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Where should the priest look during Mass?

What is a priest supposed to do with his eyes during the celebration of Mass? The question probably seems trifling and frivolous to many, but the answer to it can greatly affect the experience of those assisting and praying at … Continue reading

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Visit of the Incorrupt Heart of St. John Vianney

We will soon be blessed here in Birmingham to host the relic of the incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests. The Knights of Columbus are having the relic tour the country from November to May, … Continue reading

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Working on Holy Days of Obligation

There are five [or six] Holy Days of Obligation each year in the United States: Immaculate Conception (December 8), Christmas (December 25), Mary, Mother of God (January 1), Assumption (August 15), and All Saints (November 1). [In a few regions … Continue reading

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Smartphone in Confession?

A couple of years back, I started to notice an uncanny occurrence: often things that I had spoken about (out loud) during the day would suddenly appear in online ads (e.g., on my Facebook). It didn’t take long for me … Continue reading

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Vesting Prayers in Three Languages

It used to be that a priest was required to say a prayer with each garment that he put on as he prepared for Mass – ordinarily, seven prayers total, including the initial washing of the hands (there is not … Continue reading

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Old Typography

Small details, such as ligatures connecting letters, made typography in past times more aesthetically pleasing – easier on the eyes. It was also an art form: look at that italicized ‘Q’! Most of our computerized fonts today are not in … Continue reading

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Help Send A Good Book to Nicaragua

We recently welcomed a new religious order to the Diocese of Birmingham — the Fraternity Poor of Jesus Christ (link is to their Facebook page). The friars have set up a house at Blessed Sacrament Church, with three friars resident … Continue reading

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Spanish Mass: When the Mass Parts Aren’t

It is an extremely widespread phenomenon that Mass parts sung at Spanish Masses do not have the correct words – that is, the words printed in the Roman Missal; words which, in the case of the main parts of the … Continue reading

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The Purification of the Church

Last weekend in my parish I preached on the current scandals in the Church and our response to them. You may be interested in reading that homily here. In it, I encouraged prayer and fasting for the purification of the Church. … Continue reading

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Updates from the Marbury Nuns

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about the wonderful cloistered Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of St. Jude in the tiny town of Marbury, Alabama (alas, it’s been far too long since I’ve visited them, also). Perusing their (new!) … Continue reading

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Exorcism as An Argument for Infant Baptism

It has long been my sense that, in spite of all of the biblical evidence and the witness of the Fathers, many non-Catholic Christians simply are not open to reason when it comes to the topic of infant baptism. Many of … Continue reading

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Conga Line Lectors

Have you ever been at a Mass (usually a school Mass) where a line-up of people takes part of the same reading or the intercessions? I guess it’s most often done with the responsorial psalm… I jokingly refer to this … Continue reading

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