Saturday, July 01, 2006
July 1st may be Canada Day for the snow & winter sports lovers - but, for me, it is more - MUCH MORE THAN THAT! I guess it is all a question of scope, discernment and having the proper perspective and outlook on things... eh? ;)
According to the wonderfully illustrated ÉVANGELISATION 2000 calendar, July 1st is the day of "La Fête du Précieux Sang de Jésus" - which means the Celebration of the Holy Blood of The Christ.
Now even the most blasé shoveler of the white stuff (we're still talking about snow here - not any other type or variety of "white stuff", do not worry! *LOL*) will agree with me when I say that THE HOLY BLOOD OF CHRIST is worthier of celebration than the constitution of the odd country that Canada is... EH?
Québec is an historical anomaly - but so is Canada overall! Neither should have existed, logically - back in the day when the greats (Vasco Da Gama, Marco Polo) and not-so greats (Jacques Cartier, Christopher COLOMBUS) roamed the seas, the object of the entire exercise (and expensive entreprise) was to find the precious passage to INDIA. No Canada here! INDIA - and all of its riches - beckoned! Canada had little or nothing to offer in terms of readily-exploitable riches; what was there around here, other than beaver fur and maybe... ah... moose to hunt down?
The French and English were so proud though that they elected to stay here and in the eventual USA - just not to lose face! They couldn't admit that their discoverers fumbled the ball so badly while Portugal's Vasco Da Gama delivered the goods as promised - HE and only HE discovered the coveted sea route that gained access to the Indies. Nonetheless, faced with such a monumental debacle, the French and English acted as though they were proud of what they found here - and happy to exploit and colonize it! What a farce... He who fools himself is the greatest fool of all...
They even further made it more pathetic by dubbing the various native American tribes that they found here - whether friendly ones or hostile ones - all under one mantle: that of "indians". Envy is a terrible thing; it drives men to such heights (or lows, really) of absurdism. And of hypocrisy too... but that is another story!
The final nail in the coffin of these two "sort-of-twin nations that shouldn't have been really" is the fact that OTHER Europeans came here first - and frowned upon both territories once they saw how harsh and severe the winters were here! The Vikings were unquestionably first here; the Portuguese followed and, once they saw the beginnings of permafrost, left as soon as they could (for Brazil!) whilst leaving behind a sign that read something like this: "nesta terra, nem cana dà".
Natives saw this, liked the last two words best and apparently started using them as one - "cana-da" - to describe their village! And so it went on until...
Such is the legend, and that's the story that I'm sticking to! ;)
Canada is, thus, a comedy of errors that started out the vanity of France and that of England too, who picked up the slack soon enough (another lesson history has taught us all: the French can never beat the English. Never. Take that, French frogs! *LOL* Vanity gets you nowhere - now THERE's a lesson worth learning!)
The USA, especially with the current administration at the helm of things, is not much better mind you... In fact, I'd say that it is real fitting that the two festive national days (Canada Day and "USA Day" aka the 4th of July) are practically back-to-back - these are two bastard nations that could have easily never been!
And both know who's the true economical leader of the western world now too, eh - tis the EURO - as it should be too! ;)
But enough about that! Onwards to the really good stuff about this date hence:
(all courtesy of a certain Catholic source, linked here today too!)
Saturday, July 1, 2006 of the Liturgical Year B, Cycle II
First Saturday of the Month - obviously!
Today's Mass is Saturday of the Twelfth week in Ordinary Time
Readings for Mass:
First Reading: Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19 (how great is that; I feel like lamenting too!)
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 74:1-2, 3-5, 5-7, 20-21 (what a great adjective "responsorial" is!)
Gospel: Matthew 8:5-17 (My man Matt!)
Blessed Virgin Mary - Optional Memorial (yes - optional indeed - not everyone "blesses" her equally within Christiandom... evidently...)
Today's Rosary: The Joyful Mysteries (more on those a little further down...!)
A few definitions with that? I am happy to oblige...
Holy Days of Obligation
Holy days of obligation are special feasts on which Catholics who have reached the age of reason are seriously obliged to assist at Mass and avoid unnecessary work. See Sunday Obligation below.
One of the precepts of the Church is to keep holy the day of the Lord's Resurrection; to worship God by participating in Mass every Sunday and holy day of obligation; to avoid those activities that would hinder renewal of soul and body, for example, needless work and business activities, unnecessary shopping, and so forth.
Feasts, Memorials, Commemorations and Solemnities
These are days which the Church has set aside as having special meaning. There are several types of celebrations. Some are events in the life of Christ. Some are days dedicated to a particular saint. There are three types of feast days. Optional Feasts are not universally celebrated. Holy Days of Obligation are days on which Catholics are required to attend Mass. All other celebrations are celebrated, but Catholics are not obligated to attend.
