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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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- youngcatholicgirl: Thank you, Father!
- Ultrarunner: The solution for both problems is a good narthex. The best ones have thick glass walls and doors and don’ t have speakers. The noise up front is a mere muffle in a good narth...
- Semper Gumby: Thank you Fr. Dufner and Fr. Z. I second William Tighe̵ 7;s recommenda tion of Fr. Lang’ ;s “Tur ning Towards the Lord.̶ 1; For other reading see Fr. Lang’ ;s...
- grumpyoldCatholic: That was beautiful. . I am sending it to all my Novus Ordo
- Red A Surcami: I don’t understand why you make the disclaimer “I’m not a traditiona list,” as if that somehow increases your credibilit y. If you have a good point to make, should it not stand on...
- Fr. Kelly: HvonBlumen thal, As I see it, a dead language is one that has no native speakers left alive. Like Manx or Galician. Such a language can only be studied from the outside as by an observ...
- byzantinesteve: I was once at a mass where several liturgical dancers came out for the psalm response. I realized this before they started and asked my wife to tell me when it was over. I leaned...
- youngcatholicgirl: I’m all for “Chu rch” (Ecclesias tical) Latin. I have heard that it’s easier, considerin g that it has closer proximity to English. To me, it just sounds...
- Justalurkingfool: Since my hearing loss, which seems irreversib le, all music sounds awful and dissonant to me, so I have to offer it up for God’ s intentions .
- Andrew: Is Shakespear e’s English being pronounced correctly in our churches these days?
- Lisieux: There are indeed different pronunciat ion systems. My parish church is Jesuit-run , and when I started attending (I converted in 1998), there were still a few elderly priests who used the...
- Bellarmino Vianney: “ 230;but if it sounds silly̷ 0;” Bring earmuffs. 3M makes a great earmuff that can drown out many sounds. [Perhaps you posted that as an amusing comme...
- Ariseyedead: Guess which feet are mine! Safe travels, Father!
- Gregg the Obscure: Given all your recent travel travails, please consider seeking intercessi on of the prophet Jonah
- cwillia1: I never watch the consecrati on. Stuck in a novus ordo desert, my eyelids substitute for the iconostas that is missing in my life.
- doublenan: Many thanks for all your podcasts, Father, especially this one. God bless you!
- APX: We are drawn into an “I-Thou” relationsh ip Just as an FYI, “Thee, Thou, and Thy” are not a more formal way of speaking to God. It’s a common misconcept ion. They’re actually the more infor...
- Mariana2: Thanks, Father!
- JonPatrick: Thank you Father Z.
- JonPatrick: One of the things I like about the Byzantine Rite is the use of Ad Orientem, the priest behind the iconostasi s facing the altar, making it a holy of holies. Our Byzantine Rite liturgy...
- misternaser: Thank you for this ADVENTCAzT . My own thoughts and feelings about the OF Mass, which I’ve developed from semi-regul ar EF Mass over the past year, mirror Kwasniewsk i’s observatio ns...
- HvonBlumenthal: At stake is the ancient battle between objectivis m and subjectivi sm, absolutism and relativism , orthodoxy and modernism. Said ad orientem, the Mass shakes free of the gross error...
- HvonBlumenthal: Fr Kelly Thank you for the Bravo, which makes me embarrasse d to disagree with your statement that Latin is not a dead language. However, it is indeed a dead language, which is why...
- veritas vincit: I’m not a traditiona list. But of all the arguments traditiona lists make, ad orientem is among the strongest. As a new convert, it seemed a bit odd for the priest to say the...
- Sword40: It’s been 60 years since I took a Latin course. But I remember that my teacher said that there was “Cla ssical Latin̶ 1; and “chu rch Latin̶ 1; and we were not to...
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- ADVENTCAzT 2018 10: If a liturgy looks silly, you can close your eyes. But if it sounds silly…
- A priest’s thought after going ‘ad orientem’
- Priests and Latin. Wherein Fr. Z rants.
- My View For Awhile: ”Festina Lente” Edition
- ADVENTCAzT 2018 09: Proper Marian Devotion
- Your Sunday Sermon Notes
- Of getting Latin wrong, corrections, and of priests and their Latin or lack thereof
- ADVENTCAzT 2018 08: Egocentrics and God’s gifts
- A conflicted Fishwrap v. Francis on homosexuals in seminary and priesthood
- On this day in 2005 …
- Help a young entrepreneur!
