Monthly Archives: December 2015

Profanation and Apostasy

This excellent short article by David Martin, and published on A Catholic Life just after Christmas, challenges some of the questions and opinions that have come up in comments on CP&S. It also raises many of the worrisome issues that have … Continue reading

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What Can We Learn From The Hidden Years of Our Lord?

Tomorrow, on the Feast of the Holy Family, Christians reflect on the years Our Blessed Lord spent in the company of His Most Holy parents, the Blessed Virgin Mary and Blessed Saint Joseph, for the first thirty years of His … Continue reading

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See the Word is Incarnate

The words for this were written by Welsh-born Dr Godfrey Goodman (1582-1656), Dean of Rochester and later Bishop of Gloucester. At his death he professed that he had returned to the Catholic Church.

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Open the Door of your Heart to the Christ-Child

“God has done everything; He has done the impossible: He was made Flesh. His all-powerful love has accomplished something which surpasses all human understanding: the Infinite has become a child, has entered the human family. And yet, this same God … Continue reading

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The Moral of the Incarnation

by Bishop Ehrler, 1891 “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people: for this day is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David” – … Continue reading

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Christian convert from Islam: terrorists ‘are simply applying the Koran to the letter’

     I was a Muslim, an imam’s son, married to a Muslim. I converted to Christ “It doesn’t matter whether I’m French or Algerian; I’m a citizen of Heaven” From Aleteia: Tahar, a truck driver, born in France in … Continue reading

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Rorate Sunday

Desert dew  A little study on my part has revealed that yesterday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, has been sometimes called Rorate Sunday in times past and even present. This is to be distinguished from Rorate Masses, which refer to Votive Masses of … Continue reading

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Meditation for the Fourth Sunday of Advent  – Fr Alfred Delp SJ

Written in Tegel Prison, Berlin December 1944 Threefold Bondage and Liberation The same thing applies to the Advent of prayer as to the Advent of life. All hopes and all hindrances are rolled together into one great weight just before … Continue reading

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The O Antiphons – a little indulgence.

Please forgive me. Having already posted on the ‘O’ Antiphons, I really could not resist (with my historians hat on) this scholarly summation. From:  http://aclerkofoxford.blogspot.co.uk   The O Antiphons in Middle English: ‘To þe we clepe with alle owre hert … Continue reading

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Part Five – Calvary and the Mass – The Communion

Fr Richard Heilman   by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Ph.D., D.D., LL.D., Litt.D. “I thirst.”-John 19:28. OUR Blessed Lord reaches the communion of His Mass when out from the depths of the Sacred Heart there wells the cry: “I thirst.” … Continue reading

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The O Antiphons

Today the Great ‘O’ Antiphons begin. I have yet to find a better explanation than the following (even though we have posted on them before – see below)  by Dame Catherine Wyebourne at http://www.benedictinenuns.org.uk/   Every day at Vespers (Evening … Continue reading

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Part Four – Calvary and the Mass – The Consecration (Ven. Fulton Sheen)

Fr Richard Heilman PART FOUR – THE CONSECRATION by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Ph.D., D.D., LL.D., Litt.D. “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me!”-Matt. 27:46. THE Fourth Word is the Consecration of the Mass of Calvary. The first … Continue reading

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Fr Alfred Delp SJ: meditation on the third Sunday of Advent – final extract

The honesty with which man should be true to himself is an intrinsic selflessness. Through this selflessness, he should not become a disinterested and uninteresting Nirvanist, but should transcend himself by expressing his openness to God in readiness, service, and … Continue reading

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Part Three – Calvary and the Mass – The Sanctus (Ven. Fulton Sheen)

from:     http://www.romancatholicman.com Fr Richard Heilman PART THREE – THE SANCTUS by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Ph.D., D.D., LL.D., Litt.D. “Woman, behold thy son . . . behold thy mother.”-John 19:26-27. Five days ago our Blessed Lord made a triumphal … Continue reading

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Fr Alfred Delp SJ: Meditation on the third Sunday in Advent, Part 3

In order for man to attain to this density of life and ascend to this capability of deep breath and deep joy, a great conversion is needed, a great transformation of his being. This will be the result of individual … Continue reading

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