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Cecilia

22 November 2014
Cecilia

Cecilia is one of the most famous and most venerated of Roman martyrs, even though the facts of her martrydom are a little vague. Legend has it that she, her husband Valerian, and her brother-in-law Tiburtius were martyred during the reign of Emperor Alexander Severus, about the year 230. Her name appears in the First Eucharistic Prayer (the Roman Canon) among Rome’s other beloved martyrs, and when Christianity became legal in the Roman Empire in the fourth century, a...

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Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi

10 November 2014
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi

Dom Mark Kirby, the Prior of Our Lady of the Cenacle Monastery (Silverstream Priory) has written a thoughtful and important article to which I’d like to draw your attention. Speaking in Vienna this week, His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke said, “The Church’s discipline can never be other than true to her doctrine.” His Eminence was, in effect, articulating a principle that flows from the age–old law that grounds and shapes both Catholic doctrine and the Catholic moral life:...

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From Living and Chosen Stones

9 November 2014
From Living and Chosen Stones

You would be forgiven for thinking that the Pope’s main church is St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. It’s certainly the largest. But no. The Pope’s own church – his episcopal seat as Bishop of Rome – is in the church of Saint John Lateran. Which Saint John? Good question. Two of them, actually, for the full name of this church is the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour and Saints John the Baptist and the Evangelist at the...

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The Day of the Dead

2 November 2014
The Day of the Dead

Let’s talk Purgatory. We have to, to make any sense at all out of today’s feast. Today is officially “The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed”, but like most folks, I’ll stick with the simple version – All Souls’ Day. Over the years, I’ve heard numerous homilies and essays that mix this day up with yesterday, All Saints’ Day. Somebody once told me, “they’re basically the same feast”. No. Yesterday, we celebrated the feast of all the saints –...

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For All the Saints

1 November 2014
For All the Saints

Happy Feast of All Saints! This is the day where we celebrate all the saints, known and unknown: the Church Triumphant. This day has been a feast since the sixth or seventh century, and it was fixed on November 1 in the Roman calendar by Pope Gregory III in the mid 8th century. Yesterday, of course, was the vigil or eve of All Saints… or in old timey English, All Hallows. How this got conflated with the Pagan Samhain,...

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These Wounds I had on Crispian’s Day

25 October 2014
These Wounds I had on Crispian’s Day

Happy Feast of Saints Crispin and Crispinian! Enter the KING WESTMORELAND. O that we now had here But one ten thousand of those men in England That do no work to-day! KING. What’s he that wishes so? My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin; If we are mark’d to die, we are enow To do our country loss; and if to live, The fewer men, the greater share of honour. God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one man...

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Saint Luke

18 October 2014
Saint Luke

Saint Luke is my kind of writer. Luke the historian and Luke the lyrical poet are both in evidence in his New Testament writings, his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. He freely admits that he never met Christ in the flesh, that he was not a witness to the events he describes in his Gospel. Like any good historian, he talked to the eyewitnesses, sometimes eliciting from them personal insights that are glossed over in the other...

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The Four Ends of Mass

17 October 2014
The Four Ends of Mass

I’ve long been an admirer of the Catholic Gentleman blog, so much so that I recently added a like in the “Blogs of Note” section on the left. Today they’ve got a great article up on The Four Ends of Mass. Let’s begin with what the mass is not. The mass is not a community meal designed to strengthen our unity and “gather us in.” Feelings of unity and community can be strengthened at any number of events, including...

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The Sun Trembled…

13 October 2014
The Sun Trembled…

Today is the feast of Saint Edward the Confessor, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England. But I’m not going to talk about him. On this day in 1307 – on the 63rd birthday of their Grand Master Jacques de Molay – hundreds of Knights Templar in France were simultaneously arrested by agents of King Phillip IV. I’m not going to talk about that either. Today I’d like to touch on the remarkable event that occurred on this day in...

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He Just Never Stopped Preaching

9 October 2014
He Just Never Stopped Preaching

Everybody knows a guy who just won’t shut up. Sometimes it’s not even that he has something to say, or that he likes the sound of his own voice. Sometimes these are the folks who are genuinely frightened by silence. Sometimes, they just don’t know how not to talk. If those folks had a patron saint, it would no doubt be Saint Denis of Paris. An Italian missionary bishop, he was sent by Pope Fabian (236-250) to Gaul, where...

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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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