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Prayers for Ralph McInerny requested

Ralph McInerny.jpgDr. Ralph McInerny‘s condition is not good, but it is far better than rumors have had it. He is in ICU at the new St. Joseph Medical Center in Mishawaka, IN, on oxygen with an intravenous feeding tube. He’s weak and has lost a lot of weight, and he sleeps much of the time.

 

He is one of the great ones!

 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us.

What a difference a Motu Proprio makes

… sing to the tune of “What a difference a day makes

 

What a difference a Motu Proprio makes 
Twenty-four little hours 
Brought the sun and the flowers 
Where there used to be rain 

My yesterday was blue, dear 
Today I’m part of you, dear 
My lonely nights are through, dear 
Since you said you were mine 

 

What a difference a Motu Proprio makes 
There’s a rainbow before me 
Skies above can’t be stormy 
Since that moment of bliss, that thrilling kiss 

It’s heaven when you find Latin on your menu

What a difference a Motu Proprio makes
And the difference is you 

 

What a difference a Motu Proprio makes 
There’s a rainbow before me 
Skies above can’t be stormy 
Since that moment of bliss, that thrilling kiss 

It’s heaven when you find Latin on your menu 

 

What a difference a Motu Proprio makes
And the difference is you 

 

Thanks to MEL for making this available.

What News This Bitter Night?

     What news, what news this bitter night,

     When all is
shuttered in the gloom?

No news except a baby born,

Who finds within an ox’s
stall his narrow room.

     What men are these who hurry past?

     What wonder do they
run to see?

Shepherds who heart the herald song,

Who haste in stable to adore
the mystery.

     What child is this who, sleeping, makes

     The manger throne his
resting place?

None but the King of heaven high,

Born into dying to redeem our
fallen race!

      What shall I bring to honor Him?

      What homage pay, what poor gift
give?

Naught but your heard which, dead in sin,

Finds in this Child redeeming
love—and strength to live!


The
poem is by the late Dr. Henry Letterman, longtime professor of English at
Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, IL. Dr. Richard Hillert, of the same institution, put this poem to music for Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest, IL. It was recorded by the Schola Cantorum of St. Peter’s in the Loop in 1992.

Harlem Boys Choir died

The New York Times reports today that famed and decorated Harlem Boys Choir died. Founded by Dr. Walter Turnball in 1968, the choir had a pretty good run by singing for presidents, foreign and domestic and for Pope John Paul II. Dr. Turnbull died in 2007 and with so did the choir but apparently few people knew this fact outside a select group. Read the obit.

Can’t we find a group of benefactors to keep the choir running???

The Church and aliens, ETs, that is

Every so often something interesting happens in the brutish lives we live. Tuesday night
was one of those times, at a seminary no less, that we had an interesting conversation about something many of us knew nothing about: stars, aliens and the connection with faith. We had a visit from Jesuit
Father David Brown whose work is at the Vatican’s Observatory. Funny that David and I are classmates but our journeys took us in different directions. Of course, he went up…that is, he studies the stars and I just went…

As a
coinky-dinky, Stephen Colbert chatted with the Vatican astronomer, Jesuit
Brother Guy Consolmagno, about extraterrestrial life. Who would have thought
that the seminary and Mr. Colbert were doing the same stuff: thinking about life beyond
the present moment.

Watch the interview here

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About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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