Tag Archives: Law

A Coherent and Complete System

A priest who begins to learn about the old Rituale Romanum, with its collection of Blessings, may be surprised to notice that no blessing is provided for purificators. There is a blessing for palls (the stiff square that goes on top … Continue reading

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How Much Water in the Wine?

During the preparation of the chalice (see HERE for another interesting post on this topic), the deacon or priest who is doing the preparation is supposed to add some water to the wine. This is done …as the Council of Trent … Continue reading

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Does Friday Penance Bind Gravely?

Today, when this is being posted, is a Friday of Lent — a day of abstinence from meat for all Catholics who have completed 14 years of age. But is it really a sin if one chooses to eat meat anyhow … Continue reading

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The Realism of Moral Manuals

84. Night prayer is the last prayer of the day, said before retiring, even if that is after midnight. That norm, from the General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours, implies that the prayer of Vespers (Evening Prayer) shall … Continue reading

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The Priests’ Sabbath Rest

The concept of a “day off” for a priest is not foreseen in the Code of Canon Law. From there, one can find many reasons against it: “one doesn’t get a day off from being a father”, “you’re just buying … Continue reading

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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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Where do the candles go in a procession?

Worship is not a DIY affair; we can all come up with ways to make it more interesting or “meaningful”, but that is not our place, for we receive it from the Church and her tradition. In recent years, of course, … Continue reading

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Lenten Abstinence for Vegetarians and Vegans

The law on abstinence, which applies to Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent, requires us to abstain from eating any meat on those days. Under current law, broths made from meat may be taken, as long as there … 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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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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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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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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