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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Feast Day of Pope Pius X


Our 259th Pope!

The name Pius is tied for second as the most common Pope name. There were 16 of them, which means Pope Benedict XVI created the tie.

Number one? John - 23 so far (not counting the two John Pauls). In my lifetime I've seen one of each (along with a Paul):

Venerable Pius XII (1939-1958)
Blessed John XXIII (1958-1963)
Paul VI (1963-1978)
John Paul I (1978 - for one month)
John Paul II (1978-2005)
Benedict XVI )(2005 - present)
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Catholics at the Democrat Convention in Denver

From the Catholic News Service:

"WASHINGTON (CNS) -- St. Joseph Sister Catherine Pinkerton of Cleveland is not usually one to seek the spotlight, but she will take center stage at the Democratic National Convention Aug. 27 when she gives the benediction to close the party's third day of business. Sister Catherine, 86, a lobbyist for Network, a national Catholic social justice lobby, will close the convention on the night that Sen. Barack Obama is expected to formally become the party's nominee for president."

Who is NOT invited? Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput. Why? I don't know. Maybe it's because he wrote this.

Or because he says things like:

"(Catholic voters) have historically belonged in huge numbers to the Democratic Party. They could have stood up in former years and demanded that abortion not be part of the platform, but they did not."


"Abortion always, deliberately kills an innocent unborn child. Nobody can honestly claim to be a faithful Catholic and then support a false “right” to abortion; it’s just an elegant way of evading the brutality of what abortion actually does."

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Feast of St. Bernard of Clairvaux


St. Bernard, Doctor of the Church. He is shown here raising troops for the Second Crusade - a crusade that ended in disaster and for which he got blamed.

Best known for reforming the Cistercian Order, and was also instrumental in recognizing and promoting the Knights Templar.

"[A Templar Knight] is truly a fearless knight, and secure on every side, for his soul is protected by the armor of faith, just as his body is protected by the armor of steel. He is thus doubly-armed, and need fear neither demons nor men."
Bernard de Clairvaux, c. 1135, De Laude Novae Militae—In Praise of the New Knighthood[12]
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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Things You Shouldn't Say at Mass


Henry Poole is Here

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops gives two thumbs up to this movie. I might even go see it at the theater. No, not really, but I will rent it when it comes out on DVD...

Catholic Online likes it, too.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Holy Day of Obligation


Here's a hint, Virgo...this is an oil painting done by Titian. It's called "Assumption of the Virgin".
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, August 14

The Order of Mass

There have been some changes made! The USCCB has released the almost official, Vatican approved Order of the Mass, which will be instituted by 2011. So start practicing! Here's the Gloria:

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.