St. Thomas Aquinas and Us

[A blessed feast of St. Thomas Aquinas! On this his feast day, I share (attached below) a biographical sketch of the Angelic Doctor by Bertha Catherine Madott.  Her point about Aquinas’s then-controversial approach to theology is a helpful reminder of an important chapter in Catholicism’s rich intellectual history.   As one of the most articulate of…

Music and Ecumenism – 24 January 2017

As the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity comes to an end (but may our prayers for Christian unity continue!) here is the link to a too-brief snippet of a concert performed yesterday (24 January 2017) at St. John’s Lateran, Rome, by the combined forces of the Sistine Chapel Choir and the Westminster Abbey Choir….

Congratulations to the First Oblates of the St. Benet Biscop Chapter!

Oblations of the first group of St. John’s Oblates of the St. Benet Biscop Chapter. 12 January, in British Columbia: Fr. Don Augustine (of Canterbury) Malins, Obl.S.B. 14 January, at St. John’s Abbey: Fr. William Thorfinn Brenna, Obl.S.B.; Mr. Jason John (Roberts) Edwards, Obl.S.B.; Mr. Gregory Martha Herr, Obl.S.B.; Fr. Stephen Aethelwold Hilgendorf, Obl.S.B. May…

Blessings on the Feast of St. Benet Biscop.

O GOD, by whose gift the blessed Abbot Benet left all things in order to become perfect; grant unto all who have entered the path of evangelical perfection that they may neither look back nor stick fast in the way, but that, running to Thee without stumbling, they may obtain everlasting life. Through Thy Son…

In Our End is Our Beginning?

As always, Fr. John Hunwicke provides fascinating food for thought. Today, he posted a couple of quotes related to what we might refer to as the state of the Anglican patrimony in Anglicanism itself. The quotes: Dr. Rowan Williams (former archbishop of Canterbury) stated recently that the “Anglican Church no longer shows so clearly the…

Stability for Oblates

[A few words from the oblate director, Fr. Michael Peterson, O.S.B., on stability for oblates.] The question of the meaning of stability is a common one among oblates who are not committed to a stability of place as monks are. We use the term “stability of heart” in the oblation promises. It is a broad…