Fast and Abstinence (not the kind you may think!)
Fasting is restricting eating to one full meal and two lighter meals in the course of a single day, and prohibits eating between meals. Adults who have not yet reached their sixtieth year are bound by the Canon Law to fast. Pregnant women and people who are sick are not obligated to fast.
Abstinence is refraining from eating meat. People who have completed their fourteenth year are bound by the Canon Law to abstain.
Anyone who feels that they cannot fulfill the law of abstinence or the law of fasting should consult a parish priest or confessor.
For many celebrations throughout the year, readings are assigned from various Commons. Commons are groups of readings appropriate for a type of celebration. These readings include First Readings, Responsorial Psalms, and Gospel Readings. One reading may be selected from each group for use during the Mass.
Often, more than one type of Common is appropriate for a celebration. In these cases, readings may come from any of the appropriate commons. Alternately, the readings from the regular liturgical year or cycle for the current day (the proper of the Season) can normally be used.
Easter is a special season for Commons. During Easter, a separate set of readings is assigned for the First Readings.
There are also subcategories within the Commons. These are readings which are more appropriate for some celebrations than others. An example of this is the subcategory of Popes within the Common of Pastors.
There are seven Commons for the liturgy, as follows:
Common for the Dedication of a Church
(each Common has an Outside Easter version - and a During Easter version)
Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Common of Martyrs
Common of Pastors
Common of Doctors of the Church
Common of Virgins
Common of Holy Men and Women (Common of Saints)
Many celebrations throughout the year have specific readings assigned. These readings are called the Proper of the celebration. These readings are usually chosen over the Commons, as they are more appropriate for the specific Celebration.
Additionally, each day of the year has a set of readings appropriate for the day and season. These readings are called the Proper of the Season.
The Rosary (for those who forgot what it is...)
The Rosary is a series of prayers specifically prepared to be used in personal devotion. That is, the Rosary can be prayed alone or in without the guidance of a spiritual leader. This differs from a mass, which is meant to be led by a celebrant.
The Rosary has several prayers which are constant, and the Mysteries, which can vary. Prior to October 16, 2002, there were three sets of Mysteries. On October 16, 2002, Pope John Paul II added a fourth set. Although there is no requirement to do so, most people follow the recommended schedule of the Mysteries, which lists a different set of Mysteries for each day.
The Mysteries of the Rosary are as follows:
The Joyful Mysteries
The Annunciation; The Visitation; The Birth of Jesus; The Presentation; The Finding in the Temple
These are the Mysteries of Jesus' birth and early life.
The Luminous Mysteries (added October 16, 2002)
The Baptism; The Wedding at Cana; The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God; The Transfiguration; The Institution of the Eucharist
These are the Mysteries of Christ's priesthood.
The Sorrowful Mysteries
The Agony in the Garden; The Scourging at the Pillar; The Crowning with Thorns; The Bearing of the Cross; The Crucifixion
These are the Mysteries of Christ's suffering and death.
The Glorious Mysteries
The Resurrection; The Ascension; The Descent of the Holy Spirit; The Assumption; The Coronation
These are the Mysteries of Christ's victory over death and Mary's special place as the Holy Mother.
To learn more about the Rosary, including the Luminous Mysteries, visit the Catholic Calendar Rosary Page. To learn more about the traditional Rosary from before the introduction of the Luminous Mysteries, visit the previous Catholic Calendar Rosary Page.
Luminous Mysteries! And they seem to have been qualified as such just as I trademarked this luminous persona of mine (?) - and the blog here (?!) - and the network (!) - and the brand! To boot, luminous is followed by sorrowful and then by GLORIOUS - nothing less! I sure like that crescendo! My favorite color having been orange, that sure is in sync with sorrowful! But it is with GLORIOUS that LUMINOUS rhymes! A-ha! Such veritably... ah... luminous synchronicity reaffirms the belief in us, true believers, that NOTHING IS RANDOM and everything has significance, a meaning and a purpose. And also... a mission!
My mission, for instance, seems to be to make enemies online! *ROTFL*
Kidding there... sort-of. ;)
At any rate, for every enemy I make, I open the eyes of another kind soul and kindred spirit - who, in turn, will open my eyes about other things as well. It is the way it should be - for we are all on the same boat and the waters are not friendly! However, the Prince of Peace Shall calm the seas soon - even if He Has to do so with a luminous (again) sword in His Hand at first!
