PASTOR'S CORNER

TEMPUS PER ANNUM

Someone asked me, this past Sunday, what the Latin for “Ordinary Time” was, and I didn’t know right away, so I check my edition of the Missale Romanum, and there it is:  Tempus per Annum.  “Ordinary Time” is NOT a literal translation of the original! ...

(WHAT) DO I BELIEVE?

I remember, years ago, speaking with a woman who was a convert; she was struggling in her relationship with her (at best, indifferent) Catholic husband.  I observed to her that much of the problem was that all he wanted was for her to come into the Church, but...

DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?

“Said the night wind to the little lamb…”  On this Epiphany weekend (the real date, we all know, is Monday the 6th:  the end of the “12 Days of Christmas”), it is a good question for us to ask ourselves.  The word “epiphany” comes to us from the Greek,...

HOLY FAMILIES

What makes a family “holy”?  This weekend’s feast makes for an easy answer:  it means living with Jesus, Mary & Joseph.  Nothing could be simpler, and nothing could more easily disqualify us from being holy families (much to some families’...

ADVENT/CHRISTMAS: MUSICAL MEDITATIONS

Songs reverberate in my head at this time (I’m sure they do for all of us), and they speak to the special seasons of waiting and fulfillment that are Advent and Christmas.            One song is very old—“Crucifixion,”...

GAUDETE SUNDAY

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice!” (from Philippians 4:4).  This is the original (Latin) Entrance Antiphon for the 3rd Sunday of Advent.  It is the reason this Sunday is known as “Gaudete Sunday.”  But why?...

O MARY, CONCEIVED WITHOUT SIN…

This Sunday is 8 December, and it is the designated date for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Mother.  But because nothing (not even the BVM) can supersede a Sunday in Advent, her Solemnity is being transferred to Monday, the 9th. ...

EXPECTATANTES

This word appears in the original Latin version of the Mass, in the prayer the priest prays between the “Our Father” and the ending “For the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory are yours…”  It is a word that has special meaning in the Advent season....

TO JESUS CHRIST, OUR SOVEREIGN KING

What is (or should be) a king?  Let’s examine the description of true royalty supplied by C S Lewis in the penultimate volume of The Chronicles of Narnia—The Magician’s Nephew.           After a series of bizarre...

AD LIMINA VISITS

You know the bishops of the United States are making what are called “ad limina” visits to Rome at this time.  The bishops of New England just finished, and those of New York are there now.  Archbishop Rodi (along with the bishops of Region V of the United...