Here is the oration that the Church prays in the Mass and Office for Sunday after the Ascension: Omnípotens sempitérne Deus: fac nos tibi semper et devótam gérere voluntátem; et majestáti tuæ sincéro corde servíre. Here is my translation: O … Continue reading
What’s in That Prayer? The Collect for the Ascension
Here is the oration that the Church prays in the Mass and Office for the Feast of the Ascension: Concéde, quǽsumus, omnípotens Deus: ut, qui hodiérna die Unigénitum tuum, Redemptórem nostrum, ad cœlos ascendísse crédimus; ipsi quoque mente in cœléstibus … Continue reading
Are You Called to Teach?
For a young college graduate, teaching at Immaculate Heart of Mary School provides a unique opportunity to develop your gifts as an educator in an authentically Catholic environment. You will be teaching students whose parents want the fullness of the … Continue reading
Who Am I?
My name is mentioned only once in the Bible. I was called a “savior” to Israel . . . with a small “s”. I defeated the Moabites and brought 80 years of peace to Israel. I was not a king … Continue reading
What’s in That Prayer? The Collect for the Fifth Sunday after Easter
Here is the oration that the Church prays in the Mass and Office for the Fifth Sunday after Easter: Deus, a quo bona cuncta procédunt, largíre supplícibus tuis: ut cogitémus, te inspiránte, quæ recta sunt; et, te gubernánte, éadem faciámus. … Continue reading
I Visited ‘the Holiest Place in Louisiana,’ Where a Miracle Took Place in 1866
This past weekend I was in Louisiana for Mike Church’s wonderful Congress, “The Fellowship of the Clans.” The event was located in Grand Couteau, in the Cajun part of the state. When my mother found out that I would be … Continue reading
God’s Mercy and Deathbed Conversions
Catholic Stand, Anrhony S. Layne: Does God forgive deathbed converts? Of course. This shouldn’t even be a head-scratcher. However, some people don’t take kindly to the notion that God might allow Johnny-come-latelies into the kingdom. Grumbled @barth_bro on Twitter, “I just … Continue reading
Reviewing Good Pro-Life Arguments with the Help of Hadley Arkes
In “On Overruling Roe,” Dr. Hadley Arkes, Professor of Jurisprudence emeritus at Amherst College, reminds us of the real issues at stake in the abortion debate, and gives us a summary of the good, the bad, and the ugly in the … Continue reading
What’s in That Prayer? The Collect for the Third Sunday after Easter
Here is the oration that the Church prays in the Mass and Office for the Third Sunday after Easter: Deus, qui errántibus, ut in viam possint redíre iustítiæ, veritátis tuæ lumen osténdis: da cunctis, qui christiána professióne censéntur, et illa … Continue reading
Wacky Conspiracy Theories!
Those who naively believe the nonsense served up by mainstream media and government bureaucracies that have long since betrayed the public trust have been programmed to call anything that challenges the accepted narrative a “conspiracy theory.” This they clearly mean … Continue reading
Who Are We?
Our names are linked both in the Canon of the Mass and in being martyred together in Carthage, Africa, in 203. We were young women martyrs but not virgins. One had just given birth, the other was pregnant. The babies … Continue reading
Raising the Dead for Baptism
This was sent to me by John Cartmell. In the brochure, “Father Pierre-Jean De Smet, The Apostle to the Rocky Mountains” (from the book, “The Life of Father De Smet, S.J. by Fr. E. Laveille, S.J.), I was amazed to … Continue reading
What’s in That Prayer? The Collect for Good Shepherd Sunday
This year, by a liturgical concurrence of the annual and sanctoral cycles, today’s Sunday propers are replaced by those of the Feast of Saint Joseph Worker. Still, because of the commemoration of the Sunday, its collect must be prayed in … Continue reading
What’s in That Prayer? The Collect for Low Sunday
Here is the oration that the Church prays in the Mass and Office for Low Sunday, which is, I believe, the Sunday on the Church’s calendar with the most names: Præsta, quǽsumus, omnípotens Deus: ut, qui paschália festa perégimus, hæc, te … Continue reading
Russian Easter Overture and the Cancelling of Real Culture
It would not be right to say that if I don’t listen to Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Festival Overture, it simply is not Easter for me. The Solemnity of Solemnities and our Pasch happens whether or not the great Russian … Continue reading