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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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“He [Satan] will set up a counter-Church which will be the ape of the Church because, he the devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the anti-Christ that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ. In desperate need for God, whom he nevertheless refuses to adore, modern man in his loneliness and frustration will hunger more and more for membership in a community that will give him enlargement of purpose, but at the cost of losing himself in some vague collectivity.”
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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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Category Archives: On the road
I’m at JFK waiting for the redeye to Rome. The food in the club was remarkably good. Too bad they are gutting the FF program. Prayers downloaded. Gotta catch up. The lines for the flight to Sao Paolo were stretched … Read More
I’m on my way to the wonderful Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wisconsin. A couple days ago, the flights were ghastly, as most are these days, jammed and delayed by several hours thus resulting a a very late … Read More
I’m heading back the way I came. Solid driving got me back to Parris Island. Supper with my buddy who’s at the MCRD. Nice sunset. That, by the way, is not at the MCRD. Which drink is mine? Blue Points … Read More
My time at the conference held by the St Paul Center for Biblical Theology (and Emmaus Press) was great. Being close to Pittsburgh I wanted to see something of the city. So, with the help of a great priest, Eastern … Read More
Schedule for Wednesday, July 12 (Eastern Time) Morning Session 8:30–9:45 a.m. Conference Session – Dr John Bergsma 11:15 a.m. Daily Mass Homily Posted 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Conference Session – Dr Lawrence Feingold Afternoon Session 2:00–3:00 p.m. Optional Workshop – Dr Ralph Martin … Read More
I’ve been on the road for a few days. One needs a visit to Buc-ee’s. However, I think I will never visit one of these places on a summer weekend again unless perhaps early in the morning. I was jammed. … Read More
I was not in Rome to see today’s sunrise at 0534. Instead, I was awake to see the sunrise in Brooklyn at 0526, though I admit I went back to sleep for a while. I’ll probably stay on my feet … Read More
05:53 and 20:20 and 20:30 and it is the Feast of St. Isidore the Worker, the same who was canonized on that fateful day, 12 March 1622 by Gregory XV along with Sts. Ignatius Loyola, Francis Xavier (aka “the real … Read More
On this lovely Roman Sunday the sun arose at 05:57 and it will set at 20:17. The Ave Maria is locked in at 20:30 right now. Eventually, this will shift in another 15 minute increment as the days get longer. … Read More
At last I – we (I am with friends) – are in Rome. It is April 1 and a 1st Saturday. The Roman Station was St. John at the Latin Gate. The sun rose at 6:52 and set at 19;37. … Read More
And so it begins; the second leg. This morning brought bagels and schmear with lox and black coffee. The morning was dedicated to updating my electronics and playing some blitz against an engine. After a super fast trip into JFK … Read More
My sojourn in northern parts has come to an end. It was nice to hear and feel he crunch of snow underfoot. No more. Here are a few sights and (hopefully they loaded) sounds of the last few days. Pre-prandials. … Read More
I’m heading into the proverbially windy urban zone. I look forward to catching up with friends even at the cost of dealing with flights and airports. UPDATE It is still hard for me to get my head around all the … Read More
The Roman sun rose today at 7:06 and will set at 18:53. The Ave Maria is slated for 19:00, which is a 15 minute shift from yesterday. Gosh, things change so fast. Breakfast today was more along the lines of … Read More
On this (N.O.) Feast of the wonderful St. Therese, (St. Remigius ) who saved my vocation, in Rome the sun rose at 7:05, and I saw it, and will set at 18:54. The Ave Maria should be rung at 19:15. … Read More
I’m on the hoof today, heading home after a great trip to the freezing cold north. It was only 86 yesterday. Last night my hosts and I had some classics. That’s not Norcia beer in that Norcia beer glass, but … Read More
I’m visiting friends and we decided on saltimbocca alla romana. Happily, even with chain supply problems, since we are in a heavily Italian neighborhood, there was plenty of veal and good prosciutto. There was a lot more than this. The … Read More
A couple of hops and I’ll be … not in but near the Windy City. That sad sad city, civilly and ecclesially. It ain’t my kinda town right now. Thence northward for meetings and personal chores and a glimpse of … Read More
The conference has wrapped up and every one has returned home… or… they aren’t there anymore. The Conference was terrific. I would go every year and I warmly recommend it to my priest readers. HERE BTW… many of the guys … Read More