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Celestine

19 May 2015
Celestine

Today is the feast of a most remarkable saint, Peter Celestine. Pietro Angelerio was born in the village of Sant’Angelo Limosano, in south-central Italy, in the year 1215. At age 17, he became a Benedictine monk. By the time he was in his thirties, his abbot had given him permission to enter a hermitage in a cave. He became famed for his holiness and ascetical lifestyle, and eventually young men flocked to him to imitate his example. He was...

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The Ascension of the Lord

17 May 2015
The Ascension of the Lord

Viri Galilæi, quid admiramini aspicientes in cælum? Forty days (and more) have passed since Easter. While most of the world (and indeed, my Benedictine Ordo) celebrate the day more properly last Thursday, in many places in the United States, today is the Solemnity of the Ascension. That moment when Christ ascended into heaven has to be one of the great comic scenes in the Bible: As they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him...

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Fátima, Wisconsin?

13 May 2015
Fátima, Wisconsin?

This week we’re visiting family in the midwest. On today’s Feast of Our Lady of Fátima, we visited the church of Saint Vincent (now, apparently, part of Saint Jude the Apostle parish) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It’s a beautiful 20th century church with a Romanesque flair. Now, when I attended Mass there yesterday, not one person spoke to me. Today, I was there with Francine, and suddenly we had people welcoming us. Apparently, I’m scary. It was a lovely Mass...

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Called to Serve?

04 May 2015
Called to Serve?

When I began this blog, years ago now, I was trying to discern whether God was calling me to the Diaconate. I talked a little bit about that, and of vocation more generally, a little over a year ago in a post called The Vocation of Living. The upshot was this: at that time the Archdiocese of Seattle had no real plans to call for new Deacons. So I let it rest, though the call was still there. Well,...

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The Pilgrims, Arm in Arm, Arrive

02 May 2015
The Pilgrims, Arm in Arm, Arrive

On this day, just two years ago, Francine and I ended the walking portion of our first Camino. This photo was taken that afternoon, as we walked into Santiago de Compostela. Next year: Santiago! (Originally posted to Pilgrims on the Way.) Like this:Like Loading...

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What. The. Heck.

30 April 2015

Feast of the Holy Abbots of Cluny – Found!

29 April 2015
Saint Hugh the Great

Last year on this day, I was one frustrated oblate. Today is the (combined) feast of four great Abbots of the Benedictine Order: Saints Odo, Majolus, Odilo, and Hugh. They were all good and holy men, and during the course of their reigns over the Abbey of Cluny and its associated priories, they reformed western monasticism – indeed, it could be fairly said that together they saved western monasticism. Remarkably, in the breviary I was using at the time,...

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“I’m a bit of a Gyrovague…”

27 April 2015

Eternal Rest and Everlasting Light

26 April 2015
Eternal Rest and Everlasting Light

Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis. In memoria æterna erit iustus, ab auditione mala non timebit. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord: and let perpetual light shine upon her. She shall be justified in everlasting memory, and shall not fear evil reports. Absolve, Domine, animas omnium fidelium defunctorum ab omni vinculo delictorum et gratia tua illis succurente mereantur evadere iudicium ultionis, et lucis æternae beatitudine perfrui. Forgive, O Lord, the souls of all the...

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Mark Lost His Head

25 April 2015
Mark Lost His Head

John Mark was one of the original seventy disciples (Luke 10:1 ff). Tradition holds that he was one of those who left Christ when he preached on the Bread of Life (John 6:44-6:66). Saint Peter brought him back to the faith. He traveled with Paul and Barnabas, who thought him unreliable (Acts 15:37-41). Again he left, again he came back (2 Timothy 4:11). Eventually he served as Peter’s secretary in Rome (cf. 1 Peter 5:15). It was then that...

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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.

Theirs was the religion of Saint John and of Saint Paul, the religion of the Gloria in Excelsis Deo, of the Athanasian Creed, and of the Te Deum Laudamus: Trinitarian, Christological, liturgical, and ecclesial.

Theirs was a religion spacious, broad, lofty, deep, and, at the same time, humbly rooted in the mystery of the Incarnation and in the homely economy of the sacraments.

(Dom Jean LeClercq, O.S.B.,
on the 12th Century Monastic reformers)

Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament …

There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth…

(J.R.R. Tolkien)

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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