LENTCAzT 2024 – 09: Thursday 1st Week of Lent – “I’m done on this side”

A 5 minute daily podcast to help you in your Lenten discipline.

Today, we continue our spiritual pilgrimage to the Roman Stations by visiting San Lorenzo in Panisperna.

A video visit to San Lorenzo, made by a friend in Rome, is HERE

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19 FEB ’24:  UPDATE – 
Right now this BREVIARY project is ON HOLD until we catch up and then recheck how many are left. DO NOT SEND INQUIRIES until I am sure what’s going on.

I still have some beautiful 3 volume Latin/English sets of the traditional “Roman Breviary” by Baronius Press.  They have to go quickly. They are unopened. More HERE  

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WDTPRS 22 Feb – Feast of the Cathedra of Peter (2002MR): Antioch or Rome or… Texas?

Congratulations to all those who belong to the Ordinariate of the Chair of Peter a fine feast day.

Today is an opportunity to reflect of the will of the Savior about a necessary element for His Church: the Petrine Ministry.

Once upon a time, there were two feasts of Peter’s cathedra, chair, his official role as teacher who strengthens the brethren, etc.

On 18 January we would celebrate Peter’s cathedra in Rome.

On 22 February we would celebrated Peter’s cathedra in Antioch.

Peter went to Antioch, a key city in the East, and there had a disagreement with Paul.  Peter spent about 7 years in Antioch, guiding the church as its bishop, before he pulled up stakes, and… I guess… cathedra… and went to Rome.  He wouldn’t have taken a literal chair, but he did take his office and authority, given to him by Christ.   He had this office and authority before he went to Antioch, while he was at Antioch, when he left Antioch, when he got to Rome and when he died in Rome.

Because the Petrine Ministry is necessary for the Church, Christ made it obviously a “hereditary” office, just as the Davidic stewards enjoyed with the conferral of keys.  After Peter, another man held the Petrine Ministry and so on down to our day.   That would have happened whether Peter had stayed in Jerusalem, stayed in Antioch, or had gone to Luoyang in China of the Han Dynasty.

ASIDE: Based on Peter’s move from Antioch to Rome, there are those who say that there is nothing which absolutely connects being the Successor of Peter with being Bishop of Rome.  He was, after all, The Rock, when he was in Antioch.  He was Vicar of Christ before he went to Antioch.  He was Vicar of Christ when he was between Antioch and Rome.  For all practical purposes Petrine Ministry and office of Bishop of Rome now seem to be fused together.  Most authors think they are inseparable.  But… they weren’t, unless one thinks that Christ gave Peter His authority in view of Peter’s future in Rome.   Possible, but there’s no Biblical evidence for that.  On the surface, it looks like one could be Successor of Peter (who can be anywhere) and someone else Bishop of Rome (who should be in Rome).  The majority of theologians would, today, say that the Petrine Ministry, being Vicar of Christ, and being Bishop of Rome are now inseparable by the fact that Peter died in Rome.  It is not entirely clear to me how his death “sealed the deal”, as it were.

However, were we to consider the implications of Peter being Vicar of Christ before getting either to Antioch or Rome, one supposes that, in time of need, some Successor of Peter could move his see to, say, Texas.

In any event, that’s an interesting thing to reflect on today when we have Antioch and Rome together on one day instead of two.

Let’s see the Novus Ordo prayers for the feast.

COLLECT:

Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus,
ut nullis nos permittas perturbationibus concuti,
quos in apostolicae confessionis petra solidasti.

There is nothing especially difficult about the grammar and vocabulary of this prayer, though it is theologically profound. NB: the solidasti is really solidavisti, a “syncopated” form.

I’m sure some of you can come up with your smooth but accurate versions.

SUPER OBLATA:

Ecclesiae tuae, quaesumus, Domine,
preces et hostias benignus admitte,
ut, beato Petro pastore,
ad aeternam perveniat hereditatem,
quo docente fidei tenet integritatem.

This is harder than the Collect. From the point of view of vocabulary, trying to get the right sense of admitto helps to establish the “mood” of the prayer. Admitto carries the weight of “suffering” or “allowing” something to enter into one’s presence. “Admit” is more eloquent than just “receive”. Admitto immediately lends a sense of God’s highness and our needy lowliness, waiting upon God’s good pleasure. Grammatically, you have to get that quo docente right, or nothing else works. I think the trick here is to avoid taking quo docente as an ablative absolute (which is what beato Petro pastore clearly is) and instead see it as an ablative of “agent”.

