Thursday, April 30, 2009

Breaking - NPR.org: Supreme Court Justice Souter To Retire

Legal correspondent Nina Totenberg is reporting that Mr. Justice David Souter is retiring at the end of the Supreme Court term. Read the full story.


Late Evening Roundup - St. Catherine of Siena (EF) - April, 30th, 2009

Evening Roundup - St. Catherine of Siena (EF) - April, 30th, 2009

Early Afternoon Roundup - St. Catherine of Siena (EF) - April, 30th, 2009

St. Catherine of Siena (EF) - April, 30th, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Late Roundup - St. Peter of Verona (EF) - April 29th, 2009

Late Afternoon Roundup - St. Peter of Verona (EF) - April 29th, 2009

Early Afternoon Roundup - St. Peter of Verona (EF) - April 29th, 2009

St. Peter of Verona (EF) - April 29th, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Daily Item: Second Carmelite community to move into Elysburg monastery

A friend sent this article to me. The Daily Item in Sunbury, PA is reporting that a second community of Discalced Carmelite nuns will be established in the monastery of Elysburg. The Order has been invited by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Harrisburg, PA.

HARRISBURG -- Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg announced Friday that a second community of Discalced Carmelite nuns will be established in the diocese in the monastery in Elysburg. The new community will be founded from the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph of Valparaiso, Neb. They come to the Diocese of Harrisburg because of a constant increase of vocations to their monastery that has caused crowding.

Their community is currently at 33. The maximum number of nuns in a Carmelite monastery is about 21.

The Valparaiso, Nebraska Carmelites join the Danville Carmelites and the Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary in Lancaster as the third contemplative community of nuns in the 15 counties of the Diocese of Harrisburg. Bishop Rhoades said, “I feel incredibly blessed that we will now have three contemplative communities of nuns in our diocese. We welcome the Carmelite nuns from Nebraska whose lives of prayer and asceticism in the cloister remind all of us of our call to holiness.

“To these Sisters, I extend my deep gratitude for their coming to our diocese and for their prayers for all of us. Their presence and prayers are a gift to us from the Lord! May God the Father bless these, His daughters, consecrated for the glory of His Name,” the bishop said.

Mother Teresa of Jesus, Prioress of the Valparaiso, Nebraska Carmelite community expressed these thoughts, “We are very excited and grateful to make a foundation in the Diocese of Harrisburg.

“True to our Carmelite vocation our main work is our prayer life. We are praying for Bishop Rhoades, the clergy and all the faithful of the Diocese of Harrisburg, and we will do even more so upon our arrival.”

Read the full story here.

Evening Roundup - St. Paul of the Cross (EF) - Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Late Afternoon Roundup - St. Paul of the Cross (EF) - Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Afternoon Roundup - St. Paul of the Cross (EF) - Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

St. Paul of the Cross (EF) - Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

CDC - Influenza (Flu) | Swine Influenza (Flu) Updates

Here is a link to the CDC with information for you and your family from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Swine Influenza. You will also find the widget in the right menu just above my profile. Updates are frequent.


Evening Roundup - St. Peter Canisius - April 27th, 2009 (Post 2,000)

Media Alert: What is the Laetare Medal and who were the previous recipients?

Afternoon Roundup - St. Peter Canisius - April 27th, 2009

Early Afternoon Roundup - St. Peter Canisius - April 27th, 2009

Noon (EDT) - St. Peter Canisius - April 27th, 2009

Breaking News: Mary Ann Glendon

Both Whispers in the Loggia and American Papist carried this story after it appeared to be broken by First Things as I posted above. If the First Things server is down, you can check the content of the letter at the two blogs. I've posted them in order by the "time stamp" on their post.


First Things >> Declining Notre Dame: A Letter from Mary Ann Glendon

This is jaw-dropping. I just saw this.

It is with great sadness, therefore, that I have concluded that I cannot accept the Laetare Medal or participate in the May 17 graduation ceremony.




St. Peter Canisius - April 27th, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

22:30 (EDT) - 2nd Sunday after Easter - Missa 'Misericordia Domini' - April 26th, 2009

Visitors ask..."things"...No. 2

1- Someone was searching for "Canons of St. John Cantius (F.S.S.P.)". That is akin to searching for Boston Red Sox (St. Louis Cards). I'm afraid it is an apples and oranges comparison.

The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius can be found here. The F.S.S.P. is a separate Fraternity and the North American home can be found here. Note that both hyperlinks are listed in the Favorite Website and Blogrolls in the Right Menu. That is why my friend landed here. I have both groups listed.

2- Traditional Latin Calendar. This is a good question. I have seen several beautiful calendars (hard copy) that are now available for the year. I intend to buy one next year and will tell you all which one I choose. For now, there is no better place to look than here which is the online calendar used at the Seminary of the F.S.S.P. I am using it daily and it is listed in the "header" (blue field above) under Trad. Calendar - F.S.S.P.


