Eat, fast and have eternal life…?

This coming Thursday (Aug 9th) is the ‘Vigil of St Laurence’ and as such is traditionally a “fast day”, as are most vigils (of apostles, solemnities etc). Regrettably fasting has become something of a neglected practice by most Christians and sadly most contemporary Catholics the practice of whose faith is traditionally closely connected with this…

Carissimi: Today’s Mass; St Donatus of Arezzo, Bishop & Martyr

St Donatus, Bishop & Martyr: Missa “Sacerdótes Dei” Donatus was born in Nicomedia, a city in Asia Minor. He was elected second bishop of the city of Arretium in 346A.D. Being illustrious for sanctity and miracles, as St. Gregory the Great assures us, he was apprehended by Quadratianus, the Augustalis, or imperial prefect of Tuscany, in the…