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Feast of Saint James

25 July 2015
Feast of Saint James

On today’s Feast of Saint James, Father Maurer celebrated Mass at Holy Rosary. I served with six other servers, including our Seminarian guest, Chad Green. Since Saint James is the patron saint of our Archdiocese, we pulled out all the stops, including incense. Unheard of for a Saturday Mass! Chad and I more or less immediately afterwards served at a wedding. A busy morning, to be sure. Saint James the Greater, known throughout the Spanish-speaking world as Santiago, was...

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Review: Monastic Diurnal at One Year

24 July 2015
Review: Monastic Diurnal at One Year

Although I’ve prayed some form of the Divine Office since before my baptism, just over a year ago I began using the Farnborough Monastic Diurnal. It is only at this point that I feel confident enough to review it. Physical Considerations Physically, it is a handsome book. It is bound in stitched Moroccan leather that is a joy to hold. The pages are fairly opaque and allow little bleed. The edges are gilt, and it has six sewn ribbons....

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Notes on the Transitions

23 July 2015
Notes on the Transitions

The very clever amongst you no doubt noticed in my previous post that our new pastor was not named pastor of both of our parishes. Let me explain. The parishes of Holy Rosary and St. Joseph have been joined at the hip for something like twenty years. They were first consolidated under a single pastor during the last of our Benedictine pastors, and they’ve continued this way ever since. No more. Instead, Holy Rosary will be joining with Visitation...

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Bishop-Elect Robert Barron

21 July 2015
Bishop-Elect Robert Barron

The headline says it all. I cannot imagine better news on a Tuesday morning. I’m more than slightly stunned. He was only appointed Rector of Mundelein Seminary three years ago. At that time I wrote: As both of my long-time readers know, I am a fan of Fr. Robert Barron. His Catholicism Project is to religion what Carl Sagan’s Cosmos was to science. Here’s the text of the press release: ROME – This morning, Pope Francis formally announced Father...

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The Poetry of Apollo

20 July 2015
The Poetry of Apollo

On July 20, 1969, man first set foot upon the Moon. The project that took us to the Moon was called Apollo, ostensibly after the Greek god associated with hunting, harmony, and healing. Perhaps the folks over at NASA had sense of humour, or maybe God the poet was at work again, for July 20 is also the feast of Saint Apollinaris. Saint Apollinaris was born in Antioch, where he was ordained a Bishop by Saint Peter. He served...

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Blog Hiccup

17 July 2015

The blog was down for several hours today, and for that I apologize. The problem was related to the update of a plug-in that it’s not even using right now. The offending bit of code has been exorcised from the blog. Hopefully that will put an end to it. If you happen to notice anything weird (well, weirder than usual), please let me know.

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Officially Official

17 July 2015

Prefer Nothing to the Love of Christ

11 July 2015
Prefer Nothing to the Love of Christ

This Saint Benedict’s feast (or memorial, depending on your calendar), I thought I’d do something a little different. I had hoped to attend Mount Angel Abbey’s Saint Benedict Festival today, but unfortunately we had a meeting this morning, and Francine has a wedding shower this afternoon. Maybe next year. The Benedictine Order celebrates two feasts of Saint Benedict: that of his death on 21 March, and today, which is in commemoration of the translation of his relics (or a...

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Give the Keys to God

08 July 2015
Give the Keys to God

Deacon Greg Kandra, whom I’ve mentioned before, gave a great interview to America Magazine. He talks about his blog, his life, his vocation, and his thoughts on the Church. I was particularly struck by his advice for those discerning the diaconate: When I began formation, after a very brief period of discernment, just a few weeks, I essentially said to God, “OK. Here’s the deal. You take the keys. You drive. We’ll go as far as you want. If...

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Summorum Pontificum at Eight

07 July 2015
Summorum Pontificum at Eight

Eight years ago today, Pope Benedict XVI caused to be published the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. With the stroke of a pen, the ancient rites of the Mass (last updated in 1962) could suddenly be celebrated by any priest of the Roman Rite. Deo gratias! This ancient form of the Mass, the so-called Extraordinary Form, is a great gift to the Church, and I would love if every pastor in every Parish could offer it. There has been some...

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I Peter 5:8

Fratres : Sóbrii estóte, et vigiláte : quia adversárius vester diábolus tamquam leo rúgiens circuit, quærens quem dévoret : cui resístite fortes in fide.

Brethren, be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith.

Theirs was the religion of Saint John and of Saint Paul, the religion of the Gloria in Excelsis Deo, of the Athanasian Creed, and of the Te Deum Laudamus: Trinitarian, Christological, liturgical, and ecclesial.

Theirs was a religion spacious, broad, lofty, deep, and, at the same time, humbly rooted in the mystery of the Incarnation and in the homely economy of the sacraments.

(Dom Jean LeClercq, O.S.B.,
on the 12th Century Monastic reformers)

Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament …

There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth…

(J.R.R. Tolkien)

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.

Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.

(G.K. Chesterton)

The Gospel takes away our right forever to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor.

(Servant of God Dorothy Day, Obl.O.S.B.)

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