Thursday, November 2, 2017

A holy prank from the Holy Souls?

After returning from All Soul's mass, I noticed a comment from a reader on the previous post. Josemaria posted a link to the above video and added, "who does this lady remind you of?"

Well, yeah. Same first name. And for those of you who haven't seen or heard me, I'll add: similar hairstyle, similar eyeglasses, and similar voice. I also did a little internet searching to learn that Dr. Spezzano and I are pretty close in age.

Spooky, but  good kind of spooky. Thanks, holy souls! I have a feeling that learning about Dr. Spezzano today of all days  was arranged by them.   I'll be chuckling as I pray the rest of the Office for the Dead for all of them today.

The above is a great lecture. It's an hour long, but worth it. You will learn a lot.


  1. Just thought I'd ask why is it in a Seminary you cannot use the Universalis app to pray the Office? I know a Priest in my Diocese here in the UK who has been ordained a priest for 2 years now and has opted to do his Office using this app, so why do Seminaries prescribe that the book has to be used? Thank you and God bless.

    1. I can think of two possible reasons. First, those in charge of the seminaries might--rightly--believe that the seminarians should know how to use the book. And perhaps they are convinced,(as is Cardinal Sarah--see my post about this from a few weeks back) that the book is more conducive to prayer, being itself a sacramental and a different kind of sensory experience. Beyond that, I believe some parts of Universalis, such as the antiphons, were paraphrased by the author of the app because he was unable to obtain permission from the copyright holder. The seminary might be concerned that the authorized text be used. And of course, when praying in community, you certainly want everyone to be saying the same words.

  2. Another reason may be practical: praying from the book, the breviary, is actually a good preparation and training for using the Roman Missal, as both are laid out similarly and both have multiple ribbons to be worked.

  3. It may also help the seminarians (and the clergy, as well) to shed the sense of secular time in favor of a more liturgical one. For instance: instead of Sunday, the 5th of November, Fall 2017, it becomes - Sunday, 31st Week in Ordinary Time (and, more specifically, Sunday, Psalter Week III).

    For those of those who pray with the book, every turn of the page in the psalter and the placement of the ribbons at the beginning or end of each day is a reminder of this. This, I feel, is "lost in translation" going from print to digital.

    For, ideally, as we are called as faithful Catholic Christians "not just to pray the Mass, but to live the Mass", our seminarians, deacons, priests - all of our clergy - must be exemplars of this.

    Have a Blessed Sunday!