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Monday, December 08, 2008

O Mary conceived without original sin, pray for those who have recourse to thee.

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Thanks be to God, His Immaculate Mother and St Michael, Defender in the day of battle.

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To Whom Much is Given: Surviving the Massacre in Mumbai

Sentimentalism of modernism

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had already set in prior to the Council. A confirmation card of 1958- instead of educating children to the glories of the Mass, there was a determination to keep them as children. This probably had its origins in the traumas of the Second World War.

Many reckoned and still believe that at the Council the Church came of age- rather the reverse I suspect. Indeed one could see in the desire to return to the early Church a parallel with the desire to stay in one's own infancy.
 
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Ave Maria!

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The Virgin by William Wordsworth

Mother! whose virgin bosom was uncrost
With the least shade of thought to sin allied;
Woman! above all women glorified,
Our tainted nature's solitary boast;
Purer than foam on central ocean tost;
Brighter than eastern skies at daybreak strewn
With fancied roses, than the unblemished moon
Before her wane begins on heaven's blue coast;
Thy Image falls to earth. Yet some, I ween,
Not unforgiven the suppliant knee might bend,
As to a visible Power, in which did blend
All that was mixed and reconciled in Thee
Of mother's love with maiden purity,
Of high with low, celestial with terrene!

How not to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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Linz in 2005

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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Tota pulchra es, Maria
et macula originalis non est in te.
Vestimentum tuum candidum quasi nix, et facies tua sicut sol.
Tota pulchra es, Maria,
et macula originalis non est in te.
Tu gloria Jerusalem, tu laetitia Israel, tu honorificentia populi nostri.
Tota pulchra es, Maria.

You are completely pure, Mary,
and the stain of original sin is not within you.
Your clothing is white like snow, and your face is like the sun.
You are completely pure, Mary,
and the stain of original sin is not within you.
You are the glory of Jerusalem, you are the joy of Israel, you are the honoured of our people.
You are completely pure, Mary