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Category Archives: ADVENTCAzT
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. Pius Parsch explains who St. Sylvester was and why we celebrate him on this last day of the civil year. Fr. Troadec is, again, amazing about the several … Read More
CHRISTMASCAzT 2021: 32 – Wednesday in the Octave of Christmas: “In the fullness of time, you became a man among men, to unite the end to the beginning, that is, man to God”
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. Today the founder of a priestly fraternity pours out his heart to the Child Jesus. John Paul II talks about Eucharist Adoration. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf · CHRISTMASCAzT 2021: … Read More
CHRISTMASCAzT 2021: 31 – Holy Innocents: “They died for Jesus’ sake; therefore their death was a real Martyrdom.”
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. Today an extended reading, broken up a little, from Dom Prosper Gueranger about the nature of the martyrdom of the Holy Innocents. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf · CHRISTMASCAzT 2021: … Read More
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. Fr. Troadec is quite brilliant about the gifts of St. John and the stages of the life of the Lord. Bl. Idelfonso Schuster helps us to understand our … Read More
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. We hear about the Six Thrones of Jesus. Dom Gueranger meditates on two things that will last in the Church until the end of time. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf … Read More
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. Today Dom Prosper Gueranger presents thoughts of St. Ephrem the Syrian about how Christmas accompanies us for our whole lives. Fr. Troadec explains a humble image. Fr. John … Read More
ADVENTCAzT 2021: 26 – Thursday 4th Week of Advent: “When we see Him looking at us, let us ask ourselves what it is that He requires of us.”
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. Today, continuing with Fulton Sheen’s Life of Christ, getting down to brass tacks. Antonio Card. Bacci tells is as it is. Christina Rossetti’s lovely poem receives a musical … Read More
ADVENTCAzT 2021: 25 – Wednesday 4th Week of Advent: “Divinity is always where one least expects to find it.”
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. Today we continue with Fulton Sheen’s illumination of the manger of Bethlehem. Fr. Troadec explains the Introit Antiphon we’ve heard often this week, the famous, Rorate Caeli. Fr. … Read More
ADVENTCAzT 2021: 24 – Tuesday 4th Week of Advent: At the end of time, the saddest line of all will have been…
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. Today we continue with a reading from Fulton Sheen’s ‘Life of Christ’. Then Pope Benedict XVI talks about what Sheen just described. Finally, Paul, from Holy Mass today … Read More
ADVENTCAzT 2021: 23 – Monday 4th week of Advent: “Caesar Augustus, the master bookkeeper of the world, say in his palace by the Tiber.”
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. Today St. Ambrose of Milan presents some theses and antitheses, which he was pretty good at. Fulton Sheen describes a scene that set something amazing in motion foretold … Read More
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. We look at the Collect for Mass more closely. Fulton Sheen gives in insight. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf · ADVENTCAzT 2021: 21 – 4th Sunday of Advent My Soundcloud … Read More
ADVENTCAzT 2021: 21 – Ember Saturday 3rd Week of Advent: (1) “God wants you to suffer.” (Sheen) and 2) “Don’t waste your suffering (Pope John Paul II)
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. St. John Paul II reminds us about something. Bl. Idelfonso Schuster tells us how our forebears observed this day. Peter Kreeft helps us to suffer. The Monks of … Read More
ADVENTCAzT 2021: 20 – Ember Friday 3rd Week of Advent: The grace of the Holy Spirit knows no tardiness
St. Ambrose glosses the Gospel reading from Holy Mass in the Vetus Ordo, the Roman Mass, which presents the Visitation. Fr. Troadec makes observations about O Antiphons which begin today at Vespers through 23 December. Fr. Z adds three things … Read More
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. Today we look ahead to the Sunday to come, the 4th of Advent. Joseph Ratzinger talks about the essence of the Christmas gift that, if admitted, even unbelievers … Read More
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. Today Dom Prosper Gueranger reminds us that, from ancient times, this is the day that the upcoming ordinations to orders would take place on Saturday at St. Peter’s … Read More
ADVENTCAzT 2021: 17 – Tuesday 3rd Week of Advent: The practice of meekness is difficult without an ordered life.
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. Fr. Troadec gives us the good stuff about “meekness”, what it really is. St. Basil the Great talks about evil and where the buck stops. The Nuns of … Read More
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. Today we hear of the Martyrdom of St. Lucy from the beautiful book by Matthew Manint. shorturl.at/adAG8 And the is an Elvis sighting. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf · ADVENTCAzT … Read More
ADVENTCAzT 2021: 15 – 3rd Sunday of Advent “Gaudete” – Faith is more than the passive acquiescence to a proof.
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. Today Dom Prosper Gueranger makes a plea to those who do not adequately recognize Christ. Fulton sheen makes a comparison. Pope Benedict XVI speaks about Our Lady of … Read More
ADVENTCAzT 2021: 14 – Saturday 2nd Week of Advent – Joy is, indeed, by no means the dominant note of modern society.
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. Today we hear more about the ancient Station ceremony at St. Peter’s in Rome for the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Then, St. Augustine zero’s in on something we … Read More
One of a series of 5 minute daily podcasts during Advent 2021. We continue with the description of the Station ceremonies at St. Peter’s Basilica for the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Then, Peter Kreeft gives another brilliant reason for why … Read More