Archive for July, 2009


July 30, 2009

“And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming: and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues, as it were of fire: and it sat upon every one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost: and they began to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak. Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. And when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded in mind, because that every man heard them speak in his own tongue” (Acts 2:1-7).

The gift of tongues is a charism, a gift (Greek, χαρις, grace). The gift of tongues (glossolalia) at Pentecost reversed the discord of tongues after the Tower of Babel. A charism cannot be learned, developed, demanded of God, or given for personal use. All of the gifts of the Spirit are always given for the good of the Church, the whole Church. They are never given to a whole group.

“If any speak with a tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and in course: and let one interpret. But if there be no interpreter, let him hold his peace in the church and speak to himself and to God” (1 Corinthians 14:27-28).


July 29, 2009

Based on our incoming searches and the number of times certain entries are viewed, I would say that posts about liturgical vestments are most popular. And since the “customer is always right”, let us know what you like with the following poll.

Il Prete Rosso

July 28, 2009

On this day in 1741, composer Antonio Vivaldi died. He began studying for the priesthood at 15, and was ordained priest in 1703. Unfortunately due to his bad health, he was forced to step down from active ministry, but remained faithful to his vows until the day he died.

Some of his works:

And of course everyone knows this one:

Vive Le Roi!

July 24, 2009

Today we dedicate this blog to the intercessions of St. Louis IX, King of France. Not only was he a great patron of the arts, but a pious ruler and a champion for the Church. After the Seventh and Eighth Crusades, St. Louis brought relics of the Passion back to France, including the Crown of Thorns and a piece of the True Cross.

Images from Catholic Malta

July 24, 2009

I had the pleasure of going to Malta last year. and even before there was Catholic Eye Candy, I took these pictures with the hopes of sharing them with you all:

Inside the Church of the Knights of Malta, Valetta:

The parish of Our Lady of Pompeii, in the fishing village of Marsaxlokk:

Did you know there are over 400 churches in Malta? And one mosque….that no one goes to.

His Mercy Is For All

July 22, 2009

Today marks the feast of St. Mary Magdalene (St. Mary Magdalene, penitent in the Old Calendar). Now, there are those within and without the Church (typically of the feminist persuasion) who would have the world believe that she was NOT a prostitute. There is nothing that implies that in the Scripture, after all. But Catholicism relies on Scripture AND Tradition, doesn’t it? And Tradition says that she was a prostitute–and as I always say, Tradition is usually more right than wrong. There are also those in the world today who hate the Church, and want to portray, whether ficticiously or otherwise, that Mary Magdalene and the Lord Jesus were married or romantically involved, or other such lies.

But the truth of the matter is, whether or not she was a prostitute, the Lord saved her. I like to imagine that at one time she was the lowest, most depraved woman alive. Why? Because that makes God’s mercy even greater! His mercy is for everyone who loves Him.


Fr. Gonzales at Overheard in the Sacristy explains the tradition of St. Mary Magdalene portrayed holding an egg (and the origin of the Easter Egg):

“One tradition concerning Mary Magdalene says that following the death and resurrection of Jesus, she used her position to gain an invitation to a banquet given by Emperor Tiberius. When she met him, she held a plain egg in her hand and exclaimed “Christ is risen!” Caesar laughed, and said that Christ rising from the dead was as likely as the egg in her hand turning red while she held it. Before he finished speaking, the egg in her hand turned a bright red, and she continued proclaiming the Gospel to the entire imperial house.”

Image from "Overheard in the Sacristy"

Going into the World

July 19, 2009

“Recall in your mind’s eye, St. Peter’s. At the far end of the Basilica is the throne. That is where Benedict XV was crowned–about as far from the front door as he could get. Pius XI moved forward one hundred feet and was crowned under the great dome at the main altar. Pius XII walked down the nave, up the stairs on the wall, and into the balcony. He literally stepped into the world, for he was outside St. Peter’s. John XXIII walked down the nave, up the steps, out onto the balcony, stretched out those great arms of his like the carnal columns of Bernini, and begged the whole world to come to himself. Paul VI walked down the middle aisle of St. Peter’s, out the front door and was crowned in the piazza–in the world.”

From Servant of God Fulton Sheen’s  “Those Mysterious Priests”

It’s the Thought that Counts (And Even That’s in Doubt)

July 10, 2009

Father Z reports, I had to share:

The stole of St. John Neumann that the president will present to Pope Benedict.

Baltimore, Md., Jul 9, 2009 / 03:10 pm (CNA).- When President Barack Obama visits the Holy Father tomorrow, he will present a stole worn by St. John Neumann, a 19th century Redemptorist priest who is the patron saint of sick children and immigrants.

“It’s a delight that something of one of our Redemptorist saints would be given to our Holy Father,” said Very Rev. Patrick Woods, provincial of the Redemptorists’ Baltimore Province. “We’re delighted as Americans that our president is visiting the Holy Father, and delighted that something belonging to our province would be given to him.

The Redemptorists, founded by St. Alphonsus Liguori in 1732, are priests who minister to the needs of the faithful, particularly the poor and the spiritually abandoned.  Currently there are 300 Redemptorist priests serving in the United States alone.

Fr. Woods further explained that the stole was an appropriate gift for the Pope as a symbol of the priesthood because that was “at the heart of St. John Neumann’s life as a Redemptorist.”

The stole was discovered by Louis DiCocco, president of the St. Jude Shops and the St. Jude Liturgical Arts Studio, who was contacted by the Obama administration for assistance in finding a gift for Pope Benedict.

“They wanted to find an antique chalice, but I suggested it was important to get something more personable,” DiCocco said. “I told them about this stole that was something that belonged to an immigrant who was so instrumental in serving immigrants and building Catholic schools. What better than the stole that represents the priest?”

I am not sure, but it seems that something is odd with this gift that the President is living to the Holy Father. It is said to be a stole that “belonged to” John Neumann, something of ‘great historical significance’ – but when you look at the photo of the stole here, it is obvious that it is an Almy special, [ROFL!  Absolutely right!  I didn’t really look at the photo too closely in the other article, but though that it was, at first glance, in pretty good shape!  But… really!] and then as you read further, you begin to pick up the fact that it really was only put on the body of the saint in 1989 and removed a few yeas later to be replaced with something that was more authentic to the period in which he lived.
One has the impression that with an Ipod to the Queen and some CDs to the Prime Minister of England and now and Episcopalian-made ‘sash (as one report puts it) being given to the Pope, the Obama White House just does not have the protocol of gift giving to Heads of State down.
I can hardly wait to see what Mrs. Obama wears to the audience.


Now I’m thinking of doing an ironic piece on ugly stoles. Sour Eye Candy?

Tolle et Lege

July 9, 2009

As the whole world now knows, the Holy Father has now finished his third encyclical letter, which was published this past Tuesday. I have always trusted that this pope, more than any recent pope, has always spoken the messages that the world needed most, but hated to hear. You can find the text of the encyclical here.

One of the most brilliant minds alive today:

“Without truth, charity degenerates into sentimentality. Love becomes an empty shell, to be filled in an arbitrary way. In a culture without truth, this is the fatal risk facing love. It falls prey to contingent subjective emotions and opinions, the word “love” is abused and distorted, to the point where it comes to mean the opposite.”

–Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate


July 4, 2009

Charles Carroll (of Carrollton), the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, and an American Hero:

“Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime & pure, [and] which denounces against the wicked eternal misery, and [which] insured to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.” –Charle Carrol