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

Personal Prelature for the SSPX?

The Catholic Herald and numerous other sources are reporting that the Vatican and the SSPX are “close to agreement”. How close? Rome is even pencilling in dates: May 13, the centenary of the Fatima apparitions, and July 7, the 10th Continue reading Personal Prelature for the SSPX?

Called to Love More

Saint Benedict was the founder of western monasticism; to this day, most monks and nuns worldwide follow some variation of his “Little Rule for Beginners“. Benedict had a twin sister, Scholastica, whose feast day is today. Under her brother’s guidance, Continue reading Called to Love More

Church and State, Volume 1

This is a new feature I’m trying out. My aim is to compare statements issued by officials of the government of the United States with statements on the same or similar subject from Sacred Scripture or from the teachings of Continue reading Church and State, Volume 1

Faith and Reason

Faith and reason are like the two shoes you wear on your journey. You get a lot farther with both than just one. (J. Michael Straczynski) Today is the Feast of the Universal Doctor of the Church and one of Continue reading Faith and Reason


Today is both the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, and the ninth anniversary of the day I wed my beautiful bride. It is, as I have said before, a “moment when everything changed, celebrated on a day when Continue reading Spoon!

Agnes, in Agony

Happy Saint Agnes Day! Saint Agnes was a young Roman lady of 13 or 14 who suffered martyrdom in the persecutions of Diocletian in about the year 304. She was one of the youngest of the early martyrs and one Continue reading Agnes, in Agony

Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom

O God of my fathers and Lord of mercy, who hast made all things by thy word, and by thy wisdom hast formed man, to have dominion over the creatures thou hast made, and rule the world in holiness and Continue reading Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom

Saint Anthony of Egypt: the Father of Monks

Today is the feast of the man many consider to be the founder of Christian monasticism, Saint Anthony the Great of Egypt, the “Father of Monks”. He was born in the middle of the third century in decidedly Pagan Middle Continue reading Saint Anthony of Egypt: the Father of Monks

Happy Epiphany Sunday!

The Wise Men by G.K. Chesterton Step softly, under snow or rain, To find the place where men can pray; The way is all so very plain That we may lose the way. Oh we have learnt to peer and Continue reading Happy Epiphany Sunday!

Epiphany by Epiphany

Happy Epiphany! Throughout most of the world, today is the great Feast of the Epiphany. Most of my American readers, however, will have to wait until Sunday. For reasons I can’t quite fathom, in the dioceses of the United States Continue reading Epiphany by Epiphany

Twelfth Night

Happy twelfth day of Christmas! I hope you’re enjoying your twelve drummers drumming. This evening is called Twelfth Night, traditionally the vigil of the Epiphany. In my Monastic Diurnal, Epiphany begins with tonight’s Vespers. This was traditionally a time of Continue reading Twelfth Night

The Professor!

On this day in 1892, J.R.R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The Professor is 125 today! All around the world, at 9pm local time, the Tolkien Society and the Professor’s many other devotees will celebrate his birthday with Continue reading The Professor!

Mary Mother of God

Wishing all of you a very happy new year of 2017, and a most blessed Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. I spent most of yesterday sick with some sort of intestinal bug, so there was no celebrating for me Continue reading Mary Mother of God