24 December 2013

What time is Midnight Mass?

It is not uncommon to hear jokes about persons calling a parish to ask what time Midnight Mass will be at. Such jokes may seem funny, but the question of the time for Midnight Mass and the common answer betray a problem. There are four Masses for Christmas: Vigil Mass, Mass at Midnight, Mass at Dawn, and Mass During the Day. Each Mass has different readings and different prayers. Midnight Mass might not actually be at midnight and, although the correct prayers might be used, all of the Christmas Masses of a particular parish might just have the same readings so that the priest only has to prepare one homily.

So, when one phones in to find out what time Midnight Mass is, he might also want to ask if it is actually Midnight Mass that will be celebrated at midnight.

23 December 2013

Maculate Degeneration

Please pray for me. I’ve been diagnosed with maculate degeneration. This often results in moral blindness. There is treatment, which can be very successful, but it is very difficult because it involves dying: dying to self. The treatment is continued until physical death, at which time, if the treatment is successful, one become immaculate.

This condition is very common. In fact, there have only been four humans that did not have it from the beginning of their existence. Two eventually developed it, one was Incarnate Divinity, and the other was His Mother.

20 December 2013

The Intrinsic Connection between the Liturgy and Harley Davidson

The last really beautiful bike made by Harley Davidson was the FL Duo-Glide, which the Motor Company made from 1958 to 1964. Although, the front end was made even more beautiful in 1960 with a two-piece stamped aluminium fork nacelle to shroud the headlight. Of course, the heart of the bike was the Panhead engine, which succeeded the Knucklehead in 1948. This is, by far, the most beautiful product of the Motor Company, but things began to change the following year.

11 December 2013

Infallible Word of God

Do you believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God? If you do, you can thank St. Pope Damasus I for infallibly leading the Catholic Church in discerning which books should be in the Bible. He delegated most of the work to his friend St. Jerome, who, I’m sure, had help from others. All of whom used the intellect that God gave them and prayed that the Holy Spirit inspire them to use it correctly.

Of course, not everyone agreed, particularly in North Africa, and councils had to be held to decide if they would use the Canon of Scripture the pope said they should: one in Hippo in 393 and two in Carthage in 397 and 419. Pope Damasus I wasn’t at these councils since he had died in 384.

06 December 2013

Novena to the Immaculate Conception, Day 8

A Song about the Real Santa Claus

This is a song inspired by a true story about the real Santa Claus (a.k.a. Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra) who was at the First Council of Nicaea in 325, and was one of the bishops who signed the Nicene Creed.