Saturday, December 02, 2006

Approach to Advent

Time for heroic virtue.

The most afflicted souls are those chosen by the divine heart. . .
— Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, quoted in From the Friars


Received in the mail and enjoyed reading an article on “Keywords: Baseball, Bartlett’s, & Barzun,” by a good reader of Barzun, John Adams.

Thanks to SMAN, attended at the Palace a Christmas concert given by the Albany Symphony. J&IH were to go with us, but IH was ill, so we took T&RA. Besides the orchestra were several choirs, a group of young Irish step dancers, and a bell choir. The sound seemed muted in the first half, louder in the second. I wonder if the orchestra itself is electronically amplified. A Musicological Journey through the 12 Days of Christmas, by Craig Courtney, was truly horrible. A pretty young mother across the aisle made think again of how much more beautiful CH could look.


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