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“He [Satan] will set up a counter-Church which will be the ape of the Church because, he the devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the anti-Christ that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ. In desperate need for God, whom he nevertheless refuses to adore, modern man in his loneliness and frustration will hunger more and more for membership in a community that will give him enlargement of purpose, but at the cost of losing himself in some vague collectivity.”
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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
- #ASonnetADay – Sonnet 152. “In loving thee thou know’st I am forsworn…”
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- #ASonnetADay – Sonnet 151. “Love is too young to know what conscience is…”
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- #ASonnetADay – Sonnet 150. “O! from what power hast thou this powerful might…”
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- #ASonnetADay – Sonnet 149. “Canst thou, O cruel! say I love thee not…”
- LIVE VIDEO – 18 April 2021 – 1200 NOON CST – Traditional Latin Mass – 2nd Sunday after Easter
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- Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 2nd Sunday after Easter (3rd of Easter – N.O.) 2021
- WDTPRS – 2nd Sunday after Easter (TLM): joy, devastation and ascent
- #ASonnetADay – Sonnet 148. “O me! what eyes hath Love put in my head…”
- Before “Alleluia!”, comes “Eli! Eli! Lama sabachthani?” – Wherein @FatherZ rants.
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- #ASonnetADay – Sonnet 147. “My love is as a fever longing still…”
- The “trowel” and the “sword”. That’s what is needed now.
- Feast of an incorruptible
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- #ASonnetADay – Sonnet 146. “Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth…”
- One year ago, today: Card. Pell acquitted
- Two years ago, today: Notre-Dame fire
- LIVE VIDEO – 15 April 2021 – 1200 NOON CST – Traditional Latin Mass – Votive of the Eucharist
- #ASonnetADay – Sonnet 145. “Those lips that Love’s own hand did make…”
- A Jesuit’s brilliant notions about needed liturgical reform. What could go wrong?
- 14 April: St. Justin, martyr
- LIVE VIDEO – 14 April 2021 – 1200 NOON CST – Traditional Latin Mass – St Justin, martyr
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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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Category Archives: Just Too Cool
I always enjoy the photos and videos of young boy playing Mass. Children are naturally liturgical. Of course Holy Church breathes with both lungs, East and West. This is terrific. “Divine Liturgy” according to the young. WE ARE OUR RITES
Is there ice on Mars? It seems that, yes, there is. The European Space Agency has released a photo of what they say is water ice in an unnamed crater in Vastitas Borealis near the pole of Mars. (I love … Read More
This is one of the rarest of liturgical rites in the Church right now: the Holy Thursday – yes, Holy Thursday – Chrism Mass in the Traditional Roman Rite, the Vetus Ordo, the Extraordinary Form. This was streamed from the US … Read More
What a rocket launch looks like from space. This is from APOD. The launch of a Soyez resupply mission for the ISS. One of these days, I’ll make a radio contact with the ISS as it passes over. Meanwhile, on … Read More
I would be remiss were I not to mention that Italy – and the whole world – is celebrating a Year of Dante. 2021 is the 700th anniversary of the death of arguably the greatest of all poets. The English … Read More
In the North, which is where most of you readers are, it is the first day of Spring, the Vernal Equinox, today. We are interested in this day in particular because we date Easter as the 1) first Sunday 2) … Read More
Today on the Feast of St. Joseph, and a Lenten Friday, I have two Bonus Shots. First, Photo by Bree Dail. And next… Photo by The Great Roman™. I cannot tell you how happy I am to see this sign, with … Read More
During these dark days, we can benefit from the use of this prayer, called the Breastplate, or Loríca of St. Patrick, “The Cry of the Deer” (Latin Lorica is pronounced lo-REE-ka). It is said that St. Patrick (+461) sang this when an … Read More
I know that Fr. Finigan would agree that these are long over due. [UPDATE: On Twitter Fr. F asked for a poll. Be careful of what you ask for.] From Military Times: Jet packs are on their way to a … Read More
One of you long-time readers sent me a link to this fascinating story in the Jerusalem Post. Great photos in the piece. 2,000-year-old biblical texts found in Israel, 1st since Dead Sea Scrolls 6,000-year-old child skeleton found together with world’s … Read More
Post-Brexit, Europe needs a new official language. If only there were one that stood for historic European unity….
A priest friend sent this. From TRTWorld.com with some emphases and comments. French call to replace English with Latin as Europe’s official language Met with scorn for now, the sentiment against English language is moving from the fringes to mainstream politics. An anti-English movement is … Read More
I occasionally post about the wonderful, traditional Benedictine monks and nuns of Le Barroux in Provence. Their monasteries are little slices of paradise. You can hear live online or on demand the men chanting the liturgical hours HERE. I saw … Read More
This year has been dedicated to St. Joseph, who is Patron of the Dying, Terror of Demons and Protector of the Church. Wednesdays are customarily designated for Votive Masses of St. Joseph. Lately, because of upheaval in life, I entrusted … Read More
A couple months ago, I posted about the availability of the traditional Missale Romanum in Braille. HERE I also posted on help for a blind priest who wants to learn the Traditional Latin Mass HERE. Today, a reader sent me a link … Read More
Some progressivists think that mankind has progressed to the point where we can reinterpret the Scriptures for our time in a way that contradicts their meaning, that we are mature now and we don’t have to kneel before God, that … Read More
Back in the day, far sighted people planted groves of trees for use decades in the future. Even the US Navy still does this, for the sake of USS Constitution. I remember in The Cardinal, the little parish Steve was … Read More
HUGE NEWS! IDENTIFIED: Remains of Servant of God, Army Chaplain Fr. Emil Kapaun (MofH in Korean War!)
This is terrific news! Today, I was notified that the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency identified the remains of Marion County-native Father Emil Kapaun. He served as an Army Chaplain during WWII and the Korean War, where he was taken as … Read More
Here is something for your Just Too Cool file. From SciTech Daily: A Glimpse Into the Royal Purple Wardrobe of King David and King Solomon – 3000 Years Ago “King Solomon made for himself the carriage; he made it of … Read More
There is a lovely custom attached to Septuagesima Sunday and Pre-Lent: burying the Alleluia. At Septuagesima we stop, in the traditional rites, singing an Alleluia after the Gradual and, instead, sing a Tract. The Alleluia isn’t heard in Masses of … Read More
Here is something that I had readied for posting and then, given recent events, the draft scrolled away from my view. Take a moment to check out this piece at the Navy Times about the posthumous awarding of the Navy Cross … Read More