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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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Monthly Archives: December 2018
I must say that Francis hasn’t lost his penchant for springing surprises. Yesterday was the annual audience with the Roman Curia for their exchange of Christmas greetings, etc. The “etc.” has also in years past included a couple of … Read More
In the Christmas number of the UK’s (and now USA’s) best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, there is a lighthearted feature in which notables are asked about “the perfect Catholic cocktail”. I sense that they didn’t ask me because my opinion … Read More
I received this from a reader, photos and text. First, some photos. It’s good to go to confession at this time of the year, please consider doing so. If it has been many years, no worry, just ask the priest … Read More
I am on my way home from the nation’s capital. Hopefully, the last flight of the year. Some of you wrote to ask my why I would go on a trip after getting banged up a couple weeks ago. This … Read More
Sometimes people have a hard time finding causes to support. I have a few organizations which I trust 100% for my own charitable giving. This is one of them that I admire. And, when I got home after being banged … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was at a CRHP (Christ Renews His Parish) “evangelization of the faithful” retreat not long ago, where parishioners give their testimony and conversion stories to other parishioners. One such testimony of about 30 minutes took place at … Read More
At Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) Madame Defarge (aka Michael Sean Winters – Tricoteuse of the New catholic Red Guard – aka Wile E. Coyote of the catholic Left) has produced another masterpiece of irony. Madame, who wants to watch his opponents guillotined … Read More
As the text messages from across the pond started to come in this morning, I did as I more and more often now do. With a groan I put on my cheaters and grump, “What fresh hell is this?” Today … Read More
I’m on my penultimate air trip (I hope) of the year. Three things to note. First the pilot wanted to board early! Second, there is no tail number on this airplane, hence I’m not sure about who is actually running … Read More
Fr. Hunwicke, at his esteemed page, has a cold look at what “development of doctrine” might mean over the last few years. Accepting, of course, that doctrine can develop, one can ask the question: how much time does it take? How … Read More
From a priest… QUAERITUR: At my parish since March of this year, the Holy Eucharist has been found on the floor 14+ times. Initially, when our Lord was found, I addressed it from the pulpit, asked certain parishioners to watch, … Read More
As we come to the close of the year, you are surely thinking about your end of year charitable giving. Please remember the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison, a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donations are tax-deductible. Click the link … Read More
UPDATE 17 Dec 2018: Canonist Ed Peters has a post about the text of the sermon that Fr. LaCuesta gave at the funeral for the young man who committed suicide. The family fueled the usual hyped-up MSM faux reporting. (NYT … … Read More
Some don’t know, and understandably so, that the Church recognizes many great figures of the Old Testament as saints, and she gives them feast days. They may not appear on the general calendar for liturgical observation, but they are listed … Read More
From a friend. WARNING TO MALE READERS: Simply reading the text in the images, below, may compromise your testosterone level. Imagine what reading aloud might do. This idiocy was perpetrated on the People of God at a parish. It … Read More
Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard as you fulfilled your Gaudete Sunday Mass obligation? Let us know. Meanwhile, lets have a poll. Choose your best answer. Add interesting and thoughtful comments. Anyone can participate in the poll, but … Read More
It has been great, though slow going in NYC. Time to head home. I had access to the lounge this time in a new way. I am seriously irritated that Delta club membership will no longer be acknowledged by partner … Read More
In July I wrote about a group in Ferrara (HERE) which, having great success, is being treated rather curiously by the local bishop. The Priestly Brotherhood of the Family of Christ (FSFC) seems to be doing great things. I read … Read More
The 3rd Sunday of Advent is nicknamed “Gaudete … Rejoice!”, from the first word of the first chant, the Introit. Today we relax slightly our penitential focus during Advent. Some say Advent is not a penitential time, even though it … Read More