Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Who's buried in Paul's tomb?
Kath.net and Die Welt's Paul Badde reportAccording to reliable sources, Pope Benedict XVI. has given green light for an examination of the interior of
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
10, 9, 8, 7 ...
Fr. Zuhlsdorf at wdtprs posts the following today:
On Wednesday afternoon the Secretary of State, Tarcisio Card. Bertone gave the Motu Proprio to 30 bishops from around the world on Wednesday afternoon in the
. The bishops were explicitly chosen and invited for this. (I am guessing that they were heads of Bishops Conferences.) Pope Benedict XVI later came to the meeting. The document is three pages long, though what the format is in not revealed. The Pope’s accompanying letter is four pages. Apostolic Palace
It is clear from the way this was done that the Holy Father wanted to make sure that bishops got this document in this way, rather than having to read about it in the paper. I assume that what will happen now is that these bishops, if they are heads of conferences, will return home and distribute the document to the bishop members of the conference.
[UPDATE: They are not only heads of conferences: H.E. Archbp. Raymond Burke of
St.Louis and H.E. Sean Card. O’Malley of was there, whether because of this meeting or a coincidental meeting is not clear.] Boston
The general publication is 7 July.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Are you smarter than a catlick?
by Kaitlynn Riely | Catholic News Service
St. Mary's Press Glossary of Theological Terms, composed by Holy Cross Father John T. Ford, evolved from a survey conducted by St. Mary's Press that indicated professors at Catholic colleges noticed a lack of Catholic literacy among their students, said John McHugh, the director of college publishing for St. Mary's Press in Winona, MN.
…The glossary gives definitions for the words and also places them in a wider context, either by explaining the significance of the word in the Catholic faith or by cross-referencing the term with another word. So users of the glossary learn not only what the word means, but also what it means in the context of Catholicism.
Take "zucchetto." The word comes from the Italian "zucca," meaning gourd or head. The zucchetto is the small, round skullcap worn by clergy. Father Ford tells readers that the color of a zucchetto indicates the person's rank. So the pope wears white, cardinals wear scarlet, bishops wear purple and priests wear black.
…Editor's Note: St. Mary's Press Glossary of Theological Terms can be ordered for $15, plus shipping and handling, on the St. Mary's Press Web site at: http://college.smp.org.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
The hills are alive!
The Associated Press
Benedict will spend his July 9-27 holiday in Lorenzago di Cadore, in the Dolomite mountains, the
The private vacation was described as a "period of rest," although the 80-year-old pontiff has two scheduled appearances, on July 15 and July 22, to deliver the traditional Sunday Angelus prayer.
John the Forerunner
What were they thinking?
The one tabernacle should be immovable, be made of solid and inviolable material that is not transparent, and be locked in such a way that the danger of profanation is prevented to the greatest extent possible. Moreover, it is appropriate that, before it is put into liturgical use, it be blessed according to the rite described in the Roman Ritual. -- General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) 314.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Litany of the Precious Blood
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us,
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God, the Holy Ghost,
Holy Trinity, One God,
Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God,
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament,
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony,
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging,
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns,
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross,
Blood of Christ, price of our salvation,
Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness,
Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls,
Blood of Christ, stream of mercy,
Blood of Christ, Victor over demons,
Blood of Christ, courage of martyrs,
Blood of Christ, strength of confessors,
Blood of Christ, bringing forth virgins,
Blood of Christ, help of those in peril,
Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened,
Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow,
Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent,
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying.
Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts,
Blood of Christ, pledge of Eternal Life,
Blood of Christ, freeing souls from Purgatory,
Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honour,
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.
V. Thou hast redeemed us, 0 Lord, in Thy Blood.
R. And made us, for our God, a kingdom.
Let us pray
ALMIGHTY and Eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thy only begotten Son the Redeemer of the world, and willed to be appeased by His Blood. Grant, we beg of Thee, that we may worthily adore this price of our salvation, and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of this present life, so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Grail? My Patron? Naw! Maybe!
Nick Pisa |
An archaeologist has sparked a Da Vinci Code-style hunt for the Holy Grail after claiming ancient records show it is buried under a 6th century church in Rome.The cup - said to have been used by Christ at the Last Supper - is the focus of countless legends and has been sought for centuries.
Alfredo Barbagallo, an Italian archaeologist, claims that it is buried in a chapel-like room underneath the Basilica of San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura, one of the seven churches which Christian pilgrims used to visit when they came to
Mr Barbagallo based his claim on two years spent studying mediaeval iconography inside the basilica and a description of a particular chamber, in a guide to the catacombs written in 1938 by a Capuchin friar named Giuseppe Da Bra.
The friar describes a room of about 20 square metres with a vaulted roof ceiling. "In the corner of a wall-seat there can be seen a terracotta funnel whose lower part opens out over the face of a skeleton," he wrote.
Da Bra then explains that giving liquid refreshment (refrigerium) to the dead was part of ancient funeral rites.
According to Mr Barbagallo, who heads an association called Arte e Mistero [Art and Mystery], this funnel is the Grail.
