Sunday, November 30, 2008

Rorate Caeli Desuper


Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant iustum.
Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant iustum.

Ne irascaris Domine, ne ultra memineris iniquitatis: ecce civitas Sancti facta est deserta: Sion deserta facta est: Jerusalem desolata est: domus sanctificationis tuae et gloriae tuae, ubi laudaverunt te patres nostri.

Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant iustum.

Peccavimus, et facti sumus tamquam immundus nos, et cecidimus quasi folium universi: et iniquitates nostrae quasi ventus abstulerunt nos: abscondisti faciem tuam a nobis, et allisisti nos in manu iniquitatis nostrae.

Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant iustum.

Vide Domine afflictionem populi tui, et mitte quem missurus es: emitte Agnum dominatorem terrae, de Petra deserti ad montem filiae Sion: ut auferat ipse iugum captivitatis nostrae.

Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant iustum.

Consolamini, consolamini, popule meus: cito veniet salus tua: quare maerore consumeris, quia innovavit te dolor? Salvabo te, noli timere, ego enim sum Dominus Deus tuus, Sanctus Israel, Redemptor tuus.

Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant iustum.

Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One.

Be not angry, O Lord, and remember no longer our iniquity : behold the city of thy sanctuary is become a desert, Sion is made a desert. Jerusalem is desolate, the house of our holiness and of thy glory, where our fathers praised thee.

Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One.

We have sinned, and we are become as one unclean, and we have all fallen as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast crushed us by the hand of our iniquity.

Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One.

See, O Lord, the affliction of thy people, and send him whom thou hast promised to send. Send forth the Lamb, the ruler of the earth, from the rock of the desert to the mount of the daughter of Sion, that he himself may take off the yoke of our captivity.

Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One.

Be comforted, be comforted, my people; thy salvation shall speedily come. Why wilt thou waste away in sadness? why hath sorrow seized thee? I will save thee; fear not: for I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Redeemer.

Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One.

The text of this hymn is frequently used in the Mass and Divine Office during Advent. It is a plea of the Prophets, the Patriarchs, and the entire Church, all of whom long for the coming of the Messiah. As dew comes down from the sky and quenches the dry earth, only to evaporate back, so too will the Messiah come to sae his people and return to heaven. We recall our past offenses and sins and seek forgiveness as we await the birth of Christ for our redemption, a redemption that will bring the waters of life to desolate Jerusalem.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Advent begins- Veni- Veni- Emmanuel


Veni, veni Emanuel!
Captivum solve Israel!
Qui gemit in exilio,
Privatus Dei Filio.


Gaude, gaude, Emanuel
Nascetur pro te, Israel.

Veni, veni o oriens!
Solare nos adveniens,
Noctis depelle nebulas,
Dirasque noctis tenebras.


Veni, veni Adonai!
Qui populo in Sinai
Legem dedisti vertice,
In Maiestate gloriae.


More reforms of the new Rite on the way

this time relating to the dismissal- alterations in order to remind the congregation that the Church is missionary. Before the Council everybody would have known this.

If you voted for Obama

Consider confession!
Parishioners of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Modesto have been told they should consider going to confession if they voted for Barack Obama, because of the president-elect's position condoning abortion. 'If you are one of the 54 percent of Catholics who voted for a pro-abortion candidate, you were clear on his position and you knew the grav- ity of the question, I urge you to go to confession before receiving communion. Don't risk losing your state of grace by receiving sacrilegiously,' the Rev. Joseph Illo, pastor of St. Joseph's, wrote in a letter dated Nov. 21.

Feast of St. Saturninus


One of the most distinguished martyrs which France has given to the Church

Archconfraternity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Agony

Suffering for Souls about to die.
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Rabbi-noone did more than Pope Pius XII

'We studied the documents in the Vatican's archives and had eye-witness interviews: ", and what we learned was truly world-shaking,' Silver says. 'There is nobody who did more to rescue Jews than Pius.'"

Friday, November 28, 2008

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Papal visit to Israel

Cross no harm to Christian culture.

Germans continue Nazi policy on homeschooling.

Greener Papacy

Prayers at the catafalque


Fridays- dedicated to the Passion of Christ

Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts - The Passion of Christ: the betrayal, the arrest, the road to Calvary, the prelude to his death, and his death on the cross

The Death of Christ... Christ's shameful Death on the Cross and his triumphant Resurrection - his victory over death - is a fundamental mystery of the Christian faith. In the combined collection of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek and the Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum we find some 800 illuminations that tell this story, so we have divided it over two galleries.
In this first gallery we have gathered the events that start with the betrayal of Christ by Judas and culminate in the Death of Christ on the Cross on Good Friday.

Feast of St James Thomson

Biography. Cathcon project for the Christmas holidays- finish the English - Scottish - Welsh - Irish Martyrs blog, so that it is a permanent internet record of the persecution of Catholics in the United Kingdom.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

How Bishop Schneider Came To Visit Children Of Mary

From the Children of Mary web page. (What a superb Salve Regina!)

How Bishop Schneider Came To Visit Children Of Mary: We saw a video clip of him (on Cathcon!) being interviewed about his book, Dominus Est, about reverence towards Our Eucharistic Lord. We were very impressed with his love for Our Lord and the humble manner in which he presented his ideas on how we can restore reverence to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. After seeing the video, we sent him our CD and prayer cards and told him that if he were ever in the United States, we would love to have him visit us. A few weeks later he wrote and said he was coming!

We feel greatly blessed that this holy man came to visit us.

Note: Bishop Schneider's book, Dominus Est is now being translated into English and should be available by the end of this year. The book includes interesting stories about some of the bishop's experiences growing up in a soviet occupied country. For example, how he made his First Holy Communion in secret, stealing away at night, traveling by train to the church and returning to his home after dark the next night. We ask Our Heavenly Father to let this book spread throughout the Church and help restore love and reverence to Our Eucharistic Lord.

To see the video clip mentioned above, click HERE, or on "video clip" above.

What a great story for Thursday- the day on which the Eucharist was instituted.

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German seminaries

Selling babies is wrong

Armenian Catolicos

Week without abortion

The Saints on Purgatory

from The Seven Dolors of Mary - The Holy Souls in Purgatory

St. Jean Vianney, The Cure' of Ars (1786-1859)
"We must say many prayers for the souls of the Faithful Departed, for one must be so pure to enter Heaven!"