SLAVISHLY LITERAL RENDERING

O Lord, we beseech Thee,
kindly suffer to receive the prayers and sacrificial offerings of Thy Church,
so that, blessed Peter being Her shepherd,
and, by whom as he is teaching holds fast to the integritry of the Faith,
She may attain to the eternal inheritance.

POST COMMUNION:

Deus, qui nos,
beati Petri apostoli festivitatem celebrantes,
Christi Corporis et Sanguinis communione vegetasti,
praesta, quaesumus,
ut hoc redemptionis commercium
sit sacramentum nobis unitatis et pacis.

Commercium is a loaded word. It means “exchange”. It has a theological, not a mercantile sense, of course. Bread and wine were chosen by God, from all gifts He gave us, to be transformed into His Body and Blood.

LITERAL TRANSLATION:

O God, who with the Communion of the Body and Blood of Christ,
has nourished us celebrating the feast of the blessed Apostle Peter,
grant, we beseech Thee,
that this sacred exchange of redemption
be for us a sacramental sign of unity and peace.

We chose from among those gifts of bread and wine, those concrete gifts which we offered at this particular Mass. They were a symbol of something from to be offered ourselves, to be returned to the one who gave them. God accepted them, and transformed them through His Spirit into the Body and Blood of Christ. Then gave them back to us, so that we, through them might be transformed more and more into what they are. This is an amazing interchange of gifts, God always having logical priority over the giving and the given. Thus, in the process, we are united to God and each other in a marvelous sacred “exchange”.

The current ICEL versions (biretta tip to HE):

Collect
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that no tempests may disturb us,
for you have set us fast
on the rock of the Apostle Peter’s confession of faith.

Prayer over the Offerings
Accept with favor, O Lord, we pray,
the prayers and offerings of your Church,
that, with Saint Peter as her shepherd,
she may come to an eternal inheritance,
for it is through his teaching
that she holds the faith in its integrity.

Prayer after Communion
O God, who at our celebration
of the feast day of the blessed Apostle Peter
have nourished us by communion in the Body and Blood of Christ,
grant, we pray, that this redeeming exchange
may be for us a Sacrament of unity and peace.

As a bonus… here are a few photos of St. Peter’s shot some years ago on this Feast of the Cathedra of St. Peter.

It is pretty dark in the Basilica, so steady is the name of the game. Here is a shot through the columns over the main altar toward the apse, where you can see the candles arrayed around the magnificent bronze by Bernini.

A closer view.

The bronze Cathedra is decorated with lighted candles only once a year, today.

The black bronze statue of St. Peter attributed to the marvelous Arnulfo di Cambio was always dressed up in his cope and tiara, with a ring on his finger and pectoral Cross on two days, 29 June and today. Then the modernists in the Fabrica started fooling around. Too triumphalistic. They started cutting out elements. But all of them were back the day I shot these except for the griccia alb, which I can live without I guess. I don’t know if it is back this year or not.

And ….

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DAILY ROME SHOT 948

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In chessy news, there is a new tournament at Chess.com wherein pairs of players take each other on.  They can discuss moves so it isn’t “brain and hand”, in which the “brain” player says a name of a piece, like “bishop” without specifying and the “hand” has to figure out the best thing to do with it.  This new form is full discussion between the teammates and the lower rated player makes the moves. Yesterday, Fabiano Caruana and GM Cristian Chirila (they have a podcast together) beat Anish Giri and IM Danny Rensch 2-0. I believe trash talk is encouraged between games. Today, my guy Wesley So with fellow Minnesotan young Alice Lee are up against the dangerous Peter Leko and Pia Cramling. That should be a brawl.

Also, I am back to playing … not so well again. Rather, I play well and then I become stupid. I am starting to wonder if I overthink things.

All this and the MOON LANDING too, today!

The wonderful nuns of Gower Abbey, the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, have a new disc and digital download:

Tenebrae at Ephesus

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These are the RESPONSORIES of Tenebrae for all three days of the Triduum.  They are, arguably, the most beautiful chants of the entire liturgical year.

