Saint John’s Eve

St John's Eve 2016

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 Continue reading Saint John’s Eve

“I’d Cut Down Every Law…”

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 “I’d Cut Down Every Law…”

Malleus Hereticorum

St Anthony of Padua

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

A New Feast

Saint Mary Magdalene announcing the Resurrection to the Apostles 
(Matthew 28:1, Mark 16:9, Luke 24, John 20:1)
(St. Alban's Psalter circa 1123)

Vatican Radio is reporting that Pope Francis has raised the Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene to the rank of a Feast. This puts the celebration of the “Apostle to the Apostles” on par with those of the men to whom Continue reading A New Feast

Mediatrix of All Graces

"Do whatever He tells you" (John 2:5)

In the calendar used in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces. Here’s where many folks go off the rails in castigating the Church as non-Christian. Mediatrix of All Graces? Continue reading Mediatrix of All Graces

Ten Years!


On this day, ten years ago, this blog was born. It’s had a bit of a bumpy ride, changing venues a couple of times in the process. This is what I said in that first post: So much has changed Continue reading Ten Years!

The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Today, the day after the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is the feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On my Benedictine Ordo (and the Extraordinary Form calendar), we’ll have to wait for August 22nd, Continue reading The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Corpus Christi Retrospective Part 2:
In Procession

Corpus Christi procession 2016
(photo by Greg Cook)

An anonymous bishop once famously prescribed a remedy for many of the problems facing the modern Church with the words “less jabbering – more processions“. He was not wrong. In one sense, of course, processions form the structure of the Continue reading Corpus Christi Retrospective Part 2:
In Procession

Sacred Heart, Wounded Heart

Icon of the Sacred Heart

From the Archives: 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 Continue reading Sacred Heart, Wounded Heart

Corpus Christi Retrospective Part 1:
Ad Orientem

Corpus Christi, Ad Orientem, Holy Rosary, Tacoma, 2016

This year my parish continued its tradition of celebrating our Corpus Christi Masses on the high altar. This obviously means that rather than facing the congregation through much of the Mass, the priest is facing the same direction they are: Continue reading Corpus Christi Retrospective Part 1:
Ad Orientem

One Month On

A month ago today, May 2, we arrived in Santiago de Compostela. I still haven’t uploaded all of the photos to Flickr. Perhaps in my head this will be the action that ends the Camino, though it’s long over. I Continue reading One Month On

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

The earliest surviving portrait of Saint Joan of Arc.

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

Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity


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 Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity

Practice and Celebration


This weekend we’re having what we call a “churchy” weekend. In just a few hours, I’m heading over to the parish to run a morning training for new and transferring Altar Servers. After lunch, rehearsals for the Corpus Christi Mass Continue reading Practice and Celebration