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Francis Cardinal George (1937 – 2015)

17 April 2015
Francis Cardinal George (1937 – 2015)

I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history. Francis Cardinal George, OMI Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal George, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago, died today of cancer. He was 78. There’s a lot you could say about Cardinal George, and...

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Happy Birthday, Father Benedict!

16 April 2015
Happy Birthday, Father Benedict!

Today is the 88th birthday of Father Benedict, once Pope Benedict XVI. Happy birthday! I recently ran across an interesting article by Elizabeth Scalia (the Anchoress) about Benedict being an “anchor” for the Papacies of the men who proceeded and followed him. John Paul would not have been free to be John Paul — and all he became to the world during his papacy — without the anchor of Benedict. He was the “pilgrim” pope, traveling more than any before...

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The Divine Mercy

12 April 2015
The Divine Mercy

Today, the Second Sunday in the Octave of Easter, is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Sunday after Easter as the Sunday of the Divine Mercy (Dominica II Paschæ seu de divina misericordia) in accord with the visions of the Divine Mercy received by

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Papal Bull!

11 April 2015
Papal Bull!

No. Really. Today Pope Francis issued a Papal Bull proclaiming the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Misericordiae Vultus BULL OF INDICTION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY FRANCIS, BISHOP OF ROME, SERVANT OF THE SERVANTS OF GOD TO ALL WHO READ THIS LETTER GRACE, MERCY, AND PEACE 1. Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth,...

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Just Call Me Godfaddah

06 April 2015
Just Call Me Godfaddah

Congratulations to my new Goddaughter Monique’ on her Baptism and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil! She took the name Anastasia, for Saint Anastasia of Rome, who is honoured in the Roman Canon. It’s always amazing to me to see the smiles on the faces of the newly Baptized. I remember it my own Baptism, and I’m pretty sure my jaw hurt from smiling. Monique’ was one of four we Baptized this year – you can see all the photos...

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Alleluia! Alleluia!

05 April 2015

Christus Resurrexit! Resurrexit Vere!

04 April 2015

Exult!

04 April 2015

Please Join us Tonight for the Great Vigil of Easter

04 April 2015
Please Join us Tonight for the Great Vigil of Easter

If you live in western Washington, I invite you to join us for the Easter Vigil at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Tacoma. The Vigil will begin at 9:00 PM, but you’ll want to get there early. Featuring: A bonfire. A dark church and a thousand candles. Chant (in Latin AND English). Seven readings from the Old Testament tracing Salvation History. A half a dozen psalms or more. More bells than you can shake a stick at....

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Good Friday: God is Dead

03 April 2015
It is finished.

Today is Good Friday: the commemoration of the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ at Calvary. Ecce lignum Crucis, in quo salus mundi pepéndit. Veníte adorémus. Behold the wood of the Cross, on which hung the salvation of the world. Come let us adore. (Missale Romanum: Friday of the Passion of the Lord) He was condemned by his own people, abandoned by his friends, sentenced to death by the Roman Prefect of Judea, Pontius Pilate. He was scourged, mocked,...

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Pope Francis



Servus Servorum Dei

I Peter 5:8

Fratres : Sóbrii estóte, et vigiláte : quia adversárius vester diábolus tamquam leo rúgiens circuit, quærens quem dévoret : cui resístite fortes in fide.

Brethren, be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.

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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)

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