Monthly Archives: September 2013

St. Jerome: September 30th.

by David Werling St. Jerome by Albrecht Dürer, 1521 St. Jerome Confessor, Doctor of the Church In the midst of the Church he opened his mouth: and the Lord filled him with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding: He clothed … Continue reading

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Beggar On A Beach Of Gold

I like this song. (If you cannot follow the lyrics, you can find them on the internet.) We live in a world where demanding our rights trumps the simpler and more effective asking of favours. If only we could see … Continue reading

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Collect of the Day: Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael and the Devil by Raffaello Sanzio, 1518   The Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel (Michaelmas) Bless the Lord, all ye His Angels: you that are mighty in strength, and execute His word, hearkening to the voice of … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Love Is to Give, Love Is to Ask By Monsignor Francesco Follo  1)     A lesson to live the present and a bewildering command The first reading and the gospel of the Roman Liturgy about the parable of the poor Lazarus … Continue reading

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The siege of Homs: Faith, hunger and the cold

from: Destruction in Homs The testimony of Jesuit priest Van der Lugt who has spent fifteen isolating months standing by the poor in the Bustan al-Diwan neighbourhood of the Syrian city of Homs Giorgio Bernardelli Rome “For the past fifteen … Continue reading


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The phoney war in the Church: five linguistic thoughts on THAT interview

from: Like speed, language is also war. It’s the stuff of propaganda. It’s the stuff of rousing pre-battle speeches and of post-battle excuses. It’s the handiwork of spies and the tool of diplomats. Yes, language is war in every … Continue reading

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St. Vincent De Paul – September 27th.

St. Vincent was born of poor parents in the village of Pouy in Gascony, France, about 1580. He enjoyed his first schooling under the Franciscan Fathers at Acqs. Such had been his progress in four years that a gentleman chose … Continue reading

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Are you saved?” No, but I’m working on it …

from:   From a traditional mission priest and friend of Rorate: Let us focus our attention on the difference between Redemption and Salvation. Over the last 50 years or so there has been much confusion over who is saved … Continue reading

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Fr Wilfrid Faber: the author who John XXIII read before bedtime

from: The unfairly maligned founder of the London Oratory died 150 years ago By Fr Julian Large Fr Wilfrid Faber once said: ‘I walk down the street in my habit and I feel I dispel invincible ignorance wherever I go’ Preaching … Continue reading

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Sts. Cosmas & Damian: September 26th.

Sts. Cosmas & Damian were twins and early Christian martyrs born in Arabia who practised the art of healing in the seaport of Aegea (modern Ayas) in the Gulf of Issus, then in the Roman province of Syria. They accepted … Continue reading

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Does the Orthodox Church predate the Catholic Church?

from: I got an email from an Orthodox Christian that said: >>>>>>Also, you refer to the Eastern Orthodox Church as being “almost as old as the Catholic Church.” Since Christianity began in the East, and the patriarchates of Jerusalem, … Continue reading

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Wednesday General Audience: On the Unity of the Church (Full text)

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the “Creed” we say “I believe in One …  Church,” that is, we profess that the Church is one and this Church is, in herself, unity. However, if we look at the Catholic Church in … Continue reading

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A false dichotomy

Video transcript: The Pope’s Interview Many words have been spoken and much ink has been spilled these past few days about the Pope’s recent interview that the media ran wild with. But something to keep in mind is this – … Continue reading

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Continuity and Discontinuity in Liturgy and Theology

from: by Peter Kwasniewski The fundamental problem in modern Catholic theology, as in modern Catholic worship and life, is rupture and discontinuity with Tradition—that is, the modernism of breaking with the living identity of the past by introducing novelties of … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Mercy: September 24th

Our Lady of Mercy. On the 24th of September we have the Feast to Our Lady of Mercy. Beautiful and consoling title! Our Lady and her Son are so great that we cannot possibly designate only one or two days … Continue reading

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