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 First Week of Advent
This guidance from Church Year:

3. Why does my church use the color blue during Advent?
Good question. We have heard many reasons why blue is now a popular Advent liturgical color. One is that blue symbolizes the pre-dawn light. Another reason is that blue is the color of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the use of blue for Advent may come from this. A third reason is that many churches are trying to distance themselves from the penitential nature of past Advent celebrations, and blue is as close as you can get to violet without being violet. Also, in many places the purple dye used to make Advent vestments and linens was closer to a blue-violet hue than straight violet. Possibly, this eventually led churches in many regions to adopt blue as an Advent color. The last possibility is that blue is a pretty color and offers more variety of color to the limited number of liturgical colors. Regardless, in the Catholic Church, blue is not an approved liturgical color, for Advent or any other season, and it should not be the primary color in any Catholic liturgical celebration.

None of the reasons cited above are valid of course. It is not for us to re-invent the litugry of our own accord. GIRM 346 specifies the following colors for vestments: white, red, green, violet, black (as an option for funeral services and Masses for the Dead), rose (Gaudete and Lætare Sundays), and gold/silver (as an alternative for solemn days).

I’m not sure if the GIRM says anything about Advent wreaths, but the Book of Blessings for the US, ¶1510, mentions only violet, white and rose. We’ve got blue candles, and I could not talk anyone out of them. Why is it so hard for some people to do things right?

The next time this happens, I will say, “If you’re going to go all Protestant on me, I may as well go back to the Baptists where I came from.”

33rd Thursday in Ordinary Time

In the better late than never category, this excerpt from a Litany to St Charles Borromeo:

Saint Charles Borromeo, Pray for us.
St. Charles, imitator of Christ, Pray for us.
St. Charles, faithful follower of Christ and Him Crucified, Pray for us.
St. Charles, replenished with the spirit of the Apostles, Pray for us.
St. Charles, consumed with zeal for the glory of God, Pray for us.
St. Charles, indefatigable in thy labors, Pray for us.
St. Charles, reassembling the Council of Trent, Pray for us.
St. Charles, first great prelate of the counter-reformation, Pray for us.
St. Charles, father and guide of the clergy, Pray for us.
St. Charles, the light and support of the Church, Pray for us.
St. Charles, tireless in bettering conditions in thy vast diocese of Milan, Pray for us.
St. Charles, true reformer of both clergy and people, Pray for us.
St. Charles, alert to the proper carrying out of the sacred Liturgy, Pray for us.
St. Charles, founder of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine for instructing children, the first Sunday-schools, Pray for us.
St. Charles, founder of the Oblates of Saint Ambrose, most desirous of the salvation of souls, Pray for us.
St. Charles, most zealous for the teaching of youth, Pray for us. St. Charles, a model of humility and penance, Pray for us.
St. Charles, whose selflessness during the great plague won the hearts even of thy foes, Pray for us.

From Catholic Culture