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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
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- Ylonila del Mar: Fr. CiszekR 17;s story reminds me of a Jesuit friend of mine, age 88. I took him to a Tridentine High Mass last November. After the Mass, he was telling me how he still rememb...
- Nan: Publican and Pharisee, 2nd Sunday of pre-lent. FatherR 17;s homily was about change, our change, framed in context of the Gospel.
- zag4christ: I attended Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral today. The homily was given by the rector, Fr. Darren Connall. After the reading from Jonah, then the second reading from Paul to the...
- frjim4321: Referred to the alert last Saturday morning in Hawaii, comparing it to the Sitz im Leben of the Corinthian s, expecting the Second Coming as a matter of hours or days and not the centu...
- Philmont237: My four year old daughter has the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Apostles’ Creed, Hail Holy Queen, Guardian Angel Prayer, Grace Before Meals, and all of her Mass parts memoriz...
- billy15: I actually think this is pretty cool. Might as well take advantage of it. I think I might honestly answer a question he had in that collection of essays and interviews that came out at the...
- ABird: I went to the parish I grew up in this weekend, as I was visiting family. The priest gave an entire homily focused on repentance and did not mention confession once. I found it odd.
- Ef-lover: Today in the Byzantine rite it is the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee aka the second Sunday of pre-lent. Father explained the gospel he told us that the pray of the Pharisee was not a...
- TonyO: Dear Father, thank you for the response. a friend of mine who is a policeman told me about that purpose for the trucks. And yes, there were many other trucks at many other intersecti ons. I...
- Gaetano: Another considerat ion is that Fr. Ciszek may have been celebratin g the Divine Liturgy with all eight tones, adding a whole other layer of complexity to his work of memorizati on. http:...
- Charles E Flynn: Some older etiquette books claim that there is a final line to the address: Europe This US government page does not have this possible detail, but agrees that Vatican City is not...
- ServusChristi: My archdioces e sent a survey to all the youth in all the parishes last year. Though I tried not to sound like a doom and gloom prophet, I wrote down my experience s in paris...
- iPadre: The Vatican post office might want to hire a few extra workers, and maybe rent a very large hall for the influx of mail. An those who have to read it all, well, more jobs there also.
- majuscule: ¡Hagan lio! Or not…
- Fr_Andrew: When I was last in Rome a few years ago, I had heard that the Italian post is the analogical equivalent of a vitandus. As a test, I sent a card from the Vatican Post Office and an...
- thomas tucker: Tell him what we feel, or what we think? [Write one or the other. Write both. I suspect he cares more about the one than about the other. Write what is the most effective. In other...
- jaykay: I think the Sensus Fidelium was pretty well expressed by rather a lot of people in Washington in recent days. But that’ ;s actually going out and doing something, as opposed to writi...
- Veritatis Splendor: Father, how would one go about affixing postage to such a letter? [I suppose that depends upon how you post it.]
- Charivari Rob: Our time is short – and we don’ t know how short. When the Lord is standing along the shore and calling you, you may not have the time to put him off until after the nets...
- Justalurkingfool: I’d rather spend the time sleeping. It is far more productive . [As per your username? I wonder if this is the same approach as those who stay at home instead of going out...
- Mike in VA: I’ve read both of Fr. CiszekR 17;s books about Russia. With God in Russia is a great autobiogra phy of his experience . He Leadeth Me is a great spiritual reflection .
- GypsyMom: At our homeschool co-op, we teach the students the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and grace before meals in Latin. The students usually have them cold by the end of their first semes...
- JSzczuka: Our TLM priest spoke of the humility and faith of the centurion but more of his emphasis was on tomorrow as a day of penance and prayer for life. He mentioned what the President said...
- majuscule: At our OF Mass Father spoke about repentance and about trusting in the Lord. I have often been discourage d by priests who preach about God’ s love and forgivenes s and donR...
- Imrahil: As concerns the question “did he in fact so dispense 8221;, I agree that “he can dispense 8221; and “he did dispense 8221; have, as you put it, an “at least...
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- Your Sunday Sermon Notes
- From a priest: an interesting experience saying Mass
- OLDIE PODCAzT 127: The Eve of St. Agnes and a Bleak Midwinter
- My View For A While: Counter March
- #March4Life numbers and Pres. Trump’s words
- DC March for Life 2018 – DAY 2: Forward MARCH!
- DC March for Life 2018 – DAY 1: Paintings and plots
- Canonist Ed Peters on the Papal mid-air airplane nuptials
- The Pope marries a couple on the papal airplane. Hmmm.
- Big Business Is WATCHING!
- My View For Awhile: March For Life 2018 Edition
- “The Triumph of Marcantonio Colonna” described
- ASK FATHER: Would anything prevent a priest from always using the traditional formula of absolution?
