Day of Wrath

Appropriate to today – the Feast of All Souls of the Benedictine Order – we once again have the Dies Iræ, the traditional sequence for Requiem Masses and the Masses of All Souls. Today we pray for the souls of Continue reading Day of Wrath

All Saints of the Benedictine Order

Once again we come to a feast of All Saints. “But wait!” I hear you cry, “wasn’t that back on the first of November?” Right you are! But today on the Benedictine calendar is the feast of All Saints of Continue reading All Saints of the Benedictine Order

From Living and Chosen Stones

You would be forgiven for thinking that the Pope’s main church is St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. It’s certainly the largest. But no. The Pope’s own church – his episcopal seat as Bishop of Rome – is the church Continue reading From Living and Chosen Stones

Gunpowder, Treason, and Plot

Today in 1605, a cabal of Catholic plotters, hoping to turn back the tides of reformation and restore a Catholic monarch to Great Britain, attempted to assassinate the very Protestant King James. Their plan – if you can dignify it Continue reading Gunpowder, Treason, and Plot

Day of the Dead

Let’s talk Purgatory. We have to, to make any sense at all out of today’s feast. Today is officially “The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed”, but like most folks, I’ll stick with the simple version – All Souls’ Day. Continue reading Day of the Dead

Litany of the Saints

Happy Feast of All Saints! This is the day where we celebrate all the saints, known and unknown: the Church Triumphant. We ask them to pray for us. I for one could use all the help I can get! This Continue reading Litany of the Saints

Five Hundred Years

Today is the five hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. It is fitting that this day is commemorated on the eve of All Saints Day, because Martin Luther began by doing the work of the saints. Ultimately, Continue reading Five Hundred Years

Chants of the Masses of All Souls

Can we talk about Gregorian chant? Because All Souls Day – coming up on November 2nd – has some doozies. I confess that I was a fan of chant long before I was a Catholic. In part, God used the Continue reading Chants of the Masses of All Souls

Saint Crispin’s day

Today is the 602nd anniversary of King Henry V’s famous victory over the French at the Battle of Agincourt. As Shakespeare reminds us in his Henry V, this battle took place on the feast of Saints Crispin and Crispinian. May Continue reading Saint Crispin’s day

On the Feast of Saint Luke

Saint Luke is my kind of writer. Luke the historian and Luke the lyrical poet are both in evidence in his New Testament writings, his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. He freely admits that he never met Christ Continue reading On the Feast of Saint Luke

Restoring the Sacred

In the past week or so, I have spoken with several people about our liturgical strategic plan at our parish of Holy Rosary. We talk about the ideal liturgical life of the parish, about our constraints in terms of people Continue reading Restoring the Sacred

The Miracle of the Sun

One hundred years ago today in the town of Fátima, Portugal, a miracle occurred. This remarkable event occurred at the height of the Great War, and an estimated 70,000 people witnessed it. It is known as the “Miracle of the Continue reading The Miracle of the Sun

Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary

Today is the feast of the Most Holy Rosary. For most of the Catholic world, this is a memorial of various sorts. Since, however, my parish is dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, for us it is a Continue reading Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary

Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Asissi

Just about everybody knows Saint Francis. He’s the plaster birdbath guy, right? The saint who hung around with fuzzy pastel animals. Well, sort of. “Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.” (Saint Francis of Assisi) I very nearly took “Francis” Continue reading Saint Francis of Assisi

Happy Memorial of Saint Jerome, Patron Saint of Grumpy Old Men

Saint Jerome should be the patron saint of grumpy old men. Born in the Roman province of Dalmatia in modern Slovenia, he studied in Rome starting in about the year 360. During a journey to Syria in 373, he fell Continue reading Happy Memorial of Saint Jerome, Patron Saint of Grumpy Old Men

Happy Michaelmas!

Today is the “Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels” or, in the old calendar, the “Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel”. Whatever you call it, the most common name is Michaelmas. It is one of Continue reading Happy Michaelmas!