Evening Roundup - 2nd Sunday after Easter - Missa 'Misericordia Domini' - April 26th, 2009

2nd Sunday after Easter - Missa 'Misericordia Domini' - April 26th, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Visitors ask..."things"...

Visitors ask some interesting things. I can only imagine what ends up in Google within search strings.

  • "Fr. Bill Billrose" - Father Bellrose is a priest of the Fathers of Mercy and writes the blog "Seminarians for Life." It is posted here fairly often...
  • "How do you pronounce Maryland?" - This arises from those overseas quite often. I wish I could say "Mary's Land"--the original pronunciation. Instead, this covers it a bit more in detail.
  • "Abbreviation for Maryland" - This was assigned by the US Postal Service, I believe. Well, MA was grabbed by Massachusetts; MB doesn't match a state; MC is the name of a famous pop singer of some time ago; so, the USPS gave us MD. They gave ME to Maine, etc. & etc.
Keep them coming...

Afternoon Roundup - St. Mark the Evangelist - April 25th, 2009

St. Mark the Evangelist - April 25th, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

CNA: Plan B decision treats pregnancy as disease, U.S. bishops' official says

CNA reported today that the F.D.A. has now made the "Plan B" contraceptive available to 17 year-old women without a prescription. Deirdre McQuade, Assistant Director for Policy and Communications at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, criticized the action:

“Levonorgestrel is a powerful drug, taken in two doses over a 12-hour period. It is 40 times more potent than comparable progestin-only birth control pills (Ovrette) for which a prescription is required.

“Wider access to Plan B could endanger the lives of newly-conceived children, and will put minors at risk for unnecessary side effects, undermine parental rights, and contribute to higher STD rates,” warned McQuade.

“Pregnancy is not a disease and fertility is not a pathological condition, so Plan B has no authentic therapeutic purpose, and can actually cause harm to women and their newly-conceived children,” she said.

McQuade commented that though the FDA describes “Plan B” as a contraceptive drug, the manufacturer admits that it may also prevent an embryo from implanting in the womb.

“Since it takes several days for the growing embryo to reach the uterine lining and implant in the mother’s womb, the child in his or her second week of life could die as a direct result of Plan B. This is properly understood as an early abortion.”

Without a doctor’s supervision, she said, many teens will be unaware of this possible abortifacient action and the other risks posed by the drug, especially when it is used repeatedly.

“Much to the surprise of the morning-after pill’s early advocates, five years of research in Europe and the U.S. shows that increased access to emergency contraception has failed to reduce rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion,” McQuade noted.

She said the drug’s distribution has led to “greater sexual risk-taking” among adolescents, which leads to a higher rate of sexually-transmitted disease.

“In the unlikely event a teenager will bother to read the Plan B package insert all the way to the end, she will find sound advice: ‘Of course, not having sex is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy and stay free of STDs,’” McQuade said.

Read the full story here.

Evening Roundup - St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen - April 24th, 2009

Late Afternoon Roundup - St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen - April 24th, 2009

Afternoon Roundup - St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen - April 24th, 2009

The Mass in Slow Motion - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington Blog

A kind soul sent me a link to the blog of the Archdiocese of Washington on which Msgr. Charles Pope has begun a series called, "The Mass in Slow Motion." The series has just begun and is focused on the Ordinary Form. It is written very well and filled with great information.

Here are the first two installments:

The Procession and Entrance Song

The Altar is Reverenced

Please bookmark this blogsite and continue to follow the beautiful series!


St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen or Anniversary of the Coronation of the Supreme Pontiff, Benedict XVI - April 24th, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Evening Roundup - St. George or Feria in Paschaltide (EF) - April 23rd, 2009

16:00 (EDT) Roundup - St. George or Feria in Paschaltide (EF) - April 23rd, 2009

Afternoon Roundup - St. George or Feria in Paschaltide (EF) - April 23rd, 2009

St. George or Feria in Paschaltide (EF) - April 23rd, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tom Dillon vs. the Relativists | Dr. Paul Kengor | April 22, 2009

Carl Olson posted a portion of this to the Ignatius Insight Scoop blog. It is a very fine tribute by Dr. Kengor, and I pray that many have a chance to read it. The employment of the Socratic method in a "great books environment" suggests that Thomas Aquinas College is something very special.

Speaking of which, I remember one particular anecdote that Dillon shared with me, which illustrates the sorry state of American higher education--and the uniqueness of Dillon and his college. Dillon had been at a recent meeting of university presidents. A matter of morality came up. One of the presidents, naturally assuming they were all secular relativists--excellent odds--casually chimed in: "There are no absolutes."

