My View For Awhile: Northward Bound

Time to head home. In other words, it’s time for another bout with Delta.

On my computer screen in that photo, is the text of a comment posted under my last travel post extravagantly defending Delta!  HERE.   To which I respond: HA!

In any event, it was a successful visit.  A successful visit includes at least a couple dozen oysters.


So far it’s a smooth boarding, probably less complicated because it’s a Saturday.

I’m into Peter Kwasniewski’s new book.  Outstanding.   More HERE!


We made it.  There were a few serious, attention getting bumps along the way, the sort that pitch liquids out of glasses.  The real problem, however, was the lack of AC before, during and after the flight.  Hence, it was incredibly hot inside that plane, drenched-hair hot.

Now, in the new lounge.  They are finally beginning to catch up with their European counterparts.

I have enough time here for my shirt to dry out a bit and to grab a bite before the bell rings for the next round.

They are trying new ways to channel people into boarding at the proper time and not block the corridor.


Seated. The boarding is going on… not water boarding, but there’s still time for that.

I just read on Twitter:

29 July 1941 | During selection for starvation death Father Maksymilian Kolbe asked SS to take him instead of Franciszek Gajowniczek.

Today his cause would surely be on the new path, oblatio vitae.


Here is a great quote from my book:


We are being told that the boarding process went so smoothly that we can leave early but… the taxi will be longer than usual. It’s a wash.

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  1. mibethda says:

    PBIA ?

  2. robtbrown says:

    Oysters on the half she’ll are really good. Charbroiled O’s on the half shell are even better

  3. robtbrown says:

    Shell not she’ll

  4. benedetta says:

    Further to your visit to the Navy Seal Museum (my now teen visited some years back with the grandparents — great place), I happened to be looking at this tonight, an interview with one of the SEAL swimmers who secured, and greeted, Apollo 13 after the suspenseful re-entry:

    [Very cool. In the exhibit, there is a section on the SEALs who secured the astronauts. They have there some of the gold foil from Odyssey, the Apollo 13 Command Module.]

  5. lmgilbert says:

    Regarding the quote from Peter Kwasniewski’s new book, we do now have the altar set up in our parish for ad orientem worship, with plans in the works to reunite the now freestanding altar with the altar that bears the tabernacle. So Mass is now said ad orientem, which is surely a step in the right direction. Yet, even with that having been done, not yet has the awe of the Mass been fully recovered, for it struck me right away that something was missing, the silence.

    Honestly, I wonder if now we have sufficient strength or inner tranquillity to bear it. It cannot be conveyed in words, but at such a Mass one did not need to be reminded that he was present at a Sacrifice. It was the entire ambience of the Mass. Really, there was no need to make an effort at “full participation,” for one was drawn into the Mystery and very naturally wanted to remain afterward to worship and to enjoy the healing presence of God.

  6. MariaKap says:

    I have to say as a regular NO attendee (but sympathetic to the EF) re: the Kwasniewski book – I love to hear the Roman Canon prayed. The words are profound and hearing them really helps my “active participation” in the Mass. I do not understand the desire to have them prayed sotto voce. I ask this earnestly, not to be provocative, but because I want to know, WHY? Certainly it can be prayed so that all may hear and NOT lose it’s sacrality?

  7. capchoirgirl says:

    MariaKap, I agree.

  8. wanda says:

    Praying for your safe and smooth travels, Fr. Z. And oh, for more sacred silence.

  9. Fr. Reader says:

    “a form of torture to the ears of body and soul”
    I have never ever felt it in that way, as if it is ugly or what?
    I don’t get the phrase about the “daily news”: cannot it be pronounced as what it is, prayer, and not proclaimed as daily news?
    I am not against silence, of course, but why particularly the Roman Canon loses its sacrality when it is pronounced, and not, for instance, the Gospel, or other parts of the Mass.
    I suppose the rest of the book includes an answer for that.

  10. hwriggles4 says:

    One parish I sometimes attended on Sunday, the choir purposely keeps the offertory song short enough so that after the gifts are presented at the altar, the congregation can actually hear the priest recite “Blessed are you God of all creation, for your goodness (you know the rest) Lord, wash away my iniquity, cleanse me from all my sins.”

    I would like to see this more during the Ordinary Form. I first recall this as an altar boy 35 years ago, and IMHO when the congregation hears these words, they get a better understanding of the Eucharist and why the Sunday obligation is important.

  11. Geoffrey says:

    I agree with MariaKap. I love hearing the Eucharistic Prayer, preferably I or III, and in Latin. The papal Masses of Benedict XVI were mesmerizing when he would pray the EP aloud.

  12. JonPatrick says:

    The advantage of the silent canon is that one can either follow along in a hand missal, or put the missal aside and just soak in the silence and meditate on the sacrifice. With the Ordinary Form there is no silence and no chance to meditate.

  13. capchoirgirl says:

    But you can’t follow along, JonPatrick, if you can’t hear it. Then you just end up reading it yourself.
    I do agree that the OF needs more time for silence and meditation but I don’t think this is the best place for it. There are many people who want to hear the beautiful words of the EPs. I’d take that over schlocky hymnody and “choral meditations” any day.

  14. Geoffrey says:

    “Only in these ways can the Ordinary Form avoid being a form of torture to the ears of body and soul”.

    Do the rubrics even allow for a “silent canon”? If not, this could never be an valid option unless Holy Mother Church expressly says so.

    The Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is not inherently bad. It is the liturgical abuses and “creativity” for lack of a better word that have been and are still the problem. Celebrated as Holy Mother Church intends, with fidelity to the rubrics, plenty of Latin with some vernacular, Gregorian chant, and instituted ministers, the Ordinary Form has amazing potential.

    I am reminded of a 2010 essay by Dr. Jeff Mirus at He said:

    “My advice to those who seriously dislike the Novus Ordo is this: Admit your personal preference for the Extraordinary Form if you like; true Catholics should not criticize you for it, even if they prefer the Ordinary Form. Combat abuses of the Novus Ordo where you can; the Church will thank you for that. But do not denigrate the rite itself, as if it is something unworthy or profane, and never imply that the billion Catholics who use and have come to love it are somehow inferior in their Faith…”


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