Mary Immaculate

On this Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let us join together with the Angels and the Saints of all ages in singing the praises of the Mother of God.


Today is the feast of the great Doctor of the Church, Saint Ambrose of Milan (340-397). Rather than prattle on about this great saint, I thought I’d post the second reading from today’s Office. Although Ambrose is specifically addressing bishops Continue reading Ambrose

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas!

Happy Saint Nicholas Day! How Saint Nicholas was transmogrified into Santa Claus, I’ll never know. “Jolly Old Saint Nick” was by all accounts a thin man, most famous for giving gifts to prostitutes and punching heretics. That whole “eight tiny Continue reading Jolly Old Saint Nicholas!

For the Crime of Being a Priest

In addition to being the first Thursday of Advent this year, today is also historically the memorial of Saint Edmund Campion. If the paintings of him are to be believed, he is a man to whom I bear more than Continue reading For the Crime of Being a Priest

Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle

Andrew, son of Jonah, fisherman of Bethsaida in Galilee. Follower of John the Baptist. The first apostle called by Christ, who told him and his brother, Simon, to “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men”. After Continue reading Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle

Advent Vespers

This Advent, my parish of Holy Rosary in Tacoma will be celebrating Vespers in the church on Sundays at 6:00 PM. Please join us! There’s noting like chanted Vespers in a beautiful, echoing church to pull the heart and mind Continue reading Advent Vespers

Advent Already!

Advent began with last night’s vespers, and today is the First Sunday of Advent. Behold, the Name of the Lord comes from afar, and His glory fills all the earth. (Magnificat Antiphon for I Vespers on the First Sunday of Continue reading Advent Already!

News from Norcia

From the earthquake-ravaged Monastery of Norcia, we have news that the founding Prior, Rev. Cassian Folsom, O.S.B., has resigned. The earthquakes of the past several months have presented us with incredible challenges, which require vigorous, creative leadership. While I am Continue reading News from Norcia

The First Thanksgiving

Fifty-six years before the English Puritan refugees at Plymouth celebrated their “first Thanksgiving”, Spanish explorers and their Timucua allies celebrated one in Saint Augustine, in what is now Florida. They had bean soup.

Misericordia et Miseria

For the close of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has released an Apostolic Letter Misericordia et Miseria, “Mercy and Misery”. MISERICORDIA ET MISERA is a phrase used by Saint Augustine in recounting the story of Jesus’ meeting Continue reading Misericordia et Miseria

Christus Vincit! Christus Regnat! Christus Imperat!

Yesterday, on the great feast of Christ the King, we held our annual feast of thanksgiving at Pistachio House as we do every year. Daughter Raine and I went to the Noon Mass at Holy Rosary. There were some additions Continue reading Christus Vincit! Christus Regnat! Christus Imperat!

Thank you, Fr. Insco

Before, during, and after last night’s vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Christ the King, Rev. Caleb Insco, F.S.S.P., heard Confessions at Holy Rosary. Fr. Insco is a newly-minted priest serving at St Joseph. I am grateful for Fr. Insco’s Continue reading Thank you, Fr. Insco

Blessed Lucy of Narnia

The Catholic Herald published an article this morning on one of today’s saints that absolutely delights me: Of all the great characters from children’s literature, who better to have a namesake to intercede for us in heaven? (At least, in Continue reading Blessed Lucy of Narnia

Camino Photo of the Day: Friar

Over at my Camino blog, I’ve been posting a “Camino photo of the day” since early July. If you haven’t seen them, check them out! Today’s photo and short explanation may be more relevant here than usual. Today’s photo requires Continue reading Camino Photo of the Day: Friar