Great story of a humble man who saw the Blessed Virgin

OL_KnockBe sure to read this at the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald.

The five-year-old who testified to the Knock apparition

Today [21 August 2017] is the 138th anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin, along with St Joseph, St John the Evangelist and a lamb, in the village of Knock, County Mayo.?

Over fifty years after those events in rural west of Ireland, the Mother Superior of a home run by The Little Sisters of the Poor on East 70th Street, New York, was reading an article about the apparition. She turned to an Irishman? living in the home, who also served on the altar there, and asked whether he knew where Knock was. He said yes.

Mother Henri (who was also Irish) then asked whether he knew one of the visionaries? who, like him, was called John Curry. He said yes again.

And then he added: “He is the John Curry that serves Mass for you in this home every morning.” Up until that moment, the Mother Superior had had no idea that a visionary from Knock was living under her roof.

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About about what happened to him over there. It’s great.

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ASK FATHER: Communion for organist after Mass

From a reader…

QUAERITUR:

When leaving Church I noticed a deacon (not the deacon of the Mass) giving the Eucharist to the organist after the Mass had ended (up in the choir loft). There is singing or playing any time the priest or a lector is not talking. I find it hard to believe that putting music before the Eucharist in importance is allowed. Is it?

Not a lot of silence, eh?

It was common back in the day, and it is still done now, to distribute Communion to choir members or musicians who were in the choir loft during Mass.

It seems better to do this after Mass, reverently, at the Communion rail than send someone traipsing about with the ciborium, up and down stairs, and then having an awkward space in which to distribute.

There was and is a standard rite for doing this: HERE

You will note that this also describes the manner in which Communion is distributed during Mass.  Indeed, in the older, traditional Missal, distribution of Communion is not described.

 

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Daily Sayings of St. Philip Neri available…. daily!

Philip-Neri_01I can’t post everything people send me.  However, I really like St. Philip Neri.

From a reader…

A few months ago, I began publishing the Daily Sayings of St. Philip Neri through an email list (and also via Facebook and Twitter). Would you be interested in publicizing this to your readers? Thanks for your consideration.

Background: St. Philip Neri encouraged his spiritual children to meditate on a spiritual maxim or saying throughout each day. St. Philip Neri had so many of these sayings that, eventually, his followers organized them so there’s one for every day of the year.

In these days of short attention spans, [hmmm… were we just… nahhh….] where too many are distracted and spend too little time in silence and meditation, I thought St. Philip’s sayings–which are themselves short and easily absorbed into the mind–could become an excellent spiritual practice for today’s Catholics.

If you’re inclined to assist in publicizing this project, please share the following link with your readers:

www.sacredartseries.com/philipneri. It only takes a few seconds to sign up. Simply enter your email address and follow the prompts. It’s also equally easy to be removed from the list.

FWIW

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MADISON: 22 Aug – Pontifical Mass at the Throne – Immaculate Heart of Mary

17_05_31_PontMass_Queenship_07On Tuesday, 22 August, at 6 p.m., at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Monona, His Excellency Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, will celebrate a Pontifical Mass at the Throne for the traditional Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The Mass will be in the Roman Rite’s older, traditional form, sometimes called the “Extraordinary Form.” The music will be in Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony, with motets and hymns, including:

  • Bishop’s Entrance: Ecce sacerdos magnus, Rev. Ludwig Bonvin, SJ (1850–1939)
  • Mass Ordinary: Missa secunda a 3, Giammateo Asola (c.1532–1609); Credo III
  • Motet at the Offertory: Ave Maria, Jacques Arcadelt (c. 1507–1568), arr. Pierre-Louis Dietsch (1808–1865)
  • Motet at the Communion: Ave maris stella (alternatim), Johann Stadlmayr (1575?–1648)
  • Marian Antiphon after the Last Gospel: Salve Regina, tonus simplex
  • Recessional hymn: “Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above”

All are welcome.

In 1944, Pope Pius XII established the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on August 22, eight days or an “octave” after the Feast of the Assumption.

