Carmina Burana



Something for the weekend.  Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.  Carmina Burana , literally “Songs from Beuern” (“Beuern” is short for Benediktbeuern) is the name given to a manuscript of some 254 poems and texts found at the Bendictine monastery in Benediktbeuern, Bavaria in 1803.  The poems and texts were written by students and clergy in the eleventh-thirteenth century.  Often off-color, they were typical of the type of ephemeral pieces that scholars wrote to blow off steam and amuse themselves, usually destroyed and forgotten soon after written.    Carl Orff set twenty-four of the poems to music in 1935 and the immortal cantata Carmina Burana  came into the world.  Its dramatic music has been used endlessly in films, with most non Latin or German speakers not having a clue what it is about, and thus has imprinted itself in the minds of a wide audience.  My favorite rendition is below:

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  1. Prayer to Our Lady helped me get out of bed and care for my newborn. Our Lady’s love is rather warm and graceful.
    I cannot imagine how those poor women with their breast uncovered can feel comfortable. Have anyone ever noticed the anger and bitterness on the faces of half naked women in ads and newspapers?

  2. Mary De Voe.

    I ponder the phrase; “War on Woman.”
    It’s pathetic.
    An example; The popularity of the book and movie Fifty Shades of Grey.

    Women, not all mind wife is great and I’m blessed to share my life with her…seem to support ideals and behavior that sabotage their essence and beauty. They hold a dignity and honor that far exceeds the boardrooms and seven figure incomes. They are the co-sharers of Gods design and works in many good and wholesome ways.

    For some motherhood. For others their selfless giving to friends and acquaintance’s. In all ways they share this truth put forward by Venerable Fr. Solanus Casey;

    “Life is to live and life is to give. For talents to use for good if you chose. Do not pray for easy lives, but pray to be stronger. Do not pray for tasks that are equal to your talents, but pray for the talents that are equal to your tasks…then the doing of your work is no miracle, but you become the miracle. Then one realizes the great gift, Life, has been given to you by the grace of God.”

    Life indeed is good.

  3. Thank you, Philip, for Solanus Casey’s quote. An immature person cannot give informed consent. See the word “consent”? It means being sent with God, having a purpose in life, a purpose driven life according to Rick warren and here, Solanus Casey. The civil right to the pursuit of Happiness is to meet the challenge of our destiny.
    The “Christian” in Fifty Shades of Grey was possessed by the devil. The immature woman tried to love the devil. God is love. To glorify loving the devil is a War on Women.
    Father Barron said that the devil is frozen to the bottom of hell. The bottomless pit is hell, the never ending abyss into which souls are lured. People are supposed to be relived that “Christian” did not murder the girl for the fun of it. That will be in the sequel, or maybe the prequel wherein “Christian” is a homicidal maniac hiding in the guise of a human being. The movie is a foretaste of hell., and maybe entitled the War on the Human Race. With the human sacrifice of abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, pornography, the lie about the human person, is the war on innocence and virtue, Justice, Love, and Truth, a real War on Mankind, the whole human race.
    (If “Christian” were exorcised, he would encourage the immature person to grow in the love of God and the respect for herself as a child of God.)
    Fifty Shades of Grey is the face of the devil, hideous, unspeakable vacuum. Monstrous.

  4. Mary De Voe.

    Thanks. As always it’s a pleasure to hear your opinions. War on mankind! So true. The devil is hungry and has so many willing to serve themselves up.
    Take care.

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