Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Fine Mass for the Morning

That to which I am presently listening.
Johann Valentin Rathgeber - Missale tum rurale tum civile, Op.12 "Messe von Muri"

Rathgeber (3 April 1682 – 2 June 1750 Baroque Era), a Benedictine priest, was a very versatile and productive composer and was one of the most popular and respected composers in southern Germany. He composed both secular and sacred works, the majority of his output being sacred vocal works. He wrote several hundred works, mainly masses (43), hymns, arias, litanies, requiems, magnificats, offertories (164), Marian antiphons (44) and also instrumental concertos (24) and songs.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Miscarriage Music

Joaquín Rodrigo Vidre, 1st Marquis of the Gardens of Aranjuez; (November 22, 1901 – July 6, 1999) most famous work, Concierto de Aranjuez, was composed in 1939 in Paris for the guitarist Regino Sainz de la Maza. In later life he and his wife declared that it was written as a response to the miscarriage of their first child.[2] It is a concerto for guitar and orchestra. The central adagio movement is one of the most recognizable in 20th-century classical music, featuring the interplay of guitar with cor anglais.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Islam is a Religion of Hatred: Al'Quran Should be Read!

Read the Koran!

Joseph Fadelle, descendant of Muhammad and convert to Catholicism in a French Television Interview today.

Mr. Fadelle says that Muslims are brainwashed by rote memorization, thereby trained in hatred, and not allowed to read and critically study the Koran, which study would clarify much of the confusion. Muslims as well as Christians should read and study the Koran.

Al'Quran pdf English
Al'Quran pdf Arabic & English with ample notes and commentary
N.B. The first European translation of the Koran was to Latin by Robert of Ketton in 1143 entitled Lex Mahumet pseudoprophete.
Joseph Fadelle's autobiography: The Price to Pay: A Muslim Risks All to Follow Christ, Ignatius Press, 2012 (ISBN 978-1-5861-7599-3)

Honor One Another Out of Reverence for Christ

You need to honor others more than others need the honor you might give.

Work at it.

Stained Glass Window In Five Minutes

You need a one sided coloring sheet meaning that there is only a picture on one side, Wax paper or paper towel, markers or crayons, vegetable oil or cooking spray and a paint brush.

1. Color the picture with markers or crayons. Press firmly.

2. Place the picture on a piece of wax paper or a paper towel. Cover the picture with vegetable oil or cooking spray. I like spray because it is easier.

3. Use the paintbrush to evenly distribute the oil.

4. Let dry. My picture took 5 hours. The result will be a stained glass picture. I hung mine in the kitchen window.

Perhaps the best place to go to find one sided coloring pages is the Internet. You can google in stained glass coloring on google images and get loads of good stuff.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Pope Benedict's Poverty

In the late 1960's Father Doctor Joseph Ratzinger and the heretic Father Doctor Hans Küng were the stars of the School of Catholic Theology at the University of Tübingen, each holding a chair of Dogmatic Theology in that department. But their temperamental and human differences were patent.

The impetuous Swiss traveled around in his white Alfa Romeo dressed in elegant mufti. The journalists would go to him whenever they needed a dissident Catholic opinion on the hot button issues of those post-conciliar days. The discrete Bavarian theologian on the other hand would move around on foot or by public transportation, would say daily mass in a female student dormitory and would dedicate his time to study and preparation of his lectures, keeping himself faithful to his austere and reserved lifestyle.

For those few years (1966-1969) the two men were close colleagues, going out alone for a weekly Thursday evening dinner together to discuss Faculty affairs. Ratzinger, though, was the brighter of the two and kept ever loyal to the Magisterium.
El profesor Ratzinger, Gianni Valente  San Pablo: Madrid, 2011, p. 164-65 .

He was always a man of noble and exemplary industry, loyalty and simplicity, and Catholic and priestly honesty! in a world of upheavals!

N.B. 1968 was the year of the student uprisings in Europe, Tübingen included.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Eleven Hours of Beethoven Piano Works, Commercial Free

Oops, it does have sporadic commercials~!

The Expense of Pope Francis' Poverty

Because he refuses to ride in an armored vehicle, the expense of the extra security needed for the Holy Father's travels here in the USA would have been able to buy many armored vehicles! His simplicity is very expensive!

And, he is therefore also relegated to being seen by very few people here. Notice him here riding through a mostly empty Central Park surrounded by an army of soldiers and armored cars!

