Archive for October, 2008

The Story of a Soul‘s epilogue by ‘A Prioress of the Carmel’ continues, with stories of St. Therese’s last sickness.

Epilogue, Part 2 by ‘A Prioress of the Carmel’.


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The Sacrifice of the Mass continues its textbook descriptions of the Mass.

Chapter 9: The Gradual. Alleluia. Tract. Sequence.


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The Sacrifice of the Mass continues its textbook description.

Chapter 8: The Dominus vobiscum. Collect. Epistle.


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The Mysterious Affair at Styles continues, as Poirot has a word with Inspector Japp of Scotland Yard.

Chapter 7: Poirot Pays His Debts.


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The Ring and the Book continues, as Pompilia tells the story of her desperate flight to Rome — a little differently than everybody else.

Book 7E


We should be finished with Pompilia’s book next week. Then there’s two lawyers’ books, the Pope’s book, Guido’s second book, and a wrap-up book. And people wonder why book-length poems went out of fashion. Sheeeeeeesh. Even though it’s all Browning and all good, it’s like asking for one small dessert and being served cake for 24….

On the bright side, Argonautica is fast-paced and beautiful! So I guess I’m the shallow type who prefers action to deep psychological realism.

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The Life of St. Augustine continues, as Augustine goes back to Africa to begin a life of prayer. But the Church has need of him for other duties, and calls him. By capturing him and dragging him off willy-nilly to be made a priest. (Back then, they believed in active lay involvement in the discernment process. Very active.)

Part 2 (Chs. 3-8).


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So what did Augustine of Hippo do with his life, after his conversion and his mother’s death (as chronicled in the Confessions)? St. Possidius, one of St. Augustine’s companions in the African monastic community he founded, wrote the Life of St. Augustine to fill you in.

The first part consists of a preface, which is interesting, and an extremely brief recap of the years covered by the Confessions. The new biographical material starts in Part 2.

Part 1 (Chs. 1-2).


This is all thanks to Roger Pearse, who discovered and drew folks’ attention to the fact that this public domain English translation not only existed but had been scanned into archive.org, and who then digitized it into a more useful format. Yet another in a long line of services he’s rendered to all mankind — and no, I’m not kidding. He really is a great defender of civilization and finder of cultural treasure.

UPDATE: Link fixed! (Sigh.) Maybe I need to hire John Meyers….

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“Hail to the Chief” concludes, with an executive decision like no other. (From the pages of Analog Science Fact and Science Fiction in February 1962, which is interesting in itself.)

Part 4


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Argonautica continues, starting with a ghost and ending with a cliffhanger. Bon voyage!

Part 10: The deadly birds of Ares.


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The Story of a Soul is followed in this edition by an epilogue on St. Therese’s sufferings and death by ‘A Prioress of the Carmel’ — whom I think is Pauline. It’s full of interesting stuff.

Part 1 of Epilogue: A Victim of Divine Love, by ‘A Prioress of the Carmel’.


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In the public domain edition I used, The Story of a Soul was preceded in the public domain edition I used by a helpful public domain preface, by the English editor and translator, Fr. T. N. Taylor, explaining the stories of some of the people mentioned in St. Therese’s book, and going into some of the circumstances of her parentage and birth.

The romantic and God-touched story of her parents’ meeting is that Zelie saw Louis one day while crossing a bridge, and heard an interior voice tell her that “this is the man” that had been prepared for her. She didn’t know him, and had no idea that his mother was in one of her lacemaking classes. Mme. Martin was favorably impressed by Zelie, who was a good businesswoman and a kind person as well, and began to try to introduce her son to Zelie and meet her parents. 🙂

Preface: The Parentage and Birth of Marie Francoise Therese Martin, by the editor, The Rev. T.N. Taylor.


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The Sacrifice of the Mass continues its textbook explanation of Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite. But this chapter doesn’t have anything in it that doesn’t apply to the Ordinary Form just as well.

Chapter 7: The Introit, Kyrie, and Gloria in Excelsis.


The Introit for each Sunday Mass is still printed in Missalettes and other sources. But we just don’t get to hear it much, nor do most of us know that psalm verses are to be sung or recited along with it. The translation of the Gloria here is a good literal translation of the Latin; the official English translation does indeed leave out a lot, which is why we’re getting a new official translation Real Soon Now. So this is a very good chapter for anybody wanting to understand a Latin Rite Mass’ format or deepen their understanding of its spiritual riches.

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles continues (finally) with a suggestion by Lawrence Cavendish and a surprise from the chemist shop.

Chapter 6: The Inquest.


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The Ring and the Book continues (finally). More of Pompilia’s story, as she tells her version of how she met Caponsacchi.

Bk. 7D


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Banquet of the Ten Virgins concludes with a dialogue between Euboulios and Gregorion on which is better, chastity without any real temptation or chastity despite temptation. We also get a shout-out to a lady for whom the book may have been written.

Discourse 11B: Dialogue of Euboulios and Gregorion.


UPDATE: Link fixed. Yes, I keep trying to get more sleep and proofread more effectively. Sigh.

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