Monthly Archives: February 2010

The “Austen Hermeneutic”: Old Mass v New Mass

There is a fun post over at St. Louis Catholic: If today’s faithful Catholic is represented by Elizabeth Bennet, bright, hopeful and coming of age, then the liturgical forms would have to be represented by Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham. … Continue reading

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It’s hockey …day… in Canada! GO USA! UPDATE!!  24 SECONDS LEFT!  3rd PERIOD!! EMPTY NET!!!  SHUCKS.  But!… WHAT.A.GAME!

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Pray for a homeless soul who is home at last

From my friend John Sonnen in Roma: Rome has many famous faces and when this poor fellow passed away in October of 2009 it was in the newspapers. Angelo was the famous homeless man who walked the streets of the … Continue reading

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“So long as its valid, we can do what we want! Right?”

Some people think that so long as Mass is valid, that the minimal elements of valid matter and valid form are used, we ought to be able to change all the other elements to conform to the needs or goals … Continue reading

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“Everything’s up to date in ancient Romaaaaa!”

From the Laudator: Frederic De Forest Allen, quoted by J.B. Greenough in Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 9 (1898) 31: We call the Romans ancient, but when they were alive they thought themselves as modern as anybody.

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WDTPRS – 2nd Sunday of Lent – “Prayer over the people” (2002MR)

In the 2002 edition of the Missale Romanum the traditional Lenten “Prayer over the people” has been revived.  It can be used now in Latin. ORATIO SUPER POPULUM: Benedic, Domine fideles tuos benedictione perpetua, et fac eos Unigeniti tui Evangelio … Continue reading

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The Perfect Priest

The entry here reminded me of an old chestnut about a chain letter: The Perfect Priest The results of a computerized survey indicate the perfect priest preaches exactly fifteen minutes. He condemns sins but never upsets anyone. He works from … Continue reading

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Tsunami effect

With a biretta tip    o{]:¬)    to Team Rubicon, here is NOAA:  

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A new, excellent video DVD on the priesthood

Together with the Vatican Congregation for Clergy, a group in Spain called Home of the Mother (something to do with the EUK Mamie Foundation) has put out a 30 minute video DVD on the vocation to the priesthood. The DVD … Continue reading

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Guest rant about priests and then Fr. Z rants about priests

Our friend at Recovering Dissident Catholic, "Cathy of Alexandria" has a particularly good rant, which I feature here (with edits) as a "guest rant".  My emphases and comments. A good priest is hard to find. Heck, a PRIEST can be … Continue reading

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When will there be a consistory for cardinals?

Paolo Rodari of Palazzo Apostolico has an interesting piece today about a possible consistory in which Benedict XVI would name new cardinals, thus giving a indication about a future successor.  Rodari’s focus is on Europe, but it is interesting for … Continue reading

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Literally brick by brick: the new FSSP chapel

Your the Brick by Brick file from the Journal Star with my emphases and comments. Consecration at Denton seminary to celebrate ‘crown jewel’ By ERIN ANDERSEN / Lincoln Journal Star Sitting atop a hill in Denton, Our Lady of Guadalupe … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Ember Saturday in Lent – (1962MR)

There are several Collects in today’s extended edition of Holy Mass for Ember Saturday.  There are five lessons before we even get to the Epistle and each lesson is followed by a Gradual and Collect. After the the fifth lesson, … Continue reading

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Women’s Curling Kudos

The woman of curling have resolved all the questions. It came down to a nail-biter, last rock of the 11th end. The moment of truth for Canada. Disaster. Congratulations to Sweden. UPDATE 27 Feb 0448 GMT: And as curling is … Continue reading

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Lenten Lunch

I am trying these days to eat my principle meal at midday rather than in the evening.   In the evening I will have a light supper, maybe some salad and/or soup and then, after a while, have a solid … Continue reading

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