Tag Archives: Saints

Coming Up: Blessing of Wine

This Thursday, December 27, is the Feast of St. John the Evangelist. And the Roman Ritual gives us a special blessing connected with his feast day: the blessing of wine! I’m happy to share here a PDF that I created with … Continue reading

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Rorate Mass

At the kind instance of a parishioner, I scheduled a Rorate Mass this year. Not only had I never been to one of these Masses; I had not celebrated one either. I did it as a High Mass (Missa Cantata), … Continue reading

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A Meditation on One of the Requiem Chants

Our mid-day Mass for All Souls here at the Cathedral of St. Paul will have a simple musical accompaniment: a chant schola singing the Church’s beautiful requiem propers. In my homily, which I copy below, I reflect on a surprising … 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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Seven Sisters: A Great Gift

An extremely generous and kind parishioner notified me a little while back that she was intending to set up a Seven Sisters Apostolate group to pray for me. Today she sent me the names of those who are praying, 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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Arnaud Beltrame, Great Hero

I apologize for the radio silence of recent months — it’s not that I haven’t had ideas of things to post about, it’s just that I usually do not have the time to do so or, when I do, I … Continue reading

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Images above Altars

I’ve been on my annual retreat this week, which I am making in a beloved city in Mexico. During this time I have been sharing some photos on social media. One, in particular, generated some comment: Some have wondered not … Continue reading

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Is the daily Rosary a guarantee of heaven?

Are we guaranteed to go to heaven simply by praying the Rosary faithfully each day? Depending on which quotations (prooftexts?) you read from the saints, you might be led to think that. Many publications quote such things precisely to encourage … Continue reading

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A Heart for Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph has worked great miracles in my parish, starting with a major (and urgent) exterior renovation that was completed in the past couple of years – and many other things besides. In recent months I’ve been reflecting upon how … Continue reading

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Praying to St. Joseph for Priests

Another Solemnity of St. Joseph is upon us — normally celebrated today, but transferred to Monday the 20th this year because of today’s being a Sunday. Devotion to St. Joseph has been growing in the Church over the last century. … Continue reading

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Norcia

No doubt, by now, you have heard the news about the damage done in the idyllic central Italian town of Norcia by the recent earthquakes. At first there was only damage but not total destruction… but then there were more … Continue reading

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