Will Pope Francis be the only able-bodied diocesan bishop NOT to celebrate Mass of the Last Supper with priests and people?

From the marvelous Fr. Hunwicke.  I had to smile.  HERE

Job Sharing?
Why don’t people swap roles occasionally? Fr Lombardi could go riding around in airliners making remarks to journalists; then the Holy Father could do the News Conferences explaining what the remarks had really meant.

This year’s Vatican Liturgical Schedule doesn’t include the Holy Father presiding at the Mass of the Last Supper. Is Cardinal Burke, il Cardinale volante, still free to step into this breach? If, by then, the Swiss Guard has been abolished, he could bring his Knights of Malta to the Lateran to provide Security. Juventutem could waggle flabella over the sedia gestatoria.
_______________________________  [Father… don’t use long lines created from underscores… okay?  I cut this one down for you.]

I wonder if the Bishop of Rome will be the only able-bodied Latin Rite diocesan bishop in the world not to celebrate the Mass of the Last Supper openly with his priests, deacons, and people? There will of course be sound precedents galore from the much more flexible age of the Renaissance papacy … it’s praxis within the rather more rigid post-Vatican II dispensation that I’m curious about.

If the Holy Father wants a substitute for the sacred rites in St. John Lateran, and if Card. Burke is otherwise engaged… I volunteer.

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LENTCAzT 10: Ember Friday of the 1st Week of Lent

LENTCAzT15Today is Friday of the 1st Week of Lent. Today is an Ember Day.


How long has it been?

Here is another 5 minute daily podcast for Lent.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season.


I am providing these again this year especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me and this blog.

And.. don’t forget…


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Guido Reni CrucifixionThe usual conditions of confession, Communion and detachment from even venial sin apply, but here is a great opportunity to gain a Plenary Indulgence for those who go to Mass on Fridays of Lent!

The Handbook of Indulgences has this:

22. Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus (En ego, o bone et dulcissime Iesu)

Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus, while before your face I humbly kneel, and with burning soul pray and beseech you to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment, while I contemplate with great love and tender pity your five wounds, pondering over them within me, calling to mind the words which David, your prophet, said of you, my good Jesus: “They have pierced my hands and my feet; they have numbered all my bones” (Ps 21, 17-18).

A plenary indulgence is granted on each Friday of Lent and Passiontide to the faithful, who after Communion piously recite the above prayer before an image of Christ crucified; on other days of the year the indulgence is partial.

In Latin:

En ego o bone et dulcissime Iesu, ante conspectum tuum genibus me provolvo, ac maximo animi ardore te oro atque obtestor, ut meum in cor vividos fidei, spei et caritatis sensus, atque veram peccatorum meorum paenitentiam, eaque emendandi firmissimam voluntatem velis imprimere; dum magno animi affectu et dolore tua quinque vulnera mecum ipse considero ac mente contemplor, illud prae oculis habens, quod iam in ore ponebat tuo1 David propheta de te, o bone Iesu: Foderunt manus meas et pedes meos: dinumeraverunt omnia ossa mea. Amen.

In a more traditional translation:

Behold, o good and most sweet Jesus, I fall upon my knees before Thee, and with most fervent desire beg and beseech Thee that Thou wouldst impress upon my heart a lively sense of faith, hope and charity, true repentance for my sins, and a firm resolve to make amends. And with deep affection and grief, I reflect upon Thy five wounds, having before my eyes that which Thy prophet David spoke about Thee, o good Jesus: “They have pierced my hands and feet, they have counted all my bones.” Amen.

Reverend Fathers, this prayer is usually included in breviaries.  If it isn’t in yours, print it out and keep it in your breviary or post it in your sacristy to pray after Mass.  Get the indulgence.  It’s a lazy curve right over the plate.


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STATIONS OF THE CROSS (audio from Fr. Z)

Many parishes and chapels will have the Via Crucis or Stations of the Cross during Lent.

What version does your parish use?  

Let’s get some titles/versions/authors and we might have a poll later on.

I have audio projects with the Way of the Cross.

Here are readings of the Via Crucis, the Way of the Cross, composed by Joseph Card. Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI, for the 2005 Good Friday observance at the Colosseum in Rome, St. Alphonus Liguori, and Bl. John Henry Newman.

