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- Gab: St Therese, as with all the saints before her, would have suffered the humiliatio n gladly for His sake.
- Gab: The title of the book, from the Gospel of St Luke, is very, very apt.
- youngcatholicgirl: I’m with Fr. Finigan in that last paragraph, of how much fun memorizing is. I’ve memorized hoards of things in my life (it was part of school from kindergart en to...
- OrdinaryCatholic: ” You can’t worry about public perception anymore. ” You are absolutely right. Besides, as a Catholic, we should be used to being publicly shunned, humiliated , mocked...
- Fr Martin Fox: A lot of people can identify with how dear Therese reacted in the first place, and must have felt in the wake of the humiliatio n. St. Therese was nothing but kind and warm in...
- Fr. Charles A. F.: rtjl: You are quite right; and actually, according to many contempora ry reports of the incident, even the atheists Taxil thought he would be ingratiati ng himself with found the...
- Man-o-words: Shame on these two for destroying the unity of the church! I mean, according to their peers, it is far better that we all go into perdition together than to call out the evil among us!...
- Spinmamma: May God keep Cardinals Burke and Brandmülle r, and all of His faithful and courageous clergy All of the clergy are in my prayers, but especially the good and valiant, who have chosen to...
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- bobbird: So, may we assume that St. Therese did this while in the convent? I wonder if she needed permission ? After all, the exposure of her hair was something to avoid through the wearing of a...
- BrionyB: I agree singing is a great help in memorizati on – I can usually remember song lyrics much better than poems. I learned the Salve Regina by joining in singing it after Mass every...
- NH Knight: One of my all-time favorite books is about St Joan of Arc. “For God and Country 221; by Fr. Michael Cerrone. Outstandin g book and impossible for me to put down. Since there was...
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- Diana: Just started reading The Power of Silence! Looking forward to the new book! Thanks for the heads up!
- rtjl: So Leo Taxil seems to think it’s a bad thing when one human being trusts another human being. I don’ t think it’s a bad thing. It may be naive at times but it’s not a...
- Amerikaner: I thank the good Lord that these two do not hide their light under bushel baskets.
- Imrahil: 1. Interestin g observatio n, dear JohnPatric k. I can sing the Salve Regina in the ferial tone. I also can recite it in Latin, but with more effort. I have trouble reciting it in German....
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- Grant M: Many years ago, I was reading a novel by Michener, in which a college student is required to memorize a long poem, and chooses to recite from memory Gray’ ;s Elegy in a Country...
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- Mighty St. Thérèse, victim of “fake news” and the cruelty of libs
- New book from Card. Sarah
- Open Letter From Cardinals Burke and Brandmüller to Conferences of Bishops: “The plague of the homosexual agenda has been spread within the Church”
- My View For Awhile: Rapid Western Strike
- Fr. Finigan @FatherTF and the importance of memorization
- During the Rome “summit” we celebrate the Feast of St Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church
- Rome abuse “summit”, an SSPX video, and an @fatherz Jeremiad
- The Rome “summit”, “gay” priests, and #sodoclericalism – Wherein Fr. Z rants.
- Fr. Rutler’s Weekly Column
- BOOK RECEIVED: 1962 Parish Ritual – HUZZAH!
- Archbp. Viganò offers thoughts on The Present Crisis before the Rome “Summit”
- Suffering and attacks on the Church’s “Eldest Daughter”
- Mister McCarrick
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- Interesting observation by @CCPecknold about laicization of McCarrick
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- Of Flaring Suns and Starry Nights
- A quick book plug: A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament
- Opportunity: R.I.P.
- POLL: Prayers after Mass
- “Know also this, that, in the last days, shall come dangerous times.”
- Do you know priests who are struggling, under attack? Terrific movement: Seven Sisters Apostolate
- Movement in the causes of Bl. John Henry Newman and Card. József Mindszenty
- ASK FATHER: During sick call, tea and biscuits before administering Communion
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- “Rumors that a certain prelate threatens his orthodox priests with institutionalization or laicization are not rumors… they are truth”
- BREAKING: Rubrics and color-blindness
- Card. Kasper attacks Card. Müller who publicly proclaimed Catholic doctrine
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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: Patristiblogging
Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is ADVENTCAzT 21, for Saturday in the 3rd Week of Advent. … Continue reading
Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is ADVENTCAzT 16, for Monday of the 3rd Week of Advent. … Continue reading
I put on my patristicist cap today with super excitement. I saw at NLM Greg DiPippo’s spiffy post which conveys news from Italian media about forensic analysis of the bones of St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor, who died in 397. … Continue reading
Today is the feast of St. Zachariah, the prophet of the Old Testament. Here is the entry in the Martyrologium Romanum with a translation. 1. Commemoratio sancti Zachariae, prophetae, qui populum de exsilio in terra promissionis reversurum prophetavit eique regis … Continue reading
“Whatsoever new and unheard-of doctrine you shall find to have been furtively introduced” is “permitted as a trial”.
When confusing things happen that leave people upset, legitimately, I have often written that that we should stay calm. This is for several reasons. Each horrid thing that clerics do or strange thing they say is further proof that this … Continue reading
Because the vagaries of your planet’s progress around your yellow sun, and because of the whirling of it’s largest satellite, this year the Feast of the Annunciation fell on Palm Sunday. Hence, our celebration of this great mystery has been … Continue reading
The best English language vaticanista today is Edward Pentin. He has an interview with Bp. Athanasius Schneider today at the National Catholic Register (that’s the good one that begins with “National”). HERE The whole thing is worth reading. However, I … Continue reading
In the Novus Ordo calendar Epiphany (which is supposed to be 12 days after Christmas – the reason it is called “Twelfth Night”) is sometimes moved to the Sunday. I suppose that they reasoned that more people would celebrate the important … Continue reading
First, if liturgical translations frustrate you, just use Latin. It is, after all, the official language of worship of the Roman Catholic Church. I have had a couple dozen panicked or confused emails, and a few more that are simply curious, … Continue reading
On this glorious feast of St. Augustine, allow me to repost an answer to a question I get fairly often and answer off the blog: QUAERITUR: What is the best translation of St. Augustine’s Confessions? It depends a little on who … Continue reading
The Gospel in today’s Mass in the Extraordinary Form, by which we celebrate the Octave of Pentecost, relates how the Lord healed the paralytic in Luke 5: 17-26: At that time, it came to pass on one of the days, … Continue reading
A Patristic moment on the Holy Spirit. The spellbinding Romanos the Melodist (+6th c.) has this about our praise of the Spirit. Amazing imagery: […] Now those who before were fishermen have become skilled speakers. Now those who once stood … Continue reading
Benedict XVI SPEAKS: “With Cardinal Sarah, a master of silence and of interior prayer, the liturgy is in good hands.
In the spirit of GMTA… Great Minds Think Alike… I offer you the following. Benedict XVI has written a brief essay as an afterword for a future re-printing of Robert Card. Sarah’s great book The Power of Silence: Against the … Continue reading