Liturgy is both an end and source of strength

Carthusian monks at prayer.jpgThe Liturgy is at once both the end to which the
action of the Church tends
and at the same time the source from which flows all
her strength
. We, who have left everything to seek God alone and to possess him
more fully
, should carry out the liturgical functions with particular
reverence. For when

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Saint John of Damascus

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Saint John of Damascus spent most of his life in the monastery of Saint Sabas, near Jerusalem, under Muslim rule, indeed, protected by it. Born in Damascus c. 676, John received a classical and theological education, and followed his father in a government position under the Muslims. He resigned after a few years so that he could go to

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The Church and aliens, ETs, that is

Every so often something interesting happens in the brutish lives we live. Tuesday night
was one of those times, at a seminary no less, that we had an interesting conversation about something many of us knew nothing about: stars, aliens and the connection with faith. We had a visit from Jesuit
Father David Brown whose work is at the Vatican’s Observatory. Funny that David and I are classmates but our journeys took us in different directions. Of course, he went up…that is, he

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9 Lessons & Carols: St. Catherine of Siena Church NYC on December 12

9 lessons 2009.jpgJoin the Dominican Friars of Saint Catherine of Siena Church
& Priory
for a Candlelight Lessons and Carols, featuring the Master Singers
of Archmere Academy and the Choir of the Church of the Holy Child Jesus. David
J. Ikfovits will conduct the choirs.  The organist will be Father Jordan
Kelly, O.P.


The Lessons and Carols will be held

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Saint Francis Xavier

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First Thursday Plenary Indulgence for Lay Faithful for Year for Priests

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In response to questions about the Plenary Indulgence for
the Year for Priests, the decree says that, “all truly penitent
priests”–having confessed their sins and received Holy Communion–may
obtain a Plenary Indulgence each day by devoutly praying Lauds or Vespers
before the Blessed Sacrament, and by making themselves available “with a
ready and generous heart” for the Sacrament of Penance and the other

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About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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