PROJECT “200!” Wherein Fr. Z asks for some help.

UPDATE: 22 Jan 2021:

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ORIGINALLY Published on: Jan 19, 2021

I need help.

Some of you are are less than friendly will be ready to agree with that.

After recent changes to my life and in view of the future, I’ve assessed my situation…. or better… new adventure.

Without beating around the bush, I need your help.

I’ll do my part in providing content here as I reinvent and reorient.

I ask for 200 of you, please, who regularly read here, to subscribe for a $10 monthly donation.

Small donations, accumulated, add up.

Just one reason, our of many: the libs who monitor this blog for things they can hate on will no doubt be annoyed by the fact of your concrete support!

I am grateful for larger donations, of course.  I don’t want to limit you to $10/mo.   If someone signs up for, say, $20, and tells me it is for this 200 target, I’d take that is one of you doing the lifting for two readers.

There are a few ways it can be done.

Firstly, there’s Paypal. This is pretty easy.

First, there is this link:

Some options

Some of you might think to increase what you are giving.  Instead of changing your already established donation by $10, perhaps simply add a new one with that particular purpose: “200!”.

Next, there is Continue To Give. It’s a little clunky, but it works.   HERE

Next, there is Venmo.  I just signed up for it at the suggestion of a friend (also in Catholic media with a bigger megaphone than mine).  I can’t set up a regular donation subscription on Venmo, but if you simply told me you were going to do this monthly, I’d believe you. Add a note like, “200!” so I can tabulate it for my fund drive.  HERE

And you can aim your phone at this.  It should work.

Please, dear readers – new and old – I am going to need help and I had better get a head start.  I’m talking about moving issues: storage, probably a moving service, groceries, insurance (gasp), etc.

I hope you will help me carry this burden with prayers, good comments here, and your monthly donation.

“Many hands make light work.”


A priest friend sent this saying that he was using it today, …

Prayer will sustain us in the time to come.

It is really hard to harbor for long ill will for those who oppress us. Remember that for the future.


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WDTPRS: 3rd Ordinary Sunday – Which is it? “unity and peace” or “abound with good works”?

The Novus Ordo calendar has people in “Ordered” (better than “Ordinary”) Time.

The Collect, or first major oration, for the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time in the Ordinary Form”

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus,
dirige actus nostros in beneplacito tuo,
ut in nomine dilecti Filii tui
mereamur bonis operibus abundare.

This was in the 1962 Missale Romanum as the Collect for the Sunday in the Octave of Christmas.

I wrote about sempiternity HERE.

In the superior Lewis & Short Latin Dictionary we learn that beneplacitum means “good pleasure, gracious purpose”.  The preposition in using the ablative case indicates a condition, situation or relation rather than a reference to space where or time when something was occurring.  In the Vulgate beneplacitum translates the original Greek eudokia in, e.g., Eph 1:9; 1 Cor 10:5.  Other phrases are used for eudokia too (e.g., bona voluntas in Luke 2:14, the famous “peace on earth to men of good will” or “peace on earth good will toward men”).  Paul wrote eudokia at the beginning of 2 Thessalonians (1:11-12), rendered as voluntas bonitatis in the Vulgate:

oramus semper pro vobis ut dignetur vos vocatione sua Deus et impleat omnem voluntatem bonitatis et opus fidei in virtute ut clarificetur nomen Domini nostri Iesu Christi in vobis et vos in illo secundum gratiam Dei nostri et Domini Iesu Christi…

…we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his call, and may fulfill every good resolve (omnem voluntatem bonitatis) and work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ (RSV).

We can find connections between 2 Thessalonians and our Collect at several points: mereamur in the Collect with dignetur in Paul (both having to do with meriting or being worth of), beneplacitum with voluntas bonitatis, bona opera with opus fidei (good works flowing from lived faith), nomen Filii with nomen Domini Iesu Christi.   Taken in the sense of “gracious purpose” we can make a connection to Paul’s vocatio too, our “calling” or the purpose for which God placed us on this earth with a part of His plan to fulfill.

