Thursday, August 30, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Many thanks to the talented and dutiful junior architect, Matthew Alderman, from the Shrine (http://www.holywhapping.blogspot.com/) for his stellar talent, valuable time and thorough wisdom which he benevolently gave pro bono toward this effort in Vladivostok, Russia.
The burgeoning Catholic community in the Far East of Russia will enjoy this sanctuary for many generations. The typical mission parish is all too aware of its own crudities, but here we see it proven that even on the other side of the world we can have a nice, faithful church renovation project carried to completion with a Catholic ethos.
The chief architect, Matthew, through a sustained and methodical study of the exterior of this late Polish neo-Gothic, Latin rite parish church (which survived the Revolution in Russia) and which was constructed in 1908 was then able to so design in an appropriate manner the new interior look. Thus he, the American pastor and the Russians together so ventured and proved it could be done. Please support this cause and be generous today: http://www.vladmission.org/.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
After living in Italy now these past years I find myself shocked when I visit America each summer. Everything on the radio/television/movies is all about "butt" and "boobs" and "sex" and "gays," and "farts," etc.
Awake, don't be numb, and keep your kids free and safe in the protected Christian homestead. Happiness consists in the life of virtue, not pleasure. Give to them the Faith (stat promissa Fides).
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
He was born in Riese, a little town just north of Padova. So the next time you're in Venice, take the train to Padova and then a bus just north to Riese to see his birthplace which is now a little museum.
His body is incorrupt and millions see it every year in the Vatican Basilica. Today I'm reading a great book entitled, Life of Pope Pius X, published by Benzinger Brothers in 1904 and I wish everybody could get a copy and read it.
Monday, August 20, 2007
In the photo you can see him with some Castelli Romani rosso while reading his daily Butler's Lives of the Saints. Parents, read the same to your kids each evening...
Saturday, August 18, 2007
When one thinks of a missioner they might think of a cleric in the South Seas with his soutane darned while living in a bamboo hut. But in the world of today it's a little different.
Soliciting funds and seeking recruits is a necessary part of opearating a Latin rite parish in the Far East of Russia. After many years of unalloyed happiness, our two missioners return Stateside each year for mission preaching assignments.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
When our new Holy Father wrote his first encyclical letter, Deus Caritas Est, he wrote some really nice things about politics. Read section 28. Here he gives the ancient Greek definition of politics:
"Justice is both the aim and the intrinsic criterion of all politics. Politics is more than a mere mechanism for defining the rules of public life: its origin and its goal are found in justice, which by its very nature has to do with ethics."
With ethics and justice in mind, let's vote pro-life, fellow Christians. Abortion: one dead and one wounded.
I was just thinking to myself: "Why since the 1960s do so many institutions no longer have a crest or cartouche (scroll-like tablet used to provide space for an inscription) on their letter head/insignia anymore?" Every parish or univerisity or such institution should have a crest - it says who you are - even with a pun on words as is often the case in Italy.
Many Italians joke that if you see a lizard it will bring you good luck! One sees lots of them in and around Rome in gardens. They don't bite and they can even lose their own scaly tails.
One Sunday morning I was on my way visiting every chapel in the port of Rome, Civitavecchia. In this church the elderly porter pointed this lizard out and explained that the artist used it as his signature on his work!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
The bishop preaches the sermon. The acclamation of the multitudes is for this prelate. In fact, his greatness is overwhelming.
He was a student in Rome in the 1950s. He was there to see the old processions with the "bussolanti" in scarlet and behind them the Grand Almoner, flanked by the two Swiss Guards, ...chamberlains of honor, chamberlains "with mantle and sword," all in black, with stiff white ruffs, the auditors of the papal courts and the masters of the Apostolic palaces; one more auditor, in a long white robe, carrying the papal cross, with seven acolytes, carrying bronze candelabra; the door-keepers in red, the penitentiaries of St. Peter in white chasubles; mitred abbots, then bishops, then archbishops and patriarchs and cardinals...ah, the good old days!
After the recessional the bishop pronounced his blessing in the cortile upon those who assisted at the altar.
We remind ourselves that the rites are to stimulate the faithful to a greater desire for virtue and for that exemplary holiness of life which should characterize Catholic youth and others.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Here we can see old papal altar cards used in the Vatican Basilica as well as an assortment of the small candlestick known as the "bugia" which was used on the altar for a papal low Mass as well as at solemn functions in which a pope assisted (its use is conceded to others such as abbots, prelates, too).