It was sophistry as old as Pilate, "What is truth?" and, more ancient still, as naked as the Garden of Eden, "Ye Shall Be as Gods." The first of sins that precipitated the fall: pride.

Dillon's students and faculty dispatch these things in their education, whereas the inhabitants of the universe of the other presidents flee these truths like a vampire bolting from a cross. As they converse with Truth, neither Dillon nor his school suffer post-modern platitudes. Their pope, Benedict XVI, decries the global scourge that is the "Dictatorship of Relativism." Nowhere is the specter as pervasive as in the American classroom.

And so, amid the nods and chuckles of the other university presidents, Dillon, no shrinking violet, refused to tolerate this affront to faith and reason. He quickly protested: "Are you absolutely certain about that?"

"Quid est veritas?" A question we heard only recently on Good Friday...

Evening Roundup - SS. Soter and Caius (EF) - April 22nd, 2009

Saint Bernadette, Silver Spring, MD - Usus Antiquior, Ascension Thursday, May 21st

I just received an email announcing a TLM (Usus Antiquior) to be celebrated on Ascension Thursday at Saint Bernadette Catholic Church in Silver Spring, MD:

Msgr. Smith will say the TLM on Ascension Thursday, 21 May, 7:30 PM; Victoria's "Missa Ascendens Christus" sung by Chantry

Please mark your calendars!


Late Afternoon Roundup - SS. Soter and Caius (EF) - April 22nd, 2009


"Maryland 1776, Preamble We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty…"

Afternoon Roundup - SS. Soter and Caius (EF) - April 22nd, 2009

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, Ann Arbor, MI

A few days back, I did a post on the "Nashville Dominicans." I just received my quarterly newsletter from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist and they have a beautiful new website! Please take the time to look over this site. The thing that is so beautiful about both of these Religious Orders is the utter joy in the faces of the young women who have consecrated themselves to God!

The Dominican Sisters of Mary are holding a Vocations Retreat for young women in May. I have begun to post these type of things to the Events Calendar shown in the header in the month of May. Note that the May Retreat has a link back to the Sisters' own website.

Please let me know if you have events that you wish to post!

One more thing, Una Voce America has updated its website and it is beautiful as well. I have it linked in the Blogroll and Favorites Menu to the Right.

Update 4/23/2009: I received a very kind email from the Dominicans Sisters of Mary thanking me for my post. Sister asked if I would place a link to their website in the Blogroll and Favorites Menu to the Right? I have done so. Sister is hoping to see more young women attend their Vocation Retreats from our region. I hope some women from this area respond to her request!


SS. Soter and Caius (EF) - April 22nd, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Evening Roundup - Feast of Saint Anselm - April 21st, 2009

Ignatius Insight Scoop: Ron Howard, Angry & Demeaning?

Carl Olson pens a factual analysis of the upcoming movie, "Angels & Demons," the follow-up (actually the prequel) to the book-made-movie by Dan Brown, "The Da Vinci Code." In short, it is anti-Catholic; William Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has pointed that out already. Olson, however, reveals the errors aplenty.

Will it change any minds about seeing this movie? I don't know. As the saying goes, "De gustibus non est disputandum."


Late Afternoon Roundup - Feast of Saint Anselm - April 21st, 2009

Afternoon Roundup - Feast of Saint Anselm - April 21st, 2009

Feast of Saint Anselm - April 21st, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

NLM: Seminarians of Mount St. Mary's Seminary

Shawn Tribe posts another story on the Solemn High Mass from Harrisburg, PA and the seminarians of Mount Saint Mary's Seminary Schola. One of the comments contains photos linked on Flickr.


Evening Roundup - Monday of the Second Week of Easter - April 20th, 2009

Visitors ask...Religious Communities

From time to time, I still receive searches for specific Religious Communities located within the area. The Archdiocesan website under the heading "Clergy & Religious Life" has links to Communities of Religious Men and Communities of Religious Women. Some are found within the Archdiocese at specific locations as you can see.


Afternoon Roundup - Monday of the Second Week of Easter - April 20th, 2009

Monday of the Second Week of Easter - April 20th, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Visitors ask...English translation for "oculi"

These kinds of questions appear often. The best solution is a good Latin/English dictionary but those would be rare in most homes. So, let's try online.

First, we go to the RIGHT MENU containing Blogroll and Favorites and find Latin Dictionary by Babylon.

We type in the word "oculi" (strangely similar to "ocular" isn't it which refers to "eye") and click DEFINE. This is what results:

Webster's Unabridged, 1913:

Oculi
(pl. )
of Oculus

So, oculi means "eyes."

Since the phrase came from the 'Missa Oculi Mei', and since the Introit begins, "
Oculi mei (this is plural) semper ad Dominum," the meaning of the phrase is "My eyes are ever towards the Lord..."




Evening Roundup - Low Sunday or Divine Mercy Sunday - April 19th, 2009