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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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Tag Archives: Detroit
I’m heading home after a truly enjoyable stay at the great Assumption Grotto parish. Still, every time we left the parish, what I saw was alarming. Block after block of houses, abandoned, boarded up, burned, falling to ruin, businesses and … Read More
First, I am glad to report that Gammarelli is ready to ship our new processional canopy, and we will have it in time for Corpus Christi. It will match our white Pontifical Mass set. Here are some shots of the … Read More
From the Detroit News: A balanced budget in Detroit might be something only prayed for, but few could imagine Motor City managers raiding church offering plates for revenue. Yet new drainage fees from the city’s Water and Sewerage Department may … Read More
Farewell Detroit. Having given talks at the DIA for Call To Holiness, and having raised up the Sacrifice in a Missa Cantata for Septuagesima, this is my view for now after yet another flight delay on this multicity trip I … Read More
I am in Detroit! I just finished giving talks on sacred art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, a great museum. Now that I can visit a gallery, I noticed a splendid Christological Goldfinch! Here is a painting by Benozzo … Read More
Back on the road after the great Legatus meeting and a few short days with my mother. Now I am heading North, but not immediately to the Steam Pipe Trunk Distribution Venue. No . I get to go to Detroit! … Read More
I am at the Detroit Institute of Art for the day. After the court decision, some of the art here will surely be sold off. Ah the fruit of the decades long efforts of liberal democrats! In any event… This … Read More
Detroit has joined the ranks of the bankrupt. When I have been driven around in Detroit I had a sense, in some neighborhoods, of what the Russians did to Berlin: looked like a war zone. What caused the phenomenon “Detroit”, … Read More
The 14th Call To Holiness conference has begun in Detroit. Originally this conference was convoked as a remedy, response, corrective to the pernicious and dissenting Call To Action thingy. The conference is being held at a large Byzantine Catholic parish, … Read More
Those of you anywhere near Detroit will be glad to know that the 14th Call To Holiness Conference will be held on Saturday, 13 October. Lot’s of information about the conference HERE. Today is the last day (until midnight EST) … Read More
I haven’t posted much about the birds at the feeder. This, and a recent trip to the Detroit Institute of Art, gives me a chance to use a feature the blog’s software offers and which I have never used. Here … Read More
Fishwrap has a wrap-up, in their own paper, if you get my drift, of the American catholic “Council” held in Detroit over the weekend. The Fishwrap wrap-up is by nun-other than Sr. Maureen Fiedler. We seen her insights here and … Read More
As some people are telling me, apparently that second audio file I posted, along with some excerpts of the Pentecost Mass at Assumption Grotto in Detroit, didn’t show up on the iTunes feed. I repost it here. Sorry about that.
From the American Catholic Council’s program. On the opening day they had a moving and meaningful paraliturgy which included the Litany of Lament. Here it is from their program. I add some comments: (When the female lector reads, FROM THE … Read More
On Saturday, 11 June the annual Call To Holiness conference will he held in Livonia, MI near Detroit. Speakers include: Jeff Cavins Fr. Clement Machado, SOLT Paul Rondeau Raymond de Souza Johnnette Benkovic Fr. Edmund McCaffrey, OblSD Al Kresta Archbp. … Read More
It is hard to know just how much effect this will have, but the Archbishop of Detroit had no choice but to issue a public statement about an upcoming conference of dissent to held in the Archdiocese entrusted to his … Read More
Some other images from Detroit. There is a reason why the parish where I am staying is called Assumption Grotto. The parish is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, but behind the parish church there is a fine … Read More
In downtown Detroit check out Henry the Hatter on Broadway. Great hat store! Gents need hats. And you might have an adventure! We did! I came with another priest. We met all sorts of really interesting people too! But we … Read More
I received an update from the webmaster for Call to Holiness. Can you make an update with the following note added. We are at the final stretch. US Postal Registrations are CLOSED; PAYPAL will be open until 11:59 on OCTOBER … Read More