Monthly Archives: May 2010

PRAYERCAzT: Vespers – Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BrevRom)

No frills vespers from the Breviarium Romanum, though I sing the hymn Ave maris stella. The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathe.Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1918 Wild air, world-mothering air,Nestling me everywhere,That each eyelash or hairGirdles; goes home betwixtThe … Read More

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The bitterness of hell, amplified by those whom the damned has caused to fall

From CNA comes an interesting point about the Four Last Things, which you should be thinking of constantly and your evening examination of conscience. We have heard straight talk from Msgr. Scicluna before, about graviora delicta committed by priests who … Read More

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Israel Stations Nuclear Missile Subs off Iran

This is from National Terror Alert boiling down an article in The Times… Israel Stations Nuclear Missile Subs off Iran May 30, 2010 by national  Three German-built Israeli submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles are to be deployed in the … Read More

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Card. Pell: In praying to the Omnipotent God we mustn’t “talk in the same way we do at a barbecue”

UPDATE 1 June 0455 GMT: I have learned that the reporter did not get it wrong.  There are indeed bound copies of the new translation of the Roman Missal with gilt-edged pages.   There were presentation copies for the Holy Father … Read More

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Apostolic Visitation in Ireland

As a follow up to the entry about the problems at the seminary in Maynooth, Ireland.. which if memory serves is triste scriptu the only seminary in Ireland… Ireland… This is from the VIS: PRESS RELEASE OF THE HOLY SEE … Read More

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Do you get this?

Am I simple and unsophisticated, or is this authentically daft? From the "arts" section of Hell’s Bible… 700-Hour Silent Opera Reaches Finale at MoMA At 5 p.m. Monday the longest piece of performance art on record, and certainly the one … Read More


Problems in the seminary at Maynooth, Ireland

I received a note from a Irish priest friend about articles in the Irish Daily Mail concerning problems at the seminary in Maynooth.  I had planned to write about it, but others have done some of the heavy lifting already. … Read More


100 year old Medal of Honor winner dies

Consider that this is Memorial Day weekend. With a biretta tip to Sancte Pater this from the San Diego Union Tribune. John Finn, hero at Pearl Harbor, dies at 100 Ex-sailor was oldest living Medal of Honor recipient By Blanca … Read More

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Sunday Supper – 3

On Sundays people should, if they can, get together for a nice meal, something a little different. I didn’t poll on this one, because I knew what I was going to make. It was time to crack, once again, Julia … Read More

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4-12 June – NYC

I will be in NYC from Friday 4 June until Saturday 12 June. On the evening of Friday 4 June I will have the 6:30 pm Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary Form at Holy Innocents. On 11 June I will … Read More

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PRAYERCAzT: 2nd Vespers of Trinity Sunday (Breviarum Romanum)

Vor the tired brethren…. Vespers from the older, traditional form of the Office. No frills… well most of it is no frills…. I sing the hymn, Magnificat antiphon and Magnificat. It is a feast, after all, and the liturgical (if … Read More

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PODCAzT 104: A glimpse of heaven, “the Love that moves the sun and other stars”

No eye has seen and no ear has heard what God has prepared for those who attain the bliss of heaven. Christ has won for us the most precious gift of all: membership in the Kingdom of God. It is … Read More

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In The Wild: Say The Black – Do The Red coffee mug – and a PROBLEM

From a reader…. it is clearly peony season! One of these would be perfect for new priests. … older priests too, come to think of it. Ah peonies….  in the back yard of one of the many places I lived … Read More

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Check out the latest New Jesuit Review

The new issue of New Jesuit Review is available and there are good articles in it.  Lessongs from Matteo Ricci for the Presentby Fr. David A. Brown, SJ Ignatian Obedience in the Light of the Spiritual Exercisesby Fr. Andrew Garcia, … Read More


QUAERITUR: What to give a priest after a wedding?

From a reader: Help, my daughters wedding was yesterday and I was stuck, what is an appropriate tip or gratuity for the our parish Priest, besides what the parish charges, 20 50 100 I’m lost. After the Mass I just … Read More

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QUAERITUR: What do about about a liturgical abuse in the Eucharistic Prayer

From a reader: I was at Mass today. It was a First Holy Communion. There were many things that were obviously not right, but one thing stood above the rest of the usual novelties and abuses. It was the Eucharistic … Read More

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Prayer request

Please pray for David, who died recently.


The past is past, the future is perfect… perfect game #20

When ever I go to a ball game, or turn on a ball game… that by default that is of course baseball… I always thing… maybe this time… who knows…. Will I see an unassisted triple play?Will I see the … Read More


Oremus Pro Pontifice – Let us Pray for the Pope

From the the Enchiridion of Indulgences, #25: A partial indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, in a spirit of filial devotion, devoutly recite any duly approved prayer for the Supreme Pontiff (e.g., the Oremus pro Pontifice): V. Let … Read More


PRAYERCAzT: 1st Vespers & Compline – Trinity Sunday (Breviarum Romanum)

No frills 1st Vespers with the Breviarium Romanum for the tired brethren. And Compline.

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