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THE CELEBRATION OF CONFIRMATION by Dom David Bird MONKS AND MERMAIDS (A BENEDICTINE BLOG) - January 26, 2016 ... celebrates it; and we asked what the two have in common. We found this to be the strong connection with the bishop: the bishop is the ordinary minister in the West, and the priest who administers Confirmation as part of Baptism in the East has to use oil blessed by the bishop or patriarch. If a priest gives Confirmation in the West without being delegated to do so, then the confirmation is not only illicit, it is invalid; and the same is true in the East if the priest does not use chrism ...http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-celebration-of-confirmation-by-dom.html
Christmas Gift Ideas: Big Books for Big Catholic Thinkers SEASONS OF GRACE - December 17, 2015 ... Catholic faith. The Encyclopedia of U.S. Catholic History by Matthew Bunson and Margaret Bunson. Published by Our Sunday Visitor Press, this book is a treasure trove of information about the Catholic Church in America. You probably won't pick this book up and read its 1004 pages from cover to cover. What you'll do, though, is keep it close at hand and stop by whenever you need information. There is a lengthy Chronology of U.S. ...http://kathyschiffer.com/books-film/christmas-gift-ideas-big-books-for-big-catholic-thinkers/
Veterans Day: War and Remembrance and the Cost of Freedom THESE STONE WALLS - November 11, 2015 ... in the United States, and Remembrance Sunday (the Sunday nearest November 11) in the United Kingdom, began in Europe as Armistice Day. This history is worthy of a reminder, for we forget the fine points of history to our own peril. The armistice that ended hostilities in World War I, culminating in the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, was signed on November 11, 1918. In 1954, Armistice Day was expanded to become Veterans Day in the ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheseStoneWalls/~3/cIQ17ASZWIs/
The Benedictine Option for Today DA MIHI ANIMAS - October 15, 2015 The following comes from the Catholic Exchange: If it wasn't clear before that the culture of the West is opposed to the Gospel and the teachings of the Catholic Church, the recent decision to legalize "gay marriage" in the United States made it quite apparent. The decision was decades in the making and cannot solely be blamed on the homosexual agenda. It goes back to contraception and no fault divorce, both of which ...http://salesianity.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-benedictine-option-for-today.html