awesomeness, Christianity, Music

So beautiful!

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.

awesomeness, Christianity, feasts, Our Lord


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!

Christianity, feasts, Mary, Our Lord

Happy Feast of the Annunciation!

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.

Christianity, random, seasons, spinning

How fickle a blogger I am

Yeah. So. I neglected y’all for another week, didn’t I? I’m a bad, bad blogger.

First things first; Lent. I’m sure all of you want to know what I’m giving up for Lent (or perhaps not). I’m trying to actually do stuff, as well, as they all say, but I think giving stuff up is frequently underrated. For someone like me, who’s fond of their comforts, I think it’s pretty important (though obviously it’s better to go to adoration and the like). To cut to the chase, I gave up meat and desserts. I ate a dessert last night anyways, because I’m a loser, but whatever. Never again! I’m going to also try to make it to Mass more often and to Eucharistic Adoration more. I’m also cutting down on Internet usage and going to try biking to the local park and back daily.

Anyways, we should always try to remember that our voluntary penances are for His sake and only useful insofar as we sacrifice ourselves to Him, and getting too fixated on them kind of defeats the purpose, I guess, which is to detach ourselves from ourselves and attach ourselves to him. I hope that made some kind of sense.

As I mentioned last week, I did see Altan perform twice last weekend. It was incredible. I am watching one of the greatest Irish bands of all time. I am watching one of the greatest Irish bands of all time. I AM WATCHING ALTAN!!!! The first time was amazing enough, but the second was even better; I got a sixth or seventh row seat, and could see everything going onstage. (By the way, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, the lead singer and one of the fiddlers, is beautiful.) The singing, fiddling, everything was just beautiful. It was also pleasant to hear them introducing the songs… that Irish lilt… ah, to have a speaking voice like that! I think my favorite part was when Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh introduced one of my favorites, “Mo Choill”, saying it was one of her favorites and proceeding to sing it with exceptional loveliness. They have shot up even further in my estimation. Top class band.

I’ve been working a bit on my spinning and I have produced one small (forty gram-haven’t got the yardage yet) skein of yarn that averages probably around sport weight or so. I ought to post pictures eventually, I suppose.
Christianity, knitting, philosophy

Long time, no see

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.

Christianity, Christmas, feasts, random

Happy Feast of the Holy Family/St Stephen’s Day!

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!