Monthly Archives: September 2016

Your Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard during your Mass for your Sunday obligation?
Let us know.
For my part – on this 19th Sunday after Pentecost -taking my cue from the Epistle and from the Lord’s parable about the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Will all be saved?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Is there a reasonable hope that all souls will be saved since it is a part of our liturgy?
No.  That is not reasonable.  It is wishful thinking.
Many will be lost.
The feel good of translations and other aspects in … Continue reading

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We are at a “precarious moment in our history” when churches must speak truth to power

As baptized Catholics we have a role and work to do in the world, each according to our vocations.  We must affect change… as Catholics. How can we imagine that we can do that if we don’t have a clear … Continue reading

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Posted in ¡Hagan lío!, Emanations from Penumbras, Hard-Identity Catholicism, Religious Liberty, Semper Paratus, Si vis pacem para bellum!, The Coming Storm, The future and our choices, The Last Acceptable Prejudice | Tagged , , | 34 Comments

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham to members of the Ordinariate

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham to members of the Ordinariate across the Pond.
I’ll take this occasion to remind you of the image of Our Lady by the Catholic sacred artist Daniel Mitsui. The 7″ x 10″ print is ready … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Collect 19th Sunday after Pentecost- “Why did God make you?”

The snippers and stitchers of the Consilium allowed this Sunday’s prayer to survive unscathed in the post-Conciliar editions of the Missale Romanum. The Collect still echoes the ancient sentiments of Holy Church wherever the Roman Rite’s Ordinary Use of Holy … Continue reading

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“O God, you are so big!” Maronite English liturgical translations: Devastation!

For decades we Latin Church Catholics in the English speaking world suffered from hideous liturgical translations, prepared by ICEL.
Remember what they were like?  Here is the quintessential, typical, emblematic, prototypical,  illustrative, archetypal, representative Obsolete ICEL prayer:
O God,
you are so big.
Help us … Continue reading

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Padre Pio music on his feast day: Musical Setting of his “Prayer” (VIDEO)

Today is the Feast of St. Pio, aka Padre Pio of Pietralcina, who died in 1968 and was canonized in 2002.  He was an amazing saint.
I have an affection for Padre Pio.  My bishop, who recently passed away – RIP, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 26th Ordinary Sunday: Bowels of Mercy

Our Collect for the 26th Ordinary Sunday, slightly different from its ancestor in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary, is also in the 1962 Missale Romanum for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost.
Deus, qui omnipotentiam tuam parcendo maxime et miserando manifestas, gratiam tuam … Continue reading

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SSPX Bp. Fellay talks about relations with the Holy See

A reader steered me to videos of a talk given in August in New Zealand by SSPX Superior, Bp. Bernard Fellay. It is broken into 6 parts on YouTube and is, frankly, dull to watch. But you might … Continue reading

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September Ember!

A friend sent an email with a reminder about Ember Days.  These days were penitential in spirit.  They were also traditional times for ordinations.  The short mnemonic “Lenty, Penty, Crucy, Lucy” can help you remember when they fall.
Today in the traditional … Continue reading

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MEXICO: Another priest kidnapped after two were murdered

Recently two priests in Mexico were kidnapped and killed.
Now I read that another priest in Mexico is missing.
Via Crux:
Another Catholic priest in Mexico kidnapped, remains missing
Coming on the heels of the kidnapping and murder of two Catholic priests in Mexico over … Continue reading

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Posted in PRAYER REQUEST, Priests and Priesthood, The Coming Storm, The future and our choices, The Last Acceptable Prejudice, Urgent Prayer Requests | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

Acton on giving the powerful a pass because they are famous

I am presently reading Lord Acton by Roland Hill.  US HERE UK HERE  It was highly recommended to me by Fr. Robert Sirico of ACTON INSTITUTE.
I found this passage, which deals with Acton’s most famous quote, relevant to one of the candidates … Continue reading

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The Autumnal Tipping Point

In addition to today being Bilbo’s and Frodo’s Birthday, my Roman Curia calendar indicates that the Autumnal Equinox occurred at 14:20 GMT. Here at the Cupboard Under The Stairs, the Equinox took place at 9:21 AM CDT.
The word equinox was formed by … Continue reading

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Trump campaign forms Catholic advisory group

Once again, I would vote for the corpse of Millard Fillmore to keep the treacherous Hillary Clinton out of the White House.
By posting this, I am not thereby publicly endorsing a candidate.  However, I find it interesting that the Trump campaign … Continue reading

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Jesuit Fr James Martin honored by homosexual advocates condemned by Holy See and USCCB

I just wanted everyone to know that the Jesuit, Fr. James Martin, SJ, involved with Amerika Magazine, has been given an award by the homosexual advocacy group which has been condemned by the Holy See and by the USCCB, New … Continue reading

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FOLLOW UP: Fr. Z asks help from priests: Can you take a Gregorian Mass set, stipend?

UPDATE 22 September:
Since I updated, 10 priests have contacted me to say that they can take Gregorian Masses, in either the Ordinary Form or Extraordinary Form.  You can work it out with them. If you need Masses said, drop me … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confession line very slow and Father looks out at people waiting

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
In our parish, when our Associate Pastor is hearing Confessions, he comes from behind the screen, opens the door and “greets” each person, in view of all waiting in line, then is very insistent upon hearing Confession face-to-face. … Continue reading

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UPDATE Road Warrior Tips: Cheaper data abroad (KeepGo) and soft landings

UPDATE 7 October 2016
Some of you have availed yourselves of getting a KeepGo through the link I provided, below.   Thanks!  I have received some additional data. HERE
I was very satisfied with how my KeepGo kept me connected in both Rome and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to “steel ourselves” and not come down off from our crosses?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Dear Father Z, In your post regarding the 18th Sunday after Pentecost you advised us to steel ourselves and not come down off from our crosses. Would you be so kind as to offer some specific devotions/practices to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why are we responsible for the sin of Adam and Eve when weren’t there?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Father, no priest/bishop/theologian/book has ever answered my question on how human beings after Adam & Eve can be responsible for their sins when, apart from our first parents, we weren’t even participants in their disobedience. I really don’t understand and it … Continue reading

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