Sometimes when we hear of shepherds in scripture or think of Jesus as a good shepherd we get an image of a sort of wimpy man quietly petting sheep. Certainly being a shepherd entails a certain gentleness and patience, but these aspects are not wimpy, nor do they show the whole picture. (more…)
Today is Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s 91st Birthday! This man was elected Supreme Pontiff when I was in college and really returning to the Faith. Since then he continues to inspire me by his life and his very solid and clear writings on the Faith. Now he gives a good example of the importance of prayer.
“May your people exult for ever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit.” That is how we prayed this morning at the beginning of Mass: yes, God wants to renew our tired spirits! He wants to fill us with youthfulness. (more…)
In today’s day and age, at least in the USA, the memorial of Saint Patrick is often used as an excuse for debauchery. Cities color their rivers green and people go to bars. Saint Patrick would tell these people to use their energy to pray and sacrifice.
A good biography of him can be found here.
Saint Patrick would have no time for the wild sinful partying that happens in his name. (more…)
“I read a proverb which is very popular in some countries: “God owns the world, but he rents it out to the brave”, and it made me think.
—What are you waiting for?”
-Saint Josemaría Escrivá
The new year, 2018, is upon us. How many will be making some resolutions this year. When doing this, we should always keep in mind that God calls us to be daring. Oftentimes that daring takes place in very little ways; in praying even when we are tired, in completing the task at hand well and with great love, turning off the distractions and going to pray or serve and help another person. In inviting another person to return to the Sacraments. Living the virtues of chastity, prudence, justice, temperance, fortitude, which are so often neglected these days. The true rebels are those who boldly live for God. (more…)
This year is an interesting year with Christmas falling on a Monday. That means Christmas Eve is on a Sunday.
Father Z wrote a good explanation, and the original post can be found here
I like his point about going on Sunday and then on Christmas. Lets not have the “lets get it over with as quickly as possible” attitude.
In 1970, Paul VI approved a response to a “dubium” – those were the days – about double fulfillment by one Mass which bridges two days of precept: negative. We have two days of precept. That means two Masses.
There are the usual exceptions for the sick and shut in, etc. Also, parish priests can give individual dispensations for real necessities, as always.
No, we have to attend two Mass for the two obligations.
However, you could attend a Mass in the morning on Sunday, Christmas Eve Day, and fulfill that obligation, and then go again in the evening of the same day and fulfill the Christmas Day obligation.
Furthermore, if you go to Mass twice on Sunday (for the two obligations), you can also receive Holy Communion at both of those Masses. Canon Law says you can receive twice in a day, so long as the second time is in the context of Mass. So, if you went to two Masses in the morning on Christmas Eve Day, you could receive twice. You would have fulfilled your obligation. But if you went again, to a third Mass, in the evening of Sunday, Christmas Eve, you could fulfill your Christmas Day obligation, but you could not go to Communion a third time… unless you were in danger of death. Merry Christmas!
Or, just be a regular person who lets Sunday be Sunday and Christmas be Christmas and go on both Sunday and on Christmas. Right?
To make this more interesting, on Christmas, priests can celebrate three Masses and keep all three stipends! However, while the priest saying Masses can receive Communion three times on Christmas Day, you can’t. If you are at all three of Father’s Christmas Day Masses, you get Communion twice, not thrice.
I thought sharing this writing by Saint Charles Borromeo, as it is found in the Office of Readings for today, could be helpful. The Office of Readings is one of the “hours” of the Divine Office that priests pray everyday.
From a pastoral letter by Saint Charles Borromeo, bishop
(Acta Ecclesiae Mediolanensis, t. 2, Lugduni, 1683, 916-917)
The season of Advent
Beloved, now is the acceptable time spoken of by the Spirit, the day of salvation, peace and reconciliation: the great season of Advent. This is the time eagerly awaited by the patriarchs and prophets, the time that holy Simeon rejoiced at last to see. This is the season that the Church has always celebrated with special solemnity. (more…)