Future Priests? Around the World, Children Playing “Mass”

Isaiah Vogt celebrating mass

Perhaps you saw this:The YouTube video of Catholic author Brandon Vogt's three-year-old son Isaiah "celebrating Mass" with his new mass kit was a hit on YouTube in 2012.Young Isaiah Vogt was demonstrating what he'd learned in church, watching his pastor celebrate the Latin Rite Mass. *     *     *     *     * Meanwhile, across the world, children are more familiar with the Sacred Mysteries, the Eastern Rite liturgy.I recently ran across this video from Russia, where children are p … [Read more...]

Cardinal Seán Nails It: Harvard’s “Black Mass” Was Wrong

Cardinal Sean hand tools

Cardinal Seán O'Malley, archbishop of Boston, got a little lesson in using an electric screwdriver this week."During my visit with the workers," he wrote of the experience, "I had an opportunity to get acquainted with an electric screwdriver for the first time.  I discovered I am much more adept at the manual variety!"  (Photo:  The Boston Pilot/Cardinal Seán's Blog) *     *     *     *     * His Eminence wrote on his blog this week about the recently scrapped plans by a student group at Ha … [Read more...]

Why Do Catholics Bless Themselves with Holy Water?

Holy Water Font

When you walk into the church, you dip your fingers into the holy water font and then make the sign of the cross.  But why do you do that?Why do Catholics use holy water in their worship and their devotional life? *     *     *     *     *Numbers 5:17"And he shall take holy water in an earthen vessel, and he shall cast a little earth of the pavement of the tabernacle into it." *     *     *     *     * The Catholic Church teaches that Christ instituted seven "sacraments"--means by … [Read more...]