Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

ADVENTCAzT 2017 15: True power

Here is ADVENTCAzT 15, for the 3rd Sunday of Advent.
Joseph Ratzinger instructs us about true power.
Some of the music used today: HERE
Have some Mystic Monk Coffee and have a listen!  (Be sure to update your coffee ordering link!)

These 5 minute offerings are a token … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Our old, misused friend, “Ecclesia supplet”

From a  reader…
QUAERITUR:
I attended a lecture today and it was about Ecclesiology
claretianpublicationsbookstore.com/books/pastoral/church-can-handle-truth
The author said that those who are outside the Catholic Church can be saved because of the overflow of graces via Ecclesia Supplet. Provided they have lived good lives … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Snail-mail Christmas Cards to Fr. Z – 2017

UPDATE: 16 Dec
More cards have come.
Rockford, IL
St. Louis, MO
Alcoa, TN
Fayetteville, AR! (Thanks for the old holy cards.)
Rochester, MI
Very cool glossy card with Portuguese image!
Boise, ID
Tiverton, RI (Thanks! Hope to see you soon.)
Boston, MA (great holy cards)
San Francisco, CA! (neat kids’ … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Communion service on priest’s day off.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I’ve never looked up any documents about “communion services”. Other than the obvious occassions where Holy Communion is distributed outside of Mass (viaticum, Good Friday, etc.), what’s the story with “Communion services”? Are they allowed? We have one … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Help the Benedictines of Mary! Urgent before Christmas.

Some news from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles.  I often feature music from their great discs in my podcasts.
They have a lot of their income from their music discs.
The sisters need urgent help.
This news came:
Dear Friends in Christ,
As … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday of Advent: The childlike dash

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 during … Continue reading

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ADVENTCAzT 2017 14: “Assumpta Maria” by Francis Thompson

Another in my series of short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord.
Here is ADVENTCAzT 14, for Saturday of the 2nd Week of Advent.
Today, something really different.  … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, TLM groups are growing in number and numbers…

These stats are making the rounds, and I mentioned them recently.  However, they popped up again at Spirit Daily.
From Scientific American:
Since 1990, the fraction of Americans with no religious affiliation has nearly tripled, from about 8 percent to 22 percent. … Continue reading

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BOOKS: Marcel Lefebvre on the Rosary, Biography of Blaise Pascal

I’m looking forward to getting into these, which have come recently.
Le rosaire avec Mgr Marcel Lefebvre (in French)
US HERE – UK HERE

It’s a collection prepared by an SSPX priest Fr. Patrick Toadec.   There is a Preface by SSPX Superior Bp. … Continue reading

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Your RORATE MASSES – UPDATES

Some of you have written asking about “Rorate Masses” during Advent.
This is a beautiful custom – making a come back thanks to the spread of tradition – whereby Mass is celebrated illuminated only by candlelight. They are usually before dawn.
The … Continue reading

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BALTIMORE: New life for a parish with the TLM, FSSP: Sat 16 Dec – RORATE MASS

There is a good piece in the Baltimore Sun about the newly established FSSP parish at the St. Alphonus, a fine old church.  It is the National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori.  Parish site HERE.   NB: They have a RORATE … Continue reading

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INTERNET PRAYER UPDATE: LUXEMBOURGISH! and BAVARIAN! and HILIGAYNON!

UPDATE:
Okay… this is quite the day. Since my original posting I have received BAVARIAN (in the comments, below) and by email HILIGAYNON, a Philippine language spoken in much of the island of Panay and the western half of the … Continue reading

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ADVENTCAzT 2017 13: From this mystery, sacred song is born

Another in my series of short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord.
Here is ADVENTCAzT 13, for Friday 2nd Week of Advent.
Fulton Sheen talks about the … Continue reading

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UPDATED – FRAMED: Daniel Mitsui’s new altar cards for the TLM – HOLY COW!

UPDATE:
I took my spiffy Mitsui altar cards to be framed.  Now I have them, completed.
Ready for a first look.

The central card.

Here is the frame I chose.

The guy at the store and I had a discussion about whether a narrow frame … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confession of serious sins in both kind and number.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
According to canon law, we are obliged to confess our mortal sins in “both kind and number.” Would my sins be absolved if I failed to mention the venial sins in number?
YES!  Number, too… for serious sins.
You are … Continue reading

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