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LENTCAzT 2024 – 08: Ember Wednesday 1st Week of Lent – My faults and your merits

A 5 minute daily podcast to help you in your Lenten discipline.

Today, we continue with Card. Richelieu’s counsel about progress.  We all have faults.  We all have merits.  How to view them in myself and in others?

A video visit to the Roman Station, St. Mary Major, made by a friend in Rome is HERE

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20 Feb – Feast of Sts Francisco and Jacinta of Fatima – We need their intercession now more than ever.

Young Jacinta and Francisco, the seers of Fatima were canonized in 2017. They are, I believe, the youngest canonized non-martyr saints on the calendar.

“On the calendar…”.  They aren’t on the traditional Roman calendar. However, perhaps there is a way with Cum sanctissima to celebrate them… if the liturgical day does not outweigh them.

In May 2017 I wrote about the miracle for the canonization of the two young saints.  HERE

We need their intercession NOW more than ever.  Think about the message of Our Lady at Fatima.   Think about where we are in modern society with its trends, trends so massively offensive to God.  Think about how some in the Church, in positions of real influence and power, have caved into those trends and either step aside for the juggernaut or actively join in pushing it forward.

Have an image of the vision the children were shown of souls falling into Hell, the same image which the amazing St. Veronica Giuliani was shown during her brief translation to Hell.

Souls falling into Hell like snow flakes… like rain.

Sts. Jacinta and Francisco, PRAY FOR US.

 

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VIDEO: Here’s a view of Communion time in a German church.

Remember… there’s only one expression of the Roman Rite and the Traditional Latin Mass and every person who wants it must be suppressed and marginalized.

With that in mind, here’s a view of Communion time in a German church. The horror! They are using RECORDED music which is strictly VERBOTEN!

Yeah.. maybe it’s not just that the music is recorded.

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LENTCAzT 2024 – 07: Tuesday 1st Week of Lent – False progress

A 5 minute daily podcast to help you in your Lenten discipline.

Today, we continue with Card. Richelieu’s counsel about progress – or not – on our faults and false progress in the spiritual life.

A video visit to the Roman Station, Sant’Anastasia al Palatino, made by a friend in Rome is HERE

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Happy Eleutherii Day in Prime Time!

It’s 19 February and time again – indeed prime time – to recall the three Eleutherii.

In the Vetus Ordo office of Prime – straight up cancelled, like a priest, in the Novus Ordo – there are on this date three different saints named Eleutherius mentioned in the anticipated Martyrology reading.

Eleutherius of Constantinople, Bishop and Martyr
Eleutherius of Persia, Bishop and Martyr
Eleutherius of Tounai, Bishop and Confessor

I figured that you have your own celebrations planned.

BTW… I looked in the 2005 Martyrologium Romanum and there is not even one Eleutherius in the index.  Cancelled, like a priest… like a priest in his prime!  They are not in the older MartRom‘s index either.  BUT… there they are!

Forget that.  I must have had a monsignor moment.  In the 2005 MartRom, the three are there, but with different feasts:

Eleutherius, ep. Autissiodoren., 26 August. (s. VI)
Eleutherius, ep. Tornacen., 20 February. (ca. 530)
Eleutherius, m. Nicomediae., 2 October.  (s. III/IV)

I looked in my 1878 MartRom and found 11!

Eleutherius Episc. Constantinopolit. et mart. 20. Februarii
Eleutherius Episcopus Tornacens. 20. Februaiii.
Eleutherius Episcopus Illyrici, et Anthia mart. Messanae sub Hadriano. 18. Aprilis.
Eleutherius Papa et mart. Romae 26. Maji. [With Philip Neri!  I guess I knew that.]
Eleutherius Conf. in Latio. 29. Maji.
Eleutherius mart. Constantinopoli sub Maximiano. 4. Augusti.
Eleutherius et Leonides mart. 8. Augusti.
Eleutherius Episcopus Antisiodoren. 16. Augusti.
Eleutherius Abbas, Romae. 6. Septembris.
Eleutherius miles mart. Nicomediae cum allis innumeris sub Diocletiano. 2. Octobris.
Eleutherius Diaconus mart. Lutetiae, supra cum Dionysio. 9. Octobris.

A comment, below, says there are 6 in the 2001 MartRom.

So… 11 to 6 to 3.