Our Lord to Sr. Mary Martha Chambon:
"When you offer My Holy Wounds for sinners, you must not forget to do so for the souls in Purgatory, as there are but few who think of their relief...."

Our Lord to Sr. Mary Martha Chambon:
"The Holy Wounds are the treasure of treasures for the souls in Purgatory"

St. John Chrysostom referring to Jesus present in the Holy Eucharist:
"Not in vain do we at the holy mysteries make mention of the departed, and draw near on their behalf, beseeching the Lamb who is lying on the altar, who took away the sin of the world."

St. Augustine of Hippo:
"Though this fire is destined to cleanse and purify the soul, still it is more acute than anything we could possibly endure on Earth."

St. Cyril of Alexandria:
"It would be preferable to suffer all the possible torments of Earth until the Judgment Day than to pass one day in Purgatory."

Pope Benedict XV:
"The Holy Mass would be of greater profit if people had it offered in their lifetimes, rather than having it celebrated for the relief of their souls after death."

St. Catherine of Genoa wrote:
"God inspires the soul in Purgatory with so ardent a movement of devoted love that it would be sufficient to annihilate her were she not immortal. Illumined and inflamed by this pure charity, the more she loves God, the more she detests the least stain that displeases him, the least hindrance that prevents her union with him."

Our Lord to St. Gertrude the Great:
"My love urges Me to release the poor souls. If a beneficent king leaves his guilty friend in prison for justice's sake, he awaits with longing for one of his nobles to plead for the prisoner and to offer something for his release. Then the king joyfully, sets him free. Similarly, I accept with highest pleasure what is offered to Me for the poor souls, for I long inexpressibly to have near Me those for whom I paid so great a price.

By the prayers of thy loving soul, I am induced to free a prisoner from purgatory as often as thou dost move thy tongue to utter a word of prayer!"

Thursdays- devoted to the honour of the Blessed Sacrament


Feast of St James the Persian


celebrated in both East and West.

In Persia, St. James, a famous martyr surnamed "Dismembered." In the days of Theodosius the Younger, he denied Christ to secure the favor of King Isdegerd; whereupon, his mother and wife avoided his company. Repenting of his deed, James approached King Vararanes, the son and successor of Isdegerd, and confessed that he was a Christian. Hence, the angry monarch sentenced him to this death: his limbs were to be cut off one by one and finally he was to be beheaded. At that time and in the same place, innumerable other martyrs were slain.

Planned Parenthood Issues Christmas Gift Certificates

Give the "Gift" of Abortion:

In what could easily become the most offensive Christmas offer ever a Planned Parenthood affiliate is offering Christmas gift certificates. Purchasers can use them to give the gift of abortion even though the group claims that's not its purpose or intent.

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly.

Shocking lack of priests in German Church

Cathcon translation of Alarmierender Priestermangel in der katholischen Kirche

The number of ordinations of priests in Germany in 2008 has fallen below 100. The Conference of German Seminary Rectors gathered together on Tuesday in Munich announced that this year only 95 priests were ordained for the 27 dioceses. This is "alarming," said Munich's Seminary Rector, Franz Joseph Baur. Since the beginning of statistics in 1972, there have never been fewer priests ordained. The number of new entries into the seminaries is decreasing, which in 2008 stood at 176. 20 years ago, there were twice as many ordinations and entries. Baur spoke for maintenance of the strict admission practice, so that no candidate can be recommended for ordination who , "might not cope later with the requirements of the post."

In the German seminaries currently 871 men are on the way to ordination. 15 years ago, there were still 1817.

Declaration of Scranton

casts shadow over dialogue with Polish National Catholics. The PNCC friends with noone!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

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Papal views on aesthetics

The Westminster succession.

Cathcon on the Westminster Succession

Also see comment here

From Bishop Roche, may all Catholic people be delivered. If he has pastoral concern, he has a funny way of showing it.

Rublev Icon

More than financial measures

Galileo Galilei was “never condemned” by the Vatican.

Cathcon translation of Vatikan: „Galilei wurde nie verurteilt“

This has just been stressed by Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi of the Pontifical Cultural Council for Culture. This was although an ecclesiastical court thoroughly investigated the theses of the Italian physicist on the functioning of the universe and prepared a written condemnation. But this was "never signed" by the then Pope Urban VIII, himself a scientist. The Vatican wants according to Ravasi to publish in the near future Galileo’s trial documents, "in extenso, accompanied by an in-depth, contextual analysis."

The Pontifical Cultural Council is currently setting up a congress on the case of Galileo Galilei. It will be primarily about the interaction between theology and science. In his speech Archbishop Ravasi stressed both areas were "distinct, but not opposed." In the search for truth "jumping over boundaries" is therefore not necessary. - Pope John Paul II rehabilitated Galileo in 1992 in a presentation to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Abbey returns to Old Rite- world first II.

Press release from Abbey now added to original story

Cardinal Newman's Prayer for the Poor Souls

Newman Reader - Verses on Various Occasions - Verse 173

HELP, Lord, the souls which Thou hast made,

The souls to Thee so dear,
In prison for the debt unpaid
Of sins committed here.

Those holy souls, they suffer on,
Resign'd in heart and will,
Until Thy high behest is done,
And justice has its fill.
For daily falls, for pardon'd crime,
They joy to undergo
The shadow of Thy cross sublime,
The remnant of Thy woe.

Help, Lord, the souls which Thou hast made,
The souls to Thee so dear,
In prison for the debt unpaid
Of sins committed here.

Oh, by their patience of delay,
Their hope amid their pain,
Their sacred zeal to burn away
Disfigurement and stain;
Oh, by their fire of love, not less
In keenness than the flame,
Oh, by their very helplessness,
Oh, by Thy own great Name,

Good Jesu, help! sweet Jesu, aid
The souls to Thee most dear,
In prison for the debt unpaid
Of sins committed here.

The Oratory.

Wednesdays- dedicated to the Honour of St Joseph

St Joseph, Patron of a Happy Death
Pray for us!

Before the Council, there was a Confraternity to pray for those near death (les agonisants in French). One cannot imagine a more important work for the Church but it has been swept away in the whirlwind of the last forty years.

Feast of St Leonard of Port Maurice


The Hidden Treasure of the Holy Mass

On the Fewness of the Saved.

