Yet another beautiful morning...

Although the heavens remain quite clear of cloudiness and so Dawn was unspectacular, the better for Phoebus to make himself the center of attention in half an hour or so. It is the feast of the Confessor Saint Aloysius Gonzaga of the Society of Jesus (Introibo, CE, Wiki), Monday in the 4th week post Pentecosten. The Mass seems to be proper to Saint Aloysius; the Blessed Cardinal Ildefonso (cited at the Introibo page) notes, "la Messe se ressent de tous les défauts de la décadence de l’art liturgique au XVIIIème siècle. En compensation, elle ne manque ni de variété ni d’onction"-- the Mass betrays all the faults of the decadent liturgical art of the 18th century; the best that can be said about it is that its doesn't lack a certain variety or sentimental piety. Since YouTube doesn't seem to want to give up any of the actual parts of the Mass, this is a recording of Fernando Valente's setting of the text of the Communion, in a motet for the adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Who he is, I don't know. There was a Colombian singer of rancheras of this name, and there's no reason why he could not have also composed properly religious music. Hmm. 

Post Primam. I was surprised to realize a few minutes ago that I have a much larger quantity of peanuts on hand than is usually the case so, of course, the jays, and squirrels, and crow are absenting themselves this morning, eh. It's about half past six and I expect that the Sun will have climbed above the tree tops by 0700. 90s today, I expect. 

Post Tertiam. Someone on Twitter, a clerical gentleman, was being mildly enthusiastic about the US Bishops on account of their decision last week to proceed to the drafting of a pastoral letter on 'Eucharistic coherence' or some similar nonsense. In the mail this morning, I found the link to this essay by Eric Sammons about 'ecclesiastical incoherence'. I am more a 'Sammonsian' than a 'Father N.-sian'. 

If after nine years at the helm in San Francisco-- and decades of enthusiastic pro-abortion advocacy by Pelosi-- Mons Cordileone is still allowing Pelosi to receive the Eucharist, then what really will another document produced by the USCCB bureaucracy do? It’s easy to see why most Catholics tune out this ecclesial body.

While I don't agree with everything in the Crisis editor's post I'd rather he was running the show at the Church's national level than any of the bishops. 

Today is the anniversary of the death of my friend Ben Spangler. Requiescat in pace. 

It is the feast of Saint Demetria of Rome (4th century), of Saint Ursicinus of Pavia (5th century), and of Saint Simplicius of Bourges (5th century). 

V. Et álibi aliórum plurimórum sanctórum Mártyrum et Confessórum, atque sanctárum Vírginum. R. Deo grátias.