Monthly Archives: January 2011

WDTPRS: Wherein Fr. Z rambles about the Collect for the 4th Ordinary Sunday, or, “All you need is love”.

Today’s prayer 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.
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QUAERITUR: I haven’t been to confession for 10 years! I don’t know what to do!

From a reader:
I haven’t been to Confession in 10 years, and I’ve only gone three times back when I was still in grade school. It’s possible I wasn’t catechized in the sacrament properly because I don’t recall requiring the Act … Continue reading

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Please.. someone tell me this is an early April Fool’s gag.

I hope this isn’t true.
A tip of the biretta to Jimmy Akin,    o{]:¬\      though this is on NPR:
Priest Known As ‘Father Oprah’ To Get Fox Show [Say it ain’t so.]
by The Associated Press
MIAMI January 25, 2011, 05:41 pm ET
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NEW WDTPRS MUG – Newman “To be deep in history”

The other day I was having a skype conversation with His Hermeneuticalness himself, Fr. Tim Finigan.  He mentioned Bl. John Henry Newman’s phrase “To be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant.”
Thinking back on the course of … Continue reading

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Some recent posts of interest:

The slipping-away of Catholic identity
Just too cool stuff
Let the swimming begin! The Anglican Ordinariate is going to grow.
FOLLOW-UP: Online volume of Acta Apostolicae Sedis has been corrected
A mordant observation about the Week for Christian Unity
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Benedictine Monks of Norcia Summer Discernment Program

From Norcia:
As we prepare for the 11th Annual Summer Discernment Program in Norcia, Italy from July 4 – July 29, the Monks of Norcia would like to invite you or anyone you know who might be interested in … Continue reading

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My next novel is all lined up!

I think I’ll start writing a Catholic science-fiction novel.
Well… maybe not.  I am more of the secret Vatican vampire assassin squad kind of guy.  Gotta be more readers there.
But if I did write a Catholic science fiction novel, I would … Continue reading

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REVIEW: LaserMonks – caveat emptor

UPDATE 20 April 2011:
I was alerted to the fact that the website of Laser Monks has been down for maintenance for a while.   I sincerely hope they are able to get back on their feet and do a great job … Continue reading

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28 Jan: St. Joseph Freinademetz, priest, missionary

Be sure to check this story at The Catholic Herald in their “Saint of the Week” feature.
This week they focus on Joseph Freinademetz, priest, whose feast is today, 28 January.
Fr. Freinademetz was a missionary to China who embraced the people … Continue reading

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The slipping-away of Catholic identity

I think that Pope Benedict had as a project for his pontificate the revitalization of Catholic identity.  The West is losing its soul because Christianity – Catholicism in particular – is not being lived by the mature or passed on … Continue reading

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