Also known as the Apostle of the Way of the Cross on account of the number of stations he erected during his missionary journeys. His missionary activities were an inspiration for St Paul of the Cross when he founded the Passionists.

His biography

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Marriage of two homosexual priests


The shocking advertising campaign of a former tennis star.

Cathcon translation of Modelabel schockt mit Hochzeit schwuler Priester- Fashion label shocks with the marriage of homosexual priests.

Cathcon- caution- this links to a report including the video.

Fashion label shocks with the marriage of two gay priests
Björn Borg presents a highly controversial taboo video for his new Internet dating site. See it here

Björn Borg: Many still remember the resonant name of the smart Swedish tennis player, up until today considered one of the best players in tennis history. Björn Borg’s name for several years has been the godfather of the successful eponymous clothing and perfume brand.

In search of love
Borg, known as a marketing strategist, now wishes to pull off a new coup. Besides clothes and accessories, the label now also offers a free speed dating service on the Internet. Help in the search for true love, Björn Borg Love – and as the press release says, promises that everyone can find love. The web page can be found under the slogan "Love For All" (

Wedding of two priests
The message is implicit in the accompanying video campaign: Two male priest married by a priest in a church . A highly controversial video was created under the direction of Oscar Bard which has shocked religious and conservative circles alike. But the brand seems not to be disturbed - on the contrary. " This video is about love in its purest form. We at Björn Borg are proud and happy to have created a platform which permits all interpretations and expressions of love, "said Rocky af Ekenstam Brennicke, PR manager of the brand.

Cathcon note: the "priests" were deliberately not dressed as protestant clergy but as Catholics, although the female officient could be taken as a member of any number of Protestant denominations. The church shown was deliberately chosen, so that it could be either Protestant or Catholic.

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Whole monastery .returns to old Rite Latin Mass

Reception of the Catholicos

Obama in 2007 on hate crimes.

Original story in Italian about the new Prefect

Our Lady's Tears


a wonderful blog with much regarding indulgences and prayers for the Poor Souls.

Tuesdays - dedicated to the honour of the Holy Apostles


Website with the lives of the 12 Apostles and St Paul.

Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria


At Alexandria, St. Catherine, virgin and martyr.

In the reign of the Emperor Maximian, she was cast into prison for confessing the Christian faith. Then she was flogged for a long time with scorpions, and finally completed her martytdom by being beheaded. Her body was miraculously carried by angels to Mount Sinai, and is there piously venerated by huge gatherings of Christians. A totum duplex feast.

A Parish in Chains


Sad pictures from a surpressed parish. Like St Bernadette, parishioners are forbidden to approach the Grotto.

Cardinal Archbishop of Cologne offers his resignation

on reaching 75, but it is generally expected that it will not be accepted.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Abbey returns to Old Rite- world first.

Cathcon translation of Zurück zum Glauben der Väter-Back to the Faith of the Father

In the Trappist Monastery of Mariawald in the Eifel an unexpected event has taken place which is unique in the world. On the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lady in the Temple - 21st November - the German Trappist abbey of Mariawald gained from Rome the permission to return to the Old Rite and their original religious discipline.

According to observers, this is a unique event in church history.

The Trappist were founded as a reform order of the Cistercians. Their day was marked by lengthy prayers, hard work and strict fasting and silence. In the wake of the Second Vatican, the religious discipline almost totally broke down.

The Abbey of Mariawald is located near the town of Heimbach in the Eifel in the district of Cologne. It is located in the Diocese of Aachen.

The monastery was founded in April 1795 for the first time and refounded in 1861 by the Alsatian Trappist Abbey of Ölenberg.

The monastery was also closed during the Kulturkampf and in the time of National Socialism.

Between the years 1962 and 1964, the monks adapted the monastery church to the then current liturgical fashions.

Today fourteen monks live in the Abbey under the direction of Abbot Joseph Vollberg. The hours of prayer for the monks begin at 4:00 am.

The Abbey of Mariawald is today funded by operating a restaurant, a bookshop, a liqueur factory and a monastery shop. The monastery has a guesthouse attached.

Abbot Joseph Vollberg (45) was raised in Wetzlar. He is the ninth abbot of Mariawald.

After military service and management studies in Giessen, he joined Mariawald on 1 December 1986. He studied theology in the Cistercian Abbey of the Holy Cross in Vienna.

On 26 January 1992, he was solemnly professed. In August 2003, the monk was appointed superior ad ad nutum and obtained thereby the rights of an abbot.

Then on 17 December 2005, Dom Josef received diaconal orders and on 29 June 2006 was ordained a priest by the Bishop of Aachen, Heinrich Mussinghoff.

In November 2006 the Convent Chapter chose Vollberg as the Abbot for life of the Abbey of Mariawald.

His solemn Abbatial consecration was on 26 January 2007 in the abbey church of the monastery.

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Jewish protests

Liturgy changes

Domingo Poems

Relics of St Teresa of Lisieux taken into space.

“I have the vocation of an Apostle. I would like to travel over the whole earth to preach Your Name and to plant your glorious Cross on infidel soil. But 0 my Beloved, one mission would not be enough for me, I would want to preach the Gospel on all five continents simultaneously and even to the most remote isles. I would be a missionary, not for a few years but from the beginning of creation until the consummation of the ages.” (Story of a Soul)

The Summa Theologicae on prayers for the dead

The suffrages for the dead (Supplementum, Q. 71). Probably not written or if so only in outline form by St Thomas, but no error is to be found here.

Can suffrages performed by one person profit others?
Can the dead be assisted by the works of the living?
Do the suffrages of sinners profit the dead?
Do suffrages for the dead profit those who perform them?
Do suffrages profit those who are in hell?
Do they profit those who are in purgatory?
Do they avail the children in limbo?
Do they, in any way, profit those who are heaven?
Do the prayer of the Church, the Sacrament of the altar, and almsgiving profit the departed?
Do indulgences granted by the Church profit them?
Does the burial service profit the departed?
Do suffrages for one dead person profit that person more than others?
Do suffrages for many avail each one as much as if they were offered for each individual?
Do general suffrages avail those for whom special suffrages are not offered, as much as special and general suffrages together avail those for whom they are offered?"