With the changes to the liturgical calendar after the Second Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI moved the Feast of the Immaculate Heart to the Saturday after the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Pope Paul also moved the celebration of the Queenship of Mary from May 31 to August 22.

However, using the traditional calendar, we still observe the Immaculate Heart on August 22. As result, with both the newer and the traditional calendars, August 22 is a day to celebrate and honor the Mother of God.

The next Pontifical Masses in Madison will be:

  • 14 September – Exaltation of the Cross (with Knights and Dames of the Holy Sepulcher)
  • 13 October – 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun
  • 2 November – All Souls

The Mass is sponsored by the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison (https://www.latinmassmadison.org/)  The TMSM is a  501(c)(3) and you can help our work with a generous donation!  HERE

 

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ASK FATHER: Priest plugged Novus Ordo things into a TLM

12_12_06_priesthoodFrom a reader…

This past weekend I attended a TLM, let’s just say in New England, where a a couple odd things occurred.

1) The priest came out to the lecturn and read the standard NO “Prayers of the People”. I was scratching my head as Mass started right after this with the procession. I have to add that I’m not a fan of the Prayers of the People where so many of the requests are banal or progressive sounding. “Pray for vacationers…”, etc. Um, there are so many bigger fish to fry that never get mentioned. Anyway…

2) Mass went on as usual. As this was a Palestrina Mass, I could not hear the priest over the music, and the long pauses as he waited for the music at times threw off my understanding of exactly where we were in Mass. I also could not tell what he sang for the Gospel. When he started his homily he referenced both the ’62 and ’70 missal Gospel readings and did his best to combine them into a cohesive thought, but it seems oddly disjointed.

Why would a priest in a TLM parish, in the context of a high Latin Mass, attempt to staple a few NO bits and bobs onto the TLM? I haven’t seen this before and wondered what you thought might be behind this kind of arrangement.

You are asking me why he would do those things.   I must respond that your planet’s recently moon eclipsed yellow star doesn’t give me that particular super power.  Mind reading is more of a Martian Manhunter thing.

It seems to me, from what you described, that the priest is attempting a kind of “mutual enrichment” of the two forms.  This “mutual enrichment” was specially desired by Benedict XVI.  However, Benedict also legislated that the two forms were to remain separate.  That means that only over time will such an enrichment take place, in an organic and natural way, rather than by… how to put this… brutal, artificial and ham-fisted gestures.

Also, in general, the priest doesn’t generally wait for the music in the TLM, except perhaps before the beginning of the Preface or before the Postcommunion.  Part of the genius of the Roman Rite is that more than one thing can take place at the same time.   If a priest has limited experience of this, he may not quite understand the ethos of the TLM and, therefore, his ars celebrandi could be a little awkward or out of step with the rite.  So many priests are conditioned by the Novus Ordo and having everything center on themselves or about being heard, etc.  The ars celebrandi of the older, traditional form requires a different view.

Referring to the Gospel readings for both the NO and the TLM… well okay.  I don’t see a problem with that for a couple reasons.  First, some priests have to say both forms and they’ve worked on the NO Gospel.  Also, while it is in the modern rite, the NO, strongly urged that priests should preach from the readings… which seems terribly rigid and legalistic… in the traditional rite, the TLM, the priest has greater freedom.  Also, given that the Word of God from one Gospel passage is going to be consistent with the Word of God from another Gospel passage, it should be possible with some thought and creativity to harmonize them in a sermon and make a good point.  Still, if not pulled off properly, yes, that could seem disjointed.   If a priest is not truly deft in the pulpit, he would be prudent to avoid trying to do that.

Finally, I doubt very much that the priest was trying to screw around with the traditional form out of some kind of malice or distaste for it.  He was probably well-intentioned.  Perhaps with the help of some kind, constructive and instructive feedback, he’ll learn how to adjust his ars celebrandi so that it is more appropriate for the TLM.

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Blue vestment sighting

Over at NLM there is a post with photos of Holy Masses for the Feast of the Assumption.  There are some stunners, of course.

One set caught my eye.  They are of Pontifical Vespers celebrated by the abbot at Heiligenkreutz.

