QUOTATION: The Talkative Soul The Lord gave me to know how displeased He is with a talkative soul. I find no rest in such a soul.
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Returning to a computer near you: Fr Hunwicke! His blog is now called Mutual Enrichment and in his first post he writes about a visit to Birmingham Oratory where he was present at the clothing of Andrew Wagstaff, who until July was our MC and Rubricist.
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Because of your tremendous generosity, we could get carried away and ask for more than we need. Pray that we grow in the spirit of poverty we have espoused for the sake of the Gospel.
Our kitchen needs measuring cups, serving spoons, and eating utensils (especially teaspoons and table knives).
Your donations of over-the-counter medicines have certainly been a big help to our nurses who look after us. Can you send some regular aspirin (325 mg), chewable baby aspirin (81 mg), Ibuprofen, and Epsom salts?
During these winter months, the food processors have been working in other work departments, but they want to be ready to spring into action when their time comes.
They are asking for a dozen or so pairs of spring compression-type needle-nose pliers. (A 3 to 3 ½ inch handle length works best for women’s hands.) This type of pliers is needed for fine-plucking chickens at our chicken slaughter bees.
Our laundresses manage to get our clothing clean without much more than detergent and water. But liquid stain removers, such as Shout or Spray ‘n Wash, are a big help for removing stains. The laundresses also need ironing board covers and fine point laundry markers.
Thank you for the office supplies you continue to send us on a regular basis. This time, the office workers need only a few items: Scotch tape (both in individual dispensers and as refills for desk dispensers), White-out, pamphlet-size calendar planners or date logs, and printer paper.
Would any of you have a refrigerator, electric stove, or chest freezer in working condition that you no longer need? Ours are wearing out and keep breaking down.
The cleaning team needs vacuum cleaners, especially uprights, as well as rubber gloves (mostly the kind for everyday use but also a couple of pairs of chemical strength ones for special use).
Our local landfill requires that household garbage be put in clear garbage bags. But we don’t have any at the moment. So we are begging for large (approximately 60″ by 36″) industrial strength clear garbage bags.
Many thanks for the religious Christmas cards you donated. The fronts of the used ones will be used to make new cards for next Christmas.
Our prayers are with you in a special way during this holy Lenten season. May we all experience in a deeper way this Lent, God’s merciful love for us in Christ so that we may rejoice in the Lord always.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (March 2012)
Something about David Mullen’s music has always resonated with me. He’s a gritty, no-frills soul rocker, and his lyrics continually twist and turn in, out, through, and between complexity and simplicity. The man is a true artist.
One of my favourite songs is Functional Faith And Clothing, from his 1991 Faded Blues album. It’s short – 88 seconds long – and so the only clip I could find online is actually a good chunk of the song. If you find it on iTunes it’s easily worth the $0.99. Yes, the penny-to-second ratio is less than 1, so it might not seem like a good deal, but it’s such an amazing & simple little song I can’t see how you’d regret the decision.
Here are the lyrics:
Me and my jeans, we fit together most naturally
Me and purity, should fit together as easily.
You do what you, I don’t care
When it comes to faith and clothing I need something I can wear.
I need functional faith and clothing (repeat this line a bunch of times)
The fun thing about this song is the beatbox/scat with which he opens and closes the song, in tune with his guitar picking. Percussion is a simple djembe flitting around the guitar’s rhythm. The melody is charming yet covers a broad range, and he puts his whole heart into blasting it out.