Updates on the Blog and from the Catholic World with the Latin Mass: Kyrie

I am currently detained in duties of house sitting for the next several days. I ask any of the other authors of the Latin Community to post if able as there will be plenty of schedule time to do so.

If any are interested, Servus–who writes for the Latin Community– has re-started his ecumenical blog discussing the issues that have been presented to all Christians in this increasingly hostile world. Here is a link:

A direct link to today’s post by Geoffrey:

Also, I would like to draw readers attention to a documentary on Pope St. John Paul II and the Fall of Communism, which early this morning I read the NCR article about the movie. I have purchased the film and will give further comments after viewing.



For today, I have decided to leave the community my favorite rendition of the Kyrie composed by probably my favorite Catholic composer William Byrd. Again, all writers of the Latin Community, feel free to post anytime.

God reigned from the wood

Animal, Fight, Fighting, Lion, Mammal, PeopleOld prayer books and hymns, there is something to be said for them. We are more into HD tv’s and fancy apps then we are old, dusty books. I don’t know if things were better back then, but the years were certainly closer than we were to when Christ was on the earth, and I am moved by the depth of the words that I just can’t seem to find depth in these days.

Sometimes we have to go backwards to move forwards. Look at things and people who had insight into God. We forget that God speaks through His people, the prophets, the saints, the ones walking around. I think sometimes we miss Him because we are expecting an answer to come from somewhere else. God told me no less than 52 times through 52 people that it just wasn’t time to move yet, but I couldn’t accept that and I moved on to number 53. But yet I didn’t move. What kept me where I was? God reigning from that wood…

I have realized that even in my rebellion, even when I have not accepted, could not accept what God’s people have told me, I listened. Oftentimes we are too hard on ourselves. We are naturally unruly people which is why we need God so desperately, and God works on one thing at a time. If we are fighting to move in the direction we want to go and yet remain in the same place because God has not given us the go-ahead to move, we are still walking in obedience, and God is working on our wrestling skills…

We have no condemnation in Christ Jesus. Guilt is not conviction. If we are writhing and struggling we are showing signs that we are changing. Resisting God’s love maybe, but not straying or walking away. Sometimes an all night wrestling match may be what we need. Walking into our closets and not coming out until God has gotten what He wanted from us. Until we are free from ourselves…

I am still in the same place despite how I feel. I will not move until and unless He has said so. In the three years I have been praying the same prayer, my circumstances have not changed, but I have. He is preparing me for war…

And I cannot be a soldier if I cannot handle the ones here. I cannot run with horses if God does not prepare me for what is to come.

And although many times I cannot find the words to pray, God hears my conversations and my thoughts and my prayerful readings. He hears the beating of my heart, and my longing for more. He knows my anxieties and my fears and wants to quiet me. There is so much comfort in that. Knowing that even though I may not have the words, I do.

In order to explore His depth, the ones that came before us, the books that contain Him, the people who contain Him, we must be listening. The world must be placed behind us, underneath us, under our feet. We must live like monks in a world filled with noise. We must choose the narrow road.

Moses answered them, “Wait so that I can learn what the Lord will command in your regard.”

Numbers 9:8

Let’s Learn Latin: What You Will Need.

One of the goals of this blog is to create a community where we can learn Latin, the official language of Our Church, together to promote our Catholic culture throughout the world. 

I took Latin in college and my strongest skill is an understanding of the grammar. If there are any stronger Latin scholars out there please contact me through the comment section, and I will allow you to run this portion of the community. 

Do you need any resources? 

Yes, and no, but mostly yes.

I will provide a few examples through post; however, I encourage everyone to go to Amazon, or wherever you buy books, and purchase Getting Started with Latin by William E. Linney. The book I used in college was created for that specific class and it resembled Wheelock’s Latin textbook which its primary function is to teach Classical Latin. Linney’s book, although it teaches Classical Latin, has great function with starting Ecclesiastical Latin for adult learners. The author breaks down each lesson into small lessons which allows one to memorize easier at a slower pace. The book doesn’t assume that you know advance grammar terminology, and in fact, doesn’t assume you know basic terms like what is a direct object. The best part about the book is that the author provides a website where you can download the pronunciations for Ecclesiastical Latin! 

