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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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Monthly Archives: April 2013
From a reader (and regular commentator) in Wisconsin:
From a reader: I heard recently that there is a rule that after receiving Holy Communion, a person should not eat for fifteen minutes (I think because that’s how long the Body of Christ is in us after Communion). Most … Read More
From a reader: The Parish to which I belong is dedicated to the Patronage of a Saint Gianna Beretta Molla (April 28) and the Parish Church (brick and mortar) is dedicated to Saint Bernadette Soubirous (April 16). Canon Law prohibits changing … Read More
The pesky, trouble-making canonist Ed Peters – I am glad he is on the side of the good, the true and beautiful, by the way – over at his site vivisects a priest. After reading this, I made popcorn and … Read More
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, talks frequently about the Devil. This is another example of how Francis is, in his preaching, a bit more concrete than Benedict. During his fervorino for Mass today, Pope Francis spoke about the “prince of … Read More
This was sent by an alert reader. From the site of the Illinois Family Institute earlier in April comes this. Homosexual Activist Admits True Purpose of Battle is to Destroy Marriage Written By Micah Clark | 04.06.13 Even knowing that … Read More
I saw in WaPo that the homosexual Episcopalian ex-bishop of New Hampshire is telling Catholics what their doctrine and discipline should be. This serves as a follow-up to my post about Protestants who deign to determine for Catholics what ordination really is … Read More
Please use the sharing buttons! Thanks! Registered or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read? Continued from THESE. I get many requests by … Read More
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I have been thinking a lot about Gregorian chant these days. As often happens when I am pecking away at a subject, someone sends me a link to something useful. There is a series of videos on YouTube in French … Read More
Pope Francis continues to talk about sin and confession. I have no idea if Francis’ little fervorini are going to wind up published in Acta Apostolicae Sedis, but they have some real meat. He is speaking more or less “a … Read More
The other day I had the great privilege of celebrating a Solemn Mass at St. Paul’s, the parish for Harvard University. The music was provided by the Boston Archdiocesan Boy’s Choir. They have the only boys’ choir school in the … Read More
When anti-Catholic ecumenical atrocities take place, Catholic bishops should act. Here is an example which calls for consequences. From WTAX in Kentucky: Kentucky woman ordained as priest in defiance of Roman Catholic Church [Note either the carelessness or the bias? … Read More
With regret, leaving Boston. It was a great trip. Thanks to everyone, especially my kind host at Harvard.
I spent some time today with students at Boston College (which for a fan of Golden Gopher hockey took some doing). Among the many interesting things I saw and heard about was a statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola, variously … Read More
Yesterday I was able to spend the whole day with students from Harvard, Boston College, Oxford and Princeton, in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and then at Fenway Park for a ball game. What a great day. Wonderful company. … Read More
This morning the parish priest where I am staying in Cambridge pointed out a piece in the Boston Globe (Friday 26 April). At the finish line of the Boston Marathon, clergy were not allowed to reach the victims of the … Read More
Not from the day’s revelries. I promised to post an image from the Museum of St. Margaret beating the Devil with a hammer. A bit fuzzy…but hey!
I am going to a Red Sox Game tonight. Which is mine. Pre-game… Game time! our view