Author Archive: Sean Connolly

Sean is a teacher of Church History and Music at the high school level and parish music director. He keeps his domestic church in ordered disarray with an equally beleaguered and altogether lovely lady.

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Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

[ 3 ] January 17, AD 2014 |

There are way more things to know in this Universe than you have the brain cells to record, and any one field of human study has probably by this point generated more data than a human mind, with a lifetime of study, could internalize. We should feel small standing up against the ocean of numbers, […]

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Why I Don’t See the New Evangelization Coming to Much Anytime Soon

Why I Don’t See the New Evangelization Coming to Much Anytime Soon

[ 7 ] December 25, AD 2013 |

Flecte quod est rigidum. I write inspirational quotes on the dry-erase board in the servers’ sacristy at my parish in illuminated calligraphy whenever I have occasion to go in there. For the Feast of the Nativity, I wrote,“Venite, adoremus.” I am told that a lector, noticing that I had done this, objected to this text […]

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His Burthen is Light

His Burthen is Light

[ 0 ] October 22, AD 2013 |

My training is in Classics. That kind of nearly obsessive focus on grammar bears some peculiar fruit in my day to day life. For one, I find it immensely difficult to sit down with a book and read it. Every sentence, no matter how prosaic, fascinates me. Without meaning to, I find myself immediately engrossed […]

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Rubricism, Juridicalism, and the Slavery of Preconciliar Catholicism

Rubricism, Juridicalism, and the Slavery of Preconciliar Catholicism

[ 17 ] September 24, AD 2013 |

I have been nerding out since I discovered that archive.org has digitized the 1912 edition of the Decreta Authentica Sacræ Congregationis Rituum, which contains all 4,284 decrees the dicastery had issued since its establishment by Pope Sixtus V in 1588 up to that time, answering countless practical questions about the proper celebration of Mass, the Sacraments, […]

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The Post about Pride

The Post about Pride

[ 2 ] August 27, AD 2013 |

Have you ever thought about yourself like you think about others? People can be idiots, prigs, jerks, crazies. People can just get on your nerves, be irresponsible, render service that is completely unacceptable, be shameful excuses for human beings. We, on the other hand, aren’t poor excuses for human beings. We have excuses. We are […]

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An Easy Essay

An Easy Essay

[ 1 ] August 8, AD 2013 |

Peter Maurin believed in teaching ancient principles to the man on the street in the language of the man on the street. Peter Maurin believed that the man on the street could understand and believe in ancient principles if someone took the time to explain it to him in his own language. Peter Maurin believed […]

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Regret

Regret

[ 2 ] August 7, AD 2013 |

“Live as though dying daily.” -St. Antony of Egypt, as recorded by St. Athanasius We have almost no viable perspective from which to evaluate our past actions or decisions. We are, after all, products of those choices, and the perspective from which and the values against which we would measure the things we have done […]

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The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary

[ 33 ] July 14, AD 2013 |

Eastern Christians often refer to the area behind the iconostasis as the “Holy Place.” We Latins prefer to call it the Sanctuary. Our separated brethren in the Protestant sects typically refer to the entire meeting-house in this way, the place of prominence typically being the pulpit, or indeed the quire. When I did my tour […]

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On the Darkness

On the Darkness

[ 0 ] April 28, AD 2013 |

My favourite kind of art explores the darkness. I don’t mean the sensational darkness of psychological trouble, of psychopaths and murders and crime. Nor do I mean the dark depths of addiction and vice and moral evil. That’s pop stuff. We project it away from ourselves, and our experience in our minds becomes all light. […]

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