Daily Archives: March 1, 2009

I forgot Louis de Montfort!

I really like the banner at the top. I put a lot of work into it to get the pictures matched up just right. The text was a pain, but I worked hard to make everything line up as best as possible. The pictures all seem to “fit.”

Problem is, I just realized I forgot a patron. I have, of course, C. S. Lewis, Louis Martin and St. Louis of France.

But I forgot St. Louis de Montfort, known both for being one of the great exponents of Marian devotion in the history of the Church, but also a firebrand preacher with prophetic zeal.

We’ve all heard the expression, attributed (like many things) to St. Francis, “Preach the Gospel allways. If necessary, use words.” I recently mentioned the anecdote about how St. Louis pummeled a bunch of guys who were mocking his preaching, and they all showed up for Mass the next day.

That story may very well have inspired a _Mother Goose and Grimm_ I cut out many years ago. It shows a friar standing alone in a wrecked room.

“When it was all over, the bar was a mess. Tables and chairs were broken and turned over. Bodies were scattered around the room. But no one, ever again, called Saint Francis a Sissy.”

First Sunday in Lent

Epistle II Cor. 6:1-10
“Now is the day of salvation!”
Gospel Matt 4:1-11
Temptation of Jesus

Here’s a website where you can download the 2009 liturgical calendar for the 1962 Missal, complete with indulgences attacched to certain days of the year.

Doodling helps you remember stuff

“We don’t understand how John does it. He sits in class drawing elaborate pictures, hardly ever looks up from his book, and never takes notes. But he always knows what’s going on better than we do, answers every question, and remembers everything.”

This week’s Divine Office

OK, maybe this would be best on Fridays?

Anyway, this week is technically the First Week of Lent. In your Four Week Psalter, use Week 1. Psalms and antiphons come from the Psalter, but, unlike Ordinary Time, you get the readings, responsory and Gospel canticle from the Proper of Seasons (Lent).

There are so many editions that page numbers can be confusing. But if you’re in the four-volume version,
First Sunday of Lent (Evening Prayer 1, Saturday night), starts on page 82.
Monday starts on 94. Tuesday, 102. Wednesday, 111. Thursday, 120. Friday, 129. Saturday, 137.
Psalter Week I starts on page 1075 and runs through 1206.

There are two special days this week on the General Calendar.

March 4 is the commemoration of St. Casimir (I’m not sure what exactly a “commemoration” is, versus a “memorial” or “optional” memorial). It’s on p. 1700 of Volume II. He was a Polish prince. If you do the Office of readings, there’s a special Second reading for St. Casimir. He has his own antiphons for the Benedictus and Magnificat, and, of course, his own collect. If you have a special devotion to him, come from Poland, want to pray especially for political leaders, etc., you can use the Common of Holy Men (p. 2134).

March 7 is Perpetua and Felicity (P. 1700). They have a second reading, Gospel antiphons and Collect. Common of Several Martyrs starts on p. 1977 (Office of Readings). Some parts have options for Virgin martyrs. Common of Virgins starts 2104 (Office of Readings).

So, on those days, you can either do the stuff or the saint or the regular Lent stuff. Also, as always, you have the option of using the Sunday Collects for Mass at any Hour (esp. the Office of readings).

Mother pressured to abort child at Catholic hospital

There has recently been some controversy about the practices at a Catholic hospital in Ontario.
13 years ago, a woman named Nikki Cooke was encouraged by a hospital panel to abort her baby, who had Trisomy 18 for purely eugenic purposes, and she shared her story with LifeSite News.

She explained to London Bishop Ronald Fabbro in a chance meeting on January 20, 2009 that it was recommended that she terminate her pregnancy by a committee at the St. Joseph’s hospital, despite the fact that neither her life nor health were in danger. Eight days later Cooke wrote a lengthy letter to the bishop with a complete description of the circumstances of her experiences at the hospital.
The National Post article was published a full month after that conversation on February 20. In that article Fr. Prieur alleges that the procedure – early induction on babies with lethal fetal anomaly – is only undertaken when the health or life of the mother is at risk and Bishop Fabbro, in both a photo and statement for the article, appears to indicate full support for his chief ethicist.

More on the Vatican conference

EWTN has an article that emphasizes that the conference is about seeking compatibility between theology and evolution (isn’t that what Intelligent Design is all about?)

Fr. Tanzella-Nitti stated, “from the perspective of Christian
theology, biological evolution and creation are by no means mutually exclusive.
… None of the evolutionary mechanisms opposes the affirmation that God wanted
– in other words, created – man. Neither is this opposed by the casual nature of
the many events that happened during the slow development of life, as long as
the recourse to chance remains a simple scientific reading of phenomena.”
The professor of Fundamental Theology said that he hopes “that the natural
sciences may be used by theology as a positive informational resource, and not
just seen as a source of problems. … I do not believe biological evolution is
possible in a materialist world, without information, without direction, without
a plan. In a created world, the role of theology is precisely that of talking to
us about nature and the meaning it has, of the Logos which, as Benedict XVI
likes to say, is the uncreated foundation of all things and of history.”

Also, while this is frequently described as “Vatican conference,” it is actually sponsored by Pontificial University Gregorian and the University of Notre Dame (!)