It certainly has been a strange year, both in the Church at large and with your local blogger. The following items may or may not be in any order, chronological or otherwise:
1. The rule of law in this country has been dying from a thousand cuts for quite a while now, and I don't wish to analyze just which cut was first. But I can certainly tell you which one was last: the decision of the Supreme Court, authored by Catholic Chief Justice John Roberts, to pretend that Obamacare was permitted under the Constitution. Excrement on paper would have been more defensible. There is no longer a Constitution, if there was one. There is no more rule of law. There is only one political party-- the government party. Its judicial appointees serve to provide a veneer of legality to government whim. There is only tyranny, enforced by ever more intrusive technology.
2. It has been a strange year on the blog front, too. The gains of traditional Catholicism within the universal Church go on, but on a very definitely less spectacular scale than from 2005-2008. Though the news of the universal Church is covered on many Catholic blogs, some of them quite good, the news of the Church in Saint Louis is covered by few. Frankly, there hasn't been much, and what news there has been has typically been bad. Thus my own writing has been streaky-- sometimes I feel the old creativity, and sometimes I can barely look at it (yes, dear reader, I know, you feel the same way). One of the things I have liked about this site is that it is a mix of original writing, devotional material, humor, news and expanded Church bulletin stuff. Plus the writer has impeccable taste in music and movies. That being said, I am tired of the cut and paste news stuff, and in the New Year I hope to write more original posts, even if it means posting somewhat less. If I can't, here is the first warning shot that the blog may go away.
3. I have been ruminating quite a bit over the arbitrariness of life, and the many natural attachments that Our Lord strips from us in order to find that our true happiness lies only in Him. It seems like I am entering the proverbial desert.
In more conventional detachment news, many friends my wife and I have come to know through the Church have left town in the past year, or will in the new year. Some are particularly hard to take. It is unusual to find a friend with whom one has so much in common, and yet whose differences are such that make the common experiences of friendship so enjoyable. The desert beckons. Spiritual directors, friends, priests, prelates, and family all can lead us to Him, but they are not Him. May God's will always be done, and may I be given the grace not only to endure it, but to lovingly accept it and will it myself.
4. Finally, the Christmas season has again led me to reflect with gratitude to God that the Church really is the Body of Christ, and the Church visible on earth is where we encounter our foretaste of heaven. Comparing gatherings with our friends and family in the Church with our more secular gatherings this season drives the point home clearly, at which the rest of the year only hints.
May God bless you abundantly in the coming year.
Christus nobis natus est! Venite adoremus!
|TE DEUM laudamus: te Dominum confitemur.||O GOD, we praise Thee: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.|
|Te aeternum Patrem omnis terra veneratur.||Everlasting Father, all the earth doth worship Thee.|
|Tibi omnes Angeli; tibi Caeli et universae Potestates;||To Thee all the Angels, the Heavens and all the Powers,|
|Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim incessabili voce proclamant:||all the Cherubim and Seraphim, unceasingly proclaim:|
|Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth.||Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts!|
|Pleni sunt caeli et terra maiestatis gloriae tuae.||Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory.|
|Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus,||The glorious choir of the Apostles,|
|Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus,||the wonderful company of Prophets,|
|Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.||the white-robed army of Martyrs, praise Thee.|
|Te per orbem terrarum sancta confitetur Ecclesia,||Holy Church throughout the world doth acknowledge Thee:|
|Patrem immensae maiestatis:||the Father of infinite Majesty;|
|Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium;||Thy adorable, true and only Son;|
|Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum.||and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.|
|Tu Rex gloriae, Christe.||O Christ, Thou art the King of glory!|
|Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius.||Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.|
|Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, non horruisti Virginis uterum.||Thou, having taken it upon Thyself to deliver man, didst not disdain the Virgin's womb.|
|Tu, devicto mortis aculeo, aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum.||Thou overcame the sting of death and hast opened to believers the Kingdom of Heaven.|
|Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris.||Thou sitest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.|
|Iudex crederis esse venturus.||We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge.|
|Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni: quos pretioso sanguine redemisti.||We beseech Thee, therefore, to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.|
|Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis in gloria numerari.||Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints in everlasting glory.|
|V. Salvum fac populum tuum, Domine, et benedic hereditati tuae.||V. Save Thy people, O Lord, and bless Thine inheritance!|
|R. Et rege eos, et extolle illos usque in aeternum.||R. Govern them, and raise them up forever.|
|V. Per singulos dies benedicimus te.||V. Every day we thank Thee.|
|R. Et laudamus nomen tuum in saeculum, et in saeculum saeculi.||R. And we praise Thy Name forever, yea, forever and ever.|
|V. Dignare, Domine, die isto sine peccato nos custodire.||V. O Lord, deign to keep us from sin this day.|
|R. Miserere nostri, Domine, miserere nostri.||R. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us.|
|V. Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te.||V. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in Thee.|
|R. In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.||R. O Lord, in Thee I have hoped; let me never be put to shame.|