He also points out to several beautiful mosaics and frescos in the basilica which feature images of the sacred cup.
Mr Barbagallo added that its presence in the church fits the sketchy accounts of its early guardians.
In 258 AD, during a phase of Christian persecution, Pope Sixtus V reportedly entrusted the treasures of the early Church to a deacon called Lawrence, Lorenzo in Italian. This deacon was martyred four days later and since then no one has ever seen the Grail.
Various legends have it that the cup, given the name Holy Grail in the Middle Ages, was taken to different countries - including Britain.
Mr Barbagallo said he believed it never went anywhere, and stayed with St Lawrence in his tomb.
Emperor Constantine built a shrine on the site of
The catacombs where Mr Barbagallo believes the cup to buried come under the authority of the
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
In National League action:
Bishop Brom took 2 of 3 from Cardinal George's Cubbies
(1-4, 1-0, 11-3)
In interleague play:
Cardinal Maida took 2 of 3 from Cardinal Rigali
(12-8, 3-6, 7-4)
Bishop Bradley took 2 of 3 from Cardinal George's White Sox
(4-2, 1-6, 8-7)
Bishop Olmstead swept Cardinal Keeler
(7-3, 8-4, 6-4) Go D-backs!
Archbishop Gregory took 2 of 3 from Bishop Lennon
(5-4, 6-2, 2-5)
Cardinal Egan took 2 of 3 from Bishop DiMarzio
(0-2, 11-8, 8-2)
Cardinal O'Malley swept Archbishop Niederauer
(10-2, 1-0, 9-5)
Archbishop Collins took 2 of 3 from Archbishop Wuerl
(7-2, 7-3, 2-4)
Bishop Vann took 2 of 3 from Archbishop Pilarczyk
(7-6, 4-8, 11-4)
Archbishop DiNardo swept Archbishop Brunett
(5-1, 9-4, 10-3)
Bishop Finn took 2 of 3 from Archbishop Favalora
(6-2, 8-9, 5-4)
Archbishop Dolan took 2 of 3 from Archbishop Flynn
(11-3, 5-2, 9-10)
Archbishop Chaput took 2 of 3 from Bishop Lynch
(12-2, 10-5, 4-7)
Archbishop Burke took 2 of 3 from Bishop Vigneron
(3-14, 15-6, 10-6)
Bishop Brown took 2 of 3 from Cardinal Mahony
(1-2, 3-0, 10-4)
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
A Bishop Speaks
Thanks to Fr. Z for sharing an excerpt from the Most Rev. Arthur J. Serratelli, Bishop of Patterson, NJ, The Loss of the Sacred series.
Living in our world, we breathe the toxic air that surrounds us. Even within the most sacred precincts of the Church, we witness a loss of the sense of the sacred. With the enthusiasm that followed the Second Vatican Council, there was a well-intentioned effort to make the liturgy modern. It became commonplace to say that the liturgy had to be relevant to the worshipper. Old songs were jettisoned. The guitar replaced the organ. Some priests even began to walk down the road of liturgical innovation, only to discover it was a dead end. And all the while, the awareness of entering into something sacred that has been given to us from above and draws us out of ourselves and into the mystery of God was gone.
Teaching about the Mass began to emphasize the community. The Mass was seen as a community meal. It was something everyone did together. Lost was the notion of sacrifice. Lost the awesome mystery of the Eucharist as Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. The priest was no longer seen as specially consecrated. He was no different than the laity. With all of this, a profound loss of the sacred.
Not one factor can account for the decline in Mass attendance, Church marriages, baptisms and funerals in the last years. But most certainly, the loss of the sense of the sacred has had a major impact.
Walk into any church today before Mass and you will notice that the silence that should embrace those who stand in God’s House is gone. Even the Church is no longer a sacred place. Gathering for Mass sometimes becomes as noisy as gathering for any other social event. We may not have the ability to do much about the loss of the sacredness of life in the songs, videos and movies of our day. But, most assuredly, we can do much about helping one another recover the sacredness of God’s Presence in His Church.
Thank you, good Bishop, for beginning this much needed catechesis for laity and cleric alike!
Pope expected to OK Latin Mass
The upcoming motu proprio from the pope provides his personal opinion and isn't imbued with papal infallibility, the Times of London reported.
We are awaiting publication with some anxiety, a senior
The church replaced the old Latin Mass, which dates back to the Middle Ages, with local language masses in the 1960s. The old mass was never banned, but could only be used on special occasions with the permission from a local bishop.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
OLPH Novena begins Monday
Behold at thy feet, O Mother of Perpetual Help, a wretched sinner who has recourse to thee and confides in thee. O Mother of mercy, have pity on me. I hear thee called by all the refuge and the hope of sinners: be then, my refuge and my hope. Assist me, for the love of Jesus Christ; stretch forth thy hand to a miserable fallen creature who recommends himself to thee, and who devotes himself to thy service for ever. I bless and thank Almighty God, who in His mercy has given me this confidence in thee, which I hold to be a pledge of my eternal salvation. It is true that in the past I have miserably fallen into sin, because I had not recourse to thee. I know that, with thy help, I shall conquer. I know, too, that thou wilt assist me, if I recommend myself to thee; but I fear that, in time of danger, I may neglect to call on thee, and thus lose my soul. This grace, then, I ask of thee, and this I beg, with all the fervor of my soul, that in all the attacks of hell I may ever have recourse to thee. O Mary, help me. O Mother of Perpetual Help, never suffer me to lose my God.---3 Hail Marys.
