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I WILL WALK – Music by Aurelio Porfiri

Liturgical Mass Sheet

APOLOGIA (26) – Did Jesus spend time in India?

– Anastasios

Objection 1: We have a gap between the childhood of Jesus and his public ministry. This gap is of around 18 years, not a little time. Some scholars believe he traveled to India to learn from wise men there. Can be this a reliable hypothesis?

BITE-SIZE PHILOSOPHY (79) – How does induction lead us to the Unmoved Mover?

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– Rev José Mario O Mandía

It seems that God does not exist,” Saint Thomas writes (Summa Theologiae (S Th) I q2 a3 objection 1), “because if one of two contraries be infinite, the other would be altogether destroyed. But the word ‘God’ means that He is infinite goodness. If, therefore, God existed, there would be no evil discoverable; but there is evil in the world. Therefore God does not exist.” You probably have heard this argument from many a doubting friend: there is no God because there is evil in the world.

GREAT FIGURES OF THE MISSIONARY WORK – Bengal and the Kingdom of the Dragon (19)

– Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

The presence of European mercenaries among the hosts of the Asian armies has a long history. Already at the time of Vasco da Gama’s historic voyage to India in 1498, the existence of Italian military officers at the service of several rajas of the coast of Malabar was noted. It is said that two of the crew of the Gama fleet, attracted by more appetizing salaries, ended up following the example of the Italians. It may be said that the European mercenary tradition in Hindustan, which would be perpetuated over three centuries, will have begun with the desertions of Portuguese soldiers of Goa – usually underpaid, sometimes having to resort to foreign aid to survive – attracted by the prospects of a loose life elsewhere on the continent where polygamy and concubinage were not condemned.

PETER FOLLOWED JESUS BUT MISUNDERSTOOD THE GOAL – 16 September 2018, 24th Sunday In Ordinary Time (B)

Is 50:5-9a; Jas 2:14-18; Mk 827-35

– Fernando Armellini SCJ
Claretian Publications, Macau

“You are the Messiah.” Peter gave a precise definition but he continues to be convinced that the Master will soon begin an earthly kingdom. For Jesus the time to correct this dangerous mistake has arrived. Jesus makes it clear, that the goal of his journey is through suffering and crucifixion.  The disciples can neither understand nor accept the prospect of the gift of life. It’s not for this that they left the house, the boat, the family to follow the Master. Where does he want to lead them, to ruin, to defeat?

ASK THE LITURGIST (13) – The humeral veil

– Enrico Finotti

Is the humeral veil optional?

“The priest or the deacon should wear a white cope and humeral veil to give the blessing at the end of adoration, when the exposition takes place with the monstrance; in the case of exposition in the ciborium, the humeral veil should be worn” (Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist Outside the Mass).


– Aurelio Porfiri

Not long ago, I came across a book in French by Belgian Professor André Wénin. The book is called Psaumes censurés : Quand la prière a des accents violents (2017 Editions du Cerf, now available also in Italian) and deal with the problem of the so called “imprecatory psalms,” those psalms that contain very strong (or violent) language and that in recent times were removed from the liturgy. Professor Wénin has a long list of publications, he is professor of biblical exegesis at the theological faculty of the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and visiting professor at the Gregorian University (Rome).

MARIAN APPARITIONS (81) – Arras, France

Our Lady of Ardents, or Eglise Notre-Dame des Ardents d’Arras in French, is a small, charming red brick church in the lower part of town in Arras, France. It was built in the beautiful style unique to the twelfth century in order to celebrate the appearance of the Blessed Virgin, and to commemorate the miraculous assistance she gave to the people then living in the region.


– Tej Francis



(Crux News) Over 10,000 people are expected to descend on Liverpool this weekend for the first National Eucharistic Congress in the history of the Church in England and Wales. The Sep. 7-9 congress is called ‘Adoremus’ – Latin for “We adore you” – and is the first such gathering in England since the 19th International Eucharistic Congress took place in London in 1908.