Category Archives: Four Last Things

ASK FATHER: Cremains in funeral Mass, Traditional Requiem

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Thank you for all that you do and say, on this blog and beyond. Here is my question:
Since cremation is permitted, what would be the ritual for cremains if the funeral mass were an EF Requiem?
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Fr. Perrone: The greatest weapon within the grasp of every Catholic is the keeping of a well-ordered soul

How many times have I written here that, if you are upset with what you see going on in the Church, then “GO TO CONFESSION!”?
I just read a sermon from this last Sunday by Fr. Eduard Perrone of the marvelous … Continue reading

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A reminder about the Apostolic Pardon given by a priest to the dying

Two recent email exchanges brought up the importance of the Apostolic Pardon (AP).  It is also sometimes called the Apostolic Blessing.
The AP is a special indulgence given by a priest to a person who is dying which remits all temporal … Continue reading

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HUGE Fr. Z kudos to a reader who wrote to bishops about the important Apostolic Pardon

I have on occasion written about the important Apostolic Pardon or also Blessing, to be imparted to a person who is close to death.
The Apostolic Pardon imparts to a person who is properly disposed, please God through the last sacraments, … Continue reading

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A bishop, black vestments and refreshing commonsense!

Here is a great tweet from Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence in Rhode Island.

It struck me during a Funeral Mass today – most of the mourners, family and friends, were wearing black. The priests were all wearing … Continue reading

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Reading “Gaudete et exsultate”: Pope Francis schools those who shy from spiritual combat imagery

I’ve been working my way through the very long Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et exsultate (GEE).  It’s a whopping 20K words.
There is a very good section near the end.
From GEE 159 and following, the Pope speaks in clear terms about the Devil, “the prince of … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 162 – HELLCAzT: A Bonus LENTCAzT for Holy Saturday 2018

Each day during Lent of 2018 and the Triduum I provided a 5 minute podcast to urge you on.  Today, I provide a supplement to those LENTCAzTs.
Because of the controversies roused up by alleged comments of the Holy Father made … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 46 2018 – Holy Saturday: Jesus and Hell

Today is Holy Saturday.  The Roman Station is … ooops!  Tricked you.  There isn’t any until the Vigil, which traditionally ought to start at Midnight.  
GO TO CHURCH!
Participate in the sacred rites.  We are our rites.  Let God give you what … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ alleged remarks about Hell. Fr. Z says, “Let not your heart be troubled.”

Today is Holy Thursday, which I had hoped might be a little quiet, giving me some time in silence.  It was not to be.
His Holiness Pope Francis inexplicably met once again with Eugenio Scalfari, the 90+ year old atheist Communist … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2018 35 – Tuesday – 5th Week of Lent, Passiontide: “Have mercy on me, at least you, my friends!”

Today is Tuesday in the 5th Week of Lent, Passiontide.  The Roman Station S. Maria in Via Lata.
In gratitude especially to benefactors who help me and this blog, during Lent I’m once again offering 5 minute daily podcasts to encourage … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2018 28 – Tuesday in the 4th Week of Lent: “They would pay any price for an hour!”

Today is Tuesday in the 4th Week of Lent.   The Roman Station is San Lorenzo in Damaso. 
In gratitude especially to benefactors who help me and this blog, during Lent I’m once again offering 5 minute daily podcasts to encourage you in … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2018 21 – Tuesday in the 3rd Week of Lent: What’s in it for me?

Today is Tuesday in the 3rd Week of Lent.   The Roman Station is Santa Pudenziana.
In gratitude especially to benefactors who help me and this blog, during Lent I’m once again offering 5 minute daily podcasts to encourage you in your own … Continue reading

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20 Years Later: #WhoKilledFatherKunz

Last Saturday, 3 March, we had a Requiem Mass for in the intention of the late Fr. Alfred Kunz. It was the 20th anniversary of his murder.  His body was found on 4 March 1998, though he was probably killed … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2018 20 – Monday in the 3rd Week of Lent: The bed of fire

Today is Monday in the 3rd Week of Lent.   The Roman Station is St. Mark.
In gratitude especially to benefactors who help me and this blog, during Lent I’m once again offering 5 minute daily podcasts to encourage you in your own … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2018 14 – Tuesday in the 2nd Week of Lent: Go forth O Christian soul!

Today is Tuesday in the 2nd Week of Lent.   The Roman Station is Santa Balbina. 
In gratitude especially to benefactors who help me and this blog, during Lent I’m once again offering 5 minute daily podcasts to encourage you in your own … Continue reading

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