Thursday, August 06, 2009

Lest we forget

Memorial card issued in Belgium after the Great War.

The Last Veteran was buried today.

Of your charity, pray for the repose of his soul.

The game is up for the Anglicans


Rome riding to the rescue of the Anglo-Catholics. A new dawn for them, sunset over Canterbury.

Anglo-Catholics know what to do liturgically.

Indulgenced prayers for vocations

Almighty God, Father of Jesus Christ our eternal High Priest, bless our families. Grant that they may have the honour and privilege of giving to Thy Church sons and daughters to serve God in the sacred priesthood and the religious life.

Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us ; obtain for us many holy priests. Help our students who are preparing for the priesthood.

1. The laithful who recite with devotion any prayer approved by ecclesiastical authority, in order to obtain from God priestly and religious vocations, may gain :
(a) an indulgence of seven years each time ;
(b) a plenary indulgence on the usual conditions,
if the prayer be recited every day for a month.
(Sacred Penitentiary, 17th May, 1927 ; 18th March, 1932)

2. The faithful who spend at least half an hour
in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in any
church or public oratory to obtain vocations to
the priesthood, and who also go to confession
and receive Holy Communion, may gain a plenary

(Sacred Penitentiary, 24th May, 1921 ; 24th June, 1936)
Imprimatur : die 10 Aprilis 1957 GULIELMUS,
Archiepiscopus Westmonasteriensis.

Pope won't be visiting Germany in 2010 after all

Despite speculation that he would be going to Berlin for the 20th Anniversary of the reunification of the country. He had also been invited to Freibourg by the Chairman of the Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Zollitsch.

From various reports in Germany, following an announcement of the Bishop's Conference spokesman.

Could be a sign that the UK has displaced Germany in his travel plans for 2010, given the forthcoming beatification of Cardinal Newman, dear to the Pope's heart.

Just one Ave shakes the whole of hell


The break came before the Council


Jules Monchanin. a Swami who focused on " the inner Holy Spirit in its Indian forms and allow the visible form of the Church to express itself in a truly Indian way" died several years before.

If the Second Vatican Council was not a radical departure, what was it for?
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Modern First Communion Card

A picture says a thousand words
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We pray that your angel may take this sacrifice to your altar in heaven


Domincans organise feminist liturgy celebrating the Summer Solstice!


Worst possible candidate for Archbishopric of Birmingham


More from Holy Smoke

Pedro Almodovar criticises the Catholic Church


The Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar has accused the Catholic Church of having an outdated notion of the family.

"It is completely insane not to recognise the way that many millions of people live today," said the 59 - year-old to the weekly newspaper "Die Zeit", according to a report on Wednesday.

"Why doesn’t the Pope take a walk outside the Vatican and looks at what is a family means today?"

The families in his movies are more real than the "Catholic version" of the family. "For more than twenty years, I have made films in which a family is a group of people, at whose centre is the small reality of looking after the other," said Almodovar. It was, "no matter whether the group is made up of separated from parents, transvestites, transsexuals or nuns suffering from AIDS there." Almodóvar's new film "Broken Embraces" with Penélope Cruz in the main role is premiered this week in German cinemas.

Today is is the anniversary of the Hiroshima bomb

And a most remarkable story of how the Jesuits living in the city survived, including Father Arrupe, the future general of the Order.

Feast of the Transfiguration


Upon Mount Tabor, Jesus revealed to his disciples a heavenly mystery. While living among them he had spoken of the kingdom and of his second coming in glory, but to banish from their hearts any possible doubt concerning the kingdom and to confirm their faith in what lay in the future by its prefiguration in the present, he gave them on Mount Tabor a wonderful vision of his glory, a foreshadowing of the kingdom of heaven. It was as if he said to them: “As time goes by you may be in danger of losing your faith. To save you from this I tell you now that some standing here listening to me will not taste death until they have seen the Son of Man coming in the glory of his Father. “Moreover, in order to assure us that Christ could command such power when he wished, the evangelist continues: Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter, James and John, and led them up a high mountain where they were alone. There, before their eyes, he was transfigured. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. Then the disciples saw Moses and Elijah appear, and they were talking to Jesus.

These are the divine wonders we celebrate today; this is the saving revelation given us upon the mountain; this is the festival of Christ that has drawn us here. Let us listen, then, to the sacred voice of God so compellingly calling us from on high, from the summit of the mountain, so that with the Lord’s chosen disciples we may penetrate the deep meaning of these holy mysteries, so far beyond our capacity to express. Jesus goes before us to show us the way, both up the mountain and into heaven, and - I speak boldly - it is for us now to follow him with all speed, yearning for the heavenly vision that will give us a share in his radiance, renew our spiritual nature and transform us into his own likeness, making us for ever sharers in his Godhead and raising us to heights as yet undreamed of.

Let us run with confidence and joy to enter into the cloud like Moses and Elijah, or like James and John. Let us be caught up like Peter to behold the divine vision and to be transfigured by that glorious transfiguration. Let us retire from the world, stand aloof from the earth, rise above the body, detach ourselves from creatures and turn to the creator, to whom Peter in ecstasy exclaimed: Lord, it is good for us to be here.

It is indeed good to be here, as you have said, Peter. It is good to be with Jesus and to remain here for ever. What greater happiness or higher honor could we have than to be with God, to be made like him and to live in his light?

Therefore, since each of us possesses God in his heart and is being transformed into his divine image, we also should cry out with joy: It is good for us to be here - here where all things shine with divine radiance, where there is joy and gladness and exultation; where there is nothing in our hearts but peace, serenity and stillness; where God is seen. For here, in our hearts, Christ takes up his abode together with the Father, saying as he enters: Today salvation has come to this house. With Christ, our hearts receive all the wealth of his eternal blessings, and there where they are stored up for us in him, we see reflected as in a mirror both the first fruits and the whole of the world to come.

Feast of the Transfiguration


Quicúmque Christum quæritis,
Oculos in altum tóllite :
Illic licébit visere
Signum perennis glóriæ.

Illustre quiddam cérnimus,
Quod nesciat finem pati,
Sublime, celsum, interminum,
Antiquius cælo et chao.

Hic ille Rex est Géntium
Pópulique Rex judaici,
Promissus Abrahæ patri
Ejusque in ævum sémini.

Hunc, et prophétis testibus
Iisdemque signatóribus,
Testator et Pater jubet
Audire nos et credere.

Jesu, tibi sit glória,
Qui te revelas párvulis,
Cum Patre, et almo Spíritu,
In sempitérna sæcula. Amen.

All ye who seek for Jesus,
raiseYour eyes above, and upward gaze:
There may ye see the wondrous sign
Of never-ending glory shine.

Behold him in celestial rays
Who never knoweth end of days;
Exalted, infinite, sublime;
Older than heaven or hell or time.

This is the Gentiles' King and Lord;
The Prince by Judah's race adored,
Promised to Abraham of yore,
And to his seed for evermore.

To him the prophets testify;
And that same witness, from on high,
The Father seals by his decree:
Hear and believe my Son, saith he.

Proper Doxology
All glory, Lord, to thee we pay,
Transfigured on the Mount today;
Whom with the Father we adore,
And Holy Ghost, for evermore. Amen.