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Agony in the Garden

We’ve reached the Sorrowful mysteries this time around. These chronicle the events of the Passion of Jesus. These can be found in all the Gospels but the synoptic ones (Mark, Luke, Matthew) have a more agony since in John’s Gospel Judas was there soon after they arrived. The fruit of this decade is uniformity to the will of God and Sorrow for sin, as the disciple couldn’t stay awake for an hour while Jesus prayed that the cup would pass him by. The Agony is often depicted in art but has also made it into the musical Jesus Christ Superstar with a whole song, and Beethoveen also wrote an oratorio about this event in opus 85 Christus am Ölberge (Christ on the Mount of Olives). It is Beethoven’s only oratorio. If you have about an hour take a listen to the oratorio. Let us all try to stay bound to the will of God and remember to go to confession.

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Total Eclipse

So Today is the day the solar eclipse is happening and talk about the excitement it seems like every channel is going to be offering coverage and follow the eclipse as it travels across the US. NASA is even live-streaming it. NPR has compiled a playlist for tomorrow and it is a great compilation if you have Spotify click on into it. Now I am sure there will be other eclipse related episodes of television shows and movies being broadcast as well today from The Simpsons and Wonder Years to perhaps even that Twilight movie. Often times in films and movie eclipses mark a big change coming and perhaps that is the cards for us as well.

Here is a poem for today written a long time ago but about this event. Ella Wheeler Wilcox was a popular poet from the turn of the century (1800s-1900s) who is perhaps best known for writing the  line “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone”.

A Solar Eclipse
by: Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In that great journey of the stars through space
About the mighty, all-directing Sun,
The pallid, faithful Moon, has been the one
Companion of the Earth. Her tender face,
Pale with the swift, keen purpose of that race,
Which at Time’s natal hour was first begun,
Shines ever on her lover as they run
And lights his orbit with her silvery smile.

Sometimes such passionate love doth in her rise,
Down from her beaten path she softly slips,
And with her mantle veils the Sun’s bold eyes,
Then in the gloaming finds her lover’s lips.
While far and near the men our world call wise
See only that the Sun is in eclipse.

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Fatima 100 (August)

This time around there were some complications the visitation didn’t take place until the nineteenth. As the children were sort of kidnapped and taken out of the area. On the morning of the 13th the Mayor came to offer them a ride so they could travel safely through the crowds, however they ended up at the district headquarters in Vila Nova de Ourem. The children were put on”trial” for what they saw. This lasted two day and they were returned on the Feast of the Assumption. On the 13 in Cova de Iria the external signs of the Apparition appeared for the benefit of the largest crowd to come and witness the event. So on the 19th of August the Lady appeared to Lucia, her brother John, and Francisco, who were grazing sheep in Valinhos so Lucia gave her brother some pennies to get Jacinta. When Jacinta arrived the Lady appeared. The Lady told them to pray the rosary and come again to Cova de Iria next month. They asked what to do with the money that the crowds have been bringing, it was to make two ardors (used for carrying statues during processions) for the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary with Jacinta, Lucia and two friends carry one and Francisco and three friends carry the other. They were told to wear white and the leftover funds were to be used for the construction of a chapel there.

 

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Eclipse

In case you haven’t heard there is going to be a Solar Eclipse in the United States on Monday. It will be a cool event and everyone is going crazy about it. All the major broadcast channels are doing news specials following the Eclipse as it moves across the US. I think it is a bit ridiculous as to how much they are making of this regular phenomenon, it would be like having the news covering the Aurora Borealis. It’s great to see the news get interested in space every now and then but why not talk about it every night I mean there is an active mission going on at the ISS  and they just got ice cream. Sure an Eclipse is a special event but give us more news about Space, like how the Space Launch System is going and when the US will be able to lunch from their own soil to get to space.

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DuckTales returns

Since the news hasn’t been the greatest over the past couple of days I was thrilled to learn that the revival of DuckTales has made it on to YouTube and DisneyXD already. Sure it is only the pilot episode getting everyone introduced and there isn’t going to be a new episode until September but if you enjoyed the original this is sure to float your boat. The show has a more comic book art style and it looks pretty cool. Take some time and check it out how Uncle Scrooge, Donald, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Webby, Launchpad, and company are doing.

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Dormition and Assumption

Today is the Feast of the Assumption and the Dormition of Mary in the Western and Eastern Churches respectively. They are technically the same event but there are nuances between the two. At the Assumption Mary is brought up to heaven at the end of her life body and soul, while during the Dormition Mary falls asleep (dies) and is bodily resurrected before going to heaven. I don’t see that big of a difference between the two. In the Orthodox Church today marks the end of the Dormition (Theotokos) Fast which began on the first of August. This is a Holy Day of Obligation in most of the world. If you have some time perhaps take out and pray a rosary today.

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Institution of the Eucharist

The final Luminous Mystery is the Institution of the Eucharist. This takes place at the Last Supper and is featured in all the Gospels. The fruit of the mystery is Adoration. This is one of the high points of our faith that we remember at each and every mass, “Take Eat, Take Drink, Do this in memory of me.” That’s the Last Supper in a nutshell and all to often we forget to show reverence to this idea. Let us all remember that this is the seed of our faith. Without this event we’d all be some other religion now and sure numbers of the faithful are falling across the world but we can bring out awe and wonder out into it. Sharing our joy in the Eucharistic banquet table we all we sit at one day.

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Torchwood is back?!

Well not on television screen yet but a full series is coming out through Big Finish. This is the official continuation of the show with the fifth series taking place after the event of Miracle Day it is another event based series titled  “Aliens Among Us” Now Big Finish has done a lot of other audio plays but they are perhaps best know for working on Doctor Who, it is here where most of the adventures of the 8th Doctor (Paul McGann) take place. So this is pretty cool and hopefully there is enough buzz around these audio plays to warrant another series on television but perhaps they should go smaller instead of another world wide event. Anyway if you were a fan of Torchwood pick up this new event series  as you should like it.

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MLB Players Weekend

This sounds like a cool idea and I think that Major League Baseball is doing a wonderful thing here with this. Over the weekend of August 25-27 the players get to wear special uniforms with nicknames on the back instead of their names. The names were chosen by the players. If this would continue it would be nice to see like fan got a chance to give some input as to what the nicknames were going to be on their teams uniforms. Yet this is only a little bit of the fun since on the 20th the previous Sunday the biggest game of the week will take place in Williamsport, PA home of the Little League World Series. The game will be between the Pirates and Cardinals and hopefully most of the crowd will be the kids participating in this year World Series as it is great that the players now can inspire the players of the future to continue to play and get better because who know how long it might be before they are called up to the Big league. The other aspect of this Players weekend is that they all will be wearing a patch of who has inspired/help them get to where they are today.

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Disney and Netflix

We all knew this was going to happen at some time but who would have thought it would have happened this way.  Yet another big studio is making it’s own streaming service so we are going to be eventually having to have a streaming service that collects other streaming services and let you watch them for a simple fee. This seems like it will eventually end with what happened with television and cable where we will have to pick and choose what service to watch and they are all going to cost about the same amount and offer a fragment of what we all want to watch. With Bob Iger at Disney in his current term until 2019 it seems like a smart move for Disney as they will be getting the money rather than paying Netflix to stream the films, this goes even further with an ESPN streaming service which would be cater content of the games and leagues that you really care about. With ESPN owning most of the rights for most leagues this has huge potential. Hopefully this won’t turn into everyone streaming their own content as that would be the worst case for all involved, unless Netflix or someone else turns into a service to access that accesses the other streaming services. It will be interesting to see what happens.