Yes is the Answer

The mercy of God is a scandal – Christ offers His infinite mercy to every worst kind of sinner, excluding no one. This eternal upwelling of mercy overflows, cascading upon the whole of the human race. It extends to murderers. Continue reading Yes is the Answer

Benedictine Liturgical Ideals and the New Evangelization

Although it no longer appears on the Universal (Roman) calendar, today is one of two feasts of Saint Benedict celebrated by Benedictines throughout the world. This is the day in the year 547 when Saint Benedict of Norcia died. Saint Continue reading Benedictine Liturgical Ideals and the New Evangelization

A Cup of Joe

Here’s an insight into how my mind works. As I was walking into work one morning a couple of years ago, commuter coffee mug firmly in hand, it suddenly struck me: the reason we call coffee “joe” is because it Continue reading A Cup of Joe

Lectionary Confluence

On Thursday, I unexpectedly found myself at two daily Masses, the first in the Extraordinary Form, and the second in the Ordinary Form. The differences were stark – made even more so by the fact that the Ordinary Form Mass Continue reading Lectionary Confluence

Saint Patrick was an Englishman!

Well that got your attention, didn’t it? It’s not quite true of course; Patrick may have been born on the isle of Britain, but in a time before the Angles had arrived and started making it Angland. No, his family Continue reading Saint Patrick was an Englishman!

Pilgrim Wisdom

Over on our Camino Blog, I’m running a series called “Camino Photo of the Day”. Occasionally, I will cross-post these here. This sign is posted in the common room of the Municipal Albergue in Azofra. You will see or hear Continue reading Pilgrim Wisdom

Rite of Election

We’re just back from the Rite of Election. This is where our Catechumens and Candidates signify their call to the Easter Sacraments. In theory, this should be done at the Cathedral, but the enormous number of people entering the Church Continue reading Rite of Election

Lenten Observances

This is a busy Lent. This week, I literally have some event or class or liturgy on my calendar every day of the week, including two Rites of Election. Fortunately, my role in those two (at least) is not as Continue reading Lenten Observances

Saint Patrick’s Dispensation

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has granted to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Seattle a dispensation from the obligation to abstain from meat on Friday, March 17, the commemoration of Saint Patrick. Western Washington Catholics can enjoy their corned beef Continue reading Saint Patrick’s Dispensation

Cantate Domino Canticum Novum

The following open letter can be found in various liturgical blogs, and it is well worth reading. Although I am not one of the signatories, I very much associate myself with the sentiments expressed here. A Statement on the Current Continue reading Cantate Domino Canticum Novum

Lenten Vespers

At my parish of Holy Rosary in Tacoma, we are celebrating Sunday Vespers as we do each Lent. While some weeks, this will be simple chanted Vespers, most weeks this year it will be a form of Solemn Vespers. Father Continue reading Lenten Vespers

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. Continue reading Ash Wednesday

The Feast of Peter’s Chair

Most folks have seen some variation of this photo of Bernini‘s “Chair of Peter” in the Vatican. It’s a masterpiece of baroque art, found in every art textbook covering the period. The chair in question is carried aloft by four Continue reading The Feast of Peter’s Chair

Lenten Regulations for the Archdiocese of Seattle, 2017

Arms of the Archdiocese of Seattle

The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter. Through its twofold theme of repentance and Baptism, the season of Lent disposes both the catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the Continue reading Lenten Regulations for the Archdiocese of Seattle, 2017

The Saints Valentine – and Cyril and Methodius

The feast of Saint Valentine was removed from the Roman calendar during the reforms of 1969. It seems a shame, since this is one of a vanishingly small number of saint’s feasts that have remained in the secular culture. It Continue reading The Saints Valentine – and Cyril and Methodius