Monthly Archives: June 2012

Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Juana Inés de la Cruz

As a response to the US Bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom, I’ve invited a few friends to supply appropriate essays on women who have exemplified the faith in the face of persecution, even at the hands of religious authorities. Today, my … Continue reading

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RDCA IV, 6-8: Erecting an Altar

Sections 6 through 11 of this chapter address how an altar is built and presented in a church. 6. It is desirable that in every church there be a fixed altar and that in other places set apart for sacred … Continue reading

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Our dog passed away today. She was one of the best dogs: rarely barked, always protective, even of the cats. My wife and I had been monitoring her growths closely. She hasn’t been quite as enthusiastic about being outside the … Continue reading

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Funeral Vestments for Madison

I noted the discussion on PrayTell about funeral vestment colors in southern Wisconsin. That territory is well-traveled on this blog. My own sense is that the monochromatic vestments seen in too many parishes do not do justice to the Mass. … Continue reading

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Archbishop Thrown Under The Bus?

Reform2 archbishop Gus De Noia gets a position with the Ecclesia Dei commission.  Word comes the same day the SSPX middle finger is leaked from the schismatic group. According to the SSPX secretary general, the pope was prepared to accept … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Hildegard of Bingen

Paralleling the USCCB Fortnight for Freedom, today’s worthy woman alternative is the doctor-to-be, Hildegard of Bingen. Her apostolate as a musician and composer is the most interesting aspect of her life … to me anyway. Others admire her as a mystic, … Continue reading

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RDCA IV, 5: The Altar Honors Martyrs

Not only is the altar a sign of Christ and a locus for the Paschal meal, but the altar is, in a very real way, a memorial for martyrs to the faith. Read this section: 5. All the dignity of … Continue reading

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