Monthly Archives: October 2018
Let us learn from the lips of death the lessons of life. Let us live truly while we live, live for what is true and good and lasting. And let the memory of our dead help us to do this. For they are not wholly separated from us, if we remain loyal to them. In spirit they are with us. And we may think of them as silent, invisible, but real presences in our households.
–Felix Adler, Life and Destiny (1913), Section 8: Suffering and Consolation; courtesy of Wikiquote
Usually I post music on Fridays; but Halloween is upcoming, so I’m posting appropriate music every day until then. The “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor”, by Bach, is one of my favorite classical pieces, quite without reference to its (modern) association with the creepy, macabre, and such. Still, it’s now usually associated with such, so enjoy!
~~NOVENA PRAYER FOR 9 DAYS~~
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant unto the souls of Thy departed servants full remission of all their sins, that through the help of our pious supplications they may obtain that pardon they have always desired, Thou who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. May they rest in peace. Amen.
R. And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. Consequently, they reject the right of states, charged with vigilance for the common good, to exercise any form of control. A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules. Debt and the accumulation of interest also make it difficult for countries to realize the potential of their own economies and keep citizens from enjoying their real purchasing power. To all this we can add widespread corruption and self-serving tax evasion, which have taken on worldwide dimensions. The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule.
–Pope Francis, “The Joy of the Gospel” (2013), Section 56