LENTCAzT 06: Monday of the 1st Week of Lent

LENTCAzT15Today is Monday of the 1st Week of Lent.


How long has it been?

Here is another 5 minute daily podcast for Lent.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season.


I am providing these again this year especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me and this blog.

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“O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon”

You know… ever since February started, I have had the strangest feeling that it was the wrong day.

Ever have that?

Get out your red pens.

Each day I turn another page of my copy of the Martyrologium Romanum, which is always out on a book stand. Today I received a note from a scholarly reader about a problem with the MartRom!

A google search for “Martyrologium Romanum” brings up several of your posts, and it seems as if you might use the newest edition (2004) regularly. I’d just like to alert you to a misprinting of the lunar calendar tables for February that I just noticed. I apologize if the following isn’t entirely clear, as it is tougher to explain than to see.

If you happen to read the day of the month you’d likely notice it
Monday anyways. For the 23rd, under “k” is 4, and for the 24th, “k” is 6, which means of course that something is wrong. It seems that the error traces back to the table for February 5th. [the culprit!] For this year the (ecclesiastical) new moon (“k”=1) is given as the 20th, while the correct date is the 19th.

So, for 5 februarii – 23 februarii, the table of the moon is a day off, for letter “E” on the 5th, and an additional letter (to the left) each day through the 23rd. On 24 februarii, the error is corrected and each incorrect letter is adjusted forward 2 days. O(null)n these days, wherever the number “30” is inscribed, read “1”, and adjust the following numbers though “E” accordingly. I just have the effected years bracketed in pencil to remind me to make the adjustment.

This error is unfortunately repeated exactly in the Italian

(One other obvious error I’ve found in the moon tables is that on 20 ianuarii, the table printed is totally incorrect, as it is a repeat of the 13 ianuarii table.)

I hope you find this useful and are able to pass it along if others ask about it. I was seriously perplexed until I tracked down how the February new moon was off this year! (Last year (“N”), the error didn’t have any effect, thankfully.)

It seems that the Moon is calculating, harsh mistress that she is.

BTW… it was the lunar New Year the other day for people in China and Vietnam and a few other places.

And, speaking of things lunar, don’t forget the great conjunction!  HERE

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OLDIE: Images of the Basilica of St. Peter on this Feast of the Cathedra

Here is an oldie but goodie from back in 2008:

Here are a few photos of St. Peter’s taken last year (2007) on this feast of the Cathedra of St. Peter.

It is pretty dark in the Basilica, so steady is the name of the game. Here is a shot through the columns over the main altar toward the apse, where you can see the candles arrayed.

A closer view.

The bronze Cathedra is decorated with lighted candles only once a year, today.

The black bronse statue of St. Peter attributed to the marvelous Arnulfo di Cambio was always dressed up in his cope and tiara, with a ring on his finger and pectoral Cross on two days, 29 June and today. Then the modernists in the Fabrica started fooling around. Too triumphalistic. They started cutting out elements. But all of them were back today except for the griccia alb, which I can live without I guess.

And ….

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LENTCAzT 05: 1st Sunday of Lent

LENTCAzT15Today is the 1st Sunday of Lent.


How long has it been?

Here is another 5 minute daily podcast for Lent.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season.


I am providing these again this year especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me and this blog.


I had “stickied” this to the top of the blog, but then – drat – I couldn’t un-sticky it! So, I had to delete the original post and repost. That means that I lost some comments and number of shares and ratings, etc.

Sorry about that.

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Two African Cardinals standing up!

In the lead up (already) to next October’s Synod, the continuation of last October’s wild ride with its bizarre rules, backroom maneuvers, and strange proposals, Africa (pace Card. Kasper) is coming into its own.

I saw this at the National Catholic Register:

Cardinal Napier: African Bishops Have Higher Priorities Than Communion for Divorced and Remarried

The South-African cardinal discounted a recent report in Crux that suggested African support for allowing such couples to receive the Eucharist.

