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Feast of St. Pius V

Posted: Monday, May 5th, 2008 @ 7:54 am in Easter, Liturgical Calendar, Popes, Saints | 1 Comment »

Happy feast of Pope St. Pius the V.  What an excellent feast day to have in the midsts of the octave of the Ascension. From the Catholic Encyclopedia: “He began his pontificate by giving large alms to the poor, instead of distributing his bounty at haphazard like his predecessors. As pontiff he practiced the virtues […]

Leo Primus

Posted: Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 @ 9:35 pm in Easter, Lent, Liturgical Calendar, Popes, Saints | Comments Off on Leo Primus

This Friday the 11th is the Feast of Pope Saint Leo the Great (trad calendar). First I’ll get my rant out of the way. This another instance of utterly senseless moving of traditional feast days. On the new calendar St. Stanislaus is on the 11th. But on the old calendar the 6th – 10th were […]

Advent With Leo the Great

Posted: Saturday, December 1st, 2007 @ 10:07 pm in Advent, Liturgical Calendar, Popes | 1 Comment »

It’s time for Advent again. Since you are reading this blog, you probably already know that Advent is a penitential season, much like Lent. That means it is a time to emphasize prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. As Pope St. Leo I points out in his sermons on Advent Embertide, these three duties are appropriate all […]

LY with Leo the Great, Fall Embertide II

Posted: Friday, September 21st, 2007 @ 11:55 am in Liturgical Calendar, Popes, Time After Pentecost | Comments Off on LY with Leo the Great, Fall Embertide II

The next surviving sermon on the Autumn Embertide by Pope St. Leo I is his fifth. It was apparently used for two different occasions since there are two different endings. Most of it is not specific to the September fast (though it is relevant of course) but the end of it is. But there is […]

Liturgical Year with Leo the Great – Fall Embertide

Posted: Tuesday, September 18th, 2007 @ 4:29 pm in Liturgical Calendar, Popes, Time After Pentecost | Comments Off on Liturgical Year with Leo the Great – Fall Embertide

This week is the Autumn Embertide which is always the next full week after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. It is also known as Michaelmas Embertide. Remember, for ember weeks Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday are days of fasting (technically it is now optional per the modern code of canon law). Instead of rehashing my […]

Feast of Pope Pius I

Posted: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 @ 3:13 pm in Liturgical Calendar, Popes, Saints, Time After Pentecost | Comments Off on Feast of Pope Pius I

Today is the feast of Pope St. Pius I. He ascended to the papacy in 142, and was martyred in 155. He may have been born a slave, and might also be the brother of Hermas, author of the The Shepherd. Pope Pius had a variety of heretics to deal with, mostly gnostic. In particular […]

The Pope and St. Cyprian

Posted: Thursday, June 7th, 2007 @ 1:54 pm in Popes, Saints | Comments Off on The Pope and St. Cyprian

Pope Benedict’s weekly catechesis yesterday was about St. Cyprian of Carthage. It was one of my favorite Wednesday Addresses so far. I am a fan of St. Cyprian, and I did a series of posts on him a while ago. Pope Benedict pulls some excellent quotes from this great Saint and uses them to clearly […]

Hildebrand

Posted: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 @ 8:56 pm in Easter, Liturgical Calendar, Popes, Saints, Time After Pentecost | Comments Off on Hildebrand

Friday the 25th is the feast of Pope Gregory VII (among others).  His birth name was Hildebrand and he became a Benedictine monk at the famous Cluny Abby.  He was named prior of the abby and known for his excellent administrative skills.  He was later named a cardinal and was the chief counselor of several […]

Poor Pius XII

Posted: Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 @ 12:28 pm in Popes | Comments Off on Poor Pius XII

You are probably aware of the slander of Pope Pius XII at Israel’s Yad Vashem Museum.  That kind of stuff really pisses me off.  Slandering the man who probably saved more Jewish lives than any other person as a Nazi sympathizer.  And really, it’s one thing for protestants to do it, but its even more […]

Prophetic Words from Leo XIII

Posted: Thursday, January 11th, 2007 @ 9:38 pm in Culture, Popes | 1 Comment »

I was recently reading Pope Leo XIII‘s encyclical letter Libertas, On the Nature of Human Liberty. The whole thing is excellent, but I found these excerpts particularly prophetic: For, once ascribe to human reason the only authority to decide what is true and what is good, and the real distinction between good and evil is […]


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