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About Gertrude

Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium.

St. Justin Martyr: Apologist and Father of the Church

June 1st marks the feast day of St. Justin Martyr, an early Father of the Church. He was one of the first apologists for the Christian faith and has been regarded as the leading interpreter of the theory of the … Continue reading

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One is Simon, the other is Peter?

From: http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2016/05 One is Simon, the other is Peter? – Gänswein: Papacy was changed in 2013 into an “expanded” Petrine Office with two members. – Does this confirm the Socci-Messori thesis of a papal diarchy? Double-Headed Church? Edward Pentin’s latest … Continue reading

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Day of Great Reparation

According to the writings of Mother Mectilde, the following Day of Reparation takes place on the Thursday of Sexagesima week. Since tomorrow will be Quinquagesima and thus the prelude to Lenten Observance, we have passed the ‘Day of Reparation’ for … Continue reading

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The Mandatum: let’s not be hard on Pope Francis

by Joseph Shaw. Chairman, Latin Mass Society. It is tempting to see the decree allowing women’s feet to be washed on Maundy Thursday as an indication of an acceleration of liturgical decay underway with Pope Francis, following his breaking of … Continue reading

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Pope Francis opens Holy Thursday foot-washing rite to women

From: The Catholic Herald Pope Francis washes the foot of a prison inmate during Holy Thursday Mass in 2013 (CNS) The Holy Father broke convention in 2013 when he washed women prisoners’ feet Pope Francis has issued a decree changing … Continue reading

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Hopes and Fears for 2016 – Deacon Nick Donnelly.

By kind permission of the Editor, Catholic Voice, Ireland. http://www.catholicvoice.ie by Deacon Nick Donnelly At this time of year I observe a personal tradition that my wife and I began over ten years ago as a way of preparing spiritually … Continue reading

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Sermon for the Feast of the Epiphany 2016

by Father Richard G. Cipolla St. Mary’s Norwalk, Connecticut “And behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they … 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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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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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. https://afkimel.wordpress.com  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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The silent problem within priestly formation…

Originally posted on Listening in the Desert:
Do you remember Fr Dan Fitzpatrick? You know – the priest who 6 months ago publicly threatened to sue me when I pulled him up on calling the Holy Spirit “she”? A few day…

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