Monthly Archives: January 2007

Message for World Day for Social Communication

It sure sounds to me as if the Holy Father is saying that people who produce wretched stuff aimed at children are in risk of going to Hell.
The Holy Father issued his annual Message for World Day for Social Communion.   … Continue reading

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Patristibloging Paul’s Conversion

This is the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. The Fathers of the Church comment on Paul’s conversion.
Cassiodorus, for example, addresses how God can bring good from our evil ways, revealing that He has a plan for us and … Continue reading

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Blow winds and crack your cheeks!

The wind is absolutely HOWLING against my corner room high above the City.

Notata in:
Rome, IY

Elevatio:
331 ft / 101 m

48 °F / 9 °C
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Don’t annoy Arinze

This is great about Cardinal Arinze.  With due respect to the titular Cardinal of my diocese…

Biretta is tipped to Catholic Cartoon Blog.   o{]:¬)

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From Father’s desk

It has been a while since I give you my view of things.  When I am at work in the evening at my desk, I can turn my head and see this….

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“Put out into the deep”

In today’s Gospel from Mark 4 we hear:

On another occasion, Jesus began to teach by the sea. A very large crowd gathered around him so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down. … Continue reading

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Thanks for donations

A couple more kind souls sent donations through the button on the left bar.  I am grateful.
FYI: This last week I made a few tweaks to the blog so that it would load faster.  On the backend, however, there have … Continue reading

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Tagged

I was tagged for a meme on 5 Random Things About Myself.
Here goes:

I despise Retsina
I touched the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
I am listening to an audio book by Ernest Hemingway on my mp3 player when I am walking these … Continue reading

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Rosaries for Rangers

There is a little project going on to get rosaries to the troops. Here is the story (with my emphasis):

Ranger rosaries in short supply for U.S. soldiersBy George P. Matysek Jr.11/28/2006
The Catholic Review
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (The Catholic Review) – … Continue reading

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New book from Card. Kasper’s office

I was at the presentation of a book today prepared by the Pont. Council for Promoting Christian Unity headed up by His Eminence Walter Card. Kasper. The book was presented as a manual of suggestions and projects for "Spiritual Ecumenism".  … Continue reading

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23 Jan: Emerentiana, virgin martyr, bosom friend of Agnes

St. Emerentiana has a rather thin entry in the 2005 Roman Martyrology:
2. Romae via Nomentana in coemeterio Maiore, sanctae Emerentianae, martyris.
 

There is a rather "hagiographical" account of Emerentiana.  According to the story, Emerentiana’s mother was the nanny of St. … Continue reading

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Tridentine Battle Hymn Resurrected

UPDATE: Please note that the text of the hymn has been revised, yet again.  Click HERE.
I have had a little correspondence with the author of the "Battle Hymn of the Tridentine Mass" I published earlier. It was sent to me … Continue reading

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Tw(tprs)eak

I made an adjustment to the blog to help it load faster by killing the flash version of the flicker badge which showed some of my photos (on the left side bar). Instead a put up an html version … Continue reading

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St. Vincent, deacon and paradigm of modern martyrs

Vincent was a deacon of Saragossa, Spain. He was arrested with his bishop by Dacian, governor of Spain around the year 304. Vincent was tortured for refusing to offer sacrifice to pagan gods or hand over sacred books. He … Continue reading

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3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time: COLLECT (2)

EXCERPT:
The lame-duck ICEL version’s “All-powerful and ever-living God” for omnipotens sempiterne Deus is not so bad. Quite bad, on the other hand, is their “direct your love that is within us”. The Latin clearly connects God’s own purpose for us and the actions that flow from that purpose. In the ICEL version we have a vague term “love”, rather than the indication of God’s eternal plan. Perhaps this is a bit picky, but when I hear “we may merit to abound with good works”, I think we are abounding because of God’s action within us through the good works He makes meritorious. They overflow from us because of His generosity. In the ICEL version God’s “love” is in us, but this leads to “our efforts”. Yes, this can be reconciled with a Catholic theology of works, but it just doesn’t sound right. Also, I don’t think that “efforts” to “bring mankind to unity and peace” means the same as us “meriting” by God’s grace to “abound with good works”. Please understand: I don’t object to praying for unity and peace, but I think we ought to pray the prayer as the Church gave it to us, what the prayer really says. When we feed the hungry and console those who mourn, visit the shut-in and imprisoned and pray for the dead, sure we are building “unity and peace”, but that phrase is so vague as to mean very little to someone in the pew. The Latin does not say “conatus nostri genus humanum ad unitatem et pacem inducant”. Is it possible that the guitar strumming and all those kumbayas of the 1960’s affected the ICEL translators choice of words? I suppose we could all stand outside the headquarters of the USCCB and sing, “All we are saying, is give Latin a chance!” while swaying back and forth holding our lighters in the air.
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21 Jan: St. Agnes, virgin and martyr

Behold the skull of Agnes.
The dies natalis ("birthday into heaven") of Agnes was recorded in the register of the depositio martyrum as 21 January.
St. Agnes was slain probably during the reign of the Emperor Diocletian in 304. Some say … Continue reading

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Webcam view of Roman Church of St. Agnes

For today, the Z-Cam is on and aimed it at the Church of St. Agnes in the Piazza Navona, so clearly visible from my lofty window.  The webcam may be viewed via Yahoo Messenger (wdtprs).
I am having a bit of … Continue reading

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China “summit” press release is out

The press release is out after the two days of meetings about the Church in China.  The Holy Father was not at the meeting, but he has been informed about the proceedings.
I will write more about this later, but the … Continue reading

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Una gita a Velletri

I had a gita ai castelli today, for a half day retreat with the bishop, most of the diocesan clergy and the speaker.
In the mini-retreat, the presenter provided few interesting ideas (which is more than often happens), but … Continue reading

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Head for the hills!

I am off for a brief gita to the castelli romani today… [cue music here…. (the Romans who read this will know what I am talking about)].  I have a meeting to attend in Velletri (the titular suburbicarian diocese of … Continue reading

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