Author Archives: Fr. John Larson

Commentarii in Sacram Scripturam (links to Latin texts)

By | October 28, 2021

The famous commentary of Cornelius a Lapide… links to the complete Latin texts Tomus I: Commentary on the Pententeuch Tomus II: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Kings I-IV, and Paralipomenon I-II, Ezra, Nehemiah, Tobit, Judith, Esther, and Machabees Tomus III: Proverbs Tomus IV: Ecclesiastes, Canticle of Canticles, and Wisdom Tomus V: Ecclesiasticus Tomus VI: 4 Major Prophets:… Read More »

Books about the Immaculate Conception from the 17th Century (in Latin, of course)

By | September 17, 2021

You might expect I’m going to link to full texts of some of these classics. De Immaculata Beatae Virginis Conceptione ab omni originali peccato immuni Libri Quatuor, dicati sacrae maiestati Philippi 3 Hispaniarum regis by Aegidius a Presentatione. 1617. Translation: On the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Immune from all Original Sin. Horizon Marianus… Read More »

New Dawn in Scotland Online Conference

By | July 8, 2021

The pandemic is… mostly over in Scotland, but not enough to have a regular event The Catholic Church in Scotland has an annual event which is still “virtual” this year, but that means we can all participate. Last year the videos were rather primitive, but this year (I’m guessing) they will improve the results. CLICK… Read More »

Benjamin Franklin on Dissent

By | January 2, 2018

It’s rather unusual for me to be quoting Ben Franklin, but I happen to be watching a TV special John Wayne put together called Swing Out, Sweet Land, and it had this quote from Franklin… a quote that is found barely anywhere on the Internet. This is the attitude we who are old enough to… Read More »

Best Films?

By | January 1, 2018

It’s not unusual to see a “best films list” these days. So, why not do one myself? I’m thinking here of films that have a message that is worth paying attention to. Although some of these are fairly big movies, they are not Casablanca or Lawrence of Arabia. I am trying to look at movies… Read More »

The Return of the Blog

By | February 2, 2017

It was down for a while there, but it’s back. At this time, I would just like to quote from an Angelus address of St. John Paul II: Mary, in fact, when considered in the fullness of the Church’s mystery and mission, not only expresses its independent personality, at the apex and at the beginning… Read More »

Catholic Documentaries

By | June 21, 2016

I’ve decided to highlight two Catholic documentaries I’ve seen recently. One that is quite touching is La Mama: An American Nun’s Life in a Mexican Prison. Here a clip from the beginning of the documentary: The story is quite amazing. Antonia Brenner (1926-2013) shows such a particular charism–something that this one woman achieved, and that… Read More »

Charles Untz

By | November 26, 2015

It doesn’t hurt to ask… Well, here’s the prayer to ask for the intercession of Charles Untz, a teenager who died in 2000 and some consider to have been a rather holy young man. A very simple website testifies to him: My Lady’s Knight. A prayer asking his intercession: Oh, Jesus, in these most difficult… Read More »

Max and Me

By | August 27, 2015

If you’ve seen the CGI movie The Greatest Miracle, then you know Dos Corazones films. The CGI in that movie was somewhat primative, but they have boosted their efforts for their next movie: Max and Me. This will interweave a modern story with the story of St. Maximillian Kolbe. Although there is not a trailer… Read More »

Cornelius a Lapide’s Marian Commentaries on Scripture

By | August 25, 2015

I found a rather useful doctoral dissertation concerning the commentary of Cornelius a Lapide and Mariology. The dissertation is entitled Cornelius a Lapide’s biblical methodology used in Marian texts and its comparison with a contemporary approach. It was written by the Very Rev. James Presta. It contains a number of translations into English from the… Read More »