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- Jean-Luc: And what if “how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it” alluded to a screen? A TV or computer screen. If a 1917 child had seen a TV or a computer, how would he...
- Gaetano: One mercy about The Irishman is that the two baptism scenes with Fr. James Martin muddlling through Latin are mercifully short.
- Amerikaner: Father Dollinger claimed that Cardinal Ratzinger told him that there is more to the secret that was never published. I also remember that Cardinal Ratzinger also made a comment that the...
- KateD: Oh! This is beautiful! Like Russian Lüftlmaler ei.
- dbonneville: And if St. Malachi was right, and Peter is the last pope, maybe we have the real Peter going back to Rome having fled for fear of the wolves(f) in the mirror. Can a pope who is no...
- OrdoMilitaris: The ecstatic vision of the Divine Substance which is given immediatel y to Christ on account of the Hypostatic Union of the Divine Person with the perfect Humanity, as well as the...
- NB: I really like JP2 (even though it gets me in a lot of trouble in Trad circles, and yes, I know he wasn’ ;t perfect). I shared the Santo Subito sentiments at his death, but if his canoniz...
- Chris Garton-Zavesky: I’ve always been puzzled at the question: Why the quotation marks? Lucia̵ 7;s descriptio n seems to be borrowing words from somewhere, and I can’ t fathom who...
- roma247: Keep in mind that, during the era in which Sister Lucia was writing, mirrors were not as perfect and smooth and reflective as they came to be after the 1970s, when techniques for vacuum...
- Cy: Mirrors create a replica, a second. Mirrors also invert; right as left and left as right. Is the behavior of “the two popes̶ 1; also inverted in ways bearing on fidelity, faith, and...
- hilltop: Father Zed, I like this reading of the difficult bold text. It helps to explain the mystery that Lucia seems also to have in communicat ing the vision – she seems to not underst...
- Bthompson: This may also be a misunderst anding, but I would appreciate it if someone more knowledgea ble than I had insight: I had the understand ing not so much that a new mother was not allowed...
- monstrance: Then why does Benedict wear white ? One of the more humble men to have served in the Vatican. Perhaps at the request of Francis. A good question for his next sit down interview.
- arga: I interprete d the reference to a mirror as referring to the way the bishop in white actually looked — as if his image were reflected in a mirror, not that there were two of them. On...
- Stepheno: Recently it occurred to me that B16’s White cassock is a clear non-verbal message to the world. It’s so weird. The mirror image seems directed at the two popes. Not the clarity in God.
- Mugwump: My favorite: If at first you don’ t succeed, you must try, try again. But you will lose anywayR 30;
- Fr_Sotelo: So, Lucia̵ 7;s phrase of “how people appear in a mirrorR 21; may refer to two popes? One who is pope, and one who appears to be pope? This would be plausible, to me, if she...
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- Ferretti: My question would be what happens to the Sainthood of John XXIII, Paul VI, and John Paul II if Pope Francis is bogus? Not to mention many other things. St. Francis of Assisi said someth...
- Mario Bird: Before I retreat, please let me set the record straight: 1. I am a big fan of Fr. RutlerR 17;s, have read three of his books, and– unlike Falstaff, who was offended by virtue...
- bourgja: Kevin Symonds is among the world̵ 7;s top scholarly researcher s of the Fatima apparition s, and the words of Sr. Lucia seem to indicate that she is offering an analogy (“...
- hwriggles4: A few years ago, I watched a “Qui ncy, M.E.” ; rerun where a priest was introduced as an Archbishop and I laughed because he wasn’ ;t wearing the cross with his cleri...
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Tag Archives: Holy Communion
From a reader… QUAERITUR: When a priest arrives at a sick person’s house in order to provide Communion, should the Communion rite happen immediately upon arrival? I presume that tea, biscuits and chatting should certainly not happen beforehand? I was … Continue reading
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a question about the number of times Holy Communion May be received in a day. And I know the answer sort of. The question is, if you may receive twice in the same day … Continue reading
QUAERITUR: You wrote in a recent post, “Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried (which in 99.99% of cases would be sacrilege).” Can you tell me what scenario would permit your conscience to give communion to the remarried? I can … Continue reading
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Would it be wrong to receive the Eucharist attending the Saturday Mass of Anticipation & Sunday Mass? [Both with the same Liturgy]. Since matters of reception of the Eucharist in Communion more than once in a … Continue reading
From a reader… QUAERITUR: One of the precepts of the Church states we are to receive Holy Communion at Easter. I always wondered if that meant Easter Mass or during the Easter season. My 1962 Missal say Easter (period) but … Continue reading
I have had my eye on John Card. Onaiyekan, archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria, for some time. There was recently a Eucharistic Congress in the Philippines. Since Archbp. Piero Marini (former MC to JP2) is in charge of these conferences … Continue reading
Here we go again. Pope Francis has offered some confusing observations about the possibility of Lutherans receiving Holy Communion in the Catholic Church. I’m getting email… angry… alarmed… confused… sad… above all demoralized. Edward Pentin has the best press breakdown … Continue reading
From a reader… QUAERITUR: In the Extraordinary Form of the Holy Mass (EF), are Deacons (either transitional or permanent) allowed to distribute Holy Communion? Or is this a faculty reserved to only the Priest and Bishop? On the Correct Handling … Continue reading
Here is an interesting contrast. First, a snip from an off-the-cuff, non-Magisterial remark of Pope Francis during a daily homily. Note his disparaging words about “doctors of the law”. Hmmm… it seems to me that there is something missing. Of … Continue reading
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hello Fr. I am coordinator of our Extraordinary Ministers of Communion. But we have a very troublesome one. He attends every mass and receives Holy Communion at every mass up to six times a day. The … Continue reading
UPDATED: 14 Nov: ORIGINAL Published on: Nov 13, 2014 At the French language site L’Homme Nouveau there is an interesting post about a question a priest posed to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He asked the Congregation: «Un confesseur … Continue reading
His Eminence Robert Card. Sarah of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum addressed a conference of Catholic charitable organizations, having a special reference to the encyclicals of Benedict XVI, Deus caritas est and Caritas in veritate. Here is a CNA account: Vatican … Continue reading
His Hermeneuticalness, my friend the soon-to-be-moving Fr. Tim Finigan has a great post on an important topic. HERE He brings up the point of receiving Holy Communion in such a way that it becomes “routine”. I suggest that people examine … Continue reading
At the UK’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald, William Oddie has his say about Card. Kasper, his odd notions about Communion for the divorced and remarried, the upcoming Synod and Pope Francis. Read the whole thing HERE, but I … Continue reading
An old friend of mine, Msgr. Charles Mangan noticed my answer about safeguarding the Blessed Sacrament and sent me this to share with you. “Ten Commandments of Reverence for the Most Blessed Sacrament” Monsignor Charles M. Mangan 1. Attend Holy … Continue reading