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ACTION ITEM! Prayers for Fr. John Hunwicke, scriptor admirabilis

I received a note from a family member of Fr. John Hunwicke who posts on his splendid site Mutual Enrichment.

“Father Hunwicke has been told that his suspicious heart requires a “procedure”, which is due to happen this Wednesday. He would be grateful for everybody’s prayers.

Because he has been in hospital for the last eight days, he has been unable to read Comments, or to moderate them. But a new post, he trusts, is still popping up on his blog daily, because he has drafted quite a number in advance.”

I am told that Father H is in good spirits.

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, salus aeterna credentium: exaudi nos pro famulo tuo infirmo, pro quo misericordiae tuae imploramus auxilium; ut, reddita sibi sanitate, gratiarum tibi in Ecclesia tua refereat actiones.

Almighty ever-living God, eternal salvation of believers: graciously hear us as we beg the help of Thy mercy for your ailing servant; so that, once health has been restored to him,  he may in Thy Church give Thee thanks.

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Mobile phones in church to record illegal disturbances of Sunday Masses by invading pro-abortion terrorists?

The other day I posted HERE about possible invasions/protests at churches on Sunday.  I now think it probable that some churches are going to be targeted for disturbances.

I read that Catholic venues are being defaced with spray painted hate speech. I saw some mobile phone video of foul-mouthed “liberated” people screaming obscenities and others literally singing “Thank God for abortion.”

I believe that in most places it is (still, for now) illegal to disturb a religious service. More of the present regime and it will be obligatory to disturb a religious service.

That’s the trajectory pro-abortion Catholics are on, too, with their fellow travelers.

I saw this Tweet:

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WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday after Easter (Vetus Ordo): Every Catholic is called to evangelize

In the midst of chaos, we need to bring our minds to the work at hand, our work of sacred liturgy, the renewal of which is our only hope for true revitalization of the Church.

This Sunday’s Collect survived the knives of the liturgical experts and was inserted into the 1970 Missale Romanum on the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time. The redactors who glued the Novus Ordo together, however, removed the word iustitiae, thus returning it to the form it had in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary. Other ancient sacramentaries, such as the Liber sacramentorum Gellonensis as well as the Augustodunensis had the iustitiae. In any event, by the time St. Pius V issued the the Missale Romanum of 1570, which I am sure you have on hand, someone had seen fit to make it read, “in viam possint redire iustitiae”, which endured until the 1970MR and subsequent editions.


Deus, qui errantibus, ut in viam possint redire iustitiae, veritatis tuae lumen ostendis, da cunctis qui christiana professione censentur, et illa respuere, quae huic inimica sunt nomini, et ea quae sunt apta sectari.

Stylistically snappy! It has nice alliteration and a powerful rhythm in the last line.

I think there is a trace here of John 14, which I will show you below. Can we also find a connection between this Collect in a phrase from the Roman statesman Cassiodorus (+c. 585 – consul in 514 and then Boethius’ successor as magister officiorum under the Ostrogothic King Theodoric)? Cassiodorus wrote, “Sed potest aliquis et in via peccatorum esse et ad viam iterum redire iustitiae? … But can someone be both in the way of sins and also return again to the way of justice?” (cf. Exp. Ps. 13).

Is this prayer old enough to have been known by Milan’s mighty Bishop St. Ambrose (+397) or even St. Augustine of Hippo (+430), who use similar patterns of words?

Your thorough Lewis & Short Dictionary says censeo has a special construction: censeo, censeri aliqua re, meaning “to be appreciated, distinguished, celebrated for some quality”, “to be known by something.” This explains the passive form in our Collect with the ablative christiana professione. Getting christiana professio into English requires some fancy footwork. We could say “Christian profession”, but this adjectival construction really means “profession of Christ.” This same thing happens in phrases such as oratio dominica, “the Lordly Prayer”, or more smoothly “the Lord’s Prayer”.

Via means, “a way, method, mode, manner, fashion, etc., of doing any thing, course”. There is a moral content to via as well, “the right way, the true method, mode, or manner”.

Let’s see what people used to hear in church on the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time in the…


God our Father,
your light of truth
guides us to the way of Christ.
May all who follow him
reject what is contrary to the gospel.

And now, ….


