LENTCAzT 43: Spy Wednesday

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Today is Spy Wednesday of Holy Week.

Examine your consciences.

Have you made your good confession?

Today we hear something from the wonderful  CD of music for Lent by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles.


These daily podcasts for Lent are intended to give you a small boost every day,

This project during Lent has been a token of thanks to my donors.

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Dogs. Cats. Different?

This was amusing.  I really need amusing today.

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ACTION ITEM! Help a US Army Chaplain and his troops! UPDATED

One of the most important things that troops on the ground need are good stockings.

Socks. Soldiers. Think about it.

A priest of the Diocese of Madison, Fr. Jason Hesseling, is an Army Chaplain on active duty in Afghanistan (1st BN 3rd SFG (A)). There are 500 soldiers in that unit.

Fr. Hesseling, in conjunction with Fox River, created a site through which YOU, dear readers, can buy socks for the troops!

They need lots o’ socks, friends.  They need hundreds.

Why Fox River socks?

Fr. H wrote to me:

I’m very grateful for any publicity you can offer to us, and any support you can throw our way. The guys love these socks, they usually buy them on their own if I can’t supply them since they are rugged, they are battle proven, and they don’t melt or cause further injury when exposed to fire/explosions. Any soldier will tell you that maintaining your feet is almost as important as maintaining your weapon downrange. These socks help in that effort.

Thanks again for all the prayers and support. Blessings in all things…

To view The Soliders’ Wishlist and to order socks go HERE.

There are quite a few units. To find Fr. Hesseling’s unit scroll down or, fast, do a CTR+F search with #100764  [HINT: highlight #100764 hit CTL+C, then go to site, then CTR+F, and then paste with CTL+V into the search box]

Please pitch in?  It is a simple thing to do, but they will be grateful.  I know that when people send me a donation or something from my wishlist, it is a dose of encouragement.  It really picks me up.   There is no question that you could do the same for them, in much harder circumstances than I have.


Fr. Z's usual travel gear with Fox River socks!

If 1 in 10 readers here would help, think of what an impact we could make?

Also, I have had Fox River socks on my wishlist.  KA sent me few pair a couple years ago.  They are GREAT in boots while walking and they really hold up.

Again, click HERE and CTL+F search #100764

And once they get all their socks, who says you can’t buy more for other units?

Finally: to buy Fox River socks for yourselves, click HERE.  They are great.

A shot of the order form which allows FREE SHIPPING.

PS: It might take a little while for your order to appear as registered on that site. Patience.


WOW!  Great response so far.  I counted 122 pairs so far!  6% fulfillment.

UPDATE 16 April 03:35 GMT:

Look at what you have done!

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Registered or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read?

Continued from THESE.

I get many requests by email asking for prayers. Many requests are heart-achingly grave and urgent.

As long as my blog reaches so many readers in so many places, let’s give each other a hand. We should support each other in works of mercy.

If you have some prayer requests, feel free to post them below. You have to be registered here to be able to post.

Finally, I still have a pressing personal petition. Actually… two.

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1947: Jackie Robinson

From History.com:

Jackie Robinson breaks color barrier

On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson, age 28, becomes the first African-American player in Major League Baseball when he steps onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson broke the color barrier in a sport that had been segregated for more than 50 years. Exactly 50 years later, on April 15, 1997, Robinson’s groundbreaking career was honored and his uniform number, 42, was retired from Major League Baseball by Commissioner Bud Selig in a ceremony attended by over 50,000 fans at New York City’s Shea Stadium. Robinson’s was the first-ever number retired by all teams in the league.


Read the rest there.

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Happy 87th Birthday, Benedict XVI!

Please, during the day today, say prayers for His Holiness Benedict XVI, who turns 87 today.

Thank you, Your Holiness, for all that you did for us and Christ’s Church.

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LENTCAzT 42: Tuesday in Holy Week – Making Jesus sad.

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Today is Tuesday of Holy Week.

Examine your consciences.

Have you made your good confession?

Today we hear something from the wonderful  CD of music for Lent by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles.


These daily podcasts for Lent are intended to give you a small boost every day,

This project during Lent has been a token of thanks to my donors.

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“Knock the cover off the ball!”

I was alerted to this by a Chicagoan friend, a long-suffering Cubs fan   It shows how statistics don’t tell the whole story. From NRO:

Not only did Garcia’s teammate, Jose Abreu, slug two home runs against the Indians on Thursday evening, reports Lindsey Foltin of Fox Sports Ohio, he managed to tear open a brand-new ball with another swing.
Abreu’s 439-foot bomb in the second inning of that game came off Danny Salazar. Gammons Daily’s Bill Chuck noted that the 24-year-old fireballer had a most peculiar outing:
Salazar faced just 18 batters [over three and two-thirds innings,] allowing six hits, including two homers and a double, and walked two and permitted five runs.

