PODCAzT 92: Gregory the Great to bishops on preaching the hard stuff; Harvest Moon

In this audio project, St. Gregory the Great (+604) tells priests about the need to preach also the hard stuff.

Bishops especially must not be afraid to preach the truth, or worry about human respect.  They have a duty to the flock, whom they must protect like a wall before the face of the enemy.

A timely message for priests and bishops of today.  I rant about that for a bit.

This is taken from the Regula Pastoralis of St. Gregory, used today – the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time – in the Office of Readings in the Liturgia horarum.

I then, in perhaps a melancholy state, pull out some poetry about the Harvest Moon, which falls on this day, 4 October 2009.  To help us appreciate the Harvest Moon and change of seasons we bring in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (+1881), Carl Sandberg (+1967) and Wm. Shakespeare (+1616)


Some music along the way… and we are all over the place!

Les Brown and His Band of Renown The Capitol Years – Shine On Harvest Moon
Vivaldi – The Four Seasons – Autumn   Il Cimento Dell’Armonia ed Invenzione – I Musici – Autumn – 2 – Aria, Andante
Sacerdotes Domini – O Sacrum Convivium
Yue Er Gao (The Moon On High) – China: Music of the Pipa
Autumn – Daniel Hecht – Windham Hill Sampler ’81
Rosemary Clooney – Shine On Harvest Moon – Rosie Solves The Swinging Riddle
Harvest Moon – Chris & Meredith Thompson – Clearwater
Two Socks at Play – Dances With Wolves
Leon Redbone – Shine Harvest Moon – Double Time


OTHER PODCAzTs about St. Gregory:


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  1. Beau says:

    You didn’t say when it was this month Father, but happy birthday!

  2. Art says:

    The Moon Festival (by Su DongPo)

    Bright moon, when was your birth?
    Winecup in hand, I ask the deep blue sky;
    Not knowing what year it is tonight
    In those celestial palaces on high. I long to fly back on the wind,
    Yet dread those crystal towers, those courts of jade,
    Freezing to death among those icy heights!
    Instead I rise to dance with my pale shadow;
    Better off, after all, in the world of men.
    Rounding the red pavilion,
    Stooping to look through gauze windows,
    She shines on the sleepless.
    The moon should know no sadness;
    Why, then, is she always full when dear ones are parted?
    For men the grief of parting, joy of reunion,
    Just as the moon wanes and waxes, is bright or dim:
    Always some flaw-and so it has been since of old.
    My one wish for you, is long life
    And a share in this loveliness far, far away!

    Happy Mid-Autumn Festival Fr. Z!

  3. Hans says:

    Oh, excellent podcazt; St. Gregory the Great, Benedict XVI, Longfellow, Sandburg, and Shakespeare with a reference to St. Augustine all in one go, who can beat it?

    I grew up less than an hour from Sandburg’s Galesburg birthplace and have never been there, now I live in the Chicago area and know nothing of his life here (I looked; I live less than 10 miles from the site of his house in Elmhurst, 1919-30, which is now a church parking lot), but I’ve been to Connemara in Rocky Flat, NC twice.

  4. Hans says:

    Flat Rock, NC, that is.

  5. Baron Korf says:

    I tried downloading it the other night on the iTunes feed but no good, looks like I’ll just have to import it as an mp3. I love all your podCasts Father, they always pick up my day.

  6. Father. You really are a nerd. What would we do without you?

  7. LaudemGloriae says:

    I enjoyed this podcast very much. Thank you for sharing, and happy birthday, Father Z!

  8. Lauden: Thanks! The stats on this one have been lower than others. Strange. Nice to get some feedback on it.

  9. Clinton says:

    Thanks, Father. When I see that you’ve come out with a new podcast, I have the best intentions of coming back and giving it
    an attentive listen. Of course, good intentions are like babies crying in church in that they should be carried out immediately.
    I’m very glad I came back for this. Oh, and happy belated birthday!

  10. Clinton: Thanks for the belated greetings… but I assume that was for last year. This year’s hasn’t arrived yet!


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