Being Monkish

This past weekend, I visited Mount Angel Abbey for retreat. I’d been once before, for an amazing liturgy conference they gave last year. This year, I went to accompany my new godson as he spent the weekend in a discernment Continue reading Being Monkish

Down in Adoration Falling

Last week, I ran across a quote by a French Catholic author of the last century that really resonated with me. “You understand absolutely nothing about modern civilization unless you first admit that it is a conspiracy against all interior Continue reading Down in Adoration Falling

A Final Lenten Thought for your Consideration

During Lent, I am often reminded of this, one of my favourite stories from the Desert Fathers: Abba Lot went to see Abba Joseph and said to him, ‘Abba, as far as I can I say my little office, I Continue reading A Final Lenten Thought for your Consideration

Teach Me to Seek You

Insignificant man, escape from your everyday business for a short while, hide for a moment from your restless thoughts. Break off from your cares and troubles and be less concerned about your tasks and labors. Make a little time for Continue reading Teach Me to Seek You

One Final Lenten Thought

As I was praying Prime this morning, I was suddenly reminded of this, one of my favourite stories from the Desert Fathers. I’ve been ruminating on it most of the day. Abba Lot went to see Abba Joseph and said Continue reading One Final Lenten Thought

Ten Years Catholic

Ten years ago today, on the night of the 26th of March 2005, I was baptized into the Church at the great Vigil of Easter. I used to think that it was a rare thing that one could point to Continue reading Ten Years Catholic

Reflections on the Mass of the Immaculate Conception

Normally, we ask the servers, lectors, and extraordinary ministers to arrive thirty minutes before Mass. I was coming from work, and due to the train schedule I arrived an hour before Mass was scheduled to begin. I walked from the Continue reading Reflections on the Mass of the Immaculate Conception

Silence. Prayer. Work.

Both of my readers will recall that I often reread the Desert Fathers during Lent. Today is the feast day of one of them, Saint Arsenius. He was a wealthy, educated man who gave up everything to worship God in Continue reading Silence. Prayer. Work.

A Catechesis on Silence

On the old calendar, today is the feast of Pope Saint Gregory the Great, confessor and doctor of the Church (540 – 604). In addition to the above, Saint Gregory was also a Benedictine abbot prior to his election as Continue reading A Catechesis on Silence

Benedict XVI on Silence

Yesterday for World Communications Day, Pope Benedict XVI rather counter-intuitively gave an address on silence. In the spirit of the Desert Fathers, and of the monastic admonition to silence, the Pope spoke of the relationship between “silence and the word”. Continue reading Benedict XVI on Silence

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 Father of Monks

Living the Liturgy

Feeling like I should share this video documentary about the Benedictine Abbey at Clear Creek, Oklahoma. When I was thinking of the New Cluny, this is pretty much exactly what I had in mind, though I didn’t know it at Continue reading Living the Liturgy

Saint Benedict, Abba Poeman, and Amenemope

Although it does not appear on the Universal (Roman) calendar, today is one of two feasts of Saint Benedict celebrated by Benedictines throughout the world. If it is true that the Irish saved civilization, it’s worth remembering that they did Continue reading Saint Benedict, Abba Poeman, and Amenemope


During Lent, I am reading the Desert Fathers. On occasion I will post sayings that strike me during my Lectio. Yesterday I also received my pre-ordered copy of Pope Benedict’s new book, Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Continue reading Silence