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Olympics Day 2-3: Maxed

I have my DVR recording multiple channels so that I can pick and choose which things to watch without commercials and skipping the sports that don’t interest me.  The DVR/TV system is so maxed out that I can’t change channels! … Continue reading

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“Gather Us In” made (almost) acceptable!

When life gives you challenges like lemons, make lemonade.  Right? When liturgists give you dreck like “Gather Us In”, make… toccatas. Remember: The Second Vatican Council gives pride of place to the pipe organ over all other instruments. Fr. Z … Continue reading

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Proponents of deaconettes use “dialogue” as a distraction

At the fine Crisis there is a good analysis piece which looks into what the pro-women’s ordination crowd do to push their agenda: dialogue. I think we’ve all seen how this works: libs demand something – authority says “No” – they … Continue reading

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In honor of St. Dominic…

In the Ordinary Form calendar today is the Feast of St. Dominic.  You might check out the site of the wonderful Summit Dominicans, the great “Soap Sisters” in New Jersey.  I think that, today, they have some things on sale … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point or two in the sermon at the Sunday Obligation Mass you heard? Let us know. For my part, I reflected on the Olympic motto citius, altius, fortius and its implications for the Christian life. After Mass … Continue reading

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D. Manchester: New FSSP Parish

Here is some interesting news. But watch how it is reported by AP. There is a new FSSP parish in New Hampshire.  It looks like they are having their first Mass there today, Sunday 7 August. From AP (with my emphases and comments): … Continue reading

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Olympics Day 1: Variety!

I have four monitors going, so I opened up several streams as I worked.  Also, the DVR helped me to catch a few events without the commercials. I was a bit surprised at how difficult and technical the cycling course is.  The … Continue reading

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German theologian on women deacons

I’ve been looking around for information on the members of the newly appointed Commission that will study the question of deaconettes. I found an interview with the German theologian Karl-Heinz Menke at Die Welt.   HERE   It doesn’t have an auspicious … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 12th Sunday after Pentecost: FORWARD!

Today’s Collect survived the liturgico-surgical scalpels of the Bugniniites to live on in the Novus Ordo for the 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time.  The prayer is ancient, and results in the Gelasian Sacramentary as well as in the Veronese Sacramentary during … Continue reading

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JUST TOO COOL: Feast of the Transfiguration – special blessing of grapes

Go buy some grapes and take them to the priest  for the Feast of the Transfiguration (tomorrow, 6 August), with a page from the Rituale Romanum (go to p. 345 – Benedictio uvarum), or cut and paste the English text … Continue reading

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A new priest hat to covet

I could kick myself for not getting a Spanish biretta when I was in Madrid.  Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.   I guess I’ll have to go back. That said, I spotted a new priest hat to covet. Here is an image … Continue reading

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Islamic State corrects Pope Francis: Yes, this is a religious war.

To paraphrase Trotsky, you might not be interested in war, but war is interested in you. At Christianity Today there is a sobering piece every leader in the Church should read.  My emphases. Islamic State attacks Pope, says its war against Christians … Continue reading

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Summer Olympics and You

So, the 2016 Summer Olympics are upon us. The opening ceremony is tonight. There are various controversies going on. Controversies aside, are you going to watch any of the events? For my part, I’ll use my DVR to record swathes … Continue reading

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5 August: #InternationalBeerDay

Because of the great esteem I have for you, I want to remind you all that today is International Beer Day. I can’t think of a better way to commemorate this day than to… well, other than sending me a donation… than … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 19th Ordinary Sunday: Trusting Audacity, Harrowing Consolation

The Collect for the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time was not in previous editions Missale Romanum before the 1970 Novus Ordo. It has roots in the 9th century Sacramentary of Bergamo and thus is ancient text… sort of. Note that for … Continue reading

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