Tag Archives: First World Problems

Classical Education

A friend sent me this homily – apparently preached yesterday (I guess they keep the poinsettias out till they die!?). This is an excellent explanation of the benefits of and need for classical education in our Catholic schools. As my … Continue reading

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Saturno – Another Priest Christmas Gift Idea

I’ve never really been much of a hat-wearer, but I do enjoy the wonderful variety of hats in the Church. Recently, it seems, a particular style of hat has been in the news: the Saturno (so-called because it resembles the planet … Continue reading

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Pastors Should Take A Pyx “Collection”

A post on this blog that has received a lot of traffic and generated a lot of contacts from readers is the one I wrote on PYX PROBLEMS a little over a year ago. Many good people had already noticed some … Continue reading

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Mass according to the Rubrics

I’ve posted on various occasions about Mass celebrated ad orientem, “facing east” – that is, with priest and people facing the same direction, toward the altar. You can easily use the search feature on the blog to find some of those … Continue reading

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The Post-Synodal Exhortation

Many are waiting with baited breath to see how Pope Francis will address the issues of the last two Synods on the Family in his post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, due to be released any time now (some reports say tomorrow, some … Continue reading

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An Apropos Prayer

In light of Friday’s tragic and disastrous Supreme Court ruling, this Sunday’s Collect (opening prayer) is quite fitting: O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not … Continue reading

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God’s Apparent Powerlessness

Here is my homily for this Sunday. In our gospel this Sunday we see a very clear demonstration of the attribute of God called omnipotence – the fact that he is “almighty”: he is able to do whatever he pleases; … Continue reading

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A Gem on Beautiful Churches

I attended a talk by Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco this morning, and he had a very interesting statement to make about the cost of building beautiful churches. The story went that the San Francisco Cathedral was started in 1963 … Continue reading

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Vatican II Urban Legends

The thought has occurred to me to do an adult education class (maybe, at some point) on “Vatican II Urban Legends”. It would involve looking at various ideas and errors that have been proposed as originating from the Council but … Continue reading

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Aborted Vocations

This evening at Mass I again encouraged everyone to participate in the Birmingham March for Life next Saturday, January 17. Now, more than ever, we need to witness to what we believe, what science teaches, and what is right and … Continue reading

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Some Christmas Gift Ideas

It costs me $99/year to run this blog (in order to have additional disk space and the vanity web site address of fatherjerabek.com). The only way I attempt to offset that expense is by linking to books or other items I … Continue reading

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Friday Abstinence Dispensation

I recently came across this fascinating snippet from the past: back in the 1960s, when companies were still trying to respect their clients’ religious beliefs instead of downplay or ignore them, Trans World Airlines (TWA) petitioned the Holy See for … Continue reading

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