Eleutherii are, in fact, being cancelled and/or moved around.

Also, I see a discrepancy of Eleutherii.  One is “Autissiodoren”, which is “Autissiodorensis” which is the suppressed Diocese of AuxerreAnother is “Antissiodoren.”  The same, I guess. which is I also found a Altissiodorensis.  Again.

Yes, the Martyrology did need work.

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DAILY ROME SHOT 947

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LENTCAzT 2024 – 06: Monday 1st Week of Lent – Excessive austerity

A 5 minute daily podcast to help you in your Lenten discipline.

Today, we continue with Card. Richelieu’s simple and practical advice about taking on penances.

A video visit to the Roman Station, St. Peter in Chains, made by a friend in Rome is HERE

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From “The Private Diary of Bishop F. Atticus McButterpants” – 24-02-08

Febuary 8th, 2024

Dear Diary,

Upcoming series of FCMH one each week for the next few weeks. Several hours of boredom punctuated by a few moments of sheer terror. They gave me the reports and the materials ahead of time. It makes your eyes glaze over, but one thing caught my attention: officially we have somewhere around an estimated 200,000 Catholics in the diocese. They tell me that maybe only 15 to 17 percent practice or show up regularly on Sundays. I think it’s more than that, but hey – they are the numbers guys.

Even if it’s more like 20% routinely attending and paying that’s only about 40K who are regulars. And if that’s true, it almost makes the math easy even for me! If we have 40K Catholics in the pews on Sundays diocese wide, and they each throw a dollar in the basket that’s 40K per week, times 52 Sundays and some Holy Days. But that’s only….2 million.  And we cancelled or move Holy Days to Sundays!  Not very helpful.

If they drop in two bucks, that’s only 4 mil.

I remember my old pastor back when they rolled out the $2 bill.  He thought that was going to be the salvation of the church.

Dang. This is really scary. What the heck happened to tyething? Did they throw that out with all the Latin and lace? No wonder I gotta spend a fortune on my development office.

We are also facing another big payout because of a priest that Feel The Byrne brought in years ago from – where? Not one of our guys from India, though that was Byrne’s preference when he was hard up to fill a parish slot (“gotta buy another Indian this year!”). The ‘Oly Ghost Msgr Geist [the Judicial Vicar or JV – editor] is rumored to be showing up for this one. Actually have not seen him face to face since I dunno when.

One of the money guys used the dreaded word “shortfall.” This was so stressful to think about that I called Dozer and basically invited myself over Super Bowl weekend. It’s been darn cold out but Dozer’s got that heated pool he keeps going all year. I just stroll out through the covered patio and do a “short fall” into the pool. Aaaaah.

I hate worrying about money. When I went over to the synagogue for Katie’s wedding last year to that nice Jewish boy, I looked around and that place was sparkling and had all the latest tech. I asked Fr. Tommy at the nosh to find out stuff. He talked to the twinkly old rabbi. Turns out they don’t do a collection. They just figure out how much it costs to keep the whole thing running, divide that up by the number of registered congregation members, and send everyone a bill for their share! Why can’t we do that? Don’t some Protestant churches do that too?

I gotta keep Chester in biscuits! And the shockingly pricey vet.

Gotta be careful with that word, even writing it.  Cuz you can’t say The V Word or Chester will turn into a tamzanian devil Tommy tried saying “the Roman numeral five, first letter for your title in Latin, and what looks like a Cross.” It took me ages to figure what the heck he was talking about.  Then I got it.  Chester figured it out faster than I did.  It didn’t work out that well.

Check with Mrs. Kennedy about the “Super Flumina” prayer group. I’m invited to do an event with them, mostly young people, I think. Sounds “super”! Looking forward to it.  I hope it isn’t this weekend.  Dozer is stocking up.  Check Sr. Randi for minding Chester.  I’ll owe her big time, but I’ve gotta get outa here and Chester and Dozer, well.


Editor’s Note: +F. Atticus’ (“Fatty’s”) loathsome and somewhat deformed dog Chester once bit his friend Bp. Antuninu “Dozer” Rupse of Pie Town in the inside of the thigh, rather high up, requiring a humiliating visit to the ER and the ministrations of thick-forearmed nurse who had a lot of questions.

