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  • Listecki Named Archbishop of Milwaukee

    11/14/2009 8:23:02 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 12 replies · 552+ views
    Archdiocese of Milwaukee ^ | 14 November 2009 | Archdiocese of Milwaukee
    The Most Reverend Jerome Edward Listecki has been named the 11th archbishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican announced today. Listecki, 60, succeeds the Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, who was named Archbishop of New York on February 23, 2009, and installed as Archbishop of New York April 15, 2009. Listecki currently serves as bishop of the Diocese of LaCrosse, where he was installed as bishop on March 1, 2005, succeeding the Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke. Bishop Listecki will be installed as Archbishop of Milwaukee in early January by the Papal Nuncio to the...
  • The Speaker's Archbishop Speaks

    09/04/2008 6:53:12 PM PDT · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 36 replies · 175+ views
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | 4 September 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    Thursday, September 04, 2008 The Speaker's Archbishop Speaks In response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent statements on the church's teaching on abortion, Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco -- the top Rep.'s hometown ordinary -- prepared the following column for tomorrow's edition of the archdiocesan weekly, Catholic San Francisco. * * * Last month, in two televised interviews and a subsequent statement released through her office, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and a Catholic residing in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, made remarks that are in serious conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church...
  • Pelosi, By George

    09/03/2008 7:28:10 PM PDT · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 4 replies · 180+ views
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | 3 September 2008 | Rocco
    Pelosi, By George Another day, another dollar, another ecclesial ripple Nancy Pelosi hath wrought. Nine days after two leading USCCB chairmen took on the House Speaker's Meet the Press debacle in the name of the entire conference, the bench's president -- Cardinal Francis George OMI of Chicago (shown above with You Know Who) -- made his first public intervention earlier today with the following letter to his hometown church: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In the midst of a lengthy political campaign, matters of public policy that are also moral issues sometimes are misrepresented or are presented in a...
  • Muslim Extremist's Web Site Stirs Mixed Emotions in Charlotte, N.C. (TERRORIST AMONG US)

    06/06/2008 2:40:57 PM PDT · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 39 replies · 313+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 06 June 2008 | Cristina Corbin (FOX NEWS)
    Muslim Extremist's Web Site Stirs Mixed Emotions in Charlotte, N.C. Friday, June 06, 2008 By Cristina Corbin CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In a quiet, upscale neighborhood in Charlotte, N.C., rows of custom-style homes and neatly landscaped lawns represent the American dream. But one local resident has shattered that image, calling for the death of American troops in Iraq and supporting Al Qaeda through his Web site, which he reportedly runs from his parents' home. Samir Khan is the man behind Revolution.Muslimpad.com — a radical Islamic site that praises Usama bin Laden and asks for Allah to “curse more American soldiers.”
  • "He Called Them Forward"

    06/01/2008 1:34:41 PM PDT · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 21 replies · 178+ views
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | 1 June 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    Saturday, May 31, 2008 "He Called Them Forward" After Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles ordained the nation's largest priesthood class for the year -- 12 candidates for the nation's largest diocese -- earlier today in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, a friend in attendance sent the following brief: [Mahony] reminisced about the one thing the seminary never prepared him for all those years ago: that God is the God of surprises. He then reviewed his priestly life and spoke of each surprise and how God gave him just what he needed not only to endure but...
  • Addresses St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, NY (by Archbishop Chaput)

    11/04/2007 8:36:35 PM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 7 replies · 36+ views
    Catholics in the Military ^ | 04Nov07 | Archbishop Chaput
    Addresses St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, NY Written by Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. 04Nov07 I always enjoy being with friends like tonight because I can leave my Kevlar vest in Denver. I do a lot of speaking, and while most of the people I meet are wonderful folks, not everyone is always happy to hear what I have to say. In fact, one of the distinguishing marks of debate both outside and within the Church over the last 40 years is how uncivil the disagreements have become. Being a faithful Catholic leader today -...
  • A Lifetime of Learning Pope Benedict becomes the teacher he always wanted to be.

