30 November 2021
11 November 2021
They shall grow not old
10 November 2021
9 November 2021
Something that came to my attention again this morning
Appendix to the Roman Ritual (1921)(Revised and reissued by Order of the Fathers of the First Plenary Council of Quebec)Part I, Chapter II — Special announcementsOn the Sunday following an election, the Parish-Priest shall say:Now that the elections have taken place, Dear Brethren, I ask you to forgive each other for any lack of mutual charity, as you hope to be forgiven. Humility and Charity are two essential virtues for all true Christians, and members of different political parties are not dispensed from their observance.Put your dissensions on one side, Dear Brethren, and work together with loyalty and goodwill for the well-being of your parish and your country. Do not bring your political divisions into parochial, municipal or educational questions — still less into dealings between relatives.“God is charity,” says the Inspired writer, “and those who dwell in charity dwell in light”; they have life in them : charity is the fulfillment of the law, and for this reason those who have not charity are dead in the eyes of God.
find it nearly impossible to believe that this was written a mere
century ago, and that there are people alive today who may remember having heard it spoken to them. Today, it seems like an intercepted message from another
8 November 2021
Unfortunately, the second picture was, all too often, more than merely what it 'felt' like- it was what actually happened. At the Battle of the Somme, the British launched the largest artillery bombardment ever at the the German lines. For seven days their guns blasted away non stop in sustained barrage that was supposed to wipe the Germans off the face of the earth, allowing the British to advance unhindered. Then, on July 1st, 1916, the guns stopped, and the men went over the top and were massacred. The barrage had been a failure. It had not blown up the German trenches. It had not destroyed their guns. It had only warned the Germans that an attack was coming, and they reinforced their lines during the bombardment, so their position was stronger at the end of the bombardment than before. The British Generals couldn't believe the massive artillery shelling had not done its job, and continued ordering attacks, resulting in the single bloodiest day in British military history. A year later, they unleashed another massive bombardment in the Ypres sector to clear the path for another proposed advance. They simply could not conceive that such a bombardment would not work, but it too failed, and tens of thousands died for it.