Sunday, June 14, 2015

Mozart Requiem Mass "Benedictus" & Weekly Roundup

Mariotto Albertinelli, The Holy Trimity
     How about some beautiful sacred music on this blessed Sunday on the verge of summer? Several of my posts from the past week linked below deal in various ways with the ugliness of our world, but above and beyond the sin and pain of this existence the God who is Love, the source of all goodness and beauty, holds sway.  In the Requiem, a funeral mass and Mozart's last great work before his own early death, the love of God shines through in the loveliness of the music.

"This is the day that the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it." (Psalm 118:24)

Weekly Roundup

It’s starting to feel like summer here at Principium et Finis World Headquarters.  This last week saw some old stuff (but Worth Revisiting, as they say), and some new.  The theme for the week seems to have been the corruption of this world but, also, the saving Grace of God.  After all, our Hope is in The Lord, not in our human institutions . . . thanks be to God.

“Living in the Age of Esau”  [HERE] Bowl of pottage, anyone? 

“Compline: For Tonight and Forever” [HERE] Night Prayer prepares us for our evening rest, and for our eternal rest 

"Does It Need To Be ‘As Bad As Iran' To Be Bad Enough?” [HERE] We ought to resist the growing trend toward marginalizing Christians and Christianity, even if it’s not as bad here in the West as it could be . . . yet

“Who Dares To Tell The Emperor He’s Naked?” [HERE] L’affaire Jenner leads to a discussion of where we are heading as a society . . . and it’s not good 

“St. Peregrinus, a bishop who gave his life in the cause of peace” [HERE] St. Peregrinus is but one example of what Jesus meant when he said his followers would be persecuted for his sake