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Santiago Apóstol, Peregrino, Matamoros

25 July 2014
Santiago Apóstol, Peregrino, Matamoros

Santiago Apóstol Today is the feast of Saint James the Apostle, son of Zebedee and Salome of Bethsaida, brother of Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist. One of the “Sons of Thunder” (Mark 3:17). Santiago. Years ago, I wrote about what we know of Saint James from scripture and tradition. That was before I had walked 500 miles to his sepulcher in Santiago de Compostela. That was before I knelt before his mortal remains. Sign above the entrance to...

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A Constant Fidelity in Small Things

15 July 2014
A Constant Fidelity in Small Things

In 1273, Pope Gregory X appointed Bonaventure cardinal-bishop of Albano. His legates came bearing the red hat and other symbols of office only to find Bonaventure washing the dishes. The saint told his visitors to hang the hat on a tree and wait in the garden until he was finished with his task.

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Heinrich the Bavarian

13 July 2014
Heinrich the Bavarian

It’s a pretty rare thing when Kings become saints, or at least become canonized saints. I can only think of a handful off the top of my head: Saint Louis IX of France, Saint Edward the Confessor of Anglo-Saxon England, Saint Stephen of Hungary. Today is the feast of the only Emperor-Saint of which I’m aware: Saint Heinrich II, Duke of Bavaria, King of Germany, Holy Roman Emperor. He lived near the start of the high middle ages (my...

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Benedictine Roundup

12 July 2014
Medal of Saint Benedict

In addition to my own modest contribution on community, a great number of bloggers tackled some portion of the Benedictine tradition yesterday. Here’s a roundup of some of the best: Ora/Labora (Dominicana, written by Br. Philip Neri Reese, O.P.) St. Benedict and the Union of Prayer and Work (Word on Fire, written by Brandon Vogt) The liturgical genius of St Benedict (Saints Will Arise, written by Kate Edwards) Memorial of St. Benedict (Father Steve Grunow – Sermon Blog) Benedictine...

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On Community

11 July 2014
On Community

Today is the principal feast (at least among the Benedictines) of Saint Benedict of Nursia, author of the great monastic rule that in large part saved western civilization after the fall of the Roman Empire. Pope Benedict XVI took his name at least in part from Saint Benedict, and the life and work of the saint was a topic that he spoke on with eloquence: Benedict did not found a monastic institution oriented primarily to the evangelization of barbarian...

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Meanwhile, in the Vatican…

9 July 2014

Football Popes

Congratulations Father Maurer!

1 July 2014
Congratulations Father Maurer!

The Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain, having carefully assessed the needs of the People of God in the Archdiocese of Seattle, and after careful consultation with the Christian Faithful and the Priest Personnel Board, makes the following pastoral appointments in accord with the 1983 Code of Canon Law, effective July 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted.

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Sacred Heart, Wounded Heart

27 June 2014
Sacred Heart, Wounded Heart

How does the human brain wrap itself around the eternal and infinite love of God for His creation? How can can we even begin to comprehend the depth of love in Christ’s wounded heart as he pours Himself out for us sinners at Calvary? The truth is, we can’t. The saints and the mystics may catch glimpses, but we humans see all things divine, as Saint Paul said, through a glass darkly (cf. 1 Corinthians 13). Fortunately, those saints...

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The Hinge of History

24 June 2014
The Hinge of History

The story of the Jewish people moves through Exodus to the Judges to the Kings to the Prophets. It culminates in Christ, the culmination of all things. He is Priest, Prophet, and King, and in Baptism we come to share this designation as well. We do not all share the gift of prophecy, of course, but to see it continuing to our day, you can took to people as diverse as G.K. Chesterton and Pope Paul VI. And yet, the...

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Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity

21 June 2014
Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity

Depending on what calendar you use (Ordinary Form or Extraordinary Form), and whether or not it is a Holy Day of Obligation in your diocese, tomorrow (or last Thursday) will be (or was) the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Happy Corpus Christi! Whereas Holy Thursday is a celebration of the institution of the Eucharist, Corpus Christi is a celebration of the Eucharist itself. And what a gift has God given us! The feast was...

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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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