Category Archives: Scheduled

The Placement of the Corporal – and the Hands

There is a lot that can be written about the corporal — the square piece of linen that is folded and unfolded in a very particular way, set beneath the chalice and paten during the celebration of Mass. In the … Continue reading

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Sundays in Lent – Both/And

My friend, Fr. Zehnle, posted something on Twitter today that I thought was very good: I think he’s responding to the classic Catholic discussion on how the Sundays of Lent are not included in the Lenten season, because if you … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Altar Rails

For me, one of the simplest arguments for having an altar rail along the sanctuary of the Church is an aesthetic one: it just looks better. It brings greater order to the division between sanctuary and nave; it sets off … Continue reading

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What Makes Us Like God

An Italian blog I follow regularly posts a “thought of the day” — a brief but profound passage from the writings of a saint or holy person. This one really struck me: Nothing makes us so alike to God, as … Continue reading

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Lenten Fasting in the Eastern Churches

I’ve already posted a couple of times in the way of encouraging everyone to get ready for Lent by giving up excuses and thinking carefully about what one might give up — not just “doing something extra” or reflexively “giving up chocolate”. … Continue reading

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A New Pipe Organ

Yesterday, following upon the organ builder’s social media posting, we announced on my parish’s social media (here, here) about the contract we recently signed on a new pipe organ with the Noack Organ Co. of Georgetown, Massachusetts. The new instrument … Continue reading

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Wayside Chapels

During my recent trip to Wisconsin I was delighted to learn of a wayside chapel near to where I was staying, which was, itself, amidst the rolling farmland — not far from a big city, but very rural. Now usually, … Continue reading

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Punctuality and the Virtue of Religion

Religion involves our offering to God the worship that is due to him. Because he is our creator, our greatest good, and the end to which we are directed, we owe him (in justice) our worship. Religion is therefore a … Continue reading

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More Good Cloistered Nuns

Last week I made a retreat at the monastery of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Holy Name of Jesus in Denmark, Wisconsin. This was not my first time there, but it was the first retreat I’ve made with them. … Continue reading

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Blessing Enemies – Or Else

“Break thou the arm of the evildoer” (Psalm 10:15). “Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers” (Psalm 35:3). “O God, break the teeth in their mouths” (Psalm 58:6). “Let them be blotted out from the book of the living” … Continue reading

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How Many Intentions Per Mass?

I’ve written before about the Mass “for the people” (pro populo) that pastors are bound to offer on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligations for the sake of their parish(es). But at the other Masses each week, For how many intentions … Continue reading

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Pre-Lent

This Sunday (three Sundays before Ash Wednesday), February 17, 2019, is traditionally known as Septuagesima — Latin for “seventieth” and understood to be approximately the seventieth day before Easter. Septuagesima is the traditional beginning of Pre-Lent. This observance has been abolished in … Continue reading

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