Category Archives: SPIRITUALITY

Saint of the Day for Sunday, October 19th, 2014: Sts. Isaac Jogues and Rene Goupil


Leonard Cohen – In My Secret Life lyrics plus: make music part of your life series (“…Looked through the paper. Makes you want to cry. Nobody cares if the people Live or die…”)


“In My Secret Life”

I saw you this morning.
You were moving so fast.
Can’t seem to loosen my grip
On the past.
And I miss you so much.
There’s no one in sight.
And we’re still making love
In My Secret Life.

I smile when I’m angry.
I cheat and I lie.
I do what I have to do
To get by.
But I know what is wrong,
And I know what is right.
And I’d die for the truth
In My Secret Life.

Hold on, hold on, my brother.
My sister, hold on tight.
I finally got my orders.
I’ll be marching through the morning,
Marching through the night,
Moving cross the borders
Of My Secret Life.

Looked through the paper.
Makes you want to cry.
Nobody cares if the people
Live or die.
And the dealer wants you thinking
That it’s either black or white.
Thank G-d it’s not that simple
In My Secret Life.

I bite my lip.
I buy what I’m told:
From the latest hit,
To the wisdom of old.
But I’m always alone.
And my heart is like ice.
And it’s crowded and cold
In My Secret Life.

Saint of the Day for Friday, October 17th, 2014: St. Ignatius of Antioch


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Saint of the Day for Thursday, October 16th, 2014: St. Gerard Majella


LEONARD COHEN LYRICS “Suzanne (…And when he knew for certain Only drowning men could see him He said “All men will be sailors then Until the sea shall free them”…): great compositions/performances



LEONARD COHEN LYRICS

“Suzanne”

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know that she’s half crazy
But that’s why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her
That you have no love to give her
Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer
That you’ve always been her lover
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that she will trust you
For you’ve touched her perfect body with your mind.

And Jesus was a sailor

When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said “All men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them”
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone
And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you’ll trust him
For he’s touched your perfect body with his mind. Now Suzanne takes your hand
And she leads you to the river
She is wearing rags and feathers
From Salvation Army counters
And the sun pours down like honey
On our lady of the harbour
And she shows you where to look
Among the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed
There are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds the mirror
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that you can trust her
For she’s touched your perfect body with her mind.

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, October 15th, 2014: Avila St. Teresa of Avila


Pope Francis General Audience 2014.10.15


Pope Francis General Audience 2014.10.15

Saint of the Day for Sunday, October 12th, 2014: St. Wilfrid


Saint of the Day for Saturday, October 11th, 2014: St. Damien of Molokai


The Leper Priest, the Hero of Molokai. Born in Tremelo, Belgium, on January 3, 1840, he joined the Sacred Hearts Fathers in 1860. He was bom Joseph and received the name Damien in religious life. In … continue reading

Father Damien, SS.CC.
Saint Damien of Molokai
Father Damien, photograph by William Brigham.jpg

A photograph of Father Damien taken shortly before his death
Religious priest and missionary
Born January 3, 1840
Tremelo, Belgium
Died April 15, 1889 (aged 49)
Kalaupapa, Molokaʻi, Hawaiʻi
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Catholic Churches, Episcopal Church; some churches of Anglican Communion; individual Lutheran Churches
Beatified June 4, 1995, Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Koekelberg), Brussels, by Pope John Paul II
Canonized October 11, 2009, Vatican City, by Pope Benedict XVI
Major shrine Leuven, Belgium (bodily relics)
Molokaʻi, Hawaii (relics of his hand)
Feast May 10 (Catholic Church; obligatory in Hawaii, option in the rest of the United States);[1] April 15 (Episcopal Church of the United States)
Patronage people with leprosy

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Saint of the Day for Thursday, October 9th, 2014: Sts. Denis, Rusticus, and Eleutherius


Saint of the Day for Monday, October 6th, 2014: St. Bruno


Saint of the Day for Saturday, October 4th, 2014: St. Francis of Assisi


Saint of the Day for Saturday, October 4th, 2014:

 

 

 

St. Francis of Assisi (circa 1182-1220)

St. Francis of Assisi (circa 1182-1220) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

St. Francis of Assisi

 

 

 

Founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181. In 1182, Pietro Bernardone returned from a trip to France to find out his wife had given birth to a son. Far from being excited or … continue reading

 

 

 

 

 

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Bach Busoni Chorale Prelude BWV 639 “Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ”- VAlentina Lisitsa: great compositions/performances


Bach – Busoni: Chorale Prelude BWV 639 Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ

today’s holiday: Gandhi Jayanti – national holiday in India


Gandhi Jayanti

October 2 is a national holiday in India to commemorate the birth of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who came to be known as Mahatma (“great soul“) Gandhi. At this time, pilgrimages are made from throughout the country to the Raj Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna River in Delhi, where Gandhi was cremated. Many communities also hold spinning and weaving sessions in honor of Gandhi, who is often pictured in a simple white cotton robe at a spinning wheel. More… Discuss

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, October 1st, 2014: St. Therese of Lisieux


English: Statue of St Therese of Lisieux, in t...

