Saturday, November 30, 2002
The Arizona Daily Star headline sums it up: Season's Grievings. It's been an awful season for the Wildcats, going into the Big Game with just one PAC-10 win (against Cal). The team lost 34-20 in a game that started out as a back-and-forth tussle that was pretty even until the fourth quarter, when the Cats started making mistakes that they couldn't turn around. Arizona fans have seen this too many times: the Wildcats too often are not able to play a full four quarters. It was just a sad game to watch. The Wildcats finish the season 4-8, their worst showing in 25 years. Star columnist Greg Hansen is insightful as always, check it out. The only bright spot of the game? Actually there are two: first, UA senior receiver Bobby Wade became UA football's record holder for receptions, a well-deserved honor. Second, unlike some nasty behavior in the past, UA and ASU fans and players behaved themselves.
My journey into the Catholic Church isn't just an ecclesiastical change of address. It's a stark and not at all comfortable call away from practicing a form of Christianity that for me has felt safe, predictable, and not at all taxing for a long, long time. Christ invites us to partake in his suffering, to feast at his table, and to be with him in Paradise. It's all one thing; we can't pick and choose. Our adoption as sons and daughters of God is the fellowship of Christ's suffering. I still feel a closeness to God I've never experienced before, and I look forward to the day when I will know Him intimately through the Sacraments. I also know that to whom much is given, much is required. I can't pretend I don't understand what that means, and I can't un-know it. The Lord's call is not just to go to mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, say a Rosary or two, and call it good. It's the same radical message that offended the religious people of his day, as well as some of his own followers; to die to ourselves, to partake of His suffering, and to know him intimately. From the standpoint of our flesh, I suppose that's the bad news. The good news is that He's leading us on, not pushing from behind:
"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10
Friday, November 29, 2002
Thursday, November 28, 2002
Music for Mass
Thanksgiving Day, Cycle A
Gathering Song: For The Fruits of This Creation (OCP)
Penitential Rite: Recited
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 67 (Respond & Acclaim Option 2)
Gospel Acclamation: Celtic Alleluia (w/verse of the day)
Preparation of the Gifts: All Good Gifts (OCP)
Holy,Holy: Mass of the Pilgrim Church (OCP)
Memorial Acclamation: Mass of the Pilgrim Church (OCP)
Great Amen: Mass of the Pilgrim Church (OCP)
Our Father: Yantis
Lamb of God: Mass of the Pilgrim Church (OCP)
Communion: Gift of Finest Wheat (OCP)
Recessional: Thanks Be To God (OCP)
Even when contraception is used, it isn’t always effective, as indicated by the other half of abortion customers. As Maggie Gallagher points out, if contraceptives properly used are 95-percent effective over a year, a sexually active woman who uses them faithfully over a 10-year period stands a 43-percent chance of getting pregnant at least once. Her chances jump dramatically if she uses them with less than exacting care.
Wednesday, November 27, 2002
Apparently, there are a lot of you who speak French and spell it very
well. Somewhere my high school French teacher is cringing.
The title of today's Nightline email was "deja vous all over again,"
quoting the great Yogi Berra, who probably doesn't spell French very well
either. The proper spelling should have been "deja vu."
Thank you to all of the many, many, many of you who emailed us to point
out this spelling error.
Can we now say:
"Ça suffit. Nous avons bien reçu vos messages. Merci. A bientôt. ."
Sara Just and the Nightline staff
Tuesday, November 26, 2002
I think the article is a bit biased, although I agree with some of her points. For example, the author writes:
But in this hymn, we have only a symbol:
Welcome the symbols
Feasting and telling;
Signs of thanksgiving,
Signs of indwelling
(James Hansen: "Bless the Feast". Text © 1988 Oregon Catholic Press [OCP] Publications).
Welcome the symbols? Surely this is more than a symbol.
The song is, if you look at it, an entrance song, not a communion song. The lyrics are:
Welcome this moment, this day of sweet grace,
Welcome and enter this gathering place.
Welcome these symbols, feasting and telling;
Signs of thanksgiving, signs of indwelling.
Welcome a privilege, sister and brother,
Sharing this inbreaking light with each other.
Welcome the stranger beyond and above;
Here only friends, here only friends and beginning of love.
So the song is talking about gathering. While in the great scheme of things there's a lot to complain about this song, it is not a song primarily about the Eucharist, but about the gathered community and why it's gathered. Next...