Mondays- dedicated to the Holy Angels


St Thomas Aquinas on the angels

Summa Theologica First Part Question 51
Article 1. Whether the angels have bodies naturally united to them?
Objection 1. It would seem that angels have bodies naturally united to them. For Origen says (Peri Archon i): "It is God's attribute alone--that is, it belongs to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, as a property of nature, that He is understood to exist without any material substance and without any companionship of corporeal addition." Bernard likewise says (Hom. vi. super Cant.): "Let us assign incorporeity to God alone even as we do immortality, whose nature alone, neither for its own sake nor on account of anything else, needs the help of any corporeal organ. But it is clear that every created spirit needs corporeal substance." Augustine also says (Gen. ad lit. iii): "The demons are called animals of the atmosphere because their nature is akin to that of aerial bodies." But the nature of demons and angels is the same. Therefore angels have bodies naturally united to them.

Objection 2. Further, Gregory (Hom. x in Ev.) calls an angel a rational animal. But every animal is composed of body and soul. Therefore angels have bodies naturally united to them.

Objection 3. Further, life is more perfect in the angels than in souls. But the soul not only lives, but gives life to the body. Therefore the angels animate bodies which are naturally united to them.

On the contrary, Dionysius says (Div. Nom. iv) that "the angels are understood to be incorporeal."

I answer that, The angels have not bodies naturally united to them. For whatever belongs to any nature as an accident is not found universally in that nature; thus, for instance, to have wings, because it is not of the essence of an animal, does not belong to every animal. Now since to understand is not the act of a body, nor of any corporeal energy, as will be shown later (75, 2), it follows that to have a body united to it is not of the nature of an intellectual substance, as such; but it is accidental to some intellectual substance on account of something else. Even so it belongs to the human soul to be united to a body, because it is imperfect and exists potentially in the genus of intellectual substances, not having the fulness of knowledge in its own nature, but acquiring it from sensible things through the bodily senses, as will be explained later on (84, 6; 89, 1). Now whenever we find something imperfect in any genus we must presuppose something perfect in that genus. Therefore in the intellectual nature there are some perfectly intellectual substances, which do not need to acquire knowledge from sensible things. Consequently not all intellectual substances are united to bodies; but some are quite separated from bodies, and these we call angels.

Reply to Objection 1. As was said above (Question 50, Article 1) it was the opinion of some that every being is a body; and consequently some seem to have thought that there were no incorporeal substances existing except as united to bodies; so much so that some even held that God was the soul of the world, as Augustine tells us (De Civ. Dei vii). As this is contrary to Catholic Faith, which asserts that God is exalted above all things, according to Psalm 8:2: "Thy magnificence is exalted beyond the heavens"; Origen, while refusing to say such a thing of God, followed the above opinion of others regarding the other substances; being deceived here as he was also in many other points, by following the opinions of the ancient philosophers. Bernard's expression can be explained, that the created spirit needs some bodily instrument, which is not naturally united to it, but assumed for some purpose, as will be explained (2). Augustine speaks, not as asserting the fact, but merely using the opinion of the Platonists, who maintained that there are some aerial animals, which they termed demons.

Reply to Objection 2. Gregory calls the angel a rational animal metaphorically, on account of the likeness to the rational nature.

Reply to Objection 3. To give life effectively is a perfection simply speaking; hence it belongs to God, as is said (1 Samuel 2:6): "The Lord killeth, and maketh alive." But to give life formally belongs to a substance which is part of some nature, and which has not within itself the full nature of the species. Hence an intellectual substance which is not united to a body is more perfect than one which is united to a body.

It is related in the life of St. Thomas Aquinas that, as a reward for his overcoming a temptation against purity, he was girded with a cord by angels, and that in consequence he was never again tempted against this virtue. This cord is still preserved in the Church at Chieri near Turin. Soon after the saint's death many of the faithful began to wear a cord in honour of St. Thomas, to obtain the grace of purity through his intercession.

Feast of St John of the Cross


St. John of the Cross, priest, confessor, and Doctor of the Church. He was the associate of St. Teresa in the reform of Carmel. His birthday is mentioned on December 14.

Stanzas Of The Soul
1. One dark night,
fired with love's urgent longings
- ah, the sheer grace! -
I went out unseen,
my house being now all stilled.

2. In darkness, and secure,
by the secret ladder, disguised,
- ah, the sheer grace! -
in darkness and concealment,
my house being now all stilled.

3. On that glad night,
in secret, for no one saw me,
nor did I look at anything,
with no other light or guide
than the one that burned in my heart.

4. This guided me
more surely than the light of noon
to where he was awaiting me
- him I knew so well -
there in a place where no one appeared.

5. O guiding night!
O night more lovely than the dawn!
O night that has united
the Lover with his beloved,
transforming the beloved in her Lover.

6. Upon my flowering breast
which I kept wholly for him alone,
there he lay sleeping,
and I caressing him
there in a breeze from the fanning cedars.

7. When the breeze blew from the turret,
as I parted his hair,
it wounded my neck
with its gentle hand,
suspending all my senses.

8. I abandoned and forgot myself,
laying my face on my Beloved;
all things ceased; I went out from myself,
leaving my cares
forgotten among the lilies.

Third Edition of the Roman Missal for the ordinary Rite


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Latin Mass explained by Archbishop Sheen (55 mins!)


The Raccolta

or, Collection of indulgenced prayers and good works. Full text.

For use this day, especially in this month of All Souls and throughout the year(s).

Saturdays- dedicated to Our Lady


Feast of St Cecilia


Here follows of Saint Cecilia, virgin and martyr, and first of her name.

Cecilia is as much to say as the lily of heaven, or a way to blind men. Or she is said of celo and lie, or else cecilia, as lacking blindness. Or she is said of celo, that is heaven, and legs, that is people. She was a heavenly lily by cleanness of virginity, a way to blind men by information of example, heaven by devout contemplation, lia by busy operation, lacking blindness by shining of wisdom, and heaven of the people. For the people beheld in her as in following the spiritual heaven, the sun, the moon, and the stars, that is to say, shining of wisdom, magnanimity of faith, and diversity of virtues. Or she is said a lily, for she had the whiteness of cleanness, a good conscience, and odour of good fame. Or she is said heaven, for Isidore says that the philosophers say that heaven is movable, round, and burning. In like wise was she moving by busy operation, round by perseverance, and burning by fiery charity.

