"It tried to kill me so I ate it."
Monday, June 30, 2008
One can see how easy these are to make. Just show up at the printing shop with a nice pen and ink print. They can enlarge and print it on different materials for indoor or outdoor use. Sometimes it takes the laity to do this sort of thing (so do it!).
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Just goes to show how a petition drive can work: (http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/pro_lingua_latina/).
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Peregrinatio hac scopum habet honorandi augustam memoriam Pii PP XII, cuius obitus commemorabitur 9 octobris adveniente quinquaginta annis transactis. Devoti huius Romani Pontifici omnes cordialiter convocati sunt ut adunentur Romae ad participandum in omnibus praevisis actibus. Ii quibus eventus hoc interesse potuerit id notum faciant Sodalitio Internationali Pastor Angelicus ad ulteriores habendas relationes.
This International Roman Pilgrimage has the purpose of honouring the holy memory of Pope Pius XII on the 50th Anniversary of his death, on the forthcoming 9th of October. All his devotees are cordially convoked to meet in Rome to participate in the several ceremonies that have been organized. Those who may be interested in taking part in this event, please contact the Solatium Internationale Pastor Angelicus for further information.
Facebook has a My Events page for this: Peregrinatio Romana Internationalis pro Pio PP XII
Conventus in Sanctae Sedis Aula Diurnariis edocendis adunatus ad nuntiandos inceptos pro commemoratione Quinquagesimi anni a Pio PP XII obitu: http://18.104.22.168/news_services/bulletin/news/22312.php?index=22312&lang=it - Press Conference held in the Holy See Press Office to announce initiatives for commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of Pope Pius XII’s death: http://22.214.171.124/news_services/press/vis/dinamiche/a0_en.htm - Conférence de Press
So parish building committees and architectural firms continue to build the most discordant places of worship one can imagine (even in Catholic countries such as Italy, Poland, Spain, etc).
Here's a fine church which could be reproduced with ease anywhere and on budget. If you're on the parish building committee than consider this one in La Storta, just northwest of Rome with its attached school and rectory (p.s. Eugene Cardinal Tisserant is buried here).
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Holy Hill is worth a visit. It's a wondrous Carmelite shrine on a hill in the woods and crop land near Milwaukee (you can even smell the hops as you drive through the brewing centre!). I once made a pilgrimage there with friends in about 1999. We prayed there for Reggie and his ministry. Please pray for his health. Born in 1939, he's been working in the Vatican for 40 years!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Whether the Vestments of the Ministers Are Fittingly Instituted in the Church?
"I answer that, The vestments of the ministers denote the qualifications required of them for handling Divine things. And since certain things are required of all, and some are required of the higher, that are not so exacted of the lower ministers, therefore certain vestments are common to all the ministers, while some pertain to the higher ministers only. Accordingly it is becoming to all the ministers to wear the amice which covers the shoulders, thereby signifying courage in the exercise of the Divine offices to which they are deputed; and the alb, which signifies a pure life, and the girdle, which signifies restraint of the flesh. But the subdeacon wears in addition the maniple on the left arm; this signifies the wiping away of the least stains, since a maniple is a kind of handkerchief for wiping the face; for they are the first to be admitted to the handling of sacred things. They also have the narrow tunic, signifying the doctrine of Christ; wherefore in the Old Law little bells hung therefrom, and subdeacons are the first admitted to announce the doctrine of the New Law. The deacon has in addition the stole over the left shoulder, as a sign that he is deputed to a ministry in the sacraments themselves, and the dalmatic (which is a full vestment, so called because it first came into use in Dalmatia), to signify that he is the first to be appointed to dispense the sacraments: for he dispenses the blood, and in dispensing one should be generous.
But in the case of the priest the stole hangs from both shoulders, to show that he has received full power to dispense the sacraments, and not as the minister of another man, for which reason the stole reaches right down. He also wears the chasuble, which signifies charity, because he it is who consecrates the sacrament of charity, namely the Eucharist.
