The restoration and revitalization of French monasteries is impressive, and they are using all the modern technologies. If I could restart my education and thus improve it, I would study Latin and English, with a side order of French, probably at SoCal's Thomas Aquinas College, whose methodology is tutor-led discussion (not lectures) on the Great Books. The College’s syllabus is composed of the seminal texts that have animated Western civilization. Then, I would turn myself over to a monk educator.
If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would’ve put them on my knees.
Antonio, Bombay, Bubble, Cody, Crisscross, Edinburgh, Gitche Gumee, Hiawatha, Istanbul, Jack, Jacqueline, Jaipur, Kamehameha, Kazan, Limoges, Minnehaha, Saginaw, Tomahawk, Totem, Tum Tum, Tumble, Wampum, Zoom, and anything in Latin beginning with qu like Quemquam or Quotquot (anyone or however many) …
The sounds of the letters g, j, k, l, m, n, and w are ambrosia, and the words are dazzling or side-splitting. I just finished tutoring Altan (13). He read this post, and I told him the reason I ended up majoring in English was due to words, read, recited, or sung. He is most interested in math, and for one of his private high school applications, we worked on the reasons why it might be math for him. Though more percipient to math because it makes sense, as there is only one right answer, he is a fine student of English and is reading White Fang, a title that suggests something mean and nasty, but it isn't.
Got any beautiful words?
The forty monks of the Abbey at Fontgombault get a new hydroelectric plant. The video is in French, but the visuals make it possible to understand what is being installed. The priest (père) in charge does much of the talking, but French is so pretty (English is 29% French). Auto-consommation - self-consumption; puissance - power. I hear kilowatt in there. Fontgombault is closer to becoming self-sufficient.
St. Stephen the First Martyr, my parish since Sept 2020, has four priests, 96 altar boys ages 7-18, six Masses on Sunday, the one at 1pm a sung high Mass, three Masses every other day, Holy Days, Adoration, confessions thrice daily Mon to Sat and twice on Sunday. The church building will be expanded in all four directions to accommodate phenomenal growth. People come from seven NorCal counties to test the power of the Latin Mass. If you want to meet there on a Sunday, let me know.
Carnival of Souls 1962 horror, cult classic, was made on a budget of $10,000 with five crew members and Candace Hilligoss, the star. She explains on You Tube how the film was made. Candace was offered a role in another film at the same time but turned it down because there were two nude scenes and she had promised her family that she would never do a nude scene. Candace is beautiful, poised, and still living, and performed well in this creepy but unbloody film. Parts of the film, which is similar to Night of the Living Dead 1968, have been copied many times.
Writing advice from wordgenius and something my editors frequently told me:
In his book On Writing, Stephen King said, “I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops.” Tough talk on adverbs from a writing master, but instead of enriching prose, these descriptors can lead to dull, lifeless writing.
Take this example:
Kamil walked out of the room angrily.
Writers are told to show, not tell. By rewriting the sentence to include some of Kamil’s actions, we can remove the adverb telling us how he feels and give the character’s feelings more context.
Kamil slammed his books on the table and stormed out of the room.
Now you’re showing how your character feels, not telling the reader by using adverbs.
On the other hand, an adverb can evoke a complex meaning, as in this example, Sara smiled sadly.
For all the art lovers, craquelure [KRAH-kə-looər] means a network of fine cracks in the paint or the varnish on a painting. “The painting’s craquelure helped preservationists estimate its age.” French origin. [source wordgenius]
The way to find the root of a variable or number that is raised to a power is to divide the power by the root. Here are some examples:
Main altar, St. John Cantius, Chicago. The priests hear about 700 confessions every Sunday. The priests at my parish hear about 100. Decorations change at St. John Cantius according to functions and seasons. The red and white Polish flag drapes the passage to heaven for every person.
Because the Mass is our oblation (offering) to God of His Only Son, you and I can pray this prayer at Mass, or at any time. My God, I offer Thee all the Masses that are celebrated throughout the world today for sinners who are in their agony and must die this day.
A low Mass is exactly the same in every time zone from Jerusalem to New York to Sydney.
Father Antony Sumich, FSSP, saying low Mass on Mt. Kilimanjaro, 19,431 feet, low 40s, no wind (rare), Sept 30, 2015. He said that the seven and a half hour trek to the top left him breathless. He and his porters spent two hours at the summit.
Watch The Woke Zone Trilogy on Rumble's The Babylon Bee, a parody on a Twilight Zone episode. The animated cartoon will hit you in the funny bone.
It is not often I offer commentary on the state of the world without some reference point. However, things are deteriorating so fast that it becomes necessary. CRT, the most pernicious outbreak of lying, is all over television and in our schools. Entertainment is drying up, and education is assaulted.
