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“This blog is like a fusion of the Baroque ‘salon’ with its well-tuned harpsichord around which polite society gathered for entertainment and edification and, on the other hand, a Wild West “saloon” with its out-of-tune piano and swinging doors, where everyone has a gun and something to say. Nevertheless, we try to point our discussions back to what it is to be Catholic in this increasingly difficult age, to love God, and how to get to heaven.” – Fr. Z
YOUR RECENT COMMENTS
- Ellen: I am one of the people who select books for our children 8217;s section. You all have no idea how much bilge there is out there. It’s quite disappoint ing to open my copy of Bookli...
- Fallibilissimo: Understood Fr, I’ll keep it for another time.
- Neal: Just finished reading Watership Down to the kids. They loved it, and I’d forgotten how great it is. Otto of the Silver Hand, not so much.
- sibnao: These are good recommenda tions. I have two sons, 19 and 14, both excellent readers now, who were both “del ayed” ; in fluent reading until well into 4th grade. I credit reading...
- frjim4321: “ 230;then expalined how the prayers of the “Introduct ory Rites” make clear who we are… ” I like that frame, and I like the idea of letting the Introducto ry Rites...
- Katherine: To you and Mary Jane: Do not be afraid to read stories that are over their heads! You will be amazed at their comprehens ion. Another favorite of ours is Captains Courageous . I, myself,...
- Eoin OBolguidhir: For older boys, I recommend the new Hackett publicatio n of Stanley Lombardo 8217;s translatio n of Homer̵ 7;s “Ili ad.” There is a bit of PG-13 language (e.g....
- Katherine: This is a great list. We read aloud the chapter of a book each night before bed, and repeat the really good ones, eventually , so the younger kids get them (and we, the parents with the...
- bobbird: I would like to recommend ANY of Kenneth Roberts 217; books of early America. Every teenager that I have taught and has read the books has thanked me profusely. The are historical ly...
- Jana Parma: I just saw this over at crisis magazine and I thank you for reposting. I have three boys, with the oldest being 7, and while they are not yet ready for the books it is good to have...
- acardnal: I remember reading as a youth the thrilling books by Nicholas Monsarrat, The Cruel Sea and Three Corvettes which portrayed war at AND with the sea. I also enjoyed Two Years Before the...
- benedicta a cruce: “I have the strongest sense that the MSM is helping to create these hideous, heartbreak ing events. 221; I completely agree. And I think it’s crucial that we keep...
- acardnal: Very appropriat e selection of music played in the background during the recitation of the Holy Name Society version on the Prayer to St Michael.
- MacCheese: This is really important as we are battling for control of our children’s minds. Thanks for posting this Father. There’s one there for a 10 yr old but most of the others are for teens....
- APX: I’m of the firm belief that kids and adolescent s should read real paper books. Between watching TV, using the computer, using tablets and smartphone s, I think kids get way too much...
- Mary Jane: Our boys aren’ ;t old enough for these books yet, but I’ll try to remember this list for future reference! I absolutely second Fr Z’s suggestion of reading aloud –...
- Fr Martin Fox: I continued my homily series on the Mass. I explained some things about the vestments and then expalined how the prayers of the “Int roductory Rites̶ 1; make clear who we...
- pbnelson: ??I would add one thing to Fr. Longnecker ’s excellent essay: It’s a spiritual work of mercy to admonish the sinner. Homosexual acts are sinful; has Fr. Martin admonis...
- frjim4321: It was a fervorino on the upcoming communal celebratio ns of the Anointing of the Sick and Sacrament of Penance. As related to restoratio n of convenenta l relations with God, others,...
- Mike: Raymond ArroyoR 17;s faithful service to the Truth and to the Great Commission clearly raises hackles in high places. Papal insider Fr. Antonio Spadaro of “2+2 =5” renown has...
- AA Cunningham: Many contempora ry members of the Society of Jesus are doing yeomanR 17;s work in dispelling the age old myth that all Jesuits are intellectu als.
- RAve: My parish includes plenty of 2nd Amendment supporters and participan ts. This weekend our parish father-son club (Fraternus – an alternativ e to Scouting) spent a weekend doing Apples...
- MacCheese: I applaud Father Longenecke r for this. There is now a very clear break from tradition that’s easy to grasp, even for a simple soul such as myself. Father very often plays the victim and...
- JonPatrick: The 3 temptation s of Jesus correspond to 3 sins of the Israelites on their Exodus from Egypt to the promised land. They did not trust God that he would provide their daily bread; they...
- Mariana2: Thanks, Father! Heavenly.
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- Books for boys. Suggested titles and an additional point.
- LENTCAzT 2018 06 – Monday in the 1st Week of Lent: “I warned you!”
- Wherein Fr Longenecker schools @JamesMartinSJ
- Your Sunday Sermon Notes
- WDTPRS 1st Sunday of Lent (N.O.): The Lenten “Sacrament”
- LENTCAzT 2018 05 – 1st Sunday of Lent: Anger and Reason
- Commandments are NOT mere “ideals” from which some are excused because, “They’re tooo haaard!” Wherein Fr. Z rants.
- JUST TOO COOL – Cops, ashes, and podcasts
- VIDEO Fr. Murray and Prof. Royal on some tough issues
- LENTCAzT 2018 04 – Ash Saturday: Getting ready for… it.