Expensive poverty, and exclusive, which only a pope can afford!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Pope Francis is Politically Correct

It is shocking and offensive for men and women of normal Catholic sensibilities for the Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ on earth to neglect to explicitly condemn and decry the travesty of present marriage law, assisted suicide and abortion.

Pope Francis is a prophet of ambiguity and confusion but he is very clearly on the side of publicly not condemning the prevalent and legal crimes and perversions of contraception, abortion, same-sex unions and so called assisted-suicide (a misnomer for legalized euthanasia). Quite simply, he is politically correct and proposes that model of political correctness, of distancing oneself from the Catholic identity, as a model for priests and bishops.

The clear and unambiguous message is befriend the enemies of the Church, the enemies of God, the enemies of Christ. He makes it a point to say and to show that he is no friend of loyal and zealous Catholics, especially the clergy, of whom he is consistently critical and quick to correct while so reluctant to contradict the mood of the rulers of the world.

So he rightly and explicitly condemns drug-trafficking and the abuse of children and promotes the rights of the poor, points on which there is 100% unanimous agreement among legislators and nations everywhere, while consciously and purposefully refusing to explicitly mention the singular gravity and presently growing scandals of abortion "rights" and public funding, same-sex unions and euthanasia.

Pope Francis, therefore, is no friend.

He is friends with the demons of this world and thereby deliberately distances himself from the saints: Blessed Mother Teresa, Blessed Pope Paul VI, Pope Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, all of whom consistently and clearly condemned these crimes of the nations at the United Nations every time they have been invited there!

E.g. Blessed Pope Paul VI explicitly condemned contraception at the United Nations  Monday, 4 October 1965 (three years before Humanae Vitae and five years before Roe vs. Wade) saying "Your task is so to act that there will be enough bread at the table of mankind and not to support an artificial birth control that would be irrational, with the aim of reducing the number of those sharing in the banquet of life."

Pope Francis continues to muffle the prophetic voice of his papacy and it is very hurtful and confusing to loyal Catholics, which offense he apparently deems a part of his mission. He sets out to provoke the ire of the faithful and to promote the consolation of the masses and of the ruling powers. N.B. No words of criticism against the communist regime in Cuba, just kind words.

Monday, September 21, 2015

"miserando atque eligendo" Venerable Bede Homily for the Feast of Saint Matthew Today

The motto of Pope Francis is taken from a passage from the Venerable Bede, Homily 21 (CCL 122, 149-151), on the Feast of Matthew, which reads: Vidit ergo Jesus publicanum, et quia miserando atque eligendo vidit, ait illi, ‘Sequere me’. [Jesus therefore sees the tax collector, and since he sees by having mercy and by choosing, he says to him, ‘follow me’.]

This homily is a tribute to Divine Mercy and is read during the Liturgy of the Hours on the Feast of St Matthew. This has particular significance in the life and spirituality of the Pope. In fact, on the Feast of St Matthew in 1953, the young Jorge Bergoglio experienced, at the age of 17, in a very special way, the loving presence of God in his life. Following confession, he felt his heart touched and he sensed the descent of the Mercy of God, who with a gaze of tender love, called him to religious life, following the example of St Ignatius of Loyola.

Jesus saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office, and he said to him: Follow me. Jesus saw Matthew, not merely in the usual sense, but more significantly with his merciful understanding of men.

He saw the tax collector and, because he saw him through the eyes of mercy and chose him, he said to him: Follow me. This following meant imitating the pattern of his life - not just walking after him. St. John tells us: Whoever says he abides in Christ ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

And he rose and followed him. There is no reason for surprise that the tax collector abandoned earthly wealth as soon as the Lord commanded him. Nor should one be amazed that neglecting his wealth, he joined a band of men whose leader had, on Matthew’s assessment, no riches at all. Our Lord summoned Matthew by speaking to him in words. By an invisible, interior impulse flooding his mind with the light of grace, he instructed him to walk in his footsteps. In this way Matthew could understand that Christ, who was summoning him away from earthly possessions, had incorruptible treasures of heaven in his gift.

