Monthly Archives: December 2017

CHRISTMASCAzT 2017 27: WAKE UP!

Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 27, for Friday in the Octave of Christmas, commemoration of St Thomas Becket, martyr. Fulton Sheen talks about the personal YOU moment with God.  Augustine of Hippo serves us some wake up coffee. Today we hear an … Continue reading

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Warning: you might not get through it dry-eyed

I posted this under my Childermas entry, but it deserves attention on its own. Here is a reworking of Lully Lulla Lullay by Philip Stopford.  It’s about the Holy Innocents. Warning: you might not get through it dry-eyed, especially when the … Continue reading

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28 Dec – Childermas: “They were the Church’s first blossoms” – Holy Innocents

Monday was Christmas. Today is Childermas, the Feast of the Holy Innocents. The “Coventry Carol”, a lullaby of mothers to doomed children, dates to the 16th century. It was part of a Mystery Play, “The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors”, about chapter … Continue reading

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CHRISTMASCAzT 26: Have yourself a merry, longer Christmas!

Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 26, for Holy Innocents in the Octave of Christmas. G. K. Chesterton helps us remember that Christmas is more than just Christmas Day. And Joseph Ratzinger has something to say about taking things for granted. Have some … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI penned a letter for Card. Müller’s 70th birthday.

Pope Benedict has written a longish letter to Card. Müller, once Prefect of the CDF and now… Card. Müller, on the occasion of his 70th birthday. The German text is HERE. The letter was written for a “Festschrift”, a commemorative … Continue reading

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Prophetic words from 1966 about the post-Conciliar state of the Church

Put aside everything else and go to First Things. They have reprinted a piece written for The Tablet in May 1966… 1966… by Christopher Derrick, a student of CS Lewis and WWII RAF pilot. He writes … in 1966… of how the … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Fr. Z calls for help for a wrongly imprisoned priest

It is possible that not all of you noticed a special feature in my “Christmas cards received” entry, which I am occasionally updating. Fr. Gordon MacRae – falsely accused, unjustly imprisoned – sent me a kind Christmas card. At his … Continue reading

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CHRISTMASCAzT 2017 25: Why the three feasts during the Christmas Octave?

Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 25, for St John the Evangelist in the Octave of Christmas. Pius Parsch helps us to understand why we have the feasts of Sts. Stephen, John and Holy Innocents in the Octave.   Today we hear a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Mary was an “unwed mother”? The Holy Family were “refugees”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: At this time of year the inevitable ‘Mary was an unwed mother‘ and The Holy Family’s flight into Egypt makes them migrants sermons are very confusing. Can you clarify these interpretations? Or recommend a source that … Continue reading

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Nuncio in Switzerland, “The Old Latin Mass is the future of the Church”

From Gloria.TV: “The Old Latin Mass is the future of the Church”, Archbishop Thomas Gullickson (67), the nuncio to Switzerland and former nuncio to the Ukraine, said in September during a meeting with old rite priests in Sankt Pelagiberg, Switzerland. … Continue reading

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Father’s “shred clinic”

With a tip of the biretta to Rev. Mr. Kandra (open invitation to him to be the deacon in a Solemn Mass sometime). In answer to his question: No, I can’t do that.  And he makes it look easy. Fr. … Continue reading

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The official Parodohymnodist strikes again! “Baby it’s Springtime now!”

Newly received from the official Parodohymnodist, Fr. Tim Ferguson: Listening to one of my least favorite Christmastime songs, this popped in my head. I call it: “A dialogue between a traditionalist and a modernist” Baby it’s Springtime now! I really can’t pray … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why do servers lift the chasuble during the elevation of the Host?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Why do servers elevate the chasuble during the elevation of the host? I was looking for a good answer after my mom asked me. Thanks! The practical answer is the best answer. It is a custom … Continue reading

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Your Sunday and Christmas sermon notes

Were there any good points in the sermons that you heard for your Sunday and for your Christmas Masses of obligation? Let us know. Yesterday, at Midnight Mass I spoke about what “good will” means in the angels proclamation of … Continue reading

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Christmas greetings, dear readers!

There is time for the complicated, and there is time for the simple. Today we celebrate the moment in history when our God, entirely transcendent, lowered Himself to take our human nature into a bond with his divine nature that … Continue reading

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