Dense fog this morning but the air was quite refreshing...

When I was out earlier. I had two wonderful insights into the human condition whilst saying the rosary but after I'd gotten back to my little room I couldn't remember either of them. After I'd written in my diary for a couple of minutes, the first came to mind. It wasn't very profound at all. Haven't been able to remember the second one-- so presumably that was of even less significance. The tricks one's mind can play, I suppose. 

Today is the feast of Our Lady Immaculate a Sacro Numismate or, as is commonly said, 'the Miraculous Medal'; it is almost entirely the Office of the Immaculate Conception, I believe (CE, Introibo, Wiki).  

Time for Terce and breakfast. The Estonian National Symphony is performing Britten's Violin Concerto op 15, conducted by Arvo Volmer with the violinist Benjamin Schmid, in a concert livestreamed on Klassikaraadio. 

I've decided that Blogger intentionally puts some text into the larger font. I won't argue for the moment.


Neumz is providing an 'Advent calendar' from the first day, November 29, which is also the date when its apps launch: a video for each day of the season. One can sign up here with an email address, and my understanding is that this is entirely distinct from the subscription side of the site itself. 

To celebrate this singular Christmas season and the publication of our long-awaited mobile apps for iOS and Android, the team at Neumz is publishing our own Digital Advent Calendar starting November 29, the first day of Advent. Day by day, you will be able to enjoy the complete liturgy leading up to Christmas as sung by the Sisters of Jouques through the new apps and on our site, as well as enjoy our special online daily video.

Videos will include messages from Dom Jacques-Marie Guilmard, a monk from St Peter’s Abbey in Solesmes, and from the team itself, highlighting the most beautiful chants of this season and sharing their spiritual, historical, and musical insights.

Have never paid any attention to the 'launch day' of an app, ha; does this mean, 'launching on November 29', that I can open up the iPad and download the app after midnight of the 28th? I suspect not but in any case am looking forward to it, whenever it happens. 

Dr Gladden Pappin, professor at the University of Dallas and fellow at Notre Dame University with degrees from Harvard University, has written a brief essay at Ius et Iustitiam titled, 'Conflict of Laws and the Regulation of Public Health'-- well worth the read.

For the most part, a “robust” understanding of ecclesiastical jurisdiction-- that ecclesiastical authorities would follow such civil regulations generally, but not as the subject of coercive civil power-- has not been relevant. But now that the concept of public order is being weaponized against the Church-- whether through health care mandates, requirements imposed on Catholic schools, or this year’s coronavirus restrictions-- what we are really seeing is the concept of public order return to its initial use against the Church.

I certainly suspect that this is what is going on. A declaration yesterday, in the form of an opinion piece that was published at Causeur by the organisation Les Eveilleurs, the activist association that gained renown by staging silent protests against the more recent depredations of the secular power against good order and morals in the realm of so-called 'same-sex marriage' and so forth (I don't pay as much attention as I ought to), in my version of the translatio machinae

After Emmanuel Macron [chattered about this in the preceding days], Jean Castex confirmed this morning to set at 30 the number of faithful authorized to attend at each Mass until December 15, under the pretext of an unverified accusation: “Indeed the places of worship were places of contamination ".

Our leaders seem to have lost their common sense so much that they do not see the difference between an oratory, a chapel, a church, a cathedral or a basilica. While the plague restrictions for businesses are thought out as a percentage of occupancy relative to the available surface area, Catholics will have to check in to be sure that a 31st person is not hiding in the seven thousand square meters of Saint-Sulpice.

No citizen is obliged to obey such a decision that mixes together the grotesque, the unnecessary, and the illegitimate.

A subordinate is not bound to obey an order if it is seriously unjust, nor is one bound to obedience in some matter in which he is in fact not a subject. Under the [French state's] law of separation of church and state, the government has no legitimate right to dictate to Catholics how they should worship God. Saint Thomas Aquinas affirms in the Summa Theologiae: "So it is with the laws of tyrants which incite idolatry or anything else which would be contrary to divine law. It is in no way licit to observe such laws". (Ia IIae q 96 a 4).

For this Dominican doctor, who cannot be suspected of theocratic anarchism [by which is meant, I suppose, thoughtless partisanship of the ecclesiastical power bent on destroying the existing order of things in the res publica], who justifies obedience as an ordered consequence of the common good of the social and political nature of man, it was a question of reminding actors in the secular realm of the preeminent place of the sacred and of the divine law.

No idea why the last paragraph there displays differently than the others.


Ante Vesperas. It is as light outside now as it was at approximately 0730-- heavily overcast, in other words.