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“This blog is like a fusion of the Baroque ‘salon’ with its well-tuned harpsichord around which polite society gathered for entertainment and edification and, on the other hand, a Wild West “saloon” with its out-of-tune piano and swinging doors, where everyone has a gun and something to say. Nevertheless, we try to point our discussions back to what it is to be Catholic in this increasingly difficult age, to love God, and how to get to heaven.” – Fr. Z
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"We as Catholics have not properly combated (the culture) because we have not been taught our Catholic Faith, especially in the depth needed to address these grave evils of our time. This is a failure of catechesis both of children and young people that has been going on for fifty years. It is being addressed, but it needs much more radical attention... What has also contributed greatly to the situation is an exaltation of the virtue of tolerance which is falsely seen as the virtue which governs all other virtues. In other words, we should tolerate other people in their immoral actions to the extent that we seem also to accept the moral wrong. Tolerance is a virtue, but it is certainly not the principal virtue; the principal virtue is charity... Charity means speaking the truth. I have encountered it (not speaking the truth) many times myself as a priest and bishop. It is something we simply need to address. There is far too much silence — people do not want to talk about it because the topic is not 'politically correct.' But we cannot be silent any longer."
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- Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda: I think the public recitation of the rosary or one or more of the Hours by the interested laity would be a much better option than a Communion service.
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- yatzer: The music, Heaven-cen tered architectu re, and the reverence of the priest at my parish got me going back to Mass. I had dropped out mostly in sync with the banality of everything and...
- Athelstan: St. Alphonsus is the only church in Baltimore that offers the traditiona l Latin Mass, [WHAT?!? That’s a crime!] Not only that, but it’s one of only two regular TLM’ s in the...
- Ipsitilla: Shouldn’t the title read, “TLM groups are growing in both kind and number,” Fr. Z?
- jameeka: Thank you, Father Z. Stellar!
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- beelady: I think FatherR 17;s point is to be inviting, not to give the best choir concert possible. I’m not sure what is meant by getting a great response to the choir “pul ling out...
- Mightnotbeachristiantou: I am in Heidelberg , Germany. There are at least 3 different churches having Rorate Mass during the season.
- Orlando: Saturday December 16 6:00 AM Rorate Candleligh t High Mass – St. Michael in Gastonia, NC 6:30 AM Rorate Candleligh t High Mass – St. Ann, Charlotte , NC
- Sword40: In response to those who lament having limited access to the TLM; fear not my friends. We too have struggled for many years (well prior to 7/7/07). Seattle invited the FSSP into the...
- e.e.: I haven̵ 7;t read the book. The hunt for the anonymous author only makes me more likely to read it, however.
- JTH: “Be inviting. is great advice. I recently started attending a different parish that has the TLM. I find the Mass more sacred and efficaciou s. The people who attend this Mass, howev...
- jaykay: I’ve been singing in church choirs for a long time now, and when we pull out the stops for the High Holy Days, when the church is actually full (as it always was in my youth –...
- jaykay: “I think I chose well.̶ 1; You did indeed, Faddah. Looked at from a distance, the proportion s of your frames are right, they support the beautiful cards without drawing attent...
- Imrahil: Dear Sam Schmitt, I believe that is referring to what otherwise were known as “sim ple votive MassesR 21;, “gen eral votive MassesR 21; or so or, in the latest rubrics...
- jameeka: “wov en of silence 221;… ; I like that phrase.
- iPadre: We had our first Rorate Mass last Saturday. There were 60 people in attendance , and most told me they were moved deeply. This will be repeated! I wasn’ ;t able to get pics, but I have...
- APX: [Frankly, I think that marriage banns should be reinstated .] They seem to be alive and well in the Anglican Use Ordinariat e. I’ve heard them read out loud by the priest right before...
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- Deacon Nicholas: Nice photo of an Orthodox baptism. Immersion is the ancient practice.
- Adaquano: There are many churches in Baltimore that would be wonderful for a TLM Holy Rosary – the city’ ;s Polish parish is beautiful and still has an altar rail St. Casimir –...
