Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Antonio Vivaldi's L'estate, Peformed by Mari Silje Samuelsen and the Trondheim Soloists, Directed by Øyvind Gimse

A composition by a Catholic priest with which to celebrate the day Common Dreams' James Carroll remembers — A Solstice Approaches, Unnoticed. "Once, humans were intimate with the cycles of nature, and never more than on the summer solstice," the author notes, rightly lamenting the facts that "contemporary people take little notice of the sun reaching its far point on the horizon" and that "we are apt to miss this phenomenon of Earth’s axial tilt, as we miss so much of what the natural world does in our surrounds."

In the West, we can place the blame for this disconnection with nature on the abandonment by her children of Holy Mother Church, and, to be fair, her misguided but generous response to this unfiliality by abandoning much of the Catholic Calendar, or at least failing to place proper emphasis on it.

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OpenID danightman said...

Isn't the Nativity of St. John the Baptist a few days after the Summer Solstice, as Christmas is a few days after the Winter one?

That's a pretty significant Holy Day, and the day after Corpus Christi this year too (at least in the Traditional Calendar).

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Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Indeed. And Martinmas corresponds to when Winter really begins to take hold and the Assumption when Summer begins to ease up a bit. And so on and so on.

Not without reason the Colombian Nicolás Gómez Dávila saw the Catholic Church "as the heiress of all paganism, as the still living original religion."

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