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- samwise: Sarah would make a good friend: “gre ater love hath no man… ”
- The Masked Chicken: I have been asked to submit a paper on humor and artificial intelligen ce for a conference in Italy, this summerR 30;hmmR 30;oh, wait, I’ve got the perfect thing...
- Benedict Joseph: So Pope Emeritus Benedict and Cardinal Sarah stand firm. God reward them! Another word from any degree of the “opp osition 221; is rendered impotent. The denizens of that...
- HvonBlumenthal: Fr. Z I hate to contradict you but surely it seems that Benedict was indeed deceived – by Gaenswein!
- Adelle Cecilia: I’ve ordered a shirt, and we’v e added the prayer (as typed) to the order of prayers at night. My oldest 2 already know it by heart, just from having been praying it...
- jaykay: Beautiful collect, and very appropriat e for the beginning of a new year and in these “our times̶ 1;. The current translatio n is very good, I think, with the exception of the...
- Semper Gumby: REM Evangeliza tion Program by Antonio 2+2=5 Spadaro 10 LET JESUS = GUY WITH A SUGGESTION 20 LET VATICAN GARDEN = PACHAMAMA PARK 30 LET CATHOLIC = RIGID 40 LET EVANGELIZI NG = WALKING...
- ChrisP: Ha! This type of response by the left reminds me of the Dalek̵ 7;s freaking out and panicking when Tom Baker (the best Doctor Who) tells them on the intergalac tic web thingy that...
- jaykay: Indeed, SG. They really seem to love trying to suck-up to the spirit of this “bes t of all possible worldsR 21;. Problem is: it still despises them.
- teomatteo: Could they have been thinking that the bread contained wheat flour, as well as rice flour and barley and almond flour, etc and therefore it was valid and er…m ore organic!
- thepapalbull: This the same diocese which has this parish, which is a permanent Episcopal/ Catholic church, under one roof: www.holyap ostlesvb.o rg
- Semper Gumby: It appears that modern Voltaires really hate the book’ ;s content. Ecrasez l’in fame.
- Bob: I guess I’ll never understand why in some cases the clergy knowingly allows this to happen. You would think that bakers hired know the requiremen ts of sacramenta l bread yet they they...
- Unwilling: The “&am p;” came into existence as a medieval abbreviatu re or ligature of Latin “et& #8221; meaning “and ”. Blinking Morse while dying is featured in the...
- Philmont237: This reminds me of Orson Scott Card’s excellent sci-fi novels that comprise the Ender Quartet (the first book, “Ender’s Game” is a must-read for any fans of sci-fi or military strate...
- oledocfarmer: UPDATE: the lady so-called Bishop-ele ct has demonstrat ed that she at least has good manners if not good theology. She today withdrew from the contract with St Bede Church. The...
- Ave Maria: I encountere d this some years ago. First I spoke to the priest who brushed me off. Then I spoke with the “bak ing ministry 8221;̵ 1;really nice ladies who gave me the recipe...
- robtbrown: David Gibson writes, +Sarah: “The priest’s capacity for spousal love is entirely given to and reserved for the Church. The logic of the priesthood excludes any ‘other spouse’ than...
- robtbrown: Massimo Faggioli says, Someone still has to explain what happened to the “ont ological changeR 21; conferred by priestly ordination in the case of abusive priests. The above...
- Suburbanbanshee: Apparently Scalfari does this junk to everyone he interviews . The reason people let him do it is that it conveys that one is simpatico with the Italian left and its leaders. So...
- samwise: Isn’ t saying “we save the Liturgy 221; a tad “pro methean neo-pelagi an”? Shouldn 217;t Christ be the One to “sav e” the liturgy? PER IPSO, ET...
- robtbrown: should be: contradict s
- robtbrown: RosaryRose says, We are out rites. We are not out buildings. Certain buildings are sacred space, having been set aside for the celebratio n Our Rites, which includes not on the Euchar...
- RAve: Quite simply: the frequently cited document quite clearly does NOT contain any language that could authorize or endorse the bishopR 17;s hosting of this particular event (given its parti...
- tskrobola: I do realize that given the current permissive rules and decades of accomodati on, refusing this ceremony or changing its location would be seen as impolitic from an ecumenical standpo...
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- Card. Sarah has met with Benedict XVI as the haters stir “incessant, nauseating, dishonest controversy” #BOOKGATE
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- To save the world, we have to save the liturgy. Wherein Fr. Z rants.
- Summary of FACTS about the controversial new book by BOTH Card. Sarah and Benedict XVI
- 14 January – Festum Asinorum #FeastoftheAss Day! (No, it’s not a special Jesuit holiday.)
