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ADVENT: ITS HISTORY, MYSTERY AND PRACTICE by Dom Prosper Gueranger O.S.B. MONKS AND MERMAIDS (A BENEDICTINE BLOG) - November 26, 2015 ... began to be relaxed, and the forty days from St. Martin's day to Christmas were reduced to four weeks. We have seen that this fast began to be observed first in France; but thence it spread into England, as we find from Venerable Bede's history; into Italy, as appears from a diploma of Astolphus, king of the Lombards, dated 753; into Germany, Spain, &c., of which the proofs may be seen in the learned work of Dom Martène, On the ancient rites of the Church. The first allusion to ...http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com/2015/11/advent-its-history-mystery-and-practice.html
Welcome to the (Dysfunctional) Catholic Family! OUTSIDE THE ASYLUM - November 23, 2015 ... the song in The Music Man says, "So what the heck, you're welcome; glad to have you with us, even though we may not ever mention it again." It's theoretically possible that you were comatose for the last twenty years and, like Rip Van Winkle, just woke up before you began the conversion process. Or, you could be young enough to not remember the scandals of the "Long Lent" of 2002 ( and haven't seen Spotlight yet ) — was it really that long ago? In any ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Outside_The_Asylum/~3/jLu5ikt6TdY/welcome-to-dysfunctional-catholic-family.html