Author Archives: Fr. John Larson

National Catholic Sisters Week

By | March 11, 2014

Some folks at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, MN, came up with the idea of National Catholic Sisters Week. It’s this week. They had some sort of event to celebrate over the weekend. It was strictly LCWR. There’s been no mention on the CMSWR side of such a week or any events. In honor… Read More »

Life of St. Agnes

By | February 19, 2014

St. Agnes has been the subject of great sermons and poetry down through the ages (not to mention a major character in Cardinal Wiseman’s novel Fabiola). An excellent book about here is available online: Life of St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr by Aloysius Smith. Here is a little from the introduction: SAINT AGNESE FUORI LE… Read More »

Over 10 Years???

By | February 12, 2014

Can it be that this blog is now over 10 years old? Yes… but how could this be? Ten years ago I was a brother in the Marians and student at the Dominican House of Studies blogging about the soon to-be-released movie The Passion of the Christ. There was a lot of controversy surrounding it… Read More »

Mary’s Meals

By | December 29, 2013

It’s hard to not want to promote this group. They are doing some incredible work. Yes, to give one decent meal to over 700,000 children a day–children that would otherwise struggle to get that meal, that often suffer from hunger–is quite an accomplishment. It’s a very simple program, yet it makes a huge impact. A… Read More »

An old but “Great” commentary

By | November 20, 2013

The Great Commentary of Cornelius à Lapide was released in English as a series of books in the 19th century. He was a Flemish Jesuit who lived in from 1567 to 1637. These commentaries can be quite helpful with various passages, keeping in mind there may be some aspects to them that don’t work so… Read More »

“Sisters” and “Light of Love”

By | November 20, 2013

I’m writing this mainly because I think there is a need to say something about the state of women’s religious life today, and I though it would be good to comment on two documentaries that came out at almost the same time concerning this. Each documentary comes out of its corresponding “group.” One called “Sisters”… Read More »

Palms by Anna Hanson Dorsey

By | October 28, 2013

I would like to recommend the novel Palms by Anna Hanson Dorsey. It’s the story of St. Nemesius of Rome and his daughter Lucilla. The book is based on the account that can be found in the book The Victims of the Mamertine by Augustine O’Reilly. This novel is a moving fictional account, something like… Read More »

LCWR Buzzwords

By | October 20, 2013

What are some examples? “Prayer experiences” “evolving consciousness” “global unity” “generate a force that has transformative power” “positive energy” “energizing actions” “deep integrity” “expansive sense of self” “facilitate the connectivity” In other words, New Age. Note to sisters: young Catholics don’t talk this way. Note to young Catholics: in case you didn’t notice, this isn’t… Read More »

Mother Elvira

By | October 14, 2013

The thoughts of Mother Elvira (foundress of Comunità Cenacolo) have not been available in English for the most part, but now, a book of some of her catechisis has been printed in an English translation called Sparks of Light: From the heart of Mother Elivra. Here’s a sample: Since we are so different, every so… Read More »

Mary Foreshadowed

By | September 24, 2013

Book: Mary Foreshadowed; or, Considerations on the Types and Figures of Our Blessed Lady in the Old Testament Author: Rev. F. Thaddeus, O.S.F. (Francis Hermans) R. Washbourne London, 1885. This has some great examples and great quotes, including a number from Raymond Jordan (Idiota). Here is an example in the comparison of Our Lady to… Read More »

The Holy Ways of the Cross

By | September 17, 2013

Full Title: The Holy Ways of the Cross; or A Short Treatise on the Various Trials and Afflictions, Interior and Exterior, to which the Spiritual Life is Subject, and the Means of Making a Good Use Thereof. Author: Henri-Marie Boudon Year Published: 1875 Link to complete book: Holy Ways of the Cross Link to PDF