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“Until the Lord be pleased to settle, through the instrumentality of the princes of the Church and the lawful ministers of His justice, the trouble aroused by the pride of a few and the ignorance of some others, let us with the help of God endeavor with calm and humble patience to render love for hatred, to avoid disputes with the silly, to keep to the truth and not fight with the weapons of falsehood, and to beg of God at all times that in all our thoughts and desires, in all our words and actions, He may hold the first place who calls Himself the origin of all things.”
- Prosper of Aquitaine (+c.455), De gratia Dei et libero arbitrio contra Collatorem 22.61
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- The most evident mark of God’s anger and the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world are manifested when He permits His people to fall into the hands of clerics who are priests more in name than in deed, priests who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather than the charity and affection of devoted shepherds.
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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
"Let us realize that this remark of Cicero (Brutus 37, 140) can be in a certain way referred to [young lay people]: 'It is not so much a matter of distinction to know Latin as it is disgraceful not to know it.'" - St. John Paul II
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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: July 2018
Now that I look at that post title, I can see why you might think that I am channeling the Id of Trad-dom. In fact, today I had an informal lunch with some young priests: guys drop in between 12-2 … Read More
The inimitable Fr. H today has a spiffing piece at his blog Mutual Enrichment. Let’s have a look. Taking a breath We are told that a certain sort of Novus Ordo cleric complains that the current 2010 English translation of the Roman … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am a laywoman recently hired by my archdiocese as a sacristan. In this role I am frequently pressed into service as an extraordinary minister. Last Sunday, as I distributed Communion, a young woman approached with … Read More
I have received new books. Recent arrivals include First, from the pen of Fr. Cliff Ermatinger comes If You Knew the Gift of God: Grace: What it is, what it does, and how to cooperate with it according to Church … Read More
This is terrific. Here is old video of some bishops at the Second Vatican Council saying their private Masses! The best form of concelebration! Council Fathers offering their Private Masses after the Second Vatican Council was solemnly opened by Pope … Read More
Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass you frequented in fulfillment of your Sunday obligation? Let us know what it was! NB: Share a GOOD point. This isn’t a gripe post. For my … Read More
Enough of this! It’s time for Pope Francis to appoint an “Indagator Particularis… Special Prosecutor”. He will have to be a “Burke’s Law” kind of guy, who will find out who knew what and when. A “Burke’s Law” kind of … Read More
Something has been nagging me from the back of my mind today. I finally, late in the evening just as I was about to turn in, dredged it up. One of my favorite Popes, Papa Lambertini, Pope Benedict XIV, was … Read More
From a reader… Following the resignation of Cardinal McCarrick from the College of Cardinals, I have noted various articles that refer to him now as Mr McCarrick. It occurs to me to wonder what the correct style would be in … Read More
Australia passes a law to require priests to violate the Seal of Confession. HERE Then L’Affaire McCarrick flares. Today I read that in India, a government agency, the National Commission for Women, wants the Catholic Church to abolish the Sacrament … Read More
From the National Review Online: Despite Misunderstanding, the Latin Mass Endures By LIAM WARNER The same riches that profited Saint Teresa of Ávila and Saint Francis de Sales are available to Catholics today. Not a small group of people will … Read More
Before anything else… Lots of people are really angry, indeed enraged. Horrid situations such as those caused by men like McCarrick are painful. We can make choices about how to view them. Anger is appropriate, but not to the point … Read More
On a far happier note, from SpaceWeather and from APOD come astronomical notes of interest. First, APOD says that Mars is in opposition. This mean that the entire planet is lined up against liberals, in a kind of solar systemic … Read More
Today I read at Crisis a smart piece by Eric Sammons which argued that, because of the unaddressed, indeed covered up scandal of McCarrick … and others, just wait!… Catholics should address the problem of feckless bishops by withholding money: … Read More
As a preamble, today at Crisis, two new pieces touch the same issue: virtues that govern what is owed to God and what is owed to man. These virtues are closely related. Justice governs what is due to another human … Read More
On 1 August, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, the Extraordinary Ordinary, will mark the 15th anniversary of his installation as the 4th Bishop of Madison. The TMSM has begun to gather a Spiritual Bouquet for His Excellency, especially … Read More
I am pleased to inform the readership that in Madison, WI, at the parish staffed by the Order of Preachers, there will be a Sung Mass in the Dominican Rite. On Sunday 29 July at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Fr. James … Read More
I start with a photo of cookies. They weren’t very good cookies; waaaay too sweet. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. In general the sweet and, in other matters, the sentimental aren’t my first choice. Never have been. … Read More
I had this note from a priestly reader: Thank you for drawing attention to the Mme Defarge rhetoric of the Left (Catholic and otherwise) and for pointing out the danger of letting the Left provoke us also into a lynch … Read More
Some committed Catholics today, like Donatists, think that one strike is the only and permanent strike, without possibility of conversion, penance and return to the path of holiness. Some others today, on the other hand, claim that the Church – … Read More