Benedictine and (versus) Jesuit

A blessed feast of the Chair of St. Peter to you! On this day of the patron of the Ordinariate in the U.S. and Canada, Father Hunwicke happened to post an anecdote that refers to an important characteristic, I believe, of English spirituality. Here is the post: “The Reverend Professor Canon Dr Eric Mascall recorded…

Rome & Canterbury Post-Vatican-II

Hood-doff to Fr Steve Petrica (Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin) for supplying the attached five photos of meetings between post-Vatican-II popes and archbishops of Canterbury.  Please feel free to provide information on the photos (dates, places, etc.) in the comments.  (I believe the photos appear in chronological order.)  This series of photos sparks a desire for…

St. Benet Biscop – 12 January 2018

[A blessed feast of our patron, St. Benet Biscop!  (We, of the St. Benet Biscop Chapter, refer to our patron by the form that is a contraction of the name of his namesake, St. Benedict of Nursia.  So, it’s St. Benet.  And we pronounce his name phonetically: bɛ-nǝt, rather than bǝ-neh.)  Attached below are a…

St. Thorfinn of Hamar – 8 January

St. Thorfinn of Hamar – 8 January  Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Thorfinn of Hamar, patron of Fr. William Thorfinn Brenna, Obl.S.B.  Name-day blessings to you, Father! Saint Thorfinn of Hamar (died 1285) was a Norwegian monk, priest, and Bishop of Hamar, who lived…

Lucan Annunciations

[The excerpt below is from a piece written by Dr. Jeffrey Mirus.  It’s the kind of careful reading of a scriptural text I find reassuring, given what one too often hears in homilies.  This excerpt is also helpful as an aid to doing lectio divina.  This kind of analytical reading of a text is not,…

Immense Pastoral Potential in Little Places

[On his blog, Fr. Ed Tomlinson, of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, mused on the advantages of shepherding the small backwaters (my term, not his) many Ordinariate communities tend to be.  Attached below is an excerpt from his piece.  One observation he doesn’t include—perhaps because it’s so self-evident to him that he doesn’t…

Pope Francis: Mass Needs Silence Not Chit-Chat

  [The excerpt below is from an article on an excellent reminder from Pope Francis concerning the importance of silence before Mass.  I dare to add that, in my opinion, if a parish prays the Office before Mass, the Office should ideally conclude ten or fifteen minutes before Mass rather than bumping right up against…

Cemetery Cross in the Gloaming

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give thine angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for thy love’s sake.   Amen.  

Saint John Roberts – October 25

Beginning a series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. John Roberts, patron of Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.  Name-day blessings to you, Jason! [From an entry on St. John Roberts in the Catholic Encyclopedia.  Photo: nave of the abbey church of Downside Abbey.] First Prior of St. Gregory’s, Douai (now Downside Abbey), b. 1575-6; martyred 10 December,…