Our Lady of Willesden

In the heart of London is another medieval Marian shrine that has been restored. You can read here about the history of Our Lady of Willesden. You’ll be used to the tale by now: ancient shrine–much loved by the people, who made pilgrimages, donations and prayers there for centuries. Then the king’s men came in [Read More...]

Dwight’s Reply to David

For Mary’s month I’m posting some excerpts from the book called Mary-A Catholic-Evangelical Debate that I wrote with fellow Bob Jones graduate David Gustafson. (who comments on this blog) In yesterday’s post David displayed a particularly extravagent dedication to the Blessed Virgin written by Stefan Cardinal Wyzinski. It seemed to David that such devotion to [Read More...]

Gandalf the Grey

Great image of Gandalf the Grey. The archetypal patriarch, hermit, wizard, prophet, holy man. He could be Elijah, Merlin, St Jerome, St Benedict, St Bruno, or Fr. Zossima of The Brothers Karamozov. [Read more...]

New Meme

I’ve been tagged for a meme by Peter over at Cum Grano Salis: Three non-fiction books everyone should read1. Saints and Sinners by Eamon Duffy – Brilliant history of the papacy2. The Hidden Face – by Ida Gorres – Classic study of Therese of Lisieux3. The Next Christendom – by Philip Jenkins – see that [Read More...]

David Questions Marian Devotion

For Mary’s month, an excerpt from the book I co-wrote with David Gustafson–Mary-A Catholic Evangelical Debate. This is from the chapter on Marian Devotion. David has been taking us on a little tour of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. He’s been describing the various chapels dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. As [Read More...]

Ascension Day

Can anybody explain why Ascension is celebrated on Sunday here? Is the Holy Day of Obligation shifted to a Sunday in order to make it easier for people to fulfill their obligation or so people will get a chance to celebrate Ascension? It seems daft to me, but what do I know, I’m only a [Read More...]