Of Saint Cecilia

Saint Cecilia, the holy virgin, was come of the noble lineage of the Romans, and from the time that she lay in her cradle she was fostered and nourished in the faith of Christ, and always bare in her breast the gospel hid, and never ceased day nor night from holy prayers, but recommended to God always her virginity. When this blessed virgin should be espoused to a young man named Valerian, and the day of the wedding was come, she was clad in royal clothes of gold, but under she wore the hair. Hearing the organs making melody, she sang in her heart, only to God, saying: "O Lord, I beseech thee that mine heart and body may be undefouled so that I be not confounded." Every second and third day she fasted, commending herself unto our Lord whom she dreaded.

The night came that she should go to bed with her husband as the custom is, and when they were both in their chamber alone, she said to him in this manner: "O, my best beloved and sweet husband, I have a counsel to tell thee, if so be that you wilt keep it secret and swear that ye shall betray it to no man." Valerian said that he would gladly promise and swear never to betray it, and then she said to him: "I have an angel that loves me, which ever keeps my body whether I sleep or wake, and if he may find that ye touch my body by villainy, or foul and polluted love, certainly he shall anon slay you, and so should ye lose the flower of your youth. And if so be that you love me in holy love and cleanness, he shall love thee as he loves me and shall show to thee his grace."

Then Valerian, corrected by the will of God, having dread, said to her: "If you wish that I believe that you say to me, show to me that angel that you speak of, and if I find veritable that he be the angel of God, I shall do what you say, and if so be that you love another man than me, I shall slay both him and thee with my sword.

Cecilia answered to him: "If you will believe and baptize thee, you shalt well now see him. Go then forth to Via Appia, which is three miles out of this town, and there you shalt find Pope Urban with poor folks, and tell him these words that I have said, and when he hath purged you from sin by baptism, then when ye come again ye shall see the angel."

And forth went Valerian and found this holy man Urban Iouting among the burials; to whom he reported the words that Cecilia had said, and Saint Urban for joy can hold up his hands and let the tears fall out of his eyes, and said: "O Almighty God Jesu Christ, sower of chaste counsel and keeper of us all, receive the fruit of the seed that you has sown in Cecilia, for, like a busy bee she served thee; for the spouse whom she hath taken which was like a wood lion, she hath sent hither like as a meek lamb." And with that word appeared suddenly an old man clad in white clothes, holding a book written with letters of gold, whom Valerian seeing, for fear fell down to the ground as he had been dead. Whom the old man raised and took up, and read in this wise. "One God, one faith, one baptism, one God and father of all, above all, and in us all, everywhere."

And when this old man had read this, he said: "Believe you this or doubt you it? Say yea or nay."

Then Valerian cried saying: "There is nothing truer under heaven." Then vanished this old man away. Then Valerian received baptism of Saint Urban and returned home to Saint Cecilia, whom he found within her chamber speaking with an angel. And this angel had two crowns of roses and lilies which he held in his hands, of which he gave one to Cecilia, and that other to Valerian, saying: "Keep ye these crowns with an undefouled and clean body, for I have brought them to you from Paradise, and they shall never fade, nor wither, nor lose their savour, nor they may not be seen but of them to whom chastity pleases. And you Valerian because you has used profitable counsel, demand what you wilt."

To whom Valerian said: "There is nothing in this world to me liefer than my brother, whom I would fain that he might know this very truth with me."

To whom the angel said: "Thy petition pleases our Lord, and ye both shall come to him by the palm of martyrdom."

And anon Tyburtius, his brother, came and entered into this chamber, and anon he felt the sweet odour of the roses and lilies, and marvelled from whence it came. Then Valerian said: "We have crowns which thine eyes may not see, and like as by my prayers you has felt the odour of them, so if you wilt believe you shalt see the crowns of roses and lilies that we have." Then Cecilia and Valerian began to preach to Tyburtius of the joy of heaven and of the foul creance of paynims, the abuse of idols, and of the pains of hell which the damned suffer, and also they preached to him of the incarnation of our Lord, and of his passion, and did so much that Tyburtius was converted and baptized of Saint Urban. And from then forthon he had so much grace of God that every day he saw angels, and all that ever he required of our Lord he obtained.

After, Almachius, provost of Rome, which put to death many christian men, heard say that Tyburtius and Valerian buried Christian men that were martyred, and gave all their goods to poor people. He called them to fore him, and after long disputation he commanded that they should go to the statue or image of Jupiter for to do sacrifice, or else they should be beheaded.

And as they were led, they so preached the faith of our Lord to one called Maximus that they converted him to the Christian faith, and they promised to him that if he had very repentance, and firm creance that he should see the glory of heaven which their souls should receive at the hour of their passions, and that he himself should have the same if he would believe. Then Maximus gat leave of the tormentors for to have them home to his house, and the said Maximus, with all his household and all the tormentors, were turned to the faith. Then came Saint Cecilia thither with priests, and baptized them, and afterwards,when the morning came, Saint Cecilia said to them: "Now, ye knights of Christ, cast away from you the works of darkness and clothe you with the arms of light."

And then they were led four miles out of the town, and brought tofore the image of Jupiter, but in no wise they would do sacrifice ne incense to the idol, but humbly with great devotion kneeled down and there were beheaded, and Saint Cecilia took their bodies and buried them. Then Maximus, that saw this thing, said that he saw in the hour of their passion angels clear shining and their souls ascend into heaven, which the angels bare up, wherefore many were converted to the Christian faith.

And when Almachius heard that Maximus was christened, he did do beat him with plummets of lead so long till he gave up his spirit and died whose body Saint Cecilia buried by Valerian and Tyburtius. And after, Almachius commanded that Cecilia should be brought into his presence for to do sacrifice to Jupiter, and she so preached to them that came for her that she converted them to the faith, which wept sore that so fair a maid and so noble should be put to death. Then she said to them: "O you good young men, it is nothing to lose the youth, but to change it, that is, to give clay, and take therefor gold, to give a foul habitation, and to take a precious, to give a little corner, and to take a right great place. God rewards for one simple, a hundredfold. Believe you what I have said?"

And they said: "We believe Christ to be very God which hath such a servant." Then Saint Urban was called, and four hundred and more were baptized.

Then Almachius, calling before him Saint Cecilia, said to her: "Of what condition are you?" And she said that she was of a noble kindred. To whom Almachius said: "I demand thee of what religion are you?"

