Spiritual Communion as past and future experience. — Ad Orientem

[We] must affirm Christ's objective presence in the Eucharist, and must maintain that “Spiritual Communion” is not the same as the Eucharist. We can understand liturgical contemplation and “Spiritual Communion” as receiving the grace of the Holy Spirit by recalling the sacraments we have already received, recalling our baptism, which is praised by the Early… via …

Laughter, – an antidote to fear, death and the human condition. — Gavin Ashenden

In a seedy hotel in Paris, Oscar Wilde lay on his death bed. His life had been a search for beauty and elegance. He had been a master of wit and adventure; until his life crashed. On his death bed, two things happened. He was received into the Roman Catholic Church and he made one …

Church Homecoming, Virtual Episcopal Style

"Homecoming" is a term that usually evokes a lot of maudlin blubbering in Evangelical circles (especially Southern ones.)  Images of "old-time" religion and hymns, "dinner on the ground," and churches and families getting together cloud our eyes with tears and our minds with nostalgia.  Bill Gaither was wise in tapping into this the way he …

The New Normal — Stand Firm

Every single morning now, when I fire up the interwebs, there are at least three articles about the “new normal.” Some of them ponderously explain that there will be a new normal. Others disparage the very idea of there being a new normal. The more interesting ones try to imagine what the new normal will… via …

Yes, You Can Use That Music

That sentiment came to mind when I read this comment on my posting of the Word of God album All of Your People: I was worship leader in an Antioch CA prayer group and an Assemblies of God mission for 5 years in the '90's where I used these songs.  I first heard them at …

On Frequent Communion Becoming Routine. — Ad Orientem

Fr. Schmidt: We don’t often consider that for huge portions of the Church’s history, frequent Communion was not all that common. To receive at only the highest feasts, just a few times throughout the year—always after making a good Confession—was the much more typical practice. Otherwise, Catholics would attend Mass every Sunday or more often, […] …

The Society of St. Pius X Does “Bossuet for Lent” — The Bossuet Project

It’s a little late in the game, I know, but I just discovered that the venerable Society of St. Pius X had posted for this Lent soon past a series from Bossuet’s Meditations on the Gospel. The series is as follows: Jesus’ Victory and Power Over Death Jesus’ Friendship Is a Model For Ours Profusion […] …

The Sufferings Foretold: A Good Friday Reflection

From Bossuet's Elevations on the Mysteries: We have explained elsewhere the sacred oracles of the prophets on our Lord Jesus Christ. I will say here in brief that they have seen everything: his two births, the first all divine, from the days of eternity; the place marked for the second in Bethlehem; a virgin who …

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