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The Quiet Return

By | September 7, 2010

I’ve seen others comment on this, and it does seem to be the case as far as I can tell also. It’s a little after the third anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, and one can almost trace an increase in vocations to that time. There was an increase after the death of Pope John Paul II,… Read More »

Various Catholic LPs

By | April 19, 2010

Vinyl Records in our collection, and how obscure they are: Gregorian Chant Masses sung by the Benedictine Monks of St. John’s Abbey, Gerard Farrell, O.S.B., director Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN EMC-63-1520/1521 found in 30 libraries on WorldCat 1 used for sale at Amazon St. Norbert Abbey Choir Canons Regular of Premontre De Pere, Wisconsin Rev.… Read More »

Servants of God get-together

By | March 2, 2010

This TV show features two Servants of God. At the beginning of the show, there they stand (at rather different heights). I almost expect them to defer to each other as to who will be beatified first. And what do Servants of God talk about? Our Lady, of coursre! Watch Servant of God Fr. Patrick… Read More »

Royal Road of the Holy Cross

By | February 12, 2010

A book of meditations for the Stations of the Cross has this as part of the meditation for the 3rd station: “Where are those first infant steps when Mary guided Him on the road of life? He walked, wee little one, budding fruit of Mary’s womb, and often He fell. But at that time they… Read More »

Marians in Training

By | January 6, 2010

I can’t really say we are experiencing a shortage in vocations in the U.S. Mother of Mercy Province of the Marians. We have 7 novices and 4 postulants. Our Washington, D.C. house is going to be completely full if this sort of thing keeps up. We have generous benefactors for our seminarian program, but the… Read More »


By | December 17, 2009

I was recently in the southwest (El Paso and a bit north in New Mexico), and had a genuine experience of Advent. I stayed at a place that had practically no Christmas decorations, and there was no radio or TV to distract me. It was ideal conditions to experience Advent. Advent is all about looking… Read More »

The Usual

By | December 1, 2009

It’s wonderful to recognize opportunities that God gives us to grow in virtue, but usually those opportunities are not what we were looking for. The ultimate goal of every person is…. happiness (Aristotle figured it out long ago). Now, how to reach it? If you try the direct approach (wealth, power), you will be sadly… Read More »

Christmas Comes But Once a Year

By | November 20, 2009

However, at this point, I think Christmas is an October to December thing. Maybe it’s even a September to December thing. August? Does Advent have any meaning anymore? What exactly are we waiting for? Jesus? Does anybody remember that Advent is not just a remembrance of the first coming of Christ, but a waiting for… Read More »


By | October 21, 2009

I must say that teaching has given me a better understanding of some points in moral theology. I learned this stuff, but because seminary is now over four years in the past, some things were starting to fade. I have definitely learned more about the encyclical Humanae Vitae, and how the reaction to it by… Read More »