Tips for Learning: 

When learning Latin you have to do more than just translate the language, remember you want to functionally use this language everyday. So when you translate the Latin into English on a separate sheet of paper, remember to read the Latin out loud, which makes the pronunciation MP3s invaluable and a key to your success. After you complete the translation into English set the paper aside for a few hours or a day. After some time has passed go back and write your translation back into Latin. 

Hopefully we can get enough grounding to work up to text like A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin By John F. Collins and a work on a few translation from St. Augustine’s Confessions 

Quomodo Sedet Sola Civitas

Jeremiah Chapter 39

The Fall of Jerusalem

39 In the ninth year of Zedeki′ah king of Judah, in the tenth month, Nebuchadrez′zar king of Babylon and all his army came against Jerusalem and besieged it; 2 in the eleventh year of Zedeki′ah, in the fourth month, on the ninth day of the month, a breach was made in the city. 3 When Jerusalem was taken,[a] all the princes of the king of Babylon came and sat in the middle gate: Ner′gal-share′zer, Sam′gar-ne′bo, Sar′sechim the Rab′saris, Ner′gal-share′zer the Rabmag, with all the rest of the officers of the king of Babylon. 4 When Zedeki′ah king of Judah and all the soldiers saw them, they fled, going out of the city at night by way of the king’s garden through the gate between the two walls; and they went toward the Arabah. 5 But the army of the Chalde′ans pursued them, and overtook Zedeki′ah in the plains of Jericho; and when they had taken him, they brought him up to Nebuchadrez′zar king of Babylon, at Riblah, in the land of Hamath; and he passed sentence upon him. 6 The king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedeki′ah at Riblah before his eyes; and the king of Babylon slew all the nobles of Judah. 7 He put out the eyes of Zedeki′ah, and bound him in fetters to take him to Babylon. 8 The Chalde′ans burned the king’s house and the house of the people, and broke down the walls of Jerusalem. 9 Then Nebu′zarad′an, the captain of the guard, carried into exile to Babylon the rest of the people who were left in the city, those who had deserted to him, and the people who remained. 10 Nebu′zarad′an, the captain of the guard, left in the land of Judah some of the poor people who owned nothing, and gave them vineyards and fields at the same time.



We continue to wait with somber hearts for the resurrection on the third day and the glory of God.



Defend us in Battle.


I had a pretty disturbing dream last night; it could stem from a variety of things–maybe a combination. One of my favorite blogs, which is really ecumenical in nature, has been torn apart recently by our differences in faith. I have done my best to heal wounds of both sides and to extend my hand of friendship. A lot of the anger has been generated by traditional views of Catholicism.

Another source could be that I am reading a history of the Crusades written by Thomas Madden. As history is my interest in my profession, it’s certainly strange that reading a book on a topic would have such a profound impact on my dreams. Of course, much of it could also stem from reading Brideshead Revisited and ideas floated around on religion in the book.

In my dream, I just remember carnage and death. The buildings did seem urban and were sort of a clay color that were tumbled over. I walked or ran through an alley of rubble piled up against the buildings until I finally ran into a girl. The girl was tan with dark hair; she was covered dirt and black from the smoke. She screamed, “This is because of Religion…This is because of Religion.” My reply out of fear in my dream was, “God is Good…God is Good.” The girl’s reaction was a long tremendous scream which woke me from the dream. I woke up in sweat, and I felt disturbed by the whole experience. Was my dream trying to convince me against religion?

Notwithstanding, I found comfort with God after the dream. I got my laptop and found this Latin hymn of a prayer my diocese says after every mass has been concluded: St. Michael the Archangel. The chant comforted my spirits and was able to get some sleep again.