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Recommendation to families the wonderful book published by our American bishops in the last few years entitled Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers (revised edition August 2007). On page 134-136 for February 2nd you will find the following:
Receiving Blessed Candles at Home
On February 2nd, forty days after Christmas, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (see Lk 2:22-40). Because it echoes the Christmas festival, this day is a celebration of light in darkness. Its Gospel tells of the old man Simeon’s calling the infant Jesus a “light to the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.”
For centuries, the Church has blessed candles on this day. Because of its simplicity and beauty, candles are used when the Church gathers for prayer, both in public places and in the home. Candles blessed at the Mass for this feast day may be brought into the home. . . These candles are lighted at ordinary times (at dinner, for example) and at special times such as during the Anointing of the Sick, or when Holy Communion is brought to a member of the family.
Yesterday’s Walk for Life is an excellent example of the building of a culture of life and civilization of love. People of good will, from all over the West Coast, come together in the City of St. Francis to witness to the truth of the human dignity of unborn babies, elderly persons, disabled persons, and all others threatened by the cold Mafioso morality of our society’s laws.
The culture of death, which is enshrined in those laws, is truly a form of idolatry. Those who kill unjustly place themselves in the place of God, Who alone has authority over the life and death of humanity. They make themselves God by deciding for themselves whether this person is worthy of life. They forget that only God is the Author of Life. Indeed, the authority of God over human life is the basis for all sound reasoning on matters related to the morality of killing.
To be truly pro-life, therefore, we have to reject entirely this idolatry of the “ego” – of the self or of the individual – and entrust the entirety of our human affairs, both individual and societal, to the Lordship of the One True God. As Pope Pius XI wrote, “When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony.”
THE LIMITS OF DISSENT:
God’s Law and the Right to Life
The mystery of Epiphany – the manifestation of the Savior – continues to unfold for us this week in the traditional rhythm of the Roman liturgy. On Monday, we celebrated the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which is the second mystery of Epiphany (after the Adoration of the Magi), as Jesus’s divinity was revealed to the world by the solemn declaration of the Father’s voice: “This is my Beloved Son, in Whom I am well-pleased.”
Today the Lord’s divinity is manifest once again, as we have in our Gospel reading the third mystery of Epiphany: the miracle of the changing of water into wine at the Wedding Feast of Cana. By performing this first miracle, Jesus shows that He is not merely man, but that Continue reading
Understanding When to Kneel, Sit, and Stand at a
Traditional Latin Mass
A Short Essay on Mass Postures by Richard Friend
The author, a married father of three boys, lives in Southern California where he promotes the Traditional Latin Mass. He developed a love for the traditional liturgy through exposure to the Norbertines of St. Michael’s Abbey, culminating in a rediscovery of the timeless beauty of the Mass of his birth.