Prayers for the Dead

We had a beautiful All Souls Day Mass at St Joseph’s Catholic School today. The students, faculty and staff recorded the names of their loved ones and each one was named as Mass was said. Most non-Catholic Christians don’t have any truck with the Catholic custom of praying for the dead. Their theology forbids it. [Read More...]

Fontevraud Abbey

h/t the Roving Medievalist [Read more...]

And Another Thing…

…has anyone noticed the red herring within church music and liturgy circles that informal Masses and ‘praise and worship’ music are provided for the young people because they ‘like that sort of thing’? This is ridiculous. All you have to do is look around church one Sunday at the faces of the people. It is [Read More...]

What’s a Hymn For?

I’m having some problems with music in Catholic America. Part of it is my problem. I spent fifteen years in the Anglican Church with the New English Hymnal–which is probably the finest hymnbook ever published in the English language. Musically and liturgically it was the best that traditional Anglicanism had to offer. Catholic music in [Read More...]

The Page

Going through some old sermons from Anglican days I came across this poem I wrote in 1984, and had forgotten about. What do you think? The Page I saw a king presiding on his throne; his robes were fine, his features kind, but stern. He saw envoys, ambassadors and men with urgent messages who rushed [Read More...]

Of Dandelions and Diamonds

A phrase from the Divine Office stuck in my head yesterday. Something to the effect of, ‘All the great men are as a breath of wind.’ It brought back a verse from the psalms about our life being like that of the grass of the field. It is here today and tomorrow the wind comes [Read More...]