- 2 Feb – MADISON – Candlemas – Pontifical Mass at the Throne
- Card. Müller on authority of Popes, possibility of others correcting contradictory papal teachings
- ASK FATHER: If I remember a sin after confessing, should I interrupt the priest and tell him?
- Slithery misdirection from the National Sodomitical Reporter: Bishops who avoid scandal commit scandal
- An Armenian bishop “ordains” a deaconette
- Two seriously ugly signs of the times involving papal honors and the silencing of bells
- BOOK RECEIVED about Martin Luther (not King but by “King”)
- ASK FATHER: How do I find out which territorial parish I live in?
- Who cares what libs think? Boldly recover and use great traditional items and vesture of yore.
- ASK FATHER: If I confess to watching porn, must I say it was homosexual porn?
- ACTION ITEM! Petition against removal of historic Cross where Fr. Marquette died
- ASK FATHER: We want our children to have reverent Masses. Can we go to the SSPX chapel?
- VIDEO Bp. Athanasius Schneider interview about “Amoris laetitia” Controversy
- ASK FATHER: Should I tell a noisy penitent that we can hear everything said in the confessional?
- Observing the Feast of the Ass – 14 January
- A false #missilethreat is NOTHING compared to this REAL DEATH THREAT
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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A priest friend of mine in Houston sent the following about his parish:
Dry so far. A nearby creek is close to overflowing, so that could be trouble. About 800 made it to Mass over the weekend, 10% of our usual … Continue reading
I have just tuned in for the first time in several days with any real attention to the news.
I see that about an hour and a half ago as I write, N. Korea launched a missile over Japan.
My prayers go … Continue reading
The present situation with North Korea (NOKO) reminds me of some of the scenarios in the dystopian, apocalyptic and “prepper” genre I sometimes read. Frankly, the news these days makes me nervous. I must say I am really glad that … Continue reading
From a priest…
Greetings! You have mentioned on your blog a few times that you sometimes receive threats. I received one today. On the advise of my lawyer I reported it to the authorities. Do you have any insight or advise … Continue reading
I am sure you already know that today, in the new, Ordinary Form, calendar, is the feast of St. Alphonsus Maria de’Liguori, the Bishop and Doctor of the Church so famous for his contributions to moral theology.
However, in the traditional … Continue reading
From a reader…
I wanted to hear your thoughts on this… I’m fascinated by the rosary and the idea that it is our weapon. I’m not a religious (nun or monk) but is it still OK for me to wear the rosary on the … Continue reading
There is a long standing political tool employed to eliminate opposition which is associated with the past, or a defeated regime. You can see evidence of this tool all around Rome, in monuments both ancient and recent. It is called damnatio memoriae… … Continue reading
An off-duty cop “rugby tackled” one of the London “Religion of Peace” terrorists.
An off-duty policeman – an amateur rugby player – was stabbed after tackling one of the three attackers. He remains in critical condition.
Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick praised … Continue reading
Today, in the 2005 Martyrologium Romanum we find interesting saints, including St. Petronilla and St. Ferdinand III, King of Castille. We also find Otto Neururer, a priest who died in Buchenwald and Luke Kirby, a priest who died on the … Continue reading
From a reader…
I am blessed to attend an OF parish where the teaching is orthodox and the liturgy reverent and beautiful (including parts of the mass sung in Latin). Several families have begun expressing an interest in an EF mass … Continue reading
A while back I wrote that people get the priests that they deserve. Collectively, at least. Priests don’t just spring full grown from the heads of… cabbage.
Recently, a writer at hyper-liberal Commonweal suggested that vocations are down because his grand vision of the … Continue reading
During these dark days, we can benefit from the use of this prayer, called the Breastplate, or Loríca of St. Patrick, “The Cry of the Deer” (Latin Lorica is pronounced lo-REE-ka). It is said that St. Patrick (+461) sang this when an … Continue reading
From The Christian Post:
ISIS Covers 3 Families in Tar, Burns Them Alive for Fleeing ‘Caliphate’
As IS continues to lose ground and suffer huge losses in its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul at the hands of Iraqi-led coalition liberation troops, the militants … Continue reading
Every once in a while I post about BOBs, “bug out bags”. It’s time again.
I received a note:
Here in Sacramento, Ca and outlying areas are in danger of life threatening flooding. Nearly 200,000 have been evacuated from Yuba Co. Area. … Continue reading
The liberal juggernaut … libbernaut? … is well-connected and organized. They work together.
Perhaps you saw the NYT’s piece (aka Hell’s Bible) which managed (through fake news) to make an absurd connection between Card. Burke (whom libs hate with the intensity … Continue reading