    05/14/2007 6:29:28 PM PDT · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 7 replies · 382+ views
    Ethics and Public Policy Center ^ | 14 May 2007 | George Weigel
    A Lifetime of Learning Pope Benedict becomes the teacher he always wanted to be. By George Weigel Posted: Monday, May 14, 2007 ARTICLE Newsweek Publication Date: May 21, 2007 At one poignant moment in Chaim Potok's novel The Promise, Abraham Gordon, a distinguished Jewish scholar with a skeptical cast of mind, muses on one of modernity's discontents while walking through Central Park with Reuven Malter, a brilliant, Orthodox rabbinical student: "Of course, that's the problem … How can we teach others to regard the tradition critically and with love? I grew up loving it, and then learned to look at...
  • To Christ be Glory in the Church

    05/13/2007 2:29:14 PM PDT · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 6 replies · 298+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | April 29th | Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
    When I was ordained a bishop on the feast of St. Matthew, September 21, 1990, I chose as my motto: To Christ be Glory in the Church. It appears in Latin on my coat of arms. Episcopal mottoes are phrases that indicate a bishop's mind and heart, that give an indication of his pastoral priorities. My motto says that I believe the Church exists, first of all and above all, to glorify Christ, to make his grace visible to the world in the Church's ministries and mission. If people look at the Church and see Jesus Christ, then everything else...
  • Military has no place at universities (Unleash H--- Please)

    01/24/2006 3:38:47 PM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 47 replies · 908+ views
    The Daily Northwestern ^ | January 24, 2006 | Henry Bowles III
    Military has no place at universities by Henry M. Bowles III January 24, 2006 It was a relief to hear that the normally sedated campus Left bothered to protest the creepy presence of military recruiters at the Martin Luther King Jr. job fair. The recruiters’ presence most certainly was, as the NOWAR activists observed, out of line with King’s pacifism. That the protests were reserved for one particularly distasteful instance of military recruiting highlights just how far apart Northwestern stands from its peer universities on the issue. Most elite universities have significant movements, with both students and faculty involvement, to...
  • Gay priest ruling adds fuel to fire (Cardinal George Reaction)

    11/30/2005 6:27:01 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 8 replies · 425+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 30 NOV 2005 | Margaret Ramirez and Manya A. Brachear
    Gay priest ruling adds fuel to fire Vatican document stands out more as pope's first than for whom it bans By Margaret Ramirez and Manya A. Brachear, Tribune staff reporters. Tribune news services contributed to this report Published November 30, 2005 The Vatican issued a long-awaited document Tuesday on the explosive issue of homosexuality in the priesthood, but the document banning men with "deep-seated homosexual tendencies" added more heat than light to the controversy. In fact, several scholars said that the text of the document--which largely restates long-standing Roman Catholic teaching on homosexuality--matters less than its timing and prominence. It...
  • Studying John Roberts

    09/01/2005 6:56:04 AM PDT · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 7 replies · 273+ views
    National Review Online ^ | September 01, 2005, 7:33 a.m | Dennis Coyle
    September 01, 2005, 7:33 a.m. Studying John Roberts It’s a Catholic temperament. By Dennis Coyle Absent a disclosure that he has been moonlighting as Osama bin Laden's legal counsel, John Roberts will be confirmed as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. George W. Bush deserves all the praise he is receiving for a politically astute selection: a nominee so smart, well-liked, and respected that it will be hard to mobilize hysterical opposition to him beyond the offices of NARAL. (I concede that I may be underestimating the shamelessness of the opponents, and the gullibility of the public.) But what...
  • The Message Does Count

    08/24/2005 8:01:04 AM PDT · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 3 replies · 197+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 24, 2005, 8:23 a.m. | Colleen Carroll Campbell
    The Message Does Count World Youth Day was never just about Pope John Paul II. By Colleen Carroll Campbell The conventional wisdom of secular journalists has long held that World Youth Day is a "Catholic Woodstock" born under Pope John Paul II and sustained by his personal charisma. The millions of young Catholics who have flocked to this global faith celebration for more than two decades like to party together and loved their late pope. But his defense of orthodox theology and traditional morality was never part of the appeal. That explanation — that World Youth Day gatherings were successful...
  • Papacy and Doctrine (A Little Firestorm at my School Paper)

