Ss Peter Chanel & Louis Mary de Montfort

From the 1962 missal:

If the consecrated Host disappears, either by some accident such as a gust of wind or by some animal’s taking it, and It cannot be found, then another is to be consecrated, beginning from the Qui pridie quam pateretur, having first been offered as above.

We are fortunate to live in a time and place when animals making off with the host are the least of our worries.


Presentation of the Lord

A Believable Accent: The Phonology of the Pink Panther examines the speech patterns of Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers, that is, not that usurper Steve Martin!) and the issues that make a stage accent believable.  (Adobe Reader required.)

Third Thursday in Ordinary Time

From a review of the 1966 novel Capable of Honor:

Drury’s portrayal of the novel’s third major figure, Ted Jason, liberal Governor of California, is a fascinating psychological study of the slow and deadly moral decay of a man who wants political power, but who has no firm political principles. Jason wants to be President, not for any ideological purpose, not in the name of great ideals, but for the glory and power of the office. ….

Ted Jason is, of course, the favored candidate of [media columnist] Walter and his world. He is their fair-haired boy, their hope for the future

the malleable man they need. All their energies are devoted to promoting him. The same newspapers that call [incumbent president] Hudson and [Secretary of State] Knox aggressors, and that bury snide reviews of Knox’s collected speeches somewhere on page 23, rush into print with lead articles, cover stories, personality sketches and interviews in depth on Jason, and with featured reviews of his collected speeches, announcing them as “must” reading. In countless women’s magazines, wistfully admiring articles on Mrs. Jason’s recipes, hairdo and clothes are presented for the edification of the public.


This may be unrelated, but on the way in I heard the news segment on our local classical music station. The announcer spent no more than 15 seconds on the approval of the “stimulus” plan, and a full minute on Obama’s …


Christmas Eve

I honestly don’t know how else to frame this. I don’t know what’s worse, that Ahmadinejad is pre-empting the Queen or the fact that the Archibishop of Canterbury could give the same speech without anyone noticing the difference.

The real Jesus Christ set out not to reform institutions but to reform people. But if some children can see Him lily white, I suppose some with the moral intelligence of toddlers can see Him as a tinpot anticolonialist.

Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

In conversation with a former pastor, someone mentioned something about naughty children getting coal in their Christmas stockings, to which he replied, “Children don’t appreciate practical gifts.”

Thursday of the First Week of Advent

One of Canada’s “top five inventions” is Five-Pin bolwing. Here’s how is isn’t done:

(Wait till the end.)

Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, priest

A post I could have written…

I see it [indifference] in myself when I’m busy with work and my child wants to sit on my lap and I tell them ‘not now.’ It’s when my wife wants to talk and I ignore her or just put her off saying ‘I’m busy’ and we’ll talk later. It’s my own home version of trampling. It’s saying to the people I love in the clearest way possible that something else is more important than you. And that’s about the cruelest thing I can think to tell someone who loves you.

I do this, or things like this, all the time (cue wrist slap).

On the lighter side, here’s the High Anglican weather forecast.