ROME — A leading African cardinal says the continent’s bishops want the upcoming Vatican synod to zero in on strengthening the Church with good families — before getting sidetracked on other issues, such as the contentious debate over allowing Communion for divorced-and-remarried couples.
Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban was in Rome last week for a meeting of African bishops — known as the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, or SECAM — with Pope Francis.
In a Feb. 13 interview, he told CNA that he’d gotten together with a group of cardinals the previous evening to discuss what issues they should bring to the table come October, when the synod on the family meets in Rome.
“And the first thing we said was: We have to emphasize that we have good marriages; we have good families. Let’s be positive, first and foremost,” he said.
“Secondly, how can we ensure that the next generation is also going to have good families and good marriages? So the preparation and the accompaniment are two things that we really have concentrated on.”
Cardinal Napier’s comments emphasizing good families — and the preparation of good families in the future — were his answer to a question about a fellow African bishop’s supposed openness to admitting the divorced and remarried to Communion.
Crux’s John Allen wrote Feb. 11 that Ghanaian Archbishop Gabriel Palmer-Buckle of Accra said “he’s open to allowing divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics to receive Communion, [NB] belying impressions of a uniformly hostile African stance toward change on such matters.”
Allen did not quote Archbishop Palmer-Buckle, but wrote that the prelate says he is disposed to “vote Yes” on the “Kasper proposal.”
The term hearkens back to retired German Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has suggested that Communion might be given in certain cases to those who have divorced and subsequently remarried without having obtained a decree of nullity of their first marriage. [The unworkable, indefensible “tolerated but not accepted” non-solution.]
After discussing the need for strengthening families now and in the future, Cardinal Napier turned directly to the issue of the Ghanaian archbishop’s comments:
One of the cardinals had the presence of mind to call the man concerned [Archbishop Palmer-Buckle], and he said, ‘Look, I was talking in a very general way, and, yes, it did come up, and my answer was [that] in cases like this you have to look at it on a case-by-case basis; you can’t make a general statement that you can give Communion to people who are [divorced and] remarried, and so on.’


Doesn’t sound to me as if that Archbishop thinks what John Allen reported.  Perhaps the interview was … hasty.

Read the rest over there at the Register.

Meanwhile, we are also hearing from Robert Card. Sarah, whom Pope Francis appointed as the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments.

A reader alerted me to the news that His Eminence has now a book interview in French with Nicholas Diat published by Fayard. A few excerpts are HERE.

About “Gender issues” he said:

About my home continent, I want forcefully to denounce a desire to impose false values using political and financial arguments. In some African countries, ministries dedicated to gender theory have been created in exchange for economic support! These policies are all the more hideous because the greater part of African populations are defenseless, thanks to fanatical Western ideologues.

And about the upcoming Synod itself, he said (my emphases):

The idea would be to place the Magisterium in jewel box [NB] by detaching the pastoral practice, which could develop as circumstances, fashions and passions, is a form of heresy, a dangerous schizophrenic pathology. So I solemnly affirm that the Church of Africa will strongly oppose any rebellion against the teaching of Jesus and the Magisterium.

As you know, the constant mantra of those who are promoting Communion for the divorced and remarried is that “We will never change the Church’s teaching.  We can change our practice.”

No. Really, we can’t.

The Left and catholic media is going to present their agenda more and more in the coming months as if it were a done deal.  They will create a huge expectation through the media.

Just remember what Card. Kasper said HERE:

Q: But are African participants listened to in this regard?

KASPER: No, the majority of them [who hold these views won’t speak about them].

Q: They’re not listened to?

KASPER: In Africa of course [their views are listened to], where it’s a taboo.

Q: What has changed for you, regarding the methodology of this synod?

KASPER: I think in the end there must be a general line in the Church, general criteria, but then the questions of Africa we cannot solve. There must be space also for the local bishops’ conferences to solve their problems but I’d say with Africa it’s impossible [for us to solve]. But they should not tell us too much what we have to do. [?!?]

Fr. Z kudos to Card. Napier and Card. Sarah.

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WDTPRS – 1st Sunday of Lent (2002MR): Sacramentum

There is an intimate bond between the Lent and Easter cycle with the Person of Christ.  The cycle makes present for us, and draws us into, Our Saviour’s “Paschal Mystery” (pascha from Hebrew pesach, Passover) in a sacramental way.  Remember!  Sacramental reality is no less real than the sensible reality to which we normally pay attention and by which we are so often distracted from what is above.

Each year, our Holy Church conforms herself to her dying and rising Lord. Traditionally during Lent the Church strips our liturgy of all its ornaments: music and all decorations such as flowers.  She liturgically fasts, nay rather, dies throughout Lent.  Increasing deprivation should characterize Lent’s liturgical worship so that our Easter celebration is that much sweeter, the flowers more florid, the music more tuneful, the candles even brighter.  Ancient liturgical customs, usually persevered where the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite is enjoyed, can help us recover a deeper observance of Lent.  The “Alleluia” is suppressed from Septuagesima onward. On Passion Sunday (the Sunday before Palm Sunday) statues and images are draped, taken from sight.   During the Triduum, which for St Leo the Great (d 461) is totum paschale sacramentum - the “whole paschal sacramental mystery” (tr. 72.1), bells fall silent on Holy Thursday, there is no Mass on Good Friday, though there is at least Communion.  On Saturday she is still in liturgical death, without Communion.  At dusk and the Easter Vigil everything returns ten-fold with her resurrection.

