Keep the Mass in Christmas

I was going to post on the prevalence of “Keep Christ in Christmas” bumper stickers and signs at this time of year and suggest that the reason Christ is being taken out of Christmas is that Mass has already been taken out of Christmas. However, Mark Shea links to this article by an atheist that [Read More...]

Poem for Advent

The Second Coming W.B.Yeats Turning and turning in the widening gyreThe falcon cannot hear the falconer;Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhereThe ceremony of innocence is drowned;The best lack all conviction, while the worstAre full of passionate intensity. Surely some revelation is at [Read More...]

Caption Competition

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The Apostles – 5

In the second section of the book the Holy Father discusses the Apostles one by one. He begins with Peter. The Pope teaches about Simon Peter’s background in Galilee, his call to be one of the initial five disciples (Jewish rabbies traditionally had five disciples) and then Simon being given his new name and his [Read More...]

Rose Vestments?

I’m sorry to say we didn’t use rose vestments at St Mary’s last Sunday. Some clergy find it unmanly. I certainly would find it difficult to wear hot Barbie doll pink, but the rose color for vestments is traditional and has very ancient and interesting antecedents. Check this post by Shawn Tribe to see a [Read More...]

Bush Whacker

When the journalist threw a shoe at Bush in Iraq last week it wasn’t just the only weapon to hand. It’s an ancient Midddle Eastern insult. Do you remember when they pulled down Saddam’s statue they all ran up and slapped it with their shoes? It’s actually there in the Psalm 60: “Moab is my [Read More...]


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