Failing…in love again

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"There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love." - First reading at Mass, from 1 John 4:17-18(Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com)As Popeye would say, "well, blow me down."I fail at love all the time -- grievously -- and when I consider how often that failure is connected to fear, I have to say, this is pretty spot-on.There is a great deal I do not fear; usually for me fear is … [Read more...]

O Sapientia! O Wisdom! Antiphonal Healing

O Sapientia

Tonight, it begins; at Vespers, before the Magnificat, we take up the gorgeous "O"Antiphons. We chant them in full solemnity, with their wandering air, their voice of deep longing.We have been wandering, and longing, for a long, long time; we seek an end to the journey, and the wanting.As the whole nation is gripped in mourning and wondering what first to correct in ourselves, in our laws and our society, have we ever needed these powerful antiphons more than this week?Tonight: O … [Read more...]

Why We Need Redemption

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This ugly, deplorable, heartbreaking picture showed up in my facebook feed.That's a beautiful baby, who looks to be full-term. And there are thousands if not millions of people who cannot have babies, and who would quickly claim this little one for their own. In a world where the fullness of love is constantly being challenged by hate and emptiness, the love therein created -- parent-to-child-to-grandparents and so on -- would have brought a little more affirmation, a little more "yes" into … [Read more...]

I For One Welcome…

...our new missal translation, to debut in Advent of 2011. They will be very similar to the earliest translations of the Latin, which some of us learned and loved as children:My memory of the Traditional Mass is cloudy and vague, and I suspect a bit romantic, but I recollect the first translations of the Novus Ordo very well; they were more exact, and more spiritually focused than what eventually followed. We easily learned our vernacular responses, which were pretty nice:"The Lord be with … [Read more...]


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