Yet in another hymn we find only a meal, and symbols yet again:
We bring the bread and wine to share a meal
Sign of grace and mercy
The presence of the Lord
(Marty Haugen: "We Remember". Text © 1980 GIA Publications).
A sign of the presence of the Lord. Is that all there is?
I agree that the song is weak, but the author is once again looking for the worst. The lyrics say that the bread and wine we offer and share are signs of grace and mercy, the (real)_presence of the Lord. What does she want, a discourse on the theology of transubstantiation? Next...
Similarly, in "Bread, Blessed and Broken" we find no reference to Body, Blood, Presence, or sacrifice:
Bread, blessed and broken for us all
Symbol of your love, from the grain so tall
(Michael Lynch: "Bread, Blessed and Broken". Text © 1978, 1979 Raven Music; published in OCP Publications).
The author doesn't mention that the next lines of the refrain quoted above are:
Bread, blessed and broken for us all,
bread of life you give to us,
bread of life for all.
Which sounds pretty Eucharistic to me -- or is 'bread of life' not sufficient? Next...
The aspect of symbolism is now enlarged upon in some current hymn texts. The bread is a sign not of Christ, but of something else entirely, as is the wine. For example:
Here we will take the wine and the water
Here we will take the bread of new birth
Give us to drink the wine of compassion
(Marty Haugen: "Gather Us In". Text © 1982 GIA Publications).
Bread is re-birth, wine is compassion?
But the full lyric is "Give us to drink the wine of compassion, give us to eat the bread that is You." That sounds a bit different than she makes it sound. And again, the song is not meant as a communion song or a hymn to the Eucharist, but as a gathering song. Next...
Bread is re-birth, wine is compassion? They may be something else again, as in this hymn:
You are the bread of peace
You are the wine of joy
(Bernadette Farrell: "Bread of Life". Text © 1982, 1987 Bernadette Farrell; published by OCP Publications).
Of course, that is the first half of the very last verse. The last half of the verse:
broken now for your people,
poured in endless love.
The refrain is better:
Bread of life, hope for the world,
Jesus Christ, our brother;
feed us now, give us life,
lead us to one another.
Although why we need to be led to one another beats me; we need to be led to Christ.
I'd go on, but this is long enough. My main point is not that there are not some weak and even objectionable songs (there are), but rather that the author's lyric quotations are sometimes misleading and unfair at times.
Monday, November 25, 2002
My question is, what if anything should I do? I asked a friend in the diocese and she advised me to leave it alone as nothing I can do will make a difference anyway. She's probably right about that -- it seems a bit much to assume that our bishops are ignorant of the situation, and the pastor presumably either wanted it this way (seems most likely) or aquiesced (possible, but from what I know not likely). So, dear reader -- what do you think? A letter to the pastor? A letter to the bishop? Nothing? Well, prayer at least I suppose.
Followup: I found the following helpful collection o' documents. In particular, I'd forgotten that this is in canon law:
Canon 914. It is the responsibility, in the first place, of parents and those who take the place of parents as well as of the pastor to see that children who have reached the use of reason are correctly prepared and are nourished by the divine food as early as possible, preceded by sacramental confession; it is also for the pastor to be vigilant lest any children come to the Holy Banquet who have not reached the use of reason or whom he judges are not sufficiently disposed.
Maybe a canon lawsuit is in order? St. Joseph Foundation, come to my aid?! Hmmm. Also, another helpful document by Cdl. Wright on the Vatican website.
What strange power the Church has. It cannot keep the world from committing promiscuity and fornication and homosexual acts on a daily basis, but by some weird magic, all the people doing these things are petrified of using a condom because of the Church. Meanwhile, the only serious way to avoid infection is (surprise!) the way the Church urges: by heeding its teaching on sexual morality and drug use.
Sunday, November 24, 2002
The male lead (Eisenstein) was played by Todd Strange. He was excellent. After the show I got a chance to greet and congratulate him. Todd is a brother of mine in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a men's music fraternity founded in 1898. It's good to see members of our fraternity living out our values in the work they do. I think he will go far; he is very talented.
Saturday, November 23, 2002
Friday, November 22, 2002
In honor of St. Cecilia, the patroness of musicians, here's Dryden's famous poem (1687):
Song for St. Cecilia's Day
FROM Harmony, from heavenly Harmony
This universal frame began:
When Nature underneath a heap
Of jarring atoms lay
And could not heave her head,
The tuneful voice was heard from high,
Arise, ye more than dead!