O God, who do show the light of Your truth to the erring so that they might be able to return unto the way of justice, grant to all who are distinguished by their profession of Christ that they may both strongly reject those things which are inimical to this name of Christian and follow eagerly the things which are suited to it.


O God, who show the light of your truth
to those who go astray,
so that they may return to the right path,
give all who for the faith they profess
are accounted Christians
the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ
and to strive after all that does it honor.

Ancient philosophers (the word comes from Greek for “lover of wisdom”) would walk about in public in their sandals and draped toga-like robes. Thinkers such as Aristotle were called “Peripatetics” from their practice of walking about (Greek peripatein) under covered walkways of the Lyceum in Athens (Greek peripatos) while teaching. Their disciples would swarm around them, hanging on their words, debating with them, learning how to think and reason. They would discuss the deeper questions the human mind and heart inevitably faces. They were effectively theologians. We must be careful not to impose the modern divorce of philosophy from theology on the ancients. In ancient Christian mosaics Christ is sometimes depicted wearing a philosopher’s robes. But He doesn’t merely love Wisdom, He is Wisdom incarnate, the perfect Teacher!

He is the one from whom we learn about God and about ourselves (cf. Gaudium et spes 22 – which the young Pope John Paul II helped to write during the Council).

The Collect also reminds me of the very first lines of the Divine Comedy by the exiled Florentine poet Dante Alighieri (+1321) who was heavily influenced by Aristotle’s Ethics and the Christianized Platonic philosophy mediated through Boethius (+525) and St. Thomas Aquinas (+1274). The Inferno begins:

Midway in the journey of our life
I came to myself in a dark wood,
for the straight way was lost.
Ah, how hard it is to tell
the nature of that wood, savage, dense, and harsh –
the very thought of it renews my fear!
It is so bitter death is hardly more so.

Dante, the protagonist of his own poem, is describing his fictional self. In his poetic persona, Dante is in the middle of his life (35 years old – half of 70, the number of years mentioned as man’s span in Ps. 90:10). He is mired in sin and irrational behavior, having strayed from the straight path of the life of reason: he is in the “dark wood”.

The life of persistent sin is a life without true reason. Human reason, when left to itself without the light of grace, is crippled.

Dante likens his confused state to death. He must journey through hell and the purification of purgatory in order to come back to the life of virtue and reason. In the course of the three-part Comedy the Poet finds the proper road back to light, Truth and reason through the intercession of Christ-like figures, such as Beatrice, and then through Christ Himself. In the Comedy, Dante recovers the use of reason. His whole person is reintegrated through the light of Truth.

Don’t we often describe people who are ignorant, confused or obtuse as “wandering around in the dark”?

This applies also to persistent sinners. By their choices and resistance to God’s grace they have lost the light of Truth. God’s grace makes it possible for us to find our way back into the right path, no matter how far from it we have strayed in the past. When we sin, we break our relationship with Christ. If in laziness we should refuse to know Him better (every day), we lose sight of ourselves and our neighbor.

Christ, the incarnate Word, gives us consolation:

“‘Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way (via) where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way (via)?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way (via), and the truth (veritas), and the life (vita); no one comes to the Father, but by me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him…. He who has seen me has seen the Father’” (cf. John 14:1-6 RSV).

We Catholics, who dare – DARE – publicly to take Christ’s name to ourselves, need to stand up and be counted (censentur)!

In what we say and do other people ought to be able to see Christ’s light reflected and focused in the details of our individual vocations. To be good lenses and reflectors of Christ’s light, we must be clean. When we know ourselves not to be so, we are obliged as soon as possible to seek cleansing so that we can be saved and be of benefit for the salvation of others. We must also practice spiritual works of mercy, bringing the light of truth to the ignorant or those who persist in darkness either through their own fault or no fault of their own.

Every Catholic is called to evangelize, if not in an “official” capacity in the Church’s name, at least through the obligation we have as members of Christ’s Body the Church.

Evangelization and the efforts of ecumenism are an obligation for every Catholic.  There are still people living in darkness. We must “preach” always and, as the phrase often – falsely – attributed to St. Francis of Assisi says, sometimes use words.

When people look at us and listen to us, do they see a light-extinguishing black hole where a beautiful image of God should be?

