Part Two of Fr. John Zuhlsdorf’s Interview with Me (Confession, Combat Rosary, Scapular Medal, etc.)

Part Two of Fr. John Zuhlsdorf’s Interview with Me (Confession, Combat Rosary, Scapular Medal, etc.)

From Fr. Z’s Blog:

In this PODCAzT we hear the the second, shorter, of two parts of an interview I did with Fr. Richard Heilman, pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Pine Bluff, WI a few minutes to the west of Madison. I’ve written about Fr. Heilman may times. I help out at that parish on weekends. I’ve seen some great things going on there. It occurred to me that what Fr. Heilman is doing there could provide some encouragement, especially in the wake of Card. Sarah’s appeal to priests to start saying Mass ad orientem.

In the first part, Father spoke about an unusual situation he faced at the beginning of his pastorate, about moving his parish to ad orientem worship for all Masses and the influence learning the Traditional Latin Mass has had on him. He also talks about working with groups of men.

In this part Father talks about confessions and confessionals (face to face or behind the screen), his Combat Rosaries and the Swiss Guard (I wrote on that HERE), and about his Scapular Crucifix.

Listen to the interview HERE. (find other options for listening HERE)

Learn more about the Combat Rosary HERE.

Learn more the Scapular Medal (Catholic Dog Tag) HERE.

You can find the Combat Rosaries and Scapular Medals at


Here is the Swiss Guard video. The Commander holds it up and speaks about the Combat Rosary at minute 20:37 …

Here is the translation:

“The Combat Rosary. At the right time, at the beginning of the year, a generous donor has surprised us with a gift. He sent the Swiss guard the most powerful weapon that exists on the market: the “Combat Rosary”, Literally, the rosary for the fight. Now it was given in allocation to all the guards. It is important that we find the path of prayer, especially the prayer of the rosary. Our life, our works and our actions are in the hands of God. However, this does not mean that we can give up to arms and to exercises. God uses us as instruments to ward off evil in some situations. This is why we need a faith, faith in God and prayer ” (Col. Christoph Graf, Commander of the Swiss guard pontificate, oath of the new recruits, 6 May 2016).


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