- Pontifical Requiem Mass for a great lover of the Church’s sacred liturgy
- LENTCAzT 2018 03 – Ash Friday: Grant me a little more time
- Role of #MSM in mass shootings: If it bleeds, it leads. Angry @fatherz asks fearful questions
- Wherein Fr. Z rants in the wake of the Florida school mass murder
- Friday after Ash Wednesday: Feast of the Crown of Thorns
- LENTCAzT 2018 02 – Ash Thursday: What you are I was, what I am you shall be.
- Your #AshWednesday Sermon Notes #ashtag – AUDIO Fr Z
- Ash Wednesday, Fasting, Abstaining, and You – with notes on alligator, endothermic moonfish, and muskrat
- LENTCAzT 2018 01: Ash Wednesday – Unto dust thou shalt return.
- Fun with @OneMadMomBlog – BuzzFeed – Alt-Right and @SebGorka
- LENTCAzT 2018 00: Shrove Tuesday – Get out your armor, pilgrim’s shoes and cloaks
- Singing and confession – Just Too Cool!
- Writing to Fr. Z
- Excellent Letter for Lent from Archbp. Chaput of @ArchPhilly – Fr. Z rants, gives 3 points of advice about sin.
- ASK FATHER: Why can lay people read at Mass?
- ASK FATHER: When should babies be baptized?
- OLYMPICS 2018 12 Feb: CURLING!
- BOOKS RECEIVED: @DouthatNYT on state the Church under Francis (terrific) – John Rist in Reading Augustine series (a scream)
- Benedict XVI’s resignation 5 years on. Your thoughts.
- Carmelite Nuns seeking Priest Chaplain
Let us pray…
Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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Category Archives: Lighter fare
This morning I found two interesting recipes for Sour Beans.
The first involves beans and rice, garlic, ginger, onions, carrots and lean pork, and a couple of types of vinegar. I think I’ll try it this week.
The second involves the bishops … Continue reading
In what he surely thought was a serious analysis from High Atop The Thing, over at Fishwrap, Michael Sean Winters, the Wile E. Coyote of the catholic Left and one of the New catholic Red Guards, looked at the beginning of the USCCB’s … Continue reading
Pope Francis decided to ban, as of 2018, the sale of cigarettes in Vatican City (cheaper for employees which leads, of course, to a black market). Cigarettes are bad for people and, probably, the environment. Hence, they must be banned.
I … Continue reading
Raising a glass.
Carrying this with me today…
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
I’ve been watching tweets against Bp. Morlino as part of the ongoing jihad against him here in Madison.
These poor people.
Ultra-liberal Madison, by the way, was once described by a former governor of Wisconsin as “30 square miles surrounded by reality”, … Continue reading
H.L. Mencken in 1923 about translation of sacred texts, liturgy. Hilarious, prophetic, applicable now.
One of you readers here sent this. It is by H.L Mencken, an influential American columnist in the 20th c. He was prodigiously clever, but clever enough to avoid being a fan of Nietzche and an enemy of religion. He … Continue reading
Given that I’ve been doing blog work today, and also coping with a failing phone upgrade….
A wry work in progress.
Litany for the conversion of internet thugs (2.0).
(For private use only, when truly irritated, and when the alternative is foul language.)
Lord, … Continue reading
On the topic of Challenge Coins, I received a text from an NYPD cop who will be at tonight’s game between the noble small-market, well-deserving Twins and the arrogant, effete, big-market hated Yankees. He is, woe betide, unrepenting in his support … Continue reading
The hijinx continues. Today I was alerted to an attack on my sacred person, et alibi, at the site of La Croix International by Massimo “Beans” Faggioli of ultra-lib Villanova. His purple patch and over the top notions suggest that he is … Continue reading
Over at NLM there is a highly amusing, and in an odd way comforting, note to help us put the new Motu Proprio on translation (inter alia) into perspective.
Greg DiPippo posted an excerpt from Shawn Tribe’s very first NLM post about what Stratford … Continue reading
… we turn to the blog of the OED.
If you don’t know what the OED is… well… look it up.
The lexicographers were asked about their favourite words. Some of them are humdingers… which is itself a good candidate for a favourite … Continue reading
You don’t want to miss this. It’s too important.
Saturday 9 September is
International Buy A Priest A Beer Day!
You will want to obtain and deliver beer to your priests. I will share some Norcia Beer with the guys here. (Do visit … Continue reading
I hope you realize that this is a subtle message never to attempt to delete my blog from your daily reading list.
On another note, this is amusing. The Roman version of the opening sequence of Game of Thrones (which I think pretty much everyone on the planet watches).
The Atlantic is pretty much a joke. However, they take themselves seriously. This story seems… seems… not to be an intentional joke.
Read and be amazed. It exemplifies the Left. You can’t make this up.
From Daily Caller:
The Eclipse Is Racist … Continue reading
A seminarian sent this…
I wanted to let you know that one of your readers, upon reading this post, sent me a copy of Pope Emeritus Benedict’s new book on the priesthood. I received it a few days ago – along … Continue reading
Response to Ivereigh, Winters, etc. – Model of behavior for converts rooted in the Apostolic Tradition?
Austen Ivereigh wrote a seriously imprudent piece about converts. Ed Peters schooled Ivereigh about what converts means. HERE
However, one of the comments under my post about that deserves special attention.
Saul of Tarsus was an (initially unwilling) convert. So there.
So there, indeed.
I will … Continue reading