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@fatherz on Twitter

It would be nice to get over 50K again after that weird “purge” that Twitter inflicted on me and others before the last big campaign.  @fatherz

As I write, followers are at 49,996

TwitterTwitter is pretty awful in some respects.  I find that I have to use the “mute” and “block” feature, especially on the craven and usually deviant knuckleheads.   Still, it has its uses.   I hope that Elon Musk’s involvement will improve it.

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Registered here or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read?

Continued from THESE.

Let’s remember all who are ill, who will die soon, who have lost their jobs, and who are afraid.

I get many requests by email asking for prayers. Some are heart-achingly grave and urgent.

As long as my blog reaches so many readers in so many places, let’s give each other a hand. We should support each other in works of mercy.

If you have some prayer requests, feel free to post them below.

You have to be registered here to be able to post.

I ask a prayer for myself.  I’m dealing with a lot of challenges right now.

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FLORIDA OPPORTUNITY ALERT: Treasures of the Church

An FYI for you readers in FLORIDA.  Fr. Carlos Martins, who had the apostolate with relics of saints called “Treasures of the Church” is presently in Florida, making a circuit of the states, pretty much a different city and parish every day during May.

His schedule is HERE

You will not be sorry to have attended his presentation.

As I write this he is in Belleview, FL.  He will be in Sarasota, Naples, Tampa, Ave Maria, Miami, lots of places.   Check it out.

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POSSIBLE: Pro-abortion/Biden supporters reported to be organizing invasion and disturbance of Sunday Masses, ironically on Mother’s Day

And to think… it will be Mother‘s Day.

I read at Catholic Arena:


A group called ‘Ruth Sent Us’, named after Jewish Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, have stated their intention to stage an invasion of Catholic churches this coming Sunday.

The hate group’s plan is eerily reminiscent of ow Catholics have been targeted by the Ku Klux Klan and others in American history.

On their Twitter page, the anti Catholic pro abortion extremist group writes:

‘Whether you’re a “Catholic for Choice”, ex-Catholic, of other or no faith, recognize that six extremist Catholics set out to overturn Roe. Stand at or in a local Catholic Church Sun May 8’

After the murder of Father Jacques Hamyl [sic… Hamel] and others, the main worry of Catholics must be possibly beheadings of the faithful and priests by these extremists.

In 1904, Irish American priest James Coyle was murdered by the KKK in Birmingham, Alabama. It is not yet clear if the pro aborts are conscious supporters of the killing.

It is imperative that the likes of the Knights of Columbus emulate their peers in Poland who defended their church from pro abort mobs during similar terrorist attacks two years ago.

On one occasion, a dozen Catholic men fought off thousands of pro abort terrorists.

Some of this rhetoric is less than optimal.  However, if they are right about an invasion of Masses this weekend, and subsequent times, it would be good to prepared.

It is better to be prepared and not have to do anything, than to be unprepared and they bring their chaos to your family in Church.

This is how the Left – the catholic Left included – rolls.  They are thugs with no conscience, blinkered in their ideology.  They are entirely willing to apply terror tactics to people, to hurt them, destroy their livelihood, compromise their vocation.  Their goal is to grind opposition into enervated silence, reduce our pastors, bishops, to quivering little gerbils in the face of their bullying.  Alas, all to often they succeed, to the detriment of us all.

I looked at the site referenced at the top of that piece.  They are willing to pay protesters who will commit vandalism by defacing property.  They posted on a map the homes of SCOTUS Justices they don’t like and have called for people to go to them at a fixed time.    An interesting point.  I clicked an “information icon” and it said that the last page update was “11 days ago”.  And yet they are advertising disorder from 8-15 May.

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5 May: “O God, who deigned to choose blessed Pius to be Pontifex Maximus in order to smash the enemies of Thy Church to tiny bits” – UPDATED

In the traditional Roman calendar, used with the 1962 Missale Romanum, the Vetus Ordo, today is the feast of St. Pope Pius V (+1572).

I made a PODCAzT about him some years ago, and about his famous document Quo primum.

084 09-04-30 St. Pius V and Quo primum

Here is a list of some of the accomplishments of St. Pius, who reigned for only a bit more than 6 years, and in tumultuous times.

