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How the spirits of the just are made perfect — The Litany of Humility

The readings of Holy Mass today were on humility… In his weekly Angelus, Pope Benedict XVI said, “Christ did not limit himself to taking just the lowest place at the table, Jesus, taught the Pope, repeatedly offers humanity “a model of humility and of free giving” and showed the world “radical humility” by accepting the Cross.””

Blessed be God forever…


O Jesus! meek and humble of heart,

Hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed,

Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being loved…

From the desire of being extolled …

From the desire of being honored …

From the desire of being praised …

From the desire of being preferred to others…

From the desire of being consulted …

From the desire of being approved …

From the fear of being humiliated …

From the fear of being despised…

From the fear of suffering rebukes …

From the fear of being calumniated …

From the fear of being forgotten …

From the fear of being ridiculed …

From the fear of being wronged …

From the fear of being suspected …

That others may be loved more than I,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I …

That, in the opinion of the world,

others may increase and I may decrease …

That others may be chosen and I set aside …

That others may be praised and I unnoticed …

That others may be preferred to me in everything…

That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…

Report: Tuscan priest celebrates holy mass with iPad

“really easy to use.”

Wow. I’m not sure this liturgical development will be allowed to continue… What do you think?

This from the Cult of Mac:

The iPad has been called magical, but now it’s also mystical: at least one priest has used the latest and greatest Apple device to say holy mass.

A Catholic priest in Italy recently employed an iPad to perform an outdoor mass in the place of a heavy bible.

Don Michele Bigi, using the iPad to say mass at a summer camp in Gramolazzo (Tuscany) told The Apple Lounge that the Apple device was “really easy to use.”

It’s certainly lighter than most versions that churches use of the good book, although instead of using a specially-formulated Bible for iPad he adopted a PDF of the Roman Missal to perform the service.

When the iPad first launched, Italian priest Don Paolo Padrini who created runaway hit app iBreviary, said he thought the new device might be just the thing for readings during mass. Padrini also noted that there were no specific vetoes from the Vatican against using technology to perform services.

It’ll be interesting to see whether any entrepreneurs or church officials take up the challenge and devise a version of the Roman Missal for iPad.

Hat tip to Andrea Nepori

Via The Apple Lounge


New Missal Advent 2011: Card. George — “In the end it will be the text the church uses for prayer.”

EDITOR NOTE: Despite ongoing vocal objections from a minority of American Catholics, some having been long term complaints and still others coming in the form of recent outright rebellion, the New Roman Missal will be in use in most english speaking countries beginning Advent 2011. Past differences on matters pertaining to the make-up of the missal should rightly be set aside considering that the new missal is complete, signed, sealed, and nearly delivered.

I believe it’s time now for a period of Catholic study and prayer over the New Roman Missal. I think something lost in this process has been our failure to both acknowlege and pray for all those who’ve labored over the translation for so many years. I know I’ve failed on these points. I think also, we should each ask God to bless us too in the coming transition so that, as Pope Benedict predicts, “…through these sacred texts and the actions that accompany them, Christ will be made present and active in the midst of his people.”

And that would be all of us…


VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After nine years of work involving Vatican officials, English-speaking bishops around the world and hundreds of consultants, Pope Benedict XVI received a complete version of the English translation of the Roman Missal.

The white-bound, gold-edged missal, which contains all of the prayers used at Mass, was given to the pope during a luncheon April 28 with members of the Vox Clara Committee, an international group of bishops who advise the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments about English liturgical translations.

“Soon the fruits of your labors will be made available to English-speaking congregations everywhere,” the pope told the Vox Clara members.

“Many will find it hard to adjust to unfamiliar texts after nearly 40 years of continuous use of the previous translations,” the pope said, which is why “the change will need to be introduced with due sensitivity.”

The pope thanked the Vox Clara members and all those who contributed to the translation process because “through these sacred texts and the actions that accompany them, Christ will be made present and active in the midst of his people.”

The new English-language Missal is a translation of the Latin edition officially promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 2000 and released in 2002.

The copy given to the pope includes the “recognitio,” or approval for use, dated March 25, 2010, and signed by Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, prefect of the worship congregation, and U.S. Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, congregation secretary.

Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said that while the overall text has been approved for use, editions with specific adaptations for each country are pending. He said he expected the “recognitio” for the U.S. version before the end of May.

While Catholics definitely will notice the new translation, Cardinal George said, the change will be “far less dramatic than going from Latin to English was.”

“When they see what a beautiful text it is, many people will welcome it,” the cardinal told Catholic News Service April 29. Some people, for a variety of reasons, will not like the translation, he said, “but in the end it will be the text the church uses for prayer.”

