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To touch the throne most holy,
to hand the gifts for the feast,
To see Him meekly, lowly,
descend at the word of a priest.

To hear man’s poor petition,
to sound the silver bell,
When He in sweet submission,
comes down with us to dwell.

~ St. John Berchmans

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Thrust, Cast, Punt

St michael

Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against the forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world.
~ Pope St. John Paul II

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Ranking God’s Word


It ain’t those parts of the Bible
that I can’t understand that bother me;
it is the parts that I do understand.
~ Mark Twain

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Of Giving Shots and Making God


“Live the mystery that has been placed in your hands!” This is the invitation and admonition which the Church addresses to the priest in the Rite of Ordination…. For this to be so, there is need for great vigilance and lively awareness. Once again, the Rite of Ordination introduces these words with this recommendation: “Beware of what you will be doing.”
~ Pope St. John Paul II

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Of Head Nods, Hat Tips, and Empty Crosses


As a sign of respect, the hat is briefly removed or raised when one passes in front of a Church, an act of homage to Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament, or in the presence of a passing funeral procession, in recognition of the deceased as created in the image and likeness of God.
~ Marian T. Horvat

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