Abundo means, “to overflow with any thing, to have an abundance or superabundance of, to abound in.”  If we go back to the idea of the preposition in and the ablative indicating place or location in space, (in beneplacito tuo) we have an image of our good works originating in God and, coming from Him, overflowing out from us.

Some Protestants are under the false impression that Catholics think we “earn” our way to heaven by our own good works, as if our good works had their own merit apart from God.


Catholics believe that true good works always have their origin in God, but the works are truly our works as well because we cooperate with God in performing them.  Therefore, having their origin and purpose in God, they merit the reward of God’s promises.  As Augustine would say, with His merits He crowns His own works in us.

Whenever you find a reference to works in these liturgical prayers, do not forget the Catholic understanding of good works.


Almighty eternal God,
direct our actions in your gracious purpose,
so that in the name of Thy beloved Son,
we may merit to abound with good works.


All-powerful and ever-living God,
direct your love that is within us,
that our efforts in the name of your Son
may bring mankind to unity and peace.

At least they didn’t split it into two or three sentences.  “Oh God, you are so big.  Help us to be big like you.”

In the Obsolete ICEL version note the vague term “love”, rather than the indication of God’s eternal plan.  Perhaps this is a bit picky, but when I hear “we may merit to abound with good works”, I think we are abounding because of God’s action within us through the good works He makes meritorious.  They overflow from us because of His generosity. In the Obsolete ICEL version, however, God’s “love” is in us, but this leads to “our efforts”.  Yes, this can be reconciled with a Catholic theology of works, but … it just doesn’t sound right.  Also, I don’t think that “efforts” to “bring mankind to unity and peace” means the same as us “meriting” by God’s grace to “abound with good works”.

When we feed the hungry and console those who mourn, visit the shut-in and imprisoned and pray for the dead, sure we are building “unity and peace”, but that phrase is so vague as to mean very little to someone in the pew.

Is it possible that the guitar strumming and all those kumbayas of the 1960’s affected the translators choice of words?  Hmmm….

“Unity and peace” in the “obsolete ICEL” that infected the ears of American Catholics for so long, until the newer translations.  Today we hear that empty notions mouthed by certain American Catholics who have no intention of doing any real work to bring them about in fact.   Sounds nice.  Doesn’t mean much… at best.  At worst… it’s the linguistic cover up of an intentional lie.


Almighty ever-living God,
direct our actions according to your good pleasure,
that in the name of your beloved Son
we may abound in good works



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Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 3rd Sunday after Epiphany (NO – 3rd Ordinary) 2021

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass for your Sunday (obligation or none), either live or on the internet? Let us know what it was.

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff.

Also, are your churches opening up? What was attendance like?

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“Here is a link to a Newsreel from 1949 that seems as if it is from another planet.”

A friend sent this, with the comment,

“Here is a link to a Newsreel from 1949 that seems as if it is from another planet.”


A world that’s gone?

I wonder… what sort of, what magnitude of cataclysm would be needed to wake people up to reality and commonsense again?

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CQ CQ CQ: #HamRadio – #ZedNet reminder – Sunday 24 Jan ’21

Here’s a reminder about ZedNet for Sunday 24 Jan ’21 – evening at 2000h EST (0100h ZULU 4 Jan).

Also, this was sent by WB0YLE who keeps the pieces of ZedNet working together.  Click for larger.

Anyone who uses Brandmeister ought to know this about their changes – you need a personal password now: HERE  In effect, they are applying security to their “masters”. They want you to set a personal password.

I hope some of you hams with DMR etc. access will check in!

exists on the Yaesu System Fusion (Wires-X) “room” 28598, which is cross-linked to Brandmeister (BM) DMR worldwide talkgroup 31429, which essentially gives world-wide multi-mode access to a common ham radio network.  Right now, no Echolink.

Fellow hams who have access locally to a Yaesu System Fusion repeater, a repeater on the BM network, or a multi-mode hotspot registered with BM can get on and have a rag chew…. 24/7/365

WB0YLE gave me a clear list, with links, of everything you need to get involved.


