Sylvester and the Holy Family

Happy seventh day of Christmas! Were today not Sunday, the Church would be celebrating the optional memorial of Saint Sylvester I, pope and confessor. He was ordained a priest just before the persecutions of Diocletian got underway, and he survived Continue reading Sylvester and the Holy Family

Christus Vincit! Christus Regnat! Christus Imperat!

Today is the great feast of Christ the King. In years past, we’ve held our “Franksgiving” feast on this day. This year, due to logistics, we held it last week. As it is every year at this time, Pistachio House Continue reading Christus Vincit! Christus Regnat! Christus Imperat!

A Bit of a Personal Update

Tuesday was wacky. It included me being made redundant and spending a lovely evening changing passwords. So if you know anybody in need of an award-winning writer with a quarter-century worth of writing and editing credits, let me know. Yesterday, Continue reading A Bit of a Personal Update

Eternal Rest and Everlasting Light

Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis. In memoria æterna erit iustus, ab auditione mala non timebit. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord: and let perpetual light shine upon her. She shall be justified in everlasting Continue reading Eternal Rest and Everlasting Light

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

Lucy and Whortleberry Twigs

This past year, we lost our elderly cat Lucy. She’d lived a good long life, despite some self-destructive behaviour and the fact that most days she was dumb as a bag of rocks. In her kittenish youth, she was quite Continue reading Lucy and Whortleberry Twigs

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!

A Prayer to Saint Monica

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

Eternal Rest and Everlasting Light

Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis. In memoria æterna erit iustus, ab auditione mala non timebit. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord: and let perpetual light shine upon her. She shall be justified in everlasting Continue reading Eternal Rest and Everlasting Light

Eleven and Two

Eleven years ago today, on the night of the 26th of March 2005, I was baptized into the Church at the great Vigil of Easter. Last year, I wrote a retrospective on my first decade as a Christian. I don’t Continue reading Eleven and Two

Twelfth Night

Happy twelfth day of Christmas! This evening is called Twelfth Night, traditionally the vigil of the Epiphany. This was traditionally a time of feasting and festivity (all of which seem to include various varieties of enormous pastries) marking the end Continue reading Twelfth Night

A Feast on the Feast

Yesterday, on the great feast of Christ the King, we held our annual feast of thanksgiving at Pistachio House. We had a houseful of guests for dinner, including family and friends. We ate good food, drank good vino tinto (or Continue reading A Feast on the Feast

A Prayer to Saint Monica

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