Now, to avoid making truly unnecessary online enemies, some credits and that'll be that for today... ;)
The Catholic Calendar Web Pages are the work of a lay Catholic, and are not the work of any official Catholic office or representative. These pages are built on the standard guidelines of the Church calendar, and do not represent all of the possible variants, as each individual Church, Diocese, Archdiocese, and district has significant choice in the exact schedule of services. Please always check with your local Church for information concerning your area.
For a great deal of information about the evolution of leap years and how leap years are currently calculated, as well as a tool for determining if a certain year is a leap year and why, visit our Leap Year Page.
The following works were used for the above information:
English translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church for the United States of America, copyright © 1994, United States Catholic Conference (http://www.nccbuscc.org/)
Handbook for Today's Catholic, copyright © 1994, Liguori Publications (http://www.liguori.org)
What It Means to be Catholic, copyright © 1986 St. Anthony Messenger Press and Franciscan Communications (http://www.americancatholic.org/)
Vatican II Sunday Missal, copyright © 1974, Daughters of St. Paul (http://www.pauline.org)
Vatican II Weekday Missal, copyright © 1975, Daughters of St. Paul (http://www.pauline.org)
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Friday, June 30, 2006
Looking at the French side, I feel sad for artists such as Ariane Moffat (no relation to the Moffatts - or to the old stove brand either!). Ariane had to do a song about her hometown; alas, for her, all the words that she found that could rhyme with "Montreal" -while making a cohesive and coherent song that made any kind of sense- were the words "mal", "banal" and "fatal"...
I think those speak for themselves and the overall feeling, as a direct result of all this, was the general sense that her town bears, ah, well... NOT the slightest bit of good attributes at all!
Likewise, new artists such as Wilfred Le Bouthillier and Marc Dupré (Céline Dion's sort-of son-in-law!) have nothing else to sing about other than six degrees of separation, or so it seems...?!?
Degrees in an entire other sense, of course; and the same applies to the ''separation'' part there!
And, oftentimes, they actually RUN OUT OF THINGS TO SAY and start sprouting gibberish to fill out the remainder of the song! Stuff like "laï-laï-b-laï-b-laï-laï"...! Sheesh... As if JOUAL wasn't nonsensical as it is already...!
Well-researched and intricately composed lyrics and songs are under-appreciated though; and it does not help matters one bit that, oftentimes, some of those elegantly weaved tunes start getting on your nerves after the umpteenth listening! (Yes - as, for instance, Regina Spektor's Samson that played here, over and over again, for two weeks! It was time for a change, I tell you! Whew! Go get your haircut already, Sam *and* Regina - BOTH! Put them out of their misery, Delilah! *LOL*)
And the change is this:
(Ah - but that would be too easy now, wouldn't it? To see and hear and be able to listen to it right here and now! You may have been blessed enough to do so when this post was brand-new or up to 14 days-old... But now it is part of the luminous archives! And only ONE song/video or playlist PER MONTH is allowed here... We're just LOGICAL around here, that's all! Hence, if you must listen to this one - go here asap!)
Quite radical for a change - hmm?
What can I say - music is humanity's last hope to change our moody stagnation that we're mired and quickly sinking in here... And if we don't shake it off soon, we're not getting out of the moving sands of gloom and doom, I tell you (once again!)...
Seal's Crazy and Alanis' cover of it are not striking enough anymore, though... I must say, however, that if I had been told years ago that some "brotha" named Barkley would be singing a song called Crazy, I would've immediately thought that it was Charles indeed! Sir Charles Barkley, former NBA star and spokesman for Speed Stick or some darn thing (gee - how happy the company will be to learn that even prodigious memories like mine don't remember the PRODUCT that they were selling - but remember the spokesman used and the catch-phrase "anything else would be uncivilized!" Of course! It is so unforgettable; to forget it would be un... wise! But that is another story... aye.)
Instead of Charles hence, it's Gnarls Barkley.
Gnarls... He who "remembers when he lost his mind" (that starts off the tune!)
Gnarls... He seems lost alright as to who can save our souls...! (Answer: JESUS!)
Gnarls... That sure is a crazy name, too! He reminds me of the loveable Forest Whitaker though - gotta love him! Better that than the all-around improbable Kingpin, Michael Clarke Duncan! Yes, I know - that is, again, another story... Sue me, will ya?!?
Gotta love Gnarls indeed - gotta love the Rorshach test motif of the video (I believe it is a first in music video history - amazingly enough!)
Note that, speaking of it, administration of the Rorshach test is not a violation of rights per say, but interpretation of the test should reflect knowledge of its limitations in a forensic setting. That's for all of you cops and wannabe cops out there... From Forest to forensics - only luminous connections, as they are routinely made here on TLB Prime, could put it all together this way! Or... as the song says it's... naaaaah; DON'T SAY IT! Just go listen to it - and then come back here, for more archives!