1) began his pontificate by giving large alms to the poor (he did not just talk about them)
2) as Pope, continued the life of penance and virtue he had lived as a mendicant friar
3) made two meditations during the day ON BENDED KNEES in the presence of the Bl. Sacrament
4) visited hospitals and sat by the bedside of the sick
5) washed the feet of the (non-Muslim) poor and embraced the lepers
6) always opposed Protestantism and the Turks (Islam)
7) excommunicated Elizabeth I
8) instituted the Feast of the Holy Rosary
9) reformed the curia and the Church, leaving, after he died, “the memory of a rare virtue and an unfailing and inflexible integrity”
10) Closed the Council of Trent
11) Issued the Missale Romanum
12) Arranged the Holy League that fought at Lepanto
13) Instituted the Feast of Our Lady of Victory
14) Declared St. Thomas Aquinas Doctor of the Church
15) Reformed the Roman clergy
16) Reconstructed the Roman water supply
17) Condemned the teachings of Michael Baius
18) Reformed the Roman Breviary
19) Issued the Roman Catechism
20) Tried 8 French Bishops for heresy

St. John Henry Newman wrote:

“St. Pius V was stern and severe, as far as a heart burning and melted with divine love could be so … Yet such energy and vigour as his were necessary for the times. He was a soldier of Christ in a time of insurrection and rebellion, when in a spiritual sense, martial law was proclaimed.”

Let’s drill into the Collect for this saint:

Deus, qui, ad conterendos Ecclesiae tuae hostes et ad divinum cultum reparandum, beatum Pium Pontificem maximum eligere dignatus es: fac nos ipsius defendi praesidiis et ita tuis inhaerere obsequiis; ut, omnium hostium superatis insidiis, perpetua pace laetemur.

Contero is, “to grind, bruise, pound, to crumble, separate into small pieces”.  That word alone is a hint that this is a great prayer.  Obsequium, in the plural here, is a little tricky to get into English just right.  First, it has to do with God: it’s with tuis.  It has to do with how God is indulgent, toward us.  I want to say “cleave to your indulgences”, but that sounds like the use of the indulgences the Church grants from the treasury of the merits of Christ and the saints.  So, we have to put it another way.

Slavishly Literal Attempt:

O God, who deigned to choose blessed Pius to be Pontifex Maximus in order to smash the enemies of Your Church to bits and to renew the divine worship, cause us to be defended by his protections and to cleave with obedience to what You will in such way that, once the plots of all our enemies are overcome, we may rejoice in perpetual peace.

This is martial and bold.  This is exactly the attitude we need more of in the Church right now!

We are in a constant state of war with the world, flesh and the Devil.  And the Devil uses human agents (his “catch-farts”) in his deadly design.  The Church is best from within and from without, by enemies internal and external.

What do you think Pius would say today about the state of the Church?  The teachings of the Council he closed, Trent, are nearly abandoned in some parts, our sacred worship is in shambles, there is heresy and indifference, the Church’s external enemies, such as Communists and homosexualists, are rising with little or no guidance or outcry.

Sometimes, friends, we have to have the fight.  Then we can have the peace.

Note especially the point about “renewal of worship”.  I contend that nothing will change for the better in the Church until we undertake a serious revitalization of our sacred liturgical worship of God.   Alas, those in charge seem particularly set against that.  Revealing.

St. Pius V, pray for us.

And while we are at it…

Sts. Nunilo and Alodia, pray for us.
St. Lawrence of Brindisi, pray for us.
St. Peter Damian, pray for us.


From the great Fr. Hunwicke:

S Pius V and the liars

Today, his Feast Day, is the 450th anniversary of the Heavenly Birthday of Papa Ghislieri, Saint Pius V, Bishop of Rome.

Two BIG UNTRUTHS in particular are told about him, poor fellow.

Lie Number 1: he issued a radically revised version of the Roman Missal, just as S Paul VI was to do after Vatican II.

Fact: S Pius’s edition of the Missal was so light a revision that it was still possible, after its promulgation, to continue to use your old Missal.

Lie Number 2: although permitting some exceptions, S Pius ordered his edition to be used by everybody.

Fact: he ORDERED all rites older than 200 years to be kept in use. (He only permitted churches with 200-year-old-or-more rites to change over to his own new edition if the Diocesan Bishop and the unanimous chapter agreed).

