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- TheCavalierHatherly on WDTPRS – Pentecost Sunday: Holy Church’s fabric, the warp and the weft: ““Sacramentum translates Greek mysterion. Sacramentum and Latin mysterium are often interchangeable in liturgical texts.” I often ponder whether or not…”
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- Gregg the Obscure on ROME 23/05 – Day 28: Pentecost Sunday: “When the new rector arrived in 2021, Sunday afternoon already included confessions from 1700 until all were heard and Mass…”
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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.”
“Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops.”
- Fulton Sheen
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As for Latin…
"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
- ROME 23/05 – Day 30: Tuesday in the OCTAVE OF PENTECOST
- WDTPRS – Pentecost Monday: from bondage, freedom – from anxiety, peace
- ROME 23/05 – Day 29: Monday in the OCTAVE OF PENTECOST
- ROME 23/05 – Day 28: Pentecost Sunday
- WDTPRS – Pentecost Sunday: Holy Church’s fabric, the warp and the weft
- Your Sunday Sermon Notes – Pentecost Sunday 2023
- ROME 23/05 – Day 27: I can’t help it.
- 25 May 2023: Litany of St. Philip Neri and Prayer of Card. Baronio – VIDEO
- “Oh people will come, Reverend Mother. People will most definitely come….”
- ROME 23/05 – Day 26: Truly precious
- WDTPRS: Mass Prayers “Pro seipso sacerdote – For the priest himself” (1962MR)
- 26 May 1991: 32nd anniversary of ordination
- 23 May 2023 – Reinstallation of St. Philip Neri’s altarpiece – VIDEO
- From “The Private Diary of Bishop F. Atticus McButterpants” – 23-05-21 – Cufflinks
- ROME 23/05 – Day 25: Picture show
- From “The Private Diary of Bishop F. Atticus McButterpants” – 23-05-20 – “Breakout” session
- This might provoke a Snicker or two.
- A good point in Card. Burke’s book on when Communion should be denied
- OMNIUM GATHERUM: TLM pilgrimage, Music, Miracle sought
- ROME 23/05 – Day 24: Hoofing it and blossoms
- Laus Deo! Great news from Gower Abbey in Missouri
- Chicago Alderman to Card. Cupich: FREE THE SHRINE!
- ROME 23/05 – Day 23: Purple, Pizza and Puzzle
- ROME 23/05 – Day 22: Banns and bans
- ACTION ITEM! New Roman vestments for the parish – UPDATES – Starting to collect the pledges.
- Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 6th Sunday after Easter, Sunday after Ascension (N.O.: 7th of) 2023
- ROME 23/05 – Day 20: It’s the little things.
- Bad floods in Italy! A priest. A book. A bridge.
- ASK FATHER: After being away for years, I went to confession but I forgot something.
- 20 May – The “Golden Girl” of Ostia, St. Aurea and a link with St. Augustine’s mom, Monnica
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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MUST READ! Why do heretics remain in the Church instead of just being honest and getting out?
At Crisis there is a MUST READ piece by Jennifer Bryson Why Do Heretics Remain in the Church? The counterfactual optimism of heretics keeps them in the Church while working to destroy it. A perennial question. She breaks it down … Read More
VIDEO: Glimpses of Forty Hours
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The practice of Forty Hours Devotion should be revived. Forty Hours originally evolved to ask God’s protection from external threats, such as invasion or disease. Now, it should be undertaken because … Read More
ASK FATHER: Can. 1116! “How might this apply to SSPX weddings?”
I’m about to attempt a Herculean task: help people to understand something about the Church’s law about marriages in light of SSPX issues. May God have mercy on my soul. Firstly, I had a question come in: How might this … Read More
Concerning fasting during Lent, fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday, eating endothermic moonfish, drinking coffee, and YOU
If you are serious as a Catholic, you know at all times what is on the calendrical horizon. If you are a follower of the Vetus Ordo of the Roman Church, you have additional help by means of the “gesima” … Read More
Card. Sarah on what the Church “tragically” needs today
From the introduction of Cardinal Sarah’s new book. When priests offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass unworthily, when they give the Eucharistic Jesus to sinners who have no intention of asking Him to forgive their sin’s or of living … Read More
3 February: St. Blaise Day and the special blessings of candles and of throats
Today is the Feast of St. Blaise, about whom we know very little. We have only this very brief entry in the Martyrologium Romanum: Sancti Blasii, episcopi et martyris, qui pro christiano nomine Sabaste in Armenia passus est … Read More
Highly recommended: Archbp. Aquila’s response to Card. McElroy’s errors.
