St. Lambert – 17 September

Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Lambert, patron of Fr. Steve Rice.  Name-day blessings to you, Fr. Steve Lambert! [The following is adapted from what is posted here.  Image: Liège Cathedral] St. Lambert was born at Maestricht between 633 and 638 and died at Liège…

Translation of St. Cuthbert’s Relics

In addition to the 20 March feast day of St. Cuthbert (observed in the Extraordinary Form—I believe—and the Ordinary Form of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church and by the Church of England), 4 September celebrates the arrival of the relics of St. Cuthbert at their eventual resting place, Durham.  The 4 September date…

“Do ordinary things with extraordinary fervor.”

I saw an announcement that in response to the current crisis in the Catholic Church, a bishop has ordered all of the parishes in his diocese “to recite the St. Michael’s prayer after each Holy Mass.” On one hand, this strikes me as an excellent plan.  These times call for powerful statements, and the bishop’s…

St. Aidan of Lindisfarne

Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Aidan of Lindisfarne, Patron of Bishop Michael Aidan Smith, Obl.S.B.  Name-day blessings to you, Bishop Michael! [The following is adapted from what is posted here.  Image: statue of St. Aidan on Lindisfarne, Holy Island.] In the seventh century, St. Aidan…

St. Aethelwold – 1 August

Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Aethelwold, Patron of Stephen Aethelwold Hilgendorf, Obl.S.B.  Name-day blessings to you, Stephen!  And congratulations on being named the Director of Faith Formation at St. Paul’s Cathedral! [The following is adapted from what is posted here.] St. Aethelwold was born…

Saint Martha – 29 July

Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Martha, Patron of Gregory Martha Herr, Obl.S.B.  Name-day blessings to you, Greg! [The following is adapted from what is posted here.] Though Saints Mary, Martha, and Lazarus are represented by St. John as living at Bethany, St. Luke would seem to…

The Oxford Movement Today

On this anniversary of the beginning of the Oxford Movement, I commend to your reading and reflection this excellent reminder—from our own Fr. Steve Lambert Rice, Obl.S.B.—of this important moment in Anglican-Patrimonial history.  On 14 July 1833, John Keble preached a sermon entitled “National Apostasy,” which Newman identifies as the moment at which the Oxford…

Blessings on the Feast of St. Benedict – 11 July 2018

[Repeating a post from two years ago.  Ever timely.] H/t to Clint Brand for the following quote from Bl. John Henry Newman: “St. Benedict found the world, physical and social, in ruins, and his mission was to restore it in the way not of science, but of nature, not as if setting about to do…

Enrollment of Robert Llizo as an Oblate-Candidate – 30 May 2018

I am delighted to announce that Robert Llizo was enrolled today as an oblate candidate.  The enrollment took place in the Lady Chapel at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham, Father Charles Hough IV officiating.  Congratulations, Robert!  And thanks to all oblates and friends for continued prayers.  May our common life and common witness…

Saint Augustine of Canterbury – 28 May 2018

Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Augustine of Canterbury, patron of Father Jack Augustine Barker, Obl.S.B. and of Father Don Augustine Malines, Obl.S.B.  Name-day blessings to you, Fathers! [The following is adapted from what is posted here.] Saint Augustine of Canterbury, also called Austin, was born…

St. Bede the Venerable – May 25

St. Bede the Venerable – May 25 Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day of St. Bede the Venerable, patron of Chris Bede Lane, Obl.S.B. (and of me, Br. John-Bede Pauley, O.S.B., liaison for the St. Benet Biscop Chapter).  Name-day blessings to us both, Chris! [The following is…

English and Welsh Martyrs – 4 May

Continuing the series on patron saints of our oblates.  Today is the feast day (one of the feast days) of St. John Roberts, patron of Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B.  As with Nathaniel, you, Jason, get two celebrations (or possibly three?)! Name-day blessings to you! Today, I post a simple statement on the martyrs considered and…