Friday, December 31, 2010

Last blog post of the end of the 1st decade of this century

Getting ready to say goodbye, eastern time, to the year of Our Lord two thousand ten. No I don't say twenty ten, I can spring for one additional word to be precise. Because we mark time based on anno domini, the year of Our Lord so it has been two thousand ten years since the beginning of a.d. time. Belaboring a point? I am sure, but I have had three cups of coffee today which is two more than normal due to work and two take home final exams to finish and I am feeling rather alert. I started pondering on the small ways we can remember and recall whose we are and what we should be about.

Every year has challenges while we are on this earth, some great and some small. We can grow, be challenged and offer up our sorrows, but it is also good when we get the small consolations that are also part of life.

May this next year bring us closer to realizing the kingdom of God here on earth.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Yes, I am chatty Cathy today

Actually I just have a lot of pent up blogging. Advent has been ok, not my most prayerful and definitely not my most organized, but it has not been my worst Advent either. There has been work, children, an ever growing housework to do list, a paper and finals to study for, the ususal suspects.

There is also an issue that has been on the minds of a lot of us in this area. I have been trying to go over to a local abortion clinic to pray. Tragically, due to the very lax laws in Maryland (so much so that abortions don't have to be performed in a surgical center) an infamous late term abortion doctor has started working at this clinic in Germantown, MD. He does abortions starting at 20 weeks which means many (mostly?) viable babies. From what I can tell, the youngest gestational age of child to be born and live is 22 weeks, and since most gestational age often has a degree of guessing (few women can say exactly when conception happened).

There have been two large prayer rallies/gathering at the site of the clinic and the movement to provide a constant, peaceful presence of prayer is beginning. I know I am praying for conversion of the abortionist and his staff. Christ offers His love and and offers salvation to everyone. There have been abortionists and staff converted before and though the power of God, there will be again. Especially since we recently remembered the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we also know Mary's prayer and intersession is there for we her children. Like John at the foot of the cross, we take her for our mother.

For those not aware, OL of Guadalupe has been taken (named) as patroness of the unborn, because by her dress in the image, we know that she was dressed in a manner of a virgin, and she also appears to be with child.

Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on us.
Immaculate Heart of Mary pray for us.

Baronius Press Breviary Update take 2

I was talking with a wonderful woman from Baronius about another matter and I mentioned the breviary. She advised to call her about the 3rd or 4th week in January and she should have the information on the price and also the pre-order information.

Just fyi, if you are ordering their breviary I will encourage you to pay for upgraded shipping even though they offer free shipping for orders over $65. Lets just say media mail may be USPS-speak for "let's throw it in a bin somewhere til we get bored and decide to do something with it".

Another Pontifical High Mass at the Basilica Shrine April 9, 2011!

Hot off of my e-mail. It has not even been posted on the Paulus Institute web site yet though it looks like they are trying to spread the word though social media also.

Subject: April 9, 2011 Pontifical High Mass in Honor of Pope Benedict XVI

The Paulus Institute is pleased to announce that a Pontifical High Mass in the Extraordinary Form will again be offered at the National Shrine on April 9th. The celebrant will be Archbishop Joseph Augustine DiNoia, O.P., Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Liturgy and the Discipline of the Sacraments in the Vatican.

RSVP online at

For more information, and to contribute, please visit; Contributions are tax deductible. Get one in in time for this year's taxes.

The Pontifical High Mass from this past April was standing room only and was an incredible experience. If you were not able to attend last and will be any where near Washington, DC, I encourage you to attend. If you were there last year, you know to get there even earlier this year!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Advent Update & Baronius Press Breviary

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving though it was quite hectic the week before and has been very busy since my return. Working on a paper for my Old Testament class has been eye opening. Nothing like reading the Vatican II documents for yourself. I will update more later.

We do have our Advent wreath up and our Infant of Prague is in His violet robes. I am trying to finish up house cleaning and de-cluttering as part of this Advent. I was able to sent two boxes of items for consignment (deo gratias) and I am trying to move my heart towards simplicity (very hard for a pack rat (sigh).

I did see an update this morning on the website regarding their latin-english roman breviary. I don't know how long it usually takes to get a Concordat but perhaps by Lent. Need more pennies in my piggy bank.

Roman Breviary - Breviarium Romanum
Latin-English Breviary [side-by-side]
Flexible cover (Black Leather), 3-Volume Set, Size: 4.5" x 7", Item No: 5500

The excellent news is that the final corrections from the Censor have been received a few days ago. We anticipate that the implementation of the corrections and the finalising of the Breviary will take a couple of weeks.

After this, we will formally apply for the Concordat cum originali to be granted – the necessary approval that liturgical texts require in order to be used and also to ensure that the text is accurate. As soon as the permission is granted, the printing will commence.

We are very grateful for all the prayers and support we have received in order to complete this huge undertaking.