English: Statue of St Therese of Lisieux, in the Padre Pio garden at Ladyewell, Fernyhalgh (near Preston), Lancashire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

St. Therese of Lisieux

Generations of Catholics have admired this young saint, called her the “Little Flower”, and found in her short life more inspiration for own lives than in volumes by theologians. Yet Therese died … continue reading

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Saint of the Day for Tuesday, September 30th, 2014: St. Jerome


St. JeromeImage of St. Jerome

St. Jerome, who was born Eusebius Hieronymous Sophronius, was the most learned of the Fathers of the Western Church. He was born about the year 342 at Stridonius, a small town at the head of the … continue reading

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today’s holiday: San Geronimo Feast Day


San Geronimo Feast Day

San Geronimo Feast Day is the feast day for St. Jerome, the patron saint of Taos Pueblo in New Mexico. For 1,000 years, the Tiwa-speaking Taos Indians have lived at or near the present pueblo, and it is still the home of about 1,500 residents. The celebration commences on the evening of September 29 with a sundown dance, followed by vespers in the San Geronimo Mission. On the following day, there are foot races in the morning, and, in the afternoon, figures wearing black-and-white body paint and costumes climb a pole, an act that has secret religious significance to the Taos. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (1207)


Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (1207)

Rumi was a great Persian poet and Sufi mystic whose influence has spread to Persian-speakers in Afghanistan, central Asia, Turkey, and beyond. His Masnavi-ye Manavi, a six-volume work of spiritual teaching and Sufi lore related in the form of stories and lyric poetry, widely influenced Muslim mystical thought and literature. Rumi’s followers founded the Mevlevi order, whose members use dancing and music as part of their spiritual method and are popularly known by what name? More… Discuss

Opus Dei


Opus Dei

Opus Dei is a Roman Catholic lay order founded in 1928 in Spain, where it gained support from the government of Francisco Franco after the Spanish Civil War. Roughly one-third of its more than 85,000 members are celibate and live communally. Opus Dei seeks to promote traditional Catholic values and teachings and opposes liberalism and immorality. It also emphasizes preaching to government officials, intellectuals, and business executives. Why has Opus Dei been controversial among some Catholics? More… Discuss

Mottetto per San Paolino – Giacomo Puccini(1858-1924): make music part of your life series


Mottetto per San Paolino – Giacomo Puccini(1858-1924)

Gioachino Rossini – “Kyrie” from “Messa di Gloria”: make music part of your life series


Gioachino Rossini – “Kyrie” from “Messa di Gloria” (Raul Gimenez & Francisco Araiza)

Pacific Chorale sings Rachmaninov Vespers: Rejoice, O Virgin: great compositions/performances


Pacific Chorale sings Rachmaninov Vespers: Rejoice, O Virgin

Saint of the Day for Saturday, September 27th, 2014: St. Vincent de Paul


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St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent was born of poor parents in the village of Pouy in Gascony, France, about 1580. He enjoyed his first schooling under the Franciscan Fathers at Acqs. Such had been his progress in four … continue reading

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Saint of the Day for Thursday, September 25th, 2014: St. Finbar


 

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, September 24th, 2014: Martyrs of Chalcedon


 
Image of Martyrs of Chalcedon

Martyrs of Chalcedon

A group of forty-nine Christians slain in Chalcedon during the reign of Emperor Diocletian . Records indicate that the martyrs were members of the choir in the church of Chalcedon.   continue reading

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Toaca – un cantec al lemnului | http://www.crestinortodox.ro/religie/toaca-cantec-lemnului-96044.html


Toaca la Manastirea Sambata de Sus Deplasare 16 17 februarie 2013 Slanic Prahova Sambata de Sus I

Toaca si CiocaneleToaca si Ciocanele

Toaca este o rugaciune adusa lui Dumnezeu, marcand trecerea de la timpul cotidian la timpul liturgic. Batuta la diverse ore, toaca puncteaza timpul de peste zi, chemand la rugaciune si slujba. Atat crestinii din lume, cat si calugarii, cunosc sunetul batutului in toaca, ce ii cheama zilnic la rugaciune. Baterea in toaca, inainte de inceputul slujbei, cheama pe toti crestinii in Biserica.”

