Saturday, April 27, 2013

Today: Anniversary of the Conflagration of York

At the Armoury : The Changing of the Colours for the #rd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment.  CP24 has the ceremony on live.  At the moment the New colours were trooped in and are being consecrated by the Chaplain Gen.  Then Prince Phillip, who earlier was awarded the ORder of Canada will present the Battolion with it's new colours

Friday, April 26, 2013

Prayers Please

I got a phone call from a Credit Counsellor ( read collection agency) looking for someone of whom I have never heard.  I told them she doesn't live here and that I am not she. I actually pay my bills on time.  and have never gotten anything negative regarding any of my accounts. (credit, household utilities etc)

Please pray for two things: If a clerical error: they discover and correct it soon, and two: the person for whom they are searching gets the help she needs for her debt..

I think I'll pray to Saint Expiditus on this one, though Saint Matthew is also good one to put in charge of this. Then to be wrongly accused??? Saint Domenic Savio maybe?

Sometimes I think God sends us these foibles to test us.  To whom will we turn?  With what will we trust Him?

I know: In Italian there is a saying/prayer: Saint Anthony, you who performs 13 miracles a day, help the world and don't forget about me.  So remembering my heritage.
NOVENA TO ST. ANTHONY 
(pray for 9 days or 9 hours straight)

O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore of you to obtain for me (state your specific request or intention here- the clerical error(s) is /are corrected and that the person in question gets help with her debt!)
The answer to my prayer may require a miracle, even so, you are the Saint of Miracles. O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the Sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms, and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.
Say the "Pater Noster", the "Ave Maria" and the "Gloria Patri"
 
The Mother Theresa Emergency (9 minute) Novena
 
In an emergency say the Memorare prayer 9 times in a row.
Remember O most loving Virgin Mary that never was it known in any age that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided, inspired by this confidence, therefore I fly to thee O Virgin of Virgins my Mother, to you do I come, before you I stand sinful and sorrowful, do not O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise my prayers but in thy mercy graciously hear and answer them.
Amen.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Someone Visited MyHumble Blog From Dildo, NL, CANADA

No, yup, really  There really is a town called Dildo in Newfoundland, Canada

And just so's we're clear, they haven't changed the name yet, 

Below is a quotation from Wikipedia.
Dildo is a town on the island of Newfoundland, in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It is located on the southeastern Dildo Arm of Trinity Bay about 60 kilometres west of St. John's. South Dildo is a neighbouring unincorporated community.

Monday, April 22, 2013

I'm Wrong again

Geez, the only time I've been right, lately, is when I admit I was wrong. 

Have you ever had one of those days when your wrongness just outweighs your rightness.

Human Beings have an innate need to feel like they are right, or at least, that they're just (as in it is right and just) people.  Most people think they are right most of the time.  I mean who does something they honestly believe is wrong from beginning to end.  Most people find a justification for their actions.  The justification may not be acceptable to anyone else, but to the person it makes perfect logical sense, at the time.  It usually requires some instruction to correct the thinking process, and to realize that one is in the wrong. The initial response of the corrected may be varied: anger, resentment. downright hatred, sore feelings etc etc, you get the gist.  But it is the best thing once the emotions has subsided and one recognizes ones faults and works to amend the behaviours. 

My only warning is NEVER ever tell the corrector that s/he suffers from the same error.
Okay I have two warnings:  Make sure before correcting the brother or sister. that you don't suffer from the same flaw. or at least make sure that you have amended or are working very hard to amend that flaw.

Last Year Someone wanted To Blow Up My Daughters School

And I asked others to pray for the perpetrator, to pray for him because I couldn't.  Today I will pray for Dzohkhar Tsarnaev, because I understand others can't.  I will not forget the victims; I will pray for them all.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Yes: I would Give Tsarnaev the Benefit of the Law!

A Conversation Between William Roper and Saint Thomas More in "A Man For All Seasons"
William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!



Saturday, April 20, 2013

Will an American please explain

How an American Citizen can be declared an Enemy Combattant, and denied Miranda Rights?  Because this humble Canadian thinks: take away rights from one American ( even a naturalized American) and you start a slippery slope.  What is to say a governor won't invoke the Public Safety clause for a serial killer, or some other scenario.  What if this 19 year old didn't know what the big brother had planned?What if after his brother died he just lost it? What if the dead brother planned everything and kept baby brother in the dark to protect baby brother? THere are a few what ifs. Should he be tried? YES.  They want to send your fellow American Citizen to Gitmo, at least McCain does.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Does this Offend You?

