Tag: "Holy Mass"

Thousands of Boston Catholics Pray Against Harvard’s Satanic ‘Black Mass’
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Thousands of Boston Catholics Pray Against Harvard’s Satanic ‘Black Mass’

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Thousands of Catholics and non-Catholic supporters turned out for a prayer service Monday night, processing through the streets of Boston and singing hymns in response to a threat by a Harvard university secularist group to hold a Satanic “black Mass” on campus. Although a statement from the group, the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club, claimed […]

From Worship to a Moral Life and Charity
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From Worship to a Moral Life and Charity

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In an interview by Edward Pentin of Zenit on July 25, 2013, Cardinal Raymond Burke was asked if the abuses of the liturgy that abounded after the Second Vatican Council affected the moral life of Catholics. “There’s no question in my mind,” he said, “that the abuses in the sacred liturgy, reduction of the liturgy […]

Poem: "A Consecration"
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Poem: “A Consecration”

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A Consecration Arms extended to heaven, he raises the chalice, The silver family heirloom, The one bequeathed to him by his priest uncle. Fingers cradle the priceless cup, The vessel that contains the Precious Blood. Pointed directly towards the heavenly throne The open mouth Of the chalice Of the priest Of the people gathered Readies […]

<em>The Real Vatican II</em>: A 10-part Television Series
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The Real Vatican II: A 10-part Television Series

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Recently, Pope Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus, criticized the media for it’s continued misrepresenting of Vatican II. In response, NET (New Evangelization Television) debuted a 10-part weekly series called Vatican II: Inside the Vatican Council, on Thursday, February 21 at 8:30 PM ET. CNA/EWTN reported that “Pope Benedict XVI said that many of the misinterpretations of the Second […]

Five Signs We Get Wrong at Mass
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Five Signs We Get Wrong at Mass

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For many contemporary Catholics, the Second Vatican Council is the most important, if not the only, Church Council in the history of the Church. For them, it brought the Church out of a rigorist darkness and enlightened it by its contact with modernity. If you would like to think that, you are wrong, but go […]

Big Words for Big Things
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Big Words for Big Things

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It has been an entire year since the new changes in the English translation of the language used in the Sacred Liturgy which were introduced to the Church in America on the First Sunday of Advent in 2011. By most accounts it has been a success, but not without some criticism. One example was a […]

It Was A Beautiful Service, But…
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It Was A Beautiful Service, But…

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JI attended a Protestant church a while ago for a worship service. A friend and colleague had died, and I was there to pray for him and his family. The church was beautiful. High ceilings, with stained glass windows on the back wall of the sanctuary. A pulpit made of beautiful wood, raised high in […]

Moral Life Animated (with Stick Figures)
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Moral Life Animated (with Stick Figures)

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When we perform an act of faith, hope, or love in God, we are in direct contact with Him, and this is especially true at Mass. God is no longer remote, He is as close to us as any two persons can be because Christ is not only present in the Eucharist, He dwells in […]

How Great It Was To See You Today
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How Great It Was To See You Today

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I am always here – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year – waiting for you. But generally I am alone, abandoned and ignored. So when I looked out from behind the closed doors this morning, I was overjoyed to see you-so many of you. While there were many […]

The Cross is the Key to Eternal Life
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The Cross is the Key to Eternal Life

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Action!  Saint James tells us that we must demonstrate our faith with actions.  As Catholics, that means taking up our crosses and following the Lord.  “Faith of itself, without works, is dead,” James says (2:17).  His teaching comes directly from the Lord.     At Mass word and deed connect.  The Scriptures offer the affirmation that […]

How to Behave at Mass
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How to Behave at Mass

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I don’t know if I am getting old, but have you noticed that people don’t seem to know how to behave at Mass anymore? I will never forget the day I was at Sunday Mass, when a well-meaning dad pulled out a very large plastic bag from the Dollar Store. In it, he had a big new toy for his […]

The World’s Worst and Best Ideas
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The World’s Worst and Best Ideas

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As a writer, I find that my thoughts quickly turn into articles in my head. A recent at-rest thought was:  What are the worst ideas in the world? High heels were my first thought. Heels prove that vanity lacks wisdom. Feet are for walking; high heels are anti-walking so regardless of what’s in your shoe […]

