Christmas shopping? Plan ahead. When you shop…... through Amazon, please, come here first? Enter Amazon through my search box. I'll then get a small percentage of everything you buy. (Pssst - Can't see the search box? Turn off your "ad-blocker" for this site!)
A search box for Amazon UK is at the bottom of the blog.
Search Fr. Z’s Blog
- You keep this blog, and me, going. I pray for benefactors.
There is a subscription form at the bottom of this page!
- Fr. John Zuhlsdorf said A priest friend, canonist, apparently tech-challen...
- Tony Phillips said “It might reflect, in fact, the anxiety of s...
- tcreek said Cantor, Church law only requires confession if in...
- Kathleen10 said I’m sorry, Fr. Z. you may consider this tang...
- tcreek said Granting mercy to those who sin is the purview of...
- Cantor said In fairness, why is the remarried divorcee the sin...
- Kathleen10 said Last night we were at a Sacrament of Reconciliatio...
- That Guy said Good Father, I do recognize the difference between...
- yatzer said Listened as usual on this website. Thank you.
- That Guy said Am I missing something here? If. The gentleman had...
- YoungLatinMassGuy said I think that sooner or later, Benedict XVI’s...
- jhartne said The Catholic in this situation really doesn’...
- texsain said A lot of this mentality makes me think of the thir...
- chantgirl said Why is the option of living as brother and sister...
- texsain said Mike: “But the more I explore Catholic thoug...
- anilwang said As I wrote the above I realized something. Emotive...
- Michael_Thoma said The more I see these stories, and the hierarchs ma...
- KaTeKu said Well, God grants us a free will and he absolutely...
- Austin said I was a student in South Africa during the height...
- anilwang said Cardinal Coccopalmerio’s approach is beyond cruel...
- Pat said This Cardinal has been for many years the arch-riv...
- MGL said Father, the article is at The Catholic Thing, not...
- paladin said Texsain wrote: I don’t understand why so many “lib...
- JTH said How long before Cardinal Kaspar and his cohorts de...
- iPadre said Two solutions. For those with no children, separat...
- Traductora said Just a minor note about BXVI and Cuba. Certainly,...
- Mike said Anita Moore OPL says: The whole point of ditching...
- Mike said Pop-up in Chrome under Windows 7; worked fine as u...
- The Masked Chicken said “Did the embargo actually accomplish anythin...
- The Masked Chicken said All that being said, neither pop, folk, nor rock m...
My wish lists
The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD.
- Proverbs 21:31
Support them with prayer and fasting.
"Let God arise! Let His enemies be scattered! Let those who hate him flee before His Holy Face!"
CLICK and say your Daily Offering!
Let us pray…
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.
Yes, Fr. Z is taking ads…... and there will be nearly 1,000,000 page loads this month.
A bit more food for thought…
“Only one sin is nowadays severely punished: the attentive observance of the traditions of our Fathers. For that reason the good ones are thrown out of their places and brought to the desert.”
- Basil of Caesarea - ep. 243
Help Monks in Wyoming, Fr. Z, and get great coffee too!
Food For Thought
“The legalization of the termination of pregnancy is none other than the authorization given to an adult, with the approval of an established law, to take the lives of children yet unborn and thus incapable of defending themselves. It is difficult to imagine a more unjust situation, and it is very difficult to speak of obsession in a matter such as this, where we are dealing with a fundamental imperative of every good conscience — the defense of the right to life of an innocent and defenseless human being.”
- St. John Paul II
PLEASE RESPOND. Pretty pleeeease?Loading ...
WDTPRS POLLLoading ...
A morsel for thought…
"If your work is strong enough for someone to hate you, it's strong enough for someone to love you. The middle is what you should fear."
- Sean McCabe @seanwes
- Past and present Vatican, Church involvement in Cuban affairs – Status quaestionis
- What kind of priest thought it was good to whitewash, trash statues, tear out altars?
- “Would it really be totally impossible to admit her to Communion?”
- ADVENTCAzT 20: “Through the figure of St. Joseph….”
- As Che and Fidel gaze on the scene….
- ASK FATHER: Received into Church after strange Presbyterian baptism
- “lingua latina bene calleant”
- ADVENTCAzT 19: Ember Days
- ASK FATHER: Participate in Nativity play during Mass?
- ASK FATHER: Is attending a Rock Mass sacrilege? A mortal sin?
- ASK FATHER: Can I go to an invalid Mormon wedding?
- Pope: To attract people more easily tone down teachings, relax severity… NOT.
- ASK FATHER: Mass in Classical Latin
- ADVENTCAzT 18: Another step forward in our Christmas preparation
- The ‘libido delendi’ that seized the Church, the desire to obliterate… everything
- Card. Burke’s kindness
- ADVENTCAzT 17: “the yearning for something purer and greater”
- ASK FATHER: TLM for 25th Wedding Anniversary
- “One of the great papist characters in modern fiction”
- ADVENTCAzT 16: Love always includes an inexhaustible willingness to forgive
- ASK FATHER: Mistake about minister of Sacrament of Matrimony and validity
- Succisa virescit: Another parish church reborn after destruction
- Nota bene: Apostolic Visitation of US sisters and CDF scrutiny of LCWR are NOT the same
- My View For Awhile: last trip edition
- ADVENTCAzT 15: Creation holds its breath – “Will she say ‘yes’?”
