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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: November 2015
During his recently concluded trip to Africa (HERE), for whatever reason, Pope Francis chose not to speak about the reason why many of the martyrs of Uganda were viciously killed: they resisted the homosexual advances of the ruler, a ritual … Continue reading
For the Year of Mercy Pope Francis has (in an indirect way) granted to the priests of the SSPX the faculty validly to absolve penitents in routine sacramental confession. HERE
Under normal circumstances, the priests of the SSPX do not … Continue reading
It’s the legendary “Cyber Monday”. I like to get my Christmas shopping done early, so I don’t have to think about it when things get really busy.
May I ask you, please, if you are going to shop online with Amazon, to … Continue reading
From a reader…
My daughter attended a Christian Youth Camp this summer with her girl friends. She asked me if she could renew her baptism vows in Lake [removed]. [Renew “vows” or “promises”? We do that at Easter. But… in a lake? … Continue reading
It has been a while since I have posted about my voice mail. I enjoy your voice mail messages!
FIRST, about the seminarian who is dying from cancer.
[UPDATE: Okay, now she doesn’t want her voice mail here. Go figure.]
What an awful piece of … Continue reading
From a reader…
Hello Father, Happy Advent! Today, our priest didn’t use the Preface for Advent which my hand missal says was promulgated (along with one for the Holy Eucharist, All Saints, and the Dedication of a Church) in
1962 for use. … Continue reading
Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for your Mass of Sunday Obligation?
Let us know.
I said Masses in both the Extraordinary and the Ordinary Form today, and wound up giving different sermons – as the spirit moved me. … Continue reading
The use of blue vestments during Advent is pretty much cliché now, so cliché that not even the aging hippies are clinging to it. Here’s my annual rant about the use of blue vestments in the Roman Rite.
At this point, … Continue reading
We’ve come around again to the 1st Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new liturgical year.
In the newer, post-Conciliar calendar this Sunday is back to back with the Solemnity of Christ the King, honoring the future Second Coming at … Continue reading
This morning we had a Norman Rockwell like Mass at St. Mary’s. It would have been nice to have a couple photos. We used the texts for the day, of course.
On civil holidays I also like … Continue reading
Some people are quite disciplined in the matter of wearing a scapular. This comes from Latin scapulae, shoulder blades. Scapulars are garments, usually associated with religious habits, which fall down from the shoulders, mostly over the rest of the habit. … Continue reading
Today in the calendars of both sides of the Roman Rite is the Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria, virgin, martyr. As a matter of fact, she is celebrated by just about all Christians (who have any doctrine and history).
In … Continue reading
From a reader…
My question comes from what my professor said in class and it doesn’t seem correct.
In class, we were told that if a Catholic was in Russia [and there being no Catholic Church; either Latin or Eastern] that the … Continue reading
Ed Pentin has a good note at the National Catholic Register:
Archbishop Gänswein Praises Cardinal Sarah for His Prophetic Witness
Cardinal Robert Sarah’s boldness in proclaiming the Gospel and resisting the Zeitgeist is a prophetic witness reminiscent of a 5th century North … Continue reading