The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

How does the human brain wrap itself around the eternal and infinite love of God for His creation? How can can we even begin to comprehend the depth of love in Christ’s wounded heart as he pours Himself out for Continue reading The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Saint Thomas More

Hans Holbein the Younger: Sir Thomas More

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, today is his memorial in the modern Roman calendar, which he shares with Saint Continue reading Saint Thomas More

God in the Streets of Tacoma

Depending on what calendar you use (Ordinary Form or Extraordinary Form), and whether or not it is a Holy Day of Obligation in your diocese, today(or last Thursday) is (or was) the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ Continue reading God in the Streets of Tacoma

Corpus Christi

This coming Sunday my parish will participate in an outdoor Procession of the Blessed Sacrament following the Noon Mass. This will be the fifth year we’ve taken Jesus through the streets of Tacoma and amongst His people. In addition, all Continue reading Corpus Christi

The Feast of Chesterton

Today is the anniversary of the death of the great G.K. Chesterton. You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it. (G.K. Chesterton) Years ago now, the indefatigable Mark Shea proposed readings for the Continue reading The Feast of Chesterton

Malleus Hereticorum

The Lord manifests Himself to those who stop for some time in peace and humility of heart. If you look in murky and turbulent waters, you cannot see the reflection of your face. If you want to see the face Continue reading Malleus Hereticorum

Trinity Sunday

Scutum Fidei: the Shield of Faith

The church in which I was Baptized, Confirmed, and Married has all sorts of Christian symbols painted on the walls. One of them that always set my brain to thinking looked something like this: It is, of course, an ancient Continue reading Trinity Sunday


As of today, the Easter Season has ended and we’re back in Ordinary Time. Which of course, is not so ordinary at all. Unless of course, you’re celebrating the Octave of Pentecost. Which I am. Because, why wouldn’t you? Full Continue reading Ordinary?

Pentecost: You Can Become All Flame

We read today in the Acts of the Apostles of this great day, which in a certain way we can celebrate as the birthday of the Church: When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place Continue reading Pentecost: You Can Become All Flame

Accept Hard Things with Patience and Even Temper

Yesterday evening we had a rehearsal for our Confirmation Mass, to be celebrated tonight. It was a chaotic affair, with Altar Servers, Confirmandi, Sponsors, family, and of course Catechists and Clergy. I wasn’t herding cats so much as juggling them. Continue reading Accept Hard Things with Patience and Even Temper

Changes 2017: It’s Official

The Northwest Catholic, the official magazine of the Archdiocese of Seattle, has published the official list of new priestly appointments for July, 2017. In among the quite extensive list, we of course find the outgoing pastor and the incoming priest Continue reading Changes 2017: It’s Official

The Visitation

Mary’s month of May draws to a close with the Feast of the Visitation. This feast celebrates the visit of Mary, pregnant with Jesus, to her cousin Elizabeth, pregnant with John the Baptist (Luke 1:39-56). So this feast is a Continue reading The Visitation

Saint Joan

On this day in 1431, one of the most truly remarkable women who ever lived was burned at the stake. She was 19 years old. She was known as Jehanne la Pucelle (Joan the Maiden), but today we name her Continue reading Saint Joan

Sailing to Byzantium

On this day in 1453, the great and holy city of Constantinople fell to the Turks and the Christian Roman Empire came to its apocalyptic end. This morning, I am reminded of Yeats. Sailing to Byzantium That is no country Continue reading Sailing to Byzantium

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 and our local F.S.S.P. parish) celebrate the day more properly last Thursday, in many places Continue reading The Ascension of the Lord

The Venerable Bede

Today in the calendar of the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is the feast of this blog’s patron, Saint Bede the Venerable. Today in the older calendars, it is the Solemnity of the Ascension. More on that later, probably. Continue reading The Venerable Bede

A Saint in Hell?

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 Continue reading A Saint in Hell?