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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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Daily Archives: 7 March 2012
From PhatMass.com, Fr. Claude Burns has a video with a message about Pres. Obama’s attack on the 1st Amendment and on the Catholic Church.
“But Father! But Father!”, some of you will be saying, “Father has his back to the tabernacle!”
Yes, … Continue reading
As the first line of the following says, this isn’t a story you are likely to see covered by the New York Times.
A new sex scandal may be stirring up in Ireland.
On Media Report we read this:
Huge Sex Abuse Scandal … Continue reading
Yes, the main website of the Holy See, vatican.va, is down. It was attacked by a anarchist “hacker” group.
There will be more of this sort of thing in the future.
Litany for the conversion of internet thugs
(For private use … Continue reading
Would it be inappropriate to wear a chapel veil while Eucharistic ministering?
First, you are not a Eucharistic Minister. You are an Extraordinary Minister of Communion.
I cannot see any problem with a woman wearing a chapel veil, a mantilla, … Continue reading
From a reader:
Does the Eucharistic fast before Mass begin an hour before Mass starts or an hour before you receive Communion. I’ve heard different answers all my life, and some clarification would be great. Thanks
The Eucharistic fast is for an … Continue reading
I had a note from a reader which gave little information other than that it seems that His Excellency Most Rev. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle, will participate at a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form … tonight, Wednesday 7 March.
It … Continue reading
From The Catholic League:
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:
The Catholic left is so deep in the tank for Obama that they are working publicly to undermine the bishops. First a little background. [cf Magisterium of Nuns]
On March 2, … Continue reading
For two summers in Rome I lived with Ukrainian Catholics. They had their Divine Liturgy each morning and I attended. They appreciated the contribution of my bass singing voice.
One of the things I noticed in their Rite that was … Continue reading
From a reader:
I don’t know whether you’ll get a chance to read this email, but I just thought I would send you a quick note and say thank you for your constant prodding to go to confession. Thanks to all your reminders, this … Continue reading
A Lent Symposium will be held in Detroit on Saturday 10 March with the theme ‘The Christian Vocation: The Call to Martyrdom’.
Card. Burke will speak on Christian Martydom. Bishop Bernard A. Hebda, of Gaylord, MI, will speak about … Continue reading
After a lull in the official persecutions of Christians, in A.D. 250 the Emperor Decius determined that Christians were the enemies of the Roman Empire.
Sound like any American President you know? But I digress.
At that time in the Empire there … Continue reading
I like this approach.
The pro-abortion, pro-infantide, anti-Catholic, anti-1st Amendment Pres. Obama – about whose scantily documented past we really don’t know very much – will be in Houston… fund-raising on the pretext of doing something “presidential”.
The Archdiocese, on the other hand, is … Continue reading
Back in 1969 theologian Joseph Ratzinger made some comments about our Catholic future. They were included in his Faith and the Future published by Ignatius Press in 2009.
The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or … Continue reading