Congratulations to Bill and Fran Yates!

Congratulations to Bill and Fran Yates on being enrolled as oblate candidates today! Bill, Fran, and I were fellow parishioners at Mount Calvary, Baltimore in the 1980s.  (Bill and Fran now live in Tennessee.)  Prayers of the saintly souls of Mount Calvary’s 170 years continue to bear fruit.

Charles I

On this date of Charles I’s beheading, I confess that the question of whether he could someday be canonized as a Catholic saint is one that doesn’t interest me. But his murder—and I would say martyrdom—is certainly part of the Anglican patrimony.  Moreover, the principles for which Charles I died included those that contributed to…

Beyond the Black and the Red – Cathedral & Monastic.02

James D. Crichton’s “A Theology of Worship” (in The Study of Liturgy, ed. Jones, et all, 11) observes that “in contrast to primitive worship, where the action is dominant and the word has little role at all,” both Judaism and Christianity accord words a very important role.  Gerhard Lohfink confirms the “crucial” importance of words…

Obaudire, Obedience

Excellent observation from Matthew Dallman, a Martin Thornton scholar: “When parishioners are indicating an interest in traditional prayer — Divine Office, lectio divina, as well as other forms of biblical meditation and contemplation — from an ascetical/pastoral perspective, the theological need being expressed is a desire to be taught obedience, that is, how to be…

A Novena Prayer for Bishop-elect Lopes

An invitation to join the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of St. John’s Oblates and Our Lady of Walsingham-Houston in adding the following prayer to your daily prayers for the next nine days leading up to Bishop-elect Steven Lopes’s ordination on February 2.  

Evensong at St. Dunstan’s

A lovely ending of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity!  Thanks to Fr. Stephen Hilgendorf for welcoming me at St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church, St. Louis Park, Minnesota, for Evensong.  (The photo was taken *after* Evensong, not during.  Though the service was joyous as well.)

Benedict XVI on St. Benedict

[I remember reading this when now-Pope-Emeritus-Benedict-XVI delivered it in 2008 (Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at the General Audience in St Peter’s Square). It was “news” then; it remains, however, wisdom for constant reflection.  My thanks to Clint Brand for reminding me of this! (The original was in Italian.)] Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today, I would…

Oblates, Tertiaries, Etc.

Hood-doff to Jason Edwards and Greg Herr for pointing out this article. I’m still not persuaded St. Thomas More was a Benedictine oblate. He had associations of some kind with the London Charterhouse, but I’ve not been able to find a confirmation that he had close connections with Benedictines or Cistercians. Three cheers to Scalia,…


Hat tip to Fr. Stephen Hilgendorf for bringing this article on stability to my attention.  The article was written by Professor Garwood Anderson, one of Fr. Stephen’s professors at Nashotah House. A reminder that those who follow the Rule of St. Benedict do not take the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience but of obedience, stability,…


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.

Merton and Anglicanism

Thought-provoking passage from Monica Furlong’s Merton: A Biography (p. 259). (Hat tip to Matthew Dallman for this.) Martin Thornton.