Author Archives: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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

Ingenious lights for portable confessional

The Sacrament of Penance has been devastated far and wide due to decades of neglect from bishops and priests.   However, in some places it is being revived.  Young priests especially are giving it some new impetus and some bishops … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Your Eminence!

His Eminence Karl S.R.E. Card. Lehmann turns 80 today! Such a landmark should not pass unnoticed.

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My View For Awhile: Breakfast Edition

Having offered the Most August Sacrifice this morning, I’m off again, straight to the aerodrome. Virtually everyone at this airport is gathered at my gate. Oh the excitement. Where I’m sitting now, I can hear 3 languages.  The really loud … Continue reading

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Your Pentecost Sunday Sermon Notes

Was there a good point or two in the sermon you heard for this magnificent Pentecost? Let us know. One thing I can share is this wonderful quote from St. Cyril of Jerusalem (+386). Do you recall that an angel with … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Pentecost Sunday: weaving and imbuing and saving and dyeing

The Fiftieth Day Feast, Hebrew Shavuot or Greek Pentekosté, for the Jews commemorated the descent of God’s Law to Moses on Mount Sinai, wreathed in fire, fifty days after the Exodus.  Fifty days after Our Lord’s Resurrection (the perfect number … Continue reading

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OLDIE PODCAzT 87 (2009): Veni Sancte Spiritus – The Pentecost Sequence dissected

Here is an oldie PODCAzT made back in 2009.  How time flies. ___ I started this one thinking that I could make a fast audio project and then move on.  Ha! In this PODCAzT I dissect the Pentecost Sequence, Veni … Continue reading

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Some people have been writing of late asking about gifts for newly ordained priests or for older priests for their anniversary. This is ordination season, after all. There are many priestly things you might get, usually after consulting with father, … Continue reading

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“Therefore, let us not sleep, as others do; but let us watch, and be sober.”

In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest. “Why not come … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Vigil of Pentecost (1962MR): from gerbils to lions

Can you believe that today is already the Vigil of Pentecost? COLLECT (1962MR): Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus: ut claritatis tuae super nos splendor effulgeat; et lux tuae lucis corda eorum, qui per gratiam tuam renati sunt, Sancti Spiritus illustratione confirmet. Splendor … Continue reading

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26 May – NYC – Corpus Christi Mass and Procession

If you are within striking distance of Manhattan, consider attending the beautiful Corpus Christi procession which the vibrant, famed, phoenix-like Church of the Holy Innocents will have on 26 May, Corpus Christi THURSDAY. Mass is at 6 PM follow by … Continue reading

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