As he sat at table in the house, behold many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples. This conversion of one tax collector gave many men, those from his own profession and other sinners, an example of repentance and pardon. Notice also the happy and true anticipation of his future status as apostle and teacher of the nations. No sooner was he converted than Matthew drew after him a whole crowd of sinners along the same road to salvation. He took up his appointed duties while still taking his first steps in the faith, and from that hour he fulfilled his obligation and thus grew in merit. To see a deeper understanding of the great celebration Matthew held at his house, we must realise that he not only gave a banquet for the Lord at his earthly residence, but far more pleasing was the banquet set in his own heart which he provided through faith and love. Our Savior attests to this: Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

On hearing Christ’s voice, we open the door to receive him, as it were, when we freely assent to his promptings and when we give ourselves over to doing what must be done. Christ, since he dwells in the hearts of his chosen ones through the grace of his love, enters so that he might eat with us and we with him. He ever refreshes us by the light of his presence insofar as we progress in our devotion to and longing for the things of heaven. He himself is delighted by such a pleasing banquet.

N.B. This official translation of the breviary is poor. I will make my own translation from the Latin soon.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

No Applause During Papal Homily in Cuba's Revolution Square!

There was nothing to applaud!

Except for the name Jesus Christ and "the Gospel", his homily could have been given by Castro himself. He said nothing even alluding to the circumstances and specific predicament of these people. A huge letdown! Gives the impression that he is complicit with the notorious human rights abuses of the communist regime.

Note also that within the sanctuary there is no crucifix behind the altar but rather a modest sized resurrection Christ in front and just to the right of the sanctuary.

Papal Visit to Cuba and USA Unedited Coverage On Demand

Friday, September 18, 2015

New Pope Benedict-Joseph Ratzinger Roman Library to Open at Vatican 18 November 2015

The Teutonic College, located just before the Sacristy, 
beside the Southern arm of  the 
Atrium of Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican
You can see the Paul VI Audience Hall directly behind,
 and back left the Palace of the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Mgr. Hans Peter Fischer, Rector of the Teutonic College, announced that a ceremony will be held on 18 November to mark the opening of the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Roman Library.

The library is entirely dedicated to the works and life of Joseph Ratzinger as a scholar and a Pope and is housed inside the Library of the Teutonic College and of the Roman Institute of the Gorres Society in the Vatican.

The announcement was made at the August 30th 2015 mass of Pope Emeritus Benedict with his former students which was followed by a ceremony for the inauguration of the “Pope Benedict-Joseph Ratzinger Hall”, which the Pope Emeritus blessed. The ceremony took place in the buildings adjacent to the Teutonic Cemetery.

That story is in the previous post.

Above is a better look at the Palace of  the Doctrine of the Faith Headquarters for perspective.

Here is even greater perspective. Enlarge the Image and you will see exactly where all these buildings are in relation to one another. A further interesting detail is the the Domus Sanctae Marthae is just beyond the Vatican Sacristy. An extremely precarious position, nothing compared to the bastion of a fortress of the Apostolic Palace! Impossible to protect! For a Pope to live there must be much more costly than living in the Palace which is made for his residence. This Popes penchant for poverty is very expensive for the Church!

Pope Emeritus Latest Public Mass and Sermon: 30 August 2015

Ratzinger at mass with former pupils: “The epidemic of the heart leads to corruption”

The Emeritus Pope said “inner hygiene” is key and “the truth, love and goodness that come from God, make man pure”



“The truth, love and goodness that come from God, make man pure and truth, love and goodness come together in the Word which brings liberates a world that no longer thinks of God from ‘forgetfulness’.” This was at the heart of the homily which the Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI pronounced during a mass he presided over this morning in the Teutonic Cemetery church in the Vatican. The mass was attended by members of the Schuelerkreis (Ratzinger’s “student circle”) and the New Schuelerkreis, who gathered at Castel Gandolfo in recent days to reflect on the theme “How to speak to God today”. The priest and philosopher Tomas Halik also participated. The news was posted on the Ratzinger Foundation website.

Does not the evil that afflicts us come from the outside? This was the essence of the question posed by the Emeritus Pope in his German homily. We need to be cleansed of all the impurity that exists out there: “We could respond to the many illnesses and sometimes epidemics that threaten us, by maintaining an external cleanliness,” Benedict XVI said. It is important to care for our exterior in this way so that death does not prevail, the Emeritus Pope said. But this is not enough, he added, because there is also “the epidemic of the heart” to consider, that inner epidemic that “leads to corruption and other filth, the kind of filth that drives man to think only of himself and not of goodness.” So, aside from worship, ethos, “inner hygiene” in other words, also plays a decisive role: “What does a pure man do? What is the real power of purification? How does one come to have a cleansed heart?” Benedict XVI asked.

