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A Prayer to Saint Monica

27 August 2014
A Prayer to Saint Monica

Born of Christian parents about the year 331 at Tagaste in Africa, Monica was reared under the strict supervision of an elderly nurse who had likewise reared her father. In the course of time she was given in marriage to a pagan named Patricius. Besides other faults, he possessed a very irascible nature…

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The Queen of Heaven

22 August 2014
The Queen of Heaven

On the old calendar, today is the feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was moved in the calendar reform to the Saturday following the Second Sunday after Pentecost. For what reason, I’ve no idea. On the new calendar, today is also a Marian feast, that of Our Lady Queen of Heaven. Whatever changes there might have been in the calendar, it was sort of a no-brainer that today would be some sort of Marian...

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Saint Bernard

20 August 2014
Saint Bernard

No, not that one. Today is the feast of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. Born in 1090 to a noble Burgundian family near Dijon, he entered the monastery at age 23. In less than three years, he was sent by his abbot to found a new monastery in Vallée d’Absinthe on 25 June 1115. Bernard named this new monastery Clairvaux, meaning “valley of light”. From there, Bernard spearheaded a wholesale reform of monastic life. For thirty-eight years as abbot he...

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Decade

15 August 2014
Decade

Ten years ago, on the 15th of August 2004, Francine and I walked into Saint Patrick’s Church in Tacoma. This was the Solemnity of the Assumption, and ever since we have counted this as our “Catholic anniversary”. On that day, I discovered in a moment that every doubt I ever had about the truth of Christianity had collapsed. God in His wisdom had led me on a twenty year quest for Truth through various religions, philosophies, and spiritualities. In...

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Saint Lawrence and the Holy Grail

10 August 2014
Saint Lawrence and the Holy Grail

Were it not a Sunday, today would be the feast of the deacon martyr, Saint Lawrence. There are so many stories about him, that it’s hard to sum him up briefly. In the confused days after the martyrdom of Pope Sixtus, the administration of the Roman churches fell to the Deacon, Lawrence. He was captured by the Imperial authorities, but he bargained for his release. The prefect of Rome said that if Lawrence would hand over the riches of...

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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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Monastic Diurnal

18 July 2014
Monastic Diurnal

This arrived in the post today. No card. No receipt. No note of any kind. Many thanks to my mysterious benefactor. It’s a beautiful book. This should give you some idea of the size. In an odd coincidence, the table of dates at the front of the book begins in the year I was baptized, and it ends on what would be my hundredth birthday.

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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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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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