Monthly Archives: August 2006

St. Samuel, prophet

Today is feast of St. Samuel, the prophet of the Old Testament. Many people do not realize that Old Testament figures are often considered saints. Here is the entry for St. Samuel in the Roman Martyrology: 2. Commemoratio sancti Samuelis, … Continue reading

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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time: SUPER OBLATA (2)

EXCERPT:
One of the driving principles of Liturgiam authenticam (LA) is a proper understanding of inculturation. LA is the fifth instruction on how the liturgical mandates of the Council were to be implemented. The fourth instruction Varietates legitimae concerned precisely inculturation. Inculturation must be properly understood. There is a dynamic interchange and influencing process going on constantly between the “world” and the Church. Every different people of the globe has something of value to contribute to the Church at the same time that the Church, at least historically, forms and shapes whole peoples. This dynamic interchange means that the Church influences the world and the world in turn influences the Church. The Church gains many gifts from the world: music, art, architecture, languages and their literature, etc. These are taken in by the Church and made her own. However, and this is the key, everything the Church gives in this exchange must always be logically prior. This commercium goes on back and forth simultaneously with respect to the passage of time, but the Church… as the Church… gives and shapes first and then receives back what the world has done with her formation. That is to say, this is what happened when the Church carried out her role rightly. Continue reading

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St. Pope Sixtus III: fascinating correspondence with Augustine

It is nice to make connections which show us how the Church was always alive throughout the centuries before our own time. Today is the feast of St. Pope Sixtus III, whom you will remember as having been involved with … Continue reading

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18 August: Sant’Agapito, martyr

I am guessing that not too many of you who are not of Italian origin know very much about Saint Agapitus. First, I am thrilled to be able to share with you a photo of a rare statue of this … Continue reading

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Augustine on seventy-seven

St. Augustine has a comment on the Gospel for today’s Holy Mass (in the Novus Ordo), which concerns the number of times we must forgive those who sin against us. He works with the significance of numbers and brings in … Continue reading

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St. Eusebius, Pope and martyr

Today is the feast of St. Eusebius, Pope and martyr.  Here is his entry in the Roman Martyrology: 3. In Sicilia, natalis sancti Eusebii, papae, qui, strenuus testis Christi, a Maxentio imperatore hanc in insulam deportatus est et, exsul patriae … Continue reading

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A day in the area of Philadephia

Today I did some touring and seeing of sights. This morning it was off to Valley Forge, bright and early. I enjoyed especially the statue of Gen. von Steuben, the Prussian, overlooking the grounds where the first organized Army was … Continue reading

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Sermon in Camden for the Assumption

I have compressed the mp3 file for the sermon for the High Mass in the Cathedral of Camden for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The file was originally pretty high quality and therefore huge, but I compressed it … Continue reading

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High Mass in Camden

Yesterday in the Cathedral of Camden (NJ) a Solemn High Mass using the 1962 Missale Romanum was celebrated for the feast of the Assumption. The cathedral was full and many clergy were present in proper choir dress. The sacred ministers … Continue reading

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15 Aug: St. Alypius, bishop and friend of Augustine

Yesterday, by the way, was also the Feast of St. Alypius, who was the life long friend of St. Augustine of Hippo, who became the bishop of Augustine’s home town. Here is his entry in the Martyrologium Romanum: 5. Commemoratio … Continue reading

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15 August: St. Tarcisius

Many other blogs are paying the proper attention to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. I will therefore remind you that other saints share this day with the Mother of God’s feast and consequently are somewhat marginalized (not that they … Continue reading

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St. Cyril of Alexandria: The half shekel

St. Cyril of Alexandria has a comment on today’s Gospel reading in which Jesus is confronted about paying the tax and he instructs his disciple to go fishing: "He was also able to take the coin out of the earth, … Continue reading

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Maybe some of our guys should try this!?

The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, smiles after having his head shaved as part of his Sunday service at York Minster cathedral in York, northern England August 13, 2006.

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19th Sunday of Ordinary Time: POST COMMUNION

What Does the Prayer Really Say? 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time ORIGINALLY PRINTED IN The Wanderer in 2003 Some feedback is coming in about the possibility of having a Roman WDTPRS pilgrimage of which I spoke last week. HE of … Continue reading

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19th Sunday of Ordinary Time: SUPER OBLATA (2)

What Does the Prayer Really Say? 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time ORIGINALLY PRINTED IN The Wanderer in 2006 Those who have been resisting the norms laid down in Liturgiam authenticam appeal to a theory of translation that would peg our … Continue reading

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