13 July 2014

The NSA's Goals and Plans

An article to be read -- if you are a citizen or resident of the USA -- is one by Antony Lowenstein in The Guardian:

William Binney is one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever emerge from the NSA. He was a leading code-breaker against the Soviet Union during the Cold War but resigned soon after September 11, disgusted by Washington’s move towards mass surveillance.
On 5 July he spoke at a conference in London organised by the Centre for Investigative Journalism and revealed the extent of the surveillance programs unleashed by the Bush and Obama administrations.
“At least 80% of fibre-optic cables globally go via the US”, Binney said. “This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores.”

06 July 2014

Anne Graham Lotz


The daughter of Dr. Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, issued a call to prayer for the USA that is a most urgent appeal culminating on July 7th with seven hours of prayer and fasting.

Although her appeal has been underway for a number of days, on the Seventh of July it is still possible to join in prayer and fasting for seven hours if one feels called.  Click on the banner below, and you will be taken to the Graham Lotz website:

The Purpose:
  • For God the Father to restrain, protect, and deliver His people from the evil that has come into our world.
  • For God the Son to be exalted, magnified, and glorified in His church, in our nation, and in our lives.
  • For God the Holy Spirit to fall on us in a fresh way, compelling the church to repent of sin and our nation to return to faith in the living God, resulting in a great national spiritual awakening.


02 July 2014

R. Somerset Ward: The Road to God in darkness


R. Somerset Ward writes:

“And what can possibly be the meaning of this coldness and darkness of the soul? Surely it is God’s test. How should we ever grow without tests? We say to God, ‘I want Thee more than I can say.’ God replies, ‘Do you really want Me?’ And straightaway in our prayers we find darkness and coldness, and the numbing loss of energy. If we were speaking the truth, we go on praying in spite of it; if we were not, we stop. And if we go on praying, the darkness becomes not a hindrance but a help, for the measure by which God values our prayers is the amount of desire in them, and it shows much greater desire to pray in darkness than in the light.

For this reason it has been said that we walk faster on the Road to God in darkness than in light. If you persist in prayer through darkness, you will assuredly find yourself after the darkness has passed much nearer to God.”

Reginald Somerset Ward: His Life and Letters 
Bishop Edmund R. Morgan, ed.
London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd, 1963, p. 141.


01 July 2014

Dorothy Kerin, Anglican stigmatist

A prayer by the sainted Dorothy Kerin from her own notebook:

By the bruising of my whole life,
strengthen me with sympathy
for every wounded soul,
and let my prayers be as balm 
for the wounds of thy children, 
that they may be healed.

And here is another blessing for you, dear reader, from Dorothy Kerin's vision of the Garden and of the weeds concerning which she writes:

"After some years, I was unhappy in my heart, that I had done so badly, with difficulties and how badly I had used the grace given me.

Dorothy Kerin
 healing ministry
"I was in prayer, when I found myself in the Garden. I had not been there for some time and there was a difference. It was fuller of flowers, and the scent more exquisite. Our Lady was there. She took my hand for she knew how bewildered I was about things. She led me to different plants. Her tears were still wet on them. Then I was alone. I saw a heap of weeds Our Lady must have pulled up. Then the Holy Spirit showed me everything I had done to produce these weeds, since the King made the garden. The stem of the Hope plant has a tendril clutching it, the weed was fear, the Charity weed was judging, the Faith plant was despair. Then I knelt down on the grass and confessed my faults to the King of the Garden. It is impossible to tell you the joy that forgiveness brought me."


29 June 2014



During these summer hours I invite you to listen to RADIO WALSINGHAM ONLINE and be blessed by the inspiring music of the Great Tradition of Christian Music wherever it may be found around the world. 

RADIO WALSINGHAM ONLINE is an apostolate of Our Lady of Walsingham Institutes of Catholic Culture Studies in Houston, Texas.

24 June 2014

Pope Francis Hymn Book


The inspired and inspiring folks at Corpus Christi Watershed (ccwatershed.org) have published another valuable traditional musical resource for the Catholic Church and Catholic Schools entitled

I hope my readers will buy the   Pope Francis Hymn Book   not only for themselves and their families but also for their priests and musicians in their home congregations, parishes, or missions.  