    04/26/2005 4:18:26 AM PDT · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 44 replies · 778+ views
    The Daily Northwestern ^ | 26 April 2005 | myself and others
    My Letter The disappointment of Cafeteria Catholics and the Liberal Media Establishment to the election of Pope Benedict XVI is sadly, not surprising. They seemed shocked that the Holy Spirit would choose a Catholic to lead the Catholic Church. But then, they are prisoners of the “dictatorship of Relativism” where there is no absolute truth, no absolute right and wrong. Catholic Doctrine is unchangeable. Moral Truth does not change because of the desires of our age or because it is inconvenient. It stands throughout the winds of time as a beacon of Truth. Abortion will always be intrinsically evil. Women...
  • THURSDAY IN THE FIFTH (PASSION) WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    03/17/2005 5:09:21 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 3 replies · 107+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 17MAR05 | N/A
    THURSDAY IN THE FIFTH (PASSION) WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Apollinaris There are actually two stational churches indicated for today. The first Lenten Station was established by Pope Gregory II (715-731) in the Church of St. Apollinaris and the second established by Pope Pius IX (1846-1878) with apostolic privilege in the Church of St. Mary the New in the Roman Forum as a closing for a Holy Year of Redemption. A week from today we shall begin the Pascal Mysteries. The truer the sorrow for our sins and the greater the realization of the need of God's grace, the more fruitful...
  • WEDNESDAY IN THE FIFTH (PASSION) WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    03/16/2005 5:37:07 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 4 replies · 100+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 16MAR05 | N/A
    WEDNESDAY IN THE FIFTH (PASSION) WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Marcellus A patient sufferer, condemned by his enemies to work in a horse-stable, the good shepherd, Pope Marcellus, is our leader today to the King of Martyrs, Christ, our Good Shepherd. Why must a human being suffer, physically, spiritually, or both? This has always been and ever will be, the great problem—indeed a problem and a riddle for the worldly individual, but not for the follower of Christ, who finds the answer at the foot of the Cross. For the Christ-loving soul, there is no suffering for suffering sake, there is...
  • TUESDAY IN THE FIFTH (PASSION) WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    03/15/2005 6:03:35 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 2 replies · 70+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 15MAR05 | N/A
    TUESDAY IN THE FIFTH (PASSION) WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Cyriacus The Sacred Texts, which like a garland, surround the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice and the Divine Office must not only be understood in their literal and historical sense, but above all in their liturgical one. This is always the case, but especially during Passiontide. The Divine Head, who nineteen centuries ago underwent the great Passion is now undergoing it in His Body, the Church. An attack on the Church is an attack on Christ. Whenever the Church suffers, her Divine head suffers. But all these sufferings lead to victory....
  • MONDAY IN THE FIFTH (PASSION) WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    03/14/2005 8:24:55 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 2 replies · 92+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 14MAR05 | N/A
    MONDAY IN THE FIFTH (PASSION) WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Chrysogonus We are branches of Christ, the Vine. As such, we share in His life, share in His joys, and must share also in His sufferings, and thus—as the Apostle so boldly put it—make up in our own body what is yet wanting in the sufferings of Christ, the Head. This we shall do gladly in these holy Passion days. Our mortifications, our self-discipline, our temptations, our trials from within and from without, all our sufferings, we will unite with Christ's Blessed Passion. They will then be lifted out of their...
  • FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT PASSION SUNDAY Stational Church

    03/13/2005 10:08:14 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 10 replies · 198+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 13MAR05 | N/A
    FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT PASSION SUNDAY Station—St. Peter in the Vatican Passion Sunday! The Cross of Christ is veiled, so that we may seek it, and Him who died on it, all the more. The holiest season of the year is at hand, so holy, that "all other seasons of the year prepare us for keeping this one duly and worthily. These present days call for special fidelity seeing that they bring us so near to that sublime mystery of the Divine Mercy, the blessed Passion of Jesus Christ." (from the Divine Office) With an open mind and a willing...
  • SATURDAY IN THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT Station Church

