Monthly Archives: January 2006

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Super oblata (1)

EXCERPT:
Thus, for decades there has been nearly a maniacal effort to tear “extra” altars out of churches, even historic churches. When this was coupled with the goofy idea that the priest must face the people over a table-like altar, the result was that the main altars of churches, often placed in the back of the apse contiguous to the wall, were liturgically reformed with crowbars and jackhammers. At best they were turned into shelves for potted plants. Now, as it turns out, the whole cobbled-together historical foundation for mass facing the people has been debunked with real scholarship. Still, the damage has been done in countless older churches. Continue reading

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4th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Collect (1)

EXCERPT:
Bob can “love” his Ferrari, Susie can “love” her kitty, and without doubt we all “love” baseball and spaghetti. We can talk about the different tenors of love, such as the love of benevolence, or of complacence, of enemies, concupiscence. But we are called to a special sort of love in this prayer… true charity: the infused virtue which makes it possible for us to love God for His own sake and love all those who are made in His image. This is more than benevolence or tolerance, more than appetitive desire. Love is not merely a response to some appetite, like seeing a beautiful member of the opposite sex, a well-turned double-play, or a plate of spaghetti all’amatriciana. It isn’t the sloppy gazing of passion drunk sweethearts or what we see on TV primetime. I call that luv. Real love is the adhesion of the will to an object which is grasped by the intellect to be good. Real love, the sort of love invoked in our prayer, is an act of will. This love delights in the other and is informed by a longing for the good of the other. It makes two resound with one spirit. Love, in the sense this prayer offers, is an act of will based on the work of a discerning intellect that is reshaped and informed by grace. This why we find in our prayer that phrase rationabilis affectus. Continue reading

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ENCYCLICAL! Let the wild rumpus start!

Wild Rumpus When you deal with the press conference for an encyclical, normally you prepare yourself to hear quotes of Church documents and Fathers of the Church. Today I was quite surprised in the comments of His Excellency Archbishop Paul … Continue reading

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Conversion of St. Paul

EXCERPT:
O God, who taught the whole world
by the preaching of the blessed Apostle Paul,
grant us, we beg,
that, walking toward You through the example of him
whose conversion we are celebrating today,
we may always be witnesses of Your truth to the world. Continue reading

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Benedict’s encyclical: man is not an angel

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“Fundamentally, “love” is a single reality, but with different dimensions; at different times, one or other dimension may emerge more clearly. Yet when the two dimensions are totally cut off from one another, the result is a caricature or at least an impoverished form of love.” Continue reading

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St. Francis de Sales: honey and vinegar

Soyez toujours le plus doux que vous pourrez, et souvenez-vous que l’on prends plus de mouches avec une cuillerée de miel qu’avec cent barils de vinaigre. Continue reading

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If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepl.

This is not a new piece, but it is amusing, especially for anyone who has either a) had to teach or b) lived in Europe. The European Language Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official … Continue reading

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Encyclical preview by Zadok

Zadock has a good post about the Holy Father’s address to the members of the Pontifical Council ‘Cor Unum’ in which Benedict is probably giving us a glimpse of the encyclical to be released on Wednesday. He beat me to … Continue reading

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Caption contest

This photo simply screams for a caption contest.

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21 January, feast of St. Agnes

EXCERPT:
Let us celebrate with praises the gentle Lamb,
whom chaste Agnes binds to herself as Spouse,
he who governs the stars of heaven
and guides all things. Amen. Continue reading

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I guess he rolled doubles three times in a row

So…. Ali Agca gets to go back to jail for killing a Turkish journalist and for other crimes in Turkey.

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Vigil of the Feast of St. Agnes

St. Agnes by Domenichino Tomorrow is the feast of St. Agnes. I am happy enough to be able to stare out my window at one of her two great churches in Rome. In my case it is the Church of … Continue reading

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Paxillulus vobiscum

I can’t help myself. I simply must plug this guy’s fascinating blog. To put myself through grad school I worked among other things as a cook. I was in grad school to learn Latin and Greek. So, when I find … Continue reading

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An angel on the bridge at Castel Sant’Angelo

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Communion in the hand

EXCERPT:
If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful. Continue reading

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