For the one by St. Alphonsus Liguori, one version is plain, just my voice and the other is the same voice recording, but with the Gregorian chant Sequence Stabat Mater interlaced between the stations.


A plenary indulgence can be obtained by making the Way of the Cross on Good Friday even through televised participation for the Holy Father’s Stations.

Otherwise, for a partial indulgence, this devotion at other times must be made before Stations of the Way of the Cross legitimately erected.   That means that a bishop or his delegate is to have established them in the place, usually a church or chapel or perhaps cemetery or other outside place such as a retreat house.  The bishop, etc., then provides a document that this was done.  Usually a document like that, often in Latin, can be found hanging on a wall of the sacristy, unless in ignorance it was taken down.

When Stations have been duly erected, they are symbolized or “located” with a Cross on the wall or perhaps outside with a standing structure.  There is often a picture or statue group, etc.   There are 14 Stations.  Movement from one station to the next is required when you do them as an individual.  If the Stations are a public event, then just the person leading them needs to move from station to station.

The Handbook of Indulgences indicates that this is also vocal prayer.  By custom some “preces vocales” are added.  I suppose that might only be “Lord Jesus Crucified, have mercy on us.”  Also, the Handbooksays that there is flexibility about the mysteries considered.

It may be that some people are prevented from going to a church or place where there are legitimately erected Stations.  In that case a person can still gain the indulgence by spending at least one half hour meditating on the Cross and death of the Lord.

Eastern Catholics, who don’t have this custom of the Way of the Cross, can also gain an indulgence according as their respective patriarchs determine.

Remember also that there are conditions for gaining any plenary indulgence.  In addition to the work performed you must be free of attachment to sin.  Meditation on the Cross and death of the Lord should help this resolve. Otherwise, you can gain a partial indulgence.

There is no one way by which the Way or Stations of the Cross must be observed.  There are several different methods.  I prefer the traditional order of the Stations, but there are others.  Usually these other methods are arranged according to moments all found in the Gospels, they are scriptural-based.

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What the Duke wanted for his daughter

1966 – With Deeno.

John Wayne… Catholic.

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3 March RELEASE – PRE-ORDER new music CD for Easter from Benedictines of Mary


There is a new video about them.

____ ORIGINAL Published on: Feb 14, 2015 @ 14:47

I announce tidings of joy.   The wonderful Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles have a new music CD … for EASTER.  It will be released on 3 March 2015.

Here are some samples that I was sent in advance.  I spliced together some excerpts just to tantalize.

benedictines easter


UK denizen?  Click HERE

And don’t forget their disc, already released for LENT!


UK dwellers can get it HERE.

BTW… check out their photos of the recent solemn profession!  HERE


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St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows: Patron of Handgunners

St. GabrielA saint for today.  Terrorists invade your town and set about to do terrible things….

… someone to pray to when ISIS – or whomever – comes to your neighborhood.

Today is the feast of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, Gabriel Possenti.  His feast is set for the third day before the Kalends of March, which is two days before March 1. During a Leap Year, when there is a 29th day in February, the date two days before 1 March is 29 February. Otherwise his feast is 27 February. 27 February is the day he died and was born into heaven in 1862.  I visited his shrine beneath the great mountain Gran Sasso in Italy while I was in seminary.

Little Francesco Possenti came from a large family, 13 children, in Spoleto and was baptized in the same baptismal font as St. Francis of Assisi.

During a childhood illness he promised to become a religious if he were healed. This actually happened twice, but like many of us who make promises to God if He would only do something for us, Francesco forgot about it.  However, during a procession in honor of an image of Our Lady of Sorrows, Francesco finally felt strongly the calling to be a religious.  He took off for a Passionist house and novitiate on the eve of his engagement.

When Francesco made his vows he was given the name in religion of Gabriel adding of Our Lady of Sorrows.  Gabriel made a special promise to spread devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows. His writings are imbued with this devotion and a special focus on the Passion of the Lord.  He was known for his perfect observance of the rule of the Passionists.

While still young was contracted tuberculosis.  He remained always in good spirits, never quitting his harsh mortifications however.  Before he could be ordained a priest, he died embracing an image of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Gabriel was canonized by Pope Benedict XV 1920 and declared him patron of Catholic youth. In 1959, Pope John XXIII named him the patron of the Abruzzi region, where he spent the last two years of his earthly life. His is also invoked by seminarians and novices.