Note the blue vestments.

Lovely blue cope.

We of the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison have been raising funds for more Pontifical Vestments, including folded chasubles, a set in black, a set in rose and also a set in blue.   There are whiners out there about the blue.  We don’t care.  They won’t be used in Advent, for that would be really wrong.  But for Assumption?  Yep.   This is, after all the pontificate of mercy.  In our consciences we have determined that we want a blue pontifical set and that we will use it and that, in mercy, you have to “accompany” us.

Send a generous donation now!

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ASK FATHER: Could it be a sin to attend a Novus Ordo Mass if you think the TLM is superior?

Alexandre_Bida_Pharisee_publicanFrom a reader…

QUAERITUR:

If a lay person is presented with the option to attend either a Novus Ordo Mass or a Traditional Latin Mass, and, in turn,

(a) believes that the TLM is more substantively and consistently reverent to God, and

(b) faces no restraints to attend either (e.g. is not burdened with long driving distances to attend one or the other, is not burdened with family politics), does said person have a moral obligation to attend the TLM?

Or, stated negatively, is it a sin in this situation for said person to attend the Novus Ordo Mass?

Stated more abstractly, if a person is faced with two possible means of worshiping God – one great at expressing reverence and the other poor [poor?  not “less ‘great'”?] – is it sinful to choose the lesser option if the person knows which one is greater and is not restrained to perform the greater option?

(Note: I fully recognize and affirm that the Novus Ordo Mass is licit and valid).

Let’s also say that both the Masses are also at one’s territorial parish church and the schedule is convenient for either Mass.  Thus, one is also attending one’s proper parish.

All things being equal (distance, schedule, etc.) is it a sin to attend the Novus Ordo if you are utterly convinced that the older, traditional form is superior?

There are so many factors to weigh in these scenarios.  There cannot be a one size fits all answer to this theoretical scenario.

However, all things truly being equal (leaving aside the people whom you would meet, etc.), it seems to me that a person would be want to attend that which he thought was the superior opportunity for spiritual benefit.  He would want to worship God in sacred liturgy in the best available manner.

If he truly believes that he derives greater spiritual benefit from one form, he, out of desire for that greater benefit, should not be satisfied with what he thinks is merely “okay”.

It seems to me that when it comes to the worship of Almighty God and our benefit in that worship, we should desire the greater rather than the lesser.

Could, then, one sin in choosing the just “okay” when it would be just as easy to choose the “better”?

Yes, I suppose it is possible that one could sin in that choice.

But so much depends on that individual’s state in life and spiritual advancement and all the attendant circumstances that go with daily life that I sense that it is unlikely that one would sin gravely in such a choice. As a matter of fact, I suspect that one might not sin venially in that choice, either.

“Bless me Father, I have sinned.  It has been a week since my last confession.  These are my sins…  I went to the Novus Ordo intentionally, specifically because it is an inferior way to worship God liturgically and because I did not want to derive from the experience all that I might have at the TLM.”

As a confessor, I would have to ask a few questions about that unlikely confession.

“Bless me Father, I have sinned.  It has been a week since my last confession.  These are my sins…  I went to the Novus Ordo, which I think is inferior, but my practice is simply to flip a coin…”

As a confessor, I would suggest that that is a rather cavalier approach to something so important… flippant even.

I know that there are people out there who are trying sincerely to make a determination about which form to attend.

As you consider all the factors, do your best not to pit the forms against each other.  Keep your head clear.  Also, do not fall into the trap of pitting the people whom you find at one form against the others, or the priests.   That road leads to the trap our Lord describes in the parable of the Pharisee and the Pharisee and the Publican in Luke 18.

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YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS

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Registered or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read?

Continued from THESE.

I get many requests by email asking for prayers. Many requests are heart-achingly grave and urgent.

As long as my blog reaches so many readers in so many places, let’s give each other a hand. We should support each other in works of mercy.

If you have some prayer requests, feel free to post them below.

You have to be registered here to be able to post.

I still have two pressings personal petitions.  No, I actually have THREE now.  I can’t get a break, it seems.  Ut Deus….

