Catholic Life

God owns the world…

“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…)

Mass Obligation for Christmas Day

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.

Monday of the First Week of Advent

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…)

Advent? What is that?

As I drive through the area, it is not hard to see: people are already anticipating Christmas. Decorations are already up, and the stores are going wild. The Turkey from Thanksgiving didn’t even get a chance to go cold this year before the Christmas bonanza began. This isn’t surprising, considering some of the dark news: threats from North Korea and the seemingly endless stream of sexual harrassment suits. (more…)

Fraternal Correction

Last evening I was with some brother priests and we were bantering back and forth about what time we wake up to begin our days. Recently I also have been getting some input from another brother priest about the need to make sure I have some down time each week to rest and recuperate a little bit. This, combined with the feast of today, St Bartholomew, has made me really think about fraternal correction, both being the recipient, but also being able to give fraternal correction. I have been praying about this, and I was doing some looking online to see what I could find.
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31s Week of Ordinary Time

It is hard to believe, but here we are at the end of October. In just a few short weeks we will begin Advent and the beginning of the new Liturgical year as we prepare for Christmas. The month of November is about to begin, and that is the month we pray for the poor souls in purgatory. Here we have the beautiful and profound story of Zacchaeus the tax collector.
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