I created a page for the List of YOUR callsigns.  HERE  Chime in or drop me a note if your call doesn’t appear in the list.


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The pub that survived the Great Plague is shut down by Covid-1984

Okay… this is getting seriously ridiculous now. It’s time to put a stop to the Wuhan Devil.

From the Daily Telegraph I learned that the Lamb and Flag in Oxford is to close.

That’s just plain WRONG!

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Of Benedictines, Books and Beer

Today I read the newsletter from the wonderful Benedictine monks at Norcia, in Italy.  These are traditional Benedictines, a high American component, who make wonderful beer, Birra Nursia, in the place where St. Benedict was born.   You will recall that earthquakes brought their church and house down a few years back.  They’ve been rebuilding in the hills.

The monks have a beer club to which you can subscribe.   This is how they keep putting up their monastery brick by brick.

In this newsletter we see about the Solemn Vows of three monks, news about a new online store for their beer for Europe, and see photos of their church, Our Lady of Mercy, which is now open.

What I found particularly interesting with the list of the books read during meals in the refectory during 2020.   One could do a lot worse for a reading program for part of 2021.

These are wonderful monks.  They have wonderful beer.   Helping them helps yourself.  Rising tides, and all that.

Sign up and tell them that Fr. Z sent you!

The monks reached out to me and said that for every FIVE new Club members who sign up and reference “Father Z” in the “Notes about your Order” line, I will get a free case of beer to share with my priest friends.


Their beers are available in both in .75 liter bottles in cases of 6 and of 12.  You can get 1 case per month or 1 case every other month.

I noted that the “Slow Food” movement in Italy has taken notice of the beer.  That’s a major endorsement.

Here are a couple ideas.

Pastors of parishes and priests: I’m sure you have to entertain once in a while, perhaps fellow priests, perhaps some parish event like a fundraising supper.  Think about providing BIRRA NURSIA from these great monks.

Parish organizations, Knights of Columbus, etc.: Ditto!  This beer is as Catholic as it gets and you would be providing support to the monks in Norcia.

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ASK FATHER: Coming late to Mass and reception of Holy Communion

From a reader….


If one is late for Mass because of an unexpected occurrence (line for confession was longer than expected, traffic, etc.), is he permitted to receive Communion? Is there a point in the Mass at which a potential communicant cannot receive? Is there varied opinion about this between OF and EF parishes?

I expect that there will be varied opinions along the general lines of Novus Ordo dominance and Traditional dominance.  I suspect that people (priest and lay onlookers) at the former sort of parish, Novus Ordo, will be more censorious if they think about it at all. They may be the same people heading to the parking lot having just barely received Our Eucharistic Lord.

Of course, I’m talking about 30% who still believe what the Church teaches about the Eucharist.  The rest think that when you sing the song and get the white thing in your hand … well… that’s really nice and people should feel good so everyone should go!   And you MUST go!  ROW BY ROW!   Anything not forbidden is obligatory, after all.

At a more traditional place, where teaching has been sound and where people really believe, I suspect there will be less of a hang up about who is receiving and when, for reasons that will unfold, below.

Let’s make distinctions.

First, attendance at Mass is not absolutely necessary for the reception of Communion.

Consider that Communion is brought to the sick, outside of Mass. Also, it is possible to receive outside of Mass even directly after Mass has been celebrated, as is the case when the choir receives afterward (that’s fairly common at a TLM), or in this time of Wuhan Devil lunacy, some who desire not to be forced to receive Our Lord on their unconsecrated hands, are given the choice to receive after Mass… segregated, as it were.

Lastly, there is the example of Good Friday: the liturgy is not a Mass.

Next, while we can receive outside of Mass, it is better to receive during Mass. And during a Mass where you have been an active participant for the whole of the Mass, not just part.

Manualists (bless them) designated a certain segment of Mass when one had to be present so as to fulfill the Sunday obligation. That was generally either from the Gospel to the conclusion of Communion or else (more commonly) “from chalice veil to chalice veil”, that is, from the beginning of the Offertory (RING goes the bell when the chalice veil is removed) to when the priest veils the chalice again after the ablutions. That’s a bare and minimalistic view of participation for the sake of obligation. ‘Tis enough. T’will serve, as Mercutio would put it.

