Category Archives: De Novissimis: Four Last Things

On Mercy Sunday a sobering thought from a Pope about fear and that terrible day

As we have come to Low Sunday, Dominica in albis, I reviewed something of what Fathers of the Church had to say about our Gospel passage on this famous Sunday: John 20:19-31.
Pope St. Gregory the Great (+604) preached on this … Continue reading

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Of TEOTWAWKI, Your Black Unconfessed Sins, and You

People sometimes think, “Oh, those poor people.  That could never happen here.”
And then it does.
The people in Russia who had the encounter with the bus-size exploding meteor, got up that day just like you did.   Remember that video of … Continue reading

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Stan the Man – R.I.P.

I learned just now that Stan “the Man” Musial died, at the age of 92.
Today it seems no one stays in one place anymore, as Joni might put it.  That holds true for baseball players and pastors of parishes.  But … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Are we now in the end times?

From a reader:
Are we now in the end times?
Yes, we are.
We have been in the end times ever since Our Lord ascended to the right hand of the Father.
Because of Our Lord’s promises to return even before the generation had … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: 1st Sunday of Advent: Prayer over the Offerings

The Lord’s Coming is a fearful thing to ponder.  The First Coming of the Lord, prophesied by Jeremiah in Sunday’s 1st Reading, and His Sacrifice renewed daily on our altars, mean that His Second Coming, described by the Lord in … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Is it okay for people to listen to music rather than always to sing everything during Mass?

From a priest:
Is it against the mind of the Church when a choir alone sings a hymn at the offertory and preparation of the gifts or are the people supposed to sing along as well?
No, it is not against the … Continue reading

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“Behold, He is in the inner chambers” – Blasphemy and Obama

I read a story about some dopey “comedian” who called Pres. Obama our “lord and savior”.  He said exactly, …
First of all, give an honor to our God and our lord and savior, Barack Obama. Barack Obama.
This was not in … Continue reading

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“Tell me now if it is possible for you to have faith in your heart and not tremble.” – St. Leonard of Port Maurice

Today in the Novus Ordo calendar is the feast of St. Leonard of Port Maurice (+1751).
In one place, St. Leonard expounds on the number of those who make it to heaven. He is not optimistic. And he gives reasons.
Christ died … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 134: Christ the King, the Collect, and a listener’s question

Here is a little offering about the Collect for the Solemnity of Christ the King, as it is today in the post-Conciliar, Ordinary Form, calendar.  I use some material I wrote for the best Catholic weekly in the UK, The … Continue reading

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TULSA, OK – 28-30 January: Workshop for Priests on Exorcism, Angelology, Demonology

Once again the Te Deum Institute of Sacred Liturgy, in Tulsa, OK, is sponsoring a workshop for priests on Exorcism, Angelology, Demonology.
I will remind you that Tulsa is where the outstanding Bp. Edward Slattery reigns felicitously.  He has done a great … Continue reading

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