Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

Wherein Fr. Z is moved to pray to martyred nuns, newly discovered, about something that happened today. – UPDATED

UPDATE 20 Jan 2020 I received this nice note today: I cannot tell you why you were drawn to our martyred sisters, but I can tell you this: The order suddenly has an influx of vocations and discerners particularly in … Continue reading

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“Let the Jesuits come to me. With hands in the air and without algorithms.” Fr. Z says: Let the Jesuits GO TO CHINA.

When I was a little kid I used to look forward to morning cartoons. Even as an adult I always turned to find The Far Side before the box scores. Now we must content ourselves with jokers like this. In … Continue reading

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Chinese Joseph Card. Zen’s Open Letter to all the other Cardinals

The great Chinese prelate Joseph Card. Zen has sent a letter to all of the members of the College of Cardinals.   HERE  It includes Dubia of the cardinal regarding “Pastoral guidelines of the Holy See concerning the civil registration of … Continue reading

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What’s happening to Catholics in China?

The Vatican changed its stance toward the Church’s presence in China.  What fruits have come from this change? The following piece has lots of photos at the original page, which you can visit. From Bitter Winter: Xi Jinping Portraits Replace … Continue reading

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Worthy reading. More Pachamama and more from Archbp. Viganò.

At the Pontifical Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception last week (HERE with VIDEO), you could tell that quite a few of the congregants were unfamiliar with the Traditional Mass by the fact that they sang the Pater … Continue reading

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Chinese Catholics barricade themselves in church to prevent its destruction

I don’t think there is any way to avoid this conclusion: the Holy See sold out our Chinese brothers and sisters. From CNA: Chinese Catholics barricade themselves in church to prevent demolition Beijing, China, Nov 1, 2019 / 09:07 am … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – ALL SAINTS – Holy Day of OBLIGATION in 2019

Thursday 1 November 2017 is a Holy Day of OBLIGATION. Check your parish schedules for Masses. For our part, there will be a Missa Cantata at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, WI, in the Extraordinary Form.  6:30 PM. The Collect for today’s … Continue reading

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22 October: Sts. Nunilo and Alodia! Virgins and Martyrs

The other day I was in the Vatican gardens and I saw the “Peace Tree” where an Imam recited a sutra from the Koran intended to claim the Vatican for Allah.   Nope.  I said some very harsh things to that … Continue reading

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St. Robert Bellarmine – Pray for us! Help us with your teaching and example!

Today I greet readers and friends who are blessed with the name “Robert”.  Happy Novus Ordo Name Day. You get two Name Days, since the traditional day is 13 May. In particular I remember in prayer His Excellency Most Reverend … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Incorrupt bodies of saints

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hi Father, is it important for a saints body to be incorrupt after death? Does it confirm the person was holy and what does it say about the saints whose bodies are not incorrupt? Thanks! Well, … Continue reading

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20 August: St. Samuel, Old Testament prophet

Many of the great figures of the Old Testament are considered by Holy Church to be saints. They are not on the Latin Church’s universal calendar – except for a few of those mighty ones who stand astride the two … Continue reading

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14 Aug -St. Maximilian Kolbe, priest, martyr, #HamRadio operator, intercede for dissident ‘c’atholic media! #CQ

Today, 14 August, is the Vigil of the Assumption.  It is also the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan priest put to death at Auschwitz. St. Maximilian Kolbe, has a special relevance for Catholic media. I would ask all … Continue reading

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9 August – St. Edith Stein – Her dialogue between Ambrose and Augustine

Today is the feast of St. Edith Stein, co-patroness of Europe.  Ethnically Jewish, she converted and entered Carmel as Sr. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.  In 1942 she was rounded up by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz, where she … Continue reading

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St. John Vianney’s things

The Novus Ordo calendar has St. John Vianney – confessor, the other kind of confessor too, draft dodger, Legion of Honor recipient, patron of priests, for the Feast today, 4 August.  In the traditional calendar, he is celebrated on 8 … Continue reading

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1 August – Seven Holy Maccabees: A mother urges her children to their deaths

In the new-fangled, Ordinary Form calendar today is the feast of St. Alphonsus Maria de’Liguori, the Bishop and Doctor of the Church so famous for his contributions to moral theology.   One of the great thrills of my life was to … Continue reading

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