An Oblate Reflects on “Ora et Labora”

Nathaniel Joseph Marshall, Obl.S.B. – “Instead of Becoming a Pastor, I Minister as a Plumber” – Published in _Christianity Today_, 1 September 2022 [Nathaniel Joseph Marshall, Obl.S.B., is a licensed journeyman plumber, a Benedictine oblate, and worships at Christ the King Anglican Church in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife and two daughters. He has published…

Anglican Notables – Harriet Brownlow Byron (Religious) – 3 August

Anglican Notables – Harriet Brownlow Byron (Religious) – 3 August [This is a series of biographical sketches of Anglican men and women whose lives have been exemplary in virtue and/or have made significant contributions to Anglicanism’s expression of the Gospel.  Written from the perspective of full communion with the See of St. Peter, including such…

Monastic Saints – Saint Æthelwold of Winchester – 1 August

Monastic Saints – Saint Æthelwold of Winchester – 1 August [This is a series on saints from the Benedictine family ( monks and nuns, generally, as distinct from other charisms—such as canons regular, mendicants, and clerks regular—that developed from the late Middle Ages on).  There used to be a commemoration of all saints of the…

Patristic Lectionary – Sunday, 18th Week in Ordinary Time (7th Sunday in Trinitytide) – 31 July 2022

Patristic Lectionary – Sunday, 18th Week in Ordinary Time (7th Sunday in Trinitytide) – 31 July 2022 [Consonant with both Anglicanism’s and monasticism’s love of patristic theology-spirituality, this is a series of occasional selections from a two-year lectionary for the Divine Office that draws mostly from patristic writings.  The lectionary was initially edited by Stephen Mark…

James G. Clark’s _The Dissolution of the Monasteries: A New History_ (Yale, 2021)

James G. Clark’s _The Dissolution of the Monasteries: A New History_ (Yale, 2021) Full though our reading lists tend to be, James G. Clark’s _The Dissolution of the Monasteries_, published only last year (Yale University Press), seems worth considering for those interested in monastic history in England.  According to this review, Clark’s book is “dense…

Patristic Lectionary – Monday, 16th Week in Ordinary Time (Feria after the 5th Sunday in Trinitytide) – 18 July 2022

Patristic Lectionary – Monday, 16th Week in Ordinary Time (Feria after the 5th Sunday in Trinitytide) – 18 July 2022 [Consonant with both Anglicanism’s and monasticism’s love of patristic theology-spirituality, this is a series of occasional selections from a two-year lectionary for the Divine Office that draws mostly from patristic writings.  The lectionary was initially edited…

The Oxford Movement Today – 14 July, Anniversary of Keble’s Assize Sermon

The Oxford Movement Today – 14 July, Anniversary of Keble’s 1833 Assize Sermon [ Image: Samuel Cousins’s drawing of John Keble, published 1 September 1845 ] For anyone in the anglosphere who took high-school French, the first association with 14 July will surely be le quatorze juillet (autrement dit “Bastille Day”), which recalls what is popularly…

Monastic Saints – Saint Henry – 13 July

Monastic Saints – Saint Henry, Co-Patron (with Saint Frances of Rome) of Benedictine Oblates – 13 July [This is a series on saints from the Benedictine family ( monks and nuns, generally, as distinct from other charisms—such as canons regular, mendicants, and clerks regular—that developed from the late Middle Ages on).  There used to be…

Anglican Notables – William Byrd – 4 July

Anglican Notables – William Byrd (Composers, Musicians) – 4 July [This is a series of biographical sketches of Anglican men and women whose lives have been exemplary in virtue and/or have made significant contributions to Anglicanism’s expression of the Gospel.  Written from the perspective of full communion with the See of St. Peter, including such…

Monastic Saints – Saint Etheldreda (Audrey) – 23 June

Monastic Saints – Saint Etheldreda (Audrey) – 23 June [This is a series on saints from the Benedictine family ( monks and nuns, generally, as distinct from other charisms—such as canons regular, mendicants, and clerks regular—that developed from the late Middle Ages on).  There used to be a commemoration of all saints of the Benedictine…

Patristic Lectionary – Tuesday, 12th Week in Ordinary Time (Feria after the 1st Sunday in Trinitytide) – 21 June 2022

Patristic Lectionary – Tuesday, 12th Week in Ordinary Time (Feria after the 1st Sunday in Trinitytide) – 21 June 2022 – Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious [Consonant with both Anglicanism’s and monasticism’s love of patristic theology-spirituality, this is a series of occasional selections from a two-year lectionary for the Divine Office that draws mostly from patristic writings. …