National Catholic Prayer Breakfast 2016

I am at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast!

With Card. Sarah.  Paul Ryan is behind us.



… with Sam Gregg and Alejandro Chafuen, both with Acton Institute.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.  No political red-meat, and he was charming.


Sr. Constance Veit, LSP (Little Sisters of the Poor).  She gave a wonderful talk.


Card. Sarah.  He was pretty attached to his text, as one is when speaking in a language that is not so familiar.  However, when he repeated that we should “pray“, he looked up in a way that was quite intense.


This girl’s choir was marvelous.


All in all, a great morning.  I would happily go again.  There were many familiar faces.

Many thanks to my hosts.

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  1. cregduff says:

    Would be a great event for our friends in WY to support and wake everyone up with some deep, dark Mystic Monk coffee…

  2. benedetta says:

    What a beautiful photo Father of you and Cardinal Sarah! Prayers for all who are there. An important event.

  3. acardnal says:

    Speaker Ryan and Cdl Sarah are both scheduled to speak. I hope CSPAN plans to broadcast the event.

  4. acardnal says:

    It looks like EWTN will be broadcasting the event live!

  5. APX says:

    Would be a great event for our friends in WY to support and wake everyone up with some deep, dark Mystic Monk coffee…

    Dark roast coffee has less caffeine than light and medium roast. If you want to “wake up” with coffee, drink light roast.

  6. Elizabeth D says:

    What a great event. There are Little Sisters of the Poor. And look at Fr Z and the next Pope.

    you know, when one thinks one might get moderated for no apparent reason one hesitates to bother to post.

  7. The Masked Chicken says:

    Dear Elizabeth,

    I think there might be a random amount of moderation built into WordPress that is simply a program directive. So, sometimes moderation might have nothing to do with content.

    The Chicken

  8. paladin says:


    Possible… but my wife has multiple blogs on WordPress, and none of them entail random, non-person-directed moderation at all. None of her blogs are paid blogs, true, but I’m assuming that “random moderation” (if it exists) would only activate if the blog owner were to activate such a setting.

  9. Robbie says:

    A future pope and a future monsignor pictured together? One can hope!

    [I like how you think!]

  10. Spade says:

    Posted this in another thread but last Sunday I was at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in DC and searched the entire bookstore for a copy of “God or Nothing”. They didn’t have it. So I asked the counter guys. One said he’d search his system and the other guy (checking somebody out) said, “Oh, we’re totally sold out of that. It’s very popular.”

  11. Scott Woltze says:

    Hopefully Fr. Z mimicked his ancestors in the Faith, and snipped a piece of Cardinal Sarah’s clothing when he wasn’t looking. Do-it-yourself relics!

  12. acardnal says:

    I listened to Cardinal Sarah’s speech on EWTN today. He made some pointed remarks on the social situations being debated in the USA: He mentioned the words “demonic ideology” a few times; and I particularly noted his comment that a “false concept of tolerance persecutes the truth about man.” AND “should not a biological man use the men’s restroom? How simpler can that concept be?”

  13. iPadre says:

    What a blessing to meet Cardinal Sarah. He would be an awesome pope.

  14. robtbrown says:

    During the previous papacy, did they serve Eggs Benedict at the breakfast?

  15. Grateful to be Catholic says:

    Fr. Z, is that fruit all they gave you for breakfast? Where are the scrambled eggs, hash browns, lots of bacon, topped with nice asparagus?

  16. Mike says:

    That’s choir is from Oakcrest school for girls, in McLean, VA….where they know how to sing and translate Vergil!!

  17. acardnal says:

    Cardinal Sarah’s speech can be read HERE

  18. Semper Gumby says:

    Thanks acardnal, great photos Fr. Z.

  19. Mike says:

    We need about one of these a month, maybe in a bunker someplace (well, we were two flights underground), complete with battle cry; Cardinal Sarah’s was excellent.

    I could have stood about three times the fruit and about a third of the grease on the bacon. But I don’t think I’ll be able to specify such niceties in the bunker. It will still be worth it.

  20. benedetta says:

    I was able to tune in to listen to Cardinal Sarah. I think his insight about the dynamics of the forces against the Church, throughout history and particularly in the modern era, as not having at their core any real unifying, consistent, threads of truth or rationality to them, despite whatever claims are made as justification for the persecuting Christians personally or stirring up animus and hatreds against believers. That there are no obvious consistently rational and redeeming threads when one examines various persecutions occurring now around the world, and in recent times, I think Cardinal Sarah rightly points out, kind of re-establishes, in stark clarity and dramatically, that our struggles are not against flesh and blood but against forces and principalities. In one places Christians are targeted for one asserted justification and in another place for some other excuse entirely, and despite those claims and justifications, there are no common principles found in reason, logic, rationality, or humanism for that matter, across persecuting groups, despite loud claims as to possessing righteousness, truth, moral superiority, enlightenment, compassion.

  21. Eugene says:

    Fr. Z…your friend MSW at the National Fishwrap, did a very mice hatchet job against the holy Cardinal…maybe you can respond in kind

    [Respond in kind? Why would I do that? I am not by temperament so nasty. I can’t summon the venom of MS Winters and the Fishwrap’s combox. You really have to feel sorry for them over there. My guess is that they are so venomous towards Card. Sarah because what Sarah said struck close to home: if he and all the readers there want to crowd into the ladies room, who am I to judge?]

  22. Holy Mackerel says:

    Father, I wonder whether I might have been the one who took your photo — and whether you are the kind priest who then, immediately thereafter, swapped iPhones with me and took my own picture with the Cardinal. If so, then I’m gobsmacked, because I’ve been reading your blog for years! If not, well, sorry for the mistake, and thanks to your brother priest who gave a great gift to me and my family.

    By the way, you realize you were photobombed by the Speaker of the House, don’t you? That’s his hair above His Eminence’s head.

  23. Rich says:

    That is an excellent photo of you and Cardinal Sarah, Fr. Z!

  24. Holy Mackerel says: I wonder whether I might have been the one who took your photo

    From what you describe, yes, I am sure that he was I… that I was he.

    Photobombed, by Paul Ryan? Interesting morning.

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