    03/12/2005 5:46:00 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 2 replies · 61+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 12FEB05 | N/A
    SATURDAY IN THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Nicholas in Carcere This Station is at a church built on the ruins of three pagan temples and consecrated to St. Nicholas. It is called in carcere because in ancient times it had been a dungeon—a prison devoid of light. Water, food and light are indispensable for the maintenance and up-building of our natural life. Sacred Water, Sacred Food and Sacred Light are indispensable for the maintenance and up-building of our supernatural life. 1. "Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he can not enter into the...
  • FRIDAY IN THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    03/11/2005 5:22:27 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 2 replies · 86+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 11MAR05 | N/A
    FRIDAY IN THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Eusebius The Roman Martyr-Priest, Eusebius, whom the Arian Emperor Constantius II had imprisoned for seven months in the priest's own home so that he might slowly starve to death, is today our leader to the blessed Christ for whose Divinity Eusebius died and won eternal life. Two weeks from today, we shall celebrate the Lord's life-giving death—the source of our resurrection and life. Christ's death is the Sacrament of all sacraments. All the Christian mysteries flow from this main-spring: "the mystery of new life" "out of water and the Holy Spirit;" restoring...
  • THURSDAY IN THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    03/10/2005 6:14:19 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 1 replies · 62+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 10MAR05 | N/A
    THURSDAY IN THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT Station—Sts. Sylvester and Martin Near this church the penitents used to pass through one of the most infamous of places, near the crossroads of Mercury and the Serbian walls, where there was the merulana necropolis (cemetery). That was where pagan Rome left the bodies of slaves and criminals to rot in the open, until the Christians built a chapel with the aim of venerating the Christian martyrs. Two weeks from today, the Church will celebrate the mystery of the living and life-giving Bread, the first source of life and health. "For he that...
  • WEDNESDAY IN THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    03/09/2005 4:14:56 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 4 replies · 90+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 9MAR05 | N/A
    WEDNESDAY IN THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Paul Outside the Walls At one time, a pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Paul in this Lenten penitential procession took on an exceptional character in view of the riches of doctrinal teaching, which has come down to us from the Apostle to the Gentiles. For this reason, it used to happen, that in this particular Lenten Station, the Pope carried out a "third scrutiny" for the baptismal candidates—that is, for those catechumens, who wanted to be baptized in water. In this church, at the tomb of this great convert-exemplar, the catechumens,...
  • TUESDAY IN THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    03/08/2005 6:15:48 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 3 replies · 87+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 8MAR05 | N/A
    TUESDAY IN THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Lawrence in Damaso We celebrate the holy mysteries in spirit in the church of St. Lawrence in Damaso, built by the "poet-Pope" and "lover of the catacombs," St. Damasus, whose remains rest in this venerable edifice Mother Church points today to two leaders: Moses and Christ—figure and fulfillment. Both of them were unappreciated by their flock. Both of them were unmoved in their consecration to God and their holy calling. Their people were superficial, proud and selfish, while they, the leaders, were filled with the spirit of prayer, humility and the love...
  • MONDAY IN THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    03/07/2005 4:23:57 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 2 replies · 66+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 7MAR05 | N/A
    MONDAY IN THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT Station—The Four Crowned Martyrs The Station is on Mount Caelius, in a church erected in the seventh century in honor of four officers of the Roman army, who having refused to adore a statue of Aesculapius, received the crown of martyrdom. These were the "Four Crowned Ones," whose relics are venerated in this sanctuary together with the head of St. Sebastian, an officer of the army of Diocletian Under the leadership of the Four Crowned Martyrs let us celebrate the divine Sacrifice. May the Eucharistic Action "refresh us and defend us," as it...
  • FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT Stational Church

