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On the Two Cities

28 August 2015
Crivelli's Augustine closeup

Charles Dickens’ great classic, A Tale of Two Cities, begins with words that could apply to any tumultuous age, ours included. Perhaps especially ours. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it...

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A Prayer to Saint Monica

27 August 2015
A Prayer to Saint Monica

Dear Saint Monica, troubled wife and mother, many sorrows pierced your heart during your lifetime. Yet, you never despaired or lost faith. With confidence, persistence, and profound faith, you prayed daily for the conversion of your beloved husband, Patricius, and your beloved son, Augustine; your prayers were answered. Grant me that same fortitude, patience, and trust in the Lord. Intercede for me, dear Saint Monica, that God may favorably hear my plea for the conversion of my children and...

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We’re Going to Spain.

25 August 2015

Mazel Tov!

24 August 2015
Mazel Tov!

Yesterday, my step-daughter Michaela married Mr. Corey McKee in a lovely outdoor ceremony. Although she was raised a Reform Jew, it was a largely secular ceremony. There were some nice nods to the Jewish traditions, though. In particular, Michaela’s father gave one of the traditional blessings in Hebrew. He then blessed a glass of wine, which the couple drank before Corey crushed the glass underfoot. Well, he actually smashed a lightbulb, both because it gives an extra little “pop”,...

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Notes on the Transitions,
Number 6 in a Series

23 August 2015
An Arranged Marriage

Here is the text of the Q & A documents we handed out earlier this weekend. It includes the new Sunday Mass schedules for Holy Rosary and Visitation. Coming Together in Christ Transitions at Holy Rosary and Visitation, No. 2 The parish transition teams are committed to answering your questions about the upcoming changes at Visitation and Holy Rosary. Over the next few weeks, we plan to print out sheets like this addressing the most common questions. If you...

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Actuosa Participatio

21 August 2015

Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Second Vatican Council’s great Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, famously calls for “fully conscious and active participation” in the Liturgy (SC 14). In this, the Council Fathers echoed the words of Saint Pope Pius X in his Motu Proprio Tra le sollecitudini of 1903. But what does that mean? Fifty and more years on, it’s become quite obvious that what it does not mean is “give everybody a job in the sanctuary” or “get everybody to...

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Saint Bernard

20 August 2015
Saint Bernard

No, not that one. Today is the feast of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. Born in 1090 to a noble Burgundian family near Dijon, he entered the monastery at age 23. In less than three years, he was sent by his abbot to found a new monastery in Vallée d’Absinthe on 25 June 1115. Bernard named this new monastery Clairvaux, meaning “valley of light”. From there, Bernard spearheaded a wholesale reform of monastic life. For thirty-eight years as abbot he...

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Notes on the Transitions,
Number 5 in a Series

17 August 2015
Notes on the Transitions, Number 5 in a Series

Here is the text of the Q & A documents we handed out this past weekend, minus the pastors’ introductions. Coming Together in Christ Transitions at Holy Rosary and Visitation The parish transition teams are committed to answering your questions about the upcoming changes at Visitation and Holy Rosary. Over the next few weeks, we plan to print out sheets like this addressing the most common questions. If you have a question, ask a member of the transition team!...

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Today’s Solemnity of the Assumption

15 August 2015
Today’s Solemnity of the Assumption

This morning’s Mass at Holy Rosary was the last solemnity celebrated together by the parishes of Holy Rosary and Saint Joseph. Father Maurer celebrated the Mass to honor Our Lady and give glory to God, and it was beautiful, uplifting, and holy. Father chanted the prayers. We chanted the Ordinary of the Mass in English. Francine read from the Revelation of Saint John and Saint Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Cantor Cindy Choo led us in the Responsorial...

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Notes on the Transitions,
Number 4 in a Series

14 August 2015
Notes on the Transitions, Number 4 in a Series

Last night, the Holy Rosary and Visitation parish Transition Teams met together for the first time. The meeting was chaired by our incoming pastor, Very Rev. Nicholas Wichert. Also there were our current pastor, Rev. Jacob Maurer, and Leigh Stringfellow from the office of the Vicar of Clergy. This is a great bunch of folks. It was interesting to meet some of the folks from Visitation again, seven or eight years since I last worked there. Most of us...

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Theirs was the religion of Saint John and of Saint Paul, the religion of the Gloria in Excelsis Deo, of the Athanasian Creed, and of the Te Deum Laudamus: Trinitarian, Christological, liturgical, and ecclesial.

Theirs was a religion spacious, broad, lofty, deep, and, at the same time, humbly rooted in the mystery of the Incarnation and in the homely economy of the sacraments.

(Dom Jean LeClercq, O.S.B.,
on the 12th Century Monastic reformers)

Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament …

There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth…

(J.R.R. Tolkien)

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.

Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.

(G.K. Chesterton)

The Gospel takes away our right forever to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor.

(Servant of God Dorothy Day, Obl.O.S.B.)

Against the disease of writing one must take special precautions, since it is a dangerous and contagious disease.

(Peter Abelard)

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