Saint Hugh – April 29

Saint Hugh was a prince related to the sovereign house of the dukes of Burgundy and received his education under the tutelage of his pious mother and by the solicitude of Hugh, Bishop of Auxerre, his great- uncle. From his infancy he was given to prayer and meditation, and his life was remarkably innocent and holy.

One day, hearing an account of the wonderful sanctity of the monks of Cluny under Saint Odilo, he was so moved that he set out at that moment, and going there humbly begged the monastic habit. After a rigid novitiate, he made his profession in 1039, at the age of sixteen years. His extraordinary virtue, especially his admirable humility, obedience, charity, sweetness, prudence, and zeal, gained him the respect of the entire community.

At the death of Saint Odilo in 1049, though Saint Hugh was only twenty- five years old, he succeeded to the government of that great abbey, which he continued for sixty-two years. During those years, the role of Cluny was immense. From it came two very illustrious Popes, Urban II and Pascal II, both disciples of Saint Hugh. The king of Castille, Alphonsus VI, owed his deliverance from an imprisonment to the prayers and intervention of Saint Hugh. A count of Macon entered the monastery with thirty knights and a great many servants, while the countess, his wife, retired to a convent founded by Saint Hugh. Donations of large terrains were made to this Abbey, permitting innumerable foundations. Urban II gave Saint Hugh the right to wear pontifical ornaments for the solemn feast days.

Saint Hugh of Cluny died on the twenty-ninth of April, in 1109, at the age of eighty-five years. He was canonized twelve years after his death by Pope Calixtus II.

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Traditional Latin Mass Finder – updates

I am going to try to re-awaken this website, and get a lot more activity on it.

The below updates were also put within the news page of the Traditional Latin Mass Finder app. Please note that some of my family members may also start helping me out with this website as well! So you may see some posts from Crysta and little Martin (his signature is Martin Walker IV)

April 7, 2019 – A note on updates

Note on updates: We at Average Catholic ran way behind on updates, mainly due to life getting busy, raising 10 children, homeschool, full-time job, etc.

We have had thousands of downloads recently, which is great news, but with that came over 100 updates pending. We are now working our way through.

Also, I will usually not be replying directly to update emails. Instead, a big thanks to my daughter Crysta and son Martin on helping out! You should start seeing replies from them, and over the past couple of weeks they have begun to make a dent into our pending updates list! So if you have not received a reply as yet, please be patient.

April 7, 2019 – Facebook Page no longer available

I have removed the Facebook page for the Traditional Latin Mass Finder. I intend to start updating the Average Catholic blog more often instead, the link of which can be found in the Links section below.

April 7, 2019 – Updated email address

I have a new email address, . Proton Mail is well known as a secure email solution. For the foreseeable future, will remain live, so if you send email there I will still get it! I am in the process of updating the iPhone application now to reflect the new email, and the Android version will be updated going forward as well.

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Updates from Average Catholic – Blog, TLM Finder, general thoughts

This blog has not been real active lately. This is mainly due to a lack of time on my part.

I am hoping to make this blog more active again. I am doing a lot to try to free up additional time. One thing to that affect is deleting social media accounts – FaceBook, Instagram, etc. Those, to me at least, are time wasters, and create a lot of unnecessary “noise” in my life. I am also not real fond of the social media companies themselves. And I have ways to keep in touch with the people I care about on these platforms.

Another thing to do to free up time is trying to control email better. Somehow I seem to have collected a number of email accounts over the years. I am cleaning those up, redirecting my email to just one account, and slowly deleting the others. I am also not real fond of how two of the main email providers (yahoo and gmail) scan your emails, in order to provide you ads. I understand they need to make money, but emails should be private, to the greatest extent possible. (protonmail is a good, private provider).

Traditional Latin Mass Finder – I am behind on updates again, but those are on my radar. Hopefully this coming weekend I should be able to catch up some. I am looking to, in the future, create a web app to replace the Android and iOS apps, probably using Python. That is still in the works though. Using a web app would make the TLM Finder fully cross plaform, not just usable from phones, but from all desktops as well. I am also interested in the Librem 5 phone (coming out soon), which runs neither iOS or Android, but a version of GNU/Linux called PureOS.

I hope to finish that in the next few months.

Plans for this blog – I originally saw this blog as a way to just share my thoughts on the Catholic faith, and the news in the Catholic world (there is a lot of it). I hope to re-orient the blog in that direction. Also, as a computer programmer, I am very into technology, and I hope to share a lot more information on that as well.

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Saint Narcissus (October 30)

Saint Narcissus from his youth applied himself with great care to the study of both religious and human disciplines. He entered into the ecclesiastical state, and in him all the sacerdotal virtues were seen in their perfection; he was called the holy priest. He was surrounded by universal esteem, but was consecrated Bishop of Jerusalem only in about the year 180, when he was already an octogenarian. He governed his church with a vigor which was like that of a young man, and his austere and penitent life was totally dedicated to the welfare of the church.

In the year 195, with Theophilus of Cesarea he presided at a council concerning the celebration date of Easter; it was decided then that this great feast would always be celebrated on a Sunday, and not on the day of the ancient Passover. 

God attested his merits by many miracles, which were long held in memory by the Christians of Jerusalem. One Holy Saturday the faithful were distressed, because no oil could be found for the church lamps to be used in the Pascal vigil. Saint Narcissus bade them draw water from a neighboring well and after he blessed it, told them to put it in the lamps. It was changed into oil, and long afterwards some of this oil was still preserved at Jerusalem in memory of the miracle.

The virtue of the Saint did not fail to make enemies for him, and three wretched men charged him with an atrocious crime. They confirmed their testimony by horrible imprecations. The first one prayed that he might perish by fire, the second the he might be wasted by leprosy, the third that he might be struck blind, if the accusations they made against their bishop were false. The holy bishop had long desired a life of solitude, and at this time he decided it was best to withdraw to the desert and leave the Church in peace. But God intervened on behalf of His servant, when all three of the bishop’s accusers suffered the penalties they had invoked. Narcissus could then no longer resist the petitions of his people; he returned to Jerusalem and resumed his office. He died in extreme old age, bishop to the last.

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Updates going slow for TLM Finder

Updates to the Traditional Latin Mass Finder database are behind right now.  I hope to catch up quite a bit over the next week.  I want to thank everyone who provides updates!  With over a thousand churches listed in the app (and I will be adding more), there will always be some information that is out of date.  One of my primary sources of information are those who email me when the schedule changes for their church :). I do try to go to church websites (and websites for Latin Mass associations – any sources I can find), but there are a ton out there to track!

I am also trying to keep up with the Mass readings in the ‘news’ section of the app, and here on Average Catholic.

However I may miss some of the Mass readings, as I am doing some traveling, and that may keep up for the next month or so.  There may be news related to that in the near future.  All good things, but it keeps me busy.

Again, I very much appreciate the updates everyone sends in!  I apologize for when the changes are slow.  But hopefully the activity dies down going forward, and I will be able to put more time into maintaining the data for the app.

God bless,

Average Catholic

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Michael Matt of Remnant Newspaper Interviews Father Linus Clovis

There is a lot of information here on Father Clovis, his work in the pro-life movement, the Tridentine Mass, his views on Amoris Laetitia, his vocation as a priest, and more.

It is a fascinating interview!

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Liturgy: Sunday after the Ascension – Awaiting the Descent of the Holy Ghost – District of the USA

Liturgy: Sunday after the Ascension – Awaiting the Descent of the Holy Ghost – District of the USA
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