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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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- frjim4321: “ 230; it seemed as if everyone with a slight headache was invited to come forward 230;” ; How would you know what a person is suffering? We have some very healt...
- roma247: Looking forward to adding these to my sons’ ; reading list when they are just a little bit older. They love the Hardy Boys too, but right now my 12 year old son’ s favor...
- adriennep: On website called ReadBright ly there is a List of Books for 9-10 Year Olds, with descriptio n and covers. You can tell which ones boys might like. Many of these are not older classi...
- Fallibilissimo: Sounds like Fr Longenecke r had enough! It was refreshing to read his article which was frank and direct. I could hear the voice of a very concerned father coming out of the text....
- 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...
- jaykay: MacCheese: “Can anyone else point/link to others that would be appropriat e for a 10 yr old boy?” ; It’s almost 50 years ago, but my generation was still brought up on...
- 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,...
- robtbrown: frjim4321 says: 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...
- 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...
- HvonBlumenthal: Although it was considered a girls book, A Traveller in Time by Alison Utley made a deep impression on me as a (Protestan t) boy. Its about Anthony Babington and is tinged with...
- 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...
- Imrahil: Well, though the idea is great, I have a suspicion (to an invincible one) that this are “in this kind of books people always wanted to get the reader be something or do somethi...
- 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 –...
- msc: Oddly enough I read Dickens 217; The Chimes last month (it’ s a sort of Christmas story) and although Dickens is one of my absolute favourite authors I can’ t recommend it for a...
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- 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
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- Writing to Fr. Z
- Excellent Letter for Lent from Archbp. Chaput of @ArchPhilly – Fr. Z rants, gives 3 points of advice about sin.
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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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The Pope’s sermon for Holy Mass evening “Supper” Mass.
Within this sermon there is a tremendous reflection on the posture of kneeling.
My emphases and comments:
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
Holy Thursday is not only the day of the institution of the Most Holy … Continue reading
The Holy Father’s sermon for Holy Thursday Chrism Mass (in the morning, not the even “Last Supper” Mass).
UPDATE: This sermon is starting to get some sizzle. The New York Times is out and the head line is “Pope Assails ‘Disobedient’ … Continue reading
In the last couple weeks I have had posts about boys playing “Mass”, one had a great video, one had a photo I took of a photo at the funeral of a 60-year priest. Yesterday I posted in a review of … Continue reading
From a reader:
One of my friends is going to seminary and I want to give him a book as a gift about the priesthood or something thoughtful that will help him. Do you have any suggestions?
I wanted to suggest … Continue reading
From a seminarian:
As ordination season is fast approaching, I am hoping you can enlighten me concerning a custom relating to priestly ordinations which has become a topic of discussion among seminarians of late. Specifically, I am wondering whether you … Continue reading
My friend Fr. John Trigilio, who head the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, has a not on his blog The Black Biretta about priests and happiness.
Here are a few paragraphs from his longer post, which I encourage you to take a … Continue reading
If you are a blogger, may I ask that you link to this poll? It would be good to have a large sampling.
UPDATE 1407 GMT:
And also…. added as an afterthought, so the numbers might not match the poll above. You … Continue reading
The Holy Father’s sermon at Mass with seminarians.
Note especially this:
Approach the priesthood only if you are firmly convinced that God is calling you to be his ministers, and if you are completely determined to exercise it in obedience … Continue reading
From a reader:
Father, I was in the seminary 14 years ago and completed first
theology. I so badly want to return to the priesthood. I wrote my bishop and
vocation director 10 times and NEVER received an answer.
What does the church have about … Continue reading
Check out a piece over a Fr. Longenecker’s blog. Excerpt:
It was on the way home that the phrase, “Silver and gold I have none” kept echoing through my brain and I realized that the Holy Spirit was speaking to me … Continue reading
Today, looking for things about the Sanctus, I ran across this, which priests could incorporate into an examination of conscience:
From Book VI On the priesthood by St. John Chrysostom. My emphases:
4. […] What manner of man ought [the priest] to … Continue reading
From Zenit with my emphases and comments.
Archbishop Nichols on Priests and the Mass
“We Don Vestments to Minimize Our Personal Preferences”
LONDON, JUNE 25, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is the text of a homily given by Archbishop Vincent Nichols at the Diocese of … Continue reading
A reader alerted me to a very good initiative in the Archdiocese of Denver.
60-Hour Adoration Details
Why: To mark the 60th anniversary of Pope Benedict’s priestly ordination
What: 60 hours of eucharistic adoration to pray for priests and priestly vocations
Dates: June 27-July … Continue reading
From CNA with my emphases and comments.
Despite divorce and other threats, fatherhood remains foundational
Denver, Colo., Jun 19, 2011 / 08:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an era of family breakdown and easy divorce, there is still hope for Catholic families to … Continue reading
I haven’t written much about Fr. John Corapi, because I honestly don’t know much about what is going on. I don’t know the details. But I am sad to read that he is leaving active ministry. I am profoundly sad.
Fr. … Continue reading
May I recommend to Catholic business owners…
If you want to support vocations to the priesthood, one way to do so would be to find or offer summer jobs to seminarians.
I owe this to His Hermeneuticalness and John Paul II.
I was ordained by John Paul II:
One of the themes of Pope John Paul II’s pontificate was his insistence on the necessity of the priesthood and his personal and … Continue reading
It is Friday and it is Lent.
Fr. Mark Kirby, OSB, had this on his blog Vultus Christi:
This painting depicts Our Lord as he appeared in the Sacred Host exposed in the monstrance at the Institute of Loreto in Bordeaux, … Continue reading