“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Sunday, January 11, 2015


Once again, sub-zero temperatures have prevented me from attending Mass in
My parish in winter
 the Church at the top hill from my little house at the bottom. I could not take the Blessed Sacrament so I had to settle for spiritual Communion: "As I cannot receive Thee, My Jesus, in Holy Communion, come spiritually into my heart and make it Thine own forever." I read Scriptures from my LITURGY OF THE HOURS, for this point in the Church calendar, prayed my rosary and listened to selected portions of Beethoven's Mass in C Major.[1] Below is Sanctus.

"Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,
Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua.
Osanna in excelsis."

English tranlation:

Holy, holy, holy
Lord God of Hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

[Click on image below orhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNA4CNIUNXA for Beethoven's Mass in C major, Op.86, Sanctus, UCLA Choir


[1] In the photograph of me at the top of the HumanLifeMatters blog, you will notice a bust of Beethoven on my fireplace mantle. I keep it there to remind me of the ability of the human spirit to overcome adversity. Beethoven suffered deafness and yet was one of the greatest composers who ever lived. 

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