Laetare – Rejoice!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Today is “Laetare Sunday,” which takes its name from the Entrance Antiphon, “Rejoice” (“Laetare”) “Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning;” Cf. Is 66: 10-11 Because of that uptick in joy in Lent, the liturgical color is lightened to Rose from Violet.  The history of the liturgical color […]

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A “Happy” Death?

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Today, upon learning of a friend of our friars who was now in hospice care, we offered a “Mass for a Happy Death” for her. It sounds a bit macabre, does it not, a “happy” death? What’s so “happy” about it? Part of it comes from the vagaries and history of the English language, the […]

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“Lesser” Saints?

Friday, March 8, 2019

One of the things we often mention about St. Jude is how he was “oft-forgotten” and thus not invoked much until later. Thus, he would seem to be a “lesser” saint in some respect. But should we ever “bother” with lesser saints? In the Supplement to the Third Part of the Summa, St. Thomas Aquinas […]

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