Chop is a prayer to God, marking the passage of time in the liturgical books. Struck at various times, scores chop during the day, calling to prayer and service. Both Christians worldwide, and the monks know the sound beaten chop, she calls daily prayer. chop battery before beginning service, calling on all Christians in the Church.

via Toaca – un cantec al lemnului.

Saint of the Day for Sunday, September 21st, 2014: St. Matthew the Apostle


English: Apostle Matthew

English: Apostle Matthew (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  St. Matthew the Apostle

English: the first page of the Gospel of Matthew

English: the first page of the Gospel of Matthew (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

St. Matthew, one of the twelve Apostles, is the author of the first Gospel. This has been the constant tradition of the Church and is confirmed by the Gospel itself. He was the son of Alpheus and was … continue reading

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Saint of the Day for Saturday, September 20th, 2014: Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, and Companions


What is: Ciociara? Is to Ciocharia what Malagueña is for Malaga


Ciociaria

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fresco representing the Campagne and Maritime Province, in Vatican Museums

Ciociara (woman from Ciociaria) by Enrique Simonet.

Ciociaria (Italian pronunciation: [tʃotʃaˈɾiːa]) is the name of a traditional region of Central Italy without a defined border nor historical identity.[1] The name was adopted by a fascist movement of Frosinone as an ethnical denomination for the province of Frosinone, when it was created in 1927.[2] In the Middle Ages, this region was referred to as Campagna. The local dialect, now known as ciociaro, was earlier referred to as campanino. In more recent times, the term Campagna Romana, or Roman Campagna, a favorite subject of countless painters from all over Europe, has referred to the adjoining region to the north of Ciociaria, but part of the Province of Rome.

The name appears to be derived from the ciocia (plural cioce), the traditional footwear still worn by a few sheep and cattle herders in the Central Apennines.

Saint of the Day for Friday, September 19th, 2014: St. Januarius


Image of St. Januarius

St. Januarius

St. Januarius was born in Italy and was bishop of Benevento during the Emperor Diocletion persecution. Bishop Januarius went to visit two deacons and two laymen in prison. He was then also imprison … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Feast of San Gennaro


Feast of San Gennaro

San Gennaro, or St. Januarius, 4th-century bishop of Benevento, is the patron saint of Naples, Italy. He is said to have survived a fiery furnace and a den of wild beasts before being beheaded during the reign of Diocletian. His body was brought to Naples, along with a vial containing some of his blood. The congealed blood, preserved since that time in the Cathedral of San Gennaro, is claimed to liquefy on the anniversary of his death each year—an event that has drawn crowds to Naples since 1389. More… Discuss

Saint of the Day Saint of the Day for September 16th, 2014: St. Cornelius


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Saint of the Day for September 16th, 2014 Image    St. Cornelius

Cornelius whose feast day is September 16th. A Roman priest, Cornelius was elected Pope to succeed Fabian in an election delayed fourteen months by Decius‘ persecution of the Christians. The main … continue reading

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J. S BACH ● BWV 645 ● Wachet Auf ! Sleepers Awake: make music part of your life series


J. S BACH ● BWV 645 ● Wachet Auf ! Sleepers Awake

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America: online Chapel: Access here


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America - Oonline Chapel - Calendar Click here to access

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America – Online Chapel – Calendar (Click to access)

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Elevation of the Holy Cross

Saint of the Day for Sunday, September 14th, 2014 St. Notburga


Saint of the Day for Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Image of St. Notburga
St. Notburga

Patroness of poor peasants and servants in the Tyrol. Born in Rattenberg, in the Tyrol, she was the daughter of peasants. At eighteen she became a servant in the household of Count Henry of … continue reading
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St. Notburga St. Caerealis & Sallustia St. Cormac St. Crescentian
St. Crescentius St. Gabriel Taurin Dufresse St. Maternus of Cologne

Saint of the Day for Friday, September 12th, 2014 St. Ailbhe


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St. Ailbhe

Bishop and preacher, one of the saints whose life has been woven into the myths and legends of Ireland. He was a known disciple of St. Patrick, and is called Albeus in some records. What is known … continue reading

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Saint of the Day for Monday, September 1st, 2014: St. Giles, Abbot


Image of St. Giles, Abbot

Tomb of Saint Beatrice of Silva Menezes in Tol...

