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Diebus Saltem Dominicis – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost: Stay Frosty, My Friends

Rome can be hot during the summer.  Blazing hot and breezy, a recipe for fire.  Rome had recorded 6 great fires in its history.  However, on 18 July of 64 AD, a fire started near the vast chariot area, the Circus Maximus.  According to the ancient historian Tacitus (56-120), who was in Rome at the…

Diebus Saltem Dominicis: Constant fear and love in equal degree

This week’s offering presented a dilemma.  In many places the Vetus Ordo Feast of Corpus Christi will be observed on Sunday as an “external solemnity”.  Corpus Christi falls on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday and, in the Vetus Ordo, it had to be celebrated on that day.  However, it is permitted to repeat the Mass…

Diebus Saltem Dominicis: Trinity Sunday – We might want to get this one right

The Catechism of the Catholic Church 234 says that the doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity is the “central mystery of Christ faith and life.  It is the mystery of God in Himself.” We might want to get this one right. The other mysteries of our faith revolve around what God does and has done. …

Diebus Saltem Dominicis: Pentecost Sunday – Rise, Let Us Go Hence

For this mighty Feast of Pentecost we first scrabble after some context to enrich our participation.  The sacred liturgical celebration of the mysteries of our salvation make us present to them and them to us.  Sacramental reality is not inferior to sensible reality.  Indeed, it embraces and elevates it and us, it transforms us.  In…

Diebus Saltem Dominicis: Sunday after Ascension Thursday – What’s up?

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, forty days after His Resurrection, was once graced with its own Octave.  In 1955 Pius XII suppressed all but the Octaves of Christmas, Easter and Pentecost.  These three remain now in the Roman Church’s Vetus Ordo.  However, the Octave of Ascension dated back only to the 15th…

Diebus Saltem Dominicis: 5th Sunday after Easter – The Eyes Have It

We move liturgically ever closer to the Ascension of the Lord, when the High Priest, the Risen Savior, entered the heavenly temple where He continuously renews His once for all time Sacrifice to the Father.  On this 5th Sunday after Easter we again have a Gospel reading from the Last Supper discourse during which Our…

Diebus Saltem Dominicis: 4th Sunday after Easter – Divine protection in the great eschatological trial

We now move into the next phase of the seven-week Easter Season.  The first stage looked back to the Resurrection and reflect upon the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist.  In this stage, which began last Sunday, we look forward to the Lord’s Ascension, the Spirit’s Descent and we consider the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Like last…

Diebus Saltem Dominicis: 3rd Sunday after Easter – The Lord’s Ever-present Absence

You know how I like to bang on and on about context.  This Sunday, the 3rd after Easter in the traditional reckoning (the 4th of Easter in the Novus Ordo calendar), we shift to a new phase in the seven Sunday Season of Easter.  The first Sundays looked back to Easter and its main themes…

Diebus Saltem Dominicis: Octave of Easter – Forearmed is forewarned

“Happy Easter”, we still say 7-day week afterward because, liturgically speaking, it has still been Easter Sunday during this Octave.  A liturgical Octave is an eight-day arc that vibrates in anticipation of the “eighth day” of eternal rest beyond the 7-day cycle of creation.  We stop the liturgical clock so that we can rest in…

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