Tag Archives: St. Augustine

WDTPRS – 18th Ordinary Sunday: cold, clear reality

When the priest, alter Christus, says our prayers during Holy Mass, Christ, Head of the Body, speaks.
His words have power to form us.
Formed according to the mind of the Church, we Catholics then go out from Mass to shape our … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Ascension – Our humanity, “raised beyond the heights of archangels”

On my planet, this coming Sunday is the 7th Sunday after Easter, Ascension Thursday having fallen on Thursday.
In most places Ascension Thursday has been transferred to Sunday, but not with malice.  The notion the bishops had was to expose more … Continue reading

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4 May: St. Monica, widow

In the older, traditional Roman calendar today is the feast of the mother of St. Augustine, St. Monnica, widow.  She died in Ostia (Rome’s port) in 387, when she and her family were heading back to North Africa after Augustine’s … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Low Sunday “in albis”, Quasimodo Sunday

In the post-Conciliar calendar this is the “Second Sunday of Easter.” It is sometimes called “Thomas Sunday” because of the Gospel reading about the doubting Apostle.
It is also famously called “Quasimodo Sunday” for the first word of the opening chant, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Easter Sunday: “Be sprigs!”

We observed the Sacred Triduum: the priesthood was celebrated, the Eucharistic Christ was reposed and the altar stripped, the Passion was sung and the Cross was kissed.  Our liturgical death was complete.  Then in the evening, in some places even … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 5th Sunday of Lent (Novus Ordo): His love lives and works in and through us

Traditionally this upcoming Sunday is called First Passion Sunday or First Sunday of the Passion.  “Passiontide” begins.
It is also known as Iudica Sunday, from the first word of the Introit of Mass (from Ps 42/41), and sometimes Repus (from repositus … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 2nd Sunday of Advent: “we escape neither the Enemy lion nor the glorious Lion of Judah”

Our Collect (once called the “Opening Prayer”) for the 2nd Sunday of Advent was not in the pre-Conciliar Missale Romanum but it was in the so-called Rotulus (“scroll”) of Ravenna, dated perhaps as early as the 5th century.
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WDTPRS – 28th Ordinary Sunday: “God crowns His own merits in us”

The elegant Collect for the 28th Ordinary Sunday has been used for centuries on the 16th Sunday after Pentecost according to the traditional Roman calendar.  This is a lovely prayer to sing.
Tua nos, quaesumus, Domine, gratia semper … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 24th Ordinary Sunday: “Does prayer make a difference?”, or, “God is our cosmic concierge.”

The Collect for the 24th Ordinary Sunday was not in pre-Conciliar editions of the Roman Missal but it has an antecedent in the ancient Veronese Sacramentary amongst the prayers used during September.
Respice nos, rerum omnium Deus creator et rector, et, … Continue reading

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St. Monnica avoided alcoholism

From Serge Lancel’s Augustine, one of the best biographies I know of the great Bishop of Hippo (p. 8 ff – emphases mine):
Before devoting himself entirely to Mother Church, as he approached the age of forty, Augustine had had a concubine … Continue reading

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