Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday of Passion Week

Yesterday was Passion Sunday, the start of a two-week season known as Passiontide, when Holy Mother Church makes the sufferings of our Redeemer her chief thought. All crucifixes, statues, and other images are enshrouded with violet cloth, a reflection of the Gospel for that day (John 8:46-59), in which Jesus “hid himself” from the people. […]


Whereto art thou come?

Well, my fellow pro-lifers, has Bart Stupak enjoyed your support since November 2009? Fellow pro-life Catholics, did you nod approvingly as he responded to Raymond Arroyo’s interview questions? Did you really believe he was pro-life? Silly, silly people. A politician is pro-life only as far as it suits him: Here, the cracks show clearly: And […]


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A Beautiful Lenten Video

Actually, it’s apropos of any time of the Church’s year, but seems especially fitting just now.


Monday, March 15, 2010

By Their Dissention Shall Ye Know Them

Fr. Thomas Euteneuer has a good article up at Catholic Exchange about “dissenters” within the Church, and reserves special criticism, rightly, for clerical dissent. Why on earth anyone would want to become a priest, only to complain about various Church teachings, is beyond me. Nobody’s forcing them even to remain Catholic, let alone go to […]


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Laetare Sunday

So called for the incipit of the Introit, this Fourth Sunday of Lent (tomorrow) was once known simply as the Sunday of the Five Loaves, on account of the Gospel reading of the day (more on that in a moment). [N.B. Since this is my first such post, I should point out that feast days […]


Run, Sister, Run!

Suddenly, nuns are everywhere, and it’s a beautiful thing. When I was growing up, I was terrified of them. They seemed awfully stern, and there was always that ruler they all seemed to carry. I had a habit (don’t even start) of putting my hands in my pockets whenever passing them. But somewhere along the […]


The Exalted Shall Be Humbled

Today’s (Novus Ordo*) reading was from Luke 18:9-14: Two men went up into the temple to pray: the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee standing, prayed thus with himself: O God, I give thee thanks that I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, as also is this […]


Friday, March 12, 2010

A Weight On My Consense

Jimmy Akin, my apologetics role model, has a habit of mispronouncing “omniscient”, and it drives me nuts.  Here, have a listen. Ohm-NIH-shent, Jimmy. Say it with me — and while we’re at it, let’s work on another: schism. It’s SKiz-m, not SIZZ-m. Now, I know you’re going to object, “But it’s the second pronunciation in […]


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