Michaelmas 2016: Angels, Angles, Universities, Monks

A blessed Michaelmas to you all, and especially to Bishop Michael Smith, Fr. Michael Peterson, and Michael Carter (a trinity of Michaels). One of the great and early lights of English spirituality is Pope St. Gregory the Great, whom I mention on this feastday for three reasons. The first is the angels/angles pun that, pious…

St. Benedict and Business

Click here to read a fine article on the Rule of St. Benedict and the world of business. (H/t to Greg Herr for bringing it to my attention).  I’ve heard of books, articles, and presentations on this theme but had never read/listened to any of them, to be honest.  So I’m glad to finally read…

Rome and Canterbury – October 2016

“The Archbishop of Canterbury [Justin Welby] and Pope Francis are expected to meet for a service that will combine elements of Anglican Evensong and Catholic Vespers at the Basilica of San Gregorio from October 4-6. While there, they will both meet with other Catholic and Anglican bishops to partner in mission and as they sign…

Sunday, October 2 – Mass/Evensong at St. John’s

Please join us—all of us!—for Mass this Sunday. October 2, 2016 1:30 p.m., Mass according to Divine Worship: The Missal 2:45 p.m., Evensong, followed by tea, coffee, and scones. Emmaus Hall Chapel, St. John’s, Collegeville, Minnesota (27 on this map.)

Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham

On the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, the attached image explains the iconography of the famous statue. (Taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia) “Walsingham was the most celebrated of all the English sanctuaries of Our Lady. So great was the veneration in which it was held that it was called the “Holy…

About Us & Our Patron

  The mission of the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of the Benedictine Oblates of St. John’s Abbey is fourfold. First, it offers the opportunity for spiritual formation according to The Rule of St. Benedict as oblates of St. John’s Abbey. Second, it offers support to oblates who value the Anglican patrimony, especially as it has…

Silence and Being

From Martin Thornton’s Prayer: A New Encounter.  (H/t to Matthew Dallman for the quote & link.) “It is common experience to ordinary Christians in retreat, or after a prolonged period of silent prayer, for things, beings, creation, to take on a new and more vivid appearance. The cultivation of a deep interior silence issues in a…

Pope Francis and the Benedictines

From an article on Pope Francis’s visit with the Benedictine abbots and conventual priors: “Your service to the church is very precious,” Pope Francis said; “Even today there is a need for men and women who put nothing before the love of Christ,” who receive daily nourishment from God’s word, who celebrate the holy liturgy…

The Divine Office and Us … All of Us

An excellent article on the efficacy accomplished by daily praying the Divine Office and doing so in the “domestic church” if one’s local parish or cathedral doesn’t offer it.  An excerpt: “[I]f we want to transform the culture and revive the Church, we can do this through the Domestic Church and the family centered on…