    03/06/2005 6:18:12 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 12 replies · 163+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 6MAR05 | N/A
    FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT Station—Church of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem In the year 320, Constantine placed here the relics of the Holy Cross, which his mother, St. Helen, had brought to Rome from the Holy Land. Also, there is soil brought from Calvary, placed under the floor of the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Today, in the Church of Calvary at Rome—that is of the Cross—our hope, the Church, sends a ray of light upon our souls to stir us up to persevere in the struggle against the world, the flesh and the devil, until the great feast of...
  • SATURDAY IN THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    03/05/2005 5:49:43 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 2 replies · 92+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 5MAR05 | N/A
    SATURDAY IN THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Susanna Today's liturgy places before us three women—one in the white garment of virginity, the other in the blue mantle of chastity and the third in the purple robe of penitence. The first shows the triumph of Christ's redemption, the second, the power of faith in the coming Messiah, the third, the compassion of the Good Shepherd, who came to seek what was lost. The first is today's stational guide—St. Susanna, to whom the vow of virginity and consecration to Christ, the royal Bridegroom, meant more than the princely hand of the...
  • FRIDAY IN THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    03/04/2005 3:17:26 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 2 replies · 68+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 4MAR05 | N/A
    FRIDAY IN THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Lawrence in Lucina For the second time this week, the chaste Deacon Lawrence is our processional leader to the Savior of the world. Last Sunday, we knelt at his tomb and heard his encouraging words: "walk as children of the light …" Today, we are making our pilgrimage to the church containing a large portion of the gridiron on which this holy Deacon made his last and most perfect oblation to God. It was during the forty years passed in the desert that Moses and Aaron asked God to bring from the...
  • THURSDAY IN THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    03/03/2005 6:06:13 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 4 replies · 86+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 3MAR05 | N/A
    THURSDAY IN THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT Station—Sts. Cosmas and Damian This church, made from two pagan temples, holds the bodies of the holy martyrs, Cosmas and Damian, who were put to death during the Diocletian persecution. The sick came in crowds to visit the tomb of these two brothers, doctors by profession, imploring them to restore their health. The "unsalaried" physicians, Cosmas and Damian, devoted time and talents to the service of the poor and the sick, so that, by curing the infirmities of the body without renumeration, they might more easily win immortal souls for Christ. Today, the...
  • WEDNESDAY IN THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    03/02/2005 4:14:29 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 3 replies · 78+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 2 MAR 05 | N/A
    WEDNESDAY IN THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Sixtus The St. Sixtus Stational Church is located on the Appian Way and is a parish church dating to the fifth century. It was in this church that the catechumens were presented to the Church by their sponsors. Their names were written on tablets of ivory covered in leather, which were read at the Commemoration of the Living. After the Collect of the Mass, the catechumens received the initial parts of the Baptismal ceremony, viz. the rites of exsufflation, of the sign of the cross, of the imposition of hands and that...
  • TUESDAY IN THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    03/01/2005 5:36:19 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 2 replies · 100+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 1MAR05 | N/A
    TUESDAY IN THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Prudentiana The church of St. Prudentiana, on the Viminal Hill, was one of the most venerated places for Roman Christians. St. Prudentiana lived here with her sister, St. Praxedes. Here, St. Peter received hospitality and the first Christians often assembled. Today, this church stands rather forgotten because it was closed for a very long time. We turn to St. Prudentiana on this day. May she obtain for us by her powerful prayers: 1. The grace of mutual forgiveness, so that we may be able to say in truth: "Forgive us our trespasses,...
  • MONDAY IN THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    02/28/2005 6:26:04 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 1 replies · 60+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 28 FEB 05 | N/A
    MONDAY IN THE THIRD WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Mark's In the historic center of the city, near Piazza Venezia, stands the elegant basilica of St. Mark. St. Mark had a very important role in the evangelization work in the Rome of his time, and after the death of the Apostles, it was in this city that he wrote the Gospel of Mark. The more sincerely we enter into each Lenten day, the more perfectly will the Holy Eucharist transform us and the more pleasing to God will be our Lenten efforts. Our spiritual life will take on a freshness, like...
  • THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT Stational Church

