Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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WDTPRS – 4th Gaudete Sunday of Advent: All the orations at once!

This Sunday’s nickname, “Gaudete” means “Rejoice!”  Gaudete, an imperative of gaudeo and the first word of the Introit chant, sets the theme in the Novus Ordo and the older, Traditional Mass: joy.  Advent is not strictly a penitential season the … Continue reading

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ADVENTCAzT 14: Conversion

Here is ADVENTCAzT 14, for Saturday of the 2nd Week of Advent. These 5 minute offerings, to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord, are a token of gratitude … Continue reading

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St. Juan Diego’s amazing miracle story

Remember… If we do not believe in miracles, we do not ask for them. If we do not ask for them, they will not be granted. We are not alone: the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant are closely knit, … Continue reading

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A must read Open Letter to Pope Francis about Amoris Laetitia

I wrote about this in another post here today. Upon reflection I’m posting about it again to make sure that more people will see it. […] Third, this is an examination of erroneous claims some are making on the basis … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday of Advent: The childlike dash towards the long-desired thing

We are coming to the 3rd Sunday of Advent, also nicknamed Gaudete…. the plural imperative of gaudeo, “Rejoice!”, the first word of the Introit chant.  This Sunday there is a relaxation of the penitential aspect of Advent, just Laetare Sunday does … Continue reading

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And there was a great battle in heaven…

These days I get a lot of email asking me to explain what is going on in the Church today.  The question is often accompanied by heart-felt, often heart-rending words of personal pain. What is going on the Church is … Continue reading

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ADVENTCAzT 13: Regem venturum Dominum * Venite adoremus.

Here is ADVENTCAzT 13, for Friday of the 2nd Week of Advent. Today features a something priests have recited daily for a looooong time. Today also has a quote from Fulton Sheen.  A commentator tells us that today is the … Continue reading

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Blind woman healed by contact with relics and priestly prayers

This is a great story. When I wrote about St. Gianna, I offered some points about miracles. I hereby put to you several points to consider, any of which might serve as a starting point for comments below: Saints are presented … Continue reading

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Hail, thou holy Throne of God

From the 3rd Nocturn of Matins: V. Grant, Lord, a blessing. Benediction. May the Gospel’s holy lection be our safety and protection. Amen. Reading 7 From the Holy Gospel according to Luke Luke 1:26-28 In that time, the angel Gabriel … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Blog!

On 8 December 2005, I posted this photo.  This blog project began. Today is the 11th anniversary of this blog. This photo was a shot from my apartment window in Rome on the evening of the day Pope Benedict was … Continue reading

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ADVENTCAzT 12: “You are the royal door for the heavenly King…”

Here is ADVENTCAzT 12, for Thursday of the 2nd Week of Advent, Immaculate Conception. Today features a lovely hymn. These 5 minute offerings, to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with … Continue reading

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NEW CHRISTMAS CD from the Friars of the Dominican House of Studies

This is a GREAT new offering from the Dominican Friars at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington DC, right now probably the best school of theology in these USA. US HERE – UK HERE Pretty good, no? They have some … Continue reading

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ADVENTCAzT 11: “Let your words be their own defense”

Here is ADVENTCAzT 11, for Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Advent. Pointed words today from a great Doctor of the Church about teaching with unmistakable clarity of meaning. These 5 minute offerings, to help you prepare for the upcoming … Continue reading

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YOUR URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS

Please use the sharing buttons! Thanks! Registered or not, will you in your charity please take a moment look at the requests and to pray for the people about whom you read? Continued from THESE. I get many requests by … Continue reading

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Bp. Schneider: attacks on Four Cardinals, Five Dubia like time of Soviet Union

At LifeSite we read interesting remarks by Bp. Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan. Bp. Schneider made an interesting comparison.  about a conference held in Rome. Present were the two of the Four Cardinals (Burke, Brandmüller) who submitted the Five Dubia and … Continue reading

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