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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Catholic Poets

Looking for good Catholic poets? Here are a list of poets from the Norton Anthology of Poetry 3rd ed. who were Catholics (found using the data from the Database of Poets):

  • 1926 James K. Baxter
  • 1923 Denise Levertov
  • 1912 William Everson
  • 1899 Allen Tate
  • 1867 Ernest Dowson
  • 1844 Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • 1688 Alexander Pope
  • 1649 Richard Crashaw
  • 1631 John Dryden
  • 1596 James Shirley
  • 1561 Robert Southwell
  • 1558 Chidiock Tichborne
  • 1558 Thomas Lodge
  • 1550 Alexander Montgomerie

How to Obtain a Plenary Indulgence Through 30 Minutes of Reading Scripture

A plenary indulgence is "the remission of the entire temporal punishment due to sin so that no further expiation is required in Purgatory" [1]. It "can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth" [2]. Sounds good, no?

There are four plenary indulgences that can be obtained at any time and any place:

  • "with the veneration due the divine word [, making] a spiritual reading from Sacred Scripture...for at least one half an hour" [3]
  • recitation of the rosary "in a church or public oratory or in a family group, a religious Community or pious Association" [4] (see additional norms)
  • "make the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross" [5] (see additional norms)
  • "visit the Most Blessed Sacrament to adore it...for at least one half an hour" [6]
Other things that must be done:
  • "Sacramental confession. A single sacramental confession suffices for gaining several plenary indulgences; but Communion must be received and prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff must be recited for the gaining of each plenary indulgence.
  • "Eucharistic Communion.
  • "Prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff. The condition of praying for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff is fully satisfied by reciting one Our Father and one Hail Mary; nevertheless, each one is free to recite any other prayer according to his piety and devotion.
  • "It is further required that all attachment to sin, even venial sin, be absent. If the latter disposition is in any way less than perfect or if the prescribed three conditions are not fulfilled, the indulgence will be partial only, saving the provisions given in Norms 34 and 35." [7]
Definitely do-able.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Twelve Latin Chants Every Catholic Should Know

There's a great article called Twelve Latin Chants Every Catholic Should Know. There's only one problem. It doesn't include the music for the chants themselves.

Until now. Using the fabulous and free Parish Book of Chant, I have assembled the music for the Twelve Chants into a single pdf. Enjoy!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Apologies for not responding to blog comments

My apologies for not responding to comments on this blog - evidently they have been building up in the approval queue, and I wasn't receiving email notifications about them. I will respond to them this evening.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Examen Conscientiae on an Index Card

Here is an index-card examination of conscience based on a page from a 1936 book for confessors posted on Fr. Z's blog. Fr. Z recommends that you do an examination of conscience at a regular time, such as when you brush your teeth. Post this card on your bathroom mirror.

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