    02/27/2005 6:14:02 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 3 replies · 94+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 27FEB05 | N/A
    THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT Station—St. Lawrence Outside the Walls The stational Mass brings us to another basilica, St. Lawrence Outside the Walls, erected by the Emperor Constantine in the year 330. As the basilica is near the Verano cemetery and above ancient catacombs, where the bodies of the martyred St. Lawrence, St. Stephen and St. Justin were laid to rest, the penitential character of the Lenten Station takes on particular significance. On this day, the catechumens of old were taken to the tomb of St. Lawrence, the illustrious deacon whose "eyes were ever towards the Lord." Today, they had to...
  • SATURDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    02/25/2005 9:30:03 PM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 2 replies · 108+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 25 FEB 05 | N/A
    SATURDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT Station—Sts. Marcellinus & Peter This Station is in the basilica founded by St. Helen on the Via Lavicana, in which were buried the bodies of St. Marcellinus, priest, and St. Peter, exorcist, martyred at Tome during the Diocletian persecution. Their names are mentioned in the Roman Canon of the Mass. May today's stational saints, not brothers in the flesh, but in spirit, obtain for us the gift of gratitude both for our holy calling—God's free gift—as well as for the grace of conversion, our homecoming to the Father. For the remainder of our...
  • FRIDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    02/25/2005 3:40:39 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 3 replies · 84+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 25FEB05 | N/A
    FRIDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Vitalis Mother Church points today to the "Great Friday" on which our High Priest and Redeemer obtained for us eternal redemption. She takes us today to the church of St. Vitalis—father of the holy martyrs, Gervase and Protase. For his loyalty to Christ, St. Vitalis was first buried up to the waist in an old cistern and then stoned to death. Here at the altar of this martyr—his name means "full of life"—Holy Mother Church directs our attention to the life-giving death of the Savior. In four weeks we will celebrate the...
  • THURSDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    02/24/2005 6:46:30 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 3 replies · 110+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 24FEB05 | N/A
    THURSDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Mary Trastevere In the heart of Transtiber, in a beautiful Romanesque square stands the church of St. Mary. On the spot of this church, shortly before the birth of Christ, oil gushed out of the ground. Mary carried Christ "the Anointed One" (reference to the oil) in her arms. The Mother of God is today's stational leader to Christ, the Light of the world. We fly to your patronage, Holy Mother of God. Do present our humble prayers to Him, whom you did bring forth, the King that rules heaven and earth....
  • WEDNESDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    02/23/2005 4:22:01 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 7 replies · 98+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 23FEB05 | N/A
    WEDNESDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Cecelia In the heart of Transtiber Rome, entered by way of a Baroque gateway portal and a cheerful courtyard, towers the splendid church of St. Cecilia, in which is buried St. Cecilia, the virgin-martyr. In the fifth century, this church was one of the most celebrated churches in Rome. On Ash Wednesday, the church was St. Sabina, the martyr-matron. On Wednesday of the first week of Lent, we visited St. Mary Major. On this third Wednesday, it is again a woman—the virgin-martyr and "glory of the early Church," St. Cecilia, who leads...
  • TUESDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    02/22/2005 2:38:53 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 2 replies · 67+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 22FEB05 | N/A
    TUESDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Balbina The Station today is at the sanctuary of St. Balbina—a Roman virgin, who lived in the second century and whose remains, along with those of her father, the martyr St. Quirinus, lies under the altar. This church stands on a slope of the Aventine Hill. St. Balbina followed Christ. To Him she gave her home that it might henceforth be His home where He would "have mercy on His people according to His great mercy and blot out their iniquity" and where they would seek His face, and finding it, "relate...
  • MONDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    02/21/2005 4:08:09 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 3 replies · 75+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 21FEB05 | N/A
    MONDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Clement This stational church is built above the very house of the third successor of St. Peter, whose name is found in the Roman Canon—St. Clement. This parish church of Rome established in the fifth century is a most faithful example of the old Roman basilicas. Under the high altar are the remains of the martyr, Ignatius of Antioch, as well as, St. Clement. Sts. Clement and Ignatius are true heroes, as their martyr-blood became the "seed of Christians." Clement and Ignatius—kindness and fire—symbols of Him, who is kindness to men of...
  • Church of Acts (Catholic and Orthodox generally)

