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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward an STL in sacred liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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David
published 19 January 2012 by Fr. David Friel

My favorite Bible story growing up was definitely David & Goliath. It’s got war, armor, bravado, decapitation, a giant, an underdog, and a slingshot, to boot. It’s simply irresistible.

This popular Scriptural tale is more than all that, though. It’s not just the story of the little guy who gets one up on the big guy. It wasn’t just a singular event that happened once upon a time. Regular people in every time and place have relived the same exact event and slain their own Goliaths.

Many people have done battle with the Goliath of an addiction. Some have prevailed against the Goliath of losing a parent or spouse or child. Still others have overcome the Goliath of pride. I’m even told that parenting a teenager can be like sparring with Goliath.

David’s reckless overestimation of his abilities notwithstanding, he spoke an eternal truth when he addressed his gigantic adversary. After being cursed by the overgrown Philistine (1 Sam 17:43), the young Israelite declared: “The battle is the LORD’s, and He shall deliver you into our hands” (1 Sam 17:47).

Precisely. The battle against Goliath—in every time and place—is the Lord’s. And nothing will be impossible for Him (Luke 1:37).