But we should not fall into the trap of thinking that, just because the minimum suffices, we are doing well. We should participate at the whole of the Mass from entrance procession to recessional. In making one’s confession, attrition (sorrow for sin because of fear of Hell) is sufficient to receive absolution, but contrition (sorrow because of offending our loving God) is better.

It could be that, arriving late though no fault of your own, could be a test to find another Mass at another church or wait for the next Mass on the schedule if there is one, perhaps praying in church in the meantime in reparation for the sins of bishops and elected officials.

Your question touches on a lot of different points for reflection about the state of the Church and our sacred worship – and therefore our Catholic identity – today.  We ARE our rites!   What we do shapes us.  Who we are shapes the rites.

Which should have logical priority?

If those who have pretty much caved into the world shape the rites, the sense of transcendence and transformative mystery will soon be obscured by the human elements (e.g., the demand some have to see the priest grin at them over the altar).

The Eucharist (both the Eucharistic species and the celebration of the Eucharist, Mass) is the “source and summit” of who we are as Catholics.

How we celebrated Mass and how we receive the species is of fundamental importance.

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The Popes’ guts, martyrdom and YOU

Today is the Feast of Sts. Vincent and Anastasius.

Their church Rome is of interest.  It faces the famous Trevi fountain.  It is the place where the entrails of lots of Popes were kept.  You read that right.   Back in the day Pope’s were not embalmed.  They would extract everything that was going to go off really fast.  The urns with the innards were interred here.  Also, I don’t think this church hasn’t yet changed the Pope’s stemma over the door.   Gotta double-check.

St. Vincent is greatly venerated.  From Spain (born in Huesca where Sts. Nunilo and Alodia are), and associated closely with Valencia, he was a deacon and was martyred in the persecution of Christians in the 3rd c. at the time of Diocletian.    We know about his life from the poet Prudentius and also from several of St. Augustine’s sermons.

Then, as now, there was pressure from the state (Emperor, governors, etc.) on Christians to give up their core values, their souls as it were, by offering some sort of sacrifice to the gods or the demi-godlike “genius” tutelary spirit of the Emperor, or hand over sacred books, etc.   Many did.  Think, in contemporary terms, of clerics totally caving into the demands of the state regarding COVID-1984, except that back then you could be swiftly killed rather than just fined or bombarded with virtue signaling.  St. Vincent essentially told the local governor to stow his demands in an impossible place because they were ready to suffer for the Faith.  There are differing accounts of his martyrdom, but St. Augustine includes that Vincent and other Christians were tortured horribly.

St. Anastasius was a 7th c. Persian soldier who converted at the sight of relics of the Cross.  His newly chosen Christian name, Anastasius, comes from the Greek for “resurrection”.  He, too, was martyred, his body eventually brought to Rome and interred in the church dedicated to Vincent.  Thus, the link.

There are various martyrdoms taking place today.

When we think of martyrdom, we usually think of bloody or “red” martyrdom.  However, great Doctors of the Church write of other kinds of martyrdom.  Also, today, the Church has a path to beatification and canonization for those who endure some short of bloody, red martyrdom, oblatio vitae.

For example, St. Maximilian Kolbe, beatified by Paul VI as a confessor was canonized by John Paul II as a martyr.  He is one of those cases that falls between being a “Confessor” who lived a heroic life of virtue, and being a martyr.  He wasn’t really killed because he was a priest.  He was killed because he took another man’s place.  Therefore, as a result of his choice, he died down the line.   Another case could be St. Gianna Beretta Molla, who died because of her decision not to abort her child.   Some people who don’t necessarily live a life of heroic virtue, but who are virtuous and devout habitually, might by their offering of life have a path to beatification.   Fr. Vincent Capodanno, the heroic Navy Chaplain killed in Vietnam while trying to give last rites to a wounded Marine.  Yut! He wasn’t killed for hatred of the Faith, so he wasn’t a martyr.  It would not be necessary to demonstrate all the virtues lived in a heroic way.  “Heroic” here has nothing to do with his heroism in the fire fight during which he was killed.  He made a choice, and was killed because of it.

