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Monthly Archives: April 2018
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From a reader… QUAERITUR: My Spiritual Director tells me the NO and TLM are the same. The same amount of grace is dispensed in both. His statement does not give me peace of soul. This priest offers the TLM 1/month for the … Read More
Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for the Mass you heard to fulfill your Sunday obligation? Let us know. For my part, I spoke about an odd phrase in a standard English translation of the … Read More
Here’s a prayer request. As it turns out, I have gotten rather ill here in S. Italy. I’ve started some antibiotics, and I need also to treat an eye infection. I would appreciate your prayers to speed what I hope … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: As a recently baptized Catholic (2016, entirely in the traditional form), I am used to attending the TLM or a NO mass at a monastery (and so without EMHCs). I occasionally sing in a choir at a Sunday afternoon … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: A person enters the confessional and starts with the usual: “Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned…” She recount a sin, and ask for advice about it: what should she have done, what should she do about that sin … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Minimal background for context: Recently, the SSPX sent out an e-mail looking for teachers for their schools, including one in my area. […] [S]o even after over 2 years of job hunting, I haven’t been able … Read More
___ Originally Published on: Apr 5, 2018 Do you remember that glorious, traditional Pontifical Mass that was celebrated by Bp Slattery in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC? His sermon HERE. Later this April His Excellency Most … Read More
Blue water near Naples. Not so shabby. And then…. We went to visit an organic mozzarella producer. The buffaloes get massages from gizmos that look like they belong in car washes and they listen to classical music. The results are … Read More
Fun! This is from History: On this day in 4977 B.C., the universe is created, according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, considered a founder of modern science. Kepler is best known for his theories explaining the motion of … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hoping you can help me approach this situation correctly in future. Confession at parish is daily from 11:30 to 12 and mass starts at 12:10. Many times I arrive early and there is already a line so I … Read More
Some of you have been asking for photos of the pilgrimage. Here are some photos. Of course others blame me for posting photos from trips. Sigh. Anyway, trips don’t always have to include the “standards”. Yawn. For example, we visited … Read More
Years ago I heard an old Italian bishop, tired of the yakking inside the meeting of their conference, react to my description of a Corpus Christi procession in the Vatican Gardens and say: “Meno chiacchiere – più processioni. … Less … Read More
The other day – yesterday? the days are a blur as I am on this voyage in S. Italy – I posted on the seriously confusing remarks of the Pope about making “truth idols” along with Fr. Murray’s observations. … Read More
My friend Fr Gerald Murray has a very good essay at The Catholic Thing. He posted it a couple days ago, so you may already have seen it. It deserves some attention because it touches on something fundamental even to our … Read More
I haven’t posted one of these for some time. Do you have good news to share with the readership? We could all use good, edifying news. For my part, our pilgrimage is going well. I am exhausted with jet lag … Read More
Here is a piece I wrote for the UK’s best Catholic weekly’s print edition of the Catholic Herald: Last week in Los Angeles I visited the great Getty Museum. My attention was arrested by a 16th century Italian oil on panel … Read More
In the midst of chaos, we need to bring our minds to work at hand, our work of sacred liturgy, the renewal of which is our only hope for true revitalization of the Church. This Sunday’s Collect survived the knives … Read More
Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at your Mass of Sunday Obligation? Let us know. I’m with a pilgrimage group in S. Italy and we are having the TLM all through. Today, very briefly indeed, … Read More