Monthly Archives: October 2006

It’s a matter of priorities

In my WDTPRS articles and in this blog, I have addressed the issue of authentic inculturation.  In a nutshell, between the world and the Church there is a constant dynamic interchange.  However, for inculturation to be authentic (and avoid the … Continue reading

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Delighted by your reactions and I thank you

I am delighted by the reaction of those who posted comments on the entry about the good news I have gathered.  Most everyone was happy to refer the matter to prayer of praise of God and thanksgiving even before hearing … Continue reading

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“This day is called the feast of Crispian:…”

Today is the feast of Sts. Crispin and Crispinian, Romans of the 3rd century, who were adopted as the patron saints of cobblers and leather workers.  They were beheaded in Gaul around 286.  Their names are immortalized in the great … Continue reading

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Great news

Folks, I received very good news today. Three sources confirmed something for me of great importance and a matter of consolation. At the moment, it is best not to publish it or talk too much about it, until it is … Continue reading

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4th Sorrowful Mystery: Carrying the Cross

We continue our Patristic Rosary Project today with the:4th Sorrowful Mystery: Carrying the CrossIn the Gospel we read: "And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any man would come after me, let … Continue reading

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3rd Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with thorns

We continue our Patristic Rosary Project today with the: 3rd Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with thorns One of the wonderful things which exploring the Fathers can teach us is how to savor each and every detail of the Scriptures. After … Continue reading

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23 Oct: Saint Boethius

In my catch-up scanning of the blogs this morning, through my jetlag fog I managed to note someone’s question about Boethius and whether or not he has been beatified or canonized. Here is his entry in the Martyrologium Romanum found … Continue reading

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Back in action

Today was busy day full of getting things out of storage, and getting my electronic "nimbus" (as a priest friend calls it) set up again. I had lunch with two great priests who are USN chaplains (for me: buccatini dell’amatriciana … Continue reading

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29th Sunday of Ordinary Time: POST COMMUNION (1)

EXCERPT:
I want to bring back to the fore what I wrote of the word frequentatio some weeks ago. Frequentatio is also a technical term in rhetoric: it is “a condensed recapitulation of the arguments already stated separately, a recapitulation, summing up.” Our reception of Holy Communion in the context of Mass is really the fullness of what the Church calls “full, conscious and active participation” in the sacred liturgy (which is the “source and summit”). Holy Communion is the ultimate frequentatio for the Eucharist “having in itself all delight”, as we pray during Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Furthermore, the celebration of Holy Mass is the source and summit of our Christian lives. Thus, is not the moment of Holy Communion being described in this prayer not a summation of the whole of the Christian’s identity and life? Each and every consecrated Host is the Eternal Word made flesh, who dwelt among us so as to save us from our sins and reveal us more fully to ourselves (cf. Gaudium et spes 22). Of all the sacraments Christ gave us, this Most Blessed Sacrament is the only one which actually is what it signifies:

Christ truly present. Christ, who is the Word spoken from eternity by the Father, is the frequentatio, the perfect “summing up”, who at the end will take all things to Himself and submit them to the Father so that God might be all in all (1 Cor 15:28). Christ is our frequentatio. Continue reading

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Romae

I am back in my old room, high above the City and in view of the cupola.

Very tired. Continue reading

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Romam

Off I go. I will soon be high above the earth, rocketing toward the City and away from the Sabine Farm. Continue reading

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Bp. Skylstad on “Tridentine” indult

Mr. John L. Allen, the ubiquitous former Rome correspondent for the still left-leaning National Catholic Reporter, pass along a brief interview with H.E. William Skylstad, Pres. of the USCCB. Mr. Allen ask H.E. about a potential "freeing up" of the … Continue reading

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Not cowed by the election process

Since I am on the cusp of leaving the bucolic delights of the Sabine Farm for the activity and rapid pace of the City, this morning I remembered I needed to get an absentee ballot for the upcoming election.  I … Continue reading

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2nd Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging

We continue our Patristic Rosary Project today with the: 2nd Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging The Roman flail was a terrible thing, designed to do maximum damage. The Lord endured outrageous humiliation of His Divine Person as well as physical suffering … Continue reading

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“Straw” Subdeacons & “Tridentine” High Mass

In another entry concerning a nightmare scenario, blog participant Michael posted an interesting piece of information from the Pont. Comm. "Ecclesia Dei" which, frankly, I had forgotten all about. A question was raised about who might subsititute for a subdeacon … Continue reading

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