ALSO…

During this 100th year commemoration of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, remember the central message Our Lady gave to the Church and to the world: penance and reparation for sins and for the conversion of sinners.  

Off your sufferings in reparation for sins and for the conversion of sinners.

 

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My View For Awhile: Post Syzygy

MCI is a madhouse.  Many people have some sort of eclipse commemorating shirt.


I was supposed to do a radio slot with Drew Mariani but in the chaos it didn’t work.

We had some clouds but mangaged to see some of the totality.

Beforehand, however, i picked up some crescents through the leaves.

They are announcing to the LGA folks that they are stuck here for several more hours while they get a new plane for them.  And they even said the only reason they are bringing another plane is because there are no hotels for 100 miles due to the eclipse.

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Boarded.  

UPDATE:

We made it to DTW with just enough time for me to grab a kind of sandwich.  I didn’t check a bag so I have no concerns in that department.  Will I do the same the day after tomorrow?


My next gate.  Will there be an upgrade?  The mysteries of Delta continue.

Meanwhile the pilots are here.

UPDATE

I got the upgrade.

In the cockpit they are working on something.  Voice messages are cycling: TERRAIN … TERRAIN… PULL UP… PULL UP… OBSTACLE… PULL UP…. 

The techy said “Okay it’s started to work now.  Let’s leave it alone.  We’re outa here.”

And so they closed the doors and I turned my phone to Airplane Mode.

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That’s no moon!

Biretta tip to Ben Shapiro!

o{]:¬)

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The revitalization of a parish in ultra-lib land

Do you remember when Fr. Illo at a parish in San Francisco decided to stop the service at the altar by females (YAY!) and the world came down on his head.

In the Catholic Herald, the UK’s best Catholic weekly, there is a story on what’s going on at Star of the Sea parish.  Shall we look with my patented treatment of emphases and comments?

Countercultural San Francisco parish attracts growing congregation

On the solemnity of the Annunciation this past spring, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone dedicated the Star of the Sea Church’s renovated St Joseph Adoration Chapel, calling it “a pivotal moment in the history of the parish.”

We want to base the renewal of our parish around the Holy Eucharist,” said Fr Joseph Illo. “Our mission statement is to evangelize God’s people beginning with the gift of the Holy Eucharist. That means putting a lot of energy into our music, our preaching, our Sunday Mass.” [As I have said a zillion times, no initiative we undertake in the Church will bear fruit unless it is rooted in sacred liturgical worship, the summit of which is celebration of the Eucharist and the Eucharist Itself.]

Three years after Fr Illo was appointed parish administrator in August 2014, bringing his powerful commitment to traditional Catholic practices to the famously progressive city, Mass attendance and the number of parishioners registered have increased about 10 percent each year. [Are you surprised?  I’m not.]

“For the first time in my life, I feel I belong to a parish, I mean really belong,” said Eva Muntean, Walk for Life West Coast co-chair, who organizes street evangelization twice a month at a farmers’ market not far from the church.

One of Fr Illo’s first actions was to open the Romanesque-style church from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm daily, improve the lighting and turn on the heat. “Now people can stop in, light a candle,” Father Illo told Catholic San Francisco, the archdiocese’s newspaper.  [Whaddya know.  Open the church and people come!]

When he arrived, the parish founded in 1887 in the city’s Richmond District was struggling. Despite its location facing a busy boulevard, its doors were closed most of the day except for Mass times.

The parish has been one of the first to meet its Archdiocesan Annual Appeal goal each year, and the offertory has more than doubled. There is a new Knights of Columbus chapter, revitalized homeless outreach, Gabriel Project for pregnant women in need, a young adults group, and a speaker and a film series as well as Filipino and Chinese parish groups. Masses in English and Latin feature Gregorian chant and polyphony. [LATIN!]

The backbone of the parish remains “good, faithful, longtime parishioners,” Fr Illo said.