Then Cecilia said: "Then begannest you thy demand foolishly, that wouldst have two answers in one demand."

To whom Almachius said: "From whence cometh thy rude answer?"

And she said: "Of good conscience and faith not feigned."

To whom Almachius said: "Know you not of what power I am?"

And she said: "Your power is little to dread, for it is like a bladder full of wind, which with the pricking of a needle is anon gone away and come to nought."

To whom Almachius said: "In wrong begannest thou, and in wrong you perseverest; knowest you not how our princes hare given me power to give life and to slay?"

And she said: "Now shall I prove thee a liar against the very truth. Thou mayst well take the life from them that live, but to them that be dead, you mayst give no life, therefore you art a minister not of life, but of death."

To whom Almachius said: "Now lay apart thy madness and do sacrifice to the gods."

To whom Cecilia said: "I wot never where you hast lost thy sight, for them that you sayest be gods we see them stones, put thine hand, and by touching you shalt learn that which you mayst not see with thine eyes."

Then Almachius was wroth, and commanded her to be led into her house, and there to be burnt in a burning bain, which her seemed a place cold and well attempered. Then Almachius, hearing that, commanded that she should be beheaded in the same bath. Then the tormentor smote at her three strokes, and could not smite off her head, and the fourth stroke he might not by the law smite, and so left her there lying half alive and half dead, and she lived three days after in that manner, and gave all that she had to poor people, and continually preached the faith all that while; and all them that she converted she sent to Urban for to be baptized, and said: "I have asked respite three days, that I might commend to you these souls, and that ye should hallow of mine house a church." And then at the end of three days she slept in our Lord, and Saint Urban with his deacons buried her body among the bishops, and hallowed her house into a church, in which unto this day is said the service unto our Lord.

She suffered her passion about the year of our Lord two hundred and twenty three, in the time of Alexander the emperor, and it is read in another place that she suffered in the time of Marcus Aurelius, which reigned about the year of our Lord one hundred and seventy. Then let us devoutly pray unto our Lord that by the merits of this holy virgin and martyr, Saint Cecilia, we may come to his everlasting bliss in heaven. Amen.

Ode to St Cecelia


Church closings- a reader reports

I noticed your blog is interested in Catholic Church closings. I've been following some closings that involve my old parish and the surrounding area. It's been a messy affair, if you are interested I can outline it for you. (Cathcon- many thanks- anyone else with first hand stories are also encouraged to write.)

The key parish in question is St. Rose of Lima, located in Windsor, Ontario Canada. (map) The city of Windsor is located on the other side of the river from Detroit, Michigan in the United States, and as such is a very automotive oriented city. With the decline in the auto industry (even before the recent economic troubles) coupled with an aging population has reduced parish numbers across the city.

Original news article on all the closures

Additional article with picture of the front of the church

The parishioners at St Rose of Lima have been HIGHLY critical of the closure, and have been doing everything in their power to prevent it. One of the most significant steps taken was to get the church declared a ‘heritage site’, which means the building cannot be demolished or otherwise altered in any way that would appearance of the church. This effectively means the building value to the diocese is very little since any sale of the property would only be to those who would use the building as a church, either literally or functionally.

Minutes from the meeting where the heritage designation was debated

There are detailed descriptions of the church and its history at the link above, which can help put into perspective the strong feelings of those involved.

There is also a threat from the family that originally donated the property to the church, that they would contest any sale of the church since a condition for the donation was that the land would be used for the church. Then there was the offer to buy another church that doesn’t have the same kind of history and is in need of lots of repairs. Originally a million dollars was offered, and the offer was upped to 2 million, yet the diocese has rejected it. Story on this and more.

The formal decree from the diocese can be found at the link.

There is also a note that they are extending the use of the church temporarily:

An interesting sidebar to this story is that one of the main players trying to keep the parish open is a very well known and respected Canadian, who has returned his Order of Canada medal to make a stand against abortion. (The Order of Canada is Canada’s highest civilian honour.)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Pope begins reform of the reform

as he ponders change to Mass liturgy:

A high-ranking Vatican official says Pope Benedict XVI is considering introducing a change to the Mass liturgy.

Cardinal Francis Arinze, who heads the Vatican office for sacraments, says the pope may move the placement of the sign of peace, where congregation members shake hands or hug.

Arinze told the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano in an interview published Friday that the pope has asked bishops to express their opinions and will then decide.

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Indian arrests

Cafeteria Catholicism

Stained glass

Observatore Romano

European Culture dies

Europeana - (Dis!) Connecting Cultural Heritage

"We launched the site on 20 November and huge use - 10 million hits an hour - meant it crashed. We are doing our best to reopen in a more robust version.
Meanwhile, the site you're in now is the project development site, with a video to give you a taste of what's on the real Europeana site.

Unfortunately this project site is only in English: the real Europeana is in all EU languages."

"I think I’m probably a ‘Cafeteria Catholic.’”

admits Mrs Schwarzenegger.

Habemus Papam!

As can be heard above all the noise- someone cries out "incredible"

Jewish community still angry about Good Friday prayers


Joint Jewish-Catholic prayers will not take in January.

Italy's Jewish leaders have said they will refuse take part in traditional joint Jewish-Catholic prayers in January because of the re-introduction last Easter by Pope Benedict XVI of a "prayer for the conversion of the Jews" as part of the revived Tridentine mass.

Rabbi Giuseppe Laras (on the right below), head of the Italian Rabbinical Assembly, made the announcement at a conference on inter-religious dialogue held at the Italian Parliament. He said although the Vatican had explained that the Good Friday prayer was not intended to offend Jewish sensitivities, Italian Jews remained "dissatisfied".

Rabbi Laras, former chief rabbi in Milan, Ancona and Livorno, said the decision not to take part in the common day of prayer on 17 January was not linked to controversy over plans for the beatification of Pius XII, the wartime pontiff accused by critics of having failed to speak out in defence of the victims of the Nazi Holocaust. He said Jews had a right to criticise Pius XII, but beatification and canonisation was "a matter for the Church"

St. Pius X Church to close

The closing of St. Pius X in Van Etten on Jan. 11 will reduce the combined Catholic parish from six to five worship sites.

'We will still use the building for weddings and funerals, but no Masses will be scheduled,' said the Rev. William Moorby, pastor. 'We'll eventually try to sell the building.'

