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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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Saint George!

23 April 2015
Saint George!

“Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” (G.K. Chesterton) Today’s feast is of the martyr Saint George. Pious legends of dragon slaying notwithstanding, George was a soldier of the Roman army who was killed during the persecutions of Diocletian in the early fourth century. He is venerated in both the west and especially the east, where churches were built in his name...

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2016 Route Update

23 April 2015
2016 Route Update

After much back and forth, we decided to cut out as many of the extras as we can and just focus on the Camino. The current version of the plan (such as it is) looks like this: Fly out of Seattle on Easter Sunday and into Madrid. From there, we go to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port by one of two ways, either flying to Biarritz and then taking the train, or taking a bus to Pamplona and then bus or taxi. We...

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Quote of the Day

21 April 2015
Quote of the Day

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., speaking on the 12th Century Monastic reformers) Shouldn’t this be our religion...

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Teach Me to Seek You

21 April 2015
Teach Me to Seek You

Insignificant man, escape from your everyday business for a short while, hide for a moment from your restless thoughts. Break off from your cares and troubles and be less concerned about your tasks and labors. Make a little time for God and rest a while in him. On today’s Memorial of Saint Anselm of Canterbury, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, and founder of Scholasticism, I thought I’d share some of his wisdom. Enter into your mind’s inner chamber. Shut...

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Francis Cardinal George (1937 – 2015)

17 April 2015
Francis Cardinal George (1937 – 2015)

I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history. Francis Cardinal George, OMI Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal George, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago, died today of cancer. He was 78. There’s a lot you could say about Cardinal George, and...

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Happy Birthday, Father Benedict!

16 April 2015
Happy Birthday, Father Benedict!

Today is the 88th birthday of Father Benedict, once Pope Benedict XVI. Happy birthday! I recently ran across an interesting article by Elizabeth Scalia (the Anchoress) about Benedict being an “anchor” for the Papacies of the men who proceeded and followed him. John Paul would not have been free to be John Paul — and all he became to the world during his papacy — without the anchor of Benedict. He was the “pilgrim” pope, traveling more than any before...

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The Divine Mercy

12 April 2015
The Divine Mercy

Today, the Second Sunday in the Octave of Easter, is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Sunday after Easter as the Sunday of the Divine Mercy (Dominica II Paschæ seu de divina misericordia) in accord with the visions of the Divine Mercy received by

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Papal Bull!

11 April 2015
Papal Bull!

No. Really. Today Pope Francis issued a Papal Bull proclaiming the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Misericordiae Vultus BULL OF INDICTION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY FRANCIS, BISHOP OF ROME, SERVANT OF THE SERVANTS OF GOD TO ALL WHO READ THIS LETTER GRACE, MERCY, AND PEACE 1. Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth,...

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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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