Monthly Archives: July 2006

25 July: St. James, Apostle (Chrysostom on the Gospel reading)

Today is the feast of St. James the Apostle.  I am sure other blogs will tell you about the great Apostle.  I will give you the perspective of a patristiblogger. The Gospel for today’s feast is from Matthew 20:20-28, when … Continue reading

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24 July: Sts. Boris and Gleb

It took guts to be a Catholic and saint back in the day, let me tell you.  Today we have the feast of a couple fellows who lived in pretty tough times.  Today we celebrate Sts. Boris and Gleb, martyrs.  … Continue reading

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Vatican Commission on Medjugorje?

There is an interesting piece on Medjugorje over at Te Deum Laudamus to which I owe a biretta tip. o{]:¬) It would be nice for someone who knows Croatian to verify the following translation: 15.07.2006 18:15 SURPRISE FROM THE VATICAN … Continue reading

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16th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Post Communion

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Just as an aside you might remember once in WDTPRS (on the Super oblata of the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time – The Wanderer 7 February 2002) we discussed the placement of accents in Latin words and how they can change the meaning. The examples were derivatives of the verbs condio which gives us the word condítor (“pickler”) and condo producing cónditor (“founder”). We must be careful when singing St. Ambrose’s great hymn Cónditor alme siderum not to misplace the accent in such a way that we are singing “O loving pickler of the stars” rather than “creator of the stars”. The connection? The clearest example showing the meaning of baptizô is a text from the Greek grammarian, poet and physician Nicander of Colophon (fl. II c. B.C., not to be confused with an epic poet Nicander son of Anaxagoras). The text is a recipe for making pickles in which Nicander uses both baptô and baptizô. He says that to make a good pickle (I am not making this up) we must first “dip” (baptô) the veggie into boiling water and then “baptize” (baptizô) it in the vinegar solution. Both verbs concern the immersing of vegetables. The first immersion is a preparatory stage while the second, the act of “baptising” the vegetable, produces the permanent change in which the vegetable is “imbued” with new properties.
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16th Sunday of Ordinary Time: Super Oblata (2)

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In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass we lovingly offer back to the Father in an unbloody way what was accomplished in a bloody way once for all time upon the Cross of our salvation. Christ, at the same time both Victim and Priest, who is the true actor in the Mass is offering Himself to the Father in a sacramental way. Sacramental reality is just as real as historical reality. In the Mass the Lord applies the fruits of His unrepeatable Sacrifice to us who are present and to those for whom Mass is being offered, living or dead. We are not trying to repeat the historic Sacrifice of Christ which took place at a specific moment in time. That is impossible and, in any event, unnecessary. Christ’s work is perfectly accomplished already. What we do now we do because of Christ’s command: we renew His Sacrifice in an unbloody and sacramental way. Holy Mass truly is the one and same Sacrifice of Christ on Calvary, no less real than the event of 2000 years ago. Continue reading

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16th Sunday of Ordinary: COLLECT (2)

What Does the Prayer Really Say? 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time ORIGINALLY PRINTED IN The Wanderer in 2005 I have received e-mail from DM (edited): “Thank you for your WDTPRS work, which a friend of mine, a high school Latin … Continue reading

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The Vox Clara meeting

The Vox Clara Committee has concluded its meeting in Rome.   Here is a text of their press release (emphasis mine): The Vox Clara Committee met for the tenth time from July 17-21, 2006 in the offices of the Congregation for … Continue reading

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Benedict: “Napolean without generals”

There was a great interview with the former (if this makes sense) "Maestro in perpetuo" of the Sistine Chapel Choir, Mons. Domenico Bartolucci. In keeping with the usual practice of men who are over 90, lucid, expert, and thwarted, Bartolucci … Continue reading

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St. Hilary on today’s Gospel from Matthew 12

St. Hilary of Poitier (+367) interpreted the passage from the Gospel of Matthew used for today’s celebration of Holy Mass (in the Novus Ordo). Here is a brief excerpt from Hilary Commentary on Matthew: We must first point out the … Continue reading

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St. Augustine on today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 11

It might be, from time to time, that we take too much on ourselves. While it is good to tackle challenging things and keep our hands busy (for idle hands are the Devil’s workshop) we need to do things in … Continue reading

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19 July: St. Macrina

I see that out there in the blogosphere others, including the estemmed fellow patristoblogger Mike Aquilina, have mentioned that today is the feast of St. Macrina. However, we need to be sure about which woman named "Macrina" we are talking … Continue reading

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The Sabine Farm: an update

Life at the Sabine Farm continues to be very good. A dear friend came for a couple days on the weekend. Monday another friend, a priest of Australia who lived in my residence in Rome for last year, came for … Continue reading

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It’s not easy being green

This is from an WDTPRS article long past, reworked and presented for your consideration. We are in the liturgical season called “Ordinary Time”. What does this mean? After all, while green (for some) symbolizes hope, this “green” season seems to … Continue reading

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The Great Adventure

No I don’t mean DEATH. I am going to attempt an upgrade of the software that powers this blog pretty soon. That is to say I will upgrade Wordpress 1.5.2 to 2.0.3. Continue reading

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17 July: St. Marcellina, virgin

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Marcellina is one of those interesting women of the ancient world who, though in the background behind the famous men of the day, nevertheless exerted an influence. Because of Marcellina and her correspondence with her super-star, super-busy brother, we know something of important issues of the 4th century. Continue reading

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