Monthly Archives: November 2010

A St. Andrew’s Day surprise

Did any of you notice this? This took me a bit by surprise. Card. Bertone went to Kazakhstan and gave the Orthodox Church there a major relic of St. Andrew from those venerated in Amalfi. I recall a few years … Read More

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Benedict XVI’s Prayer For The Unborn

From CNA: Pope Benedict XVI composes prayer for the unborn Vatican City, Nov 30, 2010 / 05:50 pm (CNA).- The Pope prayed for the protection of life and the family at the conclusion of the Prayer Vigil for the Unborn … Read More

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Bishop prostrates himself as penance for crimes against children

Do you remember that I suggested that to do penance for the crimes against minors by priests and bishops, and the damage they have done to the Church, bishops especially should prostrate themselves in public view before their cathedrals before … Read More

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REVIEW: Benedictine nuns of Abbaye de Notre-Dame de l’Annonciation

I have often mentioned that I think Gregorian chant sung by women only is ethereally beautiful.  Listening to the new chant disk by the Benedictine nuns of Abbaye de Notre-Dame de l’Annonciation has confirmed my view. The Benedictine nuns of … Read More

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Austrian Canons Regular to staff parishes in D. of Rockville Centre

Did you see this good news? This is for your Brick By Brick file. This is from a press release of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  This is just the beginning…. of the press release, that is. DIOCESE  OF  ROCKVILLE  … Read More

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What’s up with the chant notation for singing prayers in the new Missal?

This is from my friend Jeffrey Tucker’s The Chant Cafe Last February (it seems like years ago), InsideCatholic ran my article called Pay to Pray: The Church’s Simony Problem. Based on years of thought and research, I took aim at … Read More

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Wikileak-ed diplomatic cables about the 2005 election of Pope Benedict

The Italian daily La Stampa had an article yesterday about the US diplomatic documents leaked on the internet.   In this case, they concerned the papal conclave of 2005. The highlights of the article. Before the election the staff of the … Read More

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The 33 martyrs of Yang Kia Ping

His Hermeneuticalness offered a story about modern martyrs on his blog recommending that we read more about them. I agree. To begin, here is what he posted at his place: Theresa Marie Moreau at Veritas Est Libertas writes of the … Read More

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Monday, not Sunday Supper

I met with my literary group tonight. We read some Yeats and G.M. Hopkins. I did the cooking for the meal to follow. Tonight we were in Rome. And I am pleased that what we had tonight tasted precisely as … Read More

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A 1st Sunday of Advent sermon

I haven’t posted a sermon in quite some time. Here is a Sunday offering.

Posted in ADVENT, Sermons |

Anti-Christianity, anti-Christmas billboard – WDTPRS POLL

I wonder about this one… A billboard in New Jersey is promoting atheism by asking motorists to question certain holiday traditions and to “celebrate reason,” reports. The billboard, near the Lincoln Tunnel in North Bergen, N.J., depicts a silhouette … Read More

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Christian woman sentenced to death by Muslims for being Christian

From a reader: Asia Bibi, a resident of Ittanwali in the eastern province of Punjab, was working at a local farm when the Muslim women with whom she was working called her an infidel and urged her to convert to … Read More

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Your Advent plans: What do you want from your Advent?

Advent remains a penitential season, but unlike that of Lent in many respects.  I think perhaps we can call Advent a season of penitential joy, or joyful penitence.  It is a time to prepare for the Lord’s Coming.. and He … Read More

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Once again, the key passage

Here once again is the key passage on the subject in the book, “Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times,” when Seewald asks the pope whether it was “madness to forbid a high-risk … Read More

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Hell’s Bible on the Pope’s statement about condoms

Hell’s Bible (aka The New York Times) had this story yesterday.  It is written by David Gibson, David Gibson, a writer for and author of “The Rule of Benedict: Pope Benedict XVI and His Battle With the Modern World” … Read More

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Anglican bishop lays miter, crozier at Our Lady’s feet and goes to Rome

Anglicans who come over to Rome often make dramatic, painful sacrifices.  They risk losing ties with family and friends, incomes, social standing, and particularly access to sound worship, though under Anglicanorum coetibus that risk is now greatly reduced.  They Anglican … Read More

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Advent hymns dissected

For your opportune knowledge: 077 08-12-16 An Advent hymn dissected “Vox clara”, with digressions 076 08-12-07 An Advent hymn dissected “Verbum supernum prodiens“, with digressions 075 08-12-04 An Advent hymn dissected “Conditor alme siderum“; Fr. Z digresses far afield And … Read More

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1st Vespers and Vigil for Nascent Life beginning

The Vigil is getting underway. VESPERS… some screen shots


1st Vespers in the Vatican Basilica and the Vigil for Nascent Human Life

At 1800 Rome time (1700 GMT 1200 EST) the Holy Father will celebrate 1st Vespers of Advent in the Vatican Basilica. But at 1730 Rome time (1630 GMT 1130 EST) there is the Vigil of Prayer for Nascent Life. You … Read More

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Sunday Supper and a glimpse at a deer camp

No, I am not revving up for cooking a Sunday Supper. I have a Monday Supper to ready, however. I will be making Buccatini all’Amatriciana and Saltimbocca alla Romana for seven, to be ingested after an afternoon of reading Yeats … Read More

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