So, we have the ancient teaching about “red” or bloody martyrdom for the sake of charity whereby the martyr dies giving witness in the face of hatred for the Faith.

There is also a long tradition of identifying “white” martyrdom, coined by St. Jerome, whereby a person gives witness through an ascetic life, withdrawal from the world, pilgrimages involving great sacrifice, or who suffers greatly for the Faith but who does not die in bearing witness. There is also a “blue” (or “green”) martyrdom, involving great penance and mortifications without necessarily the sort of withdrawal from life that a hermit or a cenobite might live.  Gregory the Great in his Dialogues, writes of different kinds of martyrdom, bloody, public martyrdom in time of persecution and secret martyrdom, not in time of persecution.  He wrote that secret martyrs are no less worthy of honor, because they also endured sufferings and the attacks of hidden enemies, but they persevered in charity.

The Church recognizes the lives of figure who are worthy of being proposed as examples to others.  Different times in the life of the Church bring different and new examples of how to live the Christian life.  People don’t change but the world around us does.  How a Christian reacts to the world has some stable principles but life has to be lived here and now, not as it was in the past or how we would prefer it to be.  Work for a better world, yes, but we cannot compromise on the Faith.

Hence, the world will find new ways to make us into witnesses… martyrs.  And the most painful martyrdom will from from fellow Catholics.

When you examine your conscience in the evening – I hope you do – do you ever play out in your head what it would be like were society to go sideways fast?  What if all Catholics – not willing to offer a pinch of incense to the one-party rule of the Woke Democrat Party were determined to be “domestic terrorists” and were to be rounded up and put into camps.   Have you thought about what you would do?  What if they confiscate everything you have and let you twist in the wind because you won’t abide by the “Face Diapers For Democracy” executive order?    Have you thought about this?

When things go sideways, they tend to go sideways really fast.   And if you think it can’t happen where you are… ha!

The world will always need witnesses.  But you can’t give witness to what you do not know.  You can’t give what you don’t have, or in fun Latin, nemo dat quod non ‘got’.

Take the admonishment of Peter to heart and “always be ready to give reasons”.

Be situationally aware about your neighborhood, workplace, city, country.

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From a reader – “Idea: Spiritual battle/Catholic Church fullness of faith.” Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader….

Idea: Spiritual battle/Catholic Church fullness of faith.

Sure the Rosary but at the same time Holy Bishops and priestly exorcists casting out the Devil from our land, the Church. My priest asked an expert and he said that we need the bishops to be around the country to do it.

This is exactly what is needed.   Exorcisms and acts of reparation.

How would this be for a program?

  • Bishops reestablishing Forty Hours Devotion in parishes on a regular scheduled as in days of yore.  Forty Hours was instituted for urgent public needs, such as plague or threat of invasion.
  • Bishops establishing a monthly day of fasting for the diocese and holding public devotions (e.g., continuous Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament) in their cathedral churches including 24 hour confessions on that day.
  • Bishops reciting Ch. 3 Title XI over their dioceses on a weekly basis, ideally in public.

On a smaller scale, pastors of parishes could do these things.

None of this would interfere with any of their other projects and campaigns.

The worldly and those oppressed by the Enemy of the soul will howl with rage and fight like hell.  But isn’t that precisely what the Church is here to battle?  For the sake of saving souls?

That’s the spiritual side.  On the material side, the fact is, dear reader, that a “demographic sink-hole” is opening up under the Church in these USA and elsewhere.   The Wuhan Devil – and I believe that once it got out of its Chinese lab somewhere along the way it was weaponized by propagation and then some bad actors cursed it – has accelerated the opening of the sink-hole.   Seasoned Catholics will pass away in God’s good time and, when they do, their unchurched or barely aware children and hardly catechized grandchildren are not going to provide material support for the Church.  Many will have lost interest in going to church on Sundays and feasts, since they were only sort of Catholic anyway – many of them – and they were attending “beige” parishes.