St. Gemma Galgani attributed to St. Gabriel the cure which led her also to her vocation as a Passionist.

Let us look at his Collect from the 1962 Missale Romanum.


Deus, qui beatum Gabrielem dulcissimae Matris tuae dolores assidue recolere docuisti, ac per illam sanctitatis et miraculorum gloria sublimasti: da nobis, eius intercessione et exemplo; ita Genetricis tuae consociari fletibus, ut materna eiusdem protectione salvemur.


O God, who taught blessed Gabriel to reflect constantly upon the sorrows of Your most sweet Mother, and through her raised him on high by the glory of holiness and miracles: grant us, by his intercession and example; so to be joined to the tears of Your Mother, that we may be saved by her maternal protection.

Now here is the politically incorrect part of the story.  

From the Possenti Society:

In 1860, soldiers from Garibaldi entered the mountain village of Isola, Italy. They began to burn and pillage the town, terrorizing its inhabitants.

Possenti, with his seminary rector’s permission, walked into the center of town, unarmed, to face the terrorists. One of the soldiers was dragging off a young woman he intended to rape when he saw Possenti and made a snickering remark about such a young monk being all alone.

Possenti quickly grabbed the soldier’s revolver from his belt and ordered the marauder to release the woman. The startled soldier complied, as Possenti grabbed the revolver of another soldier who came by. Hearing the commotion, the rest of the soldiers came running in Possenti’s direction, determined to overcome the rebellious monk.

At that moment a small lizard ran across the road between Possenti and the soldiers. When the lizard briefly paused, Possenti took careful aim and struck the lizard with one shot. Turning his two handguns on the approaching soldiers, Possenti commanded them to drop their weapons. Having seen his handiwork with a pistol, the soldiers complied. Possenti ordered them to put out the fires they had set, and upon finishing, marched the whole lot out of town, ordering them never to return. The grateful townspeople escorted Possenti in triumphant procession back to the seminary, thereafter referring to him as “the Savior of Isola”.

Thus, some consider him to be the patron of shooters and handgun users.  For good reason.

Thus endeth the lesson.

And… I encourage all you women and men out there to get lots of training and practice, whether or not you decide to get a concealed carry weapon permit.  Ask St. Gabriel to help you in the process.

Be ready for when “Garibaldi’s” troops show up and keep repeating what the saint said:

“I want to break my own will into pieces, I want to do God’s Holy will, not my own. May the most adorable, most lovable, most perfect will of God always be done.”

St. Gabriel


On Fox Radio today I head about a theme park for … guns… machine guns.   HERE


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How US school lunches now compare to other countries

Since it’s Friday in Lent, here’s a food post.

There is a great post that compares the school lunches in different countries.  The point is to show what FLOTUS has done to children in these USA.


USA (post Michelle Obama):

lunch 01




lunch 02




lunch 03



lunch 04

See the rest of them over there.

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This is what the barbarians are doing in Mosul.

Ladies and Gentleman, the ISIS iteration of the Religion of Peace.


Sts. Nunilo and Alodia, pray for us.
St. Lawrence of Brindisi, pray for us.

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Look! DOWN from the sky!

This is simply too cool not to share. Biretta tip to AC who sent the link. o{]:¬)

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

NASA Now Streaming Live HD Camera Views of Earth from Space (Video)

Daydreaming about being an astronaut just got a whole lot easier.

NASA is now live-streaming views of Earth from space captured by four commercial high-definition video cameras that were installed on the exterior of the International Space Station last month. The project, known as the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment, aims to test how cameras perform in the space environment. You can see the live HD views of Earth from space above.

“The cameras are enclosed in a temperature-specific housing and are exposed to the harsh radiation of space,” NASA officials write in an online description of the HDEV experiment. “Analysis of the effect of space on the video quality, over the time HDEV is operational, may help engineers decide which cameras are the best types to use on future missions.

Some of the cameras’ components were designed by high school students as part of the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware, according to a NASA description of the experiment. The students are also operating the experiment.

You can follow NASA’s stream directly here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload. If the screen is black, don’t worry — the space station is likely just on Earth’s night side. (The station completes one orbit every 90 minutes, so you won’t have to wait too long for our gorgeous planet to roll into view once again.)

The webcast of HD Earth video feed is also on Space.com, and will be accompanied by other live space broadcasts as events warrant.


Read the rest there.

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