    02/20/2005 6:20:38 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 18 replies · 312+ views
    N/A | 20 FEB 05 | Vanity
    My University Center's Education Committee which I am on is looking at historical stuff in Church history. The first two events were mine, "Where We Got the Nicene Creed" and "One Holy Catholic and Apostolic -- What does that mean?" The next two however are more ambiguous. The one this week, "The Church of Acts" is bound to turn into a discussion on how the Church of Acts is more enlightened then our current Roman Catholic Church on doctrine, practice, etc. Anyone have good documents, etc, that are easy to get to, for apologetics on that? Since some of the...
  • SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT Stational Church

    02/20/2005 5:42:18 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 3 replies · 92+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 20FEB05 | N/A
    SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT Station—St. Mary in Dominica In the Piazza della Navicella (which gets its name from the fountain built around the marble model of a ship) is the Church of St. Mary in Dominica—an ancient church founded around the year 600. The purpose of this Holy Season is to transfigure us. The transfiguration of Christ, the Head, is the beginning and source of the transfiguration of His Body, the Church, and of every member of the Church. The stational protectress today is our glorious Mother herself—Sancta Maria in Dominica—the grandest "transfiguration" accomplished by Christ, the Savior. To her...
  • SATURDAY IN THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT Stational Church

    02/19/2005 7:46:38 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 3 replies · 77+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 19FEB05 | N/A
    SATURDAY IN THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Peter in the Vatican In the past, people used to prepare with prayer and fasting throughout the night before coming to this Station, which takes place in the major church of Christendom, at the tomb of the Prince of the Apostles. It was at this Station that the Pope consecrated priests, joining to the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist that of the Ordination of Priests. The monumentality of the Basilica and the columned square, which embraces the vast crowds like immense arms, is only a framework to the great light, which from...
  • Stational Church -- FRIDAY IN THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT

    02/18/2005 3:48:22 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 2 replies · 118+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 18FEB05 | N/A
    FRIDAY IN THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT Station—The Twelve Apostles Today we find ourselves at the Basilica dedicated to the Apostles and in particular to the Saints Philip and James the Minor, whose bodies are enclosed in a precious marble urn located under the main altar in the crypt. Today, thirty-eight days before Easter, the Church reads to us the account of the cure of a man sick for thirty-eight years. This miracle occurred at the pool of Bethsaida. The merciful Jesus healed body and soul of this friendless sufferer. After the cure, Jesus said to him: "Behold thou art...
  • THURSDAY IN THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT -- Stational Church

    02/17/2005 6:04:36 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 7 replies · 133+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 17FEB05 | N/A
    THURSDAY IN THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Lawrence in Panisperna This church was built in ancient times under the Emperor Valerian on the site of the martyrdom of Saint Lawrence (258). In its harmonious interior, at the end of the nave is a large fresco depicting the martyrdom of Saint Lawrence. We place all our Lenten petitions in the hands of the "standard-bearer of the Roman Church"-St. Lawrence, to whose prayers and martyrdom is attributed the final triumph at Rome of the Cross over paganism—of light over darkness. May the Holy Deacon, whose heart was filled with Eucharistic fervor,...
  • WEDNESDAY IN THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT

    02/16/2005 4:20:56 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 2 replies · 71+ views
    St. John Cantius.org ^ | 16FEB05 | N/A
    WEDNESDAY IN THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Mary Major On the Esquiline Hill, not far from St. Peter in Chains, towers the Basilica of St. Mary Major. IfGrandiose, both in its exterior and in it interior, the Basilica was erected by Pope Sixtus III (432-440), one year after the proclamation by the Council of Ephesus of the dogma of Theotokos—Mary, Mother of God. Before being called "St. Mary Major," the ancient Romans had called it the Basilica Liberii (back to Pope Liberius (352-366). In August 352, Pope Liberius experience a vision of Our Lady and it was She, who...
  • Stational Church -- First Tuesday

