The Stabat Mater Dolorosa is considered one of the seven greatest Latin hymns of all time. It is based upon the prophecy of Simeon that a sword was to pierce the heart of His mother, Mary (Luke 2:35). The hymn originated in the 13th century during the peak of Franciscan devotion to the crucified Jesus .
Archives for March 2013
Dr. Matthew Bunson sits down with us at The Catholic Company to share his thoughts and insights on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, its impact on the history of the Church, and other personal reflections. Dr. Matthew Bunson is one of the United States’ leading authorities on the papacy and the Church.
This week, Buenos Aires’ football club was thrust back into the international spotlight when its most noteworthy supporter received a major promotion. On March 13, 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was selected by the College of Cardinals to be the next Pope. He is the first South American to lead the church, the first non-European pope in over 1200 years, and a die-hard football fan.
When the resignation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was announced, we gathered together some of the top Catholic authoris, speakers, and personalities to share their thoughts on the historical nature of this resignation as well as personal reflections about Benedict XVI. Here we feature our interviews with prominent female authors: Kimberly Hahn, Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle, and Amy Welborn.
We have a new pope! Habemus Papem!
Habemus Papam! (“We Have a Pope!”) is the announcement given in Latin by the senior Cardinal Deacon upon the election of a new pope. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, today elected Supreme Pontiff by his brother Cardinals, has taken the name Pope Francis.
There has been much flurry and activity in the Catholic world since February 11 when the Pope Benedict XVI announced is resignation from the Chair of St. Peter. Because of the excitement of this unexpected occurrence, The Catholic Company lined up a series of interviews with popular names and personalities to get their thoughts on the whole process, everything from electing a new pope to personal reflections and stories about Benedict XVI.
Praying Through Lent: The Litany of the Precious Blood
How’s it been going so far? Have you been keeping up your fast? Have you made it to confession yet? Have you been keeping strong with your daily penance and self-denial? If you’re like me, you started of strong and are now down to a fizzle. You may even keep forgetting that it’s still Lent!
While doing some research I came across these great vintage-style photographs of children on the day of their First Holy Communion. They were too great not to share. Here, posted in scrapbook format, are throwbacks to the old days. This is First Communion Old School!
The College of Cardinals are gathering in Rome today (Monday, March 4, 2013) to announce the start date of the conclave which will elect the new Pope, the successor of Pope Benedict XVI.