Monthly Archives: June 2013

Without Christ

Fr Leo Clifford OFM Requiescat in pace. Here is a comment made on the webpage linked to above: Fr Leo was a sage and gentle confessor, whose exhortations invariably gave one courage and hope. When I would end a confession … Continue reading

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When The Wind Blows

Does anyone else remember this gem of animation from the 80’s? It is a cleverly crafted tear jerker about a lovely old couple facing up to (nuclear) Armageddon and its immediate aftermath. It was made at the height of cold … Continue reading

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Cardinal Burke: Attention to liturgical norms “an act of profound respect and love for Our Lord”

  Here is a selection of quotations from His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke’s June 28th address “Liturgical Law in the Mission of the Church” at the Sacra Liturgia conference in Rome: “The difference in the approach to the Sacred Liturgy from my … Continue reading

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The Usus Antiquior and the New Evangelisation

At this year’s Sacra Liturgia Conference in Rome, Professor Tracey Rowlands spoke about the Traditional Latin Mass and the New Evangelisation. Here are some highlights of her talk: “I want to argue that the usus antiquior is an antidote to the … Continue reading

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Cardinal Pell: “The Pope does not want the Vatican to be seen as a renaissance court”

One of the eight cardinal advisors of Pope Francis, shares his impressions on the Holy Father’s first 100 days, and envisages a “major re-configuration of the Roman Curia” From Gerard O’Connell in Rome: The cardinal archbishop of Sydney, George Pell, … Continue reading

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St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei

Yesterday, 26th June, was the feast day of Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer who was born in the small town of Barbastro (Aragon), Spain, on 9th January, 1902. He was ordained a priest in Zaragoza, on 28th March 1925. On 2nd October, … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI taking a stroll

God bless our Pope Emeritus! h/t to Rorate Caeli.

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This is a straight lift from Fr Anthony de Mello SJ’s book “One Minute Wisdom”. It speaks volumes to me: A journalist one day asked the Master to name one thing that characterises the Modern World. The Master unhesitatingly replied, … Continue reading

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Film about St Winefride’s Well

Some of you enjoyed a film made by my son about the Dome of Home church in the Wirral. Here’s another he has made, this time about the oldest site of continuous Christian pilgrimage in Great Britain, St Winefride’s Well. … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: General Audience; The Church – the richness that unites everything and everyone. (Full text)

Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received pilgrims and visitors in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday morning for his weekly General Audience. In his catechetical remarks, the Holy Father concentrated on the image of the Church as living temple and People of … Continue reading

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Need for authentic liturgical renewal

As the conference Sacra Liturgia 2013 opened in Rome this week, Bishop  Dominique Rey of Fréjus-Toulon, France, emphasised that the reform of the liturgy after the Second Vatican Council “must not be dismissed as a marginal concern.” The Bishop pointed out … Continue reading

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Fight the Good Fight

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The Birth of St John the Baptist

Here is the Angelus address our beloved Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, gave on this day in 2007: Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today, 24 June, the liturgy invites us to celebrate the Solemnity of the Birth of St John the Baptist, … Continue reading

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Lollipop People

Perhaps the first person you meet when you start at school is the Lollipop man or woman. They are on duty to safely shepherd the little children across the busy and dangerous road outside the school. They are brightly dressed … Continue reading

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The Holy Father: Mass; Respond to Jesus from the heart, and Angelus: Those who serve the truth serve Christ

(Vatican Radio) This morning, Pope Francis celebrated mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae. About 40 apostolic nuncios, who remained in the Vatican after the Pope’s meeting with them on Friday, were present. Commenting on the Sunday Gospel from Luke, in … Continue reading

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