Let us see the Collect for this 1st Sunday:

Concede nobis, omnipotens Deus,
ut, per annua quadragesimalis exercitia sacramenti,
et ad intellegendum Christi proficiamus arcanum,
et effectus eius digna conversatione sectemur

Quadragesima, “fortieth” for the fortieth weekday before Easter, is the Latin term for the season of Lent.  Exercitium indicates military and other practices for preparedness, “exercises”.  Arcanum is something “closed” and thus “a sacred secret, a mystery”.  Conversatio means “conduct, manner of living”, not just “conversation.”

Early Christian writers lacked specialized vocabulary for their new theology. They made up new words or adapted existing terms and gave them new meaning.   Sacramentum, perhaps first used in a Christian context by the ecclesial wild-child Tertullian (d c. 225), rendered Greek mysterion.  Its root is sacer, “dedicated or consecrated to a divinity, holy, sacred” (like sacerdos, “priest”).  In the Roman military, sacramentum was the oath taken by a soldier.  In the Christian context, sacramentum referred to the profession of faith made by catechumens when they were baptized, to the Eucharist, the marriage vow, the laying on of hands, etc.  In our Latin prayers, for sacramentum we can say almost interchangeably “sacrament”, “sacramental mystery” or “mystery”.


Grant to us, Almighty God, that, through the annual exercises of the forty-day Lenten sacrament, we may both make progress in understanding the hidden dimension of Christ and by worthy conduct of life imitate the consequences.

Get that? Lent is sacramentum: a material sign by which God bestows spiritual effects.


Grant, almighty God, through the yearly observances of holy Lent, that we may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects.

Christ Jesus took our human nature into a bond with His divinity in order to save us from our sins and also to reveal to us who we really are (cf. GS 22).  Christ is a Person, not a topic of study.  Christ can only be known through an ongoing relationship with Him in which He increases and we decrease.  During Lent the words of the Baptist must ring in our ears daily, even hourly: “He must increase, I must decrease” (John 3:30).   When He increases in us, we are more who we are supposed to be.  Thus, we have to make “room” for Him by our self-denial, the extirpation of bad habits and desires, and the cleansing of our soul.  Lent (the quadragesimale sacramentum) is the mystery during which we learn things about Christ, and therefore about ourselves, that we can learn in no other way.

In our Collect, Father humbly asks God to make this annual series of disciplines and exercises effective in our lives so that we can have the joy our deprivations and our decreasing promise: the joy of the state of grace after falling – happiness in heaven with our God, our Blessed Mother and all the angels and loved-ones and saints – resurrection.

Lent is a transforming mystery, a “sacrament”, during which our physical and spiritual practices have real effects: they bring us into the mystery of the dying and rising Jesus.  This transforming bond with Christ is brought about through denial of self, spiritual and corporal good works for others, examination of conscience, confession of sins, reconciliation with God and neighbor, and full, conscious and active participation in liturgical worship.

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BREITBART: Canadian Fr. Rosica threatens to sue Canadian blogger (Vox Cantoris)

There is a piece at Brietbart by Austin Ruse (who runs C-FAM) about how Canadian Fr. Thomas Rosica, who does a lot of work with the Holy See Press Office, has threatened to sue a Canadian blogger.  My emphases:


Father Thomas Rosica, a Vatican spokesman who works in the media, has sent a menacing legal letter to a little-known Canadian blogger, threatening a lawsuit for allegedly criticizing him unfairly.

Father Rosica serves as assistant in the Holy See Press Office in charge of speaking to the English language press. A Canadian himself, Rosica is also founder of the Canadian Catholic cable network called Salt & Light. Though Rosica publicly defends the right to freedom of speech and press, he is attempting to silence the blogger who has criticized him.

On February 17, Rosica’s lawyers sent a letter to David Domet, who blogs at a site called Vox Cantoris, demanding that Domet take down certain blog posts they say malign Rosica’s character. The letter says:

Each of the said statements, separately and collectively, expressly and by way of innuendo, are false and defamatory in that they suggest that Fr. Rosica is dishonest; they suggest that Fr. Rosica is untrustworthy; they suggest that Fr. Rosica is willing to act unethically to further his own agenda and to do so at the expense of others.

