Archive for January, 2008

Catholics in the NYC area

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On February 2, there will be a (traditional) Solemn Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel. The church is located at 230 East 90th Street, between 2nd & 3rd Ave’s.

The traditional blessing of candles will start at 1pm and it will be followed by a procession inside the church. Then follows the Solemn Mass.

Fr. Richard Trezza will be the Celebrant, Fr. Matthew Talarico will be the Deacon and Fr. James Miara will be the Subdeacon.

All are invited and encouraged to attend.

Please, share this information with people who might be intested in attending this Mass.

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The Clergy Conference of the Assyrian Catholic Apostolic Diocese (ACAD) met in Dublin, California, to discuss the current situation and consider future plans for reestablishing communion with other Christians, in order to end their ecclesial isolation.

After praying to the Father and reflecting on the Scriptures and Tradition, the attendees unanimously adopted a “Declaration of Intention” in which they state their resolution “to enter full communion with the Catholic Church” and “to resume church unity with the Chaldean Catholic Church.”  As a result, they foresee that this declaration will initiate a process of negotiation with respective Church authorities to define a concrete model of this union, in which the particularity of our apostolic tradition is preserved. (Read the Rest)

I have always fully supported Ecumenism with Ancient, Apostolic Churches. (Orthodox, Coptic, Ethiopian, etc…). Reunion is a good thing to be prayed for.

Recently on Staten Island the Coptic Orthodox purchased an old Masonic Hall right down the road from my house, and made a truly nice new Church. The Egyptian Christians I have met have been wonderful, devout people. Some of the women have  tattoos of crosses on their wrists, which seems kind of nervy in a Muslim dominated country.

Pictures of Coptic Liturgy:

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Anba Sarabamoun celebrating the Divine Liturgy in Saint Bishoy Monastery. (Tip to Nader)
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The Roman Catechism adds this: “At what age children are to receive the Holy Mysteries no one can better judge than their father and the priest who is their confessor. For it is their duty to ascertain by questioning the children whether they have any understanding of this admirable Sacrament and if they have any desire for it.”

From all this it is clear that the age of discretion for receiving Holy Communion is that at which the child knows the difference between the Eucharistic Bread and ordinary, material bread, and can therefore approach the altar with proper devotion. Perfect knowledge of the things of faith, therefore, is not required, for an elementary knowledge suffices-some knowledge (aliqua cognitio); similarly full use of reason is not required, for a certain beginning of the use of reason, that is, some use of reason (aliqualis usus rationis) suffices.

To postpone Communion, therefore, until later and to insist on a more mature age for its reception must be absolutely discouraged, and indeed such practice was condemned more than once by the Holy See. (St.Pius X, Quam Singulari)

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By Jose Gallegos y Arnosa

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First Communion attended by Konrad Adenauer

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(Jules Breton, 1st Communion)

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Artistic Miscellany II

Artistic Miscellany II…….. (See first Artistic Miscellany)

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Allegory of Redemption by Wolf Huber

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Satan Watching the Sleep of Christ

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Angels Came and Ministered unto Him by James Tissot

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Allegory of the Concordat between Church and France

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Pope Nicholas V in the Grotto of Saint Francis

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Paul III with St. Ignatius

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Emperor Theodosiusis Forbidden entry into church by Saint Ambrose

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Peter Walks on Water by Philipp Otto Runge

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Corpus Christi Procession in Seville

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Saint-Michelde Frigolet Abbey

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Procession in Hofgastein by Adolph Menzel

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Pressed on to Our intent by Charity, that hastens fastest there where the need is greatest, We direct Our first thoughts to those most unfortunate of all nations who have never received the light of the Gospel, or who, after having possessed it, have lost it through neglect or the vicissitudes of time:  Hence do they ignore God, and live in the depths of error.  Now, as all salvation comes from Jesus Christ–for there is no other Name under Heaven given to men whereby we must be saved–Our ardent desire is that the most Holy Name of Jesus should rapidly pervade and fill every land. (Leo XIII, The Reunion of Christendom)

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Fancy Religion

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Hilary’s campaign advisers, (and you thought witches weren’t real!).

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Pope Pius XI at the  Canonization of St. Joan Antida Thouret in 1934.

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Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am?
Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven. (Matt 16:15)

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That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given to them; that they may be one, as we also are one. (John 17:21)

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Laszlo Toth: The man who tried to destroy the Pieta. While being dragged away he said “the statue was pre-Vatican II, and he was updating it to fit the new norms”. He was called crazy, but Cardinal Noe did it a few years later with the Altar of the Throne in St. Peters, and no one tried to stop him.

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Sistine Chapel

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 Pope Pius VII

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St. Pius X
Obedience of New Cardinals




Coronation of Benedict XV

Evidently John Paul II also offered Mass Ad Deum in the Sistine Chapel early in his Pontificate:

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Actions speaking louder than words….

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Just because I’m sick of the politically correct jibber-jabber that passes for politics during an election season (they all suck, the only decent one (Ron Paul) will not win the Republicrat primary, and he said he won’t run as an Independent). So, just to shake things up a bit, some praise for Jefferson Davis, and the death of the small, locally managed Jeffersonian democratic republic he represented (commonly, and erroneously referred to as “states rights”, actually it was much more local).

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Whilst Davis was in prison, Blessed Pope Pius IX sent, to the former President of the Confederate States of America, a crown of Jerusalem thorns hand-woven by the Pope’s own hands which, given their sharpness, he could not have done without drawing blood:

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(Crown of Thorns given to Jefferson Davis by Pio Nono)
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Jefferson Davis

The Sovereign Pontiff also sent his own portrait self-autographed with the Scriptural verse:

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Read rest of post from Roman Christendom).
Also, another interesting article on: Catholicism, Davis, and the Old South.

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Dom Gueranger

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Hatred for the Latin language is inborn in the heart of all enemies of Rome. They recognize it as the bond of Catholics throughout the universe, as the arsenal of orthodoxy against all the subtleties of the sectarian spirit. They consider it the most efficient weapon of the papacy. The spirit of rebellion which drives them to confide the universal prayer to the idiom of each people, of each province, of each century, has for the rest produced its fruits and the reformed themselves constantly perceive that the Catholic people, in spite of their Latin prayers, relish better and accomplish with more zeal the duties of cult than the Protestant people.

At every hour of the day divine worship takes place in Catholic churches. The faithful Catholic who assists leaves his mother tongue at the door. (Post on Angelqeen)

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Holding back the cope:

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The Last Discourse of Christ by James Tissot
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Hear the only sound recordings of GK Chesterton:

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Also, Belloc  (Thank you Jon) http://www.catholic.com/radio/calendar.php?type=month&calendar=1&category=0&month=08&year=2007 to listen to Belloc’s voice. Click on the program from the 14th of the month. It’s about twenty minutes in, if I remember correctly.

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Thou Art There

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If I ascend into heaven, thou art there: if I descend into hell, thou art present. If I take my wings early in the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea: Even there also shall thy hand lead me: and thy right hand shall hold me. (Psalm 138:8)

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Her Apostolic origin is all the more proven especially by these Churches of the East, at the selfsame moment there shines out and is made manifest these Churches’ original, complete unity with the Roman Church. Nothing else, perhaps, is so breathtakingly effective for illustrating the mark of Catholicity in God’s Church than that striking sight of differing forms of ceremonies and noble examples of the tongues of the ancient past – made all the more noble by their use by the Apostles and Fathers – rendering their submission to the Church. (Leo XIII: On the Churches of the East)

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Is New Again!

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In the wake of Benedict….

A Local Parish has decided to implement some “Traditional practices”:

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