ADVENTCAzT 2019 10: “Some candle clear burns somewhere I come by.”

Here is ADVENTCAzT 10, for Tuesday in the 2nd Week of Advent.

Today we hear part of a radio broadcast made my Joseph Ratzinger in 1980.  He is speaking on St. Nicholas Day, which is past, but “light” is the point, not St. Nick.  Also, we hear a poem of Gerard Manley Hopkins, The Candle Inside.  You’ll hear the connection.

This podcast vexed me at every turn.  There was one pointless interruption after another, some noise banging or idiot spam phone call.  I suddenly had microphone problems, which explains the differing sound in beginning and end.  The editing software fought me.  Etc. It is as is someone didn’t want it made.  Since it has a poem of Hopkins it was either the Devil or a Jesuit.  Therefore I hope it has double my desired impact.


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6 Responses to ADVENTCAzT 2019 10: “Some candle clear burns somewhere I come by.”

  1. Ms. M-S says:

    Thank you for this podcast, Father Z. It suggests that we reflect the true Light rather than generate it on our own. Whoever was trying to sabotage your podcast was either giving or following orders to block that Light.

  2. Mariana2 says:

    Thanks, Father!

  3. catholiccomelately says:

    Thanks, Father! ??

  4. Diana says:

    this was lovely. thank you. the sound honestly just got better with the poem. it’s all good. :)

  5. Semper Gumby says:

    Thanks Fr. Z for these reflections by Joseph Ratzinger and Gerald Manley Hopkins on Light.

    “To kindle from the light of Christ the light of a renewed humanness.” – Joseph Ratzinger

    Light and Renewal…

    Here’s an excerpt from “Approaching Weathertop: Anatomy of a Scene” by Bradley Birzer at the Imaginative Conservative:

    In his descriptions, Tolkien offers not just the “undulating ridge,” but also a “pale clear light of the October sun” as well as hills that “were brown and somber; behind them stood taller shapes of grey, and behind those again were high white peaks glimmering among the clouds.”

    Upon Amon Sûl, the party finds a mysterious stone, marked with the Elven rune for “G” and three hatch marks. Perplexed, the party looks across the horizon, only horrified to see that “two black specks were moving slowly,” two of the nine Ring Wraiths searching for them. Securing themselves against the inevitable clash with the wraiths, the party builds a fire, and, as a form of prayer, Strider tells them the story of Beren and Lúthien [Tinúviel], the greatest love story of Middle-earth, the marriage of a mortal man and immortal elf.

    The leaves were long, the grass was green, / The hemlock-umbels tall and fair, / And in the glade a light was seen / Of stars in shadow shimmering. / Tinúviel was dancing there / To music of a pipe unseen, / And light of stars was in her hair, / And in her raiment glimmering.

    Only minutes later, after Strider has sung and explained the tale, the Ring Wraiths attack, manipulating Frodo into slipping on the One Ring and entering their perilous realm. Fortified by the tale of Beren and Lúthien, however, Frodo resists, crying aloud the name of the most holy of women in Tolkien’s universe: “O Elbereth! Gilthoniel!”

  6. carndt says:

    Thanks to you, Father Z. All is well with the podcast. It’s message shown through to warm the soul.

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