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The Feast of the Epiphany–A House Blessing

(Many local parishes will provide the faithful with blessed chalk and incense. If your parish does not offer this, approach your priest and ask him to bless a piece of chalk for this traditional house blessing and devotion.) The family gathers around the crib with lighted candles and recites the following prayers.   All: A…

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A Priest’s Perspective on Fallen Away Catholics

Editor’s Note:  Fr. George Welzbacher is a priest’s priest.  He is the pastor of the Church of St. John in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The longtime history professor, pastor, and commentator still continues to educate well into his 60th year of being a priest.  Fr. John Zuhlsdorf recently paid tribute to him on the occasion of the…

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Family Devotions for the Feast of the Holy Family

Almighty and Eternal God, your fatherly tenderness never ceases to provide for our needs. We ask you to bestow on this our family the riches of your blessing. With the gift of your grace sanctify our family so that, faithful to your commandments, we will care for each other, give example to the world by…

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From a Christmas Homily of Saint Ambrose

Consider the beginnings of the nascent Church. Christ is born and the shepherds have begun their vigil. They round up the flocks of the nations, nations that formerly lived like cattle. They gather them into the Lord’s enclosure, lest these flocks suffer the assaults of spiritual wild beasts lurking concealed in the night’s darkness. And…

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Plenitudo temporis

Ed. Note. The Wanderer Forum Foundation is pleased to be able to present to you the homily of Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas for Christmas 2011 at the Church of the Holy Innocents in Manhattan. We would like to acknowledge Father’s generosity in sharing this and we reproduce it here for your edification as you continue in your…

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Is America Just a Protestant Botch?

Read the latest from WFF Board Member Chris Manion. (Hat tip: Crisis Magazine)

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The Empire Builder (or, What I Saw on the Train)

Trains and Christmas go together. It has been so—at least in the United States—since the early part of the 20th century. It is not unusual to see a train encircling the Christmas tree, or to read a Christmas story or watch a Christmas movie with people traveling by train. There is a certain romance bound…

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Christmas as Real History

Ed. Note. In this 2005 article authored by WFF President Charles E. Rice, he suggests to Notre Dame students and to all of us a new approach in considering Christmas. In the face of the secularization that continues to get worse with each passing year and in the midst of an increasingly hostile federal government…

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Immaculate Conception Novena: Ninth Day

In the Year of Our Lord 1846 the bishops of the United States dedicated our land to Mary of the Immaculate Conception. In a brave and splendid gesture they presented to the Queen of Heaven the new republic with its high hopes and uncertainties, with its enormous possibilities for good or evil, with the record…

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Immaculate Conception Novena: Eighth Day

Life is not easy for a man who aspires to strong virtue. Temptations are much too fascinating. In youth passion plays like a livid flame. In success false loves throw themselves before him. In failure he is prompted to seek forgetfulness in sin. And always, creature of body and of soul that he is, he…

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