I certainly was going crazy with grief, recently enough...
Bless your soul, you who were there for me when I needed it the most.
The rest of you... YOU may yet be the crazy one here! ;)
Only here, on TLB PRIME, could one get such a luminous switcharoo, eh? *LOL*
Sempre Por O Melhor
Thursday, June 29, 2006
I knelt to pray but not for long,
I had too much to do.
I had to hurry and get to work
For bills would soon be due.
So I knelt and said a hurried prayer,
And jumped up off my knees.
My Christian duty was now done
My soul could
rest at ease.....
All day long I had no time
To spread a word of cheer
No time to speak of Christ to friends,
They'd laugh at me I'd fear.
No time, no time, too much to do,
That was my constant cry,
No time to give to souls in need
But at last the time, the time to
I went before the Lord,
I came, I stood with downcast eyes.
For in his hands God! held a book;
It was the book of life.
God looked into his book and said
"Your name I cannot find
I once was going to write it down...
But never found the
Now do you have the time
to pass it on?
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Here you can see how much of an "Aqua Baby" I really was - complete with curly Albert E hair and all! Wish I had the I.Q. too though! Oh well - I am an intuitive and an "insightful linguist" according to experts in grey matter; that's good enough for me!
(And even if isn't - it will have to do now!)
Here we go back a little bit further back in time - to the root of the problem! To the heart of the matter too! As they say, the truth comes out of the children's mouths... Okay, this is cheating, admittedly, but it is the truth nonetheless! I sure am a carrier... Another truth to take note of at this time is that, as toddlers, we do not suffer from things. It is because ignorance is bliss - nothing more! Once we start becoming aware of things... we bawl our eyes out! Like the time we were thrown out of the bubble we were living in and thrust into the chaos that this world is! We were immediately aware (if only subconsciously) that something wasn't right with our surroundings anymore - and we were right! It's no coincidence that for the first nine months, we don't shed a tear - not a single one. That is, if no abortive procedures are initiated; research has shown that the foetus cries out in pain as an abortion is underway...
Well, enough for the trip back in time - hope it made you reflect about things past, present and future as much as it did ME!
Til the next bit of time travel...
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.
These are words we dimly hear:
You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Flare up like flame
and make big shadows I can move in.
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don't let yourself lose me.
Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousnes.
Give me your hand.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~
(Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)
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Guard within yourself that treasure, kindness.
Know how to give without regret, how to acquire without meanness;
know how to replace in your heart,
by the happiness of those you love, the
happiness that may be wanting to yourself.
Monday, June 26, 2006
However, for the use of abbreviated words to be effective and not lead to confusion, one (again) has to make sure that both sides know what the heck one is talking about! Nothing leads to confusion and miscommunication faster than the dreaded "unknown abbreviation that can have, in someone else's eyes, an entirely different meaning"... know what I mean?
Maybe some examples are required here... asap! (As soon as possible!) :)
Like most everyone else, I had narrow a clue as to what *LOL* meant the first time that I was exposed to it! I saw it as some sort of trendy word maybe - another fad - not as an acronym for "laughing out loud" at all!
Others are not so bad - "BRB", "FYI" and the French "TDS" (tout de suite - meaning right away) are not readily mistaken for something else at all. They do not look like words much - lest "BRB" would be an onomatopeia, for some, used by anyone who's feeling cold!? It doesn't work too well - at all really - and so, not even the most imaginative mind could see something else there... Something else that is definitely NOT there either!
The most perplexing abbreviation I ever saw actually came from the muslim world! Yes - don't tell Al Aqsa, Al Qaida or Al... from Letterman's show, now! I am not alone in this anyway - many were those who thought something was not... kosher (?!) with an actual muslim going "PBUH" each time that he'd be quoting from his number one Prophet! It gave the wrong impression in written form and was not at all what some westerners might have thought it was... For "PBUH" means "Peace Be Upon Him"! Hence, each time they say "The prophet Muhammad (pbuh) says" - they are not going "duh" or something... at all! (Hmm... but do they have enough of a sense of humor to acknowledge all this, laugh it off, reflect that "PBWH" -peace be WITH him- might have been less prone to confuse outsiders... all this WITHOUT calling for any beheadings whatsoever!? I hope so! If not - I'll blog about the Jihad next!)
T.Y.F.Y.T. (Thank You For Your Time!)
Sunday, June 25, 2006
I don't expect a weirdo like Steve Martin to get it right - maybe ever. I don't expect all the Bible exegets to quit being the wackos that they are!
But YOU who stumbled across this blog post - let it sink in!
And, most importantly and above all,
LET THE BIBLE CHANGE YOU!