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa, a member of Vox Clara, told CNS that members expect bishops’ conferences in most English-speaking countries to begin using the new translation starting in Advent 2011.



Confession, Holy Mass, and the Sea — Brookings, Oregon

Gallery slideshow: Ocean shots of the family after confession and mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Brookings, Oregon.  

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Fratres Daily Mass Readings 02.09.09: Monday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time


Reading 1

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth,
the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss,
while a mighty wind swept over the waters.

Then God said,
“Let there be light,” and there was light.
God saw how good the light was.
God then separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”
Thus evening came, and morning followed-the first day.

Then God said,
“Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters,
to separate one body of water from the other.”
And so it happened:
God made the dome,
and it separated the water above the dome from the water below it.
God called the dome “the sky.”
Evening came, and morning followed-the second day.

Then God said,
“Let the water under the sky be gathered into a single basin,
so that the dry land may appear.”
And so it happened:
the water under the sky was gathered into its basin,
and the dry land appeared.
God called the dry land “the earth,”
and the basin of the water he called “the sea.”
God saw how good it was.
Then God said,
“Let the earth bring forth vegetation:
every kind of plant that bears seed
and every kind of fruit tree on earth
that bears fruit with its seed in it.”
And so it happened:
the earth brought forth every kind of plant that bears seed
and every kind of fruit tree on earth that
bears fruit with its seed in it.
God saw how good it was.
Evening came, and morning followed-the third day.

Then God said:
“Let there be lights in the dome of the sky,
to separate day from night.
Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years,
and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky,
to shed light upon the earth.”
And so it happened:
God made the two great lights,
the greater one to govern the day,
and the lesser one to govern the night;
and he made the stars.
God set them in the dome of the sky,
to shed light upon the earth,
to govern the day and the night,
and to separate the light from the darkness.
God saw how good it was.
Evening came, and morning followed-the fourth day.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 104:1-2a, 5-6, 10 and 12, 24 and 35c

R. (31b) May the Lord be glad in his works.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
You are clothed with majesty and glory,
robed in light as with a cloak.
R. May the Lord be glad in his works.
You fixed the earth upon its foundation,
not to be moved forever;
With the ocean, as with a garment, you covered it;
above the mountains the waters stood.
R. May the Lord be glad in his works.
You send forth springs into the watercourses
that wind among the mountains.
Beside them the birds of heaven dwell;
from among the branches they send forth their song.
R. May the Lord be glad in his works.
How manifold are your works, O LORD!
In wisdom you have wrought them all-
the earth is full of your creatures;
Bless the LORD, O my soul! Alleluia.
R. May the Lord be glad in his works.

Mk 6:53-56


After making the crossing to the other side of the sea,
Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret
and tied up there.
As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him.
They scurried about the surrounding country
and began to bring in the sick on mats
to wherever they heard he was.
Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered,
they laid the sick in the marketplaces
and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak;
and as many as touched it were healed.

In Honor of the Beast?


The following is a pictorial report of the Palm Sunday 2008 Mass at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Minneapolis, Mn. The commentary below are direct quotes taken from the parish website. The author is Nancy Lynch, a parishioner.

             “Palm Sunday is finally here. We are so prepared to participate in the liturgy…”

             “We start by singing “He Turned the Water into Wine,” while two children dressed the alter. The narrator, Kristin Aitchinson, read the gospel about Jesus entering into Jerusalem. Singing “Prepare Ye” several children enter and hand out palms followed by the Disciples and animal puppets also handing out palms. Lastly enters the Jesus puppet with a donkey at his side. Cyril Paul, who plays the voice of Jesus, starts singing “Lord of the Dance” as Jesus dances and the offertory baskets are passed…” 

             “Around the alter, the Last Supper is prepared as the Jesus mimics Father Jim Cassidy as he performs the Consecration and gathers us for the Our Father and exchanging the sign of peace. Singing “Lamb of God” we share in Communion…”

             “The narrator sets the mood for the betrayal. As Jesus sings “Stay Awake and Watch Me” he dances around as the Disciples divide the children into three groups surrounding him. The first Disciple denies Jesus, turning his face away. With musical emphasis all members of that group put up their masks, hiding their faces, shutting them off from God. After being denied three times the Jesus soloist stops singing and Jesus freezes. Silence surrounds us!”…

             “Again the narrator sets the scene for the lamentations while “Lord of the Dance” plays as an instrumental with Jesus again dancing, while all faces are masked. The narrator pulls her lamentation from around her neck and reads it. She then moves to put it on Jesus’ shoulder. Another member of the crowd rises and removes her lamentation and puts it on Jesus. The narrator speaks the sorrow of the crowd by reading lamentations with the music increasing in volume and becoming discordant. More and more people from the crowd cover him with their lamentations as the narrator speaks the sorrow loudly…”