“We have served under seven pastors, all very different. And we’ve seen the parish go through many transitions of growth and decline and rebirth again,” said Lorna Feria, an accountant who is also parish director of faith formation. She and her husband, Bud, who have five children, joined the parish 26 years ago. “It’s a rebirth again.”

Confessions are available before every Mass. “That’s brought a lot of people in,” Fr Illo said. There are coffee and doughnuts, Mexican, Chinese or Filipino treats after most Sunday Masses.  [CONFESSIONS!]

“We are offering a style of worship that is more traditional and more classical, but it is also revivifying the neighbourhood,” said Fr Illo, who was appointed to start an Oratory of St Philip Neri, a project later put on hold. “We put money into professional musicians” and are building up the volunteer choir, Fr Illo said.  [Yes, this is an important investment.  We often see that when music improves in choice and quality of execution, congregations grow.  That means that collections grow.  That means that even more musicians can be brought in, etc.  I know a parish in NYC which did this and it worked.  I hear the newish pastor has cut back on the music and the congregations are shrinking.]

The priests at Star of the Sea distribute Communion at the Communion rail. In Lent, Fr Illo began an experimental period of celebrating Mass “ad orientem,” meaning the priest faces the high altar and crucifix during the parts of the Mass where the priest and people address God. While extraordinary form Latin Mass was instituted earlier, there are now two Masses on Sunday and one daily celebrated using the 1962 Roman Missal, known commonly as the Tridentine rite, in addition to English Masses.

Shortly after his appointment, Fr Illo ignited controversy when he decided to train only boys and men for altar service going forward, coming at the time Archbishop Cordileone was receiving negative publicity associated with Catholic high school teachers’ contract talks.

Serving as an altar server is a feeder for the male-only priesthood, and helpful in forming boys in leadership, much as girls-only programmes at many of our schools,” Fr Illo said in an interview. Today the negative publicity has abated, and he said as many as 10 altar servers serve at extraordinary form Latin Masses.  [Which will produce vocations.  They should also implement the famous Vocation Prayer I’ve posted about.]

Three men from Star of the Sea have applied to the archdiocesan seminary program and another entered the Dominican novitiate on August 15. One young man who had been serving Mass from the parish had just enrolled at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University the August that Fr Illo arrived.  [As I said before.]

 

[…]

Read the conclusion there.

Great stuff!

Fr. Z kudos to Fr. Illo and Archbp. Cordileone!

 

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A prayer to prepare for #SolarEclipse2017

It occurred to me that we might ask God for specialized help today.

Almighty eternal God, who by Thy Word created the cosmos and set in motion all that has being, should it be pleasing to Thee, for the sake of our awe at Thy ineffable goodness revealed in the beauty of creation and for the increase of your praise and glory, send forth Thy holy angels both to clear the skies of clouds from the path of the shadow of the Moon as it sweeps across the nation, and also to prompt those who strive to view this wonder of our celestial clock to guard by prudent decisions their own eyes and to protect the vision of those under their care.  We ask this through Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

When I rose this morning, I engaged my Starlight app and snapped the configuration of your planet’s star and largest satellite.  The syzygy is on!

 

Here is the page from the calendar used in the Roman Curia.

You can see that it shows that there is a New Moon (which is the only way there could be total solar eclipse), and the Ave Maria is quite late.

UPDATE:

very cool post about eclipses with images from medieval manuscripts.   As I said… very cool. HERE  For example:

UPDATE:

SpaceWeather has an amusing bit about viewing the eclipse indirectly by means of a pinhole projection… using a water cracker or biscuit, which has little holes.

Thus proving that you can have your eclipse and eat it too.

UPDATE:

My host has decreed that the Sun is turning into Pac-Man.  It’s hard to dispute.  Then again, it has been awhile since I’ve seen Pac-Man.

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UPDATE:

How I miss these guys!

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And now it’s time for CAPTAIN CORONA!

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UPDATE:

Well… just as totality came, so did the clouds.  Rats.  However, they were thin enough that we could see the total phase and the corona for a little bit.  Then a thicker cloud came and that was that until the “diamond ring”.

I hope that where you are you will have a great view!

