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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
YOUR RECENT COMMENTS
- 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...
- Eoin OBolguidhir: For older boys, I recommend the new Hackett publicatio n of Stanley Lombardo 8217;s translatio n of Homer̵ 7;s “Ili ad.” There is a bit of PG-13 language (e.g....
- Katherine: This is a great list. We read aloud the chapter of a book each night before bed, and repeat the really good ones, eventually , so the younger kids get them (and we, the parents with the...
- bobbird: I would like to recommend ANY of Kenneth Roberts 217; books of early America. Every teenager that I have taught and has read the books has thanked me profusely. The are historical ly...
- HvonBlumenthal: Although it was considered a girls book, A Traveller in Time by Alison Utley made a deep impression on me as a (Protestan t) boy. Its about Anthony Babington and is tinged with...
- Jana Parma: I just saw this over at crisis magazine and I thank you for reposting. I have three boys, with the oldest being 7, and while they are not yet ready for the books it is good to have...
- acardnal: I remember reading as a youth the thrilling books by Nicholas Monsarrat, The Cruel Sea and Three Corvettes which portrayed war at AND with the sea. I also enjoyed Two Years Before the...
- Imrahil: Well, though the idea is great, I have a suspicion (to an invincible one) that this are “in this kind of books people always wanted to get the reader be something or do somethi...
- benedicta a cruce: “I have the strongest sense that the MSM is helping to create these hideous, heartbreak ing events. 221; I completely agree. And I think it’s crucial that we keep...
- acardnal: Very appropriat e selection of music played in the background during the recitation of the Holy Name Society version on the Prayer to St Michael.
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- 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!
- BOOKS RECEIVED: @DouthatNYT on state the Church under Francis (terrific) – John Rist in Reading Augustine series (a scream)
- Benedict XVI’s resignation 5 years on. Your thoughts.
- Carmelite Nuns seeking Priest Chaplain
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: November 2012
I doubt many people reading this have personal memories of September 1859. The question was rhetorical. And yet that date should now stick in your mind.
in 2013 your earth’s yellow Sun’s activity, such as solar flares and coronal Mass ejections, … Continue reading
My good friend, His Hermeneuticalness, the great Dean of Bexley and p.p. of Blackfen, the unabashedly Unreconstructed Ossified Manualist, Fr. Tim Finigan, posted at his excellent blog shot of some of my Cafepress Z-Swag caught “in the wild”.
Go there for … Continue reading
I read a story about some dopey “comedian” who called Pres. Obama our “lord and savior”. He said exactly, …
First of all, give an honor to our God and our lord and savior, Barack Obama. Barack Obama.
This was not in … Continue reading
Reading The Hobbit was one of the most important things I did in my life. In another book, Tolkien used the image of the pebble that starts the avalanche. That is what The Hobbit was for me. Among the rocks The … Continue reading
Planned Parenthood is in the business of abortion. Big business abortion is the name of their game.
Here is something I saw on the site of The Christian Post:
Planned Parenthood Clinic Offers ‘Black Friday’ Discount for Birth Control, Abortions
The traditional first-day … Continue reading
From a reader:
I am considering starting an EF daily Mass in my parish. I am considering offering it as per usual with the exeption of using the vernacular for the propers (introit, collect, gradual, communion, post communion) and the readings. … Continue reading
Our friends at Rorate, who are often on top of this sort of thing, reveal a letter sent by the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” to a questioner. The letter is unsigned, though it has the stamp of the Commission.
Here, as … Continue reading
“Tell me now if it is possible for you to have faith in your heart and not tremble.” – St. Leonard of Port Maurice
Today in the Novus Ordo calendar is the feast of St. Leonard of Port Maurice (+1751).
In one place, St. Leonard expounds on the number of those who make it to heaven. He is not optimistic. And he gives reasons.
Christ died … Continue reading
Fishwrap tapped one of their darlings, former-Catholic theologian and dissenter Charles Curran, to write an encomium of the late Fr. Bernard Häring, CSsR, whose “proportionalist” legacy in moral theology is decidedly mixed.
First, Curran in his piece, reputedly about Häring, winds up … Continue reading
From a reader:
Can a priest give AA meetings for a overindulgent penitent?
WHAT?!? Noooo… bad idea.
Look. A priest can, I guess, give whatever penances he can get away with. If the penance is too onerous or impossible, or too vague … Continue reading
It is “Cyber Monday”, as the online retailers are calling it!
I guess this is a secular money day of obligation.
Okay… now that you are online… buy some …
Mystic Monk Coffee!
There are so many good reasons to refresh or build … Continue reading
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Here is a little offering about the Collect for the Solemnity of Christ the King, as it is today in the post-Conciliar, Ordinary Form, calendar. I use some material I wrote for the best Catholic weekly in the UK, The … Continue reading
Get this from the Irish Examiner:
Umbrella group aims to speak for Catholics
By Claire O’Sullivan
Friday, November 09, 2012
A new lay organisation which wants to articulate the views and opinions of mainstream Irish Catholics is being established. [The premises you are supposed … Continue reading
When we moved the blog to a new server, the mobile theme got screwed up somehow. In the interim, I implemented a simpler mobile theme and then worked to get the better, fancier theme (the one I actually paid … Continue reading
A reader sent me a great photo. Note the wonderful car magnet! Or maybe it is a sticker?
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There are all sorts of variations of this car magnet concerning priests and … Continue reading
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I get many requests by email asking for prayers. Many requests are heart-achingly grave and urgent.
We should support each other in works of mercy.
As long as my blog reaches so many readers in … Continue reading
… until you start digging around.
A priest friend showed me this treasure:
Yes, it is supposed to be St. Isidore of Seville as “patron of the internet”.
A couple problems manifest themselves immediately.
First, there is no indication that the saint … Continue reading