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Do a corporal work of mercy December 8, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, General Catholic, North Deanery.
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While spiritual works of mercy are seen by God as having more merit than corporal works, I think it fair to say that Advent is a time when corporal works should be given a certain priority.  One way to help others is to give away things you no longer need.  There is a website called freecycle that tries to hook up people both wanting to give things away, and looking to receive.  I know a woman who arranged to supply for the needs of a family that just had their first child and needs both baby supplies and some things for Christmas.   There are freecycle networks existant in most major cities, you just go to the link above and type in wherever you live.  The one for the N. Dallas area is here

I know in our family, we tend to acquire way too much stuff, part of the deal when you have 6 kids.  We give a great deal to various charities that can use things we no longer need, but this may be a way to more directly help others, without the middle man.  It might even be a chance to meet some new people and do some low key evangelization, representing the charitable works of Christians.  God bless!

Shoulda posted this yesterday…. December 8, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic.
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…..but I didn’t find it until today.  From an Ambrosian Rite liturgy celebrated in Milan, the lighting of the “faro,” or beacon, which ostensibly dates from the torches used to light the catacombs of Christian martyrs:

Pretty cool!  Of course, the Ambrosian Rite has much beautiful hymnody.  I have an old Ambrosian hymnal lying around somewhere, I should try to sing some of it.

It’s the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception December 8, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, Our Lady.
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No, not when Roger Staubach threw a 4th quarter touchdown pass to Drew Pearson (yes, he pushed off, but who cares).  And no, it doesn’t have anything to do with the conception or birth of Jesus (that’s the Incarnation).  Get thee to Church. 

How’s this for a prayer for this great day:

O God, who in the foreknowledge of thy Son’s most precious death didst consecrate for him a dwelling-place by the spotless Conception of the Blessed Virgin: mercifully grant that she who was preserved from all defilement; may evermore pray for us until we attain unto thee in purity of heart; through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen

How does this Anglican-use prayer compare with what you heard at Mass today?