Moving Closer, Inch by Inch

[A reflection on the first Anglican Evensong service at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, on 13 March 2017. It is available on the website of The Living Church Foundation, a group devoted to unity within Anglicanism.] Seated behind the altar of St. Peter’s, with the golden afternoon light streaming down from Bernini’s window depicting the Holy…

The Steps of Humility

Thanks to Nathaniel Marshall for this translation of chapter seven of the Rule of St. Benedict into pictorial form.  Marshall, Nathaniel – steps of humility

Transitus Sancti Benedicti

[A blessed Solemnity of the Passing of Our Holy Father Benedict to you all. The passage below is from chapter thirty-seven of Book Two of the Dialogues of Saint Gregory.  It is interesting that whereas Saint Gregory’s account of Saint Benedict’s life teems with instances of miracle and visions, the Rule of Saint Benedict reflects…

Christine Mohrmann and Sacral Language

[Following are excerpts from a series of recent posts by Fr. John Hunwicke on his blog. I’ve tried to remove allusions to current liturgical controversies in favor of allowing Christine Morhmann’s research to speak for itself, free from the turmoil of the moment.] Here is a narrative which I think is often at least implicit:…

Anglican Evensong in Florence

Ecumenical history is going to be made tomorrow [Sunday, 12 March 2017] in Florence when the Anglican service of choral Evensong will be sung in the great baptistery of San Giovanni, next to the Cathedral. The ecumenical significance of this event is noteworthy: this is the first time that an Anglican service will be held…

Sanctes Moniales in Wisconsin

[H/t to Fr. Steve Petrica for bringing my attention to this article from _The Cap Times_ of Madison, Wisconsin.  The first part of the article is attached below.  The link is here.  These are the only Cistercian nuns of the Common Observance (O. Cist., rather than O.C.S.O.s, who are Cistercians of the Strict Observance, also called “Trappistines”)…

Honest Ecumenism

[It would be hubris on my part to think my research and writings on the Anglican patrimony made their way to the pope’s speech writers. But Pope Francis’s comments do read as though they’re a caricature of what I and others have referred to as the monastic influence in Anglicanism.  The thesis we have put…