, while the other was an avowed representative of the forces seeking to subvert the morality of Christ. And nothing may be allowed to do this.

What I’m thinking about today, as of now:

  • Beautiful Mass this morning at the Clementine altar, sung by Dr. G.
  • Pope St. Leo’s Tomus ad Flavianum
  • Giving thanks to God.

Intentions for prayer: (for:) Bishop X, Carmel, FrMS, Madeleine Choir School (the people), the president elect, the faithful departed, Norcia (the monastery, the people), propinquis, benefactoribus.

Feria II post Dom I Novembris

What I’m thinking about today, as of now:

  • Going to Florence, seeing Dr. Condic. Complexus: Train, car hire, Assisi.
  • The 20th anniversary of the Madeleine Choir School.
  • Server setup. 
  • FrJN turning 30.
  • St. Augustine.
  • Luke 17:10: So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’”

Intentions for prayer: (for:) Bishop X, Carmel, FrMS, Madeleine Choir School (the people), the faithful departed, Norcia (the monastery, the people), propinquis, benefactoribus.