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…

Papal Visit to Rome’s Anglican Parish

[Rather than post the account (here) of the pope’s presence at the Evensong service today (26 February) at All Saints’ Anglican Church in Rome, I post yesterday’s piece written on the eve of the historic occasion (the first time a pope has visited an Anglican church in Rome; in Rome is also St. Paul’s Within…

Pope Francis to Visit Anglican Parish in Rome

[h/t to Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B. for pointing out the following article, which can be found here.] By Andrea Gagliarducci. Rome, Italy, Feb 17, 2017. Pope Francis will visit All Saints Anglican Church in Rome Feb. 26 to mark the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Anglican parish community in the heart of the…

Congratulations to Chris Lane!

Congratulations and blessings to Chris Lane on being enrolled as an oblate candidate this morning (13 February 2017)!  Chris is an associate professor of history at Christendom College, Front Royal, Virginia.  

Pastoral Shepherds

[An excellent article by Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith.  I’ve suggested that if the Anglican patrimony has to be distilled to one word, it might be “patristic”—or, to cheat a bit by joining two words together, “patristic/monastic.” But another key term would be “pastoral,” which is an essential characteristic of monasticism anyway. My experience as an Episcopalian…

Anglican Choral Evensong at St Peter’s Basilica

[Click here for the article in the Catholic Herald, posted Tuesday, 7 Feb 2017] On March 13, Anglican choral Evensong will be celebrated in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican for the first time. Permission was granted by Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Archpriest of St Peter’s Basilica, during a recent meeting with Archbishop David Moxon, the…