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Archive for February, 2007

Abstinence and Ember Week

Posted: Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 @ 9:55 pm in Culture, Lent, Liturgical Calendar | 2 Comments »

Just a reminder, this week is the Spring Ember Week. As I have pointed out before most bishops have not bothered to implement any kind of Ember week observance so I think it is appropriate to simply follow the old rule. That’s fast and abstinence Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. The goal is to pray for […]

The Black Fast

Posted: Sunday, February 25th, 2007 @ 9:56 pm in Prayer | 4 Comments »

There is an entry in the Catholic Encyclopedia about the Black Fast, the most rigorous in the history of Church legislation. The article says: In the first place more than one meal was strictly prohibited. At this meal flesh meat, eggs, butter, cheese, and milk were interdicted. Besides these restrictions abstinence from wine, specially during […]

Connecting With Our Tradition

Posted: Friday, February 23rd, 2007 @ 10:17 pm in Culture | Comments Off on Connecting With Our Tradition

Recently there have been two very thoughtful and thought provoking essays posted on other blogs that I think are somewhat related. The first is an essay in two parts at The Lion And The Cardinal. Here is part 1, and here is part 2. Daniel Mitsui wrote an excellent essay on difficulties with biblical exegesis […]

Station Churches Revisited

Posted: Friday, February 23rd, 2007 @ 7:16 am in Culture, Liturgy | Comments Off on Station Churches Revisited

Last year I wrote a post about station churches in Rome. In that post I suggested instituting station churches in each diocese during holy seasons to give folks the opportunity to make mini-pilgrimages. I still think that is good idea. Any way, the Pontifical North American College has neat interactive map of all the station […]

Lent and Fasting

Posted: Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 @ 10:31 pm in Culture, Lent, Liturgical Calendar | 1 Comment »

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. As with so many aspects of our Catholic heritage fasting has mostly gone the way of the Dodo. For the last couple years I have been easing myself into the traditional fast, and this year I think I am ready to go “whole hog.” I would encourage […]

The Credo, With Dom Gueranger – Part V

Posted: Sunday, February 18th, 2007 @ 10:08 pm in Prayer | Comments Off on The Credo, With Dom Gueranger – Part V

This is taking longer than I thought, but it will get done eventually. Moving on… Crucifíxus étiam pro nobis sub Póntio Piláto; passus, et sepúltus est, et resurréxit tértia die, secúndum Scriptúras, et ascéndit in cælum, sedet ad déxteram Patris. Et íterum ventúrus est cum glória, iudicáre vivos et mórtuos, cuius regni non erit finis. […]


Posted: Wednesday, February 14th, 2007 @ 1:42 pm in Culture | Comments Off on Paganized

As the early Church spread throughout Europe it was common for the Church to “Christianize” pagan celebrations. This does not mean that the Church “has pagan roots” as some would have us believe. Rather the Church, in her wisdom, replaced the pagan rites with Christian ones completely obliterating all vestiges of paganism (other than perhaps […]

Man’s Hungry Heart

Posted: Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 @ 1:27 pm in Saints | Comments Off on Man’s Hungry Heart

In St. Bernard of Clairvaux’s “On Loving God” he discusses the futility of trying to satisfy your desires with material things. The man who is wealthy wants more wealth. When man’s desires are for material goods, he will always want what he does not have, and when he gets that he will want something else. […]

The Credo, With Dom Gueranger – Part IV

Posted: Sunday, February 11th, 2007 @ 8:38 am in Prayer | Comments Off on The Credo, With Dom Gueranger – Part IV

génitum, non factum, consubstantiálem Patri: per quem ómnia facta sunt. Qui propter nos hómines et propter nostram salútem descéndit de cælis. begotten not made; consubstantial with the Father; by Whom all things were made. Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven “Begotten not made” again reinforces the unity of the […]

Cyril of Alexandria

Posted: Saturday, February 10th, 2007 @ 9:01 am in Saints | 2 Comments »

As usual I’m late on posts about feast days. Yesterday was the feast of St. Cyril of Alexandria on the old calender. St. Cyril was the main defender against the heresy of Nestorius. Nestorius basically denied the unity of the two natures of Christ. He said that Mary should be called the mother of Christ, […]