~ian~
 
 

Bear is absolutely NO HELP

Puff:   I am insane, nuts.  I belong in 1001 Queen Street.  Will you please declare me insane and commit me?

Bear:  Ah, what's wrong.

Puff: I am the most incompetent horrible mother. 

Bear: Why?

Puff: Well, yesterday Arwen complained of stomach ache and felt really bad, so I kept her home and except for some constipation she could have gone to school. Today, same complaint, except she feels nauseas.  She has had that too, and then I keep her at home and she is fine.  So I said to her:  "Go to school, it will pass. "  Now,  watch! She is going to throw up at school.  And I'll be that horrible mother who sends her sick kid to school.  Or I am that horrible mother who keeps her kid home over every little thing.  I can't win.  I must be crazy.

Bear Silence, continues to go about getting ready for work.  I put Frodo in the bath.  Scrub Frodo and then hand him his bath toys.  I open the bathroom door and ask Bear, who happens to be passing and heading downstairs

Puff:  So are you going to have me declared insane and commit me or what?

Bear:   Pausing on the landing, considers a moment then answers: No, You aint getting out that easily.  Then continues down the stairs.

Puff:   But, but, I'd do it for you!

Bear:  I got to go. Love you, Bye

Well, Frodo starts pouring water onto the bathroom floor, cause that's so much fun, especially when mom bends down to dry up the floor and then you pour water on her head.  So I take him out dress him, take him down stairs for his midmorning snack.  And come to the conclusion that: For some reason God gave me these particular children.   I have no idea what they could possibly have done to warrant this mess for a mother, but I love them to bits. I have to believe God knew what he is doing. 
Time to take Frodo out to the playground before lunch and nap.  TTFN

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Choosing A Side in the Liturgical Wars

I saw that phrase when I googled something else. There are a lot of volumes of things written on this subject.  And no, I did not go and read any of them.  I am fascinated by the term, the whole term of that phrase:

Choosing a side in the Liturgical Wars.

The word choosing denotes the concept that their is more than one option from which to choose: And there is and there isn't more than one option from which to choose:  Their is the One Rite but two forms,  SO ostensibly the choice is between these two:  Do I choose the Ordinary Form ( that is the form at which most everyone assists) or the Extraordinary ( the one, by deduction, at which less than "most everyone" assist)

So it seems that their are only two sides: EFor OF, OF or EF, but anyone who has even cursorily done any limited reading on the liturgy will tell you.  That isn't the only choice, one must make in this "war"

Let's go down and see the choices associated with each form of the Mass

If one chooses the the OF. 
Now one must decide which of the various options for celebrating Mass is your favourite. Keeping in mind that unless you a Priest your choice carries no weight other than whether you will approve of the mass at which you just assisted. The First Choice actually takes us into the purview of the Music Ministry.  This person, duly appointed in this ministry has the right and the duty to choose the music for the mass at which you will be assisting. For example: Does one take the Entrance Antiphon from the Graduale Romanum, the Gregorian Missal, the Graduale SImplex or simply use another "appropriate" hymn.  Choosing any of the first three committs you to gregorian chant by extension.  But the last option: Well that leads to absolutely more and more choices.  Does one choose, strictly the traditional hymns ( older that 1950s) or the traditional Hymns of Haugan, Haas, Schutte and the rest of the lapsed Jesuits) But unhappily the choice is not ours, it is his, and yet some of us may find it necessary to strongarm the Music Director with OUR hymns, after all we are the only people assisting at this mass properly so the music should be proper for us.

