Pope Celestine’s Prayer for a Pregnant Woman

Seemed fitting.

Aliens in This World

Pope Celestine composed this for his sister! It is found in a lot of old English missals for the Sarum Rite. I found it in Volume 2 of the Sarum Missal translation.

I think it is a very good prayer. It was designed for priests to use, as a Mass intention.


O God, Who didst sanctify the Blessed Virgin Mother, Mary, both in conception and delivery; and Who, by Thy mighty power, didst deliver Jonah from the belly of the whale:

Protect Thy servant who is great with child, and visit her with Thy salvation; so that the child she beareth may be safely delivered, and may attain unto the grace of the Laver of Salvation.

Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.


Receive, O Lord, we beseech Thee, our humble prayers and oblations; and preserve Thy servant under the shield of Thy protection. And as Thou hast ordained…

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Water Rights: A Primer Sort Of

Folks may have noticed I have a…peeve… against Kevin J. Williamson. I greatly dislike his writing.

Happened because he got a bee in his bonnet to “fix” water rights. It was… well, kinda amazing how it looked almost exactly like the idea of “fixing” inequality by confiscating everybody’s property and redistributing it, but with the added bonus of charging people for the privilege.

This gal has done several posts on water rights and the title right there tells you that it’s REALLY FREAKING COMPLICATED.

Cat Rotator's Quarterly

To whom belongs the stream? The water under the ground? The water in the clouds? It depends on where you are, how much water there is to divide, and if you got there first and what you plan to do with it. In some areas, a central government or a group of national governments divide up the water and take responsibilities for it. In other places, medieval and Roman law is used by communities.

This little quick discussion is going to focus on water quantity. Water quality has been regulated by various community and customary laws going waaaaay back. One is not to foul water so that downstream users suffer. You are not supposed to dump things [bodies, offal] into wells (unless you are at war).

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The whole thing is worth reading, but I really liked this paragraph:

He’s the son of a teen mom, born shortly before Roe v. Wade, and narrowly escaped being aborted. He’d be sharing office space with people who believe it would have been totally fine, completely morally acceptable, and possibly virtuous if a doctor had ripped him to pieces in his mother’s womb.

A Patristic Easter Egg Hunt: St. Cyril of Alexandria

Egg related musing on unanswered prayers.

Aliens in This World

Another goodie from the collection at Tertullian.org! This one is adapted from the Syriac version of St. Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on Luke, which he apparently gave as a series of sermons. The 1859 translator was R. Payne Smith, a sublibrarian at the Bodleian Library who also edited and published the Syriac manuscript.

So here’s St. Cyril on eggs, in Sermon 79.

“….We sometimes draw near to our bounteous God, offering Him petitions for various objects, according to each one’s pleasure — but occasionally without discernment, or without any careful examination of what truly is to our advantage, and of what, if granted by God, would prove a blessing; and what would be to our injury, if we received it.

“Rather, by the inconsiderate impulse of our fancy, we fall into desires replete with ruin, and which thrust the souls of those that entertain them into the snare…

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Nobody wants to take your guns?

Citations going back 15-20 years showing that yes, public official types DO want to “take my guns.”

The Writer in Black

Bringing this forward from my old blog:

Whenever I, or others, object to “registration” or bans on transfers, or other forms of “gun control” and firearms restrictions as steps toward an eventual complete prohibition and the confiscation that such would necessarily entail, we get told we’re paranoid and “nobody wants to take your guns.”

Well, perhaps we should consider these “nobodies”:

“A gun-control movement worthy of the name would insist that President Clinton move beyond his proposals for controls … and immediately call on Congress to pass far-reaching industry regulation like the Firearms Safety and Consumer Protection Act … [which] would give the Treasury Department health and safety authority over the gun industry, and any rational regulator with that authority would ban handguns.” Josh Sugarmann (executive director of the Violence Policy Center)

“My view of guns is simple. I hate guns and I cannot imagine why anyone would want…

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What Can’t Go On

The mobs are starting to annoy me.

According To Hoyt


A friend talking to me yesterday asked “is it me or have most institutions, stores and corporations, most large human organizations, gone stone stupid?”

This was after a conversation that involved the fact that our people, including friends and acquaintances are at war with something pretty much universally right now.  Something that they’d never dream of going to war against, something they didn’t want to fight, but have to, because “mistakes were made.”  Usually mistakes are made by the business or organization and they’re large enough that they’re either existential or very, very expensive if not fought back against.

And the one universal on these things is that they’re STUPID.  I mean, rock bottom, bizarrely stupid.

On the last trips to the grocery store, Dan and I, looking over our receipt at the end, have found big enough errors to justify losing half an hour in the customer service line. …

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