Friday, 23 June 2017

"Oh, Scarlett". "Oh, Rhett" !!! "Gone With The Wind". "Frankly, My Dear, I Don't Give A Damn".

"Tara's Theme".
"Gone With The Wind".
Available on YouTube at

Film Poster for
"Gone With The Wind".
Date: 1939.
Author: Employee(s) of MGM.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Clark Gable (playing Rhett Butler)
from the trailer for the film "Gone With The Wind".
Date: 1939.
Author: Trailer screenshot.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Vivien Leigh (playing Scarlett O'Hara)
from the trailer for the film "Gone With The Wind".
Date: 1939.
Author: Trailer screenshotLicencing information :
(Wikimedia Commons)

The following Text is from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia.

"Gone With The Wind" is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel of the same name. The film was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International Pictures and directed by Victor Fleming.

Set in the American South against the backdrop of The American Civil War and Reconstruction era, the film tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, from her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes, who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, to her marriage to Rhett Butler. The leading roles are portrayed by Vivien Leigh (Scarlett), Clark Gable (Rhett), Leslie Howard (Ashley), and Olivia de Havilland (Melanie).

Production was difficult from the start. Filming was delayed for two years due to Selznick's determination to secure Gable for the role of Rhett Butler, and the "search for Scarlett" led to 1,400 women being interviewed for the part.

The original screenplay was written by Sidney Howard, but underwent many revisions by several writers in an attempt to get it down to a suitable length. The original director, George Cukor, was fired shortly after filming had begun and was replaced by Fleming, who in turn was briefly replaced by Sam Wood, while Fleming took some time off due to exhaustion.

After romantic relationships with Howard Hughes, James Stewart, and John Huston, Olivia de Havilland (sister of Joan Fontaine) married author Marcus Goodrich, with whom she had a son, Benjamin. Following her divorce from Goodrich in 1953, she moved to Paris and married Pierre Galante, an executive editor for the French journal Paris Match, with whom she had a daughter, Gisèle.

In 1962, she published Every Frenchman Has One, an account of her life in France. De Havilland and Joan Fontaine are the only siblings to have won Academy Awards in a lead acting category. A lifelong rivalry between the two actresses resulted in an estrangement that lasted over three decades. She has lived in Paris since 1956, and celebrated her 100th birthday on 1 July 2016.

In June 2017, two weeks before her 101st birthday, de Havilland was appointed Dame Commander of The Order of The British Empire in the 2017 Birthday Honours List for services to drama. It makes her the oldest woman ever to receive the honour. In a statement, she called it "the most gratifying of birthday presents".

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Saint Paulinus. Bishop And Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 22 June.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Paulinus.
   Bishop and Confessor.
   Feast Day 22 June.


White Vestments.

English: Gothic-Revival Stained-Glass Window
Saint Paulinus of Nola.
Linz Cathedral, Austria.
Deutsch: Linzer Dom (Oberösterreich).
Neogotisches Buntglasfenster
mit Darstellung des heiligen Paulinus von Nola.
Photo: 14 March 2009.
Source: Own work.
Author: Wolfgang Sauber.
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Paulinus, born in 353 A.D. of a noble Roman family at Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France, distinguished himself in his studies and became Senator at the age of twenty-five. Elected Consul, he established his residence at Nola, in Campania, Italy, near the tomb of Saint Felix, the Martyred Priest, whose Feast The Church Celebrates on 14 January. Whilst at Campania, Saint Paulinus was suddenly touched by Grace and, soon after, was Baptised.

Following the example of Christ, "Who, being rich, made Himself poor" (Epistle), and Who counselled the practice of The Virtue of Poverty (Gospel), he abandoned his great riches and, at this price, bought The Kingdom of Heaven.

Having separated from his wife, who also gave herself to God, he became a Priest. Later, he was Bishop of Nola (Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory, Communion).

His former friends blamed him. "He is content with the approval of Jesus" [Poem X. Ad Ausonium]. Soon afterwards, the Goths ravaged Campania and utterly despoiled the rich of Rome, who gained no merit thereby, whereas Saint Paulinus, who had abandoned his riches voluntarily for Christ's sake, is rewarded a hundredfold hereafter in Eternal Life.

He died in 431 A.D. at the age of seventy-eight, and was buried near Saint Felix, at Nola, Italy.