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- William: Regina Caeli Parish reginacael iparish.or g 8121 Breen Rd. Houston, TX 77064 6:30 AM 12-16-17
- Antiquorum: Great news! We only have one TLM by a diocesan priest sadly, and it’s in an area where you probably wouldnR 17;t want to be around at night. We have a “ret ired” ;...
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- ADVENTCAzT 2017 14: “Assumpta Maria” by Francis Thompson
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- ADVENTCAzT 2017 13: From this mystery, sacred song is born
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- ADVENTCAzT 2017 10: “[Justification – restitution – (vocation)]”
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"Where priest and people together face the same way, what we have is a cosmic orientation and also in interpretation of the Eucharist in terms of resurrection and trinitarian theology. Hence it is also an interpretation in terms of parousia, a theology of hope, in which every Mass is an approach to the return of Christ."
Joseph Ratzinger - The Feast of Faith"In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. ... If all Catholics are obliged to oppose the legal recognition of homosexual unions, Catholic politicians are obliged to do so in a particular way, in keeping with their responsibility as politicians." CDF 2003
One of the most dangerous errors is that civilization is automatically bound to increase and spread. The lesson of history is the opposite; civilization is a rarity, attained with difficulty and easily lost. The normal state of humanity is barbarism, just as the normal surface of the planet is salt water. Land looms large in our imagination and civilization in history books, only because sea and savagery are to us less interesting. — C. S. Lewis
Some words of wisdom…
The more vigorously the primacy was displayed, the more the question came up about the extent and and limits of [papal] authority, which of course, as such, had never been considered. After the Second Vatican Council, the impression arose that the pope really could do anything in liturgical matters, especially if he were acting on the mandate of an ecumenical council. Eventually, the idea of the givenness of the liturgy, the fact that one cannot do with it what one will, faded from the public consciousness of the West. In fact, the First Vatican Council had in no way defined the pope as an absolute monarch. On the contrary, it presented him as the guarantor of obedience to the revealed Word. The pope's authority is bound to the Tradition of faith. … The authority of the pope is not unlimited; it is at the service of Sacred Tradition.
Joseph Ratzinger in The Spirit of the Liturgy
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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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For your consideration…
"One of the most dangerous errors is that civilization is automatically bound to increase and spread. The lesson of history is the opposite; civilization is a rarity, attained with difficulty and easily lost. The normal state of humanity is barbarism, just as the normal surface of the planet is salt water. Land looms large in our imagination and civilization in history books, only because sea and savagery are to us less interesting."
- C.S. Lewis
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“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.”
Francis Card. George
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Charles Pierre Péguy Notre Patrie, 1905"If I ought to write the truth, I am of the mind that I ought to flee all meetings of bishops, because I have never seen any happy or satisfactory outcome to any council, nor one that has deterred evils more than it has occasioned their acceptance and growth."
St. Gregory Nazianzus ep. 131 - AD 382“We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women. If we do not reach that time, then our children and grandchildren will reach it, and they will sell your sons as slaves at the slave market.”
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Monthly Archives: January 2006
These days a horrible war has been declared on boys and young men in common culture, which is riddled with the rot of a degrading type of feminism and, now, effeminacy among men in the form of homosexual traits. Pray to St. John Bosco in this time of need, especially that boys and men who have need of good and wholesome father figures may find them soon. Continue reading
Following tradition, Pope Benedict addressed himself at the beginning of the year to the judges and other canonists of the Roman Rota, the court which deals primarily as the court of appeal for matrimonial nullity cases. This annual allocution is … Continue reading
Ronald J. Rychlak ("Rishlak") has produced another good book in defense of THE TRUTH. You might know him already from his masterly Hitler, the War and the Pope. Now there comes, Righteous Gentiles: How Pius XII And the Catholic Church … Continue reading
You know about the Roman Canon. You know about canons in Rome. Here is an interesting story about the possible burial of Civil War era cannons in a cemetery of Rome, Georgia. It is worth the time to read it.
Rah! Rah! Ski-U-Mah. Rah! Rah! Rah!
