Occupied with to-ing and fro-ing via the city bus, tsk. Holy Mass and then Kiva and then back here for some peace and quiet. Eh.
For the second time in as many days (in a post at The Pillar by JD Flynn and in Dr Robert Moynihan's yesterday's Letter 289), I've seen notice taken of Saint John Henry Newman's sermon Watching, number 22 from the fourth volume of his Parochial and Plain Sermons. It is a powerful meditation on the Christian life lived 'intentionally', to use the current buzzword that means 'conscientiously' or that more or less. It is a supreme act of gracious and powerful rhetoric so must be read in full to perceive its profound spiritual and moral excellence but even a dunce like me can profit from the lessons of the final sentence: "Life is short; death is certain; and the world to come is everlasting". I must go out for a couple of miles of walking-- I ate only bread and cheese at dinner-time but the latter was about four ounces of Stilton, ahem.
Will complete this later but picked up the latest issue of the Catholic Sentinel, the Portland archdiocesan newspaper, when I left the adoration chapel earlier. I had never opened up the paper edition. This one is dated the 17th of this month (it appears semi-monthly) and features on page 2 an article explaining Mons Sample's response to Traditionis Custodes, with Father John Boyle, the new episcopal vicar for the Usus Antiquior, assuring my fellow Oregonians that the Traditional Mass isn't going to diminish their access to the Pauline Rite (as if that were at all an eventuality to be feared). What most struck me is that while Traditionis Custodes was published in....