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O Adonai

18 December 2014
O Adonai

Today is the second “O” antiphon, O Adonai. It has been a long time since I’ve sung these properly, and I very much miss chanting Vespers in community. One of my great hopes is that our chapel will be finished this time next year, so that we may pray these antiphons there. Of course, I said that last year as well. And the year before. Time has a way of slipping past, almost before you know it. These videos,...

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O Sapiéntia

17 December 2014
O Sapiéntia

O Wisdom! Advent is drawing to its close, and it’s time again for our annual look at the O Antiphons. These antiphons are part of the prayers at the liturgical hour of Vespers for the 17th through the 23rd of December – the 24th is of course the Christmas Vigil itself. They are ancient prayers, possibly dating back to the earliest days of the Christian era. We begin these last days of Advent with a plea to Wisdom, the...

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Whortleberry Twigs

13 December 2014
Saint Lucy's Eyes

Today is the name day of one of our cats. Her name is Lucy, and most days she’s dumb as a bag of rocks. In her kittenish youth, she was quite acrobatic and active – in fact, she was named after Lucy Liu, rather than the more famous Lucy pictured here. The original Lucy, however, was a Sicilian martyr. She was a wealthy young lady of Greek extraction brought up by Christian parents. She was killed during the horrific...

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Hyde

9 December 2014
Hyde

Nothing says love like digging a grave in the middle of the night in a rainstorm. We just conducted an impromptu funeral for Hyde the rabbit. He was a good rabbit, and he lived a good long life. We concluded with a few songs in his honor. I sang a very off-key rendition of the Salve Regina, and Francine played ukulele and sang “Little Rabbit Foo-Foo”. And now there’s a spot on the grounds of Pistachio House forever known...

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Salve Regina

8 December 2014

Reflections on the Mass of the Immaculate Conception

8 December 2014
Reflections on the Mass of the Immaculate Conception

Normally, we ask the servers, lectors, and extraordinary ministers to arrive thirty minutes before Mass. I was coming from work, and due to the train schedule I arrived an hour before Mass was scheduled to begin. I walked from the train station to the church in a refreshingly cool evening rain. Father was hearing Confessions, and there were a small number of people in the church, but it was mostly empty. About half of the lights hadn’t been turned...

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Immaculate!

8 December 2014
Immaculate!

On this Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let us join together with the Angels and the Saints of all ages in singing the praises of the Mother of God.

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I Saw Santa Punching Arius…

6 December 2014

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

6 December 2014
Consubstantial

Happy Saint Nicholas Day! How Saint Nicholas was transmogrified into Santa Claus, I’ll never know. “Jolly Old Saint Nick” was by all accounts a thin man, most famous for giving gifts to prostitutes and punching heretics. That whole “eight tiny reindeer” thing seems like a bit of a come down. Wait, prostitutes? Well, almost. That was their father’s plan, since he lacked the money for dowries. Here’s what the Golden Legend has to say: And it was so that...

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For the Crime of Being a Priest

1 December 2014
For the Crime of Being a Priest

In addition to being the first Monday of Advent this year, today is also historically the memorial of Saint Edmund Campion. If the paintings of him are to be believed, he is a man to whom I bear more than a passing resemblance. Today I’m going to upset some of my (Protestant) Christian friends who see the Reformation as a good thing. I don’t. Here is one of many, many reasons why. The matter-of-fact beginning to Edmund Campion’s entry...

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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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