Monthly Archives: July 2006

16th Sunday of Ordinary: COLLECT (2)

What Does the Prayer Really Say? 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
ORIGINALLY PRINTED IN The Wanderer in 2005
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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):
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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, … 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:

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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 … 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, … 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 … 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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Vox Clara to meet: Oremus pro eis

The Vox Clara Committee begins meetings in Rome on Monday.
A prayer for translatorsAlmighty and merciful God,who hast poured forth the Holy Spirit abundantlyupon the Church of Thine Only-begotten Son,vouchsafe, we beseech Thee, inspiration and constancy to those now laboring with … Continue reading

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Pro Multis and Ecclesia de Eucharistia

The Latin text of the Holy Father’s encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia (EdE) became a battlefield in the pro multis wars being waged in the halls of the Holy See.  You might remember what happened.
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16 July: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Here is the first entry for today in the Martyrologium Romanum:
Beatae Mariae Viriginis de Monte Carmelo, quo Elias propheta populum Israel quondam ad colendum Deum vivum reduxerat et postae eremitae quidam solitudinem quaerentes secesserunt ac denique Ordinem constituerunt ad vitam … Continue reading

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15th Sunday of Ordinary Time: POST COMMUNION

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I find frequentatio mysterii quiet evocative. The layers of meaning in frequentatio summon to mind simultaneous superimposed images of the visible and invisible dimensions of Holy Mass, the Eucharistic sacrifice (mysterium). In the earthly building of the church where Holy Mass is being celebrated we have gathered around us many people. Ideally, the church should be virtually thronging (frequentatio) with convinced and participating Catholics properly disposed to participate in the highest mode of active participation by receiving Holy Communion. They are here often (frequentatio), each Sunday and often during the weekdays. Imagine now a superimposed layer of the invisible participants at that Mass: myriads of holy angels and other members of the Church who have died and gone before us. This is a fore glimpse of heaven. Even if, in this imperfect world, we approach this image more realistically and see in our mind’s eye that many at Mass are in fact not in the state of grace and may indeed be wicked, we also see in our two-fold visible invisible image the fallen angelic beings in all their intensely pain-filled fury. Though they suffer the increased agonies of being within a structure which is itself a sacramental, and though they have unimaginable agony in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, their malevolence against us and God is so great that they will endure this intense torture from holy things if, during Mass, they can spur just one person to weaken in his conscience and make a bad Holy Communion. Their pain is great but their malice is greater yet. By our frequent good Holy Communions we ask God to increase in us the effects of salvation which, in this world and our state of “already but not yet”, includes strengthening helps against the persistent and dire attacks of hell’s deadly minons. Continue reading

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Benedict the “Bonaventuran”

Are you looking for insight into how Pope Benedict is going to treat the SSPX or make other decisions concerning dissent or practices that require correction?  We can learn something about how Pope Benedict operates through a glimpse at how … Continue reading

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May 1988: The Protocol of Accord – Lefebvre & Ratzinger

Back in May 1988 Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre of the SSPX signed a Protocol of Accord after negotiations with (especially) then Card. Ratzinger.  People are now talking again of that Protocol.  Will the SSPX be asked to acknowledge the very same … Continue reading

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“Tridentine” Dreamin’

Does anyone find it funny, in an ironic sort of way, that in a 48 hour period we get stories about two truly different runaway Catholic groups?  On the one hand we are into Milingo Hijinx, again, with … Continue reading

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Archbp. Ranjith: clarifying comments

I read some very interesting comments on CWNews (to which if you don’t subscribe, you ought to).  Here are the comments of the Secretary of the CDWDS.  Read the whole thing, however.
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Sign of Peace controversy revisted

In another thread in this blog there is heated discussion about whether or not the Sign of Peace is always to be done at Mass, even if and when the priest does not ïnvite it.  I (correctly) say that the … Continue reading

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Theodoret on today’s 1st reading

Today’s first reading for Mass (in the Novus Ordo) is from Hosea 11. The reading ends…
My heart is overwhelmed, my pity is stirred. I will not give vent to my blazing anger, I will not … Continue reading

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