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Weekend 502.1

This weekend I said the Rosary at Notre Dame de France in Leicester Square. The church features a chapel designed by Jean Cocteau and was included in 100 Churches 100 Years published / commissioned by the Twentieth Century Society. I also went back to St Paul’s Bookstore which is by Westminster Cathedral.

Weekend 500.0

“wher soo ever the devyll…doo see the syne of this crosse, he flees, he byddes not, he strykys not, he cannot hurte.” (1) Quotes from The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy: “If prayers like the “Fifteen Oes” or the “Obsecro Te” take us into the mainstream of late medieval affective piety, and the centrality of […]

Weekend 498.0 (mirror of divine clarity or omniscience)

(1) Quotes from The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy: “Market forces dominated, a fact which permits some degree of confidence in using the resulting compilations as indicators of lay opinion. Lay people wanted prayer-books which, in addition to the core materials of Little Office and ‘Dirige’, enabled them to say their morning prayers, helped them […]

Line in the Sand

“The man who commits violence against his mother [i.e. the Holy Church] revolts against humanity.” – Louis VII I would rather be in a congregation of one than have the CC bend the knee on something so fundamentally contradictory to church teachings and doctrine. I’m using Reuters to highlight “journalistic” integrity via their choice of […]

Weekend 491.0

“You cannot go on ‘seeing through’ things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man (1) Beautiful prose from Eamon Duffy in The Stripping of the Altars: “In this prayer the communicant greets Christ in the Sacrament as the ‘saving victim’ […]

Weekend 490.0

(1) Becket’s bones return to Canterbury Cathedral (ACNS) (2) St Edmund Pennies by Peter E. Lewis (3) A quote from Tiny Churches by Dixe Wills: “It doesn’t help that he [Edwold] was not even the only saint in his family. His older brother St Edmund found greater fame as the East Anglican king who was […]

Night Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours

Divine Office is the official, formal prayer composed by the Church to pray throughout the day¹. Night Prayer is the office² prayed right before going to bed. The prayers are very accessible and can be said in 10 to 15 minutes. I use Night Prayer from the Catholic Book Publishing Corp. but there are videos […]

Tell me with the rapture and the reverent in the right

(1) Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah (Vatican News) (2) Economists Warn We Can’t Keep Ignoring the National Debt Forever (FEE)

January 1, 2021

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy,our life, our sweetness, and our hope.To you do we cry,poor banished children of Eve.To you do we send up our sighsmourning and weeping in this vale of tears.Turn then, O most gracious advocate,your eyes of mercy toward us,and after this, our exile,show unto us the blessed fruit of your […]

December 31, 2020

“At the end of the current age, the Lord will come and sit in judgement on the entire world. He will distinguish between the wicked and the righteous, the selfish and the loving. It will be a time of joy for those to whom Jesus says, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit […]

Easter 2020

Living a New Life with Christ“Start now with this holy season and rise with Christ. See, He offers you His hand. He is rising. Rise with Him. Mount up from the grave of the old Adam, from groveling cares, and jealousies, and fretfulness, and worldly aims. Rise from the tumult of passion, from the fascinations […]

Advent 2019

“You know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” — Rom 13:11-14 Lead, […]

La Marche de Saint Joseph

I promised a ton in the hopper! Today marks my first week as an expatriate. Yesterday I went to mass at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. I met up with 14 pilgrims from Our Lady of Assumption and we walked 12 miles and visited 7 churches! It was amazing (even though all the lectures were in […]

2018 Advent Retreat at St. Joseph’s Abbey (Part 2)

So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it stillWill lead me on,O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, tillThe night is gone;And with the morn those angel faces smileWhich I have loved long since, and lost awhile. — The Pillar of the Cloud by Cardinal John Henry Newman A couple more notes from […]

Christmas Eve 2017

“The monastic tradition has seen and done almost everything in its long history. Its most lasting achievement, however, has been to chart the royal way of holiness for the entire Church.” – Francis Kline, Lovers of the Place: Monasticism Loose in the Church The men saving history from ISIS: In the face of danger, a […]