Category Archives: Ad Hoc

Christmas Gifts for Priests, 2019 Edition

Each year around this time, folks start arriving at this blog looking for Christmas gift ideas for priests (based on the search terms that the site stats track). I would like to offer some ideas for this year. (My previous … Continue reading

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When Can We Decorate for Christmas?

One of the controversies that one encounters nowadays among conscientious, tradition-minded Catholics concerns the question of when it is “correct” to decorate for Christmas. Stores put out the Christmas items earlier and earlier each year; in many places the local … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Priests We Need to Save the Church

In the past couple of weeks I have taken some extra time for reading — something I really needed to do — and the books I chose have not disappointed. I hope to post another review in a few days. … Continue reading

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Recommended Vestment Makers

I remember that, around the time I was ordained, it was still rather difficult to find more traditional styles of vestments — whether those of the gothic style (but perhaps made in more noble materials) or of the Roman style. … Continue reading

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Most Popular Posts and Assorted Others

This blog has been going for one month shy of six and a half years now — and this is its 897th post. Many daily visitors arrive here by internet search, and sometimes the stats on an older post will … Continue reading

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Our Response to Unworthy Priests and Bishops

I have begun in earnest to read Cardinal Sarah’s latest book. His writings and discourses are always chock full of wisdom, doctrine, and the saints. He is a walking encyclopedia. But more than a source of information, it is evident that … Continue reading

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The Churching of Women

Today, after our solemn Mass, a nice family that was visiting asked me if I would give the “Blessing of a Woman after Childbirth” from the traditional (1962) Roman Ritual — also known as “the churching of women”. Read the … Continue reading

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Can the Devil Read Our Thoughts?

I’ve seen various memes about us and the devil on social media recently, along the lines of the one displayed above. The purpose of them is obviously to give us a certain confidence in God and his power over evil; … Continue reading

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Learning How to Serve the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) – Unit 1 Home Study

I will soon be learning how to serve the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) myself — something I never learned to do; I only learned how to celebrate it. And I will also be training some boys how to serve. In … Continue reading

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Fat Priests

“The last thing the Church needs is more fat priests!” — a (now deceased) priest whom I had the privilege of knowing in college (when I weighed about 90 lbs less…) It’s easy enough for priests today to resign ourselves … Continue reading

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Some Problems with Whole Wheat Hosts

It didn’t take long after I was ordained for me to start disliking whole wheat hosts. For one, I noticed that when I fractured them, they tended to produce more crumbs or particles than regular white hosts. After communion, it … Continue reading

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Home Chapels

I posted almost two years ago to the day on the topic of home chapels: see the post, Having a Home Chapel. For those who have the space and the creativity, it’s a wonderful way to honor the Lord in one’s home … Continue reading

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