Monthly Archives: February 2006

“Take” or “Receive”? Communion in the hand

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We are living in very difficult times. In wealthy countries there is a pervasive undercurrent of selfishness and self-centeredness. We live in a time when “I… me… my… mine…” permeates the common worldview. Have we come to the point also in which we as comfortable Catholics are saying, “Gimme!” in reference to the Eucharist? Of course, you say, “I now take!” need not be “Gimme!” But observe. If anything were needed today, it seems to me, is a way of underscoring even to the extent of using even dramatic physical gestures, what we believe taking/reception of the Body and Blood of the Lord really is for us. In a time when to kneel is considered lowly, then kneeling is a dramatic gesture. It is counter-cultural. It is a “sign of contradiction” in the face of “I… me… my… mine….” By kneeling my body cries out: “You…. You… Your… Your….” Continue reading

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18 Feb: Bl. Giovanni Angelico da Fiesole

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Depictions of things help to illuminate our minds. A picture is, as they say, worth a thousand words. The paintings of Beato Angelico are repleat with a luminuous radiance which help to illustrate for us the mysteries they depict. Thus, they illumine also our hearts and minds, given us a grasp of something that words fail to offer. Music and painting are similar in this respect: physical things (the medium of paint and surface, the sound waves and harmonics) bring a different part of our power to apprehend to bear on the object, the affective together with the intellective. So, in his holiness of life, Beato Angelico became God’s canvass, upon which He drew (and drew forth) His virtues, His beauty, so that it could radiate into the hearts and minds of those around him. By his intercession, we ask that God will do the same for us. Continue reading

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17 Feb: USA Curling woes

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consider this: if we can lose a curling match because of lack of respect for the tiniest particle that may have escaped our attention, how much MORE can we lose by not paying proper attention to even the tiniest particles of the Blessed Sacrament?? Each and everyday fragments of Hosts, whole Hosts themselves, are subjected to sacrilege because of inattentive distribution of Communion or, as is more likely, inattentive or careless reception of the Eucharistic Lord. Continue reading

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17 Feb: 7 Founders of the Servites

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Kindly pour into us, O Lord,
the dutiful love of the blessed brethren,
by which they most devotedly venerated the Mother of God
and they guided to You Your people. Continue reading

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16 Feb: CURLING so far…

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The men of my native land lost to my adoptive land. I am not sure what to think about this, since Italy really doesn’t have much business winning at Curling. It just goes to show how Italians can, as they always have, adopt things and make them better. Continue reading

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Latin Google

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Google searches in Latin… even though I am mad at Google for caving into the ChiComs.

I must tip my biretta to Sympotica graecolatina for this. o{]:¬) Continue reading

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15 Feb: St. Onesimus

In the Martyrologium Romanum on this day we find that this is the commemoration of St. Onesimus:
1. Commemoratio beati Onesimi, quem sanctus Paulus Apostolus servum fugitivium excepit et in vinculis utpote Christi in fide filium genuit, sicut ipse … Continue reading

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14 Feb: Sts. Cyril and Methodius – Co-Patrons of Europe

COLLECT:Deus, qui per beatos fratres Cyrillum et MethodiumSlavoniae gentes illuminasti,da cordibus nostris tuae doctrinae verba percipere,nosque perfice populumin vera fide et recta confessione concordem.
LITERAL TRANSLATION:O God, who through the blessed brothers Cyril and Methodiusbrought light to the peoples of the … Continue reading

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The THRILL of VICTORY!

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The Curling coverage is fabulous. All the players are miked. Also, you can hear the sound of the sweeping around the stones as they curl down the sheet of ice. Oh the strategy! Oh the suspence! There is a great deal of shouting and hollering. There are even some very spiffy cheerleaders for the American team. They haven’t shown them yet, alas. Continue reading

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Vice President Accidentally Shoots Hunting Buddy

Vice President Richard Cheney <a href="http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/02/12/D8FNRALG0.html">accidentally shot Harry Whittington</a>, a millionaire Texan, while the two were on a quail hunting trop this past weekend. Mr. Whittington is in stable condition, and recovering well, after getting peppered with the shotgun fire.
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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Post Communion

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Captain Pearson, seeing the flag fall, called out to Captain Jones, “Have you struck your Colors, Sir?” Resoundingly, John Paul Jones exclaimed, “Struck Sir? I have not yet begun to fight!” Emboldened, the dying Bonhomme Richard delivered decisive blows from all sides and aloft: Jones had sent 40 marines into the rigging with grenades and muskets. Her crew decimated, Serapis struck her own Colors at 2300h. Sadly, the badly holed Bonhomme Richard went to her watery rest at 1100h on 24 September 1779. Jones commandeered Serapis and repaired to The Texel in Holland for repairs. Continue reading

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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Collect (1)

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We can do all sorts of wonderful things and not be in the state of grace. But if, as Paul says in 1 Cor 13, we lack charity, the sacrificial love of God that makes our works pleasing to Him, what we do is as nothing. There is no interior reference in the ICEL version. Continue reading

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5th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Super oblata (2)

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Our Blessed Lord during His earthly life instituted the seven sacraments we enjoy today. Knowing that we are human creatures and not angelic creatures, he gave us outward signs with these sacraments so that we could understand when the invisible and interior reality was being conferred. He thus took simple, but vastly important created things from our ordinary lives and raised them to a new sacramental reality. Even the need to tell our troubles to a friend, so common but so important for our well-being, he raised to a sacrament. The longing of a man and woman to be together, instituted as a holy union from the beginning of our race, was elevated making of the very bodies of the spouse something new and holy. The struggle at the end of life or when we are in mortal peril was taken by Christ and given back to us as a sacrament and the daily and common yet life-supporting substance oil was his vehicle for giving us grace. Continue reading

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Fireworks for Lateran Pacts

There are times when it is of gereat advantage to have a very lofty place to perch.  Here is a shot of some fireworks being set off from the gardens on the Janiculum Hill at the Propaganda for the observance … Continue reading

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11 Feb: Our Lady of Lourdes

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During the 16th long apparition of 25 March 1858 Bernadette was holding a lighted candle. When the candle burned all the way down to her hand, Bernadette was not burned or hurt even though the flame was in contact with her skin for over 15 minutes. Continue reading

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First Olympic Impressions

What I saw in the opening ceremonies spoke closely to the who European situation.  First, it was rather incoherent, in search of a theme (now that their true theme is abandoned).  Second, it was politically left wing.  Perpend.

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10 Feb: St. Scholastica

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Benedict asked her what she had done and she replied, “I asked you and you would not listen; so I asked my God and he did listen. So now go off, if you can, leave me and return to your monastery.” Continue reading

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“Their cartoons”

In the Italian daily newspaper LIBERO on 9 February 2006 on the front page, under a banner title "LE LORO VIGNETTE", "THEIR CARTOONS", readers were treated to distorted images of Pope Benedict XVI.  The images were taken from an Islamo-fascist … Continue reading

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9 Feb: St. Apollonia, virgin and martyr

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“These men seized her also and by repeated blows broke all her teeth. They then erected outside the city gates a pile of fagots and threatened to burn her alive if she refused to repeat after them impious words. Given, at her own request, a little freedom, she sprang quickly into the fire and was burned to death.” Continue reading

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A Marine’s Prayer

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If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; I should miss the mark, give me courage to try again. Continue reading

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