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Thomas, Called Didymus

03 July 2015
Thomas, Called Didymus

Happy feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle! Today wasn’t always his feast. In fact in my Monastic Diurnal, today is the Memorial of Saints Processus and Martinian. I’m sure these holy martyrs will forgive me if I choose to celebrate the Apostle today instead. Saint Thomas, pray for us. Like this:Like Loading...

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Getting to the Camino

30 June 2015
Getting to the Camino

The Road to Roncesvalles The time has come where I’m checking flight prices every Tuesday. Today, for the first time, I found a round-trip ticket to Madrid for our dates for less than a thousand dollars. My goal is $800 or less. That should happen sometime near the middle or end of July. Once we have flight times in place, I can order bus or train tickets from Madrid to Pamplona. Once I have a Pamplona arrival time, I...

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Simon and Saul

29 June 2015
Simon and Saul

Today the Church celebrates one of her oldest feasts, commemorating the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul. I prayed at the tombs of these apostles during my time in Rome in 2005. With the body of Saint John Paul II mere feet from me, I knelt near Peter’s tomb at the high altar of the dark and nearly empty Vatican Basilica of Saint Peter. I prayed for the soul of the late Pope, and I prayed that these two...

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One Small Step

28 June 2015
One Small Step

Yesterday, Francine and I drove up to Sacred Heart church in Fairhaven, near Bellingham, to attend an informational session on the Diaconate. We put about 250 miles on the car. The talk was given by the director of the program, Rev. Frank Schuster. It was videotaped, so I’m sure it will be available on the Archdiocese’s web page presently. Francine and I had a lovely time afterwards in Fairhaven, wandering around the shops and dining in the sun and...

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Saint John’s Fire

23 June 2015
Saint John’s Fire

Tomorrow being the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, today is Saint John’s Eve. Throughout much of Europe, the tradition on this day is to light bonfires. Here’s ours. Not much of a bonfire, strictly speaking, but sufficient for getting rid of some of the scrap wood hanging about. And a pleasant enough task on a warm summer evening. So what’s the deal with John the Baptist, anyway? The story of the Jewish people moves from...

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Does the Church Ask Too Little of Us?

23 June 2015
Does the Church Ask Too Little of Us?

The Anchoress looks at something I’ve thought about for a while now: does Catholicism ask too little of us? It is striking to consider that while some in the church are suggesting that we need to require less of people, we are losing members to religions that are perceived to require “more” of them — particularly as pertains to prayer and fasting, and even to what people wear. … So, what are the failings of Catholicism, here? Why are...

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Giving the Devil Benefit of Law

22 June 2015
Giving the Devil Benefit of Law

Today is the memorial of one of my favourite saints, Saint Thomas More, who died at the hands of King Henry VIII (that villain). That is, it is his memorial in the modern Roman calendar. In the Benedictine calendar, it is no such thing – you’d have to wait for July 9 for that. Fortunately, I’ve become familiar enough with my Diurnal, that I can make adjustments. Why, just yesterday I discovered that buried near the end of the...

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More About Laudato Si’

19 June 2015
More About Laudato Si’

I’m still working my way through Laudato Si’, but in the meantime, here are some more great analyses: The Terrible Problem with Laudato Si’ The difficulty, the dreadful, unspeakable, shield-your-eyes difficulty with the Pope’s new encyclical on the environment comes down to one nasty problem: The man is right. For the popular press, hoping all this time that Pope Francis would be something new and different, created in the image of The Today Show, there’s an unavoidable reckoning. Dammit,...

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Laudato Si’

18 June 2015
Laudato Si’

Pope Francis’ new encyclical on ecology and the environment was published this morning, and already my RSS feeds and inbox are filling up with those praising it, criticizing it, or just plain analyzing it. I will begin reading it at lunch, but I’ve no hope of finishing it for a while. You can download a copy from the Vatican web site. Paperback and hardcover copies are winging their way to bookstores now. I’m doing me best to ignore those...

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The State of a Parish in Transition

15 June 2015
Rev. Nicholas Wichert

Years ago, when we were parishioners at St. Rita, our long-time pastor retired. At that time, I wrote what has oddly become one of the most Googled posts on this blog, Hopes and Prayers for a New Pastor. At that time, I said: Being a pastor is one of the most difficult jobs in the world, I think. The responsibility of shepherding souls must be a great weight, though God provides graces to all priests to persevere in their...

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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)

The Gospel takes away our right forever to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor.

(Servant of God Dorothy Day, Obl.O.S.B.)

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