[Also, be sure to buy copies of the masterful 

  Pope Francis Hymn Book   is a wonderful way to invite the Church of today to participate in making beautiful music for the Lord of Hosts, but it is even more important so that the Faithful have theologically well-crafted hymn texts to sing that are in accordance with the Catholic Church's teaching of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The following is a listing of editions from the Corpus Christi Watershed website:

Purchase the Pope Francis Hymn Book: …now available! 

Forty-five (45) new hymns have been combined with the complete hymns from theVatican II Hymnal, along with nineteen Gregorian Masses and six Creeds. 

May God bless Jeff Ostrowski and all of the talented people of Corpus Christi Watershed with good health, long life, and continual inspiration from the Lord in all of their efforts for Holy Mother Church.

23 June 2014

20 June 2014

Divna: Blazhen Muzh


Blazhen Muzh from Divna's new album "In Search of Divine Light":

Blessed is the Man


15 June 2014

Thy Hand, O God, Has Guided

Liverpool Roman Catholic Cathedral

One Church, One Faith, One Lord

10 June 2014

A Catholic Version of "Bread of the World"

The following is my Catholic reworking of the hymn "Bread of the World" sung to the tune 'RENDEZ-A-DIEU':
Click on the image above for larger version

Gesù sacramentato: Sweet Sacrament Divine

 An old favourite I should like to hear again some day...


Syriac Orthodox Hymn

Praying for Mosul, Iraq and the Christians who live there.

Remember us when Your kingdom comes.

Fr Ray Ryland's Conversion Story


“How can you go into that darkness, once you have known the light?” In deep anguish, my mother-in-law asked my wife and me this question when we told her we were going to enter the Catholic Church. 
There was a time when the thought of becoming Catholics would have caused us even greater distress than our news caused her. Now, however, we were near the end of a sixteen-year pilgrimage. We could finally see the Tiber ahead, and we were eager to cross.

The conversion story of the late Fr. Raymond Ryland is well worth reading for those considering entry into the Catholic Church. I also suspect there will be some encouragement here for those who wonder if they have made a mistake in joining the Catholic Church because of difficulties encountered along the way.

Please read the rest of Fr. Ray's conversion story at Marcus Grodi's website "The Coming Home Network" by CLICKING HERE.

Below is a picture of Fr. Ray with the Sisters of Reparation:


Pray for Christians in Mosul, Iraq

ISIL terrorists seize Mosul
Please stop what you are doing right now and pray to the Lord for the Christians of Mosul, Iraq who are in grave danger now that their city has been captured by a well-organised terrorist movement in Islam now calling itself the 'Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.'

Pray for all people and especially those in Nineveh to be delivered from this scourge.

Criss at the Southern Border

Very few in the USA seem to be taking seriously the crisis at the U.S. southern border where children without parents are being sent across the border in belief that an amnesty is coming that could make them U.S. citizens.  

Click here to read an article from the Christian Science Monitor that relates the issues perhaps more fairly than other media outlets in the USA.

08 June 2014

Veni, Sancte Spiritus


Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, No. 4 Veni Sancte Spiritus

Princeton Pro Musica perform the Lauridsen's Veni Sancte Spiritus in the Princeton University Chapel with Frances Fowler Slade conducting and with a most brilliant organ performance by Eric Plutz. 


07 June 2014

Veni Sancte Spiritus: Mozart, J.M. Neale

A musical setting of Veni Sancte Spiritus by W.A. Mozart, and a translation into English by the sainted J.M. Neale:

Come, thou holy Paraclete,
and from thy celestial seat
send thy light and brilliancy:
Father of the poor, draw near;
giver of all gifts, be here;
come, the soul's true radiancy.

Come, of comforters the best,
of the soul the sweetest guest,
come in toil refreshingly.
Thou in labor rest most sweet,
thou art shadow from the heat,
comfort in adversity.

O thou Light, most pure and blest,
shine within the inmost breast
of thy faithful company.
Where thou art not, man hath nought;
every holy deed and thought
comes from thy Divinity.

What is soilèd, makes thou pure;
what is wounded, work its cure;
what is parcèd, fructify.
What is rigid, gently bend;
what is frozen, warmly tend;
strengthen what goes erringly.