I hope that is clear enough. But … so many people … Popes … Cardinals … Bishops  … have such trouble with all this … so … here’s another simple way of explaining the difference between S Pius V and Pope Francis:

(a) Pope Pius V ORDERED Rites older than 200 years to be RETAINED;

(b) Pope Francis is TRYING TO EXTERMINATE a Rite which is centuries more than 500 years old.

If people you are talking to really are so thick that they can’t understand the difference when you’ve tried both these ways of explaining things, give up.

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St. Monica, her incipient alcoholism, the intervention that saved her, some Latin

From Serge Lancel’s Augustine, the best biography I know of the great Bishop of Hippo (p. 8 ff – emphases mine):

Before devoting himself entirely to Mother Church, as he approached the age of forty, Augustine had had a concubine for about fifteen years, of whom he had been very fond and who had given him a son; then, at the same time as a fleeting engagement, a second short-lived liaison.  But only one woman really counted in his life, and that was his natural mother, Monica.

As we may guess from reading a few pages of Book IX.8 of the Confessions, Patricius – Augustine’s father – had taken a wife in Thagaste from a milieu close to his own.  He had married Monica, as his would describe it in a phrase borrowed from Virgil, “in the fullness of her nubility”, which means that he had not married a child, a practice that was in any case more rare then in Africa that in Rome itself.  The couple had three children, in what order we do not know: a girl, who remains anonymous to us, but who, once widowed, would later become the superior of a community of nuns, and two boys, Augustine and Navigius, whom we shall find with his brother in Italy, at Cassiciacum, then at Ostia at their dying mother’s bedside.  …

So Monica had been born into a Christian family and was, as we would say today, a practicing believer.  The religious practices of Christians at that time, in North Africa, sometimes included aspects that would be surprising to us, such as the custom of taking offerings of food to the tombs of martyrs, for agapes that only too often degenerated into orgies; an obvious survival of the pagan festival of the Parentalia.  Of course, Monica did not indulge in those excesses.  If the baskets she brought to the cemetery contained, besides gruel and bread, a pitcher of unadulterated wine, when the time came to share libations with other faithful, she herself would take only a tiny amount, diluted with water, sipped from a goblet in front of every tomb visited.  Was this sobriety a memory of some experience in her early youth?  Augustine tells this story which he says he heard from the lady herself.  Raised in temperance by an old serving-woman who enjoyed the complete trust of Monica’s parents, she had fallen into a bad habit.  Well-behaved girl that she was, she was sent to the cellar to fetch wine from the cask, but before using the goblet she had brought to fill the carafe she would just wet her lips with the wine, not because she liked it, says Augustine, but out of childish mischief.  But gradually she had acquired a taste for it, to the point where she was drinking entire goblets of it with great gusto.  Fortunately she had cured herself of this incipient liking for drink in a burst of pride: the maidservant who accompanied her to the cellar, having fallen out one day with her young mistress insultingly called he a “little wine bibber”.  Stung to the quick, Monica had immediately stopped her habit.

Think now about the spiritual works of mercy: admonish the sinner.  Consider how that servant affected WESTERN CIVILIZATION because of what she did for the future mother of St. Augustine, arguably one of the most influential figures in history.


Here’s the Latin from conf 9.8.18.  A few interesting words in bold:

