Month of May round-up (and then some)!

Well, May came and went like a rocket.  Which… well, is good and bad.  So, what’s happened in the meanwhile?

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Great Klusman men (Klusmen?) right here!

My Uncle (Fr. Christopher!) was exemplified in the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus in mid-April.  I was able to meet a number of Wisconsin Knights of Columbus, and found the KofC reach in Wisconsin to be a bit…. less far than in Kentucky, it seems.  From what I can tell, there were a number of Catholic fraternal organizations in the early 20th Century, and only a few of them were able to weather the conciliar storm in the middle of the century.  Not entirely positive, but I know that one insurance “group” (Catholic Knights) was rather strong and popular in Wisconsin.  Perhaps this explains it?…  Either way, as usual, the KofC ceremonies were rather edifying, and going through the ceremonies as an observer really helps some of the points hit home.  If you’re not a Knight, consider becoming a member!  If you are, I heartily encourage you to observe a First, Second, Third, or Fourth Degree exemplification.  I know it’s helped me in my pursuit of becoming a better Catholic man!

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Smartphone photo of Marian statue at St. Louis Bertrand

I also made a couple trips down to Louisville!  The first was for a Derby Party (hosted by Magpie and Beth!) for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby!  I also was able to visit my favorite Louisville church, St. Louis Bertrand, and I got a very potato photo of their (lovely) Marian statue (May crowning was the same day!), which is featured below.  The second trip was for the trip I made with some folks out to Washington, DC to attend the ordination of the Dominican friars.  That’ll be covered, as mentioned below, in a post later this month!

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Scaffolding all over the place.

The ICKSP at St. Stanislaus had their new altar rail installed!  …and then a few weeks later covered in plastic tarp….  The sanctuary is undergoing a repainting!  As part of the restoration work by the Institute of Christ the King, they are making a lot of changes to the interior of the church.  Cream City Catholic has been covering the work.  Back to the temporary altar the ICKSP goes, but, as is usual with ICKSP, the temporary altar is a gorgeous!….  Apparently, the work should be completed in time for the 150th celebration in September or October.  So, it’ll be a long summer of scaffolding all over, but the pay-off should be well worth it!  It’ll be nice to be able to clearly make out different aspects of the apse and ceiling, instead of it all blurring into each other, as it does now.  (If I could go back in time, I’d just license/try to own the paint makeup of what I call “liturgical bland.”  It almost seems like the post-conciliar Catholic renovation revolution was pushed primarily through bland paint retailers!…)

I also made my first trip across town to one of the Cor Jesu events held each week at St. Robert parish in Shorewood, WI.  Their description of the event is:

All are invited to continue to grow in intimate prayer with Praise & Worship music and the Sacraments at COR JESU. Cor Jesu is a Latin phrase for “Heart of Jesus.” It is an opportunity for anyone in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to continue to encounter Christ through Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation, Praise & Worship, and Mass. Cor Jesu is hosted by St. Robert’s Parish in Shorewood, WI in their main sanctuary. It occurs every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm. Join us for this amazing opportunity of praise!

I was surprisingly pleased by the Mass, but I had two complaints.  One, the confessionals need to be more clearly marked as to which is screened and which is face-to-face.  Do you know how jarring and off-putting it is to walk into a traditional-style confessional, only to be confronted by the entirety of a priest sitting in a folding chair?  The answer is “VERY!”  Also, it makes difficult the possibility of confessing while kneeling.  The other is they should just drop the praise and worship malarkey during the adoration.  The Mass (with some Latin elements and some ‘smells and bells’, as they say) was pretty solid, and it, from what I remember, didn’t delve into P&W stuff.  The adoration hour provided more than enough praise and worship music, and I’m not really sure why it’s needed.  But, they do get like 100+ people, so… I guess that helps.

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One of my favorite Milwaukee locations!

I’ve spent a lot of time in at least two different libraries, and that time spent has led to a number of future blog posts!  Hooray.  Some things to look out for…  changes to St. Stanislaus (in the 1960s) that I liked, the prayers of the Angelic Warfare Confraternity, my home cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, some background/photos of both my baptismal parish church and my childhood parish church, and some interesting photos and information of the local basilica.  Local libraries are vast treasures of history.  We might pretend that everything is available at our fingertips on Google, and while there IS a lot of information floating out there in the world wide web, there’s a lot more that’s inaccessible collecting dust on our local libraries’ shelves!  Plus, you get that wonderful old book smell as you page through a book older than your grandparents.  How can you beat that?!  (Hint:  You can’t.)