A short time ago, Card. McElroy of that super-important see of San Diego, issued a seriously dreadful opinion piece at Jesuit-run (who else?) Amerika. HERE Responses to his confusing and erroneous notions streamed forth, for example HERE. They can be … Read More
Sign posted on confessional door: “GET TO THE POINT!” Wherein Fr. Z rants.
I saw this photo on Twitter. I post just the photo and not the link because of the off-color remark that accompanied it, surely motivated by disgust. I’m not precisely sure what motivated the off-color remark about this sign. Several … Read More
ASK FATHER: I don’t believe Francis is really the Pope. Is it a sin to go to Mass where his name is mentioned?
From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have read your blog on and off for years but recently began reading regularly. I always find your writing edifying and informative. I will try to keep my question/concern short and to the point. I … Read More
ASK FATHER: Heretic priest
From a reader… QUAERITUR: My cousin’s parish priest said that there is no purgatory. What say you? I say that, if he really thinks there is no Purgatory, then the priest is a heretic. I say that if he has … Read More
ATTENTION – New Site! “Reverent Catholic Mass Let Us Help You Find a Reverent Catholic Church Near You!”
I bring to the attention of the readership and interesting site called Reverent Catholic Mass Let Us Help You Find a Reverent Catholic Church Near You! The site reads: Trying to find a reverent Catholic Mass or acquire resources to … Read More
Ever the optimist. Fr. Z’s first rants of the year.
This year 1 January, the Octave of Christmas or the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God fell on a Sunday. All Sundays are Holy Days of Obligation. Next year, 2024, 1 January falls on a Monday. That means that, … Read More
ASK FATHER: Friends returning to the Church say they can receive Communion without going to confession first
From a reader… QUAERITUR: After a number of years away from the faith of my childhood, I made the decision to return to the Catholic church. After attending a few masses, my heart longed to receive the Eucharist, so I … Read More
27 December – St. John the Evangelist – Today we bless WINE!
The liturgical year guided and nourished and shaped Catholics for centuries. It does so far less now, since it is much diminished after the “reforms” that hacked away at the calendar. However, once upon a time people not only followed … Read More
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Building a spectacular new altar for Our Lady of the Rosary
I recently wrote about a book: “Copies should be obtained and given to priests, especially those who lean toward traditional, and to bishops perhaps along with a spiritual bouquet.“ What book? Does TRADITIONIS CUSTODES Pass the Juridical Rationality Test? by Fr. … Read More
ASK FATHER: Manual of life
From a reader… QUAERITUR: Would my Baltimore Catechism No 4 and the Sacred Liturgy be best as a layman as my manual for daily life? I ask because I’m wondering if I should carry both my Catechism and my 1962 … Read More
ASK FATHER: Does “for all” instead of “for many” make the Mass invalid? Should I receive Communion if I doubt validity?
From a reader… QUAERITUR: My schedule required me to attend a lunchtime Novus Ordo near my office today. The priest (I believe intentionally) modified the Eucharistic Prayer, employing the old “for all” translation of pro multis. As far as I … Read More
NOVENA for the Immaculate Conception (8 Dec): Day 8
Today is the 8th Day for a Novena before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Will you participate? Even if you are late to starting, that’s okay! Start anyway. And remember that there is no one way to observe this Novena. … Read More
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ASK FATHER: Are there still “partial indulgences”? Notes on indulgences in general.
From a reader… QUAERITUR: My 1956 Saint Andrew Daily Missal, pages 1111 et seq., allows for partial indulgences, measured in days and years, upon various prayers; yet, current my Baronius Press missal does not. Two Questions: 1. Have partial indulgences … Read More
NOVENA for the Immaculate Conception (8 Dec): Day 7
Today is the 7th Day for a Novena before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Will you participate? Even if you are late to starting, that’s okay! Start anyway. And remember that there is no one way to observe this Novena. … Read More
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