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Leap Day

Posted by james0235 on February 29, 2012

In the Byzantine Catholic Church, as well as the Orthodox Churches, February 29th, leap day, is the Feast of St. John Cassian. As this only occurs every four years the Feast is often moved in other years, typically to February 28th. And in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite we celebrate this Feast on July 23rd.

And for reasons still not quite clear to me in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite whenever February has 29 days the Feast of St. Matthias the Apostle is moved from the 24th to the 25th and the Feast of St. Gabriel of the Most Sorrowful Virgin is moved from the 27th to the 28th.


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Posted by james0235 on June 6, 2010

This seemed a fitting quote as we approach the end of the Year of the Priest:

Who then is the priest? He is the defender of truth, who stands with angels, gives glory with archangels, causes sacrifices to rise to the altar on high, shares Christ’s priesthood, refashions creation, restores it in God’s image, recreates it for the world on high and, even greater, is divinized and divinizes.

St. Gregory of Nazianzus, quoted in Catechsim of the Catholic Church 1589

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Posted by james0235 on June 4, 2008

“Your prayers should be liturgical. How I would like to see you using the psalms and prayers from the missal, rather than private prayers of your own choice.”

(St. Josemaría Escrivá, The Way, 86)

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Lauda Sion Salvatorem

Posted by james0235 on May 25, 2008

Lauda Sion Salvatorem, the Sequence for the Feast of Corpus Christi, written by St. Thomas Aquinas.

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Book Review: Words of Light

Posted by james0235 on May 8, 2008

Inspiration From the Letters of Padre Pio

Words of Light: Inspiration From the Letters of Padre Pio

Author: St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Binding: Hardcover
Page Count: 206 pages

Words of Light: Inspiration From the Letters of Padre Pio released earlier this year by Paraclete Press is a 206 page hardbound book. For the most part I tend not to be too concerned with the cover of a book. Hardcover, soft cover, leather bound, no cover at all – it makes no difference to me. The content is all that matters. But, with this particular book I was very glad to have the hardcover.

I have found myself carrying this book around with me quite a bit. I read a little bit in Church before Mass, I read it at home. I even tend to leave it in the car so that I can read it if I arrive early to a doctor’s appointment. To say that that I have been rough with this book would be a bit of an understatement. And through it all it has held up beautifully.

And now we get to the reason why I carry this book around so much (and am therefore thankful that it is in hardcover): the content. I am the type of person who likes to read a book as quickly as possible. The quicker I finish one book the quicker I can begin another. But, that is just not possible with Words of Light. I will sit down with the intention of reading a chapter only to find that I have read the same passage 3 or 4 times. I will put the book down for awhile – maybe an hour or a maybe a few days – and when I come back to it I find myself back on the same passage.

The book, compiled by Fr. Raniero Cantalmessa, the preacher to the papal household, is taken from the letters of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, better known to the world as Padre Pio, to his spiritual directors on a variety of topics. Prior to the publication of this book these words of Padre Pio were only available in a much larger Italian edition. Now, excerpts from these letters have been taken and arranged by topic in chapters such as ‘Satan is a powerful enemy’, ‘I do not wish to ever offend God again’, and ‘Church, Priesthood, and Eucharist’ for the benefit of the English speaking world.

Words of Light took me through some lows and some highs. When Padre Pio writes that “my prayers are worthy rather of punishment than reward, because I have sickened Jesus too much by my numberless sins…” (p. 27) or “Such is the opinion I have of myself, that I don’t know if there be any worse than me.” (p. 167) I can’t help but feel horrible. Surely my sins must be more numberless than his. Surely I deserve much greater punishment than he. Thankfully other passages are as uplifting to me as these are depressing: “We have raised our thoughts to heaven, our true homeland, of which the earth is only a pale reflection. With divine assistance we strive to preserve, in every event, joyful or sad, that serenity and calm that become the true followers of the fair-haired Nazarene.” (p. 156)

In conclusion I will just say that there are a lot of books out there that will let you know about Padre Pio. This is the first one that I have encountered that will help you to get to know Padre Pio.

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St. Joseph The Worker

Posted by james0235 on May 1, 2008

In those dioceses not celebrating the Feast of the Ascension today is the Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker. We already honor St. Joseph each year on the Solemnity of St. Joseph, March 19th (moved to March 15th this year).