Second Novena Prayer
O Mother of Perpetual Help, grant that I may ever invoke thy most powerful name, which is the safeguard of the living and the salvation of the dying. O purest Mary, O sweetest Mary, let thy name henceforth be ever on my lips. Delay not, O Blessed Lady, to help me, whenever I call on thee; for, in all my temptations, in all my needs, I shall never cease to call on thee, ever repeating thy sacred name, Mary, Mary. O what consolation, what sweetness, what confidence, what emotion, fill my soul when I utter thy sacred name, or even only think of thee. I thank the Lord for having given thee, for my good, so sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name. But I will not be content with merely uttering thy name. Let my love for thee prompt me ever to hail thee, Mother of Perpetual Help.---3 Hail Marys.
Third Novena Prayer
O Mother of Perpetual Help, thou art the dispenser of all the gifts which God grants to us miserable sinners; and for this end He has made thee so powerful, so rich, and so bountiful, in order that thou mayest help us in our misery. Thou art the advocate of the most wretched and abandoned sinners who have recourse to thee: come to my aid, for I recommend myself to thee. In thy hands I place my eternal salvation, and to thee I entrust my soul. Count me among thy most devoted servants; take me under thy protection, and it is enough for me. For, if thou protect me, I fear nothing; not from my sins, because thou wilt obtain for me the pardon of them; nor from the devils, because thou art more powerful than all hell together; nor even from Jesus, my judge, because by one prayer from thee He will be appeased. But one thing I fear: that in the hour of temptation I may through negligence fail to have recourse to thee and thus perish miserably. Obtain for me, therefore, the pardon of my sins, love for Jesus, final perseverance, and the grace ever to have recourse to thee, O Mother of Perpetual Help.---3 Hail Marys.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Dona eis requiem
Backstroking in the Tiber
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Et tu, Ricky?
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
1. Ill people
2. People who arrive at Mass late
4. Off-key singers
5. Headon: Apply directly to the forehead
6. Spilt milk
7. A cold wet dog nose
8. Anonymous hate mail
9. Other OCD sufferers
10. A dead-fish handshake
7a. Puppy dog breath
11. Desert monsoons
12. Tejano music
13. 110 degrees in the shade
14. Anita Moore’s number 4
16. The "two trains leave Chicago at the same time" question
7b. Oreo’s jiggy leg
I tag all anonymous pundits.
Ora pro nobis
God grant him rest
"Two weeks ago I attended a funeral Mass at your church for ... I was duly impressed with the priest who said
I do not know his name. I thought he did an outstanding job having no knowledge or relationship with the deceased or his family except for a short visit prior to the service. I felt he was genuine and expressed his compassion eloquently and thoughtfully presented Christ in an outstanding manner during this mournful time. I know we are all quick to criticize, especially the clergy, but I wanted to take the time to tell he and the staff that assisted him, GOOD JOB! Mass.
It had to be a real challenge, but you handled it admirably."
I appreciate the kind sentiments. Restore all things in Christ.
Monday, June 11, 2007
From Benediction to Barnabas
This morning, the altar was still decorated, so I chose to say the Mass in memory of the martyr Saint Barnabas ad orientem wearing a crimson gothic vestment; the white and yellow lilies, and six candles on the altar offering a beautiful backdrop for the sacred synaxis.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Working in the vineyard of the Lord
George and Joseph
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Preoccupato o pazzo?
La Donna e mobile and dancing the
Tarantella. ... What does it all mean?
Parish Wish List
Corpus Domini in Rome
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
Benedict: The Diplomat
Pope Benedict XVI greets the President of Philippine Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Mexico's President Felipe Calderon in his private apartment at The Vatican
Labels: Benedict XVI
New Saints Simon, Charles, Anne and George
"May these new saints accompany you with their prayers and inspire you by the example of their holy lives," he said.
Heads of state from
The four new saints are: Simon of Lipnica, a monk who lived in 15th century Poland; Charles of St. Andrew, a Dutch preacher who worked in Ireland where he was known as Charles of Mount Argus; Anne Marie Eugenie, who gave her life to religious teaching in 19th century France; and George Preca, a Maltese preacher who died in 1962. – Reuters
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Be sealed with the Holy Spirit
Corpus Christi from Rome
Friday, June 01, 2007
On their recent trip to
A respected Brazilian newspaper columnist insists the pope did not have it with him when he landed in
Merval Pereira, who writes for
The two were allowed to enter the country, but
On Wednesday, federal police in
The Nuncio formally protested the fine with