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Archive for November, 2007


Posted: Wednesday, November 21st, 2007 @ 11:52 am in Culture, Prayer | Comments Off on Thanksgiving

To some extent Thanksgiving grew out of the old European custom of celebrating Martinmas.  It was standard practice to go to mass in the morning before the feasting and festivities began.  Even though Thanksgiving is no longer tied to Martinmas (or any mass), it would still be a great idea to go to morning mass […]

The End of Time

Posted: Monday, November 19th, 2007 @ 5:06 pm in Liturgical Calendar, Time After Pentecost | Comments Off on The End of Time

It’s hard to believe we are already almost back to Advent. These last weeks of the liturgical year are symbolic of the end of the history, reminding us to be mindful and prepared for our Lord’s second coming, His coming of judgment. Of course this coincides with the natural season, with the weather growing cold, […]

Something to Strive For

Posted: Monday, November 12th, 2007 @ 10:06 pm in Personal | Comments Off on Something to Strive For

The following is a description of Monsignor Klaus Gamber given in the preface to his book The Reform of the Roman Liturgy. It struck me that we should hope to have this apply to us. It seems esspecially appropriate for husbands and fathers (maybe because I am a husband and father). “…he went about his […]

Feast of Saint Martin

Posted: Friday, November 9th, 2007 @ 9:15 am in Liturgical Calendar, Saints, Time After Pentecost | 2 Comments »

The 11th is the Feast of St. Martin of Tours, also known as Martinmas. Due to its proximity to harvest and wine making time, and the popularity of St. Martin, this feast is like a Catholic Thanksgiving. The most common St. Martin story is that he once cut his cloak in half to give to […]

Religious Customs in the Home

Posted: Saturday, November 3rd, 2007 @ 9:42 pm in Culture, Liturgical Calendar | Comments Off on Religious Customs in the Home

From Fr. Francis X. Weiser’s Religious Customs: Families who observe the feasts with joyful home celebrations, based on the religious thoughts of the season, will certainly never have to complain that their youngsters find home life dull and uninteresting.  The modern trend of seeking shallow amusements outside the home is due mostly to the ignorance […]