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Archive for June, 2007

Benefits of the Novus Ordo

Posted: Friday, June 29th, 2007 @ 4:07 pm in Liturgy | 1 Comment »

Well, this a topic I don’t write about much. But all the talk about the Motu Proprio and how it relates to a “reform of the reform” got me thinking about what good could from the whole NO experience of the last forty years. God does have a way of pulling good things out of […]

Prophets of Doom

Posted: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 @ 1:55 pm in Culture | Comments Off on Prophets of Doom

There is an outstanding article on MercatorNet about two early 20th century writers who predicted the outcome of the cultural trends of their time. The writers approached the issue from radically different perspectives (one communist, the other catholic) but both came to the conclusion that Western culture is unique, an aberration even, and that loosing […]

Feast of the Holt Apostles Peter and Paul

Posted: Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 @ 8:07 am in Liturgical Calendar, Time After Pentecost | Comments Off on Feast of the Holt Apostles Peter and Paul

The 29th is the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the founding Apostles of the Mother Church of Christendom. Christians used make pilgrimages to Rome for this feast to venerate the relics of these holy Apostles. Since basilicas have a special connection to the Pope, a pilgrimage to the nearest basilica might be a more […]

The Nativity of John the Baptist

Posted: Thursday, June 21st, 2007 @ 6:52 am in Liturgical Calendar, Saints, Time After Pentecost | 5 Comments »

Coming up is the Nativity of St. John the Baptist on the 24th and St. John’s Eve on the 23rd. This one of the oldest feasts on the Church calender, and in the early Church and in medieval times this was one of the biggest feasts of the year. John is the only saint besides […]

Related posts

Posted: Wednesday, June 20th, 2007 @ 9:01 am in Culture | Comments Off on Related posts

Right after I posted the previous post, I saw this very apropos post back at Rod Dreher’s blog. It is about staying put in a community and he quotes extensively from an essay on St. Benedict’s vow of stability by Prof. Gerald Schlabach, a third order Benedictine. The quotes from the essay are fascinating. Also […]

Society and the Land

Posted: Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 @ 3:10 pm in Culture | Comments Off on Society and the Land

Recently I read several thought provoking posts on Rod Dreher’s blog. The posts were about cultural decline, rootlessness, commercialism, erosion of the family and familial traditions, and the like. It seems to me that most people (at least most conservative Christian types) have the general feeling that something is amiss. The so called “Christmas War” […]

St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Posted: Monday, June 18th, 2007 @ 9:57 pm in Saints | Comments Off on St. Aloysius Gonzaga

The 21st is the feast of Aloysius Gonzaga, another neglected saint for our day. St. Aloysius is the patron of young people, especially teenagers, and he is truly a saint for our time. He was a prince of the noble Gonzaga family and grew up in late 16th century Italy, which was rife with immorality […]

Feast of the Sacred Heart

Posted: Thursday, June 14th, 2007 @ 2:09 pm in Liturgical Calendar, Prayer, Time After Pentecost | Comments Off on Feast of the Sacred Heart

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Sacred Heat of Jesus. This great feast is a response to heresies which essentially denied the all encompassing love of Christ for us (particularly Calvinism and Jansenism). This feast is primarily about God’s love for us and it is a time to pray for an increase in our own […]

Corpus Christi Sequence

Posted: Sunday, June 10th, 2007 @ 8:41 pm in Liturgy, Saints | 1 Comment »

Before the Gospel reading for Corpus Christi there is a sequence. There are not too many sequences left anymore even in the Tridentine Mass. It seems that there used to be a sequence for every mass, but most of them where cut out at the council of Trent. Only four remained after that, and I […]

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 […]