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The Credo, With Dom Gueranger – Part II

Posted: Sunday, January 28th, 2007 @ 10:24 pm in Prayer | Comments Off on The Credo, With Dom Gueranger – Part II

After a detour I am finally back to the Credo. We’ll take it from the top. Credo in unum Deum, Patrem Omnipotentem. Factorem coeli et terrea, visibilium omnium et invisibilium. I believe in one God, the Father almighty. Maker of heaven and earth, and all things visible and invisible. Dom Gueranger notes that the Apostles […]


Posted: Friday, January 26th, 2007 @ 9:47 am in Culture | 2 Comments »

Athanasius has a couple good posts up on distributism, and I think have seen one or two others around recently. This blog isn’t about economics and politics, but I am very interested in distributism so I thought I would give it a mention to keep the momentum going. Besides, distributism has many Catholic-culture implications (which […]

Passing On Our Traditions

Posted: Wednesday, January 24th, 2007 @ 1:02 pm in Culture | 2 Comments »

I have realized recently that I am not just a religious traditionalist, but an everything traditionalist.  If something works well, or a custom has time tested benefits I want pretty overwhelming evidence in order to change it.  So it’s somewhat distressing to me that there are basically no traditions anymore.  At least not wholesome, sound […]

The Credo, With Dom Gueranger – Part I

Posted: Monday, January 22nd, 2007 @ 10:35 pm in Prayer | Comments Off on The Credo, With Dom Gueranger – Part I

I am going to do a series of posts on Dom Prosper Gueranger’s reflections on the Credo in his book The Holy Mass. It’s an excellent book and I highly recommend the Baronius Press edition here. Fr. Gueranger starts by noting that the Credo follows the Gospel because the Gospel is the foundation of our […]

Third Sunday After Epiphany

Posted: Sunday, January 21st, 2007 @ 9:40 pm in Liturgical Calendar, Prayer, Time After Epiphany | Comments Off on Third Sunday After Epiphany

On the old calendar this is the third Sunday after Epiphany. The 3rd through 6th Sunday after Epiphany all have the same Introit, Gradual, Offertory, and Communion focused on Jesus’ divinity and that we should adore Him. This should be our focus right now, so we should make acts of faith, and perhaps also make […]

Christmastide Breakdown

Posted: Wednesday, January 17th, 2007 @ 10:04 pm in Christmas, Liturgical Calendar | 1 Comment »

I think I have the Christmas season layout down now.  So, for anyone else who was confused, here it is. The Christmas season starts on the evening of Christmas Eve.  The rule of thumb seems to be after the vigil mass is when Christmas season officially starts, but I have also heard after Vespers.  There […]

Time after Epiphany

Posted: Monday, January 15th, 2007 @ 10:41 pm in Liturgical Calendar, Time After Epiphany | 2 Comments »

My old St. Andrew missal notes that Time after Epiphany is kind of an extension of the Christmas season where the Lord’s divinity continues to be made manifest. The readings emphasis his miracles and his direct language about his own divine nature (e.g. “The things that I speak, even has the Father has said unto […]

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 […]

God’s Mercy

Posted: Sunday, January 7th, 2007 @ 9:49 pm in Sacraments | 1 Comment »

I made it into confession before Mass for the Epiphany. As usual I felt an enormous relief when I cam out, but this time I also felt a little like I was cheating. Why is it, I wondered, that God should make it so easy for us to come back to Him? I do sincerely […]

Feast of the Epiphany

Posted: Saturday, January 6th, 2007 @ 10:10 pm in Christmas, Liturgical Calendar | 1 Comment »

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, when we celebrate the arrival of the Magi.  The Epiphany was formally celebrated in the Eastern Church as early as the third century, and spread to the West in the fourth.  Epiphany literally means “manifestation” and today we commemorate the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles, represented by […]