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The Liturgy of the Hours, the Mass, and other things.

Archive for June, 2009

The AvantGo web service is closing

Posted by universalis on 12 June 2009

An announcement on AvantGo’s web site says that they are closing their mobile web service at the end of June 2009.

Here is our page about the available options.

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Daytime hours coming soon

Posted by universalis on 10 June 2009

The “Little Hours” will appear in Universalis soon: Terce for mid-morning, Sext at midday, and None in the middle of the afternoon.

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“Though some hesitated”

Posted by universalis on 8 June 2009

Yesterday’s Gospel was from Matthew 28:16-20, and it has this sentence:

When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated.

I’m sure one could draw out some terribly pious moral from this, but I’m not interested in that. For me, that sentence is fun because it shines a little light into the very human process of writing a gospel. Anyone who has ever written a family memoir will know the problem well.

We can’t say everyone behaved perfectly on that occasion, because it would be untrue: X. didn’t. We can’t say everyone behaved perfectly except X, because it would be unkind: poor X. just had a wobbly moment.

And so a passion for truth and a passion for charity collide, and the result is the true but tactful phrase: “though some hesitated”.

For me, little things like this are the strongest argument for the authenticity of the Gospels.

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