             “The pace and intensity builds so that soon the narrator has only to say single key words as people lay their lamentations onto Jesus. The Jesus puppet’s movement becomes a distorted and a painful parody of his former beautiful dance. The music increases until it drowns out the narrator’s voice. Ultimately Jesus, weighed down by people’s lamentations, stops dancing, and is crushed to the ground. The music stops. All masked figures look at the broken puppet in silence…”

             “The narrator sets up the scene for insight. We listen to the song “Christ Has No Body Now But Ours”. One by one the masked figures lower their masks. Several from the crowd, plus the Disciples and some of the animals approach Jesus and make a semi circle around his body facing outward. They join hands while others nearby place their hands on their shoulders. All are connected as the music ends. The huge night puppet, having lain on the floor at the front of the church, suddenly shrouds us in darkness. With musical emphasis the night passes over our heads while Jesus, Cyril Paul, sings “Be Not Afraid.” …

“The light returns…”

After a pause, the narrator says,
“Go in peace…and be not afraid.”


             “Easter Sunday, glorious Easter Sunday is here. “Jesus has Risen” echoes as the music starts playing “Lord of the Dance.” Father Jim calls our attention to the banner in the back of the church, over the door, stating “We are the Hands….of Jesus.” At that moment Jesus and the animals enter dancing around the room. This time there was an additional animal, a rabbit! They dance until the song finishes and then they exit…”

             “The rest of the Mass centered on Farmer Rick Klehr and his baby animals. We celebrated a New Life. It was a befitting end of our Lenten journey. What a glorious season…”


             In the Heart of the Beast is an puppet and mask theatre located in Minneapolis. The company was approached by members of St. Joan of Arc concerning training and construction in the ancient art of mask making in their preparation for the above production within both the Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday liturgical celebrations.

             Each spring HOTB creates and wholly produces the May Day Parade and Festival in Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis. This years parade and festival were entitled, “A New Bridge, Infrastructure for the Future Beings.” Tens of Thousands join together following the parade and witness the raising of the “Tree of Life”…


To View the video, click here

Potato Head Redux…The Alienated Jesus: Fratres Blog News 05.21.08

Call To Action Must Go…            

            Two weeks ago I posted the now infamous “Mr. Potato Head Mass” Video on this blog and it ripped through the worldwide internet like a California firestorm. All but lost within the ensuing liturgical debates, shock, disbelief, outrage, and downright snarking (a new word for me) was the purpose for posting the video in the first place: To create a groundswell of suppport among Catholic’s for encouraging U.S. Bishops to dissolve false Catholic (sic) organizations opposed to authentic Catholic faith and morals, and thus, the Church. I believe the tenets of Call To Action are totally incompatible with Catholic faith and causes damage to the Church of Christ. I do not want my children, having now received the great blessing of finding the true God and true Church, to be introduced or exposed in the future to a false Christ and false Church–which Call To Action promotes.

The Smoke of Satan and the Minneapolis Monster Mass

 Just this week, within an exclusive interview with Bruno Volpe for the site Petrus, former papal MC, His Iminence Virgilio Card. Noè [pronouced “No-eh”], spoke of Paul VI’s 1972 denunciation of the presence of the “smoke of Satan in the Church” and what the Pope meant by his words.

            How timely, then, in light of the smoke witnessed within the closing liturgy of the Northern California Call To Action Conference two weeks ago, are the following comments. I’ll let you decide…

Card. Noè:

I am in a position to reveal, for the first time, what Paul VI desired to denounce with that statement. Here it is. Papa Montini, for Satan, meant to include all those priests or bishops and cardinals who didn’t render worship to the Lord by celebrating badly (mal celebrando) Holy Mass because of an errant interpretation of the implementation of the Second Vatican Council. He spoke of the smoke of Satan because he maintained that those priests who turned Holy Mass into dry straw in the name of creativity, in reality were possessed of the vainglory and the pride of the Evil One. so, the smoke of Satan was nothing other than the mentality which wanted to distort the traditional and liturgical canons of the Eucharistic ceremony.” 

            There is much here within the statement of His Iminence for liturgical experts and our sacred hierarchy to sort through, as has been mentioned on other blogs, and I’ll leave that to them. Here, however, I’ll leave you with this Palm Sunday video from the controversial and infamous St. Joan of Arc Parish in Minneapolis, Mn. 

My only comments on the following are questions:

  1. Is the final dark robed figure seen at the end of this clip a visible representation of an unseen reality, as Cardinal Noè suggests?
  2. Are recent comments from the Vatican concerning UFO’s preparing us for a visitation by frightening creatures who resemble the Jesus found within this video?