And, maybe if I say what I’ll be writing on I’ll actually get around to writing it.  So, my next few posts should cover (in addition to the ones listed above – it’ll be a busy June!) the following topics – the Polish and mosaics, traveling via Amtrak, and Washington DC and the Province of St Joseph of the Dominican Order’s 2016 ordinations.  So, ten articles to write for the month of June, plus perhaps brief book reviews on 3 books.  Oh my!

St Stanislaus, altar rails

Recently, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest at St. Stanislaus installed a new altar rail in the church.  If you read Cream City Catholic, you’ll see a bit more information on the altar rail there.

The original altar rail was removed in the sweeping centennial changes ushered in by the pastor of the parish, Msgr Raymond Punda in the early 1960s.  Unlike some of the other changes of the 1960s (which I actually like…), this decision was shortsighted and ultimately a foolish decision, considering traditional Catholic theology and praxis, however, thanks to the ICKSP (and the wise guidance of Canon Jayr), the church is being restored to a more traditional layout and appearance.

The ICKSP has further plans for restoration, which includes painting the upper walls of the sanctuary and painting the altar rood (more information on that to come in the following weeks!), along with an eventual restoration of the (impressive) ceiling and then the stained glass windows.

I also have to say that the installation of proper stained glass windows (the current windows are reminiscent of a 1970s lounge…) has a profound effect on the atmosphere of the church and sanctuary.  The ICKSP cannot rip out and replace the remaining stained glass windows quick enough!

 

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Devotion to St Dominic, a brief review

 

Devotion to St. Dominic is a rather short work written by the Provincial of Toulouse (at the time), and he exhorts and calls his fellow religious to rediscover the gifts of St. Dominic in the Dominican Order.

I powered through the book in probably one or two hours (it was not a very long or hard read), but it was chock full of someone who showed great filial devotion to his holy father St. Dominic.

Having read it, I’d say it is most fitting, obviously, for the brethren of the Order, as it was directed towards them and is focused on becoming a greater son of Dominic.  However, it would be fruitful, I think, for anyone discerning a vocation with Dominic’s illustrious Order of Friars Preachers (either in clerical priesthood or the Third Order/Lay Dominicans).

It was also translated by Fr. George Christian, OP, who spent a number of his years at St. Louis Bertrand in Louisville, KY, and who is now assigned to St. Dominic’s in Washington, DC, which makes it more interesting (Fr. Christian, OP is quite the translator, as he has a number of other works under his belt!).

24 Books in 12 Months…

This post was drafted back….  uh, a while ago.  It was originally entitled “52 Books in 52 Weeks”, but now it’s changed to “24 Books in 12 Months”, because I’m less industrious than I thought I would be.  However, let’s get at it!

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One of my New Year’s goals is to read more.  Practically everyone I know would ask me “So, when are you going to read your books?” or “Do you even actually read the books you buy?” after I’d (happily) walk out of Half Price Books or A Reader’s Corner.  And I’d usually respond “Yes!  Absolutely!”

Taking a bit more objective and honest look at myself, though, I can’t always say that’s the case.  Why?  Well, of the books currently sitting on my bookshelf, I’ve only read probably a dozen or two of them, max.

So, since the New Year is still rather fresh and since I’ve been doing better about getting in some reading at least daily, I’m going to try to hit 24 books in 12 months!  (Plus, it’ll give me blogging material!)

What’s starting off the year?  Right now it’s a mixture of books (one of which I won’t count in the “challenge,” due to the nature of that book).

The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality

Island of the World (an 800 page behemoth!)

The Little Catechism of the Cure d’Ars

St. Thomas Aquinas Daily Meditations (this one won’t count as a book for the challenge)

I like to have a mix of books going on, unless I’m rather enamored with a given book.  Maybe I’ll make a regular “Friday Reading Roundup” to track my reading habits and see if my “active books” list shrinks or grows week-to-week…  I guess we’ll find out!

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As of this point in time, I’ve completed the following books:

Island of the World” by Michael O’Brien (a moving book, for sure – while starting it, it seemed imposing, once you get into the story, it starts to be quite the engaging page-turner!…)

Watching Baseball Smarter” by Zack Hample (all about the interesting and not-so-obvious bits of baseball!)

