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Ad Orientem - How’s It Going?

Two weeks ago, I received the following message from a priest friend who runs two parishes: “Today was the last Sunday with versus populum Novus Ordo Masses at our parishes.... From next week on, all Masses shall be celebrated ad orientem.” Another friend, a laymen, wrote at the same time to say “(Our) parish... Show More Summary

Jesse Tree - Day 3: Fall of Man

Our online Jesse Tree is to help us prepare for Christ's coming by studying His roots and Salvation History. Jesse Trees follow the same general outline but I've found they are widely varied in some of the details. Some may have one day for Moses, others may spend 4 days on different aspects of his life. Show More Summary

Word to Life — Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 4, 2016

Dec. 4, Second Sunday of Advent       Cycle A. Readings:       1) Isaiah 11:1-10       Psalm 72: 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17       2) Romans 15:4-9       Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12   By Jean Denton Catholic News Service “Going to church” in the Protestant American South holds a certain amusing lore through which I fondly recall the small […]

A First Mass in Ireland

Thanks to our friend Mr John Briody for sending in these photos of the First Mass of Canon John O’Connor of the Institute of Christ the King, celebrated this past Sunday at St. Kevin’s Church, Harrington Street, Dublin, Ireland which is home to the Latin Mass Chaplaincy for the Dublin Archdiocese. Show More Summary

Worth a Thousand Words: Chrysanthemums

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Chrysanthemumsvia Arts Everyday Living

Well Said: To every life there eventually came a moment when one had to accept the fact that the future was entirely out of one's hands

In the morning when Mrs. Pollifax awoke she realized at once that a fateful day was beginning. She lay and thought about this dispassionately, almost wonderingly, because to every life there eventually came a moment when one had to accept...Show More Summary

Jesse Tree - Day 2: Adam and Eve

Day 2 of our online Jesse Tree which is to help us prepare for Christ's coming by studying His roots and Salvation History.My source for days and symbols is Catholic Culture. Day 2: Adam and EveSymbols: tree, man, woman The Creation of Eve, Sistine Chapel, fresco Michelangelo, a "spandrel" in the Ancestors of Christ series. Show More Summary

Lisa Nicholas's Omniblog

New website alert - Lisa A. Nicholas who has her fingers in a lot of pies but most especially in Catholic writing and editing has launched a new website. Of most interest to me is her Omniblog which gathers all her blog posts from various sites. Check it out!

Book Notice: St. Thomas Aquinas's Commentary on Job

Back in November 2013, I offered NLM readers an update on the progress of the Aquinas Institute's massive project of producing a first-ever complete bilingual (Latin/English) hardcover edition of the OPERA OMNIA of St. Thomas Aquinas. Show More Summary

CV LOOP: Obama calls for registering women for the draft

MILITARY // Trump has named tough talking retired general James “Mad Dog” Mattis as Secretary of Defense. Mattis will need Congress to waive the prohibition on former military officers heading the Pentagon less than seven years after...Show More Summary

“Fisher of Men” - A Paulist Vocation Video from the 1960s

Here’s an interesting thing which a friend pointed out to me, a vocation video from the Paulist Fathers. Their Youtube account describes it as from the early 1960s, but I think it must just a bit later, since the Mass is being said (sigh...) versus populum, and on something (deep sigh...) that doesn’t look much like an altar. Show More Summary

Jesse Tree - Day 1: Creation

Catholic Culture has great resources and info about the Jesse Tree. Also Loyola Press has a wonderful page for the Jesse tree.This online Jesse tree grows very slowly as I add a day or two each year... obviously this is a work in progress.Let's...Show More Summary

Worth a Thousand Words: Snowball

Snowballtaken by the incomparable Remo Savisaar Living in Texas, the trees are just beginning to hit full color and we're hitting our first cold weather. Not only is this little fellow adorable but the snow on the branch reminds me that winter is in full swing in some places.

Well Said: Love can be hated when it challenges us.

God is love. But love can also be hated when it challenges us to transcend ourselves. It is not a romantic “good feeling.” Redemption is not “wellness,” it is not about basking in self-indulgence; on the contrary it is a liberation from imprisonment in self-absorption. Show More Summary

Solemn High Mass with Monks of Norcia at Wyoming Catholic College for the Feast of St. Andrew

On November 30, the students, faculty, and staff of Wyoming Catholic College enjoyed the privilege of hosting a visit from two of the monks of the monastery of Norcia, Fr. Benedict Nivakoff, the Prior, and Fr. Martin Bernhard. The monks, together with college chaplain Fr. Show More Summary

CV LOOP: TV stars attacked for their pastor’s views

PRAY // Please join us in praying for the families in Gaitlinburg, Tennessee, who are dealing with the dangerous wildfires. CULTURE // Liberal website Buzzfeed stirred up a frenzy on social media after publishing an article shaming HGTV...Show More Summary

Wonderful New Icons by Maxim Sheshukov

Thanks to the Orthodox Arts Journal for bringing to my notice the icons of contemporary Russian icon painter, Maxim Sheshukov.Here is a modern style that works within the icongraphic prototype. I notice that he does not feel compelled to follow one of the 'rules' of iconography. Show More Summary

The Relics of St Andrew

In the traditional Roman Breviary, the life of St Andrew the Apostle ends with the statement that “When Pius II was Pope, his head was brought to Rome, and placed in the basilica of St Peter.” This statement gives no idea of what anShow More Summary

Lagniappe: Nature was absorbed in making cabbages when Mrs. Vesey was born

Some of us rush through life, and some of us saunter through life. Mrs. Vesey SAT through life. Sat in the house, early and late; sat in the garden; sat in unexpected window-seats in passages; sat (on a camp-stool) when her friends tried...Show More Summary

Worth a Thousand Words: Titan Travel Poster

Titanfrom NASA's Visions of the Future collection Frigid and alien, yet similar to our own planet billions of years ago, Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has a thick atmosphere, organic-rich chemistry and a surface shaped by rivers and lakes of liquid ethane and methane. Show More Summary

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