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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: August 2015
From a reader: Thank you for the recommendation on the biography [of St. Augustine by Hollingworth]; I have purchased it at Amazon through your site. Can you recommend a good translation of the “Confessions” and/or “The City of God”? Kindle … Read More
Yesterday, I posted about the bones of St. Monnica, the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo. Today we move to the mortal remains of her sainted son. Augustine died on 28 August 430. Sometime before the early 8th century, Augustine’s … Read More
From Serge Lancel’s Augustine, one of the best biographies I know of the great Bishop of Hippo (p. 8 ff – emphases mine): Before devoting himself entirely to Mother Church, as he approached the age of forty, Augustine had had a … Read More
Here is an oldie post, appropriate for the day: Today in newer, Ordinary Form calendar of the Holy Roman Church is the feast of St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo. In the traditional calendar her feast was … Read More
Today is/was the anniversary of the election of Pope John Paul I, Papa Luciani. He is the Pope people forget to remember. Pray for him, who was Vicar of Christ for so few days. May God reward him.
From a senior reader… QUAERITUR: My fiancee (age82) and I (age 76) are both widowed and lifelong Catholics. We know what documents we need, but what other church requirements must we go through before marriage. You should have your baptism certificates, which will … Read More
I have a recurring dream about having to build a church. It’s Romanesque and open, uncluttered, especially by pews. My friend Fr. George Rutler is in Crisis. He is talking about pews. He has a few digressions – he … Read More
From a reader… My diocese’s website says, “A declaration of nullity does not say that the marriage never existed,” yet the site also says that a declaration of nullity means “that the marriage was invalid from the moment of the wedding.” These statements … Read More
From a reader: Is it a sin to ask God to strike down an enemy of the Church? Christ the Lord has commanded us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44). Love for “enemy” comes in different forms. It can be expressed … Read More
Off I go. Again. Yes yes, I also have the larger study book. But if they are going to give you the answers ahead of time… hey! Why not? UPDATE: I hope the global economy doesn’t collapse while … Read More
From a reader… Our parish priest does not care for girl servers but allows it. Today we went to daily Mass and a new girl was serving (which was arranged by one of the moms, I don’t believe Father knew about it), … Read More
I spotted this a couple months ago but someone beat me to it. So, guess what Gospel will be read in the Ordinary Form for the beginning of the Synod – which will be discussion, inter alia, marriage, and Communion … Read More
A couple participants here used the combox to coordinate a contact. HERE There wasn’t much success because of lousy propagation, but it was instructive. We moved from frequency to frequency on the fly using the combox. (Which means you need … Read More
I received this from my friend Fr. Carlos Martins, who has organized the US tour of the relics of St. Maria Goretti. Pilgrimage of Mercy: the Tour of the Major Relics of St. Maria Goretti From September to November of … Read More
My friend Fr. Ray Blake, PP in Brighton, made excellent comments about “manliness” on his blog. HERE I have been at a major church three times recently for some pretty important occasions, and each time only women read, and every time … Read More
I recommend to the readership a veritable eye-candy feast, which you can access online. The current issue of REGINA. Just go check it out!
From a reader… Can a Catholic criticize the Pope? Or is it a mortal sin to do so? Yes. No. Not necessarily. Catholics are obliged to have filial love for and obedience to our Holy Father. Neither that love nor that … Read More
First YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS Next… 23 August (the 23rd day of each month, that is) is a “lean day” for the blog, with only 3 monthly donors out of the many thousands who come here every day! If you … Read More
This is rather interesting. According to ZENIT in Italian, the Holy Father showed up in St. Peter’s Basilica the other morning to pray at the altar and tomb of St. Pius X for his saintly predecessor’s feast. He sat down … Read More