    02/15/2005 7:42:10 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 1 replies · 50+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 15FEB05 | N/A
    TUESDAY IN THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Anastasia Linked to this church is the tradition of the "first-light" Mass—Mass at dawn—which is celebrated in the first hours of the Christmas morning. We keep this day in company with the widow-martyr, whose heavenly birthday the Church observes on the very birthday of the Light of the world. In the Christmas Mass "at dawn" St. Anastasia, whose name means "dawn"—the new light—is commemorated. In that "aurora Mass" and again today, the words fulgebit, fulgeat—"shine, radiate—occur. A holy "radiating" is the fruit of a holy Lent. Everyone is called to be an...
  • Lenten Stational Church -- 1st Monday

    02/14/2005 4:17:45 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 7 replies · 133+ views
    St.. John Cantius ^ | 14FEB05 | N/A
    MONDAY IN THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT Station—St. Peter in Chains From the heart of the Roman Forum, the penitential procession climbed up the road winding up towards the Esquiline Hill and came to the church of St. Peter in Chains, also called the "Eudossian Basilica" (as it had been built in the place of another church by Eurdossia, wife of the emperor Valentinian III, to preserve in it the chains of St. Peter). The Station of this day is at St. Peter in Chains and the Church takes us today to the divinely appointed watchman of "the lambs and...
  • Stational Church of the First Sunday in Lent

    02/13/2005 6:43:05 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 4 replies · 97+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 13FEB05 | N./A
    FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT Station—Our Most Holy Savior in the Lateran The Cathedral Basilica of Rome—caput et mater omnium ecclesiarum Urbis et Orbis—triumphantly celebrates the first solemn day of Lent. Today, the faithful pilgrim in spirit to the Lateran Basilica of the Most Holy Savior, "head and mother of all the churches of the City and the World," the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome. In this basilica Lent officially begins, in this church also, it is concluded. The acceptable time is at hand. "We exhort that you receive not the grace of God in vain." "It is true," says...
  • Lenten Stational Church (Saturday)

    02/12/2005 3:05:12 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 2 replies · 101+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 12 FEB 05 | N/A
    SATURDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY Station—St. Augustine/St. Tryphon Pope Pasquale II (1099-1118) laid the relics of St. Tryphon to rest under the present church of St. Augustine. Health of body and, above all, health of soul are precious gifts from God—gifts for which we must be grateful. The Church is particularly concerned about the health of our soul, the well being in us of the life of Christ. She knows our spiritual shortsightedness, she knows, the unsteadiness of our will, she knows the power of our passions, all of them—infirmities caused by Original Sin, as well as by our personal sins....
  • Lenten Stational Church

    02/11/2005 3:39:31 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 3 replies · 77+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 11FEB05 | N/A
    FRIDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY Station—Sts. John and Paul The third Lenten Station takes us up to a high hill of ancient Rome—the Celian Hill, which stands in front of the Palatine and which dominates the valley of the Circus Maximus. The church was built upon the house where Saints John and Paul were martyred and buried. Martyred in the year 361, by Julian the Apostate, they were two imperial officers in Constantine's court. We celebrate the divine mysteries today in the light of the "two candelabras shining before the Lord," as the Church calls the two brothers John and Paul....
  • THURSDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY -- Stational Church

    02/10/2005 6:14:03 AM PST · by StAthanasiustheGreat · 4 replies · 121+ views
    St. John Cantius ^ | 10 FEB 05 | N/A
    THURSDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY Station—St. George Just a short distance from St. Sabina stands our second stational church, St. George in Velabro. The church dates back to the year 500, but was reconstructed under Leo II (682-683). This church is one of the original 25 diaconal seats of the Roman church. The head of this warrior Saint is preserved under the high altar. The purpose of Holy Lent is to bring about a spiritual renovation. This work of renovation is accomplished by both God and man; by God, principally through the holy Eucharist; by man, mainly by fasting, prayer, and...