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Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Feast of St. Augustine. There aren't many ways in which the Ordinary Rite is better than the Extraordinary, but one is the way it treats Gus. In the N.O. this feast gets its own readings; plus, one celebrates St. Monica the day before. In the Trid, only the Collect is specific to Gus; the rest of his feastday Mass is taken from In medio, the common Mass for a Doctor of the Church. ("In the midst of the Church the Lord opened his mouth...," Sirach 15; first line of the Introit for that Mass.)

Why the relative dissing of Augustine in the old days? Anything to do with his associations with Luther? With Jansenism? A regrettable side-effect of the marvellously pugnacious Thomism of that era?