As there is no special feast this day in the Sarum calendar, I said the Votive Mass of Our Lady this morning for this intention, offering the souls of those who were gassed with dreadful chemical weapons, regardless of who launched them (like the Russians and most experts in the matter, I suspect it was the rebels).
I will probably spend a while in the chapel this evening for this intention in union with all offering their prayers for peace this day.
Tomorrow is the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, traditionally a feast on which we priests renew our commitments made when we received our Tonsures, Minor Orders and Major Orders. It was quite an elaborate feast in much of northern France, a reflection of pre-Reformation English usage.
September – a month of the last weeks of summer and the time to gather our apples and pears, and swat away the marauding wasps. Autumn isn’t far away, especially as we begin to feel the bite of the west wind. My little sloop still has a few nautical miles to sail this year yet before wintering! Let’s make the most of it!
This month also brings us worries as the nations agonise over whether or not they are going to attack Syria. Apart from the human tragedy in any war, just or unjust, we have only to consider the obscene cost of modern arms and running the Armed Forces:
- F-22 Raptor fighter jet – $211.6 million each
- Virginia Class Submarine – $2,552.6 million each
- Trident II Missile – $65.7 million a pop
- Tomahawk Missile – $500,000 – the cost of two nice family houses in France. All this thing does is fly somewhere, explode and destroy itself with its target!
- V-22 Osprey tiltrotor transport plane – $95.2 million each
- Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer – $1,299.3 million (a nice second-hand sailing yacht in reasonable condition can be bought for 5-6 thousand).
And yet they squeeze the hungry peasants for tithes! Just divide these figures by your yearly salary, and take stock…