Culture: November 2010 Archives

St Andrew relic2 New Haven.jpgNew Haven has many residents whose family hails from Amalfi, Italy. The Italian heritage society, The Saint Andrew Society of New Haven (Società di Sant'Andrea Apostolo), draws the old time Italians, most by now have only an affection of Amalfi but neither speak the Italian language nor have been to the beautiful sea-side town.

The enchanted and beautiful lush area not far from Naples. Amalfi, as you know, over the years has been the resting place of the relics of the brother of Peter, fisherman and first-called by the Lord, Saint Andrew the Apostle. His relics have been in Amalfi since the 13th century (brought to the Italian city by crusaders coming back from Constantinople). A small relic of Saint Andrew is venerated here in New Haven at The Church of St Michael. This parish is recognized as the first spiritual home of the Italian community for more than 150 years. And gratefully so for us to have one of the closest connections to Our Savior and to the Prince of the Apostles!
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The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Henryk Mikolaj Górecki RIP

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Henryk Gorecki.jpgThe NY Times reports this afternoon that Henryk Mikolaj Górecki died today after a period of illness. Gorecki was 76.

Henryk Górecki was one of my favorite modern sacred music composers. His music enriched me and countless others. He had the strong sensibility for the past and for the present. Listening to his music you the distinct sense that he worked within the dialogue with God, one that is at once profound, provoking, transcendent and yet simple and accessible. When I listen to Henryk Górecki's music I know with certitude that faith, hope and charity exist. Especially present in his compositions is the virtue and feeling of hope.

Let's pray for the soul of Henryk Mikolaj Górecki and for God's mercy upon him. In gratitude we commend him to the Lord through the Our Lady of Czestochowa and Saint Stanislaus, B.M.

Eternal memory!

The Wiki article is here.

Veterans Day 2010

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Let's pray for the women and men who have died in service of the United States of America and for those now serving in the military services and those retired military persons. In thanksgiving we commend these people to the Lord for his mercy and his love. Saints Martin of Tours, Michael and George, pray for us.

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Human Experience.jpgIf you've not seen the Grassroots film documenting 2 young men's interrogation of life in the film "The Human Experience," then I would say you've missed a great opportunity to think about the reality with which we are confronted with daily.

This is not a Catholic film. It is a film about one's humanity. The Human Experience is nothing if not full of humanity. The film takes seriously human desire, friendship, love, search, man and woman's dignity, sacrifice, suffering, faith, relationship, disappointment, victory. The brothers bring us to the streets of NYC, to orphans in Peru, lepers in Ghana, and to an encounter with self.

H2O News followed the Brooklyn, NY based Grassroots film team to Madrid where they introduced Spanish citizens to the film in part as a way to prepare for the 2011 World Youth Day. Watch the video clip of the Madrid experience.

By the way, "The Human Experience" is slated to come to New Haven, CT soon. Stay tuned.

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]



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