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A Fond Farewell
2014 December 18 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

Changes in my personal life have made it necessary for me to curtail my blogging activity, and so this blog will be my last—at least for a time.

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The Importance of Singing Carols
2014 December 11 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

Let us make a point of singing good carols as much as we can throughout the whole Christmas season, rather than imitating a world that stops celebrating on December 26th.

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Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis
2014 December 04 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

A new book for those who are struggling to understand what has happened to the noble liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church and how we might find our way out of this crisis.

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Advent Meditation
2014 November 27 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

As we turn the corner to Advent, we might draw some inspiration from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

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Why Are the Readings Not Sung at Mass?
2014 November 20 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

The ancient and beautiful practice of chanting readings at Mass has largely disappeared in the Ordinary Form. What happened?

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Difference between the Two Priesthoods
2014 November 13 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

What exactly is the difference between the universal priesthood of the baptized and the ministerial priesthood of the ordained?

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How Liberalism Undermines Itself
2014 November 06 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

Freedom for all sounds nice in theory, but how does it work in practice?

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Music Never Lies
2014 October 30 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

Every piece of music, great or small, contains an indefinable message of the soul, penetrating, communicative, formative.

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The Use and Abuse of the "Via Media"
2014 October 23 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

Everyone likes to think themselves at the golden mean between two extremes. The problem is, this often becomes a substitute for real thinking, and prevents us from striving for the best.

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In Defense of the Organ Postlude
2014 October 16 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

Is the organ postlude after Mass a loud distraction that stands in the way of making one’s thanksgiving? Or is it a wholly fitting conclusion to an act of public divine worship?

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Death and Rebirth of Monastic Life
2014 October 09 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

The death of the monastic life after the Second Vatican Council was the most devastating blow the Church received, and renewal will come from its rebirth.

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Lumen Gentium on Summorum Pontificum
2014 October 02 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

'Lumen Gentium’ was given to us fifty years ago, but its provisions still apply—and they are relevant to the availability of the Extraordinary Form.

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Confusions about Inculturation
2014 September 25 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

A false notion of inculturation has allowed for a vast profanation and paganization of Catholic life and worship.

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Have We Lost Our Sensitivity to Music?
2014 September 18 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

Educated people in the 19th century feared the influence of opera on moral character. We seem to have lost any sense of music’s power to corrupt us.

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Breaking News: The Communion Hymn is an Optional Add-On
2014 September 11 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

Reading the General Instruction of the Roman Missal can bring many surprises. One of them has to do with the ubiquitous communion hymn.

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Mass Among the Poor
2014 September 04 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

Does it seem strange that religious orders dedicated to serving the poor would also be rediscovering the traditional Latin Mass?

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The Awesomeness of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
2014 August 28 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

A Benedictine monk helps us appreciate the tremendous miracle of the Mass, which is the central point of all earthly reality.

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Why the Mass is the Key to the New Evangelization
2014 August 21 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

We hear a lot these days about the New Evangelization, but not so much about the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. And yet the Mass is at the very heart of our mission.

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Important Resources for Liturgical Reform (7 of 7)
2014 August 14 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

“Who could have anticipated such a Renaissance of music-making in the desert of postmodernity? Yet this was but the first wave, and now we are enjoying a second…”

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St. Thomas on the “Asperges” (Sprinkling Rite)
2014 August 07 by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

St. Thomas did not comment specifically on the custom of sprinkling the people with holy water prior to the principal Sunday Mass; but he did explain exactly why it’s a good idea to do such a thing.

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