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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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- Odin777: How has Father Martin not been publicly rebuked? He is leading so many people into sin and error̷ 0;it’ ;s insane!
- LeeGilbert: Also, the Tom Playfair series, by Fr. Francis Finn, S.J. . . .if no one has mentioned it yet. Once I asked my Trappist friend, Fr. Daniel Lenihan, O.C.S.O. ( 1907-2012) if he had read...
- The Astronomer: I think Fr. Martin has had so much homosexual Kool-Ade that he couldnR 17;t care less what Fr. Longenecke r thinks or says.
- LeeGilbert: Father, you write, “In addition to finding books for boys of that age, might I suggest also some effort to read aloud?R 21; Here you suggest something with huge potential both...
- Malta: I baptized my 1 1/2 y/o grandson. What do I want him to read/watch as he grows older: whatever wholesome he likes to see!
- Imrahil: Addition to my comment: though that latter is not a book but a radioplay
- Sportsfan: Any book by Father Francis Finn is good for boys. I think TAN publishes the Tom Playfair trilogy as well as some others. Also the Redwall series is excellent.
- Imrahil: Using the opportunit y to beg forgivenes s of the spelling nomination s above, I second the recommenda tion of Tom Sawyer and especially of Treasure Island. (For the latter, there is an...
- TonyO: [PLEASE don’t let children anywhere near the movies… at least until they have thoroughly enjoyed the books (= entirely different = the real thing).] Absolutely right, Father. Please don...
- OldProfK: Second the recommenda tion of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (books, not films). I’d add Tom Sawyer, Huckleberr y Finn, Treasure Island, Johnny Tremain, and Carry On, Mr....
- Chuck4247: I would include more mystery novels in here. Both Chesterton ’s Father Brown and Doyle̵ 7;s Sherlock Holmes are great story telling, and the minds of Holmes and Brown would be...
- SenexCalvus: Let’s add two classics about heroic missionari es: Willa Cather’s DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP and AJ Cronin’s KEYS OF THE KINGDOM. Both got me in trouble with my ninth-grad e...
- tho: Enjoyed reading all the wonderful comments, especially acardinal& #8217;s recommenda tion of Nicholas Monsarrat& #8217;s The Cruel Sea. One of my favorites, as I got a little older, was Mutiny...
- frjim4321: “ 230; it seemed as if everyone with a slight headache was invited to come forward 230;” ; How would you know what a person is suffering? We have some very healt...
- roma247: Looking forward to adding these to my sons’ ; reading list when they are just a little bit older. They love the Hardy Boys too, but right now my 12 year old son’ s favor...
- adriennep: On website called ReadBright ly there is a List of Books for 9-10 Year Olds, with descriptio n and covers. You can tell which ones boys might like. Many of these are not older classi...
- Fallibilissimo: Sounds like Fr Longenecke r had enough! It was refreshing to read his article which was frank and direct. I could hear the voice of a very concerned father coming out of the text....
- Ellen: I am one of the people who select books for our children 8217;s section. You all have no idea how much bilge there is out there. It’s quite disappoint ing to open my copy of Bookli...
- Fallibilissimo: Understood Fr, I’ll keep it for another time.
- Neal: Just finished reading Watership Down to the kids. They loved it, and I’d forgotten how great it is. Otto of the Silver Hand, not so much.
- sibnao: These are good recommenda tions. I have two sons, 19 and 14, both excellent readers now, who were both “del ayed” ; in fluent reading until well into 4th grade. I credit reading...
- jaykay: MacCheese: “Can anyone else point/link to others that would be appropriat e for a 10 yr old boy?” ; It’s almost 50 years ago, but my generation was still brought up on...
- frjim4321: “ 230;then expalined how the prayers of the “Introduct ory Rites” make clear who we are… ” I like that frame, and I like the idea of letting the Introducto ry Rites...
- Katherine: To you and Mary Jane: Do not be afraid to read stories that are over their heads! You will be amazed at their comprehens ion. Another favorite of ours is Captains Courageous . I, myself,...
- robtbrown: frjim4321 says: It was a fervorino on the upcoming communal celebratio ns of the Anointing of the Sick and Sacrament of Penance. As related to restoratio n of convenenta l relations with...
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- LENTCAzT 2018 07 – Tuesday in the 1st Week of Lent: subtle temptation
- Attacks on the family
- My View For Awhile: Capital Edition
- Books for boys. Suggested titles and an additional point.
- LENTCAzT 2018 06 – Monday in the 1st Week of Lent: “I warned you!”
- Wherein Fr Longenecker schools @JamesMartinSJ
- Your Sunday Sermon Notes
- WDTPRS 1st Sunday of Lent (N.O.): The Lenten “Sacrament”
- LENTCAzT 2018 05 – 1st Sunday of Lent: Anger and Reason
- Commandments are NOT mere “ideals” from which some are excused because, “They’re tooo haaard!” Wherein Fr. Z rants.
- JUST TOO COOL – Cops, ashes, and podcasts
- VIDEO Fr. Murray and Prof. Royal on some tough issues
- LENTCAzT 2018 04 – Ash Saturday: Getting ready for… it.