Bishops have nine ornaments besides those which the priest has; these are the stockings, sandals, succinctory, tunic, dalmatic, mitre, gloves, ring, and crozier, because there are nine things which they can, but priests cannot, do, namely ordain clerics, bless virgins, consecrate bishops, impose hands, dedicate churches, depose clerics, celebrate synods, consecrate chrism, bless vestments and vessels.
We may also say that the stockings signify his upright walk; the sandals which cover the feet, his contempt of earthly things; the succinctory which girds the stole with the alb, his love of probity; the tunic, perseverance, for Joseph is said (Gen. xxxvii. 23) to have had a long tunic, - talaric, because it reached down to the ankles (talos), which denote the end of life; the dalmatic, generosity in works of mercy; the gloves, prudence in action; the mitre, knowledge of both Testaments, for which reason it has two crests; the crozier, his pastoral care, whereby he has to gather together the wayward (this is denoted by the curve at the head of the crozier), to uphold the weak (this is denoted by the stem of the crozier), and to spur on the laggards (this is denoted by the point at the foot of the crozier). Hence the line:
Gather, uphold, spur on
The wayward, the weak, and the laggard.
The ring signifies the sacraments of that faith whereby the Church is espoused to Christ. For bishops are espoused to the Church in the place of Christ. Furthermore archbishops have the pallium in sign of their privileged power, for it signifies the golden chain which those who fought rightfully were wont to receive."
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
-Optatam Totius (Decree on the Training of Priests) of Vatican Council II, 1965.
"Emulation in seeking and propagating the truth is not suppressed, but is rather stimulated and given its true direction by commending the teaching of St. Thomas."
-Pius XII, Address to Seminarians, 1939.
"Let (teachers) listen with respect to the Doctors of the Church, among whom St. Thomas Aquinas holds a principal place. For so great is the power of the angelic Doctor's genius, so sincere his love of truth, and so great his wisdom in investigating the deepest truths, illustrating them, and linking them together with a most fitting bond of unity, that his teaching is a most efficacious instrument not only for safeguarding the foundations of the faith, but also in gaining the fruits of healthy progress with profit and security."
-Paul VI, Address to Pontifical Gregorian University, 1964.
With the lovely summer breeze of Latinum we had a little celebration on the balcony in honor of the Solemn Pontifical Mass just sung in London by our favorite Columbian prelate from the Roman Curia. Such history in the making every day of the year.
To celebrate, booze and tobacco were on the table. With an old Vauen pipe purchased in Bonn where Fr. Ratzinger taught, with toasted cavendish tobacco and some real Scotch Whisky (go Scotland!) aged 18 years (it was a gift worth gold picked up at Tokyo International Airport), it was a special moment of thanksgiving and gratitude.
Brilliant to so see the scarlet cardinalatial cappa magna! Makes me think of the Rev. Mr. Harold Hughesdon of the R.A.F. who was a nine-year old altar boy in Westminster Cathedral in the twenties back in the day. Like he used to sometimes say: Per Ardua ad Astra (Through Struggles to the Stars)!
Catholics, know Canon 1398 from the Codex (Code of Canon Law):
"Qui abortum procurat, effectu secuto, in excommunicationem latae sententiae incurrit."
"A person who procures a successful abortion incurs an automatic (latae sententiae) excommunication."
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
After a tricky exam today I exited the Dominican University and low and behold, the President of the United States of America was about to drive by! Making a quick dash up to the park overlooking the street called the Villa Aldobrandini (the best place to see presidential motorcades as they make their way to the home of the President of Italy, the Quirinale Palace), I got a few great photos which I will later post.
Ostensibly gathering for the pâté, I've had so many Europeans approach me while at parties and the like only to corner me and then rail on President Bush ad infinitum. Knowing they get most of their formation from the secular media, I simply smile and give a polite nod of affirmation at their energy.