8. 18. Et subrepserat tamen, sicut mihi filio famula tua narrabat, subrepserat ei vinulentia. [“an inclination for getting drunk on wine slithered into her”] Nam cum de more tamquam puella sobria iuberetur a parentibus de cupa vinum depromere, submisso poculo, qua desuper patet, priusquam in lagunculam funderet merum, [wine uncut with water – in the ancient world wine was always cut and it drinking merum was a sign of low manners, etc, as Cicero accused Mark Antony] primoribus labris sorbebat exiguum, quia non poterat amplius sensu recusante. Non enim ulla temulenta [archaic word for wine] cupidine faciebat hoc, sed quibusdam superfluentibus aetatis excessibus, qui ludicris motibus ebulliunt et in puerilibus animis maiorum pondere premi solent. Itaque ad illud modicum quotidiana modica addendo; quoniam qui modica spernit, paulatim decidit; in eam consuetudinem lapsa erat, ut prope iam plenos mero caliculos inhianter hauriret. [with a gaping mouth she quaffed whole cups of uncut wine] Ubi tunc sagax anus [wise old woman] et vehemens illa prohibitio? Numquid valebat aliquid adversus latentem morbum, nisi tua medicina, Domine, vigilaret super nos? Absente patre et matre et nutritoribus tu praesens, qui creasti, qui vocas, qui etiam per praepositos homines boni aliquid agis ad animarum salutem. Quid tunc egisti, Deus meus? Unde curasti? Unde sanasti? Nonne protulisti durum et acutum ex altera anima convicium tamquam medicinale ferrum [reproach like a cautering iron] ex occultis provisionibus tuis et uno ictu putredinem illam praecidisti? Ancilla enim, cum qua solebat accedere ad cupam, litigans cum domina minore, ut fit, sola cum sola, obiecit hoc crimen amarissima insultatione vocans meribibulam. [The old servant woman threw this crime (at Monica) with the bitterest reproach calling her a drunk (“wine-swiller”).] Quo illa stimulo percussa respexit foeditatem suam confestimque damnavit atque exuit. Sicut amici adulantes pervertunt, sic inimici litigantes plerumque corrigunt. Nec tu quod per eos agis, sed quod ipsi voluerunt, retribuis eis. Illa enim irata exagitare appetivit minorem dominam, non sanare, et ideo clanculo, aut quia ita eas invenerat locus et tempus litis, aut ne forte et ipsa periclitaretur, quod tam sero prodidisset. At tu, Domine, rector caelitum et terrenorum, ad usus tuos contorquens profunda torrentis, fluxum saeculorum ordinans turbulentum, etiam de alterius animae insania sanasti alteram, ne quisquam, cum hoc advertit, potentiae suae tribuat, si verbo eius alius corrigatur, quem vult corrigi.

In the online Pusey translation… a little dated:

And yet (as Thy handmaid told me her son) there had crept upon her a love of wine. For when (as the manner was) she, as though a sober maiden, was bidden by her parents to draw wine out of the hogshed, holding the vessel under the opening, before she poured the wine into the flagon, she sipped a little with the tip of her lips; for more her instinctive feelings refused. For this she did, not out of any desire of drink, but out of the exuberance of youth, whereby it boils over in mirthful freaks, which in youthful spirits are wont to be kept under by the gravity of their elders. And thus by adding to that little, daily littles (for whoso despiseth little things shall fall by little and little), she had fallen into such a habit as greedily to drink off her little cup brim-full almost of wine. Where was then that discreet old woman, and that her earnest countermanding? Would aught avail against a secret disease, if Thy healing hand, O Lord, watched not over us? Father, mother, and governors absent, Thou present, who createdst, who callest, who also by those set over us, workest something towards the salvation of our souls, what didst Thou then, O my God? how didst Thou cure her? how heal her? didst Thou not out of another soul bring forth a hard and a sharp taunt, like a lancet out of Thy secret store, and with one touch remove all that foul stuff? For a maid-servant with whom she used to go to the cellar, falling to words (as it happens) with her little mistress, when alone with her, taunted her with this fault, with most bitter insult, calling her wine-bibber. With which taunt she, stung to the quick, saw the foulness of her fault, and instantly condemned and forsook it. As flattering friends pervert, so reproachful enemies mostly correct. Yet not what by them Thou doest, but what themselves purposed, dost Thou repay them. For she in her anger sought to vex her young mistress, not to amend her; and did it in private, either for that the time and place of the quarrel so found them; or lest herself also should have anger, for discovering it thus late. But Thou, Lord, Governor of all in heaven and earth, who turnest to Thy purposes the deepest currents, and the ruled turbulence of the tide of times, didst by the very unhealthiness of one soul heal another; lest any, when he observes this, should ascribe it to his own power, even when another, whom he wished to be reformed, is reformed through words of his.

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4 May – St. Monica: Intercessor for children who who have fallen away from the Faith

In the older, traditional Roman calendar today is the feast of the mother of St. Augustine, St. Monnica, widow.  She died in Ostia (Rome’s port) in 387, when she and her family were heading back to North Africa after Augustine’s conversion and baptism by St. Ambrose.  She caught a fever during a blockade of the port.

Yes, you can spell her name “Monnica”, with two n’s which is consistent with her Punic origins.

I have a first-class relic of this marvelous woman as well as one of her son, Augustine and also of Ambrose.


