Thursday, October 28, 2010

Saint Simon and Saint Jude

28 October is the deast day of two of the apostles, Saints Simon and Jude.

The introductory note for todays Divine Office entry reads:
The name of Simon is placed eleventh in the list of apostles and nothing is known of him except that he was born at Cana and was known as the Zealot.
Jude, also known as Thaddeus, was the apostle who, at the Last Supper, asked the Lord why he showed himself only to his disciples and not to the world (John 14:22)
Saint Simon - pray for us
Saint Jude - pray for us

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Return of the Papal tiara

Well sort of anyway.

A revised coat of arms appeared hanging from the window of the Apopostolic Palace during the Angelus address on Sunday.

Repeat the refrain - Restoration of our Catholic identity, restoration of our Catholic identity....

h/t: Transalpine Redemptorists and of course Fr Z

Friday, October 8, 2010

Antiquated dogma

So far as a man may be proud of a religion rooted in humility, I am very proud of my religion; I am especially proud of those parts of it that are most commonly called superstition. I am proud of being fettered by antiquated dogmas and enslaved by dead creeds (as my journalistic friends repeat with so much pertinacity), for I know very well that it is the heretical creeds that are dead, and that it is only the reasonable dogma that lives long enough to be called antiquated... I am very proud of being orthodox about the mysteries of the Trinity or the Mass; I am proud of believing in the Confessional; I am proud of believing in the Papacy.

G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

St Bruno and happy birthday!

6 October is the memorial of St Bruno, priest and founder of the Carthusians. It is also the birthday of this blog which has been online for one year today. I suppose it's therefore appropriate to place the blog under his co-patronage henceforth!

According to the Divine Office entry, St Bruno was:

Born at Cologne about the year 1035. After being educated at Paris and ordained priest, he taught theology; but wanting to lead the life of a solitary he founded the monastery of La Grande Chartreuse. He was called to Rome by Pope Urban II to be his adviser and helper in the needs of the Church. He died at Squillace in Calabria in the year 1101.