St. Guido (Guy) di Pomposa

From Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.’s continuing series on Benedictine saints. St. Guido (Guy) di Pomposa Guy was born near Ravenna in northern Italy to parents who took great pride in him. Primarily to give them pleasure, he was meticulous in his dress and personal appearance. Still, one day during a festival, realizing the vanity of…

St. Zosimus

From Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.’s continuing series on Benedictine saints. Copied from Catholic.net and OCA.org: Saint Zosimus, Bishop of Syracuse, was born in answer to the fervent prayers of his parents, who were childless for a long time. When their son reached the age of seven, his parents sent him to the monastery of Saint…

Historical Perspectives and Out-of-Perspectives

In my opinion, arriving at a consensus about what the Anglican patrimony is and is not will most likely succeed if we take the long view: looking at characteristics that appear and re-appear over time.  It will also mean being as informed, honest, and respectful as possible.  Here are a few excerpts from Thomas Hughes’s…

Pope St. Stephen X

Pope St. Stephen X From Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.’s continuing series on Benedictine saints. Copied from the Catholic Encyclopedia: Born probably about the beginning of the eleventh century; died at Florence, 29 March, 1058. (Junian?) Frederick, destined to become Pope Stephen X, was the son of Gozelon, Duke of Lower Lorraine and of Junca, the…

St. Stephen Harding

[St. Stephen Harding seems to have had a retiring personality, which would help explain why his memory has tended to be eclipsed by the charismatic St. Bernard de Clairvaux.  But Stephen’s brilliance as an organizer and a legislator (e.g., his Carta Caritatis) not only laid the foundation for the success of the Cistercian reforms, it…

St. Rupert

From Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.’s continuing series on Benedictine saints. St. Rupert Copied from Catholic News Agency: On March 27 the Catholic Church remembers the monk and bishop Saint Rupert, whose missionary labors built up the Church in two of its historic strongholds, Austria and Bavaria. During his lifetime, the “Apostle of Bavaria and Austria”…

St. Ludger

From Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.’s continuing series on Benedictine saints. St. Ludger Copied from Sanctoral.com: Saint Ludger was born in Friesland (the Netherlands) about the year 743. His father, a nobleman of the first rank, at the child’s own request, committed him very young to the care of Saint Gregory, Bishop of Utrecht, a disciple…

Shunning Controversy: The Greatness of Humility

Hood-doff to Christopher Mahon for posting the information below on John Keble’s _The Christian Year_, with an excerpt from his “Feast of the Annunciation” on this 25th of March. Keble had been raised in the Church of England’s High Church wing as it had been understood before the Oxford Movement.  So, his Catholic perspective did…

Walter Hilton – 24 March

24 Mar 1396: d. Walter Hilton.  (Hood-doff to Fr. Matthew Dallman for reminding me of this annual mind.) Augustinian Canon Regular and major voice in the English School of Catholic spirituality. #EnglishSpirituality From the _Catholic Encyclopedia_[1] Walter Hilton Augustinian mystic, d. 24 March, 1396. Little is known of his life, save that he was the…

St. Aldemar

Today we honor St. Aldemar, as well as Blessed Bertha de’Alberti of Cavriglia. From CatholicSaints.info: St. Aldemar was a monk “at Monte Cassino Abbey. Spiritual director of a convent at Capua, Italy, a house founded by princess Aloara. Known as a miracle worker. A dispute developed between the princess and Aldemar’s abbot; she wanted him…

Blessed Conrad II

[The photo is of St. Michael’s Church, Mondsee, which houses Conrad’s relics.] Today we honor Blessed Conrad II, abbot of Mondsee abbey, Austria. Mondsee was founded in AD 748 by Odilo, Duke of Bavaria, and it is said that the first monks at the abbey had come from Monte Cassino. In 788 it became an…

The Transitus of Our Holy Father Benedict

By permission of the Congregation for Divine Worship, today’s celebration ranks as a solemnity in the American-Cassinese Congregation. Book Two of the Dialogues: Life of Saint Benedict CHAPTER THIRTY-SEVEN: HOW VENERABLE BENEDICT DID PROPHESY TO HIS MONKS THE TIME OF HIS OWN DEATH. In the year that was to be his last, the man of…