“In another passage of the Gospel,” he continued, “the Lord says to his people: ‘You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you’.” So we become pure by means of the Word: “The Word is Jesus Christ himself and we come across the Word even in those who reflect It, those who show us the face of God and reflect his meekness, his humble heart, his simplicity, his lovingness, his sincerity.”

The mass was followed by a ceremony for the inauguration of the “Pope Benedict-Joseph Ratzinger Hall”, which the Pope Emeritus blessed. The ceremony took place in the buildings adjacent to the Teutonic Cemetery. In his introductory speech, Mgr. Hans Peter Fischer, Rector of the Teutonic College, announced that a ceremony will be held on 18 November to mark the opening of the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Roman Library. The library is entirely dedicated to the works and life of Joseph Ratzinger as a scholar and a Pope and is housed inside the Library of the Teutonic College and of the Roman Institute of the Gorres Society in the Vatican.

Present at today’s ceremony – amongst others – were cardinals Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna and Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Prefect of the Papal Household and personal secretary to Benedict XVI.

Why Tattoos are Wrong

Cosmetic tattoos are a mortal sin because they are a form of mutilation, viz. intentionally and unnecessarily and permanently disfiguring a very beautiful and harmonious organ of the human body: the skin.

"Except when performed for strictly therapeutic medical reasons, directly intended amputations, mutilations, and sterilizations performed on innocent persons are against the moral law." Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2297

Recall what Blessed Pope Paul VI said in his prophetic encyclical Humanae Vitae  on human love and life: "In fact, man does not have unlimited dominion over his body in general...of which God is the principle." HV. 13.

N.B. The complications and imposibility of tattoo removal. Removal is very complicated and always leaves permanent damage to the skin, including a scar! The mutilation is permanent! That's why it is so bad.

P.S. We might imagine some parts of the world where there is tribal warfare in which tattoos or some sort of branding of the skin is convenient and perhaps practically necessary for survival. In some specific case the mutilation involved in the tattooing perhaps may be considered necessary. However, often it seems quite out of place and wrong, even in many of those cases.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ratzinger's University of Munich Singing the Motet of the Episcopal Consecration Day

Here enjoy this Mendolssohn (Psalm 90:11 [91 in non-vulgate editions]) motet for eight voices which was sung by the Regensburg Cathedral Boys Choir (Domspatzen) directed by Father Georg Ratzinger on May 28th, 1977 to celebrate the Episcopal consecration of Joseph Ratzinger Archbishop of the Munich-Freising diocese.*

This is a superb performance by the University of Munich Student Choir, the University where Ratzinger also did all of his theology studies.

Ad Moltos Annos Papa Emerito Benedicto!

*As noted by Pablo Blanco, Benedicto XVI: El Papa Aleman, Planeta Testimonio: Barcelona, 2010, p. 232.

Monday, September 14, 2015

What is a Priest? 3 Minute Video (German)

Very comprehensive, yet simple presentation.

Need to find this video in English and Spanish!

German Catholicism for Beginners.

The Austrian priest who produces these videos and Bishop Baron and EWTN need to get together!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Four Extraordinary Historic Catholic Victories: The Crusade that Succeeded!


The first two are essential chapters in the Victorious Crusade of Europe in Spain against the invader Moor. We should learn from that history! All these battles are essential in the history of the defense of Jesus Christ's name on the earth in His One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Joseph Ratzinger 1951 Priestly Ordination Video

Cardinal Michael von Faulhaber

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


A neo-con is a liberal with a teenage daughter.  --Tracey Rowland

Good, but lacks real depth. Needs to develop the Catholic mind and heart.

“A dead thing goes with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” 
― G.K. Chesterton

“We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.” 
― G.K. Chesterton

“Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.” 
― G.K. Chesterton

“Love is not blind; that is the last thing that it is. Love is bound; and the more it is bound the less it is blind.” 
― G.K. ChestertonOrthodoxy

“There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.” 
― G.K. Chesterton

Thursday, September 3, 2015

More Virtuoso Oud

Le Trio Joubran, Paléo Festival Nyon 2012 (concert complet)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Lute, Bouzouki, Classical Guitar

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Notable bouzouki (the Greek lute) players

List of classical guitarists

Baroque (17th & 18th century)

19th century

20th century

This article is a list of notable classical guitarists. For a complete list see the Category classical guitarists.


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