Category Archives: Linking Back

ASK FATHER: My grandparents were Masons. Is there demonic attachment now for generations?

This is an oldie post, slightly edited.  I am prompted to repost it because I recently had the pleasure of meeting a friend for lunch who had been in the Masons for sometime before his conversion. From a reader… QUAERITUR: … Read More

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Of Basil, Basil Emeritus and… Ming the Merciless – UPDATED with VIDEO

On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross there is, especially in the East, tradition of blessing the herb aromatic basil. Basil, or Ocimum basilicum, is named from the Greek for “king, kingly”. May I suggest for supper tonight … Read More

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22 July: Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

In 2016, the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, headed by the great Robert Card. Sarah, issued a decree making – for the Novus Ordo, mind you – what was the Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene into … Read More

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29 June 1972. Paul VI says, “the smoke of Satan has entered the Church of God”

Fifty years ago today, 29 June 1972, Paul VI uttered those amazing words. He knew that something was not going right.  Not at all right. Thus Paul VI: “… We would say that, through some mysterious crack—no, it’s not mysterious; … Read More

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“Perdonamose!” St. John’s Birthday Feast and Midsummer Snails

Hard to improve on this from a couple years ago.  Little changes. Your planet once again is whirling its way towards your solstices, Summer in the North and Winter in the South.  Since the emphasis in Western Civilization has been … Read More

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What do we do when we synodize?

At Crisis there is a scorching, rousing piece by Fr. John Perricone about the synodal (“walking together”) process as a form of naval gazing.  It’s quite a read: The Synodal “listening sessions” can easily be dismissed as another parlor game, … Read More

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WDTPRS – Pentecost Sunday: the warp and the weft of the fabric of the Church

The Fiftieth Day Feast, Hebrew Shavuot or Greek Pentekosté, for the Jews commemorated the descent of God’s Law to Moses on Mount Sinai, wreathed in fire, fifty days after the Exodus.  But Jewish feasts also looked forward even as they … Read More

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30 May – St. Joan of Arc, Virgin: Martyrology, Marvelous reading, Movies

  As I am travelling, allow me on this feast of St. Joan of Arc, to repost an oldie. I think that St. Joan is a great model for young people of both sexes.  And there is nothing “woke” or … Read More

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“Quam pulchri super montes pedes adnuntiantis et praedicantis” – The Lord’s Ascension and Lordly Feet

There are many images of the Lord’s Ascension to heaven through history, and rightly so.  With the Annunciation, the Ascension is perhaps the greatest of all the Feasts of the Lord and for our own humanity.  Imagine!  Our humanity, taken … Read More

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26 May 1991: 31st anniversary of ordination

When this date rolls around, I usually say to myself: “Well… I made it this far.” Many priests observe the anniversary of their ordination at this time of year. It is a common time for ordinations, probably because Ember Days … Read More

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Easter Card Followup

Here is a follow up on a post I had made some time ago about Easter cards. HERE If Christmas cards, how much more Easter cards? I am happy to report that some cards have been forwarded. I’ve heard from … Read More

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Here’s something you don’t see everyday. VIDEO

Here’s something you don’t see everyday. Today is Rome’s Birthday, 2775nd. Rome and the sun and time are intertwined. For example, Augustus set up an Egyptian obelisk as the gnomon of a sundial. The obelisk of St. Peter’s also casts … Read More

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WDTPRS and AUDIO: The Exsultet – explained, translated, sung – from 2005!

It’s hard to believe but this post goes back to 2005! 17 years ago!  I get requests about the Exsultet, so here you are… again.  It is about the Novus Ordo version, but in substance it applies across the board … Read More

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15 April 2019 – Notre-Dame de Paris

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One week out from Good Friday. Today is the Feast of our lady of Sorrows.

We are today one week from Good Friday. As such it is the feast of our lady of Sorrows. I wrote seven posts on the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin.  Please visit my “Our Lady of Sorrows Project” page: … Read More

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“Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me…” The mighty Lorica of Saint Patrick

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

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15 March – A ramble about the #IdesOfMarch

We call today the Ides of March, made especially famous in the English speaking world by Shakespeare in his play Julius Caesar. Caesar: Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue shriller than all the … Read More

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7 March – OLDIE PODCAzT 141: Two Prayers of St. Thomas Aquinas

Today is the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor, the only saint mentioned in Canon Law apart from feasts.  Canon Law requires that seminarians be formed especially according to the thought of St. Thomas.  HA! This morning I … Read More

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Ash Wednesday – Fasting, Abstinence, and You (with notes on alligator, endothermic moonfish, &, of course, muskrat)

According to the 1983 Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church, Latin Church Catholics are bound to observe fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday. Here are some details. I am sure you know them already, but they are good … Read More

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FOLLOW UP to “ACTION ITEM: Time Sensitive End of Year Giving Suggestions from Fr. Z”

Before the end of 2021 – GOOD RIDDANCE – I posted – HERE  – about some options for your end-of-year charitable giving.  Now that official churchy entities are doubtful or even hostile to what ought to be normal and mainstream … Read More

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