But then when they don't stop, as they often never do, I feed 'em with some good-old-Texan talk like so: "Weller first of all, ya'll better know just one ting and tat is his real name and it ain't no Bush 'cause it's a GW Bush, Junior. I've voted for GW twice. He's the most Catholic president we've ever had. He's a legend, a God-fearing Christian and so's his daddy!"
To end the day then, after ten years, I enjoyed the thrill to enter again into the hallowed belly (measuring room) of the Roman tailor shop Ditta Annibale Gammarelli. Getting measured for a new shirt, one can't help but think of all the holy clergy who were measured in the same little room in the back of the Gammarelli shop. I got some great photos and I'll post them soon.
Welcome to the Pontificium Institutum Musicae Sacrae in Rome! See their info. here:
P.S. If you're a student of architecture at Notre Dame, then consider this plan which is simple, classical and functional. Let's reproduce these nice properties in the New World and elsewhere!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
In this photo we see clergymen young and the old. From the Borghese Chapel of the Patriarchal Basilica of Saint Mary Major we see a canon of the Basilica with the youthful Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter.
The world is in need of priests.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Save this photo and tell your kids about it. This is no ordinary choir loft: this balustrade was obtained from the stern of the Papal galley, Saint Peter, which had been the flag ship of the Christian fleet that in 1571 defeated the Turkish navy at the famed battle of Lepanto.
This choir loft is located inside the Church of Santa Maria dell'Orazione (Saint Mary of Prayer) in the port of Rome, Civitavecchia. This church is only open Sunday mornings for Holy Mass. The church was constructed between 1693 - 1702 and today it's the oldest church in the city. It's small, one of my most favorite in all of Italy, and would make an ideal usus antiquior parish - I repeat, ideal for this purpose.
This church is locked all week and just has one "Childrens' Mass" each Sunday morning. If you're a priest who feels you might be called to learn Italian and join an Italian Diocese, then consider Civitavecchia with its new bishop and consider asking for this parish. It would be the ideal for the Classical rite and only 70 km from Rome. It has both interior and exterior charm, is just a three minute walk to the Cathedral, the Curia and the beach (there are three other parishes within just a two/three minute walk from it).
After the greeting extended me by Your Holiness at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and the beautiful letter on my Sixtieth Anniversary, were it not for the renewed strength the Lord gave me, I should have sung my "Nunc Dimittis."
But I am still, thank God, blessed with the Psalmist's promise - "Vigorous in old age like a tree full of sap." (92:14)
I bow in humble gratitude for the Pontifical approval of my ministry of the Word, saying with Saint Augustine: Nisi fideliter praecederet Piscator, Non humiliter sequeretur Orator.
Pray for Your Holiness? That I always do for the Vicar of Christ, but in this fourth cycle of a crisis which strikes the Body of Christ every five hundred years, I pray for Your Holiness as for another Gregory the Great, Gregory VII, Pius V, and for our times as the poet Slowacki put it: "A Slav Pope will sweep out the Churches and make them clean within."
Every night when silence gives vision scope, I pray to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament for the Chief Shepherd of our souls, and the only moral authority left in the world.
On the one hand, my heart bleeds for Your Holiness, for like Peter knocking at our doors, some of us like Rhoda hear Your voice but do not admit You into our hearts.
On the other hand, there is being fulfilled in the Vicar what was said of the Lord: "Why the whole world has gone after him!" (John 12:19)
I wish I were younger to enjoy the blessings to come, for as one of our poets put it:
"Lift up thy head and hark
What sounds are in the dark,
For His Feet are coming to thee
On the waters!"
In prayerful gratitude for Your Blessing, I remain,
Obediently Yours in Christ,
+Fulton J. Sheen
Titular Archbishop of Newport
-Treasure in Clay by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, c. 1980.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
-Treasure in Clay by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, c. 1980.