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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.”
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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
- From “The Private Diary of Bishop F. Atticus McButterpants” – 23-03-28 – A trip to the convent
- Daily Rome Shot 703
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- Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 1st Passion Sunday (5th Lent) 2023 and a POLL about veiled images
- Daily Rome Shot 702
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- LENTCAzT 2023 – 33: 1st Passion Sunday – Passiontide begins
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- LENTCAzT 2023 – 31: Friday 4th Week – Dead but rising
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- Pig hearts over altars in Austria, pagan Mayan Mass rite in Mexico, but people who want the Traditional Latin Mass must be ghettoized and railroaded to oblivion.
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- LENTCAzT 2023 – 28: Tuesday 4th Week – “What abundance! What generosity!”
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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ADVENTCAzT 2022: 11 – Wednesday 2nd Week of Advent: Candid and fearless
A series of 5 minute daily podcasts for Advent 2022. Today, we hear from The Art of Dying by Br. Columba Thomas, OP, MD. Fr. Parsch speaks to us from the 20th c. about St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor, whose … Read More
A Forty Hours Devotion and Prayers for Priests. Wherein Fr. Z rants.
I am in Denver, preaching for a Forty Hours Devotion following, of course, the Clementine Instruction in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. On Thursday we had a Sung Mass, after which I exposed the Blessed Sacrament, we had … Read More
7 December: St. Ambrose of Milan
Today is the feast of St. Ambrose, who seemed to bring out both the worst and the best in people. For example, St. Jerome couldn’t stand him. HERE If you are interested in learning more about this titanic figure of … Read More
1st Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation
This is from my old Patristic Rosary Project Because October is dedicated in a special way to the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, during the month I, as a dedicated patristiblogger, will work my way through the … Read More
OLDIE PODCAzT: Friday in the Octave of Pentecost
OLDIE PODCAzT from Friday in the Octave of Pentecost in 2008. ___________ Today is Friday in the Octave of Pentecost, or at least it ought to be in in the Novus Ordo as it is in the older, Traditional Roman … Read More
Of St. Sebastian, Dufay, St. Ambrose, and Debussy
Today in the traditional Roman calendar is the Feast of Sts. Fabian and Sebastian, martyrs. St. Pope Fabian was slain in 250 during the persecutions of Decius. St. Sebastian, famous in sacred art for his arrow ridden body, was a … Read More
St. Ambrose read without moving his lips!
Sometimes when I am given a book of a certain length to read I’ll quip, “That ought to keep my lips moving for a while!” Today’s first entry in the Martyrologium Romanum says: 1. Memoria sancti Ambrosii, episcopi Mediolanensis et … Read More
The Patristic Rosary Project Revisited – Annunciation
Some years ago, I posted a series of entries here wherein I looked at the mysteries of the Rosary through some quotations by Fathers of the Church. Here is what I wrote about the Annunciation. _________ Because October is dedicated … Read More
Did Jesus tell the Apostles to buy weapons? Yes. To use them?
I have been thinking through the “gun” controversy. I am also thinking about what it means for me, a priest. For example, what does a concealed carry weapon (CCW) mean for a priest versus for a layperson? Some people will … Read More
St. Jerome did not like St. Ambrose
In Book II of his Apology, Rufinus points out how Jerome had attacked Ambrose. He mentions Ambrose’ work De Spiritu Sancto. Thus, Rufinus about Jerome’s view of Ambrose. Rufinus relates more of Jerome’s disdain for his “rival” in Milan (Apology 2,23-25) as he digs into accusations … Read More
WDTPRS 3rd Sunday of Easter – “bright like kindled candles, honey sweet”
This Sunday’s Collect, for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, it seems to me, reflects a conscious attempt on the part of Holy Church to remind us of the Easter Vigil. The prayer has antecedents in both the Veronese and Gelasian … Read More
Agnes: “Shining with the fire of divine love”
Let us invoke St. Agnes, virgin and martyr. O glorious Agnes, chosen by God, though weak, to make His own might manifest in your martyrdom, together with the Apostles intercede before the throne of our Our Father in heaven and … Read More
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St. Ambrose: copycat, rookie, disliked by St. Jerome
St. Ambrose was a titanic figure in the Church in Italy in the 4th century. Here is a post I wrote some time ago about him and another great figure of the patristic era, St. Jerome. In the ancient world, … Read More
Saints of pots and pans, shipwrecks, beheading, and music both mystical and sublime
I bring to your attention four saints on the calendar listed in the 2005 Martyrologium Romanum. 1. Sancti Roberti Bellarmino, episcopi et Ecclesiae doctoris, e Societate Iesu, qui praeclare de theologicis temporis sui controversiis peculiari ac subtili habitu disputavit; cardinalis … Read More
Pentecost Friday: walking away
The Gospel in today’s Mass in the Extraordinary Form, by which we celebrate the Octave of Pentecost, relates how the Lord healed the paralytic in Luke 5: 17-26: At that time, it came to pass on one of the days, … Read More
WDTPRS Pentecost Thursday – footware and flight from the world
Back in 2008 I made some PODCAzTs for each day of the Octave of Pentecost. For Pentecost Thursday you can go here. The Gospel for Mass is from Luke 9:1-6: At that time, having summoned the twelve apostles, Jesus gave … Read More
St. Ambrose: copycat, rookie, disliked by St. Jerome
In the ancient world, invective was a standard tool of debate. Interlocutors would often pour acid on each other in a way we today… well, perhaps not some who read blogs today… find quite unsettling. St. Jerome (+420), not known … Read More
St. Ambrose: silent reader, admired by St. Augustine
Today’s first entry in the Martyrologium Romanum says: 1. Memoria sancti Ambrosii, episcopi Mediolanensis et Ecclesiae doctoris, qui pridie Nonas aprilis in Domino obdormivit, sed hac die potissimum colitur, qua celebrem sedem adhuc catechumenus gubernandam suscepit, cum civitatis praefecturae officio … Read More
The Feeder Feed and a saint who couldn’t stand another saint
I haven’t posted anything about the feeder activity lately. Here is an action shot! This Blue Jay does not like the other flying competition. Mr. Indigo Bunting likes millet. A nice shot of a young female Oriole. Most of the … Read More