Earlier this year, church leaders targeted St. Pius and St. Francis of Assisi in Catatonk for closing in a continual downsizing of the Rochester diocese, which includes Tioga and Chemung counties, due to a dwindling availability of priests.

Free souls in purgatory by your prayers!


Fridays- dedicated to the Passion of Christ


The Seven Prayers of Pope St Gregory the Great

O DOMINE IESU, adoro te in Cruce pendentem, coronam spineam in capite portantem. Deprecor te, ut tua Crux liberet me ab Angelo percutiente. Amen.
O LORD JESUS, I adore Thee hanging on the Cross, wearing a crown of thorns upon Thy head. I beg Thee that Thy Cross may free me from the deceiving Angel. Amen.

Pater. Ave. Our Father. Hail Mary.

O DOMINE IESU, adoro te in Cruce vulneratum, felle et aceto potatum. Deprecor te, ut vulnera tua sint remedium animae meae. Amen.
O LORD JESUS, I adore Thee hanging wounded on the Cross, given vinegar and gall to drink. I beg Thee that Thy wounds may be the remedy of my soul. Amen.

Pater. Ave. Our Father. Hail Mary.

O DOMINE IESU, rogo per illam amaritudinem Passionis tuae, quam in hora mortis sustinuisti, maxime tunc, quando anima sanctissima de benedicto corpore est egressa. Miserere animae meae in egressu suo de corpore meo, et perduc eam in vitam aeternam. Amen.
O LORD JESUS, I ask by the bitterness of Thy Passion, which Thou didst undergo in the hour of Thy death, so much so when Thy most holy soul left Thy blessed body. Have mercy upon my soul when it leaves my body, and lead it to eternal life. Amen.

Pater. Ave. Our Father. Hail Mary.

O DOMINE IESU, adoro te in sepulcro positum, myrrha et aromatibus conditum. Deprecor te, ut tua mors sit vita mea. Amen. O LORD JESUS, I adore Thee placed in Thy tomb, anointed with myrrh and aromatic spices. I beg Thee that Thy death may be my life. Amen.

Pater. Ave. Our Father. Hail Mary.

O DOMINE IESU, adoro te descendentem ad inferos et tuos inde liberantem captivos. Deprecor te, ut illuc nunquam me patiaris introire. Amen.
O LORD JESUS, I adore Thee descending into hell and freeing the captives from there. I beg Thee, that Thou mayest never permit me to enter there. Amen.

Pater. Ave. Our Father. Hail Mary.

O DOMINE IESU, adoro te a morte resurgentem et in caelum ascendentem, sedentemque ad dexteram Patris. Deprecor te, ut illuc te sequi et tibi praesentari merear. Amen.
O LORD JESUS, I adore Thee rising from the dead, ascending into heaven, and sitting at the right hand of the Father. I beg Thee that I may be worthy to follow Thee and be with Thee. Amen.

Pater. Ave. Our Father. Hail Mary.


O DOMINE IESU, Pastor bone, iustos conserva, peccatores iustifica, omnibus fidelibus miserere, et propitius esto mihi misero et indigno peccatori. Amen.
O LORD JESUS, O good Shepherd, preserver of the just, justifier of sinners, have mercy upon all the faithful and be gracious to me, a wretched and unworthy sinner. Amen.

Pater. Ave. Our Father. Hail Mary.

Precatio Prayer
OBSECRO te Domine Iesu Christe, ut passio tua sit virtus mea, qua muniar, protegar, et defendar. Vulnera tua sint mihi cibus et potus, quibus pascar, inebrier atque delecter. Aspersio Sanguinis tui sit omnium peccatorum meorum ablutio. Mors tua sit mihi gloria sempiterna. In his sit mihi refectio, exsultatio, sanitas, studium, gaudium, desiderium corporis et animae, nunc et in perpetuum. Amen.
I BESEECH Thee, Lord Jesus Christ, that Thy Passion may be a strength to me by which I may be strengthened, protected and defended. May Thy wounds be to me food and drink by which I may be nourished, inebriated, and delighted. May the sprinkling of Thy Blood be to me an ablution for all my sins. May Thy death be eternal glory to me. In these may my refreshment, joy, health, zeal, delight, and desire of my body and soul, now and forever. Amen.

Alia Precatio Another Prayer
DOMINE Iesu Christe, Fili Dei vivi, pone Passionem, Crucem, et Mortem tuam inter iudicium tuum et animam meam, nunc et in hora mortis meae.
O LORD Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, place Thy Passion, Cross, and Death between Thy judgment and my soul, now and in the hour of my death.

Largire mihi digneris gratiam et misericordiam, vivis veniam, defunctis requiem, Ecclesiae tuae pacem, cunctisque peccatoribus vitam et gloriam sempiternam. Qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Deign to grant me grace and mercy, pardon to the living, eternal rest to the dead, peace to Thy Church, and life and eternal glory to all sinners. Thou who livest and reignest forever and ever. Amen

Feast of the Presentation of Our Lady


Joachim took to wife that most eminent and praiseworthy woman, Anne. And even as the holy Hannah, being stricken with barrenness, by prayer and promise became the mother of Samuel, so likewise this holy Anne, through prayer and promise, received from God the Mother of God, that in fruitfulness she might not be behind any of the famous matrons. And thus Grace (for such is the signification of the name of Anne) is mother of the Lady (for such is the signification of the name of Mary). And indeed this child of grace became the Lady of every creature, since she hath been Mother of the Creator. She first saw the light in Joachim's house, hard by the Pool of Bethesda, at Jerusalem, and was carried to the temple. There planted in the Lord, the dew of his Spirit made her to flourish in the courts of her God, where she was like unto a green olive tree, so that all the doves of grace came and lodged in her branches. And there she in such wise raised her mind utterly above the pride of life, and the lust of flesh, that she kept her soul virgin in her virgin body, as became her that was to receive God into her womb. Book upon the Orthodox Faith by St. John of Damascus- First Lesson of the Second Nocturn in the Breviary.

A new world order of peace- Assisi lives.


Mark 13
7 And when you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, fear ye not. For such things must needs be, but the end is not yet.
8 For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and famines. These things are the beginning of sorrows.
9 But look to yourselves. For they shall deliver you up to councils, and in the synagogues you shall be beaten, and you shall stand before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony unto them.
10 And unto all nations the gospel must first be preached.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Ecumenical football madness


Cardinal Schönborn and Bishop Storm, the Chair of the Austrian Ecumenical Council at an ecumenical service during the European Football Cup finals.

