Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Reciprocal Links

A Catholic Life has updated the list of "Other Catholic Blogs" in the sidebar, and I wish to add additional links to the list.

If you have a blog that links to A Catholic Life, then please let me know. I want to link to those blogs who provide links to A Catholic Life. So, please add a link to this blog in your sidebar and then comment below. I am especially interested in finding other traditional-focused blogs with an emphasis on the Traditional Liturgy; it will especially be my pleasure to link to these type of blogs.
Monday, June 29, 2009
The Education of an American Dreamer by Peter G. Peterson


I have just read "The Education of an American Dreamer" by Peter G. Peterson, the Former US Secretary of State under President Nixon. Peterson held several positions including his earliest job in marketing before eventually becoming the CEO of Bell & Howell, at that time a major US camera company. Peterson's determination and success in the Chicago area led to President Nixon offering him a $42,500 a year job (several millions less) where he focused on economics before becoming Secretary of State. Peterson's resolve brought him from the rural, impoverished life of Nebraska to MIT and then Northwestern (Chicago). Peterson is truly an example of achieving the American Dream.

A good, interesting read, especially for those old enough to remember politics and business around the time of President Nixon and thereafter.
Ordinations at the Seminary of Wigratzbad for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP)

His Excellency Bishop Babel Bishop Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C. conferred the Holy Orders.

Image Source: Henri de Villiers (Schola Sainte Cécile)/NLM
Ordination of 8 Men at Econe, Switzerland Seminary for the Society of St. Piux X (SSPX)

These ordinations occur after similar ordinations around the world including the ordination of several men in Winona, Minnesota (USA) and in Germany.

Image Sources: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND RELIGION)
Image Source for last two images: Getty Images

The names of the newly ordained:

Also, in addition to these seven, a man was also ordained for the Capuchins, making the total eight.
Pallium Presented by Pope Benedict XVI during Solemn Mass

Archbishop of Detroit, Allen Henry Vigneron (above two images)

Algerian Archbishop Ghaleb Moussa Abdalla

Archbishop of St. Louis, Robert James Carlson

Archbishop of New Orleans, Gregory Michael Aymond

Archbishop Philip Naameh of Ghana

Spanish Archbishop Braulio Rodriguez Plaza

Image Sources: REUTERS/Tony Gentile (VATICAN) & (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Double of the I Class of Sts. Peter and Paul

Today is the Double of the I Class Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul! Alleluia! Let us pray the Hymn from Lauds of the 1962 Breviary for this Feast. In addition, please see my previous post in honor of Sts. Peter and Paul.

1. Peter, blest Shepherd, hearken to our cry,
And with a word unloose our guilty chain;
Thou! who hast power to ope the gates on high
To men below, and power to shut them fast again.

2. Lead us, great teacher Paul, in wisdom’s ways,
And lift our hearts with thine to heaven’s high throne;
Till faith beholds the clear meridian blaze;
And sunlike in the soul reigns charity alone.

3. Praise, blessing, majesty, through endless days,
Be to the Trinity immortal given;
Who in pure unity profoundly sways
Eternally alike all things in earth and heaven.

Source: Copyright Benziger Brothers, 1922. Online Edition Copyright David M. Cheney, 2006.

O God, Who hast made this day holy by the martyrdom of Thine Apostles Peter and Paul: grant that Thy Church may in all things follow the precepts of those through whom she received the beginnings of the Faith. Through our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

Image Source: Unknown, Believed to be in the Public Domain
Sunday, June 28, 2009
SSPX Rosary Crusade

The Society of St. Pius X has decided to undertake its greatest rosary crusade of 12 million rosaries for the consecration of Russia to Our Lady's Immaculate Heart. This bouquet will be presented to the Holy Father in March 2010. The superior of the Society: Bishop Fellay, also encourages the Faithful to make many sacrifices during this time.

To enter the amount of rosaries you wish to offer for the SSPX Rosary Crusade, please visit: http://www.sspx.org
Pope Benedict XVI Leads Vespers for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul at the Basilica of St. Paul's Outside the Walls

Image Sources:

Getty Images (1st, 2nd, 3rd)
(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) (4th, 5th, 6th)
REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (7th, 8th)
Priests Ordained in Zaitzkofen near Regensburg, southern Germany for the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX)

The newly ordained priests are Lukasz Sydlowski from Poland (L-R), Thomas Suter from Switzerland and Hakan Erik Lindstroem from Sweden.

Above are photos from the beautiful (and valid!) Ordination Mass for the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). His Excellency Bishop Alfonso de Galaretta ordained the young men to the priesthood.

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