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- Your Sunday Sermon Notes – Holy Family/Baptism – 2020 – Fr. Z rants about word accents and microphones
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- The “Great Progressive Propaganda Machine”, Totalitarian Agendas, Incrementalism, and YOU – Wherein Fr. Z rants
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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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Daily Archives: 26 January 2006
One of the things that keeps me a) in touch with the USA and b) sane is listening to streams of various radio and TV shows in my native land. One I particularly like is William Bennett’s Morning in America, … Continue reading
His Excellency Most Rev. Alexander K Sample Bishop of Marquette Photo: Upper Penninsula Catholic In all the flurry of activity in the wake of the new encyclical of Pope Benedict, let us not forget to pray for the (now) youngest … Continue reading
“The Christian’s programme Ã¢â‚¬â€the programme of the Good Samaritan, the programme of JesusÃ¢â‚¬â€is Ã¢â‚¬Å“a heart which seesÃ¢â‚¬Â Continue reading
Consider: we can study about God and our faith. But really the object of study is a living Person, not a set of abstractions. We need the sort of knowledge of God that draws us into Him. This is a Ã¢â‚¬Å“knowledgeÃ¢â‚¬Â which reaches into us, seizes us, pulls us into itself and transforms us. To experience GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s love is to have certain knowledge, more certain than any knowledge which can be arrived at by means of merely rational examination (but not in opposition to it). Continue reading
Knowledge and love are interconnected. The more you get to know a person, the more reason you have to love him (rememberÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ love seeks the other personÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good in charity even if a person is unlikable). Reciprocally, the more you love someone or (in the generic sense of love) something, the more you want to know about him and spend time getting to know him. For example, Billy is fascinated by bugs. From this Ã¢â‚¬Å“loveÃ¢â‚¬Â for bugs Billy wants to know everything there is to know about them. He works hard to learn and thus launches a brilliant career in entomology. Given Our CreatorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s priority in all things, how much more ought we seek to know and love God first and foremost of all and then, in proper order, know and love GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s images, our neighbors? He is far more important that the bugs He created. Even spouses must love God more than they love each other. Only then can they love each other properly according to GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s plan. Continue reading
By our baptism we are made capable of receiving the benefits of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“gift of our redemptionÃ¢â‚¬Â. By the spiritual (and physical) nourishment offered us in the Eucharist, we simultaneously progress toward our ultimate goal of heaven and we are strengthened for our work here. Chronologically heaven comes later. At the same time, if we desire to be spiritually healthy and later attain that heaven, we must adhere closely to the here and now. Nevertheless, our goal of heaven must always have a logical priority over what we are doing here. The Ã¢â‚¬Å“nowÃ¢â‚¬Â is important because the Ã¢â‚¬Å“laterÃ¢â‚¬Â is more important. We cannot let the present, or the world, blind us to the priority that lies in the future bliss of heaven and the spiritual realm. Our liturgy (music, art, vestments, architecture, gestures, etc.), being a foretaste of the heavenly banquet must give priority to the spiritual and not the worldly, while at the same time it embraces and transforms the world. The Eucharist is the food which changes us into what It is, rather than the other way around. Continue reading
Thus, for decades there has been nearly a maniacal effort to tear Ã¢â‚¬Å“extraÃ¢â‚¬Â altars out of churches, even historic churches. When this was coupled with the goofy idea that the priest must face the people over a table-like altar, the result was that the main altars of churches, often placed in the back of the apse contiguous to the wall, were liturgically reformed with crowbars and jackhammers. At best they were turned into shelves for potted plants. Now, as it turns out, the whole cobbled-together historical foundation for mass facing the people has been debunked with real scholarship. Still, the damage has been done in countless older churches. Continue reading
Bob can Ã¢â‚¬Å“loveÃ¢â‚¬Â his Ferrari, Susie can Ã¢â‚¬Å“loveÃ¢â‚¬Â her kitty, and without doubt we all Ã¢â‚¬Å“loveÃ¢â‚¬Â baseball and spaghetti. We can talk about the different tenors of love, such as the love of benevolence, or of complacence, of enemies, concupiscence. But we are called to a special sort of love in this prayer… true charity: the infused virtue which makes it possible for us to love God for His own sake and love all those who are made in His image. This is more than benevolence or tolerance, more than appetitive desire. Love is not merely a response to some appetite, like seeing a beautiful member of the opposite sex, a well-turned double-play, or a plate of spaghetti allÃ¢â‚¬â„¢amatriciana. It isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the sloppy gazing of passion drunk sweethearts or what we see on TV primetime. I call that luv. Real love is the adhesion of the will to an object which is grasped by the intellect to be good. Real love, the sort of love invoked in our prayer, is an act of will. This love delights in the other and is informed by a longing for the good of the other. It makes two resound with one spirit. Love, in the sense this prayer offers, is an act of will based on the work of a discerning intellect that is reshaped and informed by grace. This why we find in our prayer that phrase rationabilis affectus. Continue reading