Monthly Archives: December 2015

We see Him come and know Him ours

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to save you, Israel Yesterday was of course Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent. It takes its name from the first word of the introit in both the traditional Mass and the new order … Continue reading

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Alfred Delp SJ: Meditation on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Part 2

Today, with Saint Paul, the liturgy names the first prerequisite for making true joy possible: “In Domino [In the Lord]. Gaudete in Domino [Rejoice in the Lord]. Dominus prope est [The Lord is near]” (Phil 4:4-5). Holiness and happiness intrinsically … Continue reading

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Meditation for the Third Sunday of Advent

Originally posted on Alfred Delp: A Self-surrender at the Heart of the World:
Alfred Delp’s prison meditation on the third Sunday of Advent is his most lengthy reflection on the meaning of Advent. Due the length, I aim to divide…

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Part One – Calvary and the Mass – The Confiteor

Fr Richard Heilman PART ONE – THE CONFITEOR by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Ph.D., D.D., LL.D., Litt.D. ” Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”-Luke 23:34. The Mass begins with the Confiteor. The Confiteor is a prayer in … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

All written narrations about the apparitions of the Lady of Guadalupe are inspired by the Nican Mopohua, or Huei Tlamahuitzoltica, written in Nahuatl, the Aztec language, by the Indian scholar Antonio Valeriano around the middle of the sixteenth century. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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Prologue – Calvary and the Mass

From: Fr Richard Heilman December 11, 2015   Be prepared to be incredibly moved by these reflections from Archbishop Fulton Sheen. This is the first segment in an 8 part series that will take you through the Mass in, … Continue reading

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The Next Synod: Married Priests?

From chiesa.espressonline: In mid-February Pope Francis will go to Chiapas, where hundreds of deacons with their wives are pushing to be ordained as priests. And in the Amazon as well the turning point seems to be near. It was all … Continue reading

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Turning St. Peter’s Basilica into a projection screen for climate change panic propaganda

 The ‘light show’ yesterday, on a Solemn Feast of Our Blessed Lady’s Immaculate Conception has caused much dismay. Father Z comments in a much more eloquent way than I would. by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf UPDATE 8 Dec 2015 GMT: I … Continue reading

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Immaculate Virgin: Predestined Before the Ages (An Eastern Orthodox Perspective)

from: Eclectic orthodoxy.  by Fr Aidan Kimel “Most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady, Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary.” Panagia, Achrantos, Theotokos, Aeiparthenos—the titles abound, not only in the private prayers of Eastern Orthodox Christians but … Continue reading

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Therefore He preserved you immaculate

  Benedict XVI goes to the Spanish Steps in Rome on the feast of the Immaculate Conception in 2012 Many girls and women of Italian family background, who are conveniently called Connie in English-speaking countries, will be off to Mass today … Continue reading

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Keeping Christ in Christmas

  Whilst the Vatican mounts the Nativity scene, another beautiful life-size crib in St Peter’s Square, announcing to the world once more the sublime mystery that God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, became Man to redeem us from our sins, … Continue reading

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Meditation for the Second Sunday of Advent

Fr Alred Delp SJ Written in Tegel Prison December 1944  “Surge et sta in excelso—Arise and stand on high” (Bar 5:5). Value or lack of value, depth or lack of depth in human life depends greatly upon life remaining sculptured, … Continue reading

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Meditation for the First Sunday of Advent

Fr Alfred Delp Written in Tegel Prison, Berlin December 1944 The deepest meaning of Advent cannot be understood by anyone who has not first experienced being terrified unto death about himself and his human prospects and likewise what is revealed … Continue reading

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“Today all around us everything indicates that the punishments from God are imminent…”

“Today all around us everything indicates that the punishments from God are imminent: even so – thanks be to God – it is not too late for us. We are capable of impeding them if we believe that this is … Continue reading

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The silent problem within priestly formation…

This is an absolute must-read article that goes some way, actually a long way, to explaining why we find our beloved Faith in the mess that it has become.

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