Happy Michaelmas!


Today is the “Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels” or, in the old calendar, the “Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel”. Whatever you call it, the most common name is Michaelmas. It is one of Continue reading Happy Michaelmas!

Quality of Life

Blessed Hermann of Reichenau

What kind of life could the child possibly look forward to? He was born with a cleft palate, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida. In these progressive days, the child very well might have been aborted after the doctor showed the Continue reading Quality of Life

Rev. Carmine Sacco: Requiem Æternam

Rev. Carmine Sacco, S.J.

In your mercy, please pray for the repose of the soul of Rev. Carmine Sacco, S.J. Fr. Sacco was the pastor of St. Rita parish in Tacoma from 1979 to 2011. He was a solid rock in Tacoma’s Catholic community Continue reading Rev. Carmine Sacco: Requiem Æternam

Our Lady of Sorrows

Lady of Sorrows from a triptych by the Master of the Stauffenberg Altarpiece, Alsace c. 1455

Whither is thy Beloved gone, O thou most beautiful among women? Whither is thy Beloved turned aside, and we will seek Him with thee? We begin with the first antiphon of Lauds for today’s feast of The Seven Sorrows of Continue reading Our Lady of Sorrows

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Exaltation of the Cross from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (Musée Condé, Chantilly)

Today is celebrated in the western Church as the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Exaltatio Sanctæ Crucis). In the eastern Church, it is known as “the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-creating Cross”. The feast commemorates Continue reading Exaltation of the Holy Cross

New Benedictine Abbot Primate Elected

Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, OSB

This morning, on September 10, 2016, Abbot Gregory Polan, O.S.B., of Conception Abbey, Conception, Mo., was elected Abbot Primate of the 1500-year-old Benedictine Order at the Congress of Abbots meeting in Rome, Italy held every four years. As head of Continue reading New Benedictine Abbot Primate Elected

Sacred Liturgy Conference


This weekend, me and a couple of guys are taking a road trip and heading over to Mount Angel Abbey for the 2016 Sacred Liturgy Conference. I realize that this is not what most folks do on their Labor Day Continue reading Sacred Liturgy Conference

He’s Lost His Head!

Salome with the Head of John the Baptist (Caravaggio)

Today is one of the more interesting feasts on the liturgical calendar, for today is the feast of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. OK, nowadays they’ve slightly sanitized the name; it’s now officially called the “Memorial of the Continue reading He’s Lost His Head!

Of the Two Cities

Roman Forum

In this very volatile election in the United States, where so much anger rises to the surface so quickly, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the meaning of our times. This anger and factionalism and the accompanying doom-saying Continue reading Of the Two Cities

A Prayer to Saint Monica

Saint Monica icon

Dear Saint Monica, troubled wife and mother, many sorrows pierced your heart during your lifetime. Yet, you never despaired or lost faith. With confidence, persistence, and profound faith, you prayed daily for the conversion of your beloved husband, Patricius, and Continue reading A Prayer to Saint Monica

Norcia Earthquake Follow-up


The Monks of Norcia have started keeping a blog about events following the earthquake. You can find it here: https://en.nursia.org/earthquake/. It makes fascinating reading. Most of the monks have (temporarily) relocated to Rome, though a hardy pair remain behind. We Continue reading Norcia Earthquake Follow-up

Earthquake at Norcia


The epicenter of yesterday’s earthquake in Italy was very near to the town of Norcia, where Saints Benedict and Scholastica were born. The first earthquake struck around 3:30 a.m. local time near Norcia, a small town roughly 105 miles from Continue reading Earthquake at Norcia

The Queen of Heaven

Mary, 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 Continue reading The Queen of Heaven

The Assumption

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array? (Benedictus antiphon, Monastic Office of Lauds for the Assumption) Today’s great Solemnity of the Assumption Continue reading The Assumption