"Who can resist these little chicks? Our brood is cloaked in a soft, downy layer of natural chicken feathers," gushes WIlliams-Sonoma re these total cutie pies.
"What are you doing for Easter? Want to come to a service -- lots of them this week -- all beautiful," emails blogfriend Jill:
I’m determined to get you there one day to see and hear the beauty, especially with the boys' choir. There’s a mass at 7:30 on Thursday night / Special added attraction you get to see the priest wash the feet of lowlier ones.
She speaks of the Italian Romanesque St. Paul's in Cambridge, MA, home of the internationally renowned Boston Boy Choir, the performing arts arm of the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School. The youngsters study music and math and science and geography and all things bright and beautiful and perform with the likes of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Handel & Haydn Society. We'd love to see their test scores compared with the totally awesome Finnish masters of the universe. Googling brought forth some prescient words from early church fathers. "There is very grave danger, not far distant from this sacred edifice," warned Cardinal O'Connell ninety-plus years ago in a sermon delivered November 12, 1916 on the day the cornerstone was laid for St. Paul's, where Tuck and ourselves will be joining Jill for a heart-stopping Holy Thursday mass just days before Easter:
It is the growing tendency to separate science from faith and spiritual from material forces. Prominent educators are striving to undermine the foundation of all truth, the source of all knowledge, of all life -- Christian faith.
The very theme Papa Ratzi has been sounding during this season of our discontent over creeping Dhimmitude.