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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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Enter a great Roman church and find the heart of St. Charles Borromeo

Here is an extract from a post from a couple of years ago when I was in Rome Into the Church, nay, Basilica of San Carlo al Corso.  I had promised to say a prayer for Fr. Charles Johnson, the … Read More

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A Roman Mystery: The Lost Tomb of St. Jerome

Here’s an oldie post, which I promised a priest I would repost. 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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15 September: Seven Sorrows of Mary – The “Our Lady of Sorrows Project”

Today, the day after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, is the Feast of Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  There is an analogous commemoration on Friday after 1st Passion Sunday. Some time ago, I wrote a … Read More

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FOLLOW UP to “Of Leo XIII, Caruso, and Chess”

From a reader reacted to THIS post… I see from your recent post that you are a denier of the Fifth Lateran Council. You resist its Canons on the playing of chess and association with actors. After 800 years, we … Read More

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St. Monnica: “put my body anywhere”

Here is an oldie post, appropriate for the day: Today in newer, Ordinary Form calendar of the Holy Roman Church is the feast of St. Monica, the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo.  In the traditional calendar her feast was … Read More

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It might be the real Holy Grail

On this Feast of St. Lawrence this seems appropriate. The Holy Grail might be in Valencia, Spain. There is an interesting book by Janice Bennett entitled St. Laurence and the Holy Grail: the story of the Holy Chalice of Valencia … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Are those who must read the Liturgy of the Hours, obliged to read it aloud? Vocal recitation?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was recently reading Quigley’s “The Divine Office: A Study of the Roman Breviary.” In it he mentions that vocal recitation was necessary to validly fulfill the obligation of reciting the office. Does this still hold … Read More

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REVISITED: Moral Injury, traditional Catholics and burnt out priests

Sometimes I go back to look at what I posted on this day of the year in the past. This is from last year, 2020.  It was an interesting question at the time because COVID 1984 Theater was ramping up.  … Read More

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Tartan of the “Anglican” Personal Ordinariates is READY and things are arriving

In November of 2020 I wrote about a new tartan developed for the the Personal Ordinariates of Walsingham (UK), St. Peter (US) and O.L. of the Southern Cross (AUS). Today I received this: I don’t know if you are interested in … Read More

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“Katonda!” The Feast of St Charles Lwanga, Martyr. Best patron saint for LGBT month!

“Katonda!”   This year today is the Feast of Corpus Christi, but in 2022 I will with real pleasure be able to celebrate, using the Traditional Missale Romanum, the Feast of St. Charles Lwanga.  The decree Cum sanctissima allows for the … Read More

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