Tell me I’m wrong.

Convince me that, as soon as all the churches are opened and lockdowns and face-diapering are over, everyone and more will flood back into our churches with generous giving.

Go ahead.

One thing I do know.  I’m getting notes from priests who, in this interim, have started TLMs in their parishes.  They are now better attended – with young people – and they are producing more revenue than the Novus Ordo Masses.

If we want any hope of evangelizing, we have to embrace Tradition, but with a heart for spiritual and temporal works of mercy, and fire for preaching the Faith in a missionary way, not watered down, not secularizing.

Sound, clear, clarion trumpets must sound and our priests and bishops have to put on their gear and lead.

This is not rocket science.

Today, however, it is sometimes hard to distinguish what we are doing as a Church from just about any other NGO.

NGOs can’t perform exorcisms, for example.

We have to turn towards the Lord, in our hearts but also in our sacred liturgical worship.  We have to get down on our knees in reparation for sins and in adoration of the Trinity, and for Holy Communion.  Get the junk out of the confessionals, clean then up, and turn the lights on.


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OLDIE PODCAzT 127: The Eve of St. Agnes and a Bleak Midwinter

A friend reminded me today – this dark dark day – that it is the “Eve of St. Agnes Day”.  I am quite devoted to St. Agnes, and I have 1st class relic of her.

My friend reminded me today because he wanted me to repost an old PODCAzT that I made some years ago, in which I read the poem by Keats, “The Eve of St. Agnes“.  I also look at Christina Rossetti’s “In the bleak midwinter”, which has been beautifully set to music.

I, fan of poetry that I am, read out Keat’s poem, 42 Spencerian stanzas.  It is torrid and lush, with marvelous moments and imagery, imbued with the revival of romantic, courtly love which was coming back into vogue in the early 19th century.

The poem takes inspiration from a superstition, which I explain in an introduction.

The Eve of St Agnes would inspire the Pre-Raphaelites, as a matter of fact.

Speaking of Pre-Raphaelites, one of their circle, was Christina Rossetti.

It seems appropriate today, as we enter into a bleak and “dark winter”, to hear this lovely poem.



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20 Jan: St. Sebastian, invoked against the pandemic

St Sebastian tended by St Irene

Today, 20 January, is the feast of early martyrs, St. Fabian, who became Pope and St. Sebastian, a soldier who had risen through the ranks at the time of Diocletian.  When the Emperor learned that Sebastian was a Christian, the soldier was pressed with dire threats to apostasize.  He refused.  Sebastian was tied up and shot full of arrows, but he lived on, nursed to health by St. Irene.  Having regained his health, he went to Diocletian and admonished him for his sins.  He was then beaten to death with rods, fustuarium, a punishment of the legions.  St. Ambrose preached about Sebastian, saying that the saint was originally from Milan.   In the medieval period he was increasingly invoked against Plague, probably because of the association of disease striking people like arrow from the blue.  Also, in 680 Sebastian was invoked against a plague and it remitted.

Hence, it is not a surprise that Sebastian is invoked in the Rituale Romanum against disease in the first of the three orations declared by the priest.

Exáudi nos, Deus salutáris noster: et intercedénte beáta et gloriósa Dei genitríce María semper vírgine, et beáto Sebastiáno mártyre tuo, et ómnibus Sanctis, pópulum tuum ab iracúndiae tuae terróribus líbera, et misericórdiae tuae fac largitáte secúrum.

Vouchsafe to hear us, O God, our salvation: and, the glorious and blessed Mary, Mother of God and ever Virgin, of Thy martyr Saint Sebastian and all the saints interceding, free Thy people from the terrors of Thy wrath, and make them tranquil by the abundance of Thy mercy.

And apt prayer for evil times and on a pivotal day.

Preaching about Sebastian, St. Ambrose says (Exp. Ps. 118. ch. 20):

The persecutors who are visible are not the only ones. There are also invisible persecutors, much greater in number. This is more serious. Like a king bent on persecution, sending orders to persecute to his many agents, and establishing different persecutors in each city or province, the devil directs his many servants in their work of persecution, whether in public or in the souls of individuals.