We are glad to see that mole has returned from the family emergency or whatever it was.  Can’t be too careful right now.  His Excellency is on edge.  Especially with rumors about his neighbor the Archbishop, John “Jack” Daniels.

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DAILY ROME SHOT 946

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I do have a recommendation, however, about whom to call when you need to move or get a house or sell one.

I received some coffee from the Papist Coffee guys.

I tried it today, using drip (melita filter).  Tomorrow I will try it with French press.  Then I will try it with my main machine which also makes espresso.  What they sent is – for me – the wrong sort of roast.  This coffee – Clement VIII? Pius X – was very lightly roasted and I am into dark roasts.  Today’s try was, therefore, much more on the light side than I prefer, but it was a good cup with a slightly sweet background and acidy finish.  It reminded me of Tanzanian Peaberry, but it, visually, wasn’t that.

 

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 1st Sunday of Lent 2024

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff.

It is the1st Sunday of Lent.   The Roman Station is St. John Lateran.  Lent is truly underway.

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at your Sunday Mass of obligation?

Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass.  I hear that it is growing.  Of COURSE.

Any local changes or (hopefully good) news?  We all have heard the bad news.  How about good news?

I have a few thoughts about the orations in the Vetus Ordo for this Sunday: HERE

A taste…

In an ironic twist, by the way, Psalm 91/90, which Satan quotes to the Lord, is the very psalm that the Jewish priests used when trying the exorcize demons.

Also,…

By His temptations, Our Lord teaches us that temptations are not themselves sins.  They can be paths to victory.  There is no sin in being tempted, but only giving way to the temptation.  Keep this in mind when making an examination of conscience and going to confession.   GO TO CONFESSION!  Don’t confess temptations.  Confess your sins.

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LENTCAzT 2024 – 05: 1st Sunday of Lent – Meritorious devotions… or not.

A 5 minute daily podcast to help you in your Lenten discipline.

Today, we have a spiritual counsel by Armand Jean du Plessis, Duke of Richelieu about being super pious but, in truth, sinning.

Fulton Sheen touches on touch, and not in a Tucho tush touchy way.


A video trip to the Roman Station, St John Lateran, is HERE

 

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What happened at St. Patrick’s and what now won’t happen in Austin

It has been quite a week.   During this last week I’ve felt a real malaise, a spiritual smog.

Many have written asking for my comments on highly visible disasters.   Firstly, my insights lead me to the brilliant conclusion that, “Yup, that’s a disaster all right!”   Nextly, my legendary insights leave me with the stunner that, “We must do penance for these people and make acts of reparation.  Pray the Rosary.  GO TO CONFESSION and make sure your own house is in order.”

There.

Seriously, the less I say about what happened at St. Patrick’s the better.  Those deeply sick people want the outrage, they live for it, it’s why they do what they do.  The less, the better.  For what they did at St. Patrick’s I think they belong in some sort of institution with bars on the windows, but that’s not going to happen especially in NYC where people do any thing they want and walk free the same day.   Lastly, there was a statement released from St. Patrick’s.

“They had no idea”.   Okay.  That could be the case.   It stretches my credulity that they didn’t know something bad was afoot when people started to show up.

I won’t post images from that sacrilegious, intellectually offensive disaster.

Apart from who might be blamable, let this be a lesson to every priest everywhere.  BE ALERT.

The Bishop of Austin – provided with cover from Rome – cancelled from what all reports say was a well-established, well-attended Traditional Latin Mass at the Cathedral.  Why?  Because the Cathedral is a parish.  Can’t have that.

A commentator wanted me to parse the letter of the Rector with my usual emphases and comments.

The letter.

I put these two items together because they put “the signs of the times” in the spotlight.

Firstly, I don’t think that Rome should have been asked anything.  The bishop himself could have found a solution that wouldn’t have required Rome’s skirts to hide behind (one way or another, truth be told).

Next, he says that they will have the Novus Ordo in Latin, ad orientem, with Gregorian Chant.  Fine.  They should be having that at the Cathedral ANYWAY, since it is what Vatican II commanded.

The problem is the Novus Ordo and the Vetus Ordo are not just “aesthetic moments”.

