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LENTCAzT 2017 29 – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent: To attempt is to do

Today is Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent.  The Roman Station is the Major Basilica of St. Paul outside the walls. GO TO CONFESSION!

Today Bl. John Henry Newman helps us with our trials and suffering. US HERE … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Card. Sarah’s book – The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise

There’s goes my reading schedule! My copy in English of Robert Card. Sarah’s book, The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, arrived today. US HERE – UK HERE This is the translation of  Le Force du Silence, hitherto … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s prayers for before and after hearing confessions

As I was rooting around for something I posted in the past, I found this which, by coincidence, I posted 3 years ago to the day. Here are the prayers I usually say before and after hearing confessions. They are taken … Continue reading

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BAD REASON #873 for not going to confession

From the 24 March 2017 print edition of The Catholic Herald, the UK’s best Catholic weekly… for which I, by the way, write a a rather unheralded short weekly column.  The title: Omnium Gatherum BAD REASON #873 for not going to confession when you know … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2017 28 – Tuesday of the 4th Week of Lent: The worst wound of all

Today is Tuesday of the 4th Week of Lent.  The Roman Station is San Lorenzo in Damaso. GO TO CONFESSION!

Today we hear something from Fulton Sheen’s Calvary and the Mass, in the chapter about the Confiteor. US HERE – … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest doesn’t purify vessels, leaves them overnight

From a reader… I am a university student who attends daily mass at the college parish. Every day, the priest does not purify the vessels, leaving them with the Sacred Species out for sometimes hours or all night after mass. … Continue reading

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Fulton Sheen on “False Compassion”

A cup of really strong Mystic Monk Coffee can help you to wake up.   This video could have the same effect on liberals (to whom I also recommend Mystic Monk Coffee – eventually – when they convert and are worthy). … Continue reading

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NYC – 28 March – Requiem for a Priest

I received notice that a 1 year anniversary Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, 28 March in New York City at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel for the late Fr. John E. Halborg. I met Fr. Halborg only … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Hosts brought to altar at Communion, not before consecration

From a reader… Today at mass, after the priest had completed the Eucharistic Prayer, and we had moved past the Agnus Dei, one of the EMHCs noticed that the Chalices and Ciboriums with unconsecrated hosts (those meant for distribution to … Continue reading

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1 Year Ago: Mother Angelica, RIP

Today is the 1st anniversary of the death of Rita Antoinette Rizzo, better known as Mother Angelica, the foundress of EWTN and many other initiatives. May those who carry on with her work not disgrace her memory. Here is one of … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2017 27 – Monday of the 4th Week of Lent: Are you really sorry?

Today is Monday of the 4th Week of Lent.  The Roman Station is the fascinating Santi Quattro Coronati. GO TO CONFESSION!

Today we get a hard message from a wise old abbot. Some of the music used in some … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes and a ‘Laetare’ Sunday ROSE POLL

Was there a good point in the sermon you heard at the Mass to fulfill your Sunday obligation?  Let us know. For my part, for the TLM this morning, I spoke of the flow of Lent, from Pre-Lent to the Vigil … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2017 26 – 4th Sunday of Lent – Laetare: The finger that taught the world

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Lent, called Laetare Sunday from the first word of the first chant of the Mass.  The Roman Station is Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, where the relics of the Passsion are preserved. GO TO CONFESSION!

Some … Continue reading

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25 March – Feast of the Good Thief: St. Dismas

Today is Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation, the instant of the Incarnation. However, 25 March is also the Feast of the Good Thief, St. Dismas! Luke 23:39-43: And one of those robbers who were hanged, [Gesmas] blasphemed him, saying: … Continue reading

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FOLLOW UP: Requests for GREGORIAN MASSES and priests who can say them

UPDATE 25 March: I’ve had a few email requests, so I will repost in case there are priests who can accept a Gregorian Mass stipend. Please take careful note of what I describe, below. ___ Original Published on: Dec 14, … Continue reading

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