Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)

Your Good News

Do you have good news for the readership?  I haven’t asked for some time.  It is always pleasant to hear how grace is working in your lives. I survived the Triduum.  I’m making some important decisions for the TMSM.  I … Continue reading

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A lesson in “selective aggression”

This story surprised me.   It’s about a fellow, James Holzhauer, who has been winning a lot of money in a streak on “Jeopardy!”. The Paul Batura’s Fox News story starts: ‘Jeopardy!’ star James Holzhauer’s secret to success is a blueprint … Continue reading

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A Cardinal on the ropes of logic

After a busy week, I am catching up on things. There came to my attention a TV interview granted by His Eminence Joseph Card. Tobin, in the never-before-cardinalatial see of Newark, less than 17 miles and about a 45 minute … Continue reading

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PASCHALCAzT 50 – Easter Wednesday: You are a holy seed, a new colony of bees, the very flower of my ministry

It’s Easter Wednesday. Christ is risen! Alleluia!  The Octave is underway. Today we some of my own musings, along with support from St. Augustine in the 5th century.  He preaches to the newly baptized with beautiful images… including bees!

I … Continue reading

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Fr. Z seeks advice about women

Now that I have your attention, I would like to solicit some female readers… for advice. For advice about a Ladies Altar Guild.  Altar… Society? I am sure that some of you have experience in establishing and participating in a … Continue reading

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A few Easter Vigil moments – UPDATES

A couple shots from the Easter Vigil with vestment sets that the TMSM had made during the last year.  Please support the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison! UPDATE: More photos and also sights from Easter Sunday.

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News from Norcia! Benedictines, beauty and beer

I always enjoy the updates from the Monks in Norcia, Italy.  They’ve brought the beautiful Benedictine life back to the place of Benedict’s birth and they make great beer! They sent out a newsletter with updates about their life.  I … Continue reading

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Card. Piacenza to priests: “Wanna be a modern priest? HEAR CONFESSIONS!” Whereupon Fr. Z really rants.

There is a good piece at La Bussola Quotidiana (in Italian) about the Sacrament of Penance. I’ll give you a sample, but I don’t have the energy to translate the whole thing. Prelude: Apparently there was recently something called “Earth … Continue reading

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PASCHALCAzT 49 – Easter Tuesday: Christ won it, but we can lose it

It’s Easter  Tuesday. Christ is risen! Alleluia!  The Octave is underway. Today we some of my own musings, along with support from St. Leo the Great in the 5th century.  When you are right, you are right!

The wonderful nuns … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ – #HamRadio Tuesday: ZedNet reminder

Just a reminder to any hams out there who might be interested in ZedNet. ZedNet is Brandmeister DMR worldwide talkgroup 31429 More HERE.   But quickly… Also, for you who are into this digital stuff, ZedNet still exists on the Yaesu System … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: A 12 year old asks ” #EarthDay is coming up…”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: A 12 year old asks: Earth day is coming up and I have a question: Is being ecological a sin? She thinks is a sin because she thinks it is caring too much about the earth. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to receive Communion on the tongue?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hi, Father. 1) I keep thinking that I should receive the Eucharist on the tongue, but am running into barriers, [you mean… like dopey priests?] to include the following: a) “how” to actually receive on the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father used the blessing for a train when blessing my car

From a reader… QUAERITUR: If a priest by mistake uses the blessing of a train for a car is there really a benediction places on the automobile or does the car in question still need to be blessed? Yes, I … Continue reading

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PASCHALCAzT 48 – Easter Monday: Year by year by year

It’s Easter Monday. Christ is risen! Alleluia! Today we hear from Fulton Sheen about a new Easter point of view.

After the fire that swept off the roof of Notre-Dame de Paris, here something from a disc of music from … Continue reading

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Wonderful wonderful photo

Matthew 19:14 At Stately Blaska Manor I saw this wonderful photo: If this doesn’t move a cold heart or two, then I don’t know what will. Matthew 18:3

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