I’ve begun to read the following books (in addition to the ones listed above):

Hounds of the Lord” by Dr Kevin Vost (about a number of Dominican saints and blesseds)

The Soul of the Apostolate” by Jean-Baptiste Chautard, OCSO (about having an appropriate interior/prayer life)

The Council in Question” by Fr. Aidan Nichols, OP (who exchanges a series of letters with Moyra Doorly on the Second Vatican Council)

I’m hoping to, by the end of this month, have completed “New Wine” and the “Hounds of the Lord,” as I’m currently behind schedule of reading two books per month.  However, I should be caught up, hopefully, by the end of June, which would be rather nice.

 

15 Tuesdays in Honor of St Dominic

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Light of the Church, Teacher of truth, Rose of patience, Ivory of chastity, You freely poured forth The waters of wisdom, Preacher of grace, Unite us with the blessed. (O Lumen Ecclesiae)

There is an old Dominican tradition of dedicating Tuesdays to St. Dominic, extending back to the translation of his relics in 1233 at Bologna (which took place on Whit-Tuesday, May 24).  Liturgical practices were introduced into the rubrics of the Mass and Office of the Order as a means to foster devotion to the holy patriarch.  At the Chapter of 1362, the third day of the week (Tuesday) was dedicated to Dominic, and the Mass was to be his Mass, with a commemoration of him in the Office (outside of Lent, at least).

The practice of 15 Tuesdays was instituted in Florence in 1631 by Fr Michael Bruni, who exhorted the faithful to pray to St Dominic and promise to receive Communion on 15 consecutive Tuesdays (possibly in honor of the 15 Rosary mysteries).  This devotion spread rapidly, and Pope Pius VII granted an indulgence to those who performed this pious act (suppressed, as far as I can see, by Pope Paul VI, in his wide-sweeping reforms).

This year, the Devotion runs from Tuesday, April 26th to Tuesday, August 2nd.  While we may not be able to gain indulgences for this in particular, we should still honor so great a Saint!

What is to be done for the Devotion?

Spend some time each Tuesday from now until August 2nd meditating on St Dominic or offering prayers in honor of him (or perform some other act of piety).  If possible, also assist at Mass and receive Communion (in imitation of the first devotion exhorted by Fr Bruni).

How can I do that? 

There are a number of ways to do so.  The easiest way I can think of is to pray and meditate upon the “O Lumen Ecclesiae” antiphon, which is sung or recited by Dominicans daily in the night Office of Compline.

O lumen Ecclesiae
Doctor veritatis,
Rosa patientiae,
Ebur castitatis,
Aquam sapientiae
propinasti gratis,
Praedicator gratiae,
nos junge beatis.
Light of the Church,
Teacher of truth,
Rose of patience,
Ivory of chastity,
You freely poured forth
The waters of wisdom,
Preacher of grace,
Unite us with the blessed.

You can also utilize the reflections and meditations created by the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia, which were posted in 2015 on their Facebook page.  They also have a book of reflections made which you can purchase at their bookstore.

Week One, Week Two, Week Three, Week Four, Week Five, Week Six, Week Seven, Week Eight, Week Nine, Week Ten, Week Eleven, Week Twelve, Week Thirteen, Week Fourteen, Week Fifteen

Resources Used in this Post:

Breviarium S.O.P.

A Catholic Life – 15 Tuesdays in Honor of St. Dominic

A hidden treasure in Milwaukee

It is without a doubt that Milwaukee, Wisconsin has a number of amazing “hidden treasures” all over the city, both secular and religious.  Me being me, I’ll obviously have a primary focus on the religious ones, since that’s what I enjoy the most, but a few secular ones might pop up here and there (the summertime beer gardens come to the top of my list, along with the Central Library, but I’ll save that for another post!).  But, all over Milwaukee, and it seems, particularly on the South Side (represent!), the Polish and German Catholics left us grand edifices and a wonderful heritage to enjoy and utilize for the salvation of souls.  One of those masterpieces includes St. Francis de Sales Seminary, founded in 1845 (three years before Wisconsin became a State and ten years after Milwaukee was founded), and I imagine that many people are aware of the beautiful campus across the street from a Milwaukee County Park and the Great Lakefront of Lake Michigan.