Then cold and hot, and moist and dry,
In order to their stations leap.
And Music's power obey.
From harmony, from heavenly harmony
This universal frame began:
From harmony to harmony
Through all the compass of the notes it ran,
The diapason closing full in Man.
What passion cannot Music raise and quell?
When Jubal struck the chorded shell
His listening brethren stood around,
And, wondering, on their faces fell
To worship that celestial sound.
Less than a god they thought there could not dwell
Within the hollow of that shell
That spoke so sweetly and so well.
What passion cannot Music raise and quell?
The trumpet's loud clangor
Excites us to arms,
With shrill notes of anger
And mortal alarms.
The double double double beat
Of the thundering drum
Cries, "Hark! the foes come;
Charge, charge, 'tis too late to retreat!"
The soft complaining flute
In dying notes discovers
The woes of hopeless lovers,
Whose dirge is whisper'd by the warbling lute.
Sharp violins proclaim
Their jealous pangs and desperation,
Fury, frantic indignation,
Depth of pains, and height of passion
For the fair disdainful dame.
But oh! what art can teach,
What human voice can reach
The sacred organ's praise?
Notes inspiring holy love,
Notes that wing their heavenly ways
To mend the choirs above.
Orpheus could lead the savage race,
And trees unrooted left their place
Sequacious of the lyre:
But bright Cecilia raised the wonder higher:
When to her Organ vocal breath was given
An Angel heard, and straight appear'd—
Mistaking earth for heaven.
As from the power of sacred lays
The spheres began to move,
And sung the great Creator's praise
To all the blest above;
So when the last and dreadful hour
This crumbling pageant shall devour,
The trumpet shall be heard on high,
The dead shall live, the living die,
And Music shall untune the sky.
Thursday, November 21, 2002
Wednesday, November 20, 2002
Tuesday, November 19, 2002
- Don't Date
- A Single Warning Suffices
- Have Adult Supervision
- Zero Tolerance for Violence
- Just Say No
- No Pornography
- Jesus Loves You
- Go Dutch
Yes, that's really eight rules, not seven. Anyway, check out the article to find out more.
Anytime minutes used: 70 (out of 300/mo)
Night/weekend minutes used: 195 (unlimited)
PCS to PCS minutes used: 649 (unlimited)
Yes, that's over 10 hours spent yakking to my PCS-equipped phone friends. Sheesh. That's a lot o' time.
General impressions: Having a cell phone has given me a little more freedom. For example I was finally able to stop playing phone tag with this guy at Checker Auto. Also since I have a headset I bought, I can talk on the headset and still do stuff around the house -- for example I was able to make my bed etc. while yakking with ElfGirl the other day. And finally, since I have free long distance and free PCS calling, it's helping me stay closer to far away friends; for example, I have talked to Maria (who lives in Dallas) 5 or 6 times in the last two weeks, instead of a more likely once or twice pre-cell phone. That's well worth it I think.
Monday, November 18, 2002
- 88-Note weighted keyboard (hammer-type action); 3 levels of touch response.
- 64-note polyphonic
- 8 tones: Grand piano 1/2; piano 1/2; harpsichord; vibraphone
- Reverb (room, stage, and hall settings) and Chorus effects
- Real-Time Memory - 2 songs, 3000 notes
- Transpose and Tuning Control
- Metronome function
- 8 demo songs, one highlighting each tone
- MIDI IN/OUT jacks; 16-Channel Multi-Timbral
- 2 Headphone jacks plus Stereo Line Out Jacks
- Sliding key cover
- Attractive wood Cabinet with wood stand (includes modesty panel)
- 2 pedals included (Damper and Soft/Sostenuto)
- 2 Speakers audio system with 15 watts power per side
- AC power only (power cord included)
Anyone know if this is a good price? I'm very tempted as I've never owned a piano and I'd like to have something to learn on. The action seemed pretty nice as far as my relatively untrained fingers could tell.
