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"But if, in any layman who is indeed imbued with literature, ignorance of the Latin language, which we can truly call the 'catholic' language, indicates a certain sluggishness in his love toward the Church, how much more fitting it is that each and every cleric should be adequately practiced and skilled in that language!" - Pius XI
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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: November 2014
Was there a good point from the sermon you heard for your Sunday Mass? Let us know.
Ex ore infantium… perfecisti laudem. Some scholars of Late Antiquity are skeptical about or even scoff at the ancient tales about Christian children who refused to renounce Christ even in the face of terrible pain and fear. Even in our … Read More
You might consider some reading for your Advent preparation. If you haven’t yet read Benedict XVI’s third volume of Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, it is a great place to start! The Holy Father’s book presents a real defense … Read More
Do you remember Schoolhouse Rock? Here is an original about the passing of laws: This is the updated version from Saturday Nigh Live:
Having grown up in Minnesota, this is Just Too Cool…
What is it about Archbishops of St. Louis? They tend to bring out the bully in politicians. Maybe you recall how, years ago when now-Archbp. Robert Carlson informed then-Sen. Tom Daschle that he wasn’t to vote for a partial-birth abortion … Read More
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We had a Missa Cantata this morning, in the Extraordinary Form of course, using the texts for the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, adding the prayers Pro gratiarum actione. The schola did a good job and Mass … Read More
We don’t have to take every pronouncement or opinion on every topic from every Pope as if it were the Lord’s ipsissima verba. What the Bishop of Rome teaches about concerning faith and morals… those things we Catholics had better … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, the subject Article IV says: “Celebrations of Mass as mentioned in art. 2 above may – observing all the norms of law – also be attended by faithful, who of their own free will, ask … Read More
Do you remember there is an album of Advent music available? The wonderful Benedictine Nuns in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph provide it. Here are a few little samples. The UK link is HERE. These same sisters are defending Bp. … Read More
I was delighted to receive a link to a Facebook page with photos of a Low Mass of a Bishop celebrated by His Excellency Most Reverend Andrew Cozzens, Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis… in Cincinnati. The occasion was … Read More
Last Sunday, the final Sunday of the liturgical year, was “Stir Up” Sunday, taken from the translation of the Latin Collect for Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form (which probably was just transferred into the Book of Common Prayer). This … Read More
Friends, I’m tired. I just deleted a whole bunch of registrations by accident. If you have the patience, and you registered lately and nothing came of it, you might try again. Also… remember to use well that important field in … Read More
During the last few days someone remarked to me… – birth rates are lower than ever in developed countries (except where certain groups seem to be having lots of children, such as Muslims in formerly-Christian Europe) – a pop tart, … Read More
In honor of the appointment of Card. Sarah to the Congregation for Divine Worship, we tackle an important liturgical issue. Traditionally our Roman altars should have three linen altar cloths. One of them should properly be infused with wax, to … Read More
Was there a good point or two made during the sermon you heard for your Sunday Mass of obligation? Let us know!