Category Archives: Saints: Stories & Symbols

25 March: Feast of The Good Thief, St. Dismas… who stole heaven

Today is Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation, the instant of the Incarnation. However, 25 March is also the Feast of the Good Thief, St. Dismas! Fulton Sheen famously quipped of this thief-saint that he “stole heaven”.  A good thief … Continue reading

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19 March 2020: Feast of St. Joseph – Hope of the sick,  Patron of the dying,  Terror of demons,  Protector of Holy Church! 

Glorious St. Joseph. Hope of the sick, Patron of the dying, Terror of demons, Protector of Holy Church,  Back in 2009 I made a PODCAzT – ELEVEN YEARS AGO?!? – about the hymn sung in the Liturgy of Hours in … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: If a priest keeps hearing confessions, contracts Coronovirus and dies, is he a martyr?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, if a priest catches China Flu while hearing confession and dies of it, is he not a martyr? Why the fuss; mask up, disinfect, wash hands, hear confession. If my priest believes what the Church … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2020: 09 – Thursday in the 1st Week of Lent: Bread, ham and slow neutrons

It’s Thursday in the 1st Week of Lent. The Roman Station is San Lorenzo in Panisperna. We hear today about the martyrdom of St. Lawrence and Fulton Sheen adds a comment.  You will also hear a bit of the wonderful … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: St. Blaise blessing of throats on a different day? And MORE on Blaise blessings!

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Some of us have a hard time getting to Mass on Feb 3rd for the Saint Blaise throat blessing with the candles. Would it be okay for a priest to give that blessing on another day? … Continue reading

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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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