Tomb of Saint Beatrice of Silva Menezes in Toledo, Spain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

St. Giles, Abbot

St. Giles, Abbot (Patron of Physically Disabled) Feast day – September 1 St. Giles is said to have been a seventh century Athenian of noble birth. His piety and learning made him so conspicuous … continue reading

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Y. Savchuk – National Academic Choir of Ukraine ‘Dumka': Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vespers Op. 37 (make music part of your life series)



Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vespers Op. 37

Oskar Schindler


Oskar Schindler

A Catholic and a member of the Nazi party, Schindler became famous for his efforts to save Jews during the Holocaust. He rescued up to 1,200 Jews by employing them in his munitions factory, which was deemed essential to the war effort—though Schindler purposely produced faulty ammunition. After the Kraków ghetto was destroyed, he created a safe sub-camp at his factory and was later able to rescue some of his workers when they were misrouted to Auschwitz. What happened to him after the war? More… Discuss

Adoramus Te (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina): a prayer for Ukraine



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Adoramus Te (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

“Adoramus Te” by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Performed by the Crown College Choir, directed by Dr. David W. Donelson.

“Adoramus Te is a stanza that is recited/sung mostly during the Stations of the Cross of the Catholic tradition. It is retained in some confessional Anglican and Lutheran traditions during the Good Friday liturgy, although generally in the vernacular. It is recited or sung between stations. The words in Latin and their translation in English are as follows:

Adoramus te, Christe,
et benedicimus tibi,
quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.
Qui passus es pro nobis, Domine,
Domine, miserere nobis.

We adore Thee, O Christ,
And we bless Thee,
Who by Thy Holy Cross
hath redeemed the world.”

Ми тебе обожнюю, Христе,
benedicimus ET Тібі,
Quia Туам вашим Святого Хреста redemisti Mundum.
Квай passus є про Нобіс, Domine,
Domine, Miserere NOBIS.

(translated by Google Translate)

today’s birthday: Charlie Parker (1920) (listen to “Summertime”)


Charlie Parker (1920)

Charlie “Bird” Parker was an American saxophonist and composer. Along with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, Parker was a leader of the bop movement in jazz. His brilliant improvisations were noted for their power and beauty. Sadly, his heroin addiction was legendary as well. He had a drug-induced nervous breakdown in 1946 and saw his cabaret card—which allowed him to play in New York clubs—revoked by the police in 1951. When he died four years later, at age 34, how old did the coroner think he was? More… Discuss

Charlie Parker – Summertime (Jazz Instrumental)

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, August 27th, 2014: St. Monica


Image of St. Monica

St. Monica

St. Monica was married by arrangement to a pagan official in North Africa, who was much older than she, and although generous, was also violent tempered. His mother Lived with them and was equally … continue reading

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Saint of the Day for Tuesday, August 26th, 2014: St. Teresa of Jesus Jornet Ibars


this day in the yesteryear: Pope John Paul I Elevated to Papacy (1978)


Pope John Paul I Elevated to Papacy (1978)

Born Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I was the first pope to choose a double name, a decision that honored his two immediate predecessors, Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI. Refusing to have the traditional papal coronation, he instead opted for a simplified ceremony. His 33-day papacy was one of the shortest reigns in papal history, resulting in the most recent “Year of Three Popes.” Though several conspiracy theories emerged after Pope John Paul I’s sudden death, what most likely killed him? More… Discuss

Efforts to Curb Youth Smoking Meeting Their Match in E-Cigarettes


Efforts to Curb Youth Smoking Meeting Their Match in E-Cigarettes

Decades of efforts to curb youth smoking in the US have made considerable gains, with the rate of teen smoking falling to a record low of just 15.7 percent in 2013. But these gains could be short-lived thanks to the surge in popularity of electronic cigarettes. The number of US adolescents and teens who have never smoked conventional cigarettes but have tried e-cigarettes is on the rise, with more than a quarter million using them in 2013, a threefold increase from 2011. Those who have tried e-cigarettes also express a greater willingness to try regular cigarettes in the relatively near future. More… Discuss

Saint of the Day for Saturday, August 23rd, 2014: St. Philip Benizi


Image of St. Philip BeniziSt. Philip Benizi

Servite cardinal and preacher. Born in Florence, Italy, to a noble family, he was educated in Paris and Padua where he earned a doctorate in medicine and philosophy. He practiced medicine for some … continue reading

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quotation: The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts. Charles Darwin


The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) Discuss

today’s holiday: Queenship of Mary


Queenship of Mary

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was identified with the title of “Queen” at least as early as the 13th century. On October 11, 1954, during the Marian year that marked the centenary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pope Pius XII established the feast of the Queenship of Mary on May 31. After the Second Vatican Council, the feast (classified as an obligatory memorial) was changed to August 22 so that it would follow the Feast of the Assumption on August 15. More… Discuss

Triumph of Death (El triunfo de la muerte) Psalter. Germany (S., Augsburg?), 1st half of the 16th century: Bibliophilia (@Libroantiguo) August 22, 2014