Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Quotable On Notes

St. Cecilia's Music Society's Tiffany window, Grand Rapids, MI.

With tomorrow also being the feast of St. Cecilia, I present more quotes about what is one of my passions: music.
The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, "Is there a meaning to music?" My answer would be, "Yes." And "Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?" My answer to that would be, "No."
Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
US composer

There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.
The Mill on the Floss, 1860
George Eliot (1819-1880)
English novelist

Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.
John Erskine (1879-1951)
US author & educator

Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners, she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable.

My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)
German religious reformer

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)
US author & physician

Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.
Robert Fripp

When griping grief the heart doth wound,
and doleful dumps the mind oppresses,
then music, with her silver sound,
with speedy help doth lend redress.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Greatest English dramatist & poet

Feast Song

It is always a most appropriate hymn anytime of the year. For tomorrow, it rings even truer:

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven;
The one eternal God, whom earth and Heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

Count your blessings. Remember, you are what you eat.

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Seven Score And Four Year Ago

The Wikipedia entry gives you all the information you need.

In the month where we as Catholics honor the dead, this speech is an eloquent testimony to those who gave the ultimate measure. It is also a reminder that we, no matter how ordinary or mundane our lives, hallow the ground where we are by our existence and essence:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
144 years later, the world does not little note.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Help From Above

Thomas Jefferson is reported to have said that one man plus courage makes a majority.

In this case, it helps to be encouraged by God.

Let's pray her efforts are successful.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Communion Of Saints

As the Church Militant admires the Church Triumphant and aids the Church Suffering the next two days, may this hymn remind us we are truly all in this together.


Ye watchers and ye holy ones,
Bright seraphs, cherubim and thrones,
Raise the glad strain, Alleluia!
Cry out, dominions, princedoms, powers,
Virtues, archangels, angels’ choirs:


Alleluia! Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia!

O higher than the cherubim,
More glorious than the seraphim,
Lead their praises, Alleluia!
Thou bearer of th’eternal Word,
Most gracious, magnify the Lord.


Respond, ye souls in endless rest,
Ye patriarchs and prophets blest,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Ye holy twelve, ye martyrs strong,
All saints triumphant, raise the song.


O friends, in gladness let us sing,
Supernal anthems echoing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One.