A Concert for St. John Paul II at His Alma Mater

As a newly-ordained priest, St. John Paul II  earned his first doctorate at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, widely known as the Angelicum, after St. Thomas’ title of Angelic Doctor.

On their alumnus’ feast day this year, the Angelicum hosted a concert of Polish music written in his honor or inspired by his work, beginning with the Górecki Totus tuus.

The concert was held in the magnificent Church of Saints Dominic and Sixtus on the Angelicum campus.

Today, the Angelicum along with the Thomistic Institute hosted a study day that included a number of interesting talks. English speakers may wish to advance to just after hour 5 to hear Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP, speak on Political Questions during this time of pandemic.

For the Doctor of the Day

This is the feast day of the Lord’s true witness,
Lover of Jesus, leading others to Him,
Woman of wisdom, passionate and truthful,
Filled with God’s favor.

God gave her grace like water from the heavens.
She drank it deeply, even as she suffered;
Perfectly docile, saint and holy teacher:
Light for the ages.

Mantle around us, Mary, flow’r of Carmel,
Pray to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
That They may give us, with the great Teresa,
Life everlasting.

Anglorum iam apostolus

Here are some thoughts on St. Peter Damian’s wonderful hymn tribute to his fellow monk, Pope Saint Gregory the Great.

Apostle to the English lands
Now with the angel hosts he stands.
Make haste, St. Gregory, relieve
And help the people who believe.

From riches and from wealth you turned.
The glory of the world you spurned,
That you might follow, being poor,
Prince Jesus, who was poor before.

This Christ, High Pontifex, decreed
That you would take His Church’s lead,
And learn St. Peter’s steps to tread:
The rule of all called in his stead.

You wondrously solved riddles deep:
The mystic secrets Scriptures keep,
For Truth Himself has taught you these:
The lofty sacred mysteries.

O Pontifex, our leader bright,
The Church’s honor and its light,
Through dangers let them all be brought,
The ones you carefully have taught.

The unborn Father let us praise,
And to His Son like glory raise,
And to their Equal, majesty.
All glory to the Trinity. Amen.

Translation c. Kathleen Pluth. All rights reserved.


A “work from home” opportunity

One of the pandemic’s most interesting results is its effect on teleworking. Apparently many employers intend to continue telework even after the current crisis has passed.

It seems to me that this is an opportunity for the Church to give intentional thought to renewing and expanding its in-person programs.

The large numbers of working mothers during the last several generations has produced an inertia among families’ attendance at evening and weekend events. Workplace interactions have largely supplanted the need for the social life provided by clubs and other activities. Parents have been relieved to have free evenings for downtime, and sleep-in weekends.

All of this is changed by telework. Having been home all day in front of a computer screen, parents may well be ready for alternatives to the extension of screen time with tv. This is good news for the Gospel, which, although lately very well supported by online apostolates, has always thrived most on communal presence.