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“He [Satan] will set up a counter-Church which will be the ape of the Church because, he the devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the anti-Christ that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ. In desperate need for God, whom he nevertheless refuses to adore, modern man in his loneliness and frustration will hunger more and more for membership in a community that will give him enlargement of purpose, but at the cost of losing himself in some vague collectivity.”
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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
- The BBC – if you can believe it – has an interesting audio story about: “Trying to save the Latin Mass in France” – UPDATED
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- 25 Oct – “This day is called the Feast of Crispian…”
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- Connect the dots. The attack on the Vetus Ordo is also an attack on John Paul II, not just on Benedict.
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- WDTPRS – 30th Ordinary Sunday: “In His will is our peace.”
- 23 Oct: St. Severinus Boethius (Yes, you read that right.)
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- HEMSTED, NY – Saturday 23 Oct – Prayer Vigil with Sacred Relics at Planned Parenthood (aka Big Business Abortion)
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- Gower Abbey with a new disc- Christ The King At Ephesus
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- STOP what you are doing. Go to First Things. Read Archbp. Chaput’s latest about the “courtiers” of Francis.
- Bp. Provost of Lake Charles implements ‘Traditionis custodes’, Francis ‘Plessy v. Ferguson’ legacy document
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- Beautiful Pontifical Mass with Bp. Athanasius Schneider in Detroit – PHOTOS
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Let us pray…
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: St. Augustine
At the time of this writing it is still the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, aka the 18th Sunday after Pentecost in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. It has been just a few days since the release of … Read More
Pope Francis say Mass today, 28 August, at the Church of St. Augustine in Rome. The Mass will be streamed live via the Internet beginning at 5:55 PM CET, 10:55 AM CDT, 11:55 AM EDT. To watch on the Vatican … Read More
I am reading a new biography of Augustine published by a fresh, talented writer, Miles Hollingworth. Don’t let the title, St Augustine of Hippo, An Intellectual Biography, fool you. This is not a highbrow book intended for college professors, with … Read More
I had an email from the Benedictines at Norcia in Italy. They sent the text of a sermon given some time ago by Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB. Given recent events and the sermon’s topic, it occurred to me that we … Read More
This week’s Collect is effectively the same as one in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary and the prayer in the 1962 Missale Romanum used during the week after Trinity Sunday. Deus, in te sperantium fortitudo, invocantibus nostris adesto propitius, et, quia … Read More
Today is the feast of St. Aurea (in Greek Chryse, “Golden Girl”) of Ostia. She is an ancient martyr. You can read about here in these ancient Acta, HERE. There is on the edge of Ostia Antica, the fascinating ruins … Read More
My friends of the Latin Mass Society in England have a new and worthy initiative. The Sodality of St Augustine of Hippo From the website: The purpose of the Sodality is to unite the prayers of members for the conversion of … Read More
Today is the birthday of St. Augustine of Hippo (354). We actually know his birthday because he tells us in one of his Cassiciacum dialogues (De beata vita 6). It is therefore also the feast of all the saints of the … Read More
The Roman historian Livy wrote about the terminal decline of the Roman Republic that “Nec vitia nostra nec remedia pati possumus… We can bear neither our vices nor the remedies.” Alas, I fear that our vices have called forth precisely … Read More
Our Lord promised us that Hell would not prevail against the Church. He did not promise that Hell would not prevail in the USA, or in your town or parish. Today we are seeing a shrinking of Holy Church in many … Read More
The Holy Father’s Angelus address from last Sunday. There is something intriguing here. The full text of Pope Benedict’s Angelus message is below with my emphases and comments: Dear brothers and sisters! In the past few Sundays we have meditated … Read More
Here is a little Patristiblogger offering for your midday consideration. This morning a priest friend and I were talking about the problems of leadership and being hated, loved, or feared. Classic question: Is it better to be loved or feared? … Read More
Today is the Summer Solstice. From now, our northern hemispheric days get shorter, as the world’s tilt starts changing our daily/seasonal clocks. I wonder if the LCWR leadership have special plans tonight! An ancient Augustinian sermon made a connection between … Read More
In rooting around in my things while writing an article for the paper, I found a great quote of Augustine. For Augustine all created things in the universe, even inanimate things, both give witness to God and give Him glory. … Read More
I am enjoying a break in my evening for a bit of frivolous entertainment. I was going to watch Bladerunner, but opted for something considerably lighter. However, in a moment of post-modern self-conscious connection-making I’ll make a connection between this … Read More
The Holy Father’s sermon for Holy Thursday Chrism Mass (in the morning, not the even “Last Supper” Mass). UPDATE: This sermon is starting to get some sizzle. The New York Times is out and the head line is “Pope Assails … Read More