What many may not know about is the storehouse of knowledge, the treasure of learning, the athenaeum nestled amongst the Cream City brick and chestnut trees – Salzmann Library.

Salzmann Library is named after Fr. Joseph Salzmann, and is one of the oldest seminary libraries in these United States of America.   Fr. Joseph Salzmann (1819-1874) was a co-founder of the Seminary (and second Rector, 1868-1874), and he came to Milwaukee after hearing Bp. John Martin Henni’s appeal “ripened his long-felt desire to [devote] his life to the foreign missions.”  After coming to Milwaukee and experiencing the scarcity of priests, Fr. Salzmann thought of founding a new seminary for the region, and went from state to state raising funds for the establishment of the Salesianum.  Fr. Salzmann would also establish Pio Nono College, the predecessor to the present day (St.) Thomas More High School.

On the inside, there are two stories worth of books to check out and read.  On top of that, there are a number of theses from the past seminarians available for folks to read and check out.  If you want a huge selection of titles (80,000+), with most of them being predominantly religious-related, swing by the campus and visit Salzmann Library!  The library is open on Wed, Fri, & Sat from 10am – 4pm, and Tues and Thurs from Noon – 8pm.  Anyone can check books out from the library, and once you get a (free) library card from Salzmann Library, you also can have access to seven other libraries in the Southeast Wisconsin area (which include Sacred Heart School of Theology, Alverno College, Mount Mary, Wisconsin Lutheran, Concordia, Cardinal Stritch, and Milwaukee Institute for Art and Design), which are a part of a consortium called “Switch”.

Having spent more than a few hours in the Library already, I can say that if you’re looking for pretty much ANY book on any topic in the Catholic Church, you are almost certain to find it at Salzmann Library.  The staff are also very helpful and willing to help you find what you’re looking for.  The Library also hosts semi-regular Lecture series, which seem to be worthwhile (I attended one given by Msgr Olszyk on the Cause for canonizations).  Just off the top of my head, they have a great selection of Catholic theology and philosophy texts, a large canon law section, old liturgical books, histories of a wide ranging number of orders, societies, and institutes, and a number of books on local interest/Catholic history (along with the occasional books donated by our former bishops and archbishops, including Archbishop Frederick Katzer and Archbishop Sebastian Messmer!).

If you’ve got a few hours to burn and want to check out a great Catholic resource in the Brew City, I definitely recommend making the trip on down to Salzmann Library and check out what they have to offer.  I doubt you’ll walk away disappointed!

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Watching Baseball Smarter

51tsrW5XznLA few years ago, while still living in Terre Haute, IN, I developed a deeper interest in baseball, particularly the Milwaukee Brewers (being from Milwaukee, and all!).  As a kid, I grew up playing some baseball, but from middle school onwards, I stopped (lack of interest and skill, haha), but, naturally, there was something that draws me to the game (could it be my annual re-watching of The Sandlot? or just the whole “baseball and apple pie” American thing?).

Eventually, after watching more than a few games each season (or listening, depending on the video streaming capabilities), I wanted to know more about the game.  It’s clear there’s more to it than just “big man with stick hit fast little ball thrown by tall man,” but where could I go to find out the lore and history and intricacies of the game, short of finding a bar and just talking to barflies?

I forget how I found this book.  My assumption is I found it on Reddit (probably /r/Brewers, a little subreddit dedicated to the Brewers, who face the trials and tribulations of our small/medium market team with joy, realism, and copious amounts of what made Milwaukee famous).

The book title, I realize I should share, is “Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan’s Guide for Beginners, Semi-Experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks” by Zack Hample (who, by the way, based on his back cover photo, looks like a total bro).  It’s around 270 pages, with 200 pages being “book”, the other 70-odd pages being devoted to a 40-page glossary of “baseball terms” (all the words you’ll hear on radio broadcasts or talking to a die-hard baseball fan/player/fanatic).  The glossary section is probably one of the more impressive sections.  There’s the old standby of “blue” for the umpire (which hearkens back to their former uniform colors), but there are also many more obscure sayings and phrases that will have you asking yourself “they really talk like this!?”  (Apparently they do, and that’s part of baseball’s charm).

