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Friday, November 19, 2004

Letter to the Archbishop

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Sacred Heart Parish Bulletin - November 21, 2004

"There was a piece that disturbed us greatly. It was the part that you prayed that the Lord would take you in the midst of all these troubles so burdensome were they to you."

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The Archdiocese of Malines/ Brussels have presided over the closure of many Churches but they did manage to open a chapel in a shopping centre. Not the ideal place to encourage undistracted devotion to Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Gillibrand
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How they rendered desolate an altar of God at the previous year's flower show. The sort of music that is played in health clubs was being played over the loudspeaker system of the Basilica. The Blessed Sacrament was exposed in a chapel behind one of the long curtains, but could still be seen from the exhibition space.
Gillibrand
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Where once were altars for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, all that remains.
Gillibrand
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What is this type of statue doing in a Catholic Church?
Gillibrand
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My house shall be a house of prayer but the Belgian National Basilica to the Sacred Heart becomes a flower festival.
Gillibrand

Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Brussels

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For those that read French a long and sad history of one of the most beautiful Churches in Brussels. However, seems that the Church may be reopening. More news soon and maybe some pictures.

George Orwell 1946

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Here is a well-known verse from Ecclesiastes:
I returned and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

Here it is in modern English:
Objective considerations of contemporary phenomena compel the conclusion that success or failure in competitive activities exhibits no tendency to be commensurate with innate capacity, but that a considerable element of the unpredictable must invariably be taken into account.

From Politics and the English Language

Diocese of Trenton

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The closure of Churches becomes "a prophetic moment". Only if your language is Newspeak.