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New Book

I recently had the opportunity to have dinner with Dr. Peter Kwasniewksi, a professor at the great Wyoming Catholic College and a distinguished writer on many topics relating to our faith — especially the sacred liturgy. His writings are regularly … Continue reading

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Mass for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart

This morning I had Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. My classmate and now-fellow “JCL“, Jenna Marie Cooper, attended and listened attentively to my brilliant homily (ha). Jenna is a consecrated … Continue reading

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Facing God Together, Illustrated

Further to my post from yesterday on ad orientem celebration of Mass, Amy Welborn has posted today a great photograph that illustrates the concept well. It’s in #6 of THIS POST on her blog. Check it out.

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Facing God Together

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski has a fantastic post about Mass celebrated “facing East” (ad orientem) at the New Liturgical Movement blog. Please take a look! Also, see my previous post, Facing Christ.

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Two Pope Saints

In the lead-up to next Sunday’s canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, be sure to check out the official site for the canonization, 2papisanti.org. (The URL is in Italian, but it will load the English page.) In fact, I … Continue reading

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After Hours in the Sistine Chapel

Many people see the Sistine Chapel as part of the Vatican Museum tour: after spending a couple of hours browsing some of the world’s finest artistic treasures, you then find yourself in this exceedingly beautiful chapel – along with (seemingly) about … Continue reading

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Great Cathedral Mystery

Over at Amy Welborn’s blog, I took note of this interesting-looking program on PBS, about the great dome of the Cathedral in Florence, Italy, which was at the time an engineering marvel, and remains such: She highly recommends it. Unfortunately, I … Continue reading

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Don’t Give Up Chocolate

Still stuck on what to give up this Lent? Thinking about giving up chocolate – again, for like the fifteenth year in a row? Wait just a minute! Take the chocolate dish back out of hiding and instead, take a look … Continue reading

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A Visit to the Apostolic Palace

This afternoon I went down to the Apostolic Palace, where some of the new cardinals were receiving visitors in a traditional public reception that follows a consistory. It is the opportunity for “average folks” and “VIPs” alike to meet the … Continue reading

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Give Up Excuses!

Two weeks from right now, we will be winding down our celebration of Mardi Gras and preparing for the next day’s fast, abstinence, reception of ashes, and beginning of a penitential season of conversion: the season of Lent. So we … Continue reading

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Final Public Mass

On this day, February 13th, one year ago – which was Ash Wednesday – Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his final public Mass. As I mentioned in my previous retrospective post, I was fortunate to be among the clergy who distributed … Continue reading

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Benedict, the Rosary, and Prayer

Tomorrow is the first anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s renunciation of the papacy, and already there are a lot of retrospectives, analyses, and other articles being published about it, especially in the Italian press. I have a post that will … Continue reading

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