The book covers everything from the minors to a rundown of the positions (with reasons for why you want a tall pitcher to why the catcher is probably one of the most important players on the field) to what the manager does to obscure baseball lore and trivia.  The chapter titles are as follows: The Basics, Pitchers and Catchers, Hitting, Baserunning, Fielding, Stadiums, Umpires, Statistics, Random Stuff to Know, and Random Stuff to Notice.  As a note, the book presumes at least passing familiarity with the sport, like three strikes and you’re out, who the man with the wooden stick is, so on and so forth.

It’s a pretty “light” read.  This is on-par with some blog posts and some sports columns, but it’ll convey all the information you need to know to know what’s going down on the field when the pitcher is looking around and starts nodding his head (and, you’ll know what he’s probably nodding at, apparently!).  Plus, you’ll also learn about things like a “balk!”  Which was exciting for me as I watched the Brewers play the St. Louis Cardinals today, and the Brewers pitcher made a goof and the Cardinals runner (on first) got to advance on a balk!  So exciting.  I told a friend “I KNOW WHAT THAT IS” when I heard that happen.

Overall, I’d say it’s a worthwhile read if you’re just getting into baseball and want a pretty good intro to all things baseball.  I know it’ll inspire you to want to watch MORE baseball (as it did me), just so you can see what this guy is talking about and put a picture/video to the action/strategy.  I chomped through the book in about three days.  I’d almost recommend having the book alongside you after your first reading, when you’re watching your favorite team play, just so you can refer to and reinforce some of the ideas the author was talking about.  I’d also recommend getting the paperback version, and not the e-book, just because sometimes you NEED to flip to the glossary, because the author is in “baseball speak” mode, and you can’t quite figure out what he’s saying without it (and, as he said in the preface, the book is designed to be flipped back and forth so you can learn all the neat oddities about baseball).

A few Dominican things…

It’s been more than a week since my last Dominican post, so here’s another one!

First, New Liturgical Movement has posted a video of the Dominican Rite Mass on the feast of St Thomas Aquinas, which was celebrated by the priests of the Fraternity of St Vincent Ferrer in Rome.

Second, this Breviarium S.O.P. post on the life (and Office) of St. Vincent Ferrer, whose feast day was celebrated a week ago.  As usual, Dominican Tertiary provides a good background to the life of this great Dominican saint, and also an interesting tidbit, which is the next link!

Third, a background on the St. Vincent Ferrer Water Blessing, linked to by Brev. SOP.

Before the Second Vatican Council, it was common to reserve certain blessings of objects to religious orders. These blessings were often associated with the invocation of a particular saint or for aid for a particular intention. In the Order of Preachers, the tradition arose of blessing water in the name of St. Vincent Ferrer, as an invocation of assistance against illness. This is due, at least in part, to the reputation of this great saint as the instrument of many miraculous healings. The Order of Preachers currently celebrates the feast of St. Vincent Ferrer this Saturday, May 5.
Today, there are no longer any so-called “reserved blessings”. Therefore the blessing printed below (in both Latin and English) for the blessing of water by the invocation of St. Vincent Ferrer (“St. Vencent Ferrer Water”) may be used by any priest.

Having just come off an illness, I wish I had seen this last week!  D’oh!

Holy Card Lent 2016 Roundup

If you’re interested in seeing the list of 40ish prayer and holy cards featured this past Lent, this post is for you.  I hope to make this a regular Lenten and maybe Advent “feature”, so, I’ll keep these somewhat organized.  Hopefully.  As a note, I’ve taken my liturgical calendar from the FSSP’s Nebraska seminary website.

February 10 Ash Wendesday – 1st class – Chartres Cathedral, Notre-Dame de la Belle-Verrière
February 11 Thursday after Ash Wednesday – 3rd class – Fr. Charles E. Maher’s ordination card
February 12 Friday after Ash Wednesday – 3rd class – Holy Family prayer card
February 13 Saturday after Ash Wednesday – 3rd class – Blessed Be God
February 14 1st Sunday of Lent – 1st class – Pope St Pius X
February 15 Feria of Lent – 3rd class – Our Mother of Sorrows
February 16 Feria – 3rd class – St. Philomena
February 17 Ember Wednesday of Lent – 2nd class – Our Lady of the Highways
February 18 Feria of Lent – 3rd class – Bl. Margaret of Castello
February 19 Ember Friday of Lent – 2nd class – Our Lady of Fatima
February 20 Ember Saturday of Lent – 2nd class – Our Mother of Perpetual Help
February 21 2nd Sunday of Lent – 1st class – Guardian Angel
February 22 Chair of St. Peter – 2nd class – St. Vincent de Paul
February 23 Feria of Lent – 3rd class – Our Lady of Mount Carmel
February 24 Feria of Lent – 3rd class – Our Lady of Lourdes
February 25 St. Matthias – 2nd class – Remembrance of Fr. Gottbrath’s, OFM. Conv. First Solemn Mass
February 26 Feria of Lent – 3rd class – St. Teresa of Avila
February 27 Feria of Lent – 3rd class – In Memory of Bp Edward McManaman
February 28 3rd Sunday of Lent – 1st class – St. Joan of Arc
February 29 Feria of Lent – 3rd class – St Anthony of Padua
March 01 Feria of Lent – 3rd class – Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes
March 02 Feria of Lent – 3rd class – FSSP De Profundis
March 03 Feria of Lent – 3rd class – Novena for Mothers
March 04 Feria of Lent – 3rd class – Fr. Joel Estrada (ICKSP) ordination card
March 05 Feria of Lent – 3rd class – Fr. Andrew Todd (ICKSP) ordination card
March 06 4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday) – 1st class – Abbe Matthew Weaver reception of cassock and tonsure card
March 07 Feria of Lent (St Thomas Aquinas) – 3rd class – Order of Friars Preachers 800th Jubilee card
March 08 Feria of Lent – 3rd class – Fr. Waller, OFM Conv. ordination card
March 09 Feria of Lent – 3rd class – St. Jude Thaddeus
March 10 Feria of Lent – 3rd class – In memory of Rocco Petrilli
March 11 Feria of Lent – 3rd class – St. Martin de Porres
March 12 Feria of Lent (Sitientes) – 3rd class – Chartres Cathedral, Our Lady of the Pillar
March 13 Passion Sunday – 1st class – Fr. Jason Stone ordination card
March 14 Feria of Passion Week – 3rd class – St. Francis of Assisi
March 15 Feria of Passion Week – 3rd class – Maria Bonaventura Fink
March 16 Feria of Passion Week – 3rd class – Our Lady of Czestochowa
March 17 Feria of Passion Week – 3rd class – The Mysteries of the Holy Rosary (French)
March 18 Feria of Passion Week – 3rd class – Bl. Karl of Austria
March 19 St. Joseph – 1st class – St. Joseph
March 20 Palm Sunday – 1st class – Our Lady of Providence
March 21 Monday of Holy Week – 1st class – Bl. Jordan of Saxony
March 22 Tuesday of Holy Week – 1st class – St. Louis IX, King of France
March 23 Wednesday of Holy Week – 1st class – Prayer for a peaceful death
March 24 Holy Thursday – 1st class – Holy Thursday
March 25 Good Friday – 1st class – Arma Christi
March 26 Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil – 1st class – Our great High Priest
March 27 Easter Sunday – 1st class – Resurrection, Easter Duty Card

 

Anti-Catholic American sentiment

listecki2About a month ago, my Archbishop (Jerome Listecki) penned a wonderful opinion piece entitled “That old anti-Catholic bias is rearing its ugly head again” in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

In it, he discusses the ever-present anti-Catholicism that is tolerated and promoted by the elites and establishment of this country, as it has been for the last couple hundred years.

There’s so much good in my Archbishop’s article, I want to quote the whole thing.  However, I will limit myself to two snippets.  The first is

Whether it is in the field of art, media or politics, Catholic-trashing is permissible and shock is manifested when any Catholic organization such as the Catholic League protests the remarks. Catholics: pay your taxes, provide your charitable services and serve our country, but don’t object to being ridiculed.

And the second is this triumphant declaration that the glories of the world will pass, and one thing will remain – the Holy Catholic Church

The Catholic Church has weathered the Roman Empire, the Vandals, rise of nation states, the reign of terror, rationalism, fascism and communism. The church will be here long after we have been laid to rest, and it will not cease in offering its voice, even if there are those who mock and demean it, wishing to eliminate the Catholic Church’s view from the public discourse.

Go read the whole thing.  It’s worth your while, and it’s about time our bishops start standing up in the public square.