Monthly Archives: January 2006

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 language … 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 … 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

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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 … 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. … Continue reading

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An angel on the bridge at Castel Sant’Angelo

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Communion in the hand

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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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Vatican balancing act

No, this is not a reunion of former ICEL translators… Continue reading

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A decent translation of the Pope’s remarks

In this encyclical, I would like to show this concept of love in its different dimensions. Today, in the terminology we know, “love” often seems quite far from what a Christian in thinking if he speaks about “charity”. For my part, I would like to show that it concerns one unique impulse with different dimensions. Continue reading

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Alito and the Catholics

EXCERPT:In truth, for the Democrats, Catholics are more than welcome. It’s Catholicism that’s right out the window. Continue reading

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Benedict XVI on Vatican II announces date of 1st encyclical

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“My first encyclical will be published on 25 January” Continue reading

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David, Goliath, and the milk of charity

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Armed with these, armed with grace, and thus depending not upon himself but upon his Lord, he went out against the proud Goliath, who was boasting and presuming upon his own powers. Continue reading

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“Versus Populum”

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They have lied in the chapel and schoolhall.
They have practiced a terrible fraud.
For the priests have not turned to the people:
They instead turned their backs on their God. Continue reading

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I suppose now we will need a “Zheng He Day” too

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“This chart is drawn by Mo Yi Tong, a subject of the Qing Dynasty, in the year of Qianlong (1763), by imitating a world chart of 1418 (Ming Dynasty).” Continue reading

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Roll Clouds

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There is a wonderful site called Astronomy Pic of the Day. On 17 January there is a wonderful photo of a roll cloud. I shot a photo of what I think must have been a roll cloud some time ago, rolling toward St. Peter’s Basilica. You decide. Continue reading

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17 January: S. Antonio Abate

St. Anthony Abbot – Metropolitan Museum of Art
Once upon a time in Velletri, the main city of of the Suburbicarian Diocese of Velletri-Segni, at the Church of St. Anthony the Abbot, I did on this day stand outside the homonymous … Continue reading

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: Collect (2)

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Is it possible that the guitar strumming and all those kumbayas of the 1960’s affected the ICEL translators choice of words? I suppose we could all stand outside the headquarters of the USCCB and sing, “All we are saying, is give Latin a chance!” while swaying back and forth holding our lighters in the air.
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