People who want the Vetus Ordo don’t want it primarily because it’s ad orientem, chant is used, and it is in Latin.   Sure, they want those things too.  They want the Vetus Ordo because of the content of the prayers, the whole vector of the Rite itself, which is quite different from that of the Novus Ordo.   To reduce the attendees’ desires for the TLM to those externals is deeply insulting.   I don’t think they intended it to be insulting, but it is.  The problem is that the people making these decisions don’t know anything about the Vetus Ordo.  Every bishop should be required to learn it and use it for a couple of years before making any decisions about it.

Even more insulting – again, I don’t think purposely – calling on these people who are so deeply hurt by this move to feel “faith and trust” and experience “deepened unity with the whole Church and a greater awareness of the liturgical richness of the ordinary form of the Roman Liturgy”.  Then comes the assurance of “pastoral care”.

Oh yeah?

At LifeSites coverage of this debacle I read:

The indult Latin Masses that will continue to be offered in the Diocese of Austin are a 1:30 p.m. Mass at the St. Dymphna Center of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Dripping Springs, 25 miles from Austin; a 4 p.m. Mass in Brenham, 90 miles from Austin; and an 11:30 a.m. Mass in Waco, 100 miles from Austin.

I’m sure the faithful of Austin will be “deepened” by their driving experience.  More Rosaries, I suppose.

Remember: The powers-that-be working to suppress the Traditional Latin Mass do indeed hate the Rite itself, because of the content. They fear it.  It makes them feel anxiety.  However, it isn’t mainly their hatred and fear of the Rite that drives them.  They don’t like the people who want the Vetus Ordo.  It’s about the people.

Faithful Catholics who desire the Traditional Latin Mass are the single most marginalized group in the Church today.  The irony is thick.  Meanwhile, true sacrilege and perverse blasphemy goes in NYC and no one does anything to stop it. [NB: Since I wrote that I have to say that I don’t know what was done.  But the disaster DID TAKE PLACE.]

These are “signs of the times” my dear readers.

Sure the staff at St. Pat’s didn’t know ahead what was going to happen.  Okay.  But they didn’t fall off a turnip truck and then gain leadership at NYC’s Cathedral.  They sure knew when it was about to start and they let it happen.  [NB ALL: Read the comments, below, also.]  Sure the people in Austin read TC.  They could have found another way.  They could helped the people who would be hurt by this.  The people in Austin who have lost the TLM and have been blown hot air and lollipops didn’t fall off a turnip truck either.

No one is fooling anybody.

These are “signs of the times.”

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DAILY ROME SHOT 945

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Members of the Archconfraternity of the Most Holy Trinity of the Pilgrims in Rome and Stations of the Cross.

Meanwhile, black to move and mate in 2.

NB: I’ll hold comments with solutions ’till the next day so there won’t be “spoilers” for others.

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The traditional monks of Le Barroux make very good wine. Try some and help them at the same time.

 

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LENTCAzT 2024 – 04: Saturday after Ash Wednesday – Responsibility

A 5 minute daily podcast to help you in your Lenten discipline.

Today Card. Richelieu gives counsel about the fulfillment of one legitimate duties and responsibilities as having primacy over any other works of piety or charity.

We hear about the special Lenten Oratio super populum at the end of Mass.

ROMAN STATION: Sant’Agostino – video visit by Crux Stationalis HERE

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Remember… there’s one unique expression of the Roman Rite

A reader kindly alerted me to a astonishing creativity at St. Joseph’s in Mandarin, FL (Jacksonville area) in the Diocese of St. Augustine.

First, to their credit, I see in their parish bulletin that they have an adoration chapel.  Also they offer confessions on Saturday from 4:30-5:30 PM in English and on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday at 7:30-7:55AM and they have a separate schedule for Spanish including Sunday 20 minutes before the Masses.  With four priests there they should have confessions during the Masses too. And Wednesday 6:30-7:00, which doesn’t seem like very much.  However, that’s a great deal better than most places right now.  Whenever I hear about goofy things in a parish, I look at the bulletin for their confession schedule.  Not only, they have VESPERS a couple evenings a week and adoration.  Masses are in English, Spanish, Polish and Portuguese.  If only there were a single language available, with which all these different groups of LATIN CHURCH Catholics could pray together instead of splintered groups.

Now to the creativity.  On Ash Wednesday at their Parish School Mass Father said “we need to show eagerness and enthusiasm to run the race with the destination to Heaven.”

They had a couple of kids foot race in the church down the main aisle.

