Victoria’s O Magnum Mysterium

From Wikipedia: O magnum mysterium, et admirabile sacramentum, ut animalia viderent Dominum natum, jacentem in praesepio! Beata Virgo, cujus viscera meruerunt portare Dominum Christum. Alleluia. English translation O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the new-born Lord, lying in a manger! Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to bear Christ … Continue reading “Victoria’s O Magnum Mysterium”

Bach Will Break Your Brain

Here is Nahre Sol, a young and brilliant composer and piano player, talking about Bach’s Goldberg Variations with a teacher of hers, David Louie, who is an expert on Bach. If you’ve never played any Bach or tried writing music, the discussion may seem so much arcane gibberish. But if you’re a player, and have … Continue reading “Bach Will Break Your Brain”

Ave Fit Ex Eva

Happy, holy and blessed Feast of the Immaculate Conception! This is a lovely and evocative feast. The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is a wonderful expression of faith understood through tradition and logic. I was a little disappointed at mass this morning when the homilist stuck to a Sunday school level exposition of the mystery … Continue reading “Ave Fit Ex Eva”

Creatures of Progress – 2

From the horrifying to the merely appalling: The other day, was talking with a friend who is a lovely person yet has, like St. Therese of Lisieux, terrible taste in art. (1) Specifically, this person (being evasive here, on the 1 in a million chance this person reads my blog) owns a bunch of Kinkade … Continue reading “Creatures of Progress – 2”

Updates & Trivia & Writing

A. Busy at work, which means I’m avoiding even more work than usual. Plus, somehow, I ended up with stuff to do every night this week except Friday. Cuts into the blogging. Yea, yea, boo-freakin’-hoo. B. Tonight, for an RCIA class, I got volunteered to do some Church history, which, to my naive mind, isn’t … Continue reading “Updates & Trivia & Writing”

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m grateful I have a job which allows me to take care of my family in a style pretty easy to get accustomed to. However, still looking at one more week (at least) of stupid-busy (heavy on the stupid – when you consult, the customer can be unconsciously rude and demanding, and there’s not a … Continue reading “Happy Thanksgiving!”