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March 3, 2010

Listen to Father Z and stop pranking the faithful with sand

He remarks:

To all the priests out there still… unbelievably still putting sand in holy water fonts during Lent…


And if you go into a church where you see this sort of idiocy… for the love of God,
DON’T bless yourself with SAND.

You know you are a soldier and pilgrim in a dangerous world, right? What is Lent for? Spiritual discipline and war, right?

So why… why… why would these dopey liturgists and priests
REMOVE a tool of spiritual warfare precisely duing the season ofLENT when we need it the most??

Holy water is a

It is not a toy, or something to be abstained from, like chocolate …. which is the stuff of a
childish Lent. . . . (continue reading)


  1. Yes Patrick but can you clear one thing up for some of us? Who is Fr Z? Apart from blogging what is his position? Parish Priest? Chaplain? We are unsure in England..well some of us are!


  2. Patrick, once you apologist-types rid the Church of the scourge of sand in the Holy Water fonts, can you please direct your fire on faux desert scenes that seem to spring up each year at this time? Our parish has one...in the sanctuary! Not in the nave or near the narthex. No, it's on the steps leading up to the sanctuary.

  3. Thankfully, I have never seen nor have I even heard of this practice!!!

  4. If this happens, my 3 year old will be so disapointed, he builds sand castles with it during mass. It's the only way I can get him to behave during Mass. :)