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Anthem data security breach and you

The other night I got an email from the vampire-like health insurance company Anthem telling me that (in exchange for the large amount of money I pay them every month) they were hacked and tens of millions of people’s records … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Salvation “outside” the Church

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
To begin, I want to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog – Thank you. I have always struggled with the teaching of “Extra ecclesiam nulla salus”. Is this doctrinal? My thoughts always go to … Continue reading

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Audio Books, Red Shirts, and You

In addition to using my Kindle, and using regular books, I also listen to a lot of audio books as I drive or travel or putter about doing chores drinking Mystic Monk Coffee.   I’ve found audible.com has a great … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Do the devout have the hardest deaths?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have been unsettled by remarks of a Dr Martin Scurr (Daily Mail 27 Jan 2015) who some years ago served the Jesuits at their HQ in Mayfair and religious attached to Westminster Cathedral. “I always think that … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Send Fr. Z Christmas cards from around the world – UPDATE

ORIGINAL Published on: Dec 22, 2014
Do people still send Christmas cards?  I have fewer this year than usual.
Some one remarked to me, jokingly, that I didn’t have a lot of Christmas Cards.
First, he couldn’t know that and, second, he wasn’t being serious.
Still, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Blessing of Throats by a nun

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Father Z you are one of the very few people I can go to when I have a question about our faith (I’m still learning) and I had my head bitten off today when I asked if this … Continue reading

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3 Feb: St. Blaise and the blessing of candles and of throats

I have posted this in the past, but there are many newcomers to the blog who may find this useful.
Every time I get my throat blessed on St. Blaise Day, I get a sore throat or bronchitis.  As a matter … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What sort of candles can be blessed at Candlemas?

Here is an oldie question from a reader…
QUAERITUR:
If I bring personal candles to the EF mass on Candlemass, must they be made of beeswax? Can they be entirely made of non-beeswax (paraffin)?
Not sure if the old regulations about things like … Continue reading

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Septuagesima – Burying the Alleluia

We have come around again to Pre-Lent. It is time to get our heads into the game and start preparing for our upcoming Lenten discipline.
Already.
Sunday is Septuagesima. That means that on Saturday at 1st Vespers, in the traditional Roman Rite, … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick: Another parish implements Summorum Pontificum. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

For your Brick by Brick file.
A reader sent me a link to a story in the St. Louis Review (a publication of the Archdiocese of St. Louis) about a parish which as started up a Traditional Latin Mass.
‘Mysterium tremendum’ | St. … Continue reading

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