I have a prayer request.
Mr. Alphonse Matt died on Sunday, 8 December. He was 88 years old. Al, whom I had known for many years and was was a fellow parishioner at St. Agnes in St. Paul, was the publisher of the Catholic weekly The Wanderer for decades. In that role, he made a major contribution to informed sanity in the Church in these USA and in Rome – where The Wanderer was indeed read in the offices of the Curia.
Al asked me to write a column for the paper some before the 2001 document Liturgiam authenticam was issued, but we decided that I would write on liturgical translation picking up on a feature that I had posted in the Compuserve in the Catholic Online Forum which I ran. That column was named What Does The Prayer Really Say. Eventually, I started this blog to archive article, but you readers had a different plan for it.
Hence, this blog is in its origin due in part to Al Matt. If it has even been of helpful to you, please say a prayer for him.
He died on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and he was born on the Feast of the Assumption (15 August 1931). The funeral is set for next Monday, 16 December, at the Church of St. Agnes, in St. Paul, with visitation at 9:30 a.m. and the Mass at 10:30 a.m.
Requiescat in pace.