7 Quick Takes Friday (set #137)

This week: Kevin Durant – (first) class act, (second) MVP. You are probably more familiar with Dies Irae (“song of the dead”) then you think. It is graduation time again. Fr. Barron reviews the movie Noah. New evidence shows the convicted Philadelphia priests were probably innocent. Which makes sense, ad orientem or versus populum? Tara — one fast thinking, brave cat.

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25 year-old Kevin Durant is a class act. At a time when some other professional athletes grab the spotlight to promote their sexual perversions or are otherwise recognized for their criminal activities, he earns it as MVP and uses it thus:

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Dies Irae, the “song of the dead,” is an 800 year-old hymn. The lyrics describe the final judgment, the separation of the saved from the damned before the throne of God. It is part of the Requiem Funeral Mass. It has also been borrowed for many secular uses, as this surprisingly interesting video explains:

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Last Friday, my daughter graduated from UGA, with honors and 2 bachelor degrees. We are very proud of her!

It was a long day. The ceremonies and speeches were better than I had hoped for. As well they should be — not platitudes and feel-good time wasters. Two years ago, Wellesley High School English teacher David McCullough gave this speech to their graduating class:

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Have you seen Noah yet? Fr. Barron has and offers this analysis:

He likes it for its biblical basis, both factual and creative. There is apparently a lot of creative parts (not actually in the Bible) so be forewarned. However, those parts are congruent in Fr. Barron’s view with the Bible.

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We were all saddened to see Philadelphia priests convicted of sex abuse crimes. These were alleged to have happened decades ago, but justice was finally served. The media was all over it, as they always are. Hashing and rehashing to keep our shame in the spotlight as long as possible. The left-leaning mainstream media will always attack the Church by all means at their disposal.

Now evidence has come to light showing wrongful convictions (of innocent priests). Of course, the media will suppress this even more than they do of the massive, annual March for Life. It doesn’t fit their narrative and would be a setback in the war they wage against truth, chastity and life.

See: Philly BOMBSHELL: New Evidence Further Exonerates Wrongfully Convicted Clerics; Will Justice Be Served? Will the Media Ever Take Notice?.

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Contrary to popular assumption, Vatican II did not change the Mass to have the priest (turn away from God to) face the people (versus populum). In fact, the missal still assumes the priest is facing in concert with the people (versus orientem). Fr. Dylan James needed to explain the proper symbolism to his young altar servers and made this this visual aid:

Spotted by Fr. Finigan

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A neighbor’s dog sees a target of opportunity, a young autistic boy on his bike. He attacks, dragging the boy several feet before (out of nowhere, like a rocket) Tara, the boy’s *CAT* counter attacks. I am not a cat person, but this is a great one:

The boy required stitches but is OK. The mom was also attacked when she went around the car to locate the animal. The footage is from security cameras.


Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!

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