Sunday, March 31, 2013

Restoration of Bells At FSSP Parish In Ottawa

IN French (video):

IN English (audio only):

IN English (video):

Gregorian Chant for Easter

Rome Quotes

"First the  Church and then I will take into consideration its ingenious ruiners or constructors."

-Padre Pio

Dominica Resurrectionis: Happy Easter!

Resurrexi, et adhuc tecum sum, alleluja!

I am risen and am still with thee, alleluia!



Saturday, March 30, 2013

Historic Priestly Ordination Video of Future Pope Benedict

29 June 1951 in Freising, Germany.

" the moment the elderly Archbishop laid his hands on me, a little bird – perhaps a lark – flew up from the altar in the high cathedral and trilled a little joyful song."

-Cardinal Ratzinger

Benedict XVI - Short Documentary Film!

Annual Good Friday Procession at Canadian Parliament

Led by the Archbishop of the See of Ottawa.

Prayers for our government and leaders.

From the Good Friday Liturgy:


And let us pray for all who govern states, and all their ministers and officials; that our Lord and God may direct their hearts and minds according to his will and for our lasting peace.

Let us pray.  Let us kneel.  Rise.

Almighty eternal God, in whose hand rest all government and all rights of nations, graciously look on those who have power to rule us, so that everywhere on earth, under the protection of thy right hand, religion and the safety of each country may remain intact: through our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who is God, living and reigning with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever.  Amen. 

Annual Good Friday Procession at Canadian Parliament

Annual Good Friday Procession at Canadian Parliament

Annual Good Friday Procession at Canadian Parliament

Annual Good Friday Procession at Canadian Parliament

Popes: Cleaning Up Corruption in the Vatican

The Holy Spirit's plan in action.

Lord knows it needs to happen - each in his own gentle way.

Christ is Risen!

Latin-Italian Hand Missal

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Tenebrae Factae Sunt.

O God, who by the Passion of thy Christ, our Lord, hast undone the bonds of death, the inheritance of man's first sin, into which his whole race has entered, grant that made like to him, we who of necessity have borne the likeness of earthly nature, may by his sanctifying power put on the likeness of his divine grace: through the same Christ our Lord.  Amen.

-From the Good Friday Bugnini Liturgy (my translation).

Monday, March 25, 2013

Many Thanks for the New Computer!

Meet Anders, the new Orbis Catholicus computer.

The last one, Betsy, died in a mad fit last January.

Baby says thanks, too.  

Many thanks to the four benefactors who made this huge miracle happen in a big way:

Ann B, Dieter P, Bao D., Fr. Paul V, Theodore F. 

You guys rock.  Prayers to you'all!  And eternal gratitude.  You all are a big part of this blog.  To all who support this effort: grazie, voi!

Life is beautiful and there is much work to be done.

The Palm Sunday liturgy sums everything up.  

Procedamus in pace!

Dominica in Palmis in Canada

Aldergrove, British Columbia.

A sweet, little, country parish in the valley.  

Catholic culture lives.

Thanks, Fr. Ashley!

From the Holy See of Mainz in Germany

Danke, Ansgarius!
Thanks, Peter!

Miss Me Yet?

Handpainted Icons For Sale

Always interesting finds on eBay. 

A dear friend has asked me to post this. 

Religious art for your home. 

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sancte Joseph, Patrone S. Ecclesiae, Ora Pro Nobis!

"Because It Is True."

Thanks, Tina!

Witness to the Nations!

Powerful Words

Diversity in the University?

Quick Question: What Does "In fidem etc." Stand For?

Many old Vatican letters sign off with this "In fidem" line.

Anybody know what it means?


"To Be Deep in History is to Cease to be Protestant."

Rome Quotes

"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant". 

-John Henry Newman

Article I Wrote Some Weeks Ago for the LifeCanada Journal

Two Modern Tragedies: Abortion Cataclysm and School Shootings

By JPSonnen

It’s a good week to be a pro-lifer, I told a friend last December over dinner, my eyes filling up.  She knew exactly what I meant, and nearly burst into tears.

What happened just before Christmas at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was and remains terrible on every level, but for pro-life activists it is also in some ways akin to what has become normal since the awful 1969 abortioneering law in Canada   taking the life of innocent kids. 