Will the real Cardinal Schönborn step forward?

as he lambasts the failure of bishops to condemn contraception.

Carnival Knights Mass November 2007


They already have female bishops in Vienna

a pretend St Nicholas trains youngsters for the same role.

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Dominican Rite

Pope's catechism on St Paul

New account of Padre Pio stigmata

Opening of Mozart's Requiem


Feast of Saint Edmund


(St Edmund, far left of the Wilton Diptych)

Here followeth the Life of Saint Edmund, King and martyr.

In the province of England of old time were divers kings, for the land was departed; among whom there was Saint Edmund, king of Norfolk and Suffolk, which took his birth of the noble and ancient lineage of the Saxons, and was from the beginning of his first age a blessed man, soft, virtuous, and full of meekness, and kept truly the very religion of christian faith, and governed his kingdom full well to the pleasure of Almighty God. In his time it happed that two wicked tyrants, that one named Hingvar, and that other Hubba, came out of Denmark and arrived in the country of Northumberland, and robbed and destroyed the country and slew the people without mercy in every place where they came. Then the one of them named Hingvar came into the country where this most christian Saint Edmund reigned, and understood that he was in his flowering age, strong and mighty in battle, and demanded of the people where their king was resident and dwelled, which that was most abiding in a town named then Eglesdon, and now is called Bury. Now the Danes had always custom that they would never fight battle set ne appointed, but ever lie in wait how they might by sleight and deceit prevented, fall on good christian men, and so slay and destroy them, like as thieves lie in await to rob and slay good true men. Wherefore, when he knew where this holy king was, he addressed one of his knights to him for to espy what strength he had, and what people about him. And Hingvar himself followed with all his host to the end that suddenly he should fall upon this king unadvised, and that he might subdue him unto his laws and commandments. Then this said knight came to this holy king Saint Edmund, and made his legation and message in this wise: Our most dread lord by land and by sea, Hingvar, which hath subdued divers countries and lands in this province unto his seigniory by strength of arms, and purposeth with all his ships and army to winter him in these marches, sendeth to thee his commandment that thou incontinent come and make alliance and friendship with him. And that thou depart to him thy paternal treasures and riches in such wise that thou mayst reign under him, or certainly thou shalt die by cruel death. And when the blessed king, Saint Edmund, had heard this message, anon he sighed and called to him one of his bishops and demanded counsel of him, what and how he should answer upon this demand that was asked of him. Which bishop, sore dreading for the king's life, exhorted him by many examples for to consent and agree to this tyrant Hingvar, and the king a while said nothing but remembered him well, and after many devout words at the last, he answered to the messenger in this wise and said: This shalt thou say to thy lord: know thou for truth, that for the love of temporal life, the christian king Edmund shall no subdue him to a paynim duke. Then unnethe was the messenger gone out, but Hingvar met him and bade him use short words and tell him his answer, which message told unto Hingvar, anon the cruel tyrant commanded to slay all the people that were with Saint Edmund and destroy them, but they should hold and keep only the king, whom he knew rebel unto his wicked laws. Then this holy king was taken and bounden, his hands behind him, and is brought tofore the duke, and after many opprobrious words, at the last they led him forth unto a tree which was thereby. To which tree his adversaries bound him, and then shot arrows at him, so thick and many that he was through wounded, and that one arrow smote out another, and always this blessed king ceased not, for all his wounds, to give laud and praising unto Almighty God. Then this wicked tyrant commanded that they should smite off his head, which they so did, he always praying, and saying his orisons to our Lord God.

Then the Danes left the body there Iying, and took the head and bare it into the thick of the wood, and hid it in the thickest place among thorns and briars, to the end that it should not be found of the christian men. But by the purveyance of Almighty God there came a wolf which diligently kept the holy head from devouring of beasts and fowls. And after, when the Danes were departed, the christian men found the body, but they could not find the head, wherefore they sought it in the wood. And as one of them spake to another: Where art thou? Which were in the thick of the wood, and cried: Where art thou? the head answered and said: Here! here! here ! and anon then all they came thither and saw it and also a great wolf sitting and embracing the head between his forelegs, keeping it from all other beasts. And then anon they took the head and brought it unto the body and set it to the place where it was smitten off, and anon they joined together, and then they bare this holy body unto the place where it is now buried. And the wolf followed humbly the body till it was buried, and then he, hurting no body, returned again to the wood. And the blessed body and head be so joined together that there appeareth nothing that it had been smitten off, save as it were a red shining thread in the place of the departing where the head was smitten off. And in that place where he now lieth so buried is a noble monastery made, and therein monks of the order of Saint Benet, which be richly endowed. In which place Almighty God hath showed many miracles for the holy king and martyr.

"Spirit of Assisi" lives!


Cardinal Dziwisz: The "Spirit of Assisi" lives in Cyprus The interreligious encounter that took place on the island of Cyprus carries on the "spirit of Assisi" promoted by John Paul II, said Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, for decades the personal secretary of Pope Karol Wojtyla. The interreligious encounter that took place on the island of Cyprus carries on the "spirit of Assisi" promoted by John Paul II, said Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, for decades the personal secretary of Pope Karol Wojtyla.

During the inaugural ceremony of the International Congress "The Civilization of Peace: Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue" the Cardinal recalled that John Paul II was convinced that the religious dimension should once again assume an important role and for this reason, on one day of 1986 the Pope confided: "A prayer of all religions for peace, that's what we need! A great clamor to God for peace".

From this, he explained, came the choice of Assisi, the city of St. Francis, "as the ideal place for believers of various religions to invoke God" which then occurred on October 27, 1986. Since he did not want Assisi to be "an isolated event", Pope Wojtyla encouraged the experience to continue, and since then it has been carried on by the Community of Sant'Egidio.

The Polish cardinal explained that the "spirit of Assisi" is that of peace:

"Faith must unite us, especially to protect great values, and above all, peace and friendship between men and between nations. Faith in one God must never lead to conflicts and wars. This was the aim of the prayer in Assisi and this is also the aim of this encounter."

Worshippers of Self at a retreat in Assisi in 2007

Dancing Franciscans in Assisi