Category Archives: SESSIUNCULA

Latin for: “a little group, meeting, company, assembled for amusement”

WDTPRS 4th Sunday of Easter (2001MR):

For this 4th Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday, we have a little gem for a Collect. Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, deduc nos ad societatem caelestium gaudiorum, ut eo perveniat humilitas gregis, quo processit fortitudo pastoris. Note the nice eo…quo construction … Continue reading

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LifeSite: Head of US Bishops’ news agency (CNS) resigns, blames ‘far right blogosphere’

In the midst of a week of bad news, comes this good news. Firstly, I would much rather see someone convert, be faithful, turn about to a good path, than lose his job. Next, catholic libs hate the blogosphere. That … Continue reading

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Important analysis of #AmorisLaetitia : Who won the battle? (Seminarians – ALERT!)

Is Fatigue of Love setting in yet? There has been a lot of commentary in the last few hard days about Amoris laetitia (aka Familiaris divortio). What I have been trying to get across is that 1) Amoris did not change Catholic doctrine or law, and that … Continue reading

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A sad, sobering reaction to #AmorisLaetitia

At a blog called Dymphna’s Road (unusual name, but blogs often have unusual – and intriguing – names), I saw something that encapsulates what I fear is going to happen in the wake of the Post-Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia. A … Continue reading

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Fr. John E. Halborg, RIP – Requiem Mass – Manhattan, NYC, Holy Innocents 12 April

I have a soft spot for priests who were Lutheran converts who say the Traditional Latin Mass of the Roman Rite. Hence, I ask your prayers for one.  Fr. John E. Halborg died recently.  I knew him only slightly.  He … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes ( #Amorislaetitia Edition)

Was there a good point or two in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know. Side note: Was Amoris laetitia mentioned?    

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Please use the sharing buttons! Thanks! 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 … Continue reading

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#AmorisLaetitia Twitter Bingo! Get your card HERE!

Gosh!  I get an honorable mention! I am reminded of the hymn written many years ago by the official blog’s Parodohymnodist whose work we have enjoyed and Zuhlio has recorded.  You will recall such hits as “O Come O Come Liturgical Blue”. Here … Continue reading

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My View For Awhile: Northward bound

To go North I must first go East, rather like starting Mass ad orientem so that you can sing the Gospel to the liturgical north.   I thought my native Minnesota was flat! Had I greater presence of mind I … Continue reading

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Yes, Notre Dame can sink even lower

When you are tempted to think that Notre Dame University can’t sink any lower… From Adam Wilson of the Cardinal Newman Society (check their feed on my right side bar) to my email: This is outrageous, and I wanted to … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point (or two) in the sermon you heard for your Sunday “in albis” obligation? I think we could all benefit from points that are not mere clichés about “mercy”. Today is called, in the new-fangled Novus … Continue reading

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Photo portraits of the Pope for offices of the Roman Curia

All the offices of the Vatican Curia have on their walls (often painted in Paul VI Beige) official photo portraits of the current Roman Pontiff (i.e., the boss). When I worked there, the one on my wall looked like this: … Continue reading

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What I think of the election cycle this year.

I am getting ready to vote (early) in the Wisconsin Primary.

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Mother Angelica – RIP

UPDATE: For a schedule of the rites surrounding Mother Angelica’s funeral and interment: HERE ___ The amazing Mother Angelica has died.  May she rest in peace. Mother was a titan.  She did things that conferences of bishops failed to do, … Continue reading

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Congratulations Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis: New Archbp. HEBDA

My native place has finally received an official appointment of its next Archbishop. He has already been there for a while, the former Coadjutor of Newark, Archbishop Bernard Hebda. He had been the Adminstrator. He is staying as Archbishop. This … Continue reading

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