Daily Archives: 16 April 2011

WDTPRS – Palm Sunday: an example so perfect that it has the power to transform us

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.  The Sacred Triduum (triduum from tres dies – “three day space”) were once days of obligation when people were freed from servile work so that they could attend the liturgies, once celebrated … Read More

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Baby pronounced dead at birth starts to breathe

Doctors pronounced this baby dead, but after 2 hours of the mother holding him in her arms, he started breathing again. Watch. [wp_youtube]hMAzOjExKMw[/wp_youtube]

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A Universal Church should have universal Missal. Duh.

From the blog St. Louis Catholic comes a good note about an article in the New York Times the other day which I started working on for an entry here, but finally shrugged and gave it up as dumb, much … Read More


Cradle Catholic – 30 years old – first confession

From a reader: Due to your blog you singlehandedly managed to get me to my first confession ever (just before this lent, actually); my first, while I’m 30 years old and a cradle catholic. Obviously, that was quite a bit … Read More

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QUAERITUR: I haven’t been to confession for 10 years! I don’t know what to do!

Here is a question from a reader I answered some time ago. But it is now Saturday of Passiontide.  Sure there are parishes this evening where you can find a priest hearing confessions. Go. To. Confession. From a reader: I … Read More

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To priests in difficult circumstances

A note from Fulton J. Sheen to priests in difficult circumstances: When nothing makes sense, when one is certain that “things can no longer go on like this,” one immediately is brought face to face with the most thwarted and … Read More

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Happy Birthday Holy Father!

Say a prayer today for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, whose birthday it is today. The Holy Father is 84 years old. A partial indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, in a spirit of filial devotion, devoutly recite … Read More

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I am getting lots of questions and I just don’t have time or the energy, or often the expertise to answer them. I am considering reviving the old ASK FATHER Question Box site.  When it wound down, due to a … Read More

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WDTPRS: Saturday in the 5th Week of Lent

COLLECT (2002MR) Deus, qui omnes in Christo renatos genus electum et regale sacerdotium fecisti, da nobis et velle et posse quod praecipis, ut populo ad aeternitatem vocato una sit fides cordium et pietas actionum. In the Tridentinum there is a … Read More

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