Monthly Archives: July 2011

Prayer for Priests from Hide Me In Your Wounds

I’ve made my first video of a prayer from _Hide Me In Your Wounds_.
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Bachmann’s convictions on marriage spring from her parents’ divorce

I always say I distinguish among a field of “pro-life” candidates based upon the level of their apparent convictions (which comes in part from personal experiences), and from their positions on other moral issues. For example, Huckabee won my support in 2008 because of his support for a national policy on covenant marriage and his support for laws that encourage homeschooling.

Well, Michele Bachmann gave a speech in Iowa where she talked about how her parents’ divorce influenced her (in that she sees divorce as bad), and her own miscarriage effected her pro-life views.

Te Deum laudamus!

TE DEUM laudamus: te Dominum confitemur. O GOD, we praise Thee: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
Te aeternum Patrem omnis terra veneratur. Everlasting Father, all the earth doth worship Thee.
Tibi omnes Angeli; tibi Caeli et universae Potestates; To Thee all the Angels, the Heavens and all the Powers,
Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim incessabili voce proclamant: all the Cherubim and Seraphim, unceasingly proclaim:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts!
Pleni sunt caeli et terra maiestatis gloriae tuae. Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory.
Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus, The glorious choir of the Apostles,
Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus, the wonderful company of Prophets,
Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus. the white-robed army of Martyrs, praise Thee.
Te per orbem terrarum sancta confitetur Ecclesia, Holy Church throughout the world doth acknowledge Thee:
Patrem immensae maiestatis: the Father of infinite Majesty;
Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium; Thy adorable, true and only Son;
Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum. and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
Tu Rex gloriae, Christe. O Christ, Thou art the King of glory!
Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius. Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, non horruisti Virginis uterum. Thou, having taken it upon Thyself to deliver man, didst not disdain the Virgin’s womb.
Tu, devicto mortis aculeo, aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum. Thou overcame the sting of death and hast opened to believers the Kingdom of Heaven.
Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris. Thou sitest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
Iudex crederis esse venturus. We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge.
Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni: quos pretioso sanguine redemisti. We beseech Thee, therefore, to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.
Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis in gloria numerari. Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints in everlasting glory.
V. Salvum fac populum tuum, Domine, et benedic hereditati tuae. V. Save Thy people, O Lord, and bless Thine inheritance!
R. Et rege eos, et extolle illos usque in aeternum. R. Govern them, and raise them up forever.
V. Per singulos dies benedicimus te. V. Every day we thank Thee.
R. Et laudamus nomen tuum in saeculum, et in saeculum saeculi. R. And we praise Thy Name forever, yea, forever and ever.
V. Dignare, Domine, die isto sine peccato nos custodire. V. O Lord, deign to keep us from sin this day.
R. Miserere nostri, Domine, miserere nostri. R. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us.
V. Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te. V. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in Thee.
R. In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum. R. O Lord, in Thee I have hoped; let me never be put to shame.

Coptic Hourly Prayer of Thanksgiving

Let us give thanks to the beneficent and merciful God, the Father of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, for He has covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us unto Him, spared us, supported us, and brought us to this hour. Let us also ask Him, the Lord our God, the Almighty, to guard us in all peace this holy day and all the days of our life.

O Master, Lord, God the Almighty, the Father of our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, we thank You for every condition, concerning every condition, and in every condition, for You have covered us, helped us, guarded us, accepted us unto You, spared us, supported us, and brought us to this hour.

Therefore, we ask and entreat Your goodness, O Lover of mankind, to grant us to complete this holy day, and all the days of our life, in all peace with Your fear. All envy, all temptation, all the work of Satan, the counsel of wicked men, and the rising up of enemies, hidden and manifest, take them away from us, and from all Your people, and from this holy place that is Yours.

But those things which are good and profitable do provide for us; for it is You Who have given us the authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, by the grace, compassion and love of mankind, of Your Only-Begotten Son, our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, through Whom the glory, the honor, the dominion, and the adoration are due unto You, with Him, and the Holy Spirit, the Life-Giver, Who is of one essence with You, now and at all times, and unto the ages of all ages. Amen.

On Facebook and Trolls

People may disagree about what sorts of behaviors constitute online “trolling” (from the fishing term–“trolling” basically means fishing around online for a fight),  probably one of the more egregious is identity masking.  Even so, in the blogosphere, it’s sometimes possible to inadvertently engage in ID masking by logging into a blog, say, through one’s Facebook account and then using WordPress for a subsequent log in.

However, back in the days when listservs and message boards dominated, ID masking was more of  a deliberate act: one would have to join the-mail list separately through a separate email address or create a separate login to the message board.  A moderator or admin could easily discern the problem by finding the IP address or ISP or whatever.

In my first stint as an elected co-moderator on a listserv in the late 90s, we had to deal with a “troll” who kept coming back in different emails and posting offensive messages.  One time, the person posted a bunch of offensive messages by masking his own email address with that of one of the other moderators.  The other two decided I should speak for the moderators, and I explained to the person that this most recent act, posing as another person online, constituted communications fraud under the FCC, and that we would be reporting him to the authorities (which we did).  He was never heard from again.