In the post-Conciliar calendar, her feast was moved to be next to that of her son.

As she lay dying in Ostia near Rome, Monnica told Augustine (conf. 9):

“Lay this body anywhere, let not the care for it trouble you at all. This only I ask, that you will remember me at the Lord’s altar, wherever you be.”

She was buried there in Ostia. Her body was later moved to the Church of St. Augustine in Rome across the street from where I lived for many years.

May she pray for us, for widows and for parents of children who have drifted from the Church.

Be sure to pray for the departed. Pray for them! Don’t just remember them. Don’t just think well of them. Don’t just, as the case may be, resent or be angry at them.

Pray for them!

Prayer for the dead is a spiritual work of mercy.

Also, I’ll remind you of a fine book on Augustine:

REVIEW: The book on Augustine which Pope Benedict would have wanted to write.

Also, if you want a really interesting book on the Doctor of Grace, check out Serge Lancel‘s volume.


BTW… read about how Monica’s original Latin epitaph inscription was found in Ostia by some kids who wanted to play basketball.  HERE

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SCOTUS Draft Opinion overturns Roe v Wade. In the Church there is something that must be overturned.

I have a lot of mail today about the leaked 1st Draft of the SCOTUS’ majority “Opinion of the Court signed by Justice Alito.   It is a fine demolition of Roe v. Wade, an exposition of the obvious and well known, well expressed.

The case in question is, for shorthand, called: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. I supposed that will become “Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health” or simply “Dobbs“.

You should read the DRAFT Opinion – HERE

A quote:

‘We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely—the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. That provision has been held to guarantee some rights that are not mentioned in the Constitution, but any such right must be “deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition” and “implicit in the concept of ordered liberty.” Washington v. Glucksberg, 521 U. S. 702, 721 (1997) (internal quotation marks omitted)

The right to abortion docs not fall within this category.

There it is.  And…

Stare decisis, the doctrine on which Casey’s controlling opinion was based, does not compel unending adherence to Roe’s abuse of judicial authority. Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.

It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of
abortion to the people’s elected representatives.


And this…

‘Some of our most important constitutional decisions have overruled prior precedents. We mention three. In Brown. v. Board of Education, the Court repudiated the “separate but equal” doctrine, which had allowed States to maintain racially segregated schools and other facilities. 347 U.S. 483, 488 (1954). In so doing, the Court overruled the infamous decision in Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U. S. 537 (1896), along with six other Supreme Court precedents that had applied the separate-but-equal rule. …

Plessy v. Ferguson, that abomination upholding racial segregation, was effectively overturned by Brown v. Board.

Sometimes lawmakers simply get things wrong, for whatever reason or ideology they are shackled by.  Shouting “Stare decisis!” isn’t good enough in some cases.  

Traditionis custodes, the Plessy of the Francis Legacy, should be overturned, quam primum

In the Church there is no juridical mechanism of recourse by which plaintiffs can make a case again Traditionis.  However, that doesn’t mean that TC can’t be tried in the court of opinion, and opinion expressed to authority.  As a matter of fact, the faithful are urged in Canon Law to do so

Can. 212 §1. Conscious of their own responsibility, the Christian faithful are bound to follow with Christian obedience those things which the sacred pastors, inasmuch as they represent Christ, declare as teachers of the faith or establish as rulers of the Church.

§2. The Christian faithful are free to make known to the pastors of the Church their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires.

§3. According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.

TC is a miscarriage of justice and charity and it should be reversed.

Consider the Custos Traditionis initiative.


I propose…

… an informal association of prayer and penance dedicated to two petitions offered to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which are

  • the softening of hearts of those interpreting Traditionis custodes (bishops, Roman officials);
  • the overturning of, or reversal of, or major amendment of Traditionis custodes.

I ask you to join with others, making an informal but serious pledge to do two things for the two intentions, above.


  • recite the beautiful and powerful Memorare prayer DAILY;
  • make an act of physical or material penance for the two intentions ONCE A WEEK.

Back to Dobbs for a moment.

Swap out some term in this additional excerpt from The Draft Opinion:

The nature of the Court’s error. An erroneous interpretation of the Constitution is always important, but some are ‘more damaging than others. ‘The infamous decision in Plessy v. Ferguson, supra, was one such decision. …

For reasons already explained, Roe‘s constitutional analysis was far outside the bounds of any reasonable interpretation of the various constitutional provisions to which it vaguely pointed.

