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For Lent I offer daily 5 minute podcasts. They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. The Roman Station today is San Vitale. Today is Friday … Read More
St Pope Leo the Great was Pope in a tough time. Think Vandals, Goths and Attila the Huns. He had been deacon to Pope Sixtus III and was in charge of the mosaic decorations of the beautiful arch in St … Read More
I was asked in email what I thought of the use of St. Augustine’s Letter 229 in the section on war in the new encyclical, risibly entitled in Italian Fratelli tutti. The encyclical says that wars are bad. I think we … Read More
Today is the Feast of St. Lawrence. In 400, or thereabouts, in St. Augustine’s see of Hippo, a miles, a soldiers, probably a kind of police officer, did something very bad. He probably killed someone. The town went nuts and rioted … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a number of volumes of St. Augustine’s writings, almost entirely English translations. However, I recently acquired a volume of his writings in Latin and the title page refers to him as “Sancti Aurelii Augustini.” … Read More
In the Novus Ordo calendar Epiphany (which is supposed to be 12 days after Christmas – the reason it is called “Twelfth Night”) is sometimes moved to the Sunday. I suppose that they reasoned that more people would celebrate the important … Read More
So far… 1st Sorrow – The Prophecy of Simeon 2nd Sorrow – The Flight into Egypt Now we turn to… The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem. (Luke 2:43–45) In the Presentation, the Lord – the … Read More
Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, is well known to readers of this blog as a charlatan theologian. He was once the editor of Jesuit-run Amerika, but in 2005 the CDF ousted him due to his stances on the use of condoms, … Read More
Today is the feast of St. Edith Stein, co-patroness of Europe. Ethnically Jewish, she converted and entered Carmel as Sr. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. In 1942 she was rounded up by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz, where she … Read More
In the new-fangled, Ordinary Form calendar today is the feast of St. Alphonsus Maria de’Liguori, the Bishop and Doctor of the Church so famous for his contributions to moral theology. One of the great thrills of my life was to … Read More
In the traditional calendar, the Feast of the Visitation, 2 July, came at the end of the long-suppressed Octave of John the Baptist. In the Novus Ordo it now falls on 31 May, between the Annunciation and the Birth of … Read More
I put on my patristicist cap today with super excitement. I saw at NLM Greg DiPippo’s spiffy post which conveys news from Italian media about forensic analysis of the bones of St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor, who died in 397. … Read More
Today is the feast of St. Zachariah, the prophet of the Old Testament. Here is the entry in the Martyrologium Romanum with a translation. 1. Commemoratio sancti Zachariae, prophetae, qui populum de exsilio in terra promissionis reversurum prophetavit eique regis … Read More
“Whatsoever new and unheard-of doctrine you shall find to have been furtively introduced” is “permitted as a trial”.
When confusing things happen that leave people upset, legitimately, I have often written that that we should stay calm. This is for several reasons. Each horrid thing that clerics do or strange thing they say is further proof that this … Read More