“How are they down, how have they fallen down Those great strong towers of ice and steel”?
There are times when being a priest has its perks. Today was one of them. I had an early call from the oldest friend of my life who needed a prayer intention covered. I was able to say Mass for his intention.
And because today is 11 September, I added the orations “Pro defensione ab hostibus… for defense against enemies“. I included, as I prayed these orations, enemies within the Church, especially those who are intent on creating in reality a “schism” which was at first born only in their minds.
Hostium nostrorum, quaesumus, Domine, elide superbiam: et eorum contumaciam dexterae tuae