Plenary Indulgence reminders:
Te Deum on Dec. 31
Veni Creator on Jan. 1
§ 1. A plenary indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, in a church or in an oratory, are present in a recitation or solemn chant of: …
1° the hymn Veni Creator … on the first day of the year, imploring divine assistance for the whole of the coming year…
2° the Te Deum hymn, on the last day of the year, in thanksgiving to God for the favors received in the course of the entire year.
(Reference: Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, 4th edition, al. concessiones.)
For a good Latin/English Text of the Te Deum, click here. (more…)
Have a blessed Solemnity of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ! (more…)
Please be patient. I have decided to continue blogging, but I will take it to the next level. Hopefully this website can be a resource for people to truly know and love Christ.
I decided to buy my own domain, frpetercrowe.com. I am also trying to experiment with some of the different WordPress themes. Any suggestions about content or layout are appreciated!
I am trying to put into practice some good wisdom from St Josemaria Escriva:
“Don’t let your life be barren. Be useful. Make yourself felt. Shine forth with the torch of your faith and your love.
With your apostolic life, wipe out the trail of filth and slime left by the corrupt sowers of hatred. And set aflame all the ways of the earth with the fire of Christ that you bear in your heart.”
Maybe you have had the great grace of having a health scare. Why is it a great grace? Well, let’s play this out: the doctor notices something in a checkup. He takes a sample of the spot and says he will call you in a few days. You go home worried–could this be fatal? What will happen? A few days later the doctor calls-yes, it is cancer. You need to call doctor so and so, a specialist surgeon, to have the spot removed and to see if the cancer has spread. So you go, but you have to delay the surgery because the doctor’s schedule. The surgery takes place, but in the meantime you have had one test after another. Yet now you have to wait to see if the glands the doctor removed had been infected with the cancer before the second surgery. If not, you are cancer free. If so, treatment starts for a pretty deadly form of cancer. (more…)
“Love begins here” so proclaimed an advertisement for a bridal convention I saw on a billboard recently. Is it really true that love begins when we buy things? If that is the case we are in trouble! I imagine things at a bridal convention are a little more expensive than a gum ball.
So what is Love and where does it really begin? St Thomas Aquinas notes very simply: “to Love is To will the good of the other”. Our Lord shows us the ultimate expression of love from the cross when he goes against his own natural desires, and totally accepts the will of the Father. He then goes through excruciating torture and humiliation to bear our sins in his own body and soul and to open the gates of heaven. (more…)
My aunt used to tell her children “a fair is something you go to in the summer time.” In other words, life is not “fair”! The Israelites should heed my aunt’s wisdom as they receive a strong reprimand from the Lord: “You say, “The LORD’S way is not fair!” Hear now, house of Israel: Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?” (more…)
My homily for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time. The readings can be found here: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/091717.cfm
Our Lord gives us a very clear mandate: if you and I want him to forgive us, we must forgive those who hurt us. This is not an optional element in our lives. What does the Gospel say? We have two men who owe a debt. The first one owes a huge debt to the king-something equivalent to 20 years worth of salary. It would take a massive amount of time for him to pay off the debt-some have tried to do the math and one guess is it would take 167 years for him to pay off the debt. The other owes about 100 days worth of salary. That’s a huge difference. (more…)