SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Fr John Zuhlsdorf

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June 21, 2020
Here is a wonderful prayer to sing! It is stark and lavish and carefully balanced and quintessentially Roman. This week’s Collect, in 1962 Missale Romanum for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost (last week), was in the ancient Gelasian Sacramentary for the Sunday after Ascension Thursday. It is also prayed after the Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.
June 14, 2020
In most places the Feast of Corpus Christi, or as it is called in the Novus Ordo the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, is transferred from its real date, Thursday after Trinity Sunday, to an “external celebration” on the following Sunday. On the true feast day, Thursday, we were two
June 12, 2020
If Our Blessed Lord is the New Temple, then His Most Sacred Heart is the Temple’s Holy of Holies. We venerate Our Lord’s Sacred Heart with special attention during the month of June. June is liturgically action packed. This year, from the first day, by traditional calendrical observances, we start the Octave of Pentecost. This
June 07, 2020
There are many bad ways to explain this teaching. Here's a better one
May 31, 2020
As they did for the Jews, our feast days look both backward, to commemorate an important moment in salvation history, and forward, the fulfillment in Christ of what was foreshadowed. For the Jews, the Fiftieth Day Feast, Hebrew Shavuot or Greek Pentekosté, commemorated the descent of God’s Law to Moses on Mount Sinai, wreathed in
May 24, 2020
'Consedere', a term from an ancient Collect, expresses the dignity we all share
May 17, 2020
A key concept in a titanic theological battle
May 15, 2020
Given Our Lady’s role in the redemptive mission of Her Son and the honour the Trinity gives her now as Queen of Heaven, it is hardly possible for us to shower Mary with enough laurels. Whom we love, we celebrate. The Blessed Virgin crowns them all. May is by tradition annually dedicated to devotions and
May 10, 2020
A spiritual safeguard, it reminds us that we must love in concrete terms
May 03, 2020
This Sunday’s Collect brings to mind Dante in the dark wood
April 19, 2020
This Sunday has many nicknames. In the post-Conciliar calendar it is the “Second Sunday of Easter (or of Divine Mercy)”. It is also called “Thomas Sunday” (because of the Gospel reading about the doubting Apostle), and “Quasimodo Sunday” (from the first word of the Introit), and “Low Sunday”. Since ancient times today has been called
April 09, 2020
This is the high point of the Church’s liturgical year. On our beautiful Sunday, we celebrate how our humanity rose from the dead in Christ. We can live forever because of Him. Let’s see Easter Sunday’s Collect for the traditional, Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. It is an adaptation of a prayer in the
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