Sunday, November 17, 2002
SSPP Latin Schola
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A
Prelude: Ubi Caritas (Pius X #16)
Gathering Song: Where Charity and Love Prevail (OCP)
Penitential Rite: Kyrie (Chant Mass)
Gloria: (Chant Mass)
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 128 (Dominican Tone 6)
Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia (Chant Mass)
Preparation of the Gifts: Lord of All Hopefulness (OCP, traditional Irish melody)
Holy,Holy: Sanctus (Chant Mass)
Memorial Acclamation: (Chant Mass)
Great Amen: (Chant Mass)
Our Father: (Traditional Chant)
Lamb of God: Agnus Dei (Chant Mass)
Communion: I Have Longed for Thy Saving Health (Byrd)
All Good Gifts (OCP)
Second Collection: Sicut Cervus (Palestrina)
Recessional: O Bless the Lord, My Soul (OCP)
I had never done Lord of All Hopefulness before. Like a lot of Irish melodies, though, once you hear it you feel like it was always in your bones. It's beautiful.
Friday, November 15, 2002
This year the festival has progressed from its inception. The celebration includes not only films, but performances, parties, lectures, readings and workshops. One of the most controversial workshops is on fisting. Fisting is when a male or female cups his or her lubricated hand and slowly inserts the fist into the rectum or vagina of another person as a means of sexual stimulation. The festival features live demos of a female anally fisting a male.
If you want it straight from the horse's (or someone's) mouth, check out The Sex Worker Arts Festival.
Thursday, November 14, 2002
Wednesday, November 13, 2002
Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Anytime minutes: 19 (of 300 monthly)
Night/weekend minutes: 66 (unlimited)
Sprint PCS to PCS calling minutes: 159 (unlimited)
So it's about what I expected. It looks like this plan is going to work out well for me. The PCS to PCS calling is mostly to Amber Lee and Maria since they both have Sprint. Whee!
Monday, November 11, 2002
Words can't describe how much this p*sses me off. I know it's really a small thing, it's just that it's a bad attitude that doesn't bode well.
Sunday, November 10, 2002
Saturday, November 09, 2002
Friday, November 08, 2002
Events like this remind me of one of the best things about the Web; namely, the opportunity to read such things for oneself. Before the Web we would have had to wait for the text to be published, probably in some obscure journal that's not easy to get, since most newspapers probably wouldn't publish the full text. It's nice to read for ourselves what the UN has decided instead of having it filtered for us.
Thursday, November 07, 2002
"Online dating seems so blatant. So predatory, almost," says Vanessa VanderVelde, a 33-year-old attorney from Minneapolis who met her fiance online on Labor Day and has yet to tell her parents the truth. "I personally always like to imagine that my special someone was out there waiting for me and we would meet in some very serendipitous, romantic way," she says.
Music for the Red Mass
Entrance: One Spirit, One Church (Kevin Keil, OCP)
Penitential Rite: Kyrie (Chant)
Responsorial Psalm: Send Us Your Spirit (David Haas, GIA)
Gospel Acclamation: Celtic Alleluia (O'Carroll/ Walker, OCP)
General Intercessions: Oyenos Mi Dios (Hurd/Alstott, OCP)
Presentation of the Gifts: All My Hope -- Brubeck
Sanctus, Memorial Acclamation, Great Amen: (Haynes)
Agnus Dei: Jesus, Lamb of God (Haynes)
Communion: Blest Are They (David Haas, GIA)
Communion Meditation: God Bless America (Berlin)
Recessional: Envia Tu Espiritu (Bob Hurd, OCP)
I could have done without God Bless America, personally.
Wednesday, November 06, 2002
Tuesday, November 05, 2002
On a side note, I'm now experiencing that weirdness that comes about when you type a word a lot and it starts to seem misspelled to you. The word in question is, of course, "pickle". Why isn't it "pickel"? Or "pikel"? Or....
Monday, November 04, 2002
It is 2 a.m. I cannot sleep. This has happened a lot since 9/11. Just like everyone around me, I go on with my daily life, but in the back of my mind I know that the world has been forever changed and that my world has been forever changed.
If you weren't moved by the situation before, I don't know how you could read this and not be moved.
Sunday, November 03, 2002
Saturday, November 02, 2002
Friday, November 01, 2002
James Molina understood that he wanted to play college football, and he understood that he wanted to play for Arizona. What he did not understand was the word no.
I sit next to one of Molina's high school teachers at the football games. She has told me he's a very motivated, dedicated young man and she's very proud of him. Having seen him kick, I have to ask -- why the heck wasn't he a starter to begin with?! The kid can kick!
PHOENIX - If you saw someone wearing a brown shirt with a Department of Public Safety patch, a tin sheriff's badge and a "Smokey Bear" hat, would you think he was a police officer?
This is yet another example of Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio throwing his (considerable) weight around. Whether you support Prop. 201 or not (I don't), this is just absurd.