LENTCAzT 2020: 03 – Friday after Ash Wednesday: When the lights are out and silence has fallen

It is Friday after Ash Wednesday.  Lent is getting underway.

The Roman Station is Sts. John and Paul on the Caelian Hill.





REMINDER: I am on pilgrimage in the Holy Land.  I remember my benefactors in my prayers.

I provide these especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me and this blog.

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2 Responses to LENTCAzT 2020: 03 – Friday after Ash Wednesday: When the lights are out and silence has fallen

  1. Mariana2 says:

    Thanks, Father. I just got the book by Cardinal Bacci.

  2. Semper Gumby says:

    From “When the lights are out and silence has fallen”:

    “When you enter the church you’ll notice the great chandeliers which once upon a time were in the old Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.”

    From “A Night to Remember” by Walter Lord:

    “Abelseth watched the crew trying to free the collapsibles. Once an
    officer, searching for extra hands, called, ‘Are there any sailors here?’
    Abelseth had spent sixteen of his twenty-seven years on the sea and felt he should speak up.
    But his cousin and brother-in-law pleaded, ‘No, let us just stay here together.’
    So they did. They felt rather awkward and said very little. It was even more awkward when Mr and Mrs Straus drew near. ‘Please,’ the old gentleman was saying, ‘get into a lifeboat and be saved.’
    ‘No, let me stay with you,’ she replied. Abelseth turned and looked the other way.
    Within the Titanic the heavy silence of the deserted rooms had a drama of its own. The crystal chandeliers of the restaurant hung at a crazy angle, but they still burned brightly, lighting the fawn panels of French walnut and the rose-coloured carpet. A few of the little table lights with their pink silk shades had fallen over, and someone was rummaging in the pantry, perhaps for something to fortify himself.
    The Louis Quinze lounge with its big fireplace was silent and empty. The Palm Court was equally deserted – one passer-by found it hard to believe that just four hours ago it was filled with exquisitely dressed ladies and gentlemen, sipping after-dinner coffee, listening to chamber music by the same men who now played gay songs on the boat deck above.”

    “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5

    British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey on the eve of World War I:

    “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”

    “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'” -John 8:12

    Vera Lynn in 1942 “When the Lights Go On Again”:

    When the lights go on again all over the world
    And the boys are home again all over the world
    And rain or snow is all that may fall from the skies above
    A kiss won’t mean goodbye but hello to love

    From the 1995 Apostolic Letter of St. John Paul II “Orientale Lumen”:

    “The light of the East has illumined the universal Church, from the moment when “a rising sun” appeared above us (Lk 1:78): Jesus Christ, our Lord, whom all Christians invoke as the Redeemer of man and the hope of the world.”

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