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Monthly Archives: March 2016
When you see Spanish Moss, you know you aren’t in Wisconsin anymore. Having been scooped up at the airport, we drove even farther South until I was in one of the most dangerous places on your planet… where massive oil … Read More
Via the often amusing ignatius his conclave: Pedicure The following announcement recently appeared in L’Osservatore Romano: Radical changes are being made to the Rite of Pedilavium (Foot Washing). Previously the rite was celebrated with twelve men on Holy Thursday. The … Read More
As I drive across the state to another airport… a cheaper airport… I am listening to weather reports about possible tornados where I am going. Great. MKE is a strange airport. But this sign at TSA was fun. Nice club. … Read More
To decompress, I’ve been reading more 18th c. nautical fiction and some feudal Japanese murder mysteries. However, since the passing of Mother Angelica there is this. USA HERE – UK HERE – ITALY HERE
Here is a shot of one the intrepid staff at Gammarelli cutting fabric for the cope. This reminds me of the famous Moroni portrait of The Tailor which hangs in the National Gallery. It is an interesting painting, because Moroni … Read More
UPDATE: Now posted at ewtn.com: Mass of Christian Burial 4/1 12 PM ET Archbishop Charles J. Chaput presides over the Solemn Funeral Mass for EWTN Foundress, Mother Angelica, live from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Al. … Read More
I am getting ready to vote (early) in the Wisconsin Primary.
CNA has this about reactions to Mother Angelica of the Annunciation’s death. Benedict XVI responds to Mother Angelica’s death Vatican City, Mar 28, 2016 / 02:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI had a special response to Mother Angelica’s death falling … Read More
It is Easter Monday. In Rome and all over Italy, everything is pretty much closed up for what they call “Pasquetta” (Little Easter) and also “Lunedì dell’Angelo” (Angel Monday), which calls to mind the exchange between the angel and the … Read More
UPDATE 28 March 2128 GMT: Bishop Hinder on Kidnapped Priest: ‘Strong Indications That Father Tom Is Still Alive’ UPDATE 28 March 2002h GMT: According to Kathnet, there may still be hope. Bischof: Verschleppter Priester im Jemen vermutlich am Leben While … Read More
UPDATE: For a schedule of the rites surrounding Mother Angelica’s funeral and interment: HERE ___ The amazing Mother Angelica has died. May she rest in peace. Mother was a titan. She did things that conferences of bishops failed to do, … Read More
We observed the Sacred Triduum: the priesthood was celebrated, the Eucharistic Christ was reposed and the altar stripped, the Passion was sung and the Cross was kissed. Our liturgical death was complete. Then in the evening, in some places even … Read More
God is great. Apropos my post about Lady Day and Good Friday falling together, which won’t happen again for over a hundred years. From CNS: Andria, Italy, Mar 25, 2016 / 06:38 pm (CNA).- A single thorn held to have … Read More
Today I muse about why catholic feminists (an oxymoron – emphasis on moron – I know, but bear with me) are not vexed by Pope Francis and his dramatically public choice to wash the feet of non-Christians. Think this through for … Read More
The Lamentations of Fr. Z include verses on the loss of the singing of Tenebrae, whole and entire in its proper language. The ordering of the psalms is not particularly profound, but the antiphons and responsories are simply incomparable in … Read More
Today, 25 March 2016, is simultaneously the Feast of the Annunciation and Good Friday. Liturgically we celebrate the Annunciation later. In ancient times there was a tradition that Christ died on the 8th day before the Kalends of April: 25 March. … Read More