Now within the Mass itself there are often options and choices that the Celebrant has to make:  The most obvious and important is the Eucharistic Prayer:

The Celebrant must choose one of 4 main Eucharistic Prayers: The Canon, the Second: colloquially known as the Deuce, the little known third or the fourth.  Keeping in mind that some of them have limits as to when they can be used, and the church does state which ones are best for which particular day of the week.  Eg.  The Canon is suggested for Sundays and when the days have a Proper Communicantes or Hang igitur.  etc etc.  These are most especially the decisions in the Celebrant's purview but as good and Loyal Catholics it would appear he have a right to determine which Prayer the Priest should use to confect the Body and Blood of of Lord Jesus Christ.  It isn't enough that all 4 are approved and accepted formulae (recipes if you want to be less reverential) but of course we must choose our preferred ONe: Roman Canon.  And then we must be visibly upset when the Celerant uses hi8s duly bestowed right to choose to choose the Deuce.  Oh how horrible we feel.  It isn't the One: It is the Deuce.  O woe is me. And then if the celebrant should choose instead the thr Trei or the Fourth- we go absolutely apoplectic.

And then there is the choice you must make.  Receive communion under both forms, recieve, on the tongue, or make a throne with your hands and bring both hands to your mouth, even surreptiously licking your palm to take all the crumbs of the species into your mouth, or do you pick the host up with your thumb and forefinger and place it in your mouth making sure to shake the crubs off your hands.

O BTW, will you be kneeling to receive or not.  And for some, it isn't even your choice, because to even attempt to kneel migh tget you arrested.  - But no I won't get into that.  If you wish to kneel you must choose what your reason for kneeling is: Are you trying to send a message to the rest of the congregation or what?

After communion do you sit and kneel to pray and if so at what point do you sit up.  Right after your prayers,  As soon as you get back pryaing, if you do, sitting, or at some other point say, when the Tabernacle dooe is closed again.

NOw If you choose the EF: You might think that the choices are nonexistent.  There you would be wrong>  There may be fewer choice, or rather fewer places where choices can be made, but there are choices to be made.

Firstly:  Is the whole mass to be sottovoce or will the celebrant speak aloud.  This is in the Celebrant's purview, and is completely out of our hands.  But if he speaks that might irritate you because you strongly believe that the whole mass should be secret.  Or if he chooses sottovoce it might make it extremely difficult to follow along with just the bells for guidance. So the priest's ostensibly first choice will upset someone.

Now the music. You would think that the music is most definitely proscribed.  But even 70 years ago congregations wer choosing other hymns instead of the chants for the Introit, Offertory, Communion. - But hey, that isn't your choice anyway, that is the Music Ministers job, but what he chooses could make your break YOUR mass.

As for the Ordinary of the Mass and the melody chosen to sing them, the Music minister can choose from several. Most are listed as being best for particular time or season.  But there are no such directions for the Credo and there are other Kyrie or Glorias.  So here in the EF there is alot of choice.

There are too many choices to make.  I will make One:  I will attend the OF and I will leave all other choices to those duly ordained or appointed to make those choices, from the duly approved list of choices.  And if by chance they choose something I really don't like, I am going to keep my mouth shut. 

If Christ is accepting this so will I, but I know that He doesn't approve of infighting.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Arwen's Team is off to Tennessee

Arwen's Team takes the Silver and will be heading to Tennessee for the Destination Imagination Global Finals .

Friday, April 12, 2013

Arwen heads to the D I Provincials tomorrow

Arwen and her Destination Imagination Team head off to UoT Scarborough Campus for the Provincial tomorrow. 

If the rules are the same as last year, top three teams in each challenge, each age level head to the globals in Tennessee.

Last year Arwen's team made it to the Globals and finished in the top 25% .  This year new challenges, new team. 

Your good wishes and prayers would be appreciated.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Well, I hope you all had a Great and Holy Easter, cuz

We all went to Holy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper. Arwen started feeling a little nauseous.  Bear and I chalked it up to the incense. and didn't think much of it except that she started regurgitating that night, when she finally stopped being nauseas, she was still in serious stomach pain all Good Friday, and still making offerings to the commode. So, while Bear stayed home to tend to Arwen while Galadriel and I went to church.  Saturday was quiet until nighttime, when Bear gets hit with this.  Then Galadriel gets it in the morning.  Arwen and I went to church.  Then I got it in the afternoon.  Then, last night, Frodo, our last bastion of health, got ill.    Today, everyone is still slightly queasy and rather grumpy.  There is a certain persistent odor lingering in the air, and no, it is not easter lilies. 

At any rate, I hope you all had a Happy and Holy Easter.   By default, it was most likely better than ours. If it wasn't. I don't want to know.

Scripture to keep in mind

Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth: [17] Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, [18] A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, [19]A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren. [20] My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20

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