- Blog problems – UPDATES
- St. Lucy and Advent Ember Week
- CD of beautiful Christmas music – VIDEO
- ADVENTCAzT 14: Mary’s reaction to the angel unfolds in three steps
- ASK FATHER: Will I have my pets again in heaven?
Because you don’t know when you are going to need to move fast or get along without the supermarket…
Be a “Zed-Head”!
New Christmas Music CD from the only Catholic Boys Choir School in these USA!
Identity theft is a serious problem that you do NOT want to have. I use Lifelock.
Wyoming Catholic College!
A great place in Rome…
See my post about the Domus Australia HERE
More food for thought:
“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
Check out the Cardinal Newman Society feed!
I have been giving out these tougher-than-nails, no-nonsense Rosaries:
Fr. Z’s stuff is everywhere
More food for thought…
"All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void."
- Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137, 176
Even More Food For Thought
"Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2. Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, although not the most wise depositary of the public interests."
- Thomas Jefferson to Henry Lee, 1824. ME 16:73
Daily Archives: 12 November 2006
His Eminence Francis Card. Arinze spoke in St. Louis recently and said something (but little) about the timing of the "indult" to free up the older form of Mass.
The cardinal was coy about the timing of the indult, which some … Continue reading
Since I can’t yet get my webcam working here in Rome, I remotely turned on my Z-cam back at the Sabine Farm, with a little Vatican Radio in the background. The sunrise is glorious right now.
It won’t be left on very long.
The CDW document entitled Redemptionis Sacramentum has the following serious paragraph (my emphasis):
[92.] Although each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, at his choice, if any communicant should wish … Continue reading
The always vigilant Rorate posted a fascinating statement issued by the French bishops’ conference at the end of their plenary. Read this and think about it. Is there anything about this that seems a little weird to you? … Continue reading
It’s pretty wet here, today. I think November weather has finally arrived. It has been a good run and maybe it’ll clear up.
54.7 °F / 12.6 °C
Frigus in quo … Continue reading
It is not a surprise to find the word sinceritatis in a Post communion prayer because it instantly calls to mind the Biblical phrase azymis sinceritatis, referring to the unleavened bread of the Jews and the admonition to live a moral life in keeping with oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Christian character. At the time of Holy Communion we partake of what was the unleavened bread of the host, now transformed by the consecration of the priest into the Body and Blood of Christ. Sinceritas, echoing the words of St. Paul to the Corinthians, will now have a powerful moral content for us. In todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s prayer the priest begs God the Father through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the interior quickening of the Real Presence in our souls and bodies pleads on behalf of all present for the grace to avoid immorality and cling to what it beautiful, proper and true (sinceritatis et veritatis) in word and action, both within the anointed walls of the church and without its doors in our daily lives. Continue reading
Some years ago I had an experience which confirmed for me the value of the old-fashioned methods of catechism: long and hard practice, memorization, and repetition. I was called to a hospital to assist in a patientÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s difficult death. I gave the man Last Rites and talked with the family as they struggled with the reality of the end of the earthly life of a loved one. A daughter of the dying man had been estranged from her faith and her family for a long time. She was beyond her lifeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s middle years, which clearly had been pretty rough. She was bitter and cursed life, fate and God for the cruelty of such an end as her father was experiencing. She shouted at me, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why did God make us if this is all there is?Ã¢â‚¬Â I responded asking, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why did God make you?Ã¢â‚¬Â She became very still and stared at me. Then she said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next.Ã¢â‚¬Â I continued, Ã¢â‚¬Å“What must we do to save our souls?Ã¢â‚¬Â On cue she responded with something that she hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t perhaps thought of for decades, Ã¢â‚¬Å“To save our souls, we must worship God by faith, hope, and charity. We must believe in Him, hope in Him, and love Him with all our heart.Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Did your father do that?Ã¢â‚¬Â, I asked. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh, yes…. oh yes.Ã¢â‚¬Â She had obviously been taught very well as a child. One can imagine that she was at times forced to study and to learn, to repeat over and over what at the time seemed boring and pointless. She had been drilled at school by the Sisters, whom these days we see mocked and abused in the media by ungrateful cads who benefited from their dedication. More importantly, she had parents who fulfilled their obligations to see that she learned her faith. I imagine they had to work hard to make her work hard. Her father had done his duty to give her what she needed when the battle was joined. Whatever they all did worked. In the moment of truth, by the grace of God and the help of her guardian angel, the gift her dying father had given her years before was rediscovered and put to its proper use. Continue reading
You might remember that last week I was out with some good freinds from the USA. This was the couple whose little girl was intent on our having Chateaubriand but not Dom Perignon. They were well positioned during last week’s … Continue reading
Over at a German blog called Vigilate et Orate some banners have been created in favor of a correct translation of the Missale Romano. The new German translation is progressing under the watchful eye of Joachim Card. Meisner and Ecclesia … Continue reading