Tag Archives: Simplicity

Walking the Road to God

A kind reader sent me a book called Walking the Road to God that I had had on my wish list. The author, Father Lawrence Carney, went to the same seminary as me, a year ahead of me. I remember … Continue reading

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Making Prayer a Priority

I have been thoroughly enjoying Cardinal Sarah’s book, God or Nothing, during my retreat this week. And I feel the need to share the following excerpt on prayer (pp. 120-122): * * * How would you describe this life of prayer … Continue reading

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The Way He Might Have Wanted It

…the powerful Aquino family obtained from Pope Innocent IV permission to have Thomas appointed abbot of Monte Cassino without resigning his Dominican habit. When Thomas declined this honor, the Pope expressed a willingness to promote him to the archiepiscopal see … Continue reading

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Pyx Problems

A pyx is the sacred vessel that is used for transporting the Most Blessed Sacrament – usually to bring Holy Communion to someone who is sick. The purpose of this post is not to write about Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion or … Continue reading

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Kids at Mass

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, writing for the New Liturgical Movement, has an excellent article on children and the Traditional Latin Mass. However, I notice that there are several fine points in it that could apply or be helpful also for those young … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

A very Merry Christmas to all readers of my blog! I will remember you in my prayers at my Masses tomorrow. Please pray for me also. Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see: Hail, th’ incarnate Deity! Pleased, as man, with … Continue reading

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A Recipe for Your Christmas Menu

During my three years in Italy I tried a number of delicious dishes, but there is one, which I had towards the end, that really stands out in my mind – for its wonderful flavor, and great simplicity. It is … Continue reading

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Juris Canonici Licentiatus

Juris Canonici Licentiatus – or, basically, “License in Canon Law” – that’s what “JCL” stands for, the degree that I received today, and the letters that I can now put after my name. Thanks to all who have prayed for … Continue reading

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The Pope’s St. Joseph Statue

Via Twitter this morning, I found this photograph of the current St. Joseph “prayer space” or shrine that the Holy Father has set up in his apartment at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, otherwise known as the “Vatican Hotel”. It appears … Continue reading

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Stop the Franciscan Madness!

Was St. Francis of Assisi a proto-environmentalist? Was he a feminist? Did a crucifix really speak to him? Was he rebellious toward Church authority? Did he hold views that were inconsistent with Catholic doctrine? Did he believe that embracing poverty … Continue reading

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Some Italian Pageantry

A lot of Americans applaud Pope Francis’ simplification of papal ceremonial dress, whereby he has eschewed certain things that popes wore for centuries until February 28, 2013. But ours is a fairly casual culture, where even the President often appears in public … Continue reading

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Penance without Prayer

I read somewhere – perhaps on Twitter – “Fasting without prayer is dieting“. That is a very good point! But we could say that penance, in general, should not be without prayer. If we are doing a good Lenten penance … Continue reading

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