The Bible, that wonderful Catholic book, is an awfully good spectator at the events that set Israel against God. It may be God’s will that we be spectators to repetition, and there will be no cave in which to hide or mountain top the enemy cannot find. Living off the grid, the profane expression for the catacombs, is unlikely in the modern era, though not completely out of sight, i.e., Catholics living in China.
Our work is to love history, not sack it. All of it is present to God the Father. Each of us works a little thread into the tapestry and retires. We can make the tapestry story more beautiful. Let all else takes its course as we follow the Man home.
“The entire Church of Christ takes part in this drama, which is, indeed, that of Calvary, only that the actors have been vastly multiplied.” The New Roman Missal, 32.
St Ouen, Rouen, France, [St. Owen] begun 1318 and rebuilt.
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… the days are evil. Sound like our time? The edition I use is The New Roman Missal in Latin and English by Rev. F. X. Lasance, a faithful reprint of the 1945 Copyright edition of the Father Lasance New Roman Missal with Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, also called the 1962 Missal.
From St. Teresa of Avila: “Never do anything which you could not do in the sight of all.” Sounds like Paul. Without knowing it, my parents shared her philosophy. We four, two boys and two girls, were not allowed to shut a bedroom door, except when undressing. There were no secrets in the household.
The sum of all natural [positive whole] numbers 1 to 100 can be calculated using the formula, S = n/2 × [2a + (n − 1) × d], where n is the total number of natural numbers from 1 to 100, d is the difference between the two consecutive terms, and a is the first term. There are a total of 100 natural numbers, so n = 100.
Thus, a = 1, d = 1, and n = 100.
Let's calculate the sum of the natural numbers 1 to 100.
Use the formula.
S = n/2 × [2a + (n − 1) × d]
S = 100/2 × [2 + (100 – 1) × 1]
S = 50 × [2 + 99]
S = 5050
Isn’t that answer interesting?
Notable Catholic priests:
Here is a secular piece, so don't get into a tizzy. Some of us Catholics are capable of understanding and doing the secular as well as the sacred, so adjust your opinion.
It is an orchestral work by Vivaldi that has been transcribed for organ with a few subtitles added to explain the wintry tableau Vivaldi tried to create. As with any good story, there is a beginning, middle, and ending, and the theme is stated at the end of the beginning section, just as it is done in a good essay, but the master saves the excitement until the end. It is such a good story, you won't want it to end. I think this is the way Vivaldi and Mozart prayed. God put so much inside them that they had to let it out.
I tutor a 7-year-old genius, and he has so much inside his head, he has to get it out. He will if it is God's will. He is extremely sensitive, which is to be encouraged to the fullest. Public school tried to curb him, and thanks be to God, he was able to start homeschooling. I am grateful to participate in his education. It is an understatement to say that I admire his genius. It is rapturous.
This church in Spain is graced by geometry and fine acoustics, the application of which is present in many aspects of modern society, such as the audio and noise control industries. The plaque on the organ reads Me fecit Gerhard Grenzing - I, Gerhard Grenzing, made this organ. See the figures holding up the organ. 10 mins
By Aaron Green June 29, 2018 … Gregorio Allegri composed Miserere mei, Deus in the 1630s, during the papacy of Pope Urban VIII … [Urban] loved the piece so much that he forbade it to be performed elsewhere outside of the Sistine Chapel. For over 100 years, Allegri's piece was performed there exclusively. Anyone caught with a transcription of the piece outside of the chapel could be immediately excommunicated from the Church.
In 1770, a 14-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was present at one of the performances while touring Italy with his father. After hearing the piece, Mozart transcribed the work entirely from memory and even made corrections. He attended one more performance to make his final adjustments. The following year, after meeting with music historian and biographer, Dr. Charles Burney, Mozart gave him the sheet music. Burney took the score to London and published it, which resulted in the papacy lifting its ban.
My funeral, Holy Cross, Colma, CA. Be there or be square. Date to be determined.
Here are some rules for making Latin or Greek plurals.
Nouns ending in “-a” switch to “-ae” to make the word plural.
alga → algae
larva → larvae
vertebra → vertebrae
Nouns with an “-um” ending turn into an “-a” ending.
candelabrum → candelabra
medium → media
spectrum → spectra
Words that end in “-is” are swapped to “-es” to make them plural.
paralysis → paralyses
diagnosis → diagnoses
thesis → theses
Terms that end in “-us” can be made plural using “-i” in place of “-us.”
cactus → cacti
alumnus → alumni
syllabus → syllabi
However, English has gone its own way, and exceptions abound, less so in the sciences than in everyday usage. That’s English, ever-changing, forcing us to use a dictionary. That’s the beauty of Latin, never-changing. I had the help of wordgenius.
The only Catholic school in the US that is not a school with a choir attached, but a choir with a school attached, is located at the Church of St. Paul, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. I tutor an 8th grade boy, and his voice has dropped already, and he plays sports, so that's that, but yesterday he said he is learning to play an instrument! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULuPPJoO9ro