O Sapientia (Dec 17)

Today’s Antiphon: O Wisdom


It’s that time again!  The Church is intensifying it’s preparation for Christmas, which we know is near because today we see the first of the O Antiphons at Evening Prayer.  For new readers who may not be familiar with the Great O Antiphons, we’re re-posting the Gregorian Chant videos which we shared with you last year.  You can also read more about the Os here.

And not to be total cheapskates, we are also including something new: meditations on each antiphon by Fr. Roger Landry of Catholic Answers. Well, since he did all the work, I guess we are being cheapskates!

The O Antiphon for December 17th sung by the Cantarte Regensburg.

O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

O Wisdom, Who didst come out of the mouth of the Most High, reaching…

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Throwing open the doors of Mercy

“It’s easy to feel warm and fuzzy about God when we’re flying high and filled with gratitude for His mercy, but the truth is He loves us no less when we have thrown that loving mercy back in His Sacred Face by out sins.”


Pope Francis goes to confession, Friday March 28th, 2014. Last week Pope Francis asked the universal Church to join him in “24 Hours for the Lord”, a time when each diocese should throw the confessional doors wide open and encourage the faithful, and the not-so-faithful, to take full advantage of the loving mercy of God by going to confession. Our archbishop responded by opening St. Francis of Paola Church for 24 hours of confessions , beginning yesterday evening and ending today at 6:30pm. (There’s still time to go if you haven’t been to confession lately.)

Confession heals our blindness, it helps us to “see” God rightly: merciful, loving, eager to forgive. Yet, just as I can’t accept an apology from someone if I don’t first admit they’ve hurt me, so too, God can’t forgive us until we acknowledge our sinfulness. Like the man born blind in today’s Gospel, we need healing of our sight – or rather our insight…

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The Cost of a Curtsey: Court Presentation Expenses: 1907

Sunday History note:
Did you see the end of Downton Abbey season four? Then this will interest you.

Mrs Daffodil Digresses

1907 Court Presentation Gown, from FIDM. http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2011/11/court-gown-and-train-1907.html 1907 Court Presentation Gown, from FIDM. http://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2011/11/court-gown-and-train-1907.html

London, June 29. The court held this week by King Edward and Queen Alexandra lends interest to the inquiry as to what it costs for a debutante to make her curtsey to the king and queen.

A certain amount of exaggeration has attached itself to the expenditure which is cited as necessary for a court outfit. The all important dress may cost thousands and tens of thousands of collards, but on the other hand, a very dainty little debutante at the last court only spent $25 on her frock. It was made by a good dressmaker and the train was lent by a friend.

A calculation has been made to decide the maximum and minimum cost of a presentation at court. There is, of course, practically no limit to the expenditure, which might be involved. A gown may be sewn with real jewels…

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Wednesday Audience – Living the Eucharist

Pope Francis’ Wednesday audience text.


At his Wednesday Audience today, Pope Francis continued the theme he began last week on the Holy Eucharist:

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!

In the last catechesis I highlighted that the Eucharist introduces us to real communion with Jesus and His mystery. Now we can ask ourselves some questions regarding the relation between the Eucharist we celebrate and our life, as Church and as individual Christians. We ask ourselves: how do we live the Eucharist? When we go to Mass on Sunday, how do we live it?Is it only a moment of celebration, a consolidated tradition, an occasion to meet with one another and feel well, or is it something more?

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