March on, March on to Victory.
Loyal Sons of the Varsity.
Fight on, Fight on for Minnesota.
For the glory of the Old Maroon and Gold. Continue reading
Happy New Year 2006!
I had a wonderful experience today. I went with a friend, an ancient Chinese priest, a canon of St. Peter’s Basilica, who has been in Rome for many years, since before the whole sad … Continue reading
O God, who made blessed Thomas
outstanding in zeal for holiness and diligent in application to doctrine,
grant to us, we beg You,
both to fix our eyes by our intellect carefully on the things which he taught,
and also to fulfill by our imitation the things which he accomplished in action. Continue reading
Things are really looking up in Michigan, aren’t they. Think about it. First, they were blessed to receive His Excellency Robert Carlson as Bishop of Saginaw. Bishop Carlson is a real straight shooter and sound fellow all … Continue reading
To my astonishment, in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes I could no find a single child… not a single child… who could tell me even the name of ONE of the sacraments, much less what a sacrament is or, imagine, what a sacramental is. So, I spent a little time in each class explaining what a sacrament is. I figured that if the kids were going to HOLY COMMUNION at school Masses, they might as well know that “that piece of bread thing”* was a sacrament. Continue reading
One of the things that keeps me a) in touch with the USA and b) sane is listening to streams of various radio and TV shows in my native land. One I particularly like is William Bennett’s Morning in … Continue reading
Most Rev. Alexander K Sample
Bishop of Marquette
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In all the flurry of activity in the wake of the new encyclical of Pope Benedict, let us not forget to pray for the (now) youngest bishop in the USA, … Continue reading
“The Christian’s programme Ã¢â‚¬â€the programme of the Good Samaritan, the programme of JesusÃ¢â‚¬â€is Ã¢â‚¬Å“a heart which seesÃ¢â‚¬Â Continue reading
Consider: we can study about God and our faith. But really the object of study is a living Person, not a set of abstractions. We need the sort of knowledge of God that draws us into Him. This is a Ã¢â‚¬Å“knowledgeÃ¢â‚¬Â which reaches into us, seizes us, pulls us into itself and transforms us. To experience GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s love is to have certain knowledge, more certain than any knowledge which can be arrived at by means of merely rational examination (but not in opposition to it). Continue reading
Knowledge and love are interconnected. The more you get to know a person, the more reason you have to love him (rememberÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ love seeks the other personÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good in charity even if a person is unlikable). Reciprocally, the more you love someone or (in the generic sense of love) something, the more you want to know about him and spend time getting to know him. For example, Billy is fascinated by bugs. From this Ã¢â‚¬Å“loveÃ¢â‚¬Â for bugs Billy wants to know everything there is to know about them. He works hard to learn and thus launches a brilliant career in entomology. Given Our CreatorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s priority in all things, how much more ought we seek to know and love God first and foremost of all and then, in proper order, know and love GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s images, our neighbors? He is far more important that the bugs He created. Even spouses must love God more than they love each other. Only then can they love each other properly according to GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s plan. Continue reading
By our baptism we are made capable of receiving the benefits of the Ã¢â‚¬Å“gift of our redemptionÃ¢â‚¬Â. By the spiritual (and physical) nourishment offered us in the Eucharist, we simultaneously progress toward our ultimate goal of heaven and we are strengthened for our work here. Chronologically heaven comes later. At the same time, if we desire to be spiritually healthy and later attain that heaven, we must adhere closely to the here and now. Nevertheless, our goal of heaven must always have a logical priority over what we are doing here. The Ã¢â‚¬Å“nowÃ¢â‚¬Â is important because the Ã¢â‚¬Å“laterÃ¢â‚¬Â is more important. We cannot let the present, or the world, blind us to the priority that lies in the future bliss of heaven and the spiritual realm. Our liturgy (music, art, vestments, architecture, gestures, etc.), being a foretaste of the heavenly banquet must give priority to the spiritual and not the worldly, while at the same time it embraces and transforms the world. The Eucharist is the food which changes us into what It is, rather than the other way around. Continue reading