Mass: Sacerdotes tui.


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Solennité De La Fête-Dieu. Corpus Christi At The Church Of Saint-Eugène, Paris, France.

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga. Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 21 June.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga.
   Feast Day 21 June.


White Vestments.

The Vocation of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga.PNG

The Vocation of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga.
Artist: Guercino (1591–1666).
Date: Circa 1650.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Holy Ghost, "distributor of Heavenly Gifts" (Collect), made of Aloysius, a young Prince of the noble family of Gonzaga, an Angel on Earth, uniting in him all the marvels of innocence and mortification (Ibid.). Wherefore, The Church applies to him the Verse of the Psalm, where the humanity of Adam, before The Fall, and that of Christ, are declared hardly inferior to Angelic nature (Introit).

His birth to a Heavenly Life preceded in a certain manner his natural birth, for he was born at the Castle of Castiglione, in Italy, in such perilous circumstances, that they hastened his Baptism (Gradual). As an infant, all those who carried him in their arms thought they held an Angel.

At the age of nine, at Florence, Italy, he made a Vow of Virginity before the Altar of The Blessed Virgin, and practised during his whole life the strictest modesty in his looks. Amid the seductions of the Princely Courts, to which his father sent him, he kept his first innocence so faithfully that he seemed confirmed in Grace (Epistle).

The Vocation of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga.PNG

Towards the age of eleven, he received for the first time The Bread of Angels from the hands of Saint Charles Borromeo (Communion). At sixteen, he entered at Rome The Company of Jesus, of which he is one of the glories. He so distinguished himself, by his mortification and love of God, that he is compared to The Elect in Heaven. "They live like Angels," says Jesus, because the Soul will exercise full command over the body, which will participate in its Spiritual nature.

At the age of twenty-two (1591), wearing his innocence like a nuptial robe, on which shone the pearls of his continual tears, he died a victim to his devotion to the plague-stricken and ascended The Holy Mountain to take part in The Heavenly Banquet to which God invites The Pure of Heart (Secret, Offertory, Gradual).

Let us have recourse to the merits and intercession of Saint Aloysius.

Pope Benedict XIII (reigned 1724-1730) gave him as a pattern to young people, in order that, not always having imitated him in his innocence, they may at least imitate him by doing Penance (Collect).

Mass: Minuisti eum.

Priestly Ordinations In Saint Mary's Church, Warrington. Deo Gratias.

Text and Illustration: JOSEPH SHAW (FLICKR)

Holy Orders were conferred, and Mass Celebrated, by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, in Saint Mary's Church, Warrington. The Ordinands were Alex Stewart, FSSP, and Krzysztof Sanetra FSSP. Bishop Mark Davies, of Shrewsbury, was in Choro (in Choir).

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Saint Silverius. Pope And Martyr. Feast Day, Today, 20 June.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless stated otherwise.

Saint Silverius.
   Pope And Martyr.
   Feast Day 20 June.


Red Vestments.

Pope Silverius.
(Wikimedia Commons)

A son of Pope Hormisdas, who was married before receiving Holy Orders, Silverius was invested with full Sacerdotal powers on succeeding Pope Agapitus on The Pontifical Throne (Introit, Alleluia). Theodora, Empress of Constantinople, entreated him to restore to The Pontifical Throne, of that City, a heresiarch [Editor: The founder of a heresy or the leader of a heretical sect], who, "living a slave to his impious wishes and not having The Spirit of God" (Epistle), had been deposed by Pope Agapitus. When Pope Silverius refused Theodora's demands, she caused him to be exiled to the Island of Ponza, Italy.

As a Disciple of Christ, The Holy Pontiff, Silverius, followed Him bearing His Heavy Cross (Gospel), and, from there (Ponza), governed The Church, "taking for his food," as he is reported to have said, "the bread of affliction and the water of anguish".

A short time after, Silverius, worn out by privations and sufferings, fell asleep in The Lord in 538 A.D. His body, carried to Rome and buried in the Vatican Basilica, was made famous by numerous Miracles.

Guided by The Holy Ghost, let us beseech God to help our weakness (Collect), and to fill us with the courage shown by Blessed Silverius in the defence of Truth.

Mass: Státuit.
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