I highly recommend taking a moment to listen to this. (I found it here. It’s an excellent article! Check it out!) It’s so beautiful, it literally brought tears to my eyes.
Regina Caeli, laetare, alleluia.
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia.
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia.
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.
Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Rejoice, fellow Christians! Today’s the most joyous day of the whole year. Rejoice!
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Behold, the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done unto me according to thy word.
(At the enchantment of this virginal phrase, the Word became flesh – St. Josemaria Escriva)
And the Word was made flesh.
And dwelt among us.
I picked this image of the Annunciation because I like the little household details in it. And I like the image of light shining through her window.
Today was also known, I believe, as “Lady Day” in England. Isn’t that charming? And among us Tolkien fans, it’s known as the Downfall of Mordor and New Year’s Day in Middle-Earth.
Sorry for neglecting you, O Readers, for so long. A whole week!
In the meantime, I have been pretty busy.
I was privileged to see the Catholic philosopher and apologist, Peter Kreeft, speak on Monday. It was remarkable. He gave a really good talk on how to win the culture wars, and basically his answer was to become holy. I was also able to ask him a question – “Who do you think is the greatest author of the twentieth century, and why?” “C. S. Lewis. Read him, and you’ll find out.” I was somewhat surprised that he did not say G. K. Chesterton, and was bold enough to mention this when it was my turn to have my book signed by him (o bliss!). He answered “Well, perhaps he was not the creative genius that Chesterton was” but I do not remember the rest. Anyways, it was an incredible opportunity and I am so glad I went.
I also am almost finished with my February Lady sweater. I’m over halfway done with the last sleeve. I should finish it tomorrow… It is a totally seamless pattern and when it is done, all I have to do is wash it, block it and sew on the buttons. I’ve already tried it on a few times in its incomplete state and it looks great.
I was going to quote something profound from G. K. Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man about the service of Moloch that baby-killing is, but perhaps you had better just read that fantastic book yourself. I’m too lazy to hunt it up for you.
Not to mention that tomorrow is St. John the Evangelist, a personal favorite of mine.
I believe I must confess yesterday to be the best Christmas ever. Firstly, some good friends of mine took me and another mutual friend to midnight Mass-and not just any Mass, but the traditional Latin Mass! I have never been to either, at least within my memory. It was wonderful. (I also went to vigil Mass with my family). Secondly, I got a laptop. Thirdly… well, it was just a wonderful Christmas all through! And today’s only the second day of Christmas… so much more to go!