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Friday, February 29, 2008

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

William F. Buckley, Jr.

William F. Buckley, Jr. died today. He was one of my heroes, and a devote Catholic.

He was a great writer, thinker, and a staunch conservative. He is responsible for the conversion of the brilliant Ramesh Ponnuru and Larry Kudlow. Say a prayer for his soul today. I know I will.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Who's #1?

We are. Not only that, we're bigger than the next FIFTEEN congregations COMBINED.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Dream BIG!


I doubt it will happen. As we all know animals can't even get to heaven, much less be Pope.
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Friday, February 15, 2008

Feast of St. Claude de la Colombiere


OK, I know what you're thinking...WHO? I didn't know either but he's a heck of an interesting guy.

1) He was born in Grenoble, France in 1641. I have visited Grenoble three different times, but still hadn't heard of him until today.

2) According to the website Catholic Forum, his name means, "Lame One". No explanation is given.

3) He was thrown in the hoosegow for supposedly being part of the Titus "Oakes Plot", in which Catholics were accused of trying to kill King Charles II. Oakes was a scoundrel of the first degree - he was thrown out of practically every school he attended and fired from every job he attempted. He even tried to become a Jesuit but was thrown out. He was given a second chance by the delightfully named Father Strange. After being thrown out again, he teamed up with the equally delightfully named Anglican divine, Israel Tonge, to create the bogus conspiracy.

4) St. Claude was saved from martyrdom by King Louis XIV, but was still beaten, pilloried, and whipped. King Louis XIV was a descendant of King Louis IX, the guy we call St. Louis.

5) St. Claude was a confidant of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, who Christ (in a vision to her) called " the Beloved Disciple of the Sacred Heart."

6) When St. Claude died, St. Margaret had another vision, telling her that she was wasting her time praying for his soul - he was already in heaven.

7) He is considered a "dry" martyr - that is, he suffered every type of torment for his faith but death.

8) St. Claude was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1992.
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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Feast of St. Cyril


St. Cyril (who was known though out his life as Constantine) and his brother Methodius are credited with Christianizing the Slavs. When we think of missionaries we tend to think of men and occasionally women roaming the hillsides preaching all the time, maybe handing out some biblical tracts. The problem these brothers had was that at the time, the Bible had not been translated into the Slavic language. Why? Because they didn't have an alphabet.

No problem! Cyril and Methodius invented one. It's called the Glagolitic alphabet, and was invented around 862AD.
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The Bishop and the Don


When mafia kingpin Crocifisso Emmanuelo died in Sicily, his family wanted to have a Requiem Mass said at the Cathedral of Piazza Amerena.

Bishop Michelle Penissi said, "No". Translating from the Italian to English, he said, "No".

"Men of the Church must do their bit to fight the Mafia," said Bishop Pennisi, according to BBC News.

What's gotten into these Bishops? Do they intend to, you know, do what's best for the Church or something?
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Friday, February 08, 2008

Knights of Columbus FISH FRY TONIGHT @ St. Mary's

What do the Knights of Columbus do besides fry fish? We are just like the Stonecutters.

Feast of St. Richard of Lucca, February 7


St. Richard was married to another saint, St. Wuna. I think when St. Wuna got pregnant, they had a discussion like this:

St. Wuna: "What should we name the baby?"

St. Richard: "Well, if it's a boy, I like Robert and Ronald. For a girl, I like Rachel. What about you?"

St. Wuna: "I like Willibald and Winnibald. A girl's name I like is Walburga."

St. Richard: "Yes, dear."

And so it was. St. Richard and St. Wuna had three chldren named Willibald, Winnibald, and Walburga. ALL THREE BECAME SAINTS! I imagine those kids cleaned their rooms without having to be asked a million times.

Oh, and their uncle was St. Boniface (whose real name was Winfrid).

The photo is from a shrine to St. Walburga (from the left, Sts. Richard, Willibald, Walburga, Winnibald, and Wuna).
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Saturday, February 02, 2008

A Sacrament in the Hand is Worth...

The Secretary for the Congregation for Divine Worship has called for reconsidering the whole idea of priests handing you the Eucharist. Kids, believe it or not there was a time that to receive communion you had to be kneeling down and the priest actually placed it on your tongue. Things changed (although I'm not sure when it changed, I'm betting right after Vatican II). But now Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendig thinks a review is in order.

What is the Congregation of Divine Worship? What do they do?

From Wikipedia:

The Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus, issued by Pope John Paul II on June 28 1988 lays down the functions of the congregation, including:

the regulation and promotion of the liturgy, primarily of the sacraments
the regulation of the administration of the sacraments, especially regarding their valid and licit celebration
promoting liturgical pastoral activity, especially regarding the celebration of the Eucharist
the drawing up and revision of liturgical texts
reviewing particular calendars and proper texts for the Mass and the Divine Office
granting the recognitio to translations of liturgical books and their adaptations
promoting the liturgical apostolate or sacred music, song or art
ensuring that liturgical norms are accurately observed, and that abuses are avoided and eliminated where they are found to exist.
examining the fact of non-consummation in a marriage and the existence of a just cause for granting a dispensation.
examining cases concerning the nullity of ordination.
regulating the cult of relics, the confirmation of heavenly patrons and the granting of the title of minor basilica
giving assistance to bishops so that the prayers and pious exercises of the Christian people may be fostered and held in high esteem