Monk’s Corner


Sunday Meditations from Greeley, CO

From Deacon Joseph Meilinger

Your local ersatz monk.

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1157b     (Liturgical Music) 

How I wept, deeply moved by your hymns, songs, and the voices that echoed through your church! What emotion I experienced in them! Those sounds flowed into my ears, distilling the truth in my heart. A feeling of devotion surged within me, and tears streamed down my face — tears that did me good.  — St. Augustine

Random Thought 1:  Yes, I remember the punctus, clivis, torculus and torculus resupinus. These are terms involved in the reading of Gregorian Chant. The beautiful Church music developed by and finally arranged and defined by St. Gregory the Great. A fine sample of which you will find on the News/Links page.

        Many parishes are developing new choirs in the art of this beautiful music, which is, according to Vatican Council II still the preferred music for the ordinary of the Mass, sequences and Liturgy of the Hours. It seems that if we can’t go back to the use of some Latin, or turn the priest around ad orientem, as Benedict wanted to do, we can at least get back to this beautiful, spiritually uplifting music. Note the quote from the catechism below; this was the music that St. Augustine experienced.

Random Thought 2:  I am not writing about the scandals going on in the Church because there are too many contradictions and viewpoints that are not substantiated by facts at this time. I will let the hierarchy sort this out with the faithful before I make comment. I trust my Archbishop to give the clergy and laity the truth when all the smoke and mirrors have cleared.

Random Thought 3:  Communism: You have two cows. The government takes both, milks them, keeps the milk, and gives you a pint.
Socialism: The government takes one of your cows and gives it to a neighbor.
Fascism: The government takes both your cows and shoots one of them.
Nazism: The government takes both cows and shoots you.
Capitalism: You milk both cows, sell one of the cows, and buy a bull.
Bureaucracy: The government takes both cows, milks them, and pours the milk down the drain.