- Pontifical Requiem Mass for a great lover of the Church’s sacred liturgy
- LENTCAzT 2018 03 – Ash Friday: Grant me a little more time
- Role of #MSM in mass shootings: If it bleeds, it leads. Angry @fatherz asks fearful questions
- Wherein Fr. Z rants in the wake of the Florida school mass murder
- Friday after Ash Wednesday: Feast of the Crown of Thorns
- LENTCAzT 2018 02 – Ash Thursday: What you are I was, what I am you shall be.
- Your #AshWednesday Sermon Notes #ashtag – AUDIO Fr Z
- Ash Wednesday, Fasting, Abstaining, and You – with notes on alligator, endothermic moonfish, and muskrat
- LENTCAzT 2018 01: Ash Wednesday – Unto dust thou shalt return.
- Fun with @OneMadMomBlog – BuzzFeed – Alt-Right and @SebGorka
- LENTCAzT 2018 00: Shrove Tuesday – Get out your armor, pilgrim’s shoes and cloaks
- Singing and confession – Just Too Cool!
- Writing to Fr. Z
- Excellent Letter for Lent from Archbp. Chaput of @ArchPhilly – Fr. Z rants, gives 3 points of advice about sin.
- ASK FATHER: Why can lay people read at Mass?
- ASK FATHER: When should babies be baptized?
- OLYMPICS 2018 12 Feb: CURLING!
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 2010
Today is the anniversary of the launch of the first American satellite, which detected the Van Allen Belts.
Explorer 1… 52 years ago today… otherwise 1 February 1958 at 0348 GMT.
The Mysterious Voynich Manuscript Credit: Yale University ; Digital Copyright: B. E. Schaefer (LSU)
Explanation: The ancient text has no known title, no known author, and is written in no known language: … Continue reading
No… this is not about the offices of the NCR.
It is actually about a rap music song.
I have always thought that rap did for music what S&M did for romance… but I digress.
I came by a rap song by a … Continue reading
The intrepid Italian reporter Anrea Tornielli posted that His Eminence George Card. Pell of Sydney recently had an audience with Pope Benedict and that he is considered by some to be in "poll position" to become Prefect of the Congregation … Continue reading
I has placed a question on the blog about the priests who concelebrate not consuming both species. Because I was probably traveling and didn’t have the chance to dig, I opened things up for answers.
Today, while sitting on another airplane … Continue reading
Team Rubicon is a self-financed and self-deployed group of former Marines, soldiers firefighters, Jesuits, health care professionals currently providing emergency relief in Haiti. They provide their own security and deal with whatever they find.
Yesterday was the first time … Continue reading
I had the great pleasure of visiting the WWI Memorial and museum today.
Don’t miss this museum.
It is one of the best of it’s kind I have ever seen.
The some KC BBQ! … Continue reading
From a reader:
My pastor "canceled" Sunday Mass this morning due to an icy parking lot from a recent snow/ice storm. Needless to say, I live in a part of the country where we rarely have such weather. … Continue reading
This citation from NLM is really useful.
Bugnini’s own Consilium in 1969 offered the following instruction, consistent with the Vatican II emphasis on chant over vernacular hymnody. As printed in 1 Notitiae, 5 (1969), p. 406
That rule [permitting vernacular hymns] has … Continue reading
Today’s Collect was not in the post-Tridentine editions of the Missale Romanum but it does have its origin in the "Leonine Sacramentary" or, as it is better titled by its editor, the scholarly L. Cunibert Mohlberg, the Veronese Sacramentary.
The … Continue reading
In the pre-Conciliar calendar this period before Ash Wednesday is called the Season of Epiphany. This year, because Easter falls so early, there aren’t many Sundays immediately after Epiphany. Some will be bumped to the end of the liturgical year. … Continue reading
I was disturbed by this story, which I received by e-mail from a traditionally-minded priest.
What you will read here is hard to believe.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
SSPX Group In Mexico Attacks FSSP Church.
I have just got word from a first hand … Continue reading
Damian Thompson has an interesting piece about the reaction of Her Majesty the Queen of England, who is the head of the Church, and her reaction to Pope Benedict’s Anglicanorum coetibus.
My emphases and comments:
‘Unhappy’ Queen sends Lord … Continue reading
After a long illness the well-known author and teacher Ralph McInerny has gone to his reward.
Pray for the repose of his soul.
Long-time readers of WDTPRS know that I often post about astronomical phenomena.
I was looking up a few things about astronomers and happened on some interesting tidbits on the false-nosed Dane, Tycho Brahe (+1601), interesting especially since I find news … Continue reading
I am glad to post that the UK’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald, has posted a brief piece about priest bloggers.
What makes this article so congenial is that it talks about my good friend Fr. Tim Finigan, whose … Continue reading
Robby George speaks:
“Abortion and embryo-destructive research are at the heart of the divide between the nation’s major political parties,” Professor Robert George said, galvanizing support for the pro-life plank in the Republican Party while drawing disaffected Democrats to the Republican … Continue reading
I am at the SOS Dinner in Kansas City. This is an annual event in support of seminarians.
President Obama wants to kill NASA and the space program.
In reference to the poor little rover Spirit, stuck on Mars, a reader sent this cartoon:
I must admit I also hated Toy Story, one of the saddest movies ever made.