This feast was instituted in 1955 by Pope Pius XII and is celebrated on May 1, since this is the day labor is honored in many countries. In the Gospel Jesus was called “the son of the carpenter.” This feast reminds us that honest work, no matter how seemingly menial, can be sanctified. Through work we can sanctify ourselves and others, making each of us participants in the work of redemption.
(Our Sunday Visitor/Midwest Theological Forum Daily Roman Missal)

God, our Father,
Creator and ruler of the universe,
in every age You call man
to develop and use his gifts for the good of others.
With Saint Joseph as our example and guide,
help us to do the work you have asked
and come to the rewards you have promised.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(Opening Prayer 1970 Roman Missal)

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Which Theologian Are You?

Posted by james0235 on April 21, 2008

Which theologian are you?
created with

You scored as Anselm

Anselm is the outstanding theologian of the medieval period. He sees man’s primary problem as having failed to render unto God what we owe him, so God becomes man in Christ and gives God what he is due. You should read ‘Cur Deus Homo?’

Karl Barth
Friedrich Schleiermacher
John Calvin
Jonathan Edwards
Charles Finney
Paul Tillich
Martin Luther
Jürgen Moltmann

Quite an appropriate result for 2 reasons:

1. There are 8 Protestant Theologians and 2 Catholic Theologians and I ended up a 100% match with one of the Catholics.

2. Today is the Feast of St. Anselm. And what better way to honor the man than to agree 100% with what he taught? 😉

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The Angelic Doctor

Posted by james0235 on March 6, 2008

“You call him ‘a dumb ox,’ but I declare before you that he will yet bellow so loud in doctrine that his voice will resound through the whole world.”
– St. Albertus Magnus

Tomorrow is the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite as well as in the Dominican Rite. The Angelic Doctor was honored in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite on January 28th.


It is truly meet and just, right and salutary, that we should always and in all places give thanks to thee, O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, eternal God. Who hast willed to raise up as a Doctor in thy Church the blessed Thomas, an Angel in purity of life and elevation of mind: Who should everywhere establish sound and saving doctrine, and like a star light up the Heavens, and whose wisdom, extolled by all, should win the admiration of the world. And therefore with the angels and archangels, with the thrones and dominations, and with all the heavenly host, we sing a hymn to thy glory, saying: Holy, etc.

Preface of St. Thomas Aquinas
1948 Dominican Rite Missal

The Dominican Rite of Mass is offered in a few places around the world. One of them is Holy Rosary Church in Portland, Oregon. A video of a Solemn High Mass in the Dominican Rite offered at Holy Rosary in 1995 is available for purchase (VHS only).

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The Patron Saint Of Leap Day

Posted by james0235 on February 29, 2008


Bosco Peters has a very interesting post on St. John Cassian whose Feast day is February 29th in the Eastern Orthodox Churches (and maybe the Eastern Catholic Churches as well?)

The Leap Year Saint

(And notice how St. John Cassian is mentioned in one of the quotes from the Catechism that I posted the other day)

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From Your Valentine

Posted by james0235 on February 14, 2008

There were many men who lived in different times and in different places who held the name Valentinus, or Valentine. It was a very common name in the Roman Empire. The root of the name (“Valens”) means “worthy”. We know of at least one bishop, one priest, and one layman who held the name who were martyred for the faith.valentine.gif

According to some sources the Valentine from whom we get St. Valentine’s Day was a Catholic priest who lived in Rome in the 3rd century. Emperor Claudius the Goth believed that men made better soldiers when they did not have a family to worry about. So, he outlawed the Sacrament of Marriage. Valentine refused to obey the law and continued to perform marriages. For this the Prefect of Rome ordered him put to death unless he agreed to renounce his faith and to cease marrying young couples. Valentine refused and was martyred on February 14 in the year 269 or 270 A.D. He was beaten with clubs, then stoned, and finally beheaded.

It is said that while awaiting execution Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer of her blindness. On the eve of his death he wrote her a letter and signed it “From your Valentine”.

In England, around the time of Geoffrey Chaucer (author of the Canterbury Tales), it became common for young couples to become engaged on or within 1 week of St. Valentine’s Day. The betrothed would refer to each other as their Valentine in honor of the man martyred for his defense of the Sacrament of Marriage.

St. Valentine is honored in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite on February 14th, the date of his martyrdom for his defense of the Sacrament of Marriage. St. Valentine’s Day would therefore seem to be much better suited as a time for the celebration of Marriage and for the renewal of wedding vows than merely for the exchange of flowers and candy.

Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we, who celebrate the heavenly birthday of blessed Valentine, Thy Martyr, may by his intercession be delivered from all the evils that threaten us. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

(Collect, Commemoration of St. Valentine, 1962 Roman Missal)

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