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Mapping the Camino

25 February 2015
Mapping the Camino

It’s a truism that one doesn’t need a map to walk the Camino. After all, there’s a yellow arrow painted or printed or engraved somewhere every twenty yards or so. If you haven’t seen one in a while, you’ve probably wandered off the right path. Having said that, I like maps. I especially like maps that represent terrain, distances, and directions. I absolutely love Camino maps that tell me the distance between each village by every possible route, and...

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Vespers

23 February 2015
Vespers

For the first time since the last of the Benedictines left our parish, possibly longer, we celebrated chanted Vespers in the church last night. So that’s the first time in twenty years at least. Probably closer to forty. It was glorious. I really wish somebody had thought to take photos. We had originally printed thirty booklets for the congregation, but a printer’s error resulted in us having double that number. It was just as well, as thirty copies would...

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Lenten Reading

20 February 2015
Lenten Reading

In years passed, I’ve generally adopted a reading program as part of my Lenten observance. For several years, I read the Desert Fathers. This year, despite a friend bequeathing me a copy of the Philokalia, I’m looking for something else. I’ve started a thin little volume by Bishop Athanasius Schneider called Dominus Est -– It is the Lord! I’m about halfway through, and it’s a both delightful and deep meditation on the Eucharist. But as I said, it’s short....

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Joy!

19 February 2015
Joy!

Yesterday, my Lent began with a kiss. Oh, I’d previously prayed Lauds on the train coming into Seattle, but this I do nearly every day. Lent is a time set apart, a time to spiritually prepare ourselves for the coming of Easter. To help set the season apart, it begins with Ash Wednesday, where we enter into the penitential season with sackcloth (figuratively) and ashes (literally). So it was fitting that this year as I approach the tenth anniversary...

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Ash Wednesday

18 February 2015
Ash Wednesday

“Remember Man that you are dust and unto dust you shall return.” And with those words, our Lent has begun. Holy Mother Church calls us to make these next forty days until Easter a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Lent is a pilgrimage, in a sense, through time if not space, through death to resurrection. A pilgrimage of penitence. Let us walk together in the Lord. Stumped for your Lenten observances? Check out what the Bishops have to...

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Lenten Regulations for the Archdiocese of Seattle, 2015

16 February 2015
Lenten Regulations for the Archdiocese of Seattle, 2015

Lent starts Wednesday! Here are the Lenten regulations as sourced from the Archdiocese of Seattle web site. Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for Baptism or of renewal of Baptism at Easter. Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015, and Good Friday, April 3, 2015, are days of fast and abstinence. Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence....

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Called to Love More

10 February 2015
Called to Love More

This is a reprint of one of my more popular blog posts, which I re-run each year on this day. Saint Benedict was the founder of western monasticism; to this day, most monks and nuns worldwide follow some variation of his “Little Rule for Beginners“. Benedict had a twin sister, Scholastica, whose feast day is today. Under her brother’s guidance, she founded the first female monastery in the west. I often think that their parents had a sense of...

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Confraternity

09 February 2015
Confraternity

In theory, each pilgrim who completes the Camino de Santiago is a member of the Archconfraternity of Saint James the Apostle. Originally founded in 1499, the aims of the Archcontraternity are: Promote honour of St. James the Apostle and encourage Christian pilgrimage to his Tomb. Ensure that pilgrims are welcomed and looked after on their pilgrimage along the different ways leading to Santiago. Offer help so that pilgrimage might be a time of personal encounter and commitment, working with...

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Faith and Reason

28 January 2015
Faith and Reason

Faith and reason are like the two shoes you wear on your journey. You get a lot farther with both than just one. (J. Michael Straczynski) Today is the Feast of the Universal Doctor of the Church and one of my name Saints, Thomas Aquinas. When (certain) people, told of my conversion, said to me “oh, you’re Catholic – you don’t need to think any more”, I always pointed them to Thomas Aquinas. Here’s a guy who was observed...

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Agnes in Agony

21 January 2015
Agnes in Agony

Happy Saint Agnes Day! Saint Agnes was a young Roman lady of 13 or 14 who suffered martyrdom in the persecutions of Diocletian in about the year 304. She was one of the youngest of the early martyrs and one of the most moving and articulate. Agnes] hastened to the place of torture as a bride to her wedding feast. Pain had no terror for her—although the fetters slipped from her small hands while even the pagan bystanders were...

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Pope Francis



Servus Servorum Dei

I Peter 5:8

Fratres : Sóbrii estóte, et vigiláte : quia adversárius vester diábolus tamquam leo rúgiens circuit, quærens quem dévoret : cui resístite fortes in fide.

Brethren, be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.

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Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.

Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.

(G.K. Chesterton)

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