Prayers to Saint Peter; And reproducing a significant work of Bishop DeGoesbriand

Dear Friends of UbiPetrusVT, Perhaps you saw my private litany to Saints Peter and Paul (posted July 4th). The role and intercession of Saint Peter has been very significant for me lately. The name of this blog came, in part, from my Diocesan connection to Saint Peter. What connection? Well, see the introduction to this …

Vatican II and the Proclamation of Scripture

Glory be to Jesus Christ. I wish to speak of a cross carried by the parish priest. We might say there is a tension between the spoken word and the gestures of the liturgy. No doubt this claim will sound very strange. I assure you it is a reality. This is a tension, and it …

Peter and Paul: a Litany for Private Devotion

Sunday, July 4th 2021, my weekend homily was inspired heavily by reflection on the Acts of the Apostles. In Short, the grace that Saint Paul kept speaking of, from his encounter with Christ, should be the grace we experience when we encounter, taste, and receive Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Separately from this consideration, I …

The Icon of the Holy Family

March 19th 2021: happy solemnity of Saint Joseph. Since December 8th 2020 we have been celebrating a year of Saint Joseph. That date marked the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of patronage for the whole church ascribed to the spouse of the blessed Virgin Mary. Today begins a year marked by Pope Francis for the …

Technology, Human Existence, and the Gift of Life

A significant number of the Catholic bishops of the United States are confident in saying “The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed.” (A sufficient number affirmed this statement to insist …

Catholic-by-initiation, vs. Catholic-in-morals

Who can call themselves a Catholic? A Catholic becomes a Catholic by Sacramental initiation. Were you baptized Catholic? Were you confirmed Catholic? Have you received the Holy Eucharist as your first communion in a licitly offered Catholic rite of the Holy Eucharist? If yes, you are a Catholic. The Church insists that your Catholic initiation …