<em>The Greatest Miracle</em>:  Wonderful Idea; Flawed Execution
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The Greatest Miracle: Wonderful Idea; Flawed Execution

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The Greatest Miracle, an animated look at the source and summit of our faith, Holy Mass, opens today in 63 cities.  It is a film that has me feeling quite conflicted. On the one hand, the concept of using film to explore what is going on spiritually in Mass is a wonderful idea. There are […]

This Is a Great Opportunity
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This Is a Great Opportunity

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Last Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent, the new English translation of the prayers we pray in the Mass started being used in the United States. Interestingly, the prayers on which the translation is based are not new. They are essentially the same official prayers of the Latin Rite which we have had for decades. Go to the […]

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Preparing for Mass — A Real Necessity

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Celebrating Mass together is the most important activity we do in our lives, and yet it is the most misunderstood and under-appreciated. From the moment we wake up we have a list of things that fill our calendars and day planners, leaving the Mass barely surviving on Sunday mornings. When we finally get there, we […]

The New Roman Missal: A Fresh Encounter with the Liturgy
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The New Roman Missal: A Fresh Encounter with the Liturgy

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The experience of many Catholics at Mass reminds me of my cousin Stefano’s first time at an American football game.  Coming from Italy, Stefano knew football very well—but his “football” is our soccer! So when he first visited the States, and our family took him to see the Chicago Bears, he failed to fully grasp […]

The New Roman Missal: The Mystery of Eucharist Union
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The New Roman Missal: The Mystery of Eucharist Union

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Bride and Bridegroom Beautiful changes have been made to the translation of the prayer that comes shortly before Holy Communion is distributed. Since Vatican II, the priest has said, “Happy are those who are called to His supper” as he held up the Eucharist. The new translation is more poetic and better fits the solemnity […]

The New Roman Missal: There Will Be Blood
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The New Roman Missal: There Will Be Blood

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“For all” to “for many” Of all the changes in the new translation, two small words used by the priest at the consecration are evoking the most questions.  Those two words are “for many.” Currently, the priest refers to Jesus’ blood as having redemptive value “for all”: “This is the cup of My blood, the […]

The New Roman Missal: Focus on Christology
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The New Roman Missal: Focus on Christology

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From “We believe” to “I believe” Can a one-letter word really make a great difference?  In the case of the revised translation of the Nicene Creed in the new Roman Missal, the answer is emphatically, “Yes!” Instead of starting the Creed by saying, “We believe in one God…” we will begin by saying, “I believe […]

The New Roman Missal: The Confiteor and the Gloria
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The New Roman Missal: The Confiteor and the Gloria

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In the prayer known as the Confiteor (which begins, “I confess to almighty God…”), the new translation cultivates a more humble, sorrowful attitude toward God as we confess our sins and accept responsibility for our wrongdoings.  Instead of simply saying, “I have sinned through my own fault,” as was done in the old translation, we […]

Daily Mass: Medicine for a Sick Culture
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Daily Mass: Medicine for a Sick Culture

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Rosie grabbed my arm as I walked into Mass one weekday morning. Whispering in a hushed tone she asked:  “Can you help me measure the candle?   I can’t reach the top of it to measure it.  I was helping to set up for a funeral, and I dropped the candle and broke the glass that […]

The Rosary: A Weapon of Mass Instruction, Part 4
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The Rosary: A Weapon of Mass Instruction, Part 4

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We continue our reflection on the mysteries of the rosary as a means of entering more deeply into the sacred mysteries made present in Holy Mass with an examination of The Glorious Mysteries. 1. The Resurrection of the Lord And in the end of the Sabbath, when it began to dawn towards the first day […]

Why, Exactly, Are You Catholic? (Just Asking)
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Why, Exactly, Are You Catholic? (Just Asking)

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On its website the Catholic News Service identifies itself as “an editorially independent and financially self-sustaining division of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.” Why it can be a division of the USCCB, and still be editorially independent is not clear. Nevertheless, it is the voice of the national bishop’s conference in this country, […]

The Rosary: A Weapon of Mass Instruction, Part 2
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The Rosary: A Weapon of Mass Instruction, Part 2

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The Joyful Mysteries continued… 3. The Nativity of the Lord And it came to pass that when they were there, Mary’s days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her first born son and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger: because there was no room […]

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