Monday, November 2, 2009

All Souls Day

I'm reading a mathematics book called "Does God Play Dice" by Ian Stewart. It's not a new book, although I have the second edition, but like most people I tend to throw around the term "chaos theory" without really knowing what it entails and this book is about the mathematics of chaos. I'm trying to do something about my limited understanding. There's something very intriguing about the idea about the underlying order in chaos and the chaos in things that seem quite orderly. This loving and wonderful God whom I believe created all there is made a most amazing universe. I know there's a sermon in here somewhere. But for the moment I need to put the book aside and work on other things.

There is something very solemn for me about this day. All of my mother's generation has passed away (she was the youngest of her family and the last to go) and even though it's been over ten years, I do miss her. She wasn't the easiest mother to get along with, especially when she was depressed, but she did have a good sense of humor, was a great cook and until toward the end, up for adventure.

I'm listening to the Tallis Scholars singing Byrd's The Great Service. It has the right tone for me today to help me while I spend some time working on a paper. You Tube doesn't seem to have any of the wonderful music from the this album which contains:
  1. Venite
  2. Te Deum
  3. Benedictus
  4. Creed
  5. Magnificat
  6. Nunc dimittis
  7. O Lord, make Thy servant Elizabeth
  8. O God, the proud are risen
  9. Sing joyfully unto God
However, I did find this glorious piece: Vigilate (Keep watch) which also seems appropriate. It was recorded at Tewekesbury Abbey.


Grandmère Mimi said...

Amelia, after my aunt (who was the last of my mother's generation to go) died, I realized that there was no one left to question about family history. That's a loss.

Lovely music.

motheramelia said...

I know, I feel a similar loss. Every now and then there's something I'd love to know the answer to and there's no one to ask.