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WDTPRS – 23rd Sunday after Pentecost: SNIP!

During his Sunday Angelus address today, 12 Nov, the Pope asked the sort of question that Popes ought to ask, especially at this time of the liturgical year, when we focus more and more on the Four Last Things and … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 32nd Ordinary Sunday: Ideals for the Christian, pilgrim soldier on the march

Let’s look at the Collect for the 32nd Ordinary Sunday, keeping that today, Saturday, is Veterans Day (DONATE to the Archdiocese for Military Services!).
Sunday’s Collect has an antecedent in the Gelasian Sacramentary, is also used in the Extraordinary Form on the 19th Sunday … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How much “work” on Sunday?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I know we are to abstain from unnecessary servile (manual) labor on Sundays. How strict should we be with discerning whether the labor is “necessary” or not? For example, can mere convenience justify a small amount of light … Continue reading

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Challenge Coin Update – Catholic War Veterans – #VeteransDay

You may recall that I had challenge coins made. I’ve been giving and exchanging here and there, as well as receiving from kind readers.
One just came in from an interesting organization: Catholic War Veterans. Appropriate.

I was unaware of this organization.
Many … Continue reading

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Happy 242nd Birthday, USMC!

Raising a glass.

‘rah!
Carrying this with me today…

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Rereading “Lord Of The World” by Robert Hugh Benson – Brrrrr!

I am once again – after many years – into the dystopian and prophetic Lord Of The World by Robert Hugh Benson.
A taste:
“Briefly,” [Mr. Templeton] said, “there are three forces–Catholicism, Humanitarianism, and the Eastern religions. About the third I cannot prophesy, though I … Continue reading

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More about photos during Mass and Pope Francis’ admonisment

The other day Pope Francis spoke out again taking photos at Mass or other liturgical moments.
Greg DiPippo at NLM has a good piece about this HERE.
He makes the distinction between this…

And this…

I would add any of myriad photos of beautiful … Continue reading

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A “tour de force” about Protestants and Martin Luther

One priest in an email to me referred to this as a “tour de force” about Protestants and Martin Luther.
All I can say is… “Whew!”
Go to Crisis and read “Calling a Spade a Spade” by Angelo Stagnaro.
Sample:
I can forgive Protestants and Protestantism … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM – Petitions in Support of @BishopMorlino @MadisonDiocese

UPDATE 10 Nov:

See Church Militant… but before you do that… sign the petitions!
First, at LifeSite…. HERE    [as I write – 5253]
Then, at Change… HERE    [as I write – 5,469]
C’MON!!
___ Originally on: Nov 4, 2017
If you are not up to speed about the horrid attacks … Continue reading

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@JamesMartinSJ and “downward-facing dog”

In 2015 Pope Francis said:
“You can take a million catechetical courses, a million courses in spirituality, a million courses in yoga, Zen and all these things. But all of this will never be able to give you the freedom” of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Venial sins forgiven during Mass?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Thank you for all of your efforts here, as it really brings strength to many of us during our sojourn.
A priest at our local university gave a homily a few days back wherein he spoke of the absolution … Continue reading

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IRELAND: Priests told to stop calling bishops ‘spineless nerds and sycophantic half-wits’

This is amusing in a dark way… sort of like a movie about a screwball dysfunctional family.
Just how dysfunctional is the Catholic Church in Ireland?
From the Irish Times and the annual meeting of the ultra-liberal Ass. of Catholic Priests:
Priests told … Continue reading

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NEW BOOKS about the Seven Deadly Sins and answers to Protestant objections to the Faith

I get quite a few books.  Two grabbed my special attention.
Remember, you eventually will do some shopping for Christmas.  Yes, I know it’s early, but I like to get mine done early so I don’t have to worry about it.  … Continue reading

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A strong sermon with food for thought

Here is a sermon from a priest friend of mine in my native place, Fr. Thomas Dufner, pastor of Epiphany Church in Coon Rapids, MN.
He gave this sermon on 15 October 2017, just after the 100th anniversary of the final … Continue reading

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Some amusing bits and pieces

A few things caught my eye this morning.
First, I was amused by an faux pas from the loony anti-gun deranged Left which made wild claims about possible after market customizations of an AR-15 rifle system.  HERE
In a tweet, USAToday said … Continue reading

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