Archive for October, 2009

Memento Mori

October 31, 2009

The next two days, the feasts of All Saints and All Souls, we will be praying for all our readers and their deceased loved ones at Mass, Lauds, Vespers and Compline.

Stained Glass, Berne, Switzerland:

Medieval Rood Screens, Norfolk, England:

“Were not the LORD my help,
my soul would soon dwell in the silent grave.
When I say, “My foot is slipping,”
your mercy, O LORD, sustains me.”–Ps. 94

Sedlec Ossuary

October 29, 2009

“But God will redeem my soul from the hand of hell, when he shall receive me. Be not thou afraid, when a man shall be made rich, and when the glory of his house shall be increased. For when he shall die he shall take nothing away; nor shall his glory descend with him. For in his lifetime his soul will be blessed: and he will praise thee when thou shalt do well to him. He shall go in to the generations of his fathers: and he shall never see light.”–Ps 48 (LXX)

Closer Look: Medieval and Renaissance Sarcophagi

October 28, 2009

Welcome Home!

October 25, 2009

To all of those in the Traditional Anglican Communion who will soon be joining us in full unity with the Church of Rome: welcome home!

A few images from TAC churches:

“As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth. “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am 7 they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”

–Jn 17:21

Shrine of St. Joseph, St. Louis:

October 22, 2009

Feast of North American Martyrs

October 19, 2009

Between the years 1642 and 1649 eight members of the Society of Jesus were killed in North America, after fearful torture by members of the Huron and Iroquois tribes. These men had worked hard to bring the natives of that region to the true faith. Saint Isaac Jogues died October 18, 1647, and Saint John de Brebeuf on March 16, 1648.

The skull of St. John de Brebeuf:

“Father, you consecrated the first beginnings of the faith in North America by the preaching and martyrdom of Saints John and Isaac and their companions. By the help of their prayers may the Christian faith continue to grow throughout the world. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.”

Quaeritur: When Does Lent End and Easter Begin?

October 15, 2009

The precise moment: the Gloria at the Easter Vigil. The bells are rung, the church is illuminated, sacred images are uncovered. The darkness of Christ’s tomb is wiped away with the rising dawn of Easter Sunday.  The darkness of death is wiped away by His Resurrection.

Watch these exceptional examples:

Good Time Off

October 15, 2009

Fall break is wrapping up, it has been a wonderful, trans-formative experience. Time away from the seminary has been very refreshing, but it is definitely time to go back! Pray for us while we drive back and go through our monthly day of recollection Saturday.

Did You Watch the Canonization Today?

October 11, 2009

Today the Holy Father formerly canonized 5 new saints for the Church, a happy day in heaven and on earth!

Canonizations of years past:

Todays newest saints:

St. Jeanne Jugan:

Saint Zygmunt Szczesny Felinski:

St. Francesc Coll y Guitart:

St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón

St. Damien de Veuster:

Firmum Est Cor Meum: The Pontifical North American College

October 8, 2009

Established on December 8, 1859, the Pontifical North American College has ever since kept a tradition of excellence in priestly formation for American seminarians in Rome.

The “Casa Santa Maria”, located right next to Trevi Fountain, this was the original home of the seminary:

The Chapel. This is actually where the American seminarians were ordained.

In the 19th century, the only way to Rome from the US was by ship. These guys wouldn’t come home for breaks or anything for years:

The current home of the PNAC, at No. 14 Gianicolo, Rome:

A view from one of our rooms when we visited: