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Archive for March, 2007

Short Break

Posted: Friday, March 23rd, 2007 @ 9:06 pm in This Blog | Comments Off on Short Break

I am taking a short break from blogging to work on a couple other projects.  I will write about at least one of them when I am done with it. If something strikes me, I will probably write a post, but don’t except much for the next few weeks. Have a blessed Easter!

Dispelling Pre-Vatican II Myths

Posted: Sunday, March 18th, 2007 @ 8:45 pm in Liturgy | Comments Off on Dispelling Pre-Vatican II Myths

We often get to hear about how Vatican II taught us that we all have a priestly role in the Church (forget the fact that it’s in the bible for anyone who cares to read it). Well, Dom Gueranger must have had a mystical vision of the future because he wrote about it in the […]

Now Is The Winter Of Your Discontent!

Posted: Friday, March 16th, 2007 @ 12:18 pm in Culture, Liturgy | Comments Off on Now Is The Winter Of Your Discontent!

As I noted in my post about Sacramentum Caritatis, many traditionally minded Catholics are disappointed with the exhortation. In some ways I am too. But some of the comments on other Trad blogs are just over the top absurd. The level of despair is, frankly, appalling. What we have in this document is a very […]

Spiritual Fast Food

Posted: Thursday, March 15th, 2007 @ 8:16 pm in Culture | Comments Off on Spiritual Fast Food

Here is another one I have been mulling over for awhile. It seems to me that this whole Christian self-help phenomenon, like Your Best Life Now and that kind of stuff, is just spiritual fast food. People want a quick, pleasant, and easy way to feel good about themselves, so this is what they go […]

Sacramentum Caritatis

Posted: Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 @ 2:09 pm in Liturgy, Sacraments | Comments Off on Sacramentum Caritatis

As I am sure you know, the much anticipated AE is out. Plenty of other bloggers have it covered pretty well, so I will just offer a few thoughts. First off, this document is a theological reflection on the Eucharist, not a liturgical document per say. As such is good for education and catechesis, but […]

The Credo, With Dom Gueranger – Part VII

Posted: Friday, March 9th, 2007 @ 9:11 pm in Prayer | Comments Off on The Credo, With Dom Gueranger – Part VII

This is the last post in the series. Et unam, sanctam, cathólicam et apostólicam Ecclésiam. Confíteor unum baptísma in remissiónem peccatorum. Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum, et vitam ventúri sæculi. Amen. And one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. And I await the resurrection of the dead, and […]

Fasting as Warfare

Posted: Thursday, March 8th, 2007 @ 1:04 pm in Prayer | Comments Off on Fasting as Warfare

For Christians every day is a struggle with the Devil.  But at times of fasting we go to war against him and his demons.  The Early Church Fathers often talk about fasts as spiritual warfare against demonic powers.  Indeed throughout Church history (until recent times) this has been the theme.  St. Ambrose explains that fasting […]

The Anti-Christ

Posted: Tuesday, March 6th, 2007 @ 10:09 pm in Culture, Personal, Philosophy | 2 Comments »

This is one of several posts I have been thinking about for awhile. With the news last week about Cardinal Biffi talking to the Curia about the Anti-Christ I thought it was an appropriate time to present my own theory about that. First I want to be clear that I am no end-times enthusiast. I […]

The Credo, With Dom Gueranger – Part VI

Posted: Monday, March 5th, 2007 @ 9:59 pm in Prayer | Comments Off on The Credo, With Dom Gueranger – Part VI

One of my goals during Lent is to finish this series. There will probably be just one more post after this one. Et in Spíritum Sanctum, Dóminum et vivificántem qui ex Patre Filióque procédit. Qui cum Patre et Fílio simul adorátur et conglorifícatur qui locútus est per prophétas. And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord […]