Tuesday, 08 December

22:14

Link [Whispers in the Loggia]


O God,
who reveal your omnipotence above all in mercy and forgiveness,
grant that we might live a year of grace,
a fitting time to love you and our brothers and sisters
in the joy of the Gospel.

Continue to pour out on us your Holy Spirit,
that we might never tire of turning with trust
to the gaze of him who we have pierced,
your Son made man,
the shining face of your endless mercy,
the safe refuge for all of us sinners in need of pardon and peace,
of the truth that frees and saves.

He is the Door,
through which we come to you,
the inexhaustible source of consolation for all,
beauty that never sets,
the perfect joy of life without end.

May the Immaculate Virgin intercede for us,
the first and splendid fruit of the Paschal victory,
the luminous dawn of the new heavens and new earth,
the happy harbor of our earthly pilgrimage.

To you, Holy Father,
to your Son, our Redeemer,
to the Holy Spirit, the Comforter,
be all honor and glory
forever and ever.

Amen.
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20:18

Statt der Todesschuld / seliges Glück des Heils [Denzinger-Katholik]


Wer vermöchte wohl mächtig an Wortgewalt
preisen hoch genug, was diese Jungfrau gilt; 
denn durch sie gewann Leben und Huld die Welt,
die vom alten Tod fesselgeschlagen war.

Das war Jesses Zweig, Zweig, der die Knospe trieb, 
war ein Garten gut, himmelher angesät;
und ein heiliger Quell, heilungsbegabt von Gott,
strömte ein zur Welt von dieser Jungfrau her.

Als des Erdenvolks Erster und Ahnherr einst
durch des bösen Feinds giftigen Brodem fiel,
sank die Pest herab, faßte das Neugeschlecht,
und mit Todeskeim war alle Welt versucht.

Doch den Schöpfer barmt, solches zu sehn; er schaut
auf den sündenlos heiligen Jungfrauschoß
und er heißt die Magd, bringen der siechen Welt
statt der Todesschuld seliges Glück des Heils. 

Von den Sternen her Gabriel wird gesandt,
trägt der Jungfrau zu Botschaft der Ewigkeit;
auf aufs Wort erfüllt weiter als Sternenraum
jener ihren Schoß, der alle Welt umspannt

Unversehrt gebiert so diese Muttermagd,
der den Erdkreis schuf, wird in dem Erdkreis Kind;
nimmer droht des Feinds schreckliches Zepter mehr,
und im All erglänzt freudig das neue Licht

Der dreieinig ist, einzig, empfange Ruhm,
Kraft und Majestät und allerhöchste Macht;
er, der eine Gott, der übers Reich regiert,
alle Weltzeit lang, durch alle Ewigkeit.

Hymnus aus der Feder des Paulus Diaconus, übersetzt von J. van Acken: Germanische Frömmigkeit in liturgischen Hymnen. Freiburg i. Br.: Caritasverlag 1937, S. 12f. Das lateinische Original ist in den Analecta Hymnica (Bd. L) einsehbar. Mit größerer Betonung auf die Unbefleckte Empfängnis übersetzt L. Kösters SJ die letzten Verse der vierten Strophe: Doch schaut erbarmungsvoll der Schöpfer, Gott, / der Jungfrau Herz, nicht kennend je die Schuld.
Bild: Stickerei Unserer Lieben Frau von Wigratzbad auf einem Messgewand im Bestand von St. Margareth, Augsburg.

19:23

On Immaculate Conception, the Madonna as "Victory of Mercy" [Whispers in the Loggia]

And so, a busy Jubilee Year began with just the first of many packed days to come.

Keeping the tradition of his predecessors, as night fell on Rome the Pope made the trek to a packed Piazza di Spagna for the annual "homage" to the Immaculate Conception statue there – a beloved rite among the natives that's become the city's rough equivalent of Santa's arrival at the end of a US Thanksgiving parade, marking the start of the Christmas festivities. Fullvid:



With the wake of last month's Paris attacks (coupled with an ongoing ISIS threat on the Vatican) having spurred a remarkably heavy security operation in Rome for the Holy Year – Italian reports indicated a team of some 3,000 military and police on hand for this morning's opening rites – Francis kept to his preference of working the crowd at length following the brief Marian ritual, walking the length of the square to greet the elderly who lined the throng's front flank in wheelchairs.

For his own tribute to the Immacolata – enshrined atop a pillar in the midst of the city's shopping hub – the Pope's prayer this year touched on refugees, the life of the family and the Year of Mercy now underway:

Virgin Mother,
On this day, the feast of your Immaculate Conception,
I pay homage to you in faith and love
On behalf of God’s holy people who live in this city and diocese.
I come before you in the name of families, with their joys and troubles;
On behalf of children and young people, exposed to life’s challenges;
On behalf of the elderly, laden with age and years of experience;
I come especially
On behalf of the sick, the imprisoned,
And those who struggle.
As a leader I also come here for the sake of all those
Who have come from far-away lands in search of peace and work.

There is space for everyone beneath your cloak,
Because you are the Mother of Mercy.
Your heart is full of tenderness towards all your children:
The tenderness of God, who, by you, became incarnate
And became our brother, Jesus,
Saviour of every man and every woman.
Looking at you, Our Immaculate Mother,
We see the victory of divine mercy
Over sin and all its consequences;
And hope for a better life is reignited within us,
Free from slavery, rancor and fear.
Here, today, in the heart of Rome, we hear your motherly voice
Calling all of us to walk towards that door,
Which represents Christ.
You say to everyone: “Come, come closer, faithful ones;
Enter and receive the gift of mercy;
Do not be afraid, do not be ashamed:
The Father awaits you with open arms.
He will forgive and welcome you into his house.
Come, all those in search of peace and joy.”

We thank you, Immaculate Mother,
Because you do not make us walk along this path alone;
You guide us,
You are near us and help us through every difficulty.
May God bless you, now and forever. Amen.
Back at the Vatican, meanwhile, tonight saw a big splash of a spectacle tied to Francis' eco-cyclical Laudato Si and the ongoing global climate change summit in Paris – the projection onto St Peter's Basilica of Fiat Lux (Let There Be Light), a light-show sponsored by a host of environmental groups to encapsulate both the wonders of "our common home" and the dangers facing it....


With the St Peter's Holy Door now open – and as many as 30 million pilgrims projected to pass through it over the next 11 months – on Sunday morning (the day set for the Jubilee's opening in the dioceses of the world), the Pope will push through the portal of Rome's cathedral, St John Lateran, following suit at St Mary Major on the New Year's Day feast of Mary, Mother of God. At St Paul's Outside the Walls, however – where St John Paul II opened the Holy Door in 2000 during an ecumenical prayer service – the honors won't be done by the pontiff, but the basilica's Wisconsin-born archpriest, Cardinal James Harvey, at a Sunday rite.

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19:04

National Values and the Cost-Benefit Analysis. [Dyspeptic Mutterings]

Rancid carnival barker and all-around POS Donald Trump has proposed that we bar entry to the U.S. of all Muslims. This is clearly a garbage policy from a garbage human being, unworthy of consideration.  However, there is one thing that can be said for it: had we been doing it a year ago, Tashfeen Malik, the murderous jihadi sow who abused our hospitality and came to our country to

17:23

Did Thomas Aquinas Deny the Immaculate Conception? [Taylor Marshall]

Did Saint Thomas Aquinas deny the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary?

In the theological video below I’ll share how Thomas Aquinas changed his position over time on the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception and share some of the nuances. Thomas may have reverted back to a belief in the Immaculate Conception after he wrote about the Immaculate Conception in the Summa theologia. See the video below for details.

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17:10

Perpetual Profession of Br Alfonso Maria [Transalpine Redemptorists at home]

Today, the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Br Alfonso Maria pronounced the three vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience perpetually, joining to them the fourth vow and oath of Perseverance in the Congregation until death.  Please join us in thanking God for the great grace he has given to Br. Alfonso, and for the great gift which Brother has made of himself to God.  May he have a grace filled life on earth, and a crown in the life hereafter!

 Br. Alfonso lies prostrate during the chanting of the Veni Creator Spiritus.

Br  Alfonso pronounces his vows before the Most Blessed Sacrament exposed.  Here, with his hand placed upon the Holy Gospel, he makes his Vow and Oath of Perseverance until death in the Congregation.

Deo Gratias et Mariæ

16:00

Happy feast of Our Lady's Immaculate Conception! [marcpuck]

Am late of course so will have to go to Holy Mass at noon. Still. The high winds and, although it isn't raining at the moment, the rapidly moving grey and black clouds remind one of the Advent Gospel ('Erunt signa in sole, et luna, et stellis, et in terris pressura gentium'). From the Sovereign Pontiff's sermon at Holy Mass before his Holiness opened the Jubilee's Holy Door:

... The feast of the Immaculate Conception expresses the grandeur of God’s love. Not only does he forgive sin, but in Mary he even averts the original sin present in every man and woman who comes into this world. This is the love of God which precedes, anticipates and saves. The beginning of the history of sin in the Garden of Eden yields to a plan of saving love. The words of Genesis reflect our own daily experience: we are constantly tempted to disobedience, a disobedience expressed in wanting to go about our lives without regard for God’s will. This is the enmity which keeps striking at people’s lives, setting them in opposition to God’s plan. Yet the history of sin can only be understood in the light of God’s love and forgiveness. Sin can only be understood in this light. Were sin the only thing that mattered, we would be the most desperate of creatures. But the promised triumph of Christ’s love enfolds everything in the Father’s mercy. The word of God which we have just heard leaves no doubt about this. The Immaculate Virgin stands before us as a privileged witness of this promise and its fulfilment....

The Pope then proceeded to kill the buzz, as it were, by talking about the 'great advance in faith' since the last Ecumenical Council. Sigh. What can his Holiness possibly mean? 

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Having earlier made a comment about the buzz kill on Twitter, I was reminded that there was a bit of tempest-raising done by Mons Fisichella yesterday, that I missed; he evidently attempted, in some clumsy sort of way, to elevate 'words of criticism' of his Holiness's ecclesiastical policy to 'acts of violence'-- and we all know that the Code punishes with excommucation... I can't recall the phrase just now: without any need for an act declaring it... those who physically assault the sacred Person of the Most Blessed Apostolic Lord. But that is how Twitter works: for every conversation that one would like to be following or participating in, there are three or four that one is, sadly, actually witness of or a part of. On the whole, however, there are decent and well-meaning people who do the Catholic thing there.

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O gloriosa Virginum was the hymn at Lauds.


15:59

Sing of Mary, 3: Living the Rosary [CatholicCulture.org - In Depth Analysis of Catholic Issues]

The Rosary is a mainstay of Catholic devotion, typically regarded as the most powerful form of prayer after the Mass. Most of us carry a Rosary with us in purse or pocket, and certainly many who read these words have already made it a part of their daily prayers. When in distress, Catholics cling to the Rosary as to a lifeline. I can remember periods of difficulty in my own life when I have fallen asleep saying the Rosary and continued it during each interval of wakefulness during the night.

13:45

The Immaculate Conception is Divine Mercy [Καθολικός διάκονος]

Today, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Church begins her Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which lasts until the Feast of Christ the King next year.

Mercy is always extraordinary because it runs so contrary to our fallen nature. Our Lord Jesus Christ taking on flesh in the womb of the young virgin was Divine Mercy, which is why we bow when professing the Creed as we utter the words "and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man."

It is quite extraordinary "that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin . . ." (Ineffabilis Deus). In this God showed great mercy not only to the young Miriam of Nazareth, but to every son of Adam and daughter of Eve.

Divine Mercy is the only remedy for what ails us. And what ails us is sin, which alienates us from God, from each other, from creation, and even sets us at odds with ourselves. But in order to receive mercy you must accept it. In order to accept it, you must acknowledge that you need it. Even the Blessed Virgin had to consent, give her Fiat, to what God wanted to do in and through her. Like the Blessed Virgin, you too must say "Yes."

Don't be content to substitute presumption for mercy. It is only by receiving mercy that you begin to change, begin to be converted. Our need for mercy is on-going, which is why there is a sacrament for it, the Sacrament of Penance, which is truly the Sacrament of Mercy, a fountain of grace without which one cannot live the new life received in Baptism. In the lead up to this Extraordinary Jubilee Pope Francis has invited us all to make recourse to the Sacrament of Mercy often.

Just as we can only love because we are loved, so we can only be merciful because we have been shown mercy: "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy" (Matt 5:7). By refusing to accept mercy, which requires the humble acknowledgment that you need it, you render yourself incapable of extending it to others.

Immaculate Conception, by Mateo Cerezo, 1664


Father,
the image of the Virgin is found in the Church,
Mary had a faith that your Spirit prepared
and a love that never knew sin,
for you kept her sinless from the first moment of her conception.
Trace in our actions the lines of her love,
in our hearts her readiness for faith.
Prepare once again a world for your Son
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever (Alternative Prayer for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception)

12:51

Ember Days [Edinburgh Housewife]

Good morning! It is Traddy Tuesday, the day I enthuse about traditional Catholic worship, belief and devotions. I have it on good authority that the Trads in Edinburgh manage to talk about all these delightful things in a way that is interesting and amusing, so let's hope I can live up to that reputation.

Time is very important to Trads, who preserve the Old Calendar, fasting (or abstaining) on fast days and feasting on feast days. We are also capable of honouring two feasts falling on the same day, so on December 6, we celebrated both the Second Sunday of Advent and the Feast of Saint Nicholas, whom we (now being adults) revere not so much for the Santa Claus stuff but for slapping the heretical Arius (or an Arian bishop), apparently at the Council of Nicaea.

Personally I think the Synod on the Family would have been greatly improved if the bishops had slapped each other although perhaps they remembered that in the story of St Nicholas, St. Nick was thrown in jail for it. (Naturally I do not think anyone but a bishop has the right to slap another bishop unless she is his mother.)

Anyway, I was at two suppers honouring Saint Nicholas, and since I am trying to have a strict Advent between the big feast days, I feasted both times with great jollity. I was sitting at the head of the beautifully-laden table at the second, the lone woman at a table of Trads, when I remembered a mystery in my missal said "By the way, what are Ember Days?"

"What!" the men shouted. "You don't know what Ember Days are? You ask such a question when you write posts on traditionalism!?! Oh, shame!", etc, etc., itp.

This did not answer my question about Ember Days although it certainly made clear why men hate asking other men for directions.

Eventually they settled down long enough for the ex-Anglicans to explain they were for fasting and that Anglicans still observe them, which no doubt led to much reminiscing about the Good Old Days, to which I did not listen. Instead I later checked the Catholic Encyclopedia,  the Old Calendar and the Missal and learned some interesting things.

First, Ember Days is an English-language corruption of "Quattuor Tempora", which means four seasons. They have nothing to do with embers.

Second, they are a way of marking the change of seasons with fasting and prayer. It was one of those steal-it-from-the-pagans-and-Christianize it deals. But it is also a way to thank God for good harvests and to pray for the next one and to think about using the gifts of the earth well--moderation for self, gifts to the needy.

Third, Pope Saint Gregory VII (1073-1085) "arranged and proscribed" the dates of the four Ember Weeks, but three of them date back at least to the 3rd century, but may be even older. St. Leo the Great thought they were apostolic. St Augustine of Canterbury brought them to England in the 6th century.

Fourth, they are not really a week but three days in the appointed week: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Fifth, according to the Old Calendar (not the Catholic Encyclopedia) they fall after St. Lucy's Day (Dec 13), after the First Sunday in Lent, after Whitsunday (Pentecost), and (this year, anyway) after St.Matthew's Day (September 21).

Looking at my Papa Stronsay Calendar (whose advert is below because it is cool), I see that this December's Ember Days are marked in as Ember Wednesday (Dec. 16), Ember Friday (Dec. 18) and Ember Saturday (Dec.19).

Meanwhile, my missal shows that the readings for St. Lucy's Ember Week are very Adventish. The "Secret" Prayer for Ember Wednesday mentions fasting; on Ember Friday. it mentions "our prayers and offerings." Mass on Ember Saturday has a gazillion readings, graduals, a canticle and a tract as well as the Gospel. I shall have to figure out a way of asking my FSSP priest if he includes all these readings and prayers in his Ember Saturday Mass without giving him the false hope that I might be there. I will be in Italy that day, finding out if the nearby traditional Benedictine monks include them.

So that solves the mystery of what "Ember Days" are, and as they are fasting days, I imagine there is no complicated traddy thing to bake. Or fun things to drink. I see that "Ember Days" are called "Suche Dnie" (Dry Days) in Polish.



11:55

New Collection of Essays on Aquinas’s De malo [News - thomistica]

There is a new collection of essays from Cambridge University Press titled Aquinas’s ‘Disputed Questions on Evil’: A Critical Guide.

Chapters and contributors include:

  1. Metaphysical Themes in De malo, 1 John F. Wippel
  2. Weakness and Willful Wrongdoing in Aquinas’s De malo Bonnie Kent and Ashley Dressel
  3. Free Choice Tobias Hoffmann and Peter Furlong
  4. Venial Sin and the Ultimate End Steven J. Jensen
  5. The Promise and Pitfalls of Glory: Aquinas on the Forgotten Vice of Vainglory Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
  6. The Goodness and Evil of Objects and Ends Thomas M. Osborne, Jr
  7. Evil and Moral Failure in De malo Carl N. Still and Darren E. Dahl
  8. Attention, Intentionality, and Mind-reading in Aquinas’s De malo, q. 16, a. 8 Therese Scarpelli Cory
  9. Evil as Privation: The Neoplatonic Background to Aquinas’s De malo, 1 Fran O’Rourke
  10. Moral Luck and the Capital Vices in De malo: Gluttony and Lust M. V. Dougherty

From the Publisher's blurb:

This collection of ten, specially commissioned new essays, the first book-length English-language study of Disputed Questions on Evil, examines the most interesting and philosophically relevant aspects of Aquinas’s work, highlighting what is distinctive about it and situating it in relation not only to Aquinas’s other works but also to contemporary philosophical debates in metaphysics, ethics, and philosophy of action. The essays also explore the history of the work’s interpretation.

Publisher’s page is here.

11:24

What a Catholic Light Show Looks Like [That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill]


Happy Feast of the 
Immaculate Conception everyone!

11:12

Zum heutigen Evangelium... (Lk 1,26-38) [totaliter aliter]

Eva: "Die Schlange hat mich verführt".

Maria: "Ich bin die Magd des Herrn".

Der Unterschied: Zusammenarbeit mit dem Bösen findet statt, wenn wir gegen unser Wissen und Gewissen unser Einverständnis geben und uns verleiten lassen auf den Weg ins Verderben, auf dem die Geschichten enden mit dem Satz "Der oder die hat mich verführt".

Zusammenarbeit mit dem Guten findet statt, wenn wir im Einklang mit unserem Wissen und Gewissen unser Einverständnis geben und uns leiten lassen auf dem Weg zum Heil, auf dem die Geschichten beginnen mit dem Satz "Ich bin die Magd/der Knecht des Herrn".

08:00

"Grace Can Transform the Heart" – On Holy Year's Launch, "We Have To Put Mercy Before Judgment" [Whispers in the Loggia]

Buona festa a tutti... and now, again, time for history – for this 1.2 billion-member Church spread across the globe, an unprecedented moment to witness together.

From 9.30am Rome, here's the Pope's outdoor Mass in the Square marking the inauguration of this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, with the opening of the Holy Door in St Peter's at the liturgy's close (worship aid):


The liturgy is the first of two major events for this solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – keeping the longtime custom of the Popes to mark the feast, Francis will head to Rome's Piazza di Spagna at 5pm to lead the annual prayer beneath the statue of Mary Immaculate at the heart of the shopping district, a moment that's come to double as the kickoff for the city's Christmas celebrations.

SVILUPPO: And in his homily at the launch of the Jubilee, Francis wove together today's feast, the half-century mark since Vatican II's close likewise reached today and the Holy Year now beginning from it to challenge the church to embrace anew "the spirit of the Samaritan" (emphases original)....

In a few moments I will have the joy of opening the Holy Door of Mercy. We carry out this act – as I did in Bangui – so simple yet so highly symbolic, in the light of the word of God which we have just heard. That word highlights the primacy of grace. Again and again these readings make us think of the words by which the angel Gabriel told an astonished young girl of the mystery which was about to enfold her: “Hail, full of grace” (Lk 1:28).

The Virgin Mary was called to rejoice above all because of what the Lord accomplished in her. God’s grace enfolded her and made her worthy of becoming the Mother of Christ. When Gabriel entered her home, even the most profound and impenetrable of mysteries became for her a cause for joy, a cause for faith, a cause for abandonment to the message revealed to her. The fullness of grace can transform the human heart and enable it to do something so great as to change the course of human history.

The feast of the Immaculate Conception expresses the grandeur of God’s love. Not only does he forgive sin, but in Mary he even averts the original sin present in every man and woman who comes into this world. This is the love of God which precedes, anticipates and saves. The beginning of the history of sin in the Garden of Eden yields to a plan of saving love. The words of Genesis reflect our own daily experience: we are constantly tempted to disobedience, a disobedience expressed in wanting to go about our lives without regard for God’s will. This is the enmity which keeps striking at people’s lives, setting them in opposition to God’s plan. Yet the history of sin can only be understood in the light of God’s love and forgiveness. Sin can only be understood in this light. Were sin the only thing that mattered, we would be the most desperate of creatures. But the promised triumph of Christ’s love enfolds everything in the Father’s mercy. The word of God which we have just heard leaves no doubt about this. The Immaculate Virgin stands before us as a privileged witness of this promise and its fulfilment.

This Extraordinary Year is itself a gift of grace. To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them. It is he who seeks us! It is he who comes to encounter us! This will be a year in which we grow ever more convinced of God’s mercy. How much wrong we do to God and his grace when we speak of sins being punished by his judgment before we speak of their being forgiven by his mercy (cf. Saint Augustine, De Praedestinatione Sanctorum, 12, 24)! But that is the truth. We have to put mercy before judgment, and in any event God’s judgement will always be in the light of his mercy. In passing through the Holy Door, then, may we feel that we ourselves are part of this mystery of love, of tenderness. Let us set aside all fear and dread, for these do not befit men and women who are loved. Instead, let us experience the joy of encountering that grace which transforms all things.

Today, here in Rome and in all the dioceses of the world, as we pass through the Holy Door, we also want to remember another door, which fifty years ago the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council opened to the world. This anniversary cannot be remembered only for the legacy of the Council’s documents, which testify to a great advance in faith. Before all else, the Council was an encounter. A genuine encounter between the Church and the men and women of our time. An encounter marked by the power of the Spirit, who impelled the Church to emerge from the shoals which for years had kept her self-enclosed so as to set out once again, with enthusiasm, on her missionary journey. It was the resumption of a journey of encountering people where they live: in their cities and homes, in their workplaces. Wherever there are people, the Church is called to reach out to them and to bring the joy of the Gospel, and the mercy and forgiveness of God. After these decades, we again take up this missionary drive with the same power and enthusiasm. The Jubilee challenges us to this openness, and demands that we not neglect the spirit which emerged from Vatican II, the spirit of the Samaritan, as Blessed Paul VI expressed it at the conclusion of the Council. May our passing through the Holy Door today commit us to making our own the mercy of the Good Samaritan.
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01:36

Pearl Harbor: A Challenge That Shaped the Greatest Generation [Steeple and State]

uss arizona pearl harbor

Yesterday afternoon I dropped by my grandfather’s house for a short visit. He was just settling in to watch a tv special on Pearl Harbor. He served in that war, and as I sat next to him as the program began and the black & white footage began to roll, I couldn’t help but think about the parallels between that time and today. In 1941 the Japanese attacked and killed 2,400 Americans at Pearl Harbor. The United States responded by firing up our manufacturing plants and heading to war. We joined our allies in Britain and around the world to fight and win that very daunting conflict. I wondered what he thought of my generation. I wondered what he thought when he looked back at what the America of 1941 faced and accomplished and what the America of 9/11 faces and has failed to accomplish.

In 1917 during The Great War, George Cohan composed a song that became very famous in the United States as a patriotic send-off to battle. It is called Over There. The jaunty tune was not just catchy, the lyrics had substance:

Over there, over there,

Send the word, send the word over there

That the Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming

The drums rum-tumming everywhere.

So prepare, say a prayer,

Send the word, send the word to beware –

We’ll be over, we’re coming over,

And we won’t come back till it’s over, over there.

Last year marked the centenary of World War I. As so often happens in the affairs of man, history repeats itself. 100 years after that bloody and devastating conflict, the world faces a similarly troubled landscape and delicate geopolitical balance. While the men and women of 1914 rose to their challenge, sacrificed, fought, and died with a grit we are still in awe of 100 years later, it is not clear that the generation of today is ready to overcome the tasks set before us now. For some reason, over the last hundred years, perhaps sheltered by an ocean or lulled by the security of constant peace, we seem to have lost the dedication to hard work and commitment.

In 1973 the United States surrendered a war that could have and should have been won. America, led by a hen-pecked Nixon, ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam. As the helicopters slowly took off from the rice plains and rose toward the sky, the locals clung to the bars of the landing gear, desperately trying to escape the slaughter that would follow America’s prematurely truncated conflict. At home in America, most were immune to the disasters and horrors that U.S. indecisiveness wreaked upon people half a world away.

Over the past few years, we have seen the shameful history repeated in Iraq. While the origins of the conflict may very well have been misguided, once committed to a conflict and a cause, an honorable nation must see through to some form of completion, that series of events it has set in motion. We owe this to the people of the region and we owe it to the men and women who have sacrificed life and limb to advance the mission.

Our dereliction of duty resulted in the rise of the Islamic State. As ISIS takes to the world stage with brutal beheadings, rapes, and mass murders—the widespread genocide of Middle Eastern Christians—the free world is once again faced with a new task that must be decisively addressed. The President epitomized and escalated the failed foreign policies of the past fifty years when he said that ISIS must be “diminished.” If we want to change the world for the better, to make it safer and stronger for ourselves and people all over the globe, we must take our lessons from a stronger time and more determined people.

When you visit the quiet WWI cemeteries dotted around central France, or walk the sandy beaches of Normandy and see the rows of American headstones from WWII, the loss is palpable, but the legacy their sacrifice bought is equally strong. These men all died too early, but they did not die in vain, they lost everything, but what they won for their neighbor, what they won for the world, is almost incalculable.

It is time we recommit ourselves as a people and a nation to the sprit of commitment and resolution on which this nation was founded, and that imbues the essence of American exceptionalism. There is work to be done, at home and abroad. From your local level politics, to the upcoming national elections. Political choices we make in America impact the safety and stability of millions of lives around the world. We’d do well to look at our parents and grandparents and remember that the golden era of American prosperity and world peace they created through intense sacrifice and faithfulness to a difficult cause. Looking at our world today, the easy outs have only embroiled us in more catastrophe. On this anniversary of Pearl Harbor, as we reflect on the incredible accomplishments of American Exceptionalism in the past, let’s recapture the maxim that when America meddles in the affairs of foreign nations “it won’t be over, ‘till it’s over, over there.”

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CONCEPTIO IMMACULATA B. V. MARIAE - Die 8 decembris [BRUNONIS]

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INTROITUS.          
Is 61, l Oa-d.f

Gaudens gaudébo in Dómino, 
et exsultábit ánima mea in Deo meo: 
quia índuit me vestiméntis salútis, 
et induménto iustítiæ circúmdedit me, 
quasi sponsam ornátam monílibus suis.
Ps 29,2: Exaltábo te, Dómine, 
quóniam suscepísti me, 
nec delectásti inimícos meos super me. 
Glória Patri. Gaudens gaudébo.

Kýrie, eléison.
Glória in excélsis.

COLLECTA.           
Orémus.
Deus, qui per immaculátam Vírginis Conceptiónem
dignum Fílio tuo habitáculum præparásti : 
quaésumus, ut qui ex morte eiúsdem Fílii tui prævísa eam ab omni labe præservåsti /
nos quoque mundos eius intercessióne ad te perveníre concédas :
Per Dóminum.

LECTIO.      
Prov 8,22-35
Ab aeterno ordinata sum. Léctio libri Proverbiórum.
Dominus possédit me in inítio viárum suárum, ántequam quidquam fáceret a princípio; 
ab ætérno ordináta sum et ex antíquis, ántequam terra fíeret. 
Nondum erant abýssi, et ego iam concépta eram,
necdum fontes graves aquis, priúsquam montes demergeréntur,
ante colles ego parturiébar. Adhuc terram non fécerat et campos
et inítium glebae orbis terræ. Quando præparábat cælos, áderam,
quando certa lege et gyro vallábat abýssos, quando nubes firmábat sursum,
et prævaluérunt fontes abýssi, quando circúmdabat mari términum suum
et aquis, ne transírent fines suos, quando iecit fundaménta terræ,
cum eo eram ut ártifex: delectátio per síngulos dies
ludens coram eo omni témpore, ludens in orbe terrárum,
et deliciae meæ esse cum fíliis hóminum. Nunc ergo, fílii, audíte me:
beáti, qui custódiunt vias meas; audíte disciplínam et estóte sapiéntes,
et nolíte abícere eam. Beátus homo, qui audit me
et qui vígilat ad fores meas cotídie
et obsérvat ad postes óstii mei.
Qui me invénerit, invéniet vitam et hauriet delicias a Dómino.

RESPONSORIUM.           
a. Iudi 13,18b; 15,9b
Benedícta es tu, Virgo María, a Dómino Deo excélso præ ómnibus muliéribus super terram.
y. Tu glória Ierusalem, tu lætítia Israel, tu honorificéntia pópuli nostri.

ALLELUIA. 
Cf. Cani 4,7
Allelúia. V/.
Tota pulchra es, María, et mácula originalis non est in te. Allelúia.

EVANGELIUM.     
Lc 1,26-28
Léctío sancti Evangélii secúndum Lucam.
In illo témpore: Missus est ángelus Gábriel a Deo in civitátem Galilææ, cui nomen Názareth, ad vírginem desponsátam viro cui nomen erat Ioseph de domo David, et nomen vírginis María.
Et ingréssus ad eam dixit: “Ave, grátia plena, Dóminus tecum”.

Credo in unum Deum.
SUPER OBLATA.
Salutárem hóstiam, quam in sollemnitáte Immaculátæ Conceptionis beatae Vírginis Maríæ tibi, Dómine, offérimus, suscipe et praesta : ut sicut illam tua grátia præveniénte ab omni labe immunem profitemur / ita eius intercessióne a culpis ómnibus liberémur :
Per Christum.

COMMUNIO.        
Ps 86,3; Lc l,49a
Gloriósa dicta sunt de te, María: quia fecit tibi magna qui potens est.

POST COMMUNIONEM.          
Orémus.
Sacraménta quæ súmpsimus, Dómine Deus noster :
illíus in nobis culpae vúlnera reparent /
a qua Immaculátam beátæ Maríæ Conceptiónem singuláriter præservásti :
Per Dóminum.





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29303101020304
September 2012
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
27282930310102
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17181920212223
24252627282930
June 2012
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
28293031010203
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18192021222324
25262728293001
May 2012
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
30010203040506
07080910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031010203
March 2012
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
27282901020304
05060708091011
12131415161718
19202122232425
26272829303101
February 2012
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
30310102030405
06070809101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282901020304
December 2011
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
28293001020304
05060708091011
12131415161718
19202122232425
26272829303101
November 2011
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
31010203040506
07080910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293001020304
July 2011
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
27282930010203
04050607080910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
April 2011
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
28293031010203
04050607080910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293001
March 2011
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
28010203040506
07080910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031010203
November 2010
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
01020304050607
08091011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
29300102030405
August 2010
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
26272829303101
02030405060708
09101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30310102030405
June 2010
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
31010203040506
07080910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293001020304
January 2010
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
28293031010203
04050607080910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
December 2009
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
30010203040506
07080910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031010203
November 2009
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
26272829303101
02030405060708
09101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30010203040506