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AD TE LEVAVI 

Get to the point, father . . . 

Indeed, why this weblog? It must be said at the outset, that I’m still somewhat against the idea. The world does not need another blog. It may need many things, but not another blog. However, someone who I love has prevailed upon me to undertake the work. So we do our little best.

Until now, I had been sending homilies, talks, and essays via e-mail to a small group of people who had requested them. As was suggested to me, however, this format will prove easier to use for everyone concerned. I will not post daily: Ad Te Levavi is simply a place to collect and make easily available anything that I write during the regular course of my duties of preaching and teaching. Here is no platform for social commentary, prelate watching, or polemics—all of which things seem to crowd the Catholic digital world already.

A word about the name. Ad Te Levavi. 'To You have I lifted up.' (Or, as Msgr Knox translates, 'All my heart goes out to Thee!') The phrase occurs in any number of places throughout the Psalter. Ad te levavi are the first three words that open the liturgical year—that is, the first words of the introit for the First Sunday of Advent; and therefore, the first words of the proper texts of the Roman Missal. Thus, the phrase Ad te levavi is a kind of motto of the Catholic life. When a priest takes to the pulpit or teaches in any other setting, he has in view not only the formation of the mind, but an elevation of the entire person to God. Knowledge turns to love, and love becomes adoration. Everything collected on this blog has this ultimate aim: to help the Catholic make of his life an offering to God.

To that end, if anything here should be found incompatible with the perennial doctrine of the Holy Catholic Church, it is to be considered automatically rescinded and repudiated. Beyond that, I’m grateful for the reader’s indulgence with my lesser mistakes. The blog is a work in progress; and the texts have not undergone the very thorough editing that would be required for professional publication.

Lastly, I declare that this work is dedicated to the Mother of God. It is her property. May her Immaculate Heart triumph, and, in so doing, usher in the sweet reign of Christ the King.

God love you.                                              
                                                                                                   {Great Week, AD 2020}


   


Ad Rem, Pater . . .