Category Archives: Four Last Things

ASK FATHER: What if we are alive when Christ returns?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it true that we will all die? If Jesus comes at this very moment many people will be alive. Do we die before going to hell or Heaven? First, we don’t know exactly what is … Continue reading

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

UPDATE 17 May:   Now that I’m not on the road, I can give some attention this this once more. People sometimes write to me to request Gregorian Masses (i.e., the same Mass intention for 30 straight, uninterrupted days).  Many … 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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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 10 – Ember Friday – 1st Week of Lent: This is the way you will be judged.

These daily 5 minute podcasts for Lent are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season and to thank the benefactors who help me and this blog. Today is … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can we have Masses said for non-Catholics?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it appropriate to have Masses said for deceased non-Catholics? What about Gregorian Masses? You are in our prayers! Thank you for your time and your ministry. It is praiseworthy and a work of mercy to … Continue reading

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URGENT PRAYER REQUEST: Gayle – RIP

I received some sad news today.  The woman who made the most beautiful rosaries I have ever seen or used died, under tough circumstances. I spoke with her daughter tonight and told her that I would ask for prayers.  I … Continue reading

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6 Dec – St Nicholas: SNOWFLAKE ALERT! NOT A “SAFE SPACE”!

WARNING SNOWFLAKES! This blog is NOT a Safe Space for you!  This post, especially, is NOT a Safe Space for you. You know which sites you can go to to be affirmed and unchallenged by anything truly Catholic.  Please go … Continue reading

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2 Nov – All Souls, Indulgences, and YOU!

It seems somehow fitting to post about indulgences on 31 October. From the Handbook of Indulgences Visiting a Church or an Oratory on All Souls Day A plenary (“full”) indulgence, which is applicable only to the souls in Purgatory is granted … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z rants: Our worship, therefore our identity, needs orthotics.

I receive this from a reader…  I thought you might be interested in this; it at least is new to me. In Waterbury, Connecticut this morning, I came across this version of “Now Thank We All Our God” in WLP’s … Continue reading

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Bp. Morlino on marriage, sex craziness, the election, and “eschatological awareness”

His Excellency Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison and Extraordinary Ordinary, has a column in the recent number of the diocesan newspaper which connect three topics that you might not be immediately inclined to connect. Eschatology (theology of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Will all be saved?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is there a reasonable hope that all souls will be saved since it is a part of our liturgy? No.  That is not reasonable.  It is wishful thinking. Many will be lost. The feel good of … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: 15 August – Assumption Solemn Mass of Reparation for Sacrilege and Blasphemy

Tonight at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, minutes to the west of downtown Madison, we had a Solemn Mass for the Feast of the Assumption (the parish’s patronal feast), which I offered in reparation for sacrilege and blasphemy, especially that … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Pontifical Requiem at the Throne 1 August – Month’s Mind

Last night the Extraordinary Ordinary, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, sang a Pontifical Requiem at the Throne as a “Month’s Mind” for Msgr. Delbert Schmelzer, a beloved priest of the diocese. Here are some images. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Last prayer at the point of death

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Forgive the morbid nature of my query, but with the nature of the world today (and the mindset of an undertaker) a question has been on my mind. If one were to know death was imminent, … Continue reading

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