Of this kind of persecution Scripture says: All who wish to live a holy life in Christ Jesus suffer persecution. “All” sufffer persecution; there is no exception. Who can claim exemption if the Lord himself endured the testing of persecution? How many there are today who are secret martyrs for Christ, giving testimony to Jesus as Lord! The Apostle knew this kind of martyrdom, this faithful witnessing to Christ; he said: This is our boast, the testimony of our conscience.

In our nation, persecution of individuals by the Left is on the rise.   They are doing Satan’s work.  It is right to pray against them using all our spiritual tools.  Fathers!  Take note!   Recite Ch. 3 Title XI of the Rituale Romanum privately if you must.  But say it.   Do not give in to the darkness by either running from it, or by descending into hatred.

The pandemic may very well be something that God has given us to wake us all up.   So too with the way many currents in the country are rapidly shifting to the Left.  When people forget about God, God will provide wake up calls.   Is the pandemic one of the them?   Are our elected and appointed leaders, secular and sacred, wake up calls?

Pray to St. Sebastian that God will treat us better than we deserve.  Ask Him for miracle.  Beg God for the sudden, complete and lasting elimination of the COVID-1984, the Wuhan Devil and all its variants.  Ask God to remove this scourge from us in such a sudden way that people will wake up and recognize that, by its sudden and complete disappearance, many will have to acknowledge that it was indeed God who did it.

I would so much rather that the peoples of the earth wake up to God by a great miracle than that they wake up because of a cataclysm.

I would so much rather that our persecutors wake up to their evils than that they eventually, unrepentant, go to Hell.

Let us pray.

And I send out my thanks to the many “Irenes” who have lately been of aid to me.

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ASK FATHER: Prayers “for the Pope”

From a reader…


Prayers are said for the Pope every Mass, but I can only find prayers ABOUT the Pope and his role in the collect for the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. Are there any others in the ER or OR of which you are aware?

Oh yes, there are indeed prayers for the Pope.

In the 1962 Missale Romanum, for example, in the section in the back called Orationes diversae, there are orations which can be added to the other prayers to be said.

Here is the Collect which is also part of a standard prayer for the Pope, the Oratio pro Summo Pontifice, Prayer for the Supreme Pontiff, which goes like this, where N. is the name of the Pope, usually preceded by the singing of the Antiphon Tu es Petrus:

V. Oremus pro Pontifice nostro N.
R. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius. [Ps 40:3]
Pater Noster, Ave Maria.
Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum N., quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere; ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

V. Let us pray for N, our Pope.
R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. [Ps 40:3]
Our Father, Hail Mary.
Let us pray.
O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant N, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Another prayer….

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, miserere famulo tuo Pontifici nostro N., et dirige eum secundum tuam clementiam in viam salutis aeternae: ut, te donante, tibi placita cupiat et tota virtute perficiat. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Let us pray.
Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon Thy servant N., our Supreme Pontiff, and direct him according to Thy loving kindness in the way of eternal salvation; that, of Thy gift, he may ever desire that which is pleasing unto Thee and may accomplish it with all his might. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sometimes this will be sung or recited after a devotion such as Benediction, or perhaps after a Mass on the anniversary of a Pope’s election, etc.

So that is the Collect.  Here are the other prayers a priest can add at Mass.


Oblatis, quaesumus, Domine,placare muneribus: et famulum tuum N. quem Pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, assidua protectione guberna. Per Dominum.

Be appeased, O Lord, with the offering we have made: and cease not to protect thy servant N., whom thou hast been pleased to appoint Pastor over thy Church. Through our Lord…


Haec nos, quaesumus Domine, divini sacramenti perceptio protegat: et famulum tuum N. quem Pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, una cum commisso sibi grege salvet semper et muniat. Per Dominum.

May the participation of this divine Sacrament protect us, we beseech thee, O Lord; and always procure safety and defense to thy servant N., whom thou hast appointed Pastor over thy Church, together with the flock committed to his charge. Through our Lord…

I hope that helps.


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