Roe was on a collision course with the Constitution from the day it was decided, and Casey perpetuated its errors, and the errors do not concern some arcane corner of the law of little importance to the American people. Rather, wielding nothing but “raw judicial power,” Roe, 410 U. S., at 222 (White, J., dissenting), the Court usurped the power to address a question of profound moral and social importance that the Constitution unequivocally leaves for the people.

When we get something wrong, it is folly simply to blunder along on the same course.  When the blunder affects others, the rational, just, charitable thing to do is to retrace steps back to the blunder and make a correction.

As the Draft Opinion states:

The Court has no authority to decree that an erroneous precedent is permanently exempt from evaluation under traditional stare decisis principles. A precedent of this Court is subject to the usual principles of stare decisis under which adherence to precedent is the norm but not an inexorable command. If the rule were otherwise, erroneous decisions like Plessy and Lochner [concerning employee rights] would still be the law. That is not how stare decisis operates.


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I’ve been really busy in the last few days because of travel and because of more travel coming up.  My “Rome Trip” is upon me, preceded by a tour with a pro-life group.  That all begins next Monday.  Hence, fewer posts with a lot of text.  Please be patient with me.

The wonderful nuns of Gower Abbey, the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, have a new disc and digital download:

Tenebrae at Ephesus


These are the RESPONSORIES of Tenebrae for all three days of the Triduum.  They are, arguably, the most beautiful chants of the entire liturgical year.

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Brace for vicious cruelty in Washington, DC.


I received this and, in fairness, it ought to be shared:

Dear Fr. Zuhlsdorf,

Your posting about our parish slightly mischaracterizes what was said at mass today about Cardinal Gregory’s thoughts about the Extraordinary Form Mass at our parish.  If you review the Facebook video of this morning’s EF Mass (2nd Sunday after Easter) you’ll see that what was announced was this: The Cardinal will make a determination after the synod meetings in May.  I asked our people to pray for the good of the parish and reminded them that they always have the right to communicate with their spiritual father.  I did NOT suggest that he had made up his mind, nor did I suggest he’d speak on the matter in May.  I can understand that someone might easily nuance the accurate statement into what they told you, but I just want to be clear for the good of my parishioners.  I hope you’ll consider revising your post.

Father Vincent J. De Rosa
St. Mary Mother of God

It may be that one of you readers who know about the “Facebook video of this morning’s EF Mass” – he didn’t provide a link or time in the video, and I am not going to look for it – might be able to hunt this up.

From a reader…

It was announced at Mass this morning that Cardinal Gregory will issue statement on TC this month and it will not be a happy one. Pray for us in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC!

One of my connected friends in the DC area told me:

The word is that HE, Cardinal Gregory will confine the celebration of the 1962 missal to the JP II Center, a non-parochial chapel.  It will be devastating to St. Mary’s.  Truly the smoke of Satan….

Yes, truly cruel.  It will harm a lot of people at Old St. Mary’s.

I really hope that something miraculous happens “between the bridge and the water”, between the pre-announcement and the announcement, a massive change of heart event, a 180° change of attitude about the people who will be so marginalized and harmed.

All the more reason to consider the Custos Traditionis initiative.


I propose…

… an informal association of prayer and penance dedicated to two petitions offered to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which are

  • the softening of hearts of those interpreting Traditionis custodes (bishops, Roman Congregation officials);
  • the overturning of, or reversal of, or major amendment of Traditionis custodes.

I ask you to join with others, making an informal but serious pledge to do two things for the two intentions, above.


  • recite the beautiful and powerful Memorare prayer DAILY;
  • make an act of physical or material penance for the two intentions ONCE A WEEK.

Aside: I had made some shirts for promoting this with the Memorare in several languages on the back and, on the front, Custos Traditionis – ASK ME

I happened to be wearing that shirt at the grocery the other day and the woman at the checkout asked.  As it turns out she was Catholic and she was very interested to learn that a Sunday Traditional Latin Mass was not far away.  She said she would go.

It isn’t the first time the shirt has presented a change for me to tell someone about the TLM.   The conversation has also sometimes gotten around to other aspects of the Church’s life, too.

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