When Dawn Hochsprung, Natalie Hammond and Mary Sherlach, respectively the Sandy Hook principal, vice-principal and psychologist, heard the sounds of Adam Lanza shooting his way through the locked front doors of their school, they ran to attempt to stop the killing. 

All were women.  Six staff – four teachers as well as Ms. Hochsprung and Ms. Sherlach – were killed alongside twenty of their young charges.  Others were luckier.  All demonstrated remarkable grit and presence of mind. 

Parents have had trouble sleeping – all of us thinking about the massacre that took place in Newtown.  Twitter and Facebook were full of messages of the type: “Gave my kids extra hugs tonight.  Save our kids!  Love them more than ever.  Protect our children!” 

My sizeable contingent of pro-life friends have all been saying the same thing: Terrible indeed, but what about  abortion?   Human life is being destroyed on an unimaginably vast scale.  And it is legal.  How many kids are killed by the heart-stopping abortionist’s curette?   And where does the money go?  Meanwhile the mega-press straddle and dither about “one theory of when life begins” while never addressing the politically neutral scientific data which supports the concept of prenatality as one of the many passages in our lives.  The unborn infant cannot be heard; it cannot be read; it cannot demonstrate or parade through the streets.  It cannot even be arrested and thrown in jail for civil disorder.  When will we count the preborn kids?

Perhaps we might consider giving careful scrutiny to this moral absolute: that the destruction of any living being, whether a child student, embryo, defective fetus, or neonate, is an act of irretrievable finality; that one life is not fungible with another; and that the value of each human life transcends ordinary mensuration.  Today we live in an age of acute dichotomy: prenatality, molecular genetics, fetal medicine, fetal surgery, and human abortion – all are carried out – on the same premises.    

Abortion is hideously politicized by board, government and union in North America.   None of us are so na├»ve as to think the case of abortion will be decided as it should be, purely on its bio-ethical merits, anytime soon.  Nevertheless, the increasing weight of the scientific data indisputably confirming the humanity of the unborn continues to ever push in one direction.  At the same time, we might compare the crystalline selflessness of the pro-life advocate to the shabby greed and materialism of the abortion industry and the ruthless self-gratification of the abortion business. 

It seems that we are attempting to traverse a pool of quicksand on ballet slippers when we instruct our teenage boys that it is not okay to kill children, but okay to kill preborn children.  Canadian physicians ought to declare an immediate moratorium on the destruction of life until we have explored every feasible alternative and until we more fully comprehend the inexpressible divinity of existence.   

And one final word, if I may, to pro-life advocates.  Our movement has  – especially in Canada -  been tragically hobbled by factionalism and disunity.  No social revolution, or even counter-revolution, can succeed without the public appearance of unity and harmony within the ranks.   It may be time to sort out the factional differences in the pro-life ranks and resolve the dissidence in this movement  so that we may finally begin to achieve some legislative victories.  I fear that without unity we will condemn ourselves repeatedly to the bitter dregs of disappointment and defeat. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Catholic Culture: Veiling of Statues

Last Saturday night we veiled our statues in church.

A wonderful Catholic tradition in the Latin rite.

"Coeremoniale Episcoporum", liber secundus, caput XX, nn. 3 et 4 :

"Ad primas autem Vesperas Dominicae, quae de Passione dicitur, cooperiantur, antequam Officium inchoetur, omnes Cruces et imagines Saluatoris nostri Iesu Christi per Ecclesiam; et super altare nullae ponantur imagines Sanctorum.

"Cantores uero ab hac Dominica quinta Quadragesimae usque ad Pascha, excepta feria quinta in Coena Domini, non utantur cantu figurato, sed Gregoriano".

Version of Papal Arms with Mitre

From Italian artist, Marco Foppoli.

"In effetti anche io sono rimasto attonito nel vedere il modello ufficiale dello stemma di Papa Francesco; credo che si sia toccato un livello di decadimento grafico formale inimmaginabile sino a qualche anno fa."


Miss Me Yet?


Thanks, Rodolfo!

Epistolae et Evangelia

The rarest of liturgical books.  Every sacristy ought to have a copy.  Per fortuna, it is back in print.  Buy one for your sacristy or seminary library.  It is expensive.  Buy it for your priests: