Saturday, September 15, 2007

In Exaltatione Sanctae Crucis

On the (day after the) Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Last night's celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite at my parish here in Sugar Land was awesome. And, there was great interest! Onward for the Reform of the Reform! And watching my pastor celebrate mass ad orientem was most awesome... ;)

As we know, yesterday was the great feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Let us not forget the power that comes with the Cross. We recall this each time we make the sign of the Cross.

From St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechetical Lectures, Lecture XIII, 36, 4th century:
Let us not then be ashamed to confess the Crucified. Be the Cross our seal made with boldness by our fingers on our brow, and on everything; over the bread we eat, and the cups we drink; in our comings in, and goings out; before our sleep, when we lie down and when we rise up; when we are in the way, and when we are still. Great is that preservative; it is without price, for the sake of the poor; without toil, for the sick; since also its grace is from God. It is the Sign of the faithful, and the dread of devils: for He "triumphed over them in it, having made a shew of them openly" (Col. 2:15); for when they see the Cross they are reminded of the Crucified; they are afraid of Him, "who bruised the heads of the dragon" (Psalm 74:13). Despise not the Seal, because of the freeness of the gift; out for this rather honour thy Benefactor.
Let us take these words to heart and realize the rich meaning behind making the sign of the Cross. Never do it lightly. Never treat it as a meaningless gesture.

In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Blessed Virgin

By Maria Ellenreider. 1824. Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe.

(courtesy of the New Roving Medievalist)

Monday, September 10, 2007

This Friday: Traditional Latin Mass in Sugar Land

Just a reminder for those of you who live in the Houston/Sugar Land area and are interested. This Friday at 7:30pm, which is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (aka Traditional Latin or "Tridentine" mass) will be offered at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Sugar Land. The mass will be celebrated in the main church building at our beautiful new altar.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

CNN reports on the upcoming Indiana Jones movie:
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" will be in theaters May 22, 2008.

The title of the long-awaited fourth installment of the adventure series was announced by Shia LaBeouf, who co-stars with Ford in the film, at the MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday.

The new Indy adventure, which is set in the 1950s, also stars Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent and Karen Allen.

Sean Connery, who played dad to Ford's globe-trotting archaeologist in 1989's "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," will not reprise the role in the new movie.

The series began in 1981 with "Raiders of the Lost Ark," followed by "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" in 1984.

In promotional photos, the 65-year-old Ford appears fit as ever.


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