The Triduum of Death: The Forgotten Season of Allhallowtide | ChurchPOP

FTA: “All Hallows Eve, All Hallows, and All Souls.

“These feasts were so important that, in the mid-15th century, Pope Sixtus IV expanded the triduum into a full octave, or 8 day observance. This expanded form of Allhallowtide lasted for centuries until 1955, when it was eliminated by Pope Pius XII as a part of a greater (pre-Vatican II) liturgical reform.This is why Allhallowtide is not normally celebrated today even by traditionalist Catholics, since the Extraordinary Form of the Mass follows the 1962 Roman Missal.”

Source: The Triduum of Death: The Forgotten Season of Allhallowtide | ChurchPOP

Pray for the dead!

The Catholic Origins of Halloween

FTA: “The origins of Halloween are, in fact, very Christian and rather American. Halloween falls on October 31 because of a pope, and its observances are the result of medieval Catholic piety.It’s true that the ancient Celts of Ireland and Britain celebrated a minor festival on October 31–as they did on the last day of most other months of the year. However, Halloween falls on the last day of October because the Solemnity of All Saints, or “All Hallows,” falls on November 1.”

Source: The Catholic Origins of Halloween

Following the Spurs game by Gametracker and NBA app


So this evening I’m following the Spurs/Heat game from the big brown chair in my front room.

On the little laptop I’ve got the Spurs Gametracker set to show me the score (of course) and who is on the floor for each team and their individual stats. All this updated in real time.

And the tablet on the same little table is providing the radio play-by-play through the NBA app I’ve just installed.

Both these, the Gametracker and the NBA app are free (I LOVE that price!) and let me enjoy the game without those damned annoying political adds flooding TV channels and popping up with greater frequency on commercial radio.

Instruction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Burial and Cremation | Catholicism without compromise

FTA: “4. In circumstances when cremation is chosen because of sanitary, economic or social considerations, this choice must never violate the explicitly-stated or the reasonably inferable wishes of the deceased faithful. The Church raises no doctrinal objections to this practice, since cremation of the deceased’s body does not affect his or her soul, nor does it prevent God, in his omnipotence, from raising up the deceased body to new life. Thus cremation, in and of itself, objectively negates neither the Christian doctrine of the soul’s immortality nor that of the resurrection of the body.[13]The Church continues to prefer the practice of burying the bodies of the deceased, because this shows a greater esteem towards the deceased. Nevertheless, cremation is not prohibited, “unless it was chosen for reasons contrary to Christian doctrine”.[14]In the absence of motives contrary to Christian doctrine, the Church, after the celebration of the funeral rite, accompanies the choice of cremation, providing the relevant liturgical and pastoral directives, and taking particular care to avoid every form of scandal or the appearance of religious indifferentism.”

This is NOT new. It is the official teaching of the Catholic Church and has been for a long time. To understand this teaching regarding cremation of the dead (sadly, many Catholics don’t) the sourced document from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is linked below.

Source: Instruction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Burial and Cremation | Catholicism without compromise

Today’s Plan


There are so many tools available for those of us who like to plan our days (our weeks, our months, our years, etc.) and track our activity over time. And I’ve used many of them. Without a doubt, the one that has worked best for me over the years is the trusty Franklin/Covey Paper Planner.

Mondays, as the first work day of the week, are critical. A good Monday will set the tone for that five-day stretch wherein most of us (even most of us “retired” folk) will be our most productive. And this Monday starts for me with these four main self-designated work areas. Oh sure, more may be added as the day progresses, and each of these four areas listed may (probably will) be broken down into minor tasks and subgroups. But I fully intend to focus my efforts on these today;

1.) chess – as of this writing, I’ve already made the morning’s moves in all my ongoing correspondence chess games, so I can check that off the list now.

2.) K of C – I’m committed to finish the final draft of the Minutes of my Assembly’s most recent business meeting, email it out to our members, and print copies to be distributed at our next meeting later this week. As Scribe of the Assembly, this is one of my responsibilities.

3.) yard work – Since I “retired” my yard man, groundskeeping here at Casa Ellis requires a much more hands on approach from me than I’ve given it before. My yard isn’t particularly big, but I’ve got some trees that truly are. And recent high winds have brought down a lot of leaves. The back yard needs raking and the front yard needs leaf blowing. And then there are the bugs. I’m needing to spray my lawn to keep the darned neighborhood insects out of the house. Yard work. There’s ALWAYS work to do.

4.) medicine day – Sylvia and I together are prescribed a boatload of medications by our different doctors. Mondays when she’s at work is when I load up our respective pill boxes for the week ahead.

And now, I’d better get back to work on those chores.

Time for Christians to Unplug from Our Secular Culture – Crisis Magazine

FTA: What Christians mean by “freedom” and “equality” is very different from the secular content of those words. For the believer, freedom is more than a menu of choices or the absence of oppression. Christian freedom is the liberty, the knowledge and the character to do what’s morally right. And the Christian meaning of “equality” is much more robust than the moral equivalent of a math equation. It involves the kind of love a mother feels for each of her children, which really isn’t equality at all. A good mother loves her children infinitely and uniquely—not “equally,” because that would be impossible. Rather, she loves them profoundly in the sense that all of her children are flesh of her flesh, and have a permanent, unlimited claim on her heart.

The source from which the above paragraph is excerpted is a transcript of Archbishop Chaput’s recent speech. It’s well worth your time to read.

Source: Time for Christians to Unplug from Our Secular Culture – Crisis Magazine

We played a good game to a draw.


So on 22 September I received a challenge to a friendly (as opposed to a tournament) game from a Welshman in a Correspondence Chess Club to which we both belong. I accepted, replied to his pawn move with one of my own, and our game was on.

This afternoon with his 24th move he offered me a draw, and I accepted. He and I have almost equal strength ratings in the club, so the drawn game won’t affect either one of us in that regard. And, as you can see from the final board, our armies were at equal strength both materially and positionally.

Checkmate was not even in sight yet for either of us, so his offer and my acceptance both made sense. We’d played a good game and enjoyed some healthy mental exercise. Good chess.

The move record of our game follows:

1. f4 f5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 a5 5. Bxb4 axb4 6. Ne5 Qf6 7. e3 Ne7 8. g4 Qh4+ 9. Ke2 Nbc6 10. Nd2 Nxe5 11. dxe5 Qxg4+ 12. Kf2 Qxd1 13. Rxd1 Rxa2 14. Rb1 O-O 15. Bg2 b6 16. Nf3 c5 17. Rhd1 Nd5 18. Bf1 Bb7 19. Be2 Rc8 20. Nd2 Nc7 21. Nc4 d5 22. Nd6 Rb8 23. Bh5 h6 24. Ke1=