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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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I had retweeted my friend Fr. Blake’s tweet. I don’t see this continuous criticism from our beloved Holy Father as Christlike, I find it painful and destrucitve of faith and unity, and contrary to the action of the Holy Spirit’s … Read More
My friend Fr. Ray Blake, intrepid PP of Brighton, has a strong post upon which you might reflect. Peronism and Corruption I had a lesson in Peronism from an Argentinian waiter recently, in Argentina he was a PPE graduate. Peronism, … Read More
A couple people in my email have referred to the pseudo-anonymous offering Il Papa Dittatore – The Dictator Pope as “The Book”. My post HERE No… The Book™ remains Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church – US HERE – … Read More
Let’s be clear about something. There is nothing more vicious than a liberal. For over 30 years I dealt with this first hand and I have the ecclesial scars on my back and in my heart to prove it. My … Read More
What is it like in your parish church before and after Mass? Is it still, recollected, decorous? It is agitated, busy, undignified? Is it silent? Is it noisy? Can we separate our identity as Catholics from our decorum in our churches? … Read More
I was sent this video today, though it is from last year. This is from the Church of St. Mary Magdalen in Brighton, where the great PP is my friend Fr. Ray Blake. Looks like an ad orientem altar, doesn’t … Read More
I have lately mused about vocations. Last Sunday was the Day of Prayer for Vocations. What I mean by vocations, by the way, is vocations to the priesthood. Yes, yes… I think about religious life as well. When I think … Read More
My friend Fr. Ray Blake, the mighty PP of St. Mary Magdalene in Brighton, has a good reflection today contrasting and comparing celebration of the newer form of Holy Mass and the older, traditional form, with comments about “leadership”. He makes … Read More
I received a note from the MC at my friend Fr. Ray Blake’s parish in Brighton. They recently had a retreat which ended with Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Premonstratensian Rite (Norbertine). There are some fine photos. … Read More
I direct the readership’s attention to a post by my friend Fr. Ray Blake, the great PP of Brighton. He makes a great point about the Holy See’s treatment of the LCWR and treatment given to the Franciscan Friars of … Read More
The best Catholic weekly in the UK, The Catholic Herald, has an interview with the Bishop of Portsmouth, Most Rev. Philip Egan. Bp. Egan has been, rightly I think, identified with a new wave of bishops who were being appointed … Read More
Sirens are blaring. The low rumble of enemy bombers fills the night sky. The Blitz is on. I have to pull myself away from fighting for truth, justice and the American Way. Not since Lend Lease has it been so … Read More
My good friend Fr. Ray Blake, the great P.P. of St. Mary Magdalen in Brighton, has a good post: Mysogynistic, Homophobic, Fascist, Racist and Xenophobic I find it quite frightening on how badly prepared the Church in England and Wales … Read More