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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.”
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"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
- #ASonnetADay – Sonnet 151. “Love is too young to know what conscience is…”
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- #ASonnetADay – Sonnet 150. “O! from what power hast thou this powerful might…”
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- #ASonnetADay – Sonnet 149. “Canst thou, O cruel! say I love thee not…”
- LIVE VIDEO – 18 April 2021 – 1200 NOON CST – Traditional Latin Mass – 2nd Sunday after Easter
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- Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 2nd Sunday after Easter (3rd of Easter – N.O.) 2021
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- #ASonnetADay – Sonnet 148. “O me! what eyes hath Love put in my head…”
- Before “Alleluia!”, comes “Eli! Eli! Lama sabachthani?” – Wherein @FatherZ rants.
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- #ASonnetADay – Sonnet 147. “My love is as a fever longing still…”
- The “trowel” and the “sword”. That’s what is needed now.
- Feast of an incorruptible
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- #ASonnetADay – Sonnet 146. “Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth…”
- One year ago, today: Card. Pell acquitted
- Two years ago, today: Notre-Dame fire
- LIVE VIDEO – 15 April 2021 – 1200 NOON CST – Traditional Latin Mass – Votive of the Eucharist
- #ASonnetADay – Sonnet 145. “Those lips that Love’s own hand did make…”
- A Jesuit’s brilliant notions about needed liturgical reform. What could go wrong?
- 14 April: St. Justin, martyr
- LIVE VIDEO – 14 April 2021 – 1200 NOON CST – Traditional Latin Mass – St Justin, martyr
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- #ASonnetADay – Sonnet 144. “Two loves I have of comfort and despair…”
- Sudden, so far unexplained departure of Philadelphia Carmelites
- #ASonnetADay – Sonnet 143. “Lo, as a careful housewife runs to catch…”
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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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Category Archives: REVIEWS
Lo those many years ago in Rome, I was in school studying the Fathers of the Church (Patristics) with one of the fine young Jesuits who are rising up in many places. I just received a new book by this … Read More
I’ve just finished a disturbing book, 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, by Elliot Ackerman (decorated Marine, try not to hold it against him that he has written for The Daily Beast), Admiral James Stavridis (try not to … Read More
Since the Church’s earliest days, even in the Letters of Paul, there developed a genre of writing adversus haereses, against heresies. The reason is obvious: Christ is the Truth. With the exception of those on the ideological Left regarding elections, Christians … Read More
Today is one of those days when there are several good reads on the interwebs. I can recommend two more from Crisis both from today. First, there is an important piece from Aaron Seng, “The Catechism Crisis”. He is the head … Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Card. Pell’s Prison Journal, Kwasniewski’s latest, and a post-Conciliar French commentary about the “modern” Church
My spies tell me that, possibly tomorrow, something big in the line of news involving Card. Pell. Meanwhile, today I see at The Australian that since 2014, without the knowledge of senior Church leaders, $2.3 BILLION have be transferred to … Read More
Charles Cole of the London Oratory let me know in advance about a new recording of Christmas and Epiphany music which will be released on 30 October. It is now available for PRE-ORDER. This boys choir is one of the … Read More
When I was living in Rome, I made a point to visit or, if possible, say Mass at churches or altars in Rome dedicated to all the saints of the Roman Canon. Every day, since I read the Traditional Latin … Read More
REVIEW – Compendium of the Miraculous: An Encyclopedia of Revelation, Marian Apparitions, and Mystical Phenomena
The other day I received a fascinating and helpful – and beautiful – book, published by faithful TAN. Compendium of the Miraculous: An Encyclopedia of Revelation, Marian Apparitions, and Mystical Phenomena by Dcn. Albert E. Graham. US HERE – UK … Read More
I was, I believe, on Prince Edward Island when the news that Mother Theresa had died. When I heard of that the Princess of Wales had died I was in bar having something to eat in, I believe, Glace Bay … Read More
REVIEW: Spectacular old NEW books for children’s preparation for Confession and Communion. Beautiful, traditional!
Our forebears loved their Faith. They lovingly handed it on because of love.. for the Faith and for us. Some of things (including churches) have been abandoned or forgotten, though they still have real value. St. Augustine Academy Press has … Read More
The FSSP’s publishing arm, Fraternity Publications, has issued their 2021 Ordo for the Traditional Roman Rite. Every sacristy, every priest, needs an Ordo. Every priest, even those who do not (yet) say the older, traditional Form, needs a traditional calendar … Read More
In these USA and elsewhere, many people who have frequented the Traditional Latin Mass, for the first time or over years, have far and wide seen the “Red Book”. The Red Book was put together by the Coalition in Support … Read More
I received from the fascinating little Arouca Press, founded on the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, a truly amazing little tome. It’s greatly appreciated, though I have a serious complaint about it. More on that, below. A Limerickal … Read More
Back in the day, when I was living stably in Italy, I would often be invited to large gatherings of families and friends, sometimes in the countryside on the old family farm or vineyard. Inevitably there would be a division, … Read More
A little while ago, a reader in Blighty sent me some Patum Piperium, having described his use of it as a fine smear over well-toasted bread. “Patum Piperium!”, I piped up. “That’s interesting!” He sent me some. It is very … Read More
GREAT BOOK: With Latin in the Service of the Popes: The Memoirs of Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1885?1971)
I am reading a charming little book, which is also helpful for explaining the ongoing importance of Latin for the Church. With Latin in the Service of the Popes: The Memoirs of Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1885-1971) translated by Anthony Lo … Read More
Introductions and Prefaces are important when looking at books. Never skip over them. In the introduction by the translator Jonathan Geltner to this wonderful new book from the ever more valuable Angelico Press I found a first key to grasping … Read More
There is another book I have been pecking away at for some time now. I don’t know why I haven’t dispatched it yes, since it is utterly charming, beautiful penned, and fascinating in its details. I mean, of course: A … Read More
Someone asked me what I was reading these days. Frankly, I am not into all that much at the moment, since I am catching up on some things. However, I have recently received some books that I intend to get … Read More
You might remember that I have challenge coins and that I like to exchange. I received a new coin from someone who sent the 2018 version last year. They look great! Thanks. I received two copies of a newly printed … Read More