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A different “Game Of Thrones” opener

On another note, this is amusing.   The Roman version of the opening sequence of Game of Thrones (which I think pretty much everyone on the planet watches).

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The Atlantic: the Eclipse is racist

16_08_21_2017_eclipse_pathThe Atlantic is pretty much a joke.  However, they take themselves seriously.   This story seems… seems… not to be an intentional joke.

Read and be amazed.  It exemplifies the Left.   You can’t make this up.

From Daily Caller:

The Eclipse Is Racist Because It Fails To Affect Enough Black People, The Atlantic Suggests

The Atlantic, a once-great magazine, has determined that the total eclipse of the sun due to occur on Monday will fail to affect enough black people.

The Atlantic’s very lengthy essay on the failure of the eclipse to occur where a sufficient number of black people reside is entitled “American Blackout.” It clocks in at a remarkable 4,544 words and does not appear to be satire.

Concerning “the Great American Eclipse,” Brooklyn Law School professor Alice Ristroph writes in the rapidly deteriorating magazine, “there live almost no black people” “along most of its path.”

The Atlantic’s longwinded law professor assures readers that “implicit bias of the solar system” is “presumably” not the cause of eclipse’s failure to affect enough black people.

[…]

After an extensive discourse criticizing the U.S. Census, The Atlantic tells readers that the eclipse will travel through Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. In this section of its essay, The Atlantic manages to drop the names of Bruce Springsteen, Jesse James, Eminem, Chelsea Manning, Michael Brown and Howard Zinn (a shallow socialist writer panned even by most serious socialists).

“There are too many damn facts,” The Atlantic also complains.

[…]

In its final paragraph, The Atlantic concludes that the United States is “still segregated” and has “debts that no honest man can pay.” Cryptically, the magazine suggests, “the strange path of the eclipse suggests a need for reorganization” of the entire American political system.

The Atlantic classifies its article about the path of the eclipse in the category of “science” even though nothing remotely approaching science appears in any of the 4,544 words.

All this and the eclipse too.

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Getting up to date in Kansas City

This morning I had Holy Mass at St. Philippine Duschesne which is run by the FSSP. I thought it was to be a Sung Mass, but it turned out to be Solemn, which was a treat. Here are a few snaps from someone.

The church is lovely.  They obvious have put their hearts into building a beautiful church and doing good things there.  And it was really full for Mass.

What people didn’t know is that a friend of mine brought some special gear for the Mass.  On the altar we had great relics.  There was a large piece of bone of St. Bernard, a 1st class of St. John Vianney, an arrangement of great Jesuit… yes, Jesuit saints, and – special – some hair of St Maximilian Kolbe.

Some images…

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Some of them.  Great names…
Ignatius Loyola
Francis Xavier
Aloysius Gonzaga
Francis Borgia
Paul Miki
Peter Claver
John Berchmans
Peter Canisius
Stanislas Kostka
Alphonus Rodriguez

Lst but not least, at about 11 o’clock… AND BOB!

A few of them I couldn’t immediately discern.  I do like going around clockwise to find AND BOB!

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Also, for the Mass itself, I wore an amice of St. John Vianney and used one of his ciboria to distirubute Holy Communion.

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On a more mundane level, we went to Independence to see a priest friend who is redoing his church and who has a new community of women religious whom he’s helping.  Then we visited the Pres. Harry S. Truman Library.

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This is also Mormon Ground Zero.  They – in they’re various splinter groups, think that this is where (their) Jesus is to return… Independence, MO, folks.  Here’s what they built in the place where they believe it’ll happen.

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Weird.

Meanwhile, in KC, there are protests because of Civil War monuments.  This one was boxed up and prepared for removal even before the protest against it.   Today there are marches downtown.

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Last night we opened up a bottle of 1991 Brunello.  I had saved a bottle from the year of my ordination to enjoy for my 25th anniversary.  When I left the Sabine Farm for Madison, I entrusted a few bottles of wine to my friend here in KC.  This is my 26th year, but… hey!

Tonight, my last ’82 Bordeaux.  It has been open for hours.  It should be great.

Tomorrow… eclipse.

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