Category Archives: De Novissimis: Four Last Things

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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Hell and the Enemy exist. Priests and bishops who don’t teach about them will probably wind up there.

Before anything else, let it be said that, “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure … Continue reading

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Require your parish priests to hear confessions

I heard a song today by one Matthew West that got me thinking about the need to revive the practice of regular sacramental confession.
Lyrics HERE

In part….
[...]
Breathe in deep
Feel your heart still breathing
Let’s go see the reason you’re alive
Oh, you are … Continue reading

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Solemn Requiem… Pontifical

When did you last see this?

Or

Jammed.

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Memento mori!

Over at the amusing and often useful blog Art of Manliness there is a post about Memento Mori art.
“Memento mori!” means, “Be mindful of death!” or “Don’t forget that you are going to die so repent, confess your sins, and live a … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 30th Ordinary Sunday: In His will is our peace.

Let’s look at the Collect for the 30th Ordinary Sunday, a prayer also in the 1962 Missale Romanum for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost.  It was in the ancient Veronese and the Gelasian Sacramentary.
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, da nobis fidei spei … Continue reading

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