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“This blog is like a fusion of the Baroque ‘salon’ with its well-tuned harpsichord around which polite society gathered for entertainment and edification and, on the other hand, a Wild West “saloon” with its out-of-tune piano and swinging doors, where everyone has a gun and something to say. Nevertheless, we try to point our discussions back to what it is to be Catholic in this increasingly difficult age, to love God, and how to get to heaven.” – Fr. Z
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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 – 20 Oct. 1200h CDT – NOON Traditional Latin Mass – St John Cantius
- #ASonnetADay – 67. “Ah! wherefore with infection should you live…”
- PREVIEW: London Oratory Schola – Sacred Treasures of Christmas
- LIVE VIDEO – 19 Oct. 1200h CDT – NOON Traditional Latin Mass – St Peter Alcantara
- #ASonnetADay – 66. “Tired with all these, for restful death I cry…”
- LIVE VIDEO – Sunday 18 Oct. 1200h CDT – NOON Traditional Latin Mass – 20th Sunday after Pentecost
- #ASonnetADay – 65. “Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea…”
- IRELAND: The longings and the lessons in the Mass Rocks
- VIDEO: “Come Hell Or High Water”
- LIVE VIDEO – SATURDAY 17 October 1200h CDT Traditional Latin Mass – St Margaret Mary Alacoque & Exorcism against Satan and Fallen Angels
- The 16th of the month, is a very lean day.
- #ASonnetADay – 64. “When I have seen by Time’s fell hand defaced…”
- Hilarious screenshot from HARRIS.. no… BIDEN campaign Health Care ad
- Of Latin, Papa Ganganelli, and the suppression of the Jesuits
- Cocktail suggestion: “Stare Decisis”
- Jesuits PROMOTE “Pachamama Day”. I am not making this up. Vatican “Earth Mother” coin.
- LIVE VIDEO – 15 October 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5) – St. Teresa of Avila – INTENTION: In reparation for JESUIT BLASPHEMY and SACRILEGE in promoting Pachamama.
- #ASonnetADay – 63. “Against my love shall be as I am now…”
- Making an upgrade to the “Two Trinities Chapel”
- Control the meaning of words and you control thought. A note about #AmyConeyBarrettSCOTUS
- Italian Bishops Conference newspaper, Avvenire, about pro-homosexuality book
- LIVE VIDEO – 14 October 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5) – St. Callixtus, Pope and Martyr
- #ASonnetADay – 62. “Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye…” GUEST READER
- More emerges about Bugnini as a Freemason
- REVIEW: Beautiful book on the female martyrs of the Roman Canon!
- WDTPRS: Prayers for the Tried and Tempted
- LIVE VIDEO – 13 October 1200h CDT (GMT/UTC -5) – St Edward Confessor
- A note about Columbus Day
- #ASonnetADay – 61. “Is it thy will thy image should keep open…”
- REVIEW – Compendium of the Miraculous: An Encyclopedia of Revelation, Marian Apparitions, and Mystical Phenomena
Let us pray…
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: April 2019
I switched on early morning news today to see if there was anything really big going on that I should know about. I usually do that on the verge of a journey. Today I learned that the massive horde swarming … Continue reading
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I had an almost empty bottle of wine I had blessed on the Feast of St. Blaise. I tasted it and it started to get a mild vinegar taste/smell to it. I still drank it, but … Continue reading
I am not a daily reader of Rod Dreher. However, today I was directed by someone to read something he wrote about a Russian Orthodox reacting to what we Catholics are doing. Let’s see. My emphases and comments. […] Looking around for … Continue reading
Was there a GOOD point made during the sermon you heard at your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know! Happily, the one I heard at a solemn Mass, for which I was deacon and not priest, focused on Thomas… … Continue reading
From a priest: Could you record for your priestly audience the correct pronunciation for the Holy Water blessing in Latin? Sure! I can do that. I will also include this in the What Does The Prayer Really Sound Like series, … Continue reading
UPDATE 27 April: I’m very fortunate to know and have worked with a fine graphic artist, David P. Burkart. You can see my coat-of-arms – my family’s historic arms – on my right sidebar. He’s terrific! David just made a … Continue reading
Just a reminder to any hams out there who might be interested in ZedNet. Just recently a Catholic permanent deacon who has been a reader of many years has chimed in on ZedNet, through his local repeater. The technology is … Continue reading
Each year – in fact more than once each year – a serious problem for our enervated Catholic identity rises to the surface to demand our attention. The lack of Latin in the Latin Church. I am sure that there … Continue reading
In the Office of Matins this morning, we had this stunning line from Pope St. Gregory I, the Great. I’ll give you the whole reading for context. Lectio 3 María ergo cum fleret, inclinávit se, et prospéxit in monuméntum. Certe … Continue reading
What a great day this is turning out to be. From a reader… Fr Z – I am grateful for your work and would like to support you monthly. I think you mentioned a particular day of the month is … Continue reading
Do you have good news for the readership? I haven’t asked for some time. It is always pleasant to hear how grace is working in your lives. I survived the Triduum. I’m making some important decisions for the TMSM. I … Continue reading
This story surprised me. It’s about a fellow, James Holzhauer, who has been winning a lot of money in a streak on “Jeopardy!”. The Paul Batura’s Fox News story starts: ‘Jeopardy!’ star James Holzhauer’s secret to success is a blueprint … Continue reading
After a busy week, I am catching up on things. There came to my attention a TV interview granted by His Eminence Joseph Card. Tobin, in the never-before-cardinalatial see of Newark, less than 17 miles and about a 45 minute … Continue reading
Now that I have your attention, I would like to solicit some female readers… for advice. For advice about a Ladies Altar Guild. Altar… Society? I am sure that some of you have experience in establishing and participating in a … Continue reading
A couple shots from the Easter Vigil with vestment sets that the TMSM had made during the last year. Please support the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison! UPDATE: More photos and also sights from Easter Sunday.
I always enjoy the updates from the Monks in Norcia, Italy. They’ve brought the beautiful Benedictine life back to the place of Benedict’s birth and they make great beer! They sent out a newsletter with updates about their life. I … Continue reading
Card. Piacenza to priests: “Wanna be a modern priest? HEAR CONFESSIONS!” Whereupon Fr. Z really rants.
There is a good piece at La Bussola Quotidiana (in Italian) about the Sacrament of Penance. I’ll give you a sample, but I don’t have the energy to translate the whole thing. Prelude: Apparently there was recently something called “Earth … Continue reading