Beowulf: Grendel is a Descendant of Cain

    Then the mighty spirit who dwelt in darkness angrily endured
    the torment of hearing each day high revel in the hall.
    There was the sound of the harp, the clear song of the minstrel. [1]
    He who could tell of men’s beginning from olden times
    spoke of how the Almighty wrought the world
    the earth bright in its beauty which the water encompasses;
    the Victorious One established the brightness of sun
    and moon for a light to dwellers in the land,
    and adorned the face of earth with branches and leaves;
    He also created life of all kinds which move and live.[2]
    Thus the noble warriors lived in pleasure and plenty
    until a fiend in hell began to contrive malice.
    The grim spirit was called Grendel, a famous march-stepper,
    who held the moors, the fen and the fastness.
    The hapless creature sojourned for a space in the sea-monster’s home
    after the Creator had condemned him. [3]
    The eternal Lord avenged the murder on the race of Cain,
    because he slew Abel. He did not rejoice in that feud.
    He, the Lord, drove him far from mankind for that crime. [4]
    Thence sprang all evil spawn, ogres and elves and sea-monsters,
    giants too who struggled long time against God. [5]
    He paid them requital for that.

Reference

Shane Weller, ed., Beowulf (New York, Dover, 1992), pp. 2-3.

Notes

[1]  One of the sufferings of the demons and damned souls in hell is to know that on the other side (heaven), the angels and saints rejoice in the presence of God.  And this is forever and ever.  The laughter of demons are cold with malice, that even the fires of hell fail to bring warmth.

[2]  This is a summary of the first chapter of Genesis.  First day is separation of light and darkness.  Second day is separation of heavens and seas.  Third day is separation of seas and lands, and the sprouting of plants and trees over the lands.  Fourth day is creation of sun, moon, and stars.  Fifth day is creation of fishes and birds.  Sixth day is the creation land animals and humans.

[3]  The sea- or water-dwelling monsters described in the book of Job are Behemoth and Leviathan.  Behemoth looks like a giant hippopotamus, while Leviathan looks like a giant fire-breathing crocodile. (See Job 40:15-24; 41:1-34)

[4] Cain’s offering was fruits, while that of Abel was fat portions of the firstlings of his flock.  God accepted the offering of Abel and not that of Cain.  So Cain became envious and killed his brother Abel.  Because of this, God punished Cain:

What have you done?  Listen; your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground!  And now you are cursed from the ground, which have opened up its mouth to receive your brother’s blood.  When you till the ground, it will no longer yield to you its strength; you will be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth. (Gen 4:10-12)

[5]  It may be difficult to see how Cain could have fathered these monsters.  But recent advances (?) in human-animal hybrids may make this possible soon.

A Song for Mary: Ateneo de Manila University Hymn

    A Song for Mary
    We stand on a hill between the earth and sky.
    Now all is still where Loyola’s colors fly.
    Our course is run and the setting sun ends Ateneo’s day.
    Eyes are dry at the last goodbye; this is the Ateneo way.
    Mary for you! For your white and blue!
    We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, constantly true!
    We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, faithful to you!
    Down from the hill, down to the world go I;
    rememb’ring still, how the bright Blue Eagles fly.
    Through joys and tears, through the laughing years,
    we sing our battle song:
    Win or lose, it’s the school we choose;
    this is the place where we belong!
    Mary for you! For your white and blue!
    We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, constantly true!
    We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, faithful to you!

Source: Ateneo de Manila University Hymn

Of the Birth of Christ

    by St. John of the Cross [1,2,3]
    When the ancient dispensation
    Its predestin’d course had run,
    Straight from out His bridal chamber
    Came the Bridegroom, God the Son.
    Once on earth, with arms extended
    He embrac’d His heavenly Bride,
    And His blessed Mother laid Him
    In the manger, at her side.
    All around that helpless baby
    Animals were standing by;
    Men sang songs of glad rejoicing;
    Angels join’d their songs on high;
    Celebrating the betrothal
    ‘Twixt the Bridegroom and the Bride
    While the Almighty, in the manger,
    As an infant, wept and cried.
    Gems these tears which human nature
    Brought to the betrothal-rite,
    And the Maid was lost in wonder
    As she witness’d such a sight.
    Man was full of joy and gladness;
    God was weeping, weak and lone.
    Ne’er before throughout the ages
    Had so strange a thing been known.

References

[1] P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, trans., The Complete Works of Saint John of the Cross: Doctor of the Church, ed. by E. Allison Peers, vol. 2, Spiritual Canticle: Poems (Newman Bookshop, Westminster, Maryland, 1946), pp. 464–465.

[2] His baptismal name is John de Yepes (24 June 1542, Hontoveros, Old Castile). It was only in 24 February 1563 when he received the Carmelite habit in Medina that he took the name John of the Cross. See Benedict Zimmerman, “St. John of the Cross,” The Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 8 (Robert Appleton, New York, 1910). 19 Dec. 2008 <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08480a.htm>.

[3] His Spanish name is Juan de la Cruz, which is now the generic name of all Filipinos.

The Dark Ages are at Hand

The Dark Ages are at hand.

The Southrons have overran Gondor.  Minas Tirith is burning.  The West has failed.

The Dark Ages are at hand.

The Pope stands alone.  His vanguard have disbanded.  His virgins unveiled.

The Dark Ages are at hand.

Pray.