Thursday, September 20, 2007
All across the nation such a strange vibration
People in motion
There's a whole generation with a new explanation
People in motion people in motion
For those who come to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you come to San Francisco
As the song says.
Beam me up Scotty, as Captain Kirk was famous for saying
And believe it not!
"The cathedral's red brick floor recalls early Mission architecture,and the rich heritage of the local church. Above the altar is a kinetic sculpture by Richard Lippold. Alive with reflected light, the 14 tiers of triangular aluminum rods symbolize the channel of love and grace from God to His people, and their prayers and praise rising to him. The sculpture, suspended by gold wires, is 15 stories high and weighs one ton. "
Much more soon on the systematic destruction of Churches in rural France. France, the eldest daughter, grown old and complacent. One bishop described the demolition of Churches as an epi-phenomenon.
Video report here.
And a remarkable and excellent blog here.
Sorry all in French, a language which like their Churches, reflects the great civilisation of the country, which is being brought to its knees by modern times.
On the lefthand side of the road from Pepinster to Banneux Notre-Dame, at the place called Tancremont, there is a small chapel which has a remarkable cross: it is the cross known in the area as the "Old Good God".
People have been going there for decades to implore Christ's Mercy. The origin of the cross is quite obscure. In the archives of the nearby parish of Thcux, they mention several times the presence of an old cross in the church dedicated to Alexandra and Hermes, built in the 9th century.
Marks can be seen at the back and at the foot of the Tancremont cross, which make us believe that it is the glorious cross which hung over the choir of that church for many centuries. The archives testify that it was put away in a side chapel in the 18th century because it no longer conformed to the style ot the time. It was probably during the French Revolution that it was buried in a field and protected by a hig stone.
What we know for certain is that a peasant discovered ir during the 19th century in a well preserved condition, thanks to the dry environment it had been kept in. The chapel of Tancremont was built in 1895 to shelter and honour the cross. It was restored in 1932 and then in 1986.
A relic of the Holy Cross is kept there. Normally Masses in the ordinary form, but they also have a poster up promoting the Latin Mass.
...better believe it.:
"Being a lover of freedom, when the revolution came in Germany, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but, no, the universities immediately were silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks. . . .
Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual truth and moral freedom. I am forced thus to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly." Albert Einstein December 1940.
A year later in 452, Attila was trying again even at the gates of Rome. Pope Leo was sent to negotiate with him. Attila fled when Saints Peter and Paul both armed with swords appeared in a vision.