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Archive for May, 2007

Whit Embertide

Posted: Tuesday, May 29th, 2007 @ 2:33 pm in Easter, Liturgical Calendar | Comments Off on Whit Embertide

Just to throw a monkey in the works, the Ember week for summer (know as Whit Embertide) is always during the octave of Pentecost. (Note: there is no octave on the new calendar). That means this week is Ember week. So, Wednesday (tomorrow), Friday and Saturday are days of fast and abstinence on the old […]

Reviewing Dignitatis Humanae

Posted: Friday, May 25th, 2007 @ 6:52 am in Church Issues, Culture, Philosophy, Theology | 1 Comment »

Dignitatis Humanae (english | latin) is the Vatican II document on religious liberty. It is one that radical traditionalist general take as a slam dunk against Vatican II. I read it a few years ago and I didn’t notice any heresy in it then, but that was before I knew anything about the traditionalist movement […]


Posted: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007 @ 7:45 pm in Easter, Liturgical Calendar, Prayer | 3 Comments »

Pentecost is also known as Whitsunday, and the entire octave of Pentecost as Whitsuntide. Pentecost is often considered the second greatest feast on the liturgical calendar following only Easter. These two feasts are the oldest in the liturgical cycle. Just as Easter corresponds to the Jewish Passover, Whitsunday corresponds to the Pentecost of the Israelites […]


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 […]

Feast of the Ascension

Posted: Wednesday, May 16th, 2007 @ 7:21 am in Easter, Liturgical Calendar, Prayer | 2 Comments »

This Thursday (the 17th) is Ascension Thursday. The Feast of the Ascension is a holy day of obligation, but in many places (including most U.S. dioceses) the Bishop’s Conferences have move the feast to the following Sunday (the 20th).   The Ascension closes out our Lord’s life on Earth until he comes again at the […]

Dropped the Ball

Posted: Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 @ 12:40 pm in Easter, Liturgical Calendar | Comments Off on Dropped the Ball

I forgot to post a reminder ahead of time, Monday through Wednesday this week are Rogation days.  Please pray for safety from calamities, and for good crops.  If there is a traditional community near by, you might even be able to join a procession!  Please consider some amount of fasting as well.

When Noon Is Angelus-Time, The Clock Is Right

Posted: Friday, May 11th, 2007 @ 11:45 am in Culture | Comments Off on When Noon Is Angelus-Time, The Clock Is Right

Here is another quote from the same essay in Flee to the Fields. “The Land Movement is realist. It rejects fashion; it rejects that denial of free will which is involved in the dogma of inevitable progress. It will put back the clock as far as may be necessary to ensure the happiness and integrity […]

Thought for the Day

Posted: Wednesday, May 9th, 2007 @ 8:22 pm in Philosophy | Comments Off on Thought for the Day

“No man who believes in God can deny assent to the proposition that if a thing ought to be done, it can be done.” From Harold Robbins’ essay “The Line of Approach” in “Flee To The Fields, The Founding Papers of the Catholic Land Movement.“

Our Lady Of Pompei

Posted: Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 @ 1:00 pm in Easter, Liturgical Calendar | Comments Off on Our Lady Of Pompei

It seems today is the Feast of Our Lady of Pompei.  I used to go to parish named after this Marian title, but I never knew anything about it.  At the link above is some good information along with an excellent prayer for today.

St. Athanasius

Posted: Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 @ 3:02 pm in Easter, Liturgical Calendar, Saints | Comments Off on St. Athanasius

Tomorrow is the Feast of St. Athanasius. Like St. Anselm last month, Athanasius is a doctor of the Church and another model bishop for our times. During the terrible Arian heresy of the fourth century Athanasius doggedly clung to the true faith. Many (perhaps most) bishops and emperors had given themselves over to this heresy […]