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The lukewarm soul

When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies, it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die. But if the wicked, turning from the wickedness he has committed, does what is right and … 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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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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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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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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Don’t mess with “gay marriage”

Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula. Quite a few places in Australia’s south bear pretty French names, largely due to the fact that Britain and France were in a race in the 18th century to chart or lay claim to bits of the … Continue reading

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Why this Muslim admires the Catholic Church | Strange Notions website

The admirational Muslim in this instance is not the Sheikh, but Tamer Nashef, an Israeli Muslim researcher and writer with postgraduate degrees in English literature from the University of Haifa. First, allow me to start this short article with what might … Continue reading

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I syng of a mayden

For the whole of October every year Our Lady is commemorated under her beautiful title of Our Lady of the Rosary. The Rosary, of course, has been probably the most widespread of the Church’s devotions among numerous saints and also … Continue reading

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8 September, the Nativity of Our Lady

Below is a video about pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Health at Vailankanni in the state of Tamil Nadu, in mainland India’s lowest southern region. The Lourdes of the East, as it is often called and … Continue reading

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The Church is Holy

A little vid which might cheer some of us up a bit, with some help from Gustav Holst. It did me, just a moment ago. The church, of Our Lady of Lourdes, is that built in 1928 by French priests … Continue reading

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Other clericalisms: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

For me frequent recent (under this papacy) and less frequent (under previous papacies) accusations of clericalism have always inspired a kind of emotional neutrality. It depended on what kind of “clericalism” was intended. Father Michael Chua finds in today’s readings … Continue reading

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O Sacred Banquet!

A little late for Corpus Christi last Thursday, I know. (How is it we don’t have Corpus Christi Sunday? Just like Ascension Thursday Sunday?) O sacrum convivium (Francisco Guerrero, 1528 – 1599, of Seville). It is the Magnificat antiphon for … Continue reading

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A well-rehearsed media pantomime, part 2

Vexilla Regis has posted his second post on the subject of the long-lived attempts of the Australian secularist “lifestyle” media to destroy Cardinal George Pell: And even Damian Thompson is picking up the topic: But remember you saw … Continue reading

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A well-rehearsed media pantomime

Some may have noticed this week that the usual committed secularist media in Australia have recently again set out to “get” Cardinal George Pell. Well, no surprises there. Strident secularist forces and certain like-minded Catholics have been together at this … Continue reading

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Remain in Him – Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B

Today’s Epistle and Gospel readings are both by John, while the first reading from Acts leads us briefly to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Gentiles. As often, the readings written by John dwell on the love of … Continue reading

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