Your Weekly Fix of Catholic Art – Audrey Assad

I know a girl who was abused by a boy she was in a relationship with, a boy she truly, truly loved. Needless to say, she struggles daily with the fact. I find that Jesus' command to love your enemy seems embraceable enough until something like this happens. Then you realize to what radical extremes you are actually being called to. Whenever the topic comes up, I revert instantly to the Mosaic Old Law and my head is filled with various methods of execution the man deserves. But in a miracle of … [Read more...]

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Why You Should Listen to the Church’s Teaching on Contraception

Once upon a time, there lived a ten-year-old. He was fat and hungry. One day, as he plodded through the house, he saw a piece of cake on the kitchen counter. He reached, grabbed, and was about to introduce it to the inside of his face, when an old man burst into the kitchen and yelled, "Stop!" The ten-year-old fat boy stopped. "You shouldn't eat that," the old man said, "for if you do your legs will fall off, your hair will turn gray, and you'll become a mean, bitter little boy, cursed to spread … [Read more...]

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4 Ways (and a Bunch More Besides) That YOU Can Heal Our Stupid Liturgical Wounds

Talking the liturgical talk just don't add up to squat without the liturgical walk. I challenge every single human being in the entire universe who has opinions on the Liturgy to pray for the unity of the Church after every. single. exposition of those opinions. I mean it.If you're on Father Z's blog and you spend twenty minutes articulating why the Latin Mass is beautiful, you should spend twenty minutes imploring Our Lady for a greater devotion to the liturgy. If you are taking the time to … [Read more...]

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On Playing Pretend

Go read something else, I don't know if this makes any sense.I suppose admitting to playing 'dress-up' as a child is these days akin to admitting a flamboyant homosexuality. But from what I understand -- which is admittedly little -- homosexuality has become a positive thing! (No, really, I read it on a blog!) And thus, in the proper English tradition, I shall keep calm and carry on. Now ladies, you must realize that for little boys there is nothing less frivolous and more solemn than … [Read more...]

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Walker Percy Interviews Himself

The whole thing is priceless, but have my favorite part:Q: What kind of Catholic are you? A. Bad. Q: Are you a dogmatic Catholic or an open-minded Catholic? A: I don’t know what that means . . . . Do you mean do I believe the dogma that the Catholic Church proposes for belief? Q: Yes. A: Yes. Q: How is such a belief possible in this day and age? A: What else is there? Q: What do you mean, what else is there? There is humanism, atheism, agnosticism, Marxism, behaviorism, materialism, B … [Read more...]

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There Is No Such Thing as a Charismatic Mass

Within our most marvelous, most excellent discussion of our So Very Sacred Liturgy, a few have brought up the fact of being both Traditional and Charismatic Catholics, and of seeing no problem between the convergence of these two. I agree, because the Liturgy is not Traditional, nor is it Charismatic; it simply is, and is attended by Charismatics, Traditionalists and all the rest. I do take issue, however, with the idea of a Charismatic Mass. It's not that I dislike the music or the expression … [Read more...]

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Amidst Our Liturgical Differences…

...which should not exist, for we receive the liturgy, and do not create it, it is worth pointing out something we can all agree on: Liturgy itself is awesome. I did an amateur covering of this fact a while back, defending liturgy with three points.1. That Everyone uses a liturgy.2. That liturgy is essentially universal and wonderfully democratic.3. That the Liturgy is a gift.I'd like to think that those three post are decent 'primer posts' for discussion on the Liturgy, as I r … [Read more...]

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On Latin and Circumflubbergation

Heralding the swift-rising dawn of the New Translation, I'm making an extra college-sized effort to post on the Liturgy this and next week. My thesis is no secret: To label ourselves Traditional Catholics or Charismatic Catholics or Your Word Here Catholics in regards to the Liturgy is not helping the Church. Of course, of course; there are many wonderful species the Catholic genus might have. But when it comes to the Mass, they must be staid. Why? Because the Holy Mass is the thing itself. It … [Read more...]

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Traddys vs. Moderns and the Stupidity Thereof

As the New Translation of the English Missal nears, I am getting more and more pumped about the Liturgy. It is the greatest thing since sex. (And I do not mean that flippantly; the marital union is but a shadow of the union attained at the wedding feast between Heaven and Earth.)But alas and alack and areallylame, these seem to be the days when one must 'pick sides' in regards to the Liturgy, between the (what?) Traditionalists? Conservative Catholics? Latin-Massers? and the (who?) … [Read more...]

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