Now here’s the amazing part . . .

He struck out every other batter he faced.

Check out his BABIP yesterday — the White Sox were perfect [1.000].

In the meantime, we should always strive to knock the cover off the ball.

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ASK FATHER: Kids told to confess one sin only.

From a reader…


At a local youth rally, the kids were told to confess one of their sin in the confessional. There were multiple priests present along with the bishop.

Are their sins forgiven?

First, if that recounting is accurate, telling people to confession only one sin is WRONG WRONG WRONG!

The bishop present ought to have immediately gone to the microphone to correct that.

I can’t say for sure what God did in regard to what these kids confessed.   God gave the Church the ordinary means for the forgiveness of our sins, provided we do what the Church requires.  Outside of doing what the Church requires… we get into swampy terrain.

Every sacrament has both form and matter.  The form of the Sacrament of Penance is the absolution spoken by a priest with faculties from the Church to absolve.  The matter is the telling of sins, all mortal sins, to the best of one’s ability.

If a person deliberately hides known mortal sins during confession, then she is not forgiven.

This situation, however, is complicated by the fact that the kids were told to confess only one sin.

It is entirely possible that these young people have never been properly trained or catechized.  Thus, they might do in good faith what they were told, not knowing that it was wrong.  What God does with that… I don’t know.

The way to deal with long lines is not to compromise the sacrament!   To keep things moving teach people what to confess and how to confess!

So, I don’t know for sure if they were absolved of their sins or not.  I suspect not, not in any regular way.  I can’t speculate much about what God might grant to them.

The Sacrament of Penance must not be compromised in this way.  Priests should never leave people wondering whether or not their sins were absolved.  That is why they must teach people to confess all mortal sins both in kind and in number, to confess everything, and to exclude nothing of mortal sins.  Then priests must must must use the proper form of absolution as the Church has given it, not making it up, not personalizing it, not elaborating on it.

Just say the black words and do what the red letters say.

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ASK FATHER: Communion for person just spotted drinking (probably) coffee

From a reader…


I’m an EMHC [Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion] in our Parish. At yesterday’s Mass, I was sitting a pew or two behind a woman who was chugging what I can only assume was a coffee beverage throughout Mass (it was in the cup-size that rhymes with “plenty” from a major coffee chain). She later presented herself to me for communion. As an EMHC, do I have the authority (or responsibility) to charitably refuse to administer communion, since I had reason to believe that she violated the fast? Should I, or should I leave it between her and God?

If I should refuse to offer communion to her and I fail to do so, am I in a state of sin, which should be confessed?

I had pondered this during Mass, and in this situation, I DID administer communion to her because I realized I DIDN’T know the answers to these questions (or even if it was just water in the cup) and, in any case, I DIDN’T know how to charitably do this.  [Water doesn't break the Eucharistic fast.]

I’m asking you, rather than my Parish priest, because based on his previous track record on other, more serious issues, I don’t trust his judgement in this.

First, those occasions wherein EMHC’s are utilized to distribute Holy Communion ought to be rare.

EMHCs should not take upon themselves any determination of whether or not to admit someone to Holy Communion, unless the priest has instructed them to do so, and unless the situation is obvious, e.g., the person is chewing gum, wearing a rainbow sash during a protests, etc.

Ideally the pastor (parish priest) should regularly remind the flock of the necessity of observing the (paltry) 1-hour Communion fast.  He should take pains to know his flock so that he can take people aside and remonstrate with them as needed (and also praise them for their fidelity and piety – a good shepherd does both).

In such a situation, you should probably give the woman Holy Communion.  Then you should go to Father after Mass and explain the situation, offering the polite suggestion that it might be time to remind people about the fast.  That will also give Father the opportunity to explain the situation to you saying,

“Oh, that was Mindy. She has a rare condition that entails a dangerous lack of caffeine in her blood and commercialism in her psyche, so she has permission to drink the forbidden nectar during Mass…”


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For example, did you know that the drinkers of Mystic Monk Coffee (bought exclusively through Fr Z’s link) have the right to wear the now abolished papal tiara while receiving Holy Communion?  True fact!  Did you know that, when drinking Mystic Monk Coffee, you are granted the privilege of receiving Communion – within a week and under the usual circumstances – on the MOON?  Did you know that Mystic Monk Coffee drinkers using K-Cups are granted an indult to receive Communion in two locations simultaneously when they bilocate?

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