- ADVENTCAzT 2018 07: “If she had not given her ‘Fiat!’…”
- 7 Dec – Titanic, intriguing St Ambrose of Milan, bishop and doctor
- UPDATE on injuries and recovery with heartfelt thanks
- Solemn Requiem for @BishopMorlino in @MadisonDiocese
- ADVENTCAzT 2018 06: Our Lord will appear in His humanity so that He can be seen by the just and the wicked
- VIDEO – Funeral of @BishopMorlino of @MadisonDiocese
- Latin Mass Society of England & Wales @latinmassuk – Re-upping!
- Recent Registration
- ADVENTCAzT 2018 05: The priest, John the Baptist, points toward Jesus
- New art from Daniel MITSUI – great gift idea
- After the funeral of @BishopMorlino of @MadisonDiocese
- ASK FATHER: Can we cook with or drink Holy Water?
- ADVENTCAzT 2018 04: Your God of the Second Chance
- Sending snail-mail 2018 Christmas cards
- TAMPA: A TLM at a Jesuit school?!?
- The Exequies for @BishopMorlino in @MadisonDiocese
- ADVENTCAzT 2018 03: “take heed of the example of the prince of rebellion”
- And now a message from fictional priest Fr. Charles “Chuck” O’Malley
- ADVENTCAzT 2018 02: The time of silent apostasy
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.
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Monthly Archives: January 2007
This is the feast of St. Marcella, one of the friends of St. Jerome (+420). She died in 410 during invasion of Alaric the Visigoth. We know about her mainly from the letters of her friend St. Jerome. Jerome wrote … Continue reading
Here is the view from my window tonight: However, I am still in touch with the Sabine Farm via webcam when I need a fix. Here is the view I would be seeing from my … Continue reading
In my fervent blogorial* solicitude for participants, I added a comment preview function.
This will give you the chance to make … adjustments… before posting: to content, not just spelling!
*A neologism based on the frequent error made by people who … Continue reading
The Eucharist, its celebration and itself as the extraordinary Sacrament, is the “source and summit of Christian life”.
If we really believe that, then we must also hold that what we do in church, what we believe happens in a church, … Continue reading
In the Sunday Angelus address today, His Holiness lauded St. Thomas Aquinas and spoke of the necessity of reason for the sake of modern society.
He mentioned his speech in Regensburg. Benedict spoke of the way St. … Continue reading
In the Sunday Telegraph there is an article by Malcolm Moore about famed Fr. Reginald Foster, OCD, long-time Latinist for the Holy See. In the article Moore quotes Foster about the so-called "Tridentine" indult. Foster is not positive … Continue reading
Biretta tip to Catholic Church Conservation for the heads up on a comment made by the director of the German section of Vatican Radio, Fr. Eberhard von Gemmingen SJ. (Emphasis mine)
In all probability Pope Benedict will give the permission … Continue reading
What Does The Prayer Really Say? 4th Sunday In Ordinary Time
ORIGINALLY PRINTED IN The Wanderer in 2007
I had a lovely experience. I went for supper with a priest and 13 sisters visiting Rome. The Sister Servants of the Eternal … Continue reading
What Does the Prayer Really Say? Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
ORIGINALLY PRINTED IN The Wanderer in 2001
This prayer comes in a time when we see in the newsworthy activities being covered by the media that love of God and neighbor … Continue reading
A long time ago, in a parish far far away, I got in terrible trouble on the feast of St. Angela Merici (+1540), foundress of the Ursulines in Brescia and a patroness of Catholic education.
I … Continue reading
The Cardinal Secretary of State has a big job, to say the least. But these days, he is busy with book presentations.
He had one a couple days ago, for a book on people who helped Jews during WWII. … Continue reading
Today is the feast of St. Vitalian, Pope (657-672), who is also a co-patron of the Suburbicarian Diocese of Velletri-Segni. He was born in Segni (where the finest chestnuts of Italy are found). I would be remiss if I did … Continue reading
Claudio Card. Hummes, Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, has written to all the priests of the world via the website of the Congregation. Let’s look at the central section and pull it apart. I have some obervations … Continue reading
Today the great Sts. Timothy and Titus overshadow all others who are listed in the Roman Martyrology.
2. Hippone Regio in Numidia, sancti Theogenis, martyris, de quo sanctus Augustinus sermonem habuit. .. At Hippo Regius in Numidia (N. Africa), … Continue reading