There’s snow on the ground in Heiligenkreuz now. And a drone was sent up into the chilly air to take pictures.


Mary’s Meals

Lots of children in poor countries don’t go to school, because they are hungry and need to do something (beg, work, steal) to get food. Some marvelously sensible, Scots, Catholic lay people have started a thing called Mary’s Meals that provides meals for children in schools. They raise money to buy the ingredients, which are then cooked in the schools by local volunteers. The effects are amazing. Watch their video:


Jean-Claude Juncker recently (and at long last) nominated President of the EU Commission, is an example of what I have called Eurocrat Catholicism. In the above gem of a clip he says: “I am a Catholic [audience laughs], but I have to lie.”

Meanwhile on the other side of the Atlantic the Supreme court has been quoting Thomist philosophers. No one has been more critical of Whig Thomism than I, but one ought to give credit where credit is due: I admit that my previous comparison of Whig-Catholicism and Eurocrat Catholicism bordered on hyperbole.

Epiphany Cantata

“Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen”  is one of my favorite Bach cantatas. The opening chorus is magnificent; one can here the camels swaying. “They shall from out Sheba all be coming, gold and incense bringing, and the Lord’s great praise then tell abroad.”

Bach’s cantata’s are such an such an extraordinary treasure. One of my confrères likes to use them an an example for this famous teaching of Lumen Gentium:

Many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside of [the Church’s] visible structure. These elements, as gifts belonging to the Church of Christ, are forces impelling toward catholic unity.