Anyway, it’s relatively easy to check the metadata on an email and see where it was sent from.  IP address managing is a bit trickier, but it’s possible even on a blog to check the IP address of a commentor (depending on the blog service or add-ons one uses; I once had to try this with a particularly malicious “Anonymous” poster a few years ago).

Anyway, it strikes me that one of the downsides of Facebook is there is no such option.  Ironically, in an Internet site that’s main purpose is to be your “true self,” picture and all, versus the identities we assume online, there are still a lot of people who go by pseudonyms on Facebook.

I manage two Facebook pages of my own, one for my CD, _Hide Me In Your Wounds_ (which will be back on the market soon!) and one called I Protest Against Blasphemy.  The latter became a target of some atheist trolls last year after I hadn’t checked it for a few weeks.  I had to do a lot of cleaning up of offensive posts and comments, and I had to respond to several.  I tried dialoguing with the people, but they weren’t interested in dialogue.  Indeed, in the posts they were sharing among themselves during my absence, they even bragged about how they liked to join Christian FB pages and get active.  Apparently, there’s some loophole in Facebook that if an admin doesn’t log in to a page after a certain period of time, the admin rights are automatically opened up.  So trollers will join pages they disagree with, wait for the admin to be absent long enough, and hijack the pages.  I thankfully dealt with this little infestation on my page, and after trying unsuccessfully to dialogue with the individuals, I banned all of them.  They subsequently started their own group, “I Protest Against I Protest Against Blasphemy,” which I found very gratifying. Nothing says “I’ve arrived” like having one’s own “anti-fan club.”

Anyway, the inspiration for this post is that a friend recently made me co-admin of his page because he’s trying to keep it fairly regulated but open to discussion, and the page has been attracting some trolls and some members with troll-like behavior that requires frequent moderation.

One fellow in particular has been skirting the boundaries of unacceptable behavior, and we’ve been trying to decide what to do with him.  This weekend, a pseudonymous poster popped up on the page, with a very similar modus operandi.

So that leads to the question: is it the same guy?

Well, if this were a listserv, I could check the metadeta and get some indication.  On a message board or blog, I might be able to check the IP address.  However, Facebook really doesn’t provide any of those as a viable opportunity.  It never occurred to me before now that that’s quite a challenge with moderating pages on FB.  You could have the same person posting under 20 different identities, and you really have no way of knowing for certain.

Wow! Take a Virtual Pilgrimage to Lourdes!! is apparently down (hopefully not permanently!), so I was looking for a Blessed Sacrament Webcam and found the link to the Official Lourdes site.  The text is mostly in French, but they have various webcams to different parts of the shrine, as well as a webcam recording of the daily Marian Procession.

Video On Demand

Text is not absolute

C. S. Lewis described his friend Owen Barfield as the “Other Friend,” who “read all the right books but got entirely the wrong things out of them.”

One of the lessons it took me a long time, and a Master’s in English, to really learn is how text is not absolute.

Is the Constitution “clearly” a document to restrain the states from oppressing the people, or is it “clearly” a document to protect the states’ rights from the federal government?

Does the second amendment “clearly” provide a right to bear arms or “clearly” limit the right to bear arms?

Does the first amendment “clearly” provide freedom to exercise or discuss religion in public or “clearly” establish a “wall of separation” between Church and State?

Does the Bill of Rights cast a “penumbral shadow”?

Are the “Harry Potter” books/movies a gateway drug to occultism or a fantastic Christian allegory?

Do people read _The Lord of the Rings_ and discern deep Christian themes or join strange clubs that wear elf ears and eat mushrooms?

Is Madame Bovary about the downward spiral of sin and addiction or about how the patriarchy and the Church oppress women?  Or is it just about sex?

Is Hamlet insane, pretending to be insane, or a madman who thinks he’s sane and pretending to be insane?  If he’s insane, is he bipolar, schizophrenic or sociopathic?

Does Aristotle contradict the Bible or not?

Does Plato promote or disapprove of homosexual behavior?

Any given text is open to a wide range of interpretations based upon which aspects one emphasizes.  People debate texts all the time, with each side claiming the “literal” reading of the text. Lawyers and lawmakers know this.  This is why they haggle over precise wording and punctuation in contracts and legislation.

The Muslims are “People of the Book” and there are several varieties of Islam.

The Jews are “People of the Book,” and there are 3 major modern forms of Judaism, with more specific forms, as well as the various ancient forms (Sadducee, Pharisee, Essene, etc.)

Then we have the over 30,000 Protestant “denominations,” plus the various ancient Churches in the East that consider themselves “Orthodox” compared to one another and to the Catholic Church, as well as all the ancient heresies, which all consider themselves to be going by a “literal reading of the Bible”.

Why does anyone sincerely believe that there can be such a thing as a literal reading of Scripture without the guidance of the Church?