Category Archives: Linking Back

Two years ago, today: Notre-Dame fire

Two years ago today we witnessed with horror the Notre-Dame fire. My post HERE Two years on, the work on the cathedral continues. I read today that the side chapels are being cleaned. EWTN posted a short video of some … Read More

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The Easter Sequence: Victimae paschali laudes

20 April will be the 14th anniversary of the death of Msgr Richard Schuler.  A great deal as been written about him and we all owe a debt of gratitude to him for what he did. In his memory, and … Read More

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3 April – “There was an old Bishop of Chichester…”

Today is the Feast of St. Richard of Chichester (+1262), who defended the rights of the Church against the state. I am reminded of a limerick which my old, late pastor, Msgr. Richard Schuler used to cite: There was an … Read More

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Benedict XVI’s 2012 sermon for Holy Thursday’s “Lord’s Supper” Mass – a theology of kneeling

The Pope’s sermon for Holy Mass evening “Supper” Mass in 2012.  HERE Within this sermon there is a tremendous reflection on the posture of kneeling. My emphases and comments: Dear Brothers and Sisters! Holy Thursday is not only the day … Read More

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Latin version of Good Friday Prayer for “Pandemic Time” (2020)

UPDATE: It seems that the “Pandemic prayer” was approved for this year as well.  HERE A friend contacted me saying that their local diocese had mandated the use of the Good Friday Prayer issued last year for “Pandemic Time”.  That … Read More

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25 March 1991: Archbp. Marcel Lefebvre – R.I.P. 30 years ago today.

On this day in 1991 Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre died.  30 years ago, today. Lefebvre was in his day a great churchman, an astoundingly effective missionary in Africa. Of course you most of you know Lefebvre only as the “renegade” who … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: Lenten Lentils

My post about Benedictines making wine (France) and beer (Italy) reminded me that I once posted a great Lenten recipe for lentils.  I recall that there was some controversy about the use of chicken stock. I made the lentils last … Read More

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WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday of Lent (2002MR): Two wings of prayer

WARNING BELOW… Roman Station: St. Lawrence outside the walls An examination of our conscience is a humbling experience.  When we look to see who really are inside, we can have different reactions.  Sometimes we find things which frighten and discourage … Read More

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OLDIE PODCAzT 127: The Eve of St. Agnes and a Bleak Midwinter

A friend reminded me today – this dark dark day – that it is the “Eve of St. Agnes Day”.  I am quite devoted to St. Agnes, and I have 1st class relic of her. My friend reminded me today … Read More

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OLDIE CHRISTMASCAzT 2019 28: Bye bye, lully lullay

Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 28, for Holy Innocents. Lully, Lullay.  And dom Prosper Guéranger writes of the Feast of the Holy Innocents.  We hear the rendering of the text of the Coventry Carol by Philip Stopford. These 5 minute offerings are … Read More

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Fr. Z’s Kitchen: fun new, old book and fun new, old post.

The other day a friend of mine was driving through town on his way to his ancestral place and he dropped by for some supper. Astute and considerate, he had spotted in a used bookstore a slim volume he thought … Read More

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A Roman Mystery: The Lost Tomb of St. Jerome

NB: TODAY is the 1600th anniversary of the death of St. Jerome!   If there have to be reality TV shows or treasure hunt movies, I propose finding the tomb of St. Jerome (+420) in the Basilica of St. Mary Major … Read More

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17 September – St. Robert Bellarmine – Doctor and Pot Scrubber of the Church

Today, 17 September, is the anniversary of the death of St. Robert Bellarmine, “hammer of heretics”.  In the traditional calendar he is celebrated on 13 May. This mighty Doctor was a true Jesuit. He was a scholar, a good teacher, … Read More

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WDTPRS: Exaltation of the Cross … and kingly herbs … and BASIL EMERITUS!

Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.  The feast commemorates the discovery, as tradition has it under sweet basil herb bushes, of the Holy Cross by Emperor Constantine’s mother St Helena in AD 325 in Jerusalem as … Read More

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Assumption: The 4th Glorious Mystery

NB: Today, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we can begin a 54 Day Novena! Here is something I posted back in 2006 for my “Patristic Rosary Project”.  I drill into into the Mysteries we reflect on during recitation of the … Read More

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A great piece about St. Damien of Molokai and a couple thoughts about AOC

Not long ago, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY 14 – aka AOC), said that a statue in the US Capitol of St. Damien of Molokai, was part of a “white supremecist culture”. What a foolishly ignorant thing to say.    AOC … Read More

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URGENT: CDF responds to ‘dubia’ about the baptismal formula, “WE baptize you….”

I have to issue an important correction. Back in 2009, I answered a question about the validity of the form for baptism: “We baptize you…”.  I wrote at the time that my first inclination was that that was invalid.  Then … Read More

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A man you readers helped has been ordained to the priesthood!

Here’s something to make your day a little brighter. Do you long term readers remember helping an American seminarian, then deacon, for the Institute of Christ the King raise money to pay for his seminary formation?  (Yes, most of the … Read More

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07/07/07 – 13th Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum – Fr. Z rants.

Today is the 13th Anniversary of the release of the of Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.   The text was released on 7 July 2007 – 7/7/7 Just for fun, this blog’s page on that day: HERE It is good … Read More

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OLDIE PODCAzT 36: St. Augustine on John the Baptist; The Vespers hymn “Ut queant laxis”

New word for the day: hexachord I think my production skills have improved a bit since then!   OLDIE TEXT Originally: 24 June 2007 Our PODCAzT for this Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist presents a selection from … Read More

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