Get it? Run the race? GET IT?

I could never have come up with that. So meaningful.

MUSIC WARNING.  You may need your handy emesis basin.

They must have very good insurance.

I can’t wait to see what they do when they read of the stoning of St. Stephen!

Looking through their bulletin, I see some good things.  They have Bible study, and a Seven Sorrows of Mary Devotion group.  And it looks like a High School maybe with some sisters and Cemetery.   Lots going on.

HOWEVER, this was a dumb thing to do, in my opinion.  Demeaning of both the sacredness of place and of the moment: Mass.

Meanwhile, the people who want the Vetus Ordo have to be suppressed.

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Audio from Fr. Z

Here are some of my audio projects of the Via Crucis, the Way of the Cross.

I am redoing them with my new podcast setup.

I’ll be adding some that I’ve done, so watch this post.

And remember to GO TO CONFESSION!

With this devotion you can gain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions of confession and Communion within a few days of the work and detachment even from venial sin.  From the Handbook of Indulgences:

63. Exercise of the Way of the Cross (Viae Crucis exercitium)

A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful, who make the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross.

The gaining of the plenary indulgence is regulated by the following norms:

  1. The pious exercise must be made before stations of the Way of the Cross legitimately erected.

  2. For the erection of the Way of the Cross fourteen crosses are required, to which it is customary to add fourteen pictures or images, which represent the stations of Jerusalem.

  3. According to the more common practice, the pious exercise consists of fourteen pious readings, to which some vocal prayers are added. However, nothing more is required than a pious meditation on the Passion and Death of the Lord, which need not be a particular consideration of the individual mysteries of the stations.

  4. A movement from one station to the next is required.

If the pious exercise is made publicly and if it is not possible for all taking part to go in an orderly way from station to station, it suffices if at least the one conducting the exercise goes from station to station, the others remaining in their place.

Those who are “impeded” can gain the same indulgence, if they spend at least one half an hour in pious reading and meditation on the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For those belonging to Eastern Rites, among whom this pious exercise is not practiced, the respective Patriarchs can determine some other pious exercise in memory of the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ for the gaining of this indulgence.

If these recordings are helpful to you, please say a prayer for me.

For priests, especially, try The Way Of The Cross For Priests from the Benedictines of Silverstream Priory.  HERE.  Would you consider getting copies of this for your priests where you are?  Lay people: pray it for priests.

These podcasts are now provided by my Federated Computer! You can get one too by clicking the link.  Have a web presence?  Save lots of money and get away from corporations who mine your data.

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DAILY ROME SHOT 944

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Meanwhile, white to move and mate in 4.

NB: I’ll hold comments with solutions ’till the next day so there won’t be “spoilers” for others.

Interested in learning?  Try THIS.

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Dear readers… I am experimenting with a Catholic ad service that inserts ads into my posts. I like to support groups like the Summit Dominicans and the different Benedictines, etc., and I try to keep those things to one daily post. They need help and I like to give it. Those are a joy.  I have ads for while I am an affiliate.  Those are okay: you get things you want and I get a percentage.  Everyone wins.  On the other hand, the ad service sticks ads into my posts.  It’s like this: I have to get my income up. View = payment. This is all part of being “cancelled”, or semi-cancelled, I guess. It’s both affirming and humiliating at the same time. As long as I am where I am, and I don’t have a lot of choice in the matter, I have to get my income up.  So… ads.  I’m sorry.  I am suppose to have a measure of control over them.  I saw one that was sort of political and darn near cancelled the whole thing.  I saw another that had a rotating image, which annoyed me.   Please, if they annoy you, be annoyed along with me rather than with me.

In chessy news, world #1 Carlsen defeated world #2 Caruana in the 2024 Freestyle (aka 960 or Fischer Random) Chess G.O.A.T. Challenge to win the $60,000 top prize. I was so sad about Ding Liren. Not a single win in the entire event.

Another interesting tournament is coming up on 21 February. A 2v2 team match, during which pairs of players can confer with each other about the moves. I see that my guy Wesley So is paired up with young super talent Alice Lee (they are in the same town, my native place). It looks fun. The format is an eight team knockout with two game matches and a bidding armageddon tiebreak if necessary. 10+10 time control. The final will be played over a four game match. Prize pool: $25,000.

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