Traditionis Custodes and the Faithful’s Response: Parrhesia

On July 16th, Pope Francis issued the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes, On the Use of the Roman Liturgy Prior to the Reform of 1970....

Thérèse of Lisieux of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face

Today we celebrate the Saint of the Little Way, Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, also known after the place...

Fifth Sunday of Easter, and Augustine’s Tale of Two Cities

I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out heaven from God…and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘See,...

Twenty-Fifth Sunday and Using Wealth Wisely

You cannot serve God and wealth (Lk. 16:13). ⧾ At face value, it would seem that that the Gospel text of the Mass appears to...

Seventh Sunday and Forgiving What Seems Unforgiveable

I’ve been hearing confessions now for over fifty years, and I have noticed that there is one sin that comes up more than any...

Beat the Devil

The British agnostic philosopher Bertrand Russell said he could not believe in Satan because the very notion of a devil was not even probable,...

Proximately Preparing for Christ: The O Antiphons

On December 17th we begin the seven days of proximate preparation for Christmas, analogous to the more familiar twelve days of Christmas, after Christmas. ...

Fourth Sunday, Mary and Joseph

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home (Mt. 1:24). ⧾ On...

The physical effects of the scourging and crucifixion of Jesus

Much has been written about the physical and psychological effects of the crucifixion of Jesus, often by surgeons, psychiatrists, and other doctors. While well-intentioned,...

Is The Remedy A Remedy?

Introduction A solution to the Covidian problem was eagerly awaited - and emerged in a legion of vaccines.  Development of vaccines to coronaviruses has been...