Fill thy faithful who confide
in thy power to guard and guide,
with thy sevenfold mystery.
Here thy grace and virtue send;
grant salvation in the end,
and in heaven felicity.

Translation byThe Revd Dr. John Mason Neale
Tune: Veni, Sancte Spiritus
Metre: 777 D
Veni, Sancte Spiritus 

05 June 2014

Jesus and Peter: John 21:15-19

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” 

He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” 

He said to him, Feed my lambs.

16 A second time he said to him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” 

He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” 

He said to him, Tend my sheep.

17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” 

Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” 

And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” 

Jesus said to him, Feed my sheep.

18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go.”

19 (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) 

And after this he said to him, Follow me.

The Gospel According to St. John 
Chapter 21:15-19
Revised Standard Version 
Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

Met. HILARION: Divine Order, Demons and the Saviour

A brief excerpt from a paper delivered by Metropolitan HILARION:

We may describe in brief the patristic or liturgical picture of the world thus: God, being beyond all things, created matter from nothing and through the act of his divine will brought forth matter from chaos (disorder) into the state of the cosmos (order, beauty). 

Russian Orthodox Metropolitan
HILARION (Alfayev)
with Hungary's
Péter Cardinal Erdő
The divine order, through the mystical world of the ranks of angels, extends to the material world. Divine grace, through the heavenly hierarchy and through the hierarchy of the Church in a single Liturgy of doxology, acts throughout the universe as the binding and structuring principle. 

From this element of order and source of becoming there arose the models of ordering society. Thus states and whole civilizations are formed. 

The demons, the ‘evil spirits of the underworld’, along with people under the influence of these spirits, were opposed until a certain time to the divine order. Set against God and his order, the action of the devil sows chaos, anarchy, sin and death. 

Yet the Saviour, the Son of God, God who became a human person, came to people and redeemed the human person from the power of the devil through his suffering and death, with his death he vanquished death and opened up to humanity the way to salvation.”

Metropolitan HILARION (Alfayev)
Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)
Uppsala, Sweden, 14 May A.D. 2014


03 June 2014

The Pentecost Novena

The Novena to the Holy Ghost

COME, O HOLY GHOST, the Lord and Lifegiver; take up thy dwelling within our souls, and make of them thy sacred home. Make us live by grace as adopted children of God. Pervade all the energies of our souls, and create in us fountains of living water, springing up unto eternal life.

COME, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to our souls the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, and power, and beauty. Teach us to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Show us the way by which we may be able to attain to them, and possess them, and hold them hereafter, our own forever. 
COME, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation, and may merit at last to see the eternal light in thy light; and in the light of glory to have the clear vision of thee and the Father and the Son. 

COME, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide us in all our ways, that we may always do thy holy will. Incline our hearts to that which is good, turn them away from all that is evil, and direct us by the path of thy commandments to the goal of eternal life. 

COME, O Spirit of Fortitude, and give courage to our souls. Make our hearts strong in all trials and in all distress, pouring forth abundantly into them the gifts of strength, that we may be able to resist the attacks of the devil.

COME, O Spirit of Knowledge, and make us to understand and despise the emptiness and nothingness of the world. Give us grace to use the world only for thy glory and the salvation of thy creatures. May we always be faithful in putting thy rewards before every earthly gift.

COME, O Spirit of Piety, possess our hearts, and incline them to a true faith in thee, to a holy love of thee, our God. Give us thy grace, that we may seek thee and find thee, our best and our truest joy.

COME, O Spirit of holy Fear, penetrate our inmost hearts, that we may set thee, our Lord and God, before our faces forever; and shun all things that can offend thee, so that we may be made worthy to appear before the pure eyes of thy divine Majesty in the heaven of heavens.

COME, O Holy Comforter, and grant us a desire for holy things. Produce in our souls the fruits of virtue, so that, being filled with all sweetness and joy in the pursuit of good, we may attain unto eternal blessedness.

Daily the Novena concludes with the collect below:

O GOD, who as at this time didst teach the hearts of thy faithful people by sending to them the light of thy Holy Spirit: grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things, and evermore to rejoice in His holy comfort; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth with thee in the unity of the same Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen. 

Veni, Sancte Spiritus by Morten Laurdisen