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"But if, in any layman who is indeed imbued with literature, ignorance of the Latin language, which we can truly call the 'catholic' language, indicates a certain sluggishness in his love toward the Church, how much more fitting it is that each and every cleric should be adequately practiced and skilled in that language!" - Pius XI
"Let us realize that this remark of Cicero (Brutus 37, 140) can be in a certain way referred to [young lay people]: 'It is not so much a matter of distinction to know Latin as it is disgraceful not to know it.'" - St. John Paul II
- LIVE VIDEO – 15 Jan 2021 – 1200 NOON CST – Traditional Latin Mass – St. Paul, Hermit (Intention: benefactors)
- 14 January – Festum Asinorum #FeastoftheAss Day!
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- Various prayers or “Orationes diversae” in the traditional Missale Romanum
- WDTPRS: Collect for the Votive Mass “to beg the grace of dying well”
- LIVE VIDEO – 13 Jan 2021 – 1200 NOON CST – Traditional Latin Mass – Baptism of the Lord (Intention: benefactors)
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- WDTPRS: Prayer for enemies – Part III
- ASK FATHER: Help for a blind priest who wants to learn the Traditional Latin Mass – UPDATED
- LIVE VIDEO – 12 Jan 2021 – 1200 NOON CST – Traditional Latin Mass – Votive for the grace of a good death
- “Ab arbore autem fici discite parabolam…”
- WDTPRS: Prayer for enemies – Part II
- ASK FATHER: Baptism by immersion but water didn’t touch the head
- LIVE VIDEO – 11 Jan 2021 – 1200 NOON CST – Traditional Latin Mass – Votive for whatever necessity
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- ASK FATHER: What is the Church’s role in creating the cancel culture?
- WDTPRS: Prayer for enemies
- LIVE VIDEO – 9 Jan 2021 – 1200 NOON CST – Traditional Latin Mass – Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday
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- ASK FATHER: What do we do if the upcoming administration outlaws Mass and the sacraments?
- “Those who support Donald Trump should no longer be allowed to publish books or use the Internet or fly on airplanes.”
- LIVE VIDEO – 7 Jan 2021 – 0730h CST – Traditional Latin Mass – Votive of Christ the High Priest
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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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From a reader many questions. General Tip: If you hope for a serious answer, send one question. After that I start to lose attention and get silly. Thanks you for your website. It’s the third thing I read every evening. … Continue reading
Our friends at Rorate have the news… which I read twice to be sure… The next ‘approved’ Traditional Latin Mass will be on May 31 (Pentecost), but usually it is offered every 1st Sunday of the month, at 1700 H … Continue reading
What major public figure recently said this: "At the heart of Paul’s effort in Athens was an appeal to reason. He did not seek to impose his beliefs, nor exploit anxiety or fear. Rather he had learned that his faith … Continue reading
From a priest reader: I am facing a dilemma. I live in a part of the country which does not observe the Ascension in a biblical manner – that is, forty days after the resurrection. Instead, we observe something that … Continue reading
My friends – smart people – are angrily scratching their heads over the latest squishy musings in L’Osservatore Romano. I have posted about this here and here. In the second case, the editor, who is a fine fellow and doing … Continue reading
I think nearly everyone will agree that the Holy See needs a serious overhaul of its communications offices. There is an article in Newsweek which addresses this issue. You will disagree with some of the writer’s biases. Move rapidly past … Continue reading
From a priest reader: Fr. Z, Easter Greetings in the Lord. I am writing with a question for you, or any other knowledgeable priest, to answer. Last spring I attended two priestly ordinations. The first was in the extraordinary form, … Continue reading
From a reader: On your take on notredame you kept refering to the "liturgy". In the present catholic church there are 2 different liturgies: the novus ordo and the tridentine. What liturgy are you refering to that needs reforming. The … Continue reading
From a reader… an astute observation about Fr. Jenkin’s introduction of Pres. Obama at the Notre Dame commencement last Sunday. A portion of that introduction goes: JENKINS: "As the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council wrote in their pastoral constitution … Continue reading
I am struggling to get an article written for the paper this week, the column which gave this blog its name. This week I had both a hard time getting going, and then a hard time stopping once I did. … Continue reading