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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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- “Why, then, would Francis punish those who worship according to the Latin rite?”
- In a picture, a thousand words. Reason #868940 for Summorum Pontificum.
- Daily Rome Shot 229
- It’s not just the numbers right now, it’s the rate of growth.
- VIDEO: On Sunday, Bp. Thomas Tobin of Providence visited the parish entrusted to the FSSP. Terrific. Exemplary.
- Powerful denunciation of Traditionis custodes … by a bishop.
- 26 July: Wherein Fr. Z asks St Ann to: “Soften the hearts of all those who will now be involved with the implementation of Traditionis custodes.”
- Five years ago today.
- Daily Rome Shot 228
- A particular word in the Collect for St. James
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- Your Sunday Sermon Notes: 9th Sunday after Pentecost (17th Ordinary – N.O.)
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- Searching for Bobby Fischer’s search for the Catholic Church
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- WDTPRS – 17th Ordinary Sunday: Sin-Teflon and Demon-Kevlar
- ‘Traditionis’: a picture is worth a thousand words. Wherein Fr. Z is deeply moved.
- “Moves against the Latin Mass seems to me typical of a clerical hate towards the laity.”
- Day 8: St. Ann Novena – “Above all, obtain for me the grace…”
- VIDEO: Robert Royal and Fr. Murray on EWTN about ‘Traditionis’
- BISHOP: “Francis used a chainsaw when only a scalpel was needed.”
- Baseball’s Cleveland Indians change name to… guess what….
- BISHOPS! Have you ever seen the pain?
- Day 7: St. Ann Novena – “Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted.”
- Latin Mass Society examination of ‘Traditiones Custodes’
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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: The Feeder Feed
I haven’t posted about the feeder for a while. Here is little Red-Breasted Nuthatch. Like most Nuthatches they tend to like being upsidedown. The other day I heard a “SMACK” against the window and, when I went outside I saw … Read More
The feeder is busy right now, since there has been a cold snap. This year I have Redpolls. This cold fellow is a Junco. They are mostly ground feeders. Here is one sitting in a bush outside my kitchen window. … Read More
It seems to me such a slow news day that I should… I dunno… tell jokes or maybe post a picture of some birds.
There was a great sun dog which I was able recently to enjoy. Today I saw a lone Common Redpoll! They haven’t been around for a couple years. It is nice to see a new visitor from time to time. … Read More
You know the story of Oedipus. Here is a terracotta bell-krater from Paestum in S Italy. It is attributed to Python in the last quarter of the 4th c. BC. Closer. Closer. In S Italy the tragic Oedipus was sometimes … Read More
Here is a lovely statue of Mary, portrayed as a Queen, with her scepter of a stem of roses. She was made in about 1350. This statue is related to one in silver given by Jeanne d’Evreux to the Abbey … Read More
At the Met in NYC there is a nice exhibit of paintings and drawings of the Venetian school. Here is a Madonna and Child Enthroned by Lorenzo Veneziano (+1372), obviously a Venetian painter. There are touches of the byzantine in … Read More
In the new Near East section at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you are able to view “The Concourse of the Birds”, which is on a folio of the Mantiq al-Tair (Language of the Birds) of ‘Attar, painted in about … Read More
I am at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, before a painting by Rubens (+1640) of the Holy Family with Sts John, Elizabeth, and a dove. Rubens has returned from some time in Italy, which affected his colors and composition, and … Read More
I haven’t been home much lately, and so I haven’t been able to post much about the activity at the feeder. However, yesterday – I was without my camera – I was visited briefly by an American Bald Eagle! Very … Read More
Some shots from the Feeder. The Chickadees were on a cruise, I think. They are back now, and in large numbers. I don’t know how they get those sunflower seeds open, but they do. Still life with flying life. Ray. … Read More
The Met in New York has a new acquisition. It is a splendid painting by Perino del Vaga, a student of Raphael, who was very active in Rome and Genoa. The painting was recently cleaned. Here is His little Goldfinch. … Read More
It is the break between WS6 inning 9 and inning 10. A shot taken today from the feeder: the first male Cardinal I have seen in weeks.
I have been on the road a lot so I haven’t been posting on the feeder activity. Right now zillions of Robins are moving through, chowing down on all the berries and small fruit from the trees and bushes. They … Read More
I have not posted about the feeders in a long time. Here are a few shots. This finch is doing his best Veloci-Chicken imitation as he looks out for danger. I caught sight of a Killdeer a while back. I … Read More
Things are slow at the feeders these days. There seems to be a new flock… or should it be flutter… of Chickadees. I have noticed also young Nuthatches, both the usual sort and the Red-breasted. Here is a young Red-Breasted … Read More
Poached egg and toast. Tips for poaching an egg. It is good if the egg is room temperature. Heat the water to just before boiling. Add a little vinegar to the water. Crack the egg into a small ramekin or … Read More
You might recall that some days ago during a walk I found a dead male cardinal. I pondered whether or not it was “Ray”. Today a male Cardinal showed up for some nosh. I compared a few photos, and I … Read More