At issue are a number of posts criticizing Rosica for his role in the unusually contentious Extraordinary Synod on the Family at the Vatican last October, which drew global attention to the debate within the Catholic hierarchy over communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the Church’s approach to homosexual unions. Some feared, and others hoped, that the Church was set to change traditional doctrine. The blog Vox Cantoris claimed that Father Rosica, who was one of the official spokesmen of the Synod, was central to efforts to change at least Church practice, if not Church teaching.

Rosica’s letter pointed to nine specific posts, among them:

Make no mistake friends, Tom Rosica and the rest of them are not going to go quietly in the night. They are going to work insidiously over the next year so that there (sic) heterodox view of Catholicism is enacted, not in doctrine, but in praxis. For Father Rosica, it is but a continuing journey.

In a stunning rebuke of President of the Internet Father Thomas Rosica’s pronouncement that the Holy Family was “irregular” in order to justify the homoheresy of the Synod on the Family; Pope Francis today at his audience contradicted the earlier reports by the Vatican English-language spokesman and Executive Director of Canada’s Pepper and Darkness Catholic Channel of No Hope and has pronounced the Holy Family was indeed, “regular.”

American audiences might find the posts inflammatory and perhaps uncharitable, but not legally actionable. In the United States, bloggers may say practically anything they want about a public figure. But this case is being brought in Canada, where Father Rosica is a priest, against a Canadian blogger.


Father Rosica is no stranger to intramural Catholic hostilities. He has criticized LifeSiteNews and other conservative Catholic outlets for what he considers their uncivil approach to public discourse. This came to a head when Cardinal O’Malley of Boston allowed, and even participated in, a public Mass of burial for Senator Edward Kennedy, who had been perhaps the most visible Catholic abortion supporter in the United States.

In their letter, Father Rosica’s lawyers say that Rosica “is incurring and has incurred damages as a result of the aforementioned false and defamatory statements. These damages include damages to his reputation, work and service to the church.” They charge that the blog posts have also caused Rosica’s television network to lose subscribers.

Rosica’s lawyers are demanding that the blogger “immediately and publicly retract all statements on the blog regarding Fr. Rosica and apologize to him on the blog.” If the demands are not met by February 22, “we will seek instructions to commence an action against you,” they state. They have given him five days to comply, but even if he does, the lawyers say they may still sue.

It is not clear at this point what the proprietor of Vox Cantoris will do. He identifies himself as a Catholic family man without the means to defend himself against such charges.

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LENTCAzT 04: Saturday after Ash Wednesday

LENTCAzT15Today is Saturday after Ash Wednesday.


Here is another 5 minute daily podcast for Lent.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season.


I am providing these again this year especially in gratitude to benefactors who help me and this blog.

Today you will hear the Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles and a bit of their wonderful disc of music for Lent.


Also, Motecta Trium Vocum- The Artistry of Matthew J. Curtis


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NEW Z-SWAG – Liquidum non frangit ieiunium

Some of you asked for mugs with the phrase Liquidum non frangit ieiunium.

Ecce.  I added one to the Fr. Z Stuff Store.  HERE

Some samples…

Can insulator…


Drinking glass.


Something whimsical… for medicinal purposes only, of course.


Two sizes of coffee mugs, with the text on different sides.




There are various thermoses and even a wine glass charm (with several other things that I would never buy… but hey!).


Liquidum non frangit 01 copy


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Get a free music CD of spectacular music of Lent from St. John Cantius

MISERERE CantiusI had a great offer from the Canons at St. John Cantius which they want to extend to you, through my blog.


Biretta Books has a special Lenten offer for Fr. Z’s Blog readers.

Visit www.BirettaBooks.com anytime during Lent or the Easter Octave to take advantage of this special Lenten offer. Here is how it works.

Those who purchase at least $30.00 (US) worth of products from the Biretta Books online store qualify to get a free Miserere CD of Lenten Music sung by the St. Cecilia Choir of St. John Cantius Church, Chicago. The offer is available while supplies last and expires on 13 April 2015.

(1) Visit Biretta Books online at: http://birettabooks.com/

(2) Select at least $30 worth of items for your shopping cart

(3) Once you are at “Checkout,” go to the bottom of the page to the section marked “Additional Information”

(4) In the box for “Additional Information” type in this product code number to get your free Miserere CD: SY400

Hear audio samples of the Miserere CD online. Click here.

And… there’s a video!


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