More on the Servers of St Mary’s

Our band of servers for the 9:00 Mass at St Mary’s. Our oldest son, Benedict, back left. Second son, Theodore, front left. Ben takes pride in serving as crucifer and MC. Theo is a first year server and holds the book and serves at altar. This picture was taken this morning. We often have two [Read More...]

The Centrality of Sacrifice

Here’s my latest article for National Catholic Register. It describes the history and necessity of sacrifice, and why we should view the Mass as sacrifice. Here’s the link. See what you think. [Read more...]

Palin’s Performance

Sarah Palin delivered a charismatic, exciting and professionally polished speech at the Republican National Convention. Out on the campaign trail she draws tens of thousands and delivers invigorating, fresh speeches with plenty of time away from the teleprompter to respond and ‘go live.’ In the live debate she held her own. She was articulate, polished, [Read More...]

Newman Update

Fr Ray Blake has an interesting update on the re-internment of the remains of soon to be Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman. [Read more...]

Guardian Angels

I don’t know if I told this one before: My sister met a missionary once who felt called to minister to the tribes of Burma. Burma was then, as now, pretty much a closed country and foreigners were not welcome–especially foreign missionaries. This fellow would cross the border through the jungle and try to meet [Read More...]

Altar Girls

I wasn’t going to opine any further on altar servers, but a reader asked my opinion about what to do with altar girls if you have them. First of all, it is obviously okay to have altar girls. Rome allows it. You don’t have to have them, but you may. If I went to a [Read More...]

Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better

I have had a few fingers wagged at me for being enthusiastic about the candidacy of Sarah ‘Annie Oakley’ Palin, and I have to admit that after Thursday’s debate–and losing the election– maybe I’ll have egg on my face and I’ll have to watch her skulk back North with her tail between her legs. However, [Read More...]

Therese Book Buy

I was sitting in a lecture in Oxford by my friend Fr John Saward when I was thinking of St Therese. I had just re-read the Rule of St Benedict and at the end he says, “I have written a little rule for beginners.” I thought, “Little Rule – Little Way”. I wonder if Benedict [Read More...]

Abortion and Racism

From Valerie Baronkin –South Carolina Upstate Pro-Life Co-ordinator: An interracial couple stopped by the clinic with their baby yesterday to tell us their story from a few years ago.. The girl’s mother brought her to Greenville Women’s Clinic. The girl saw the people outside praying and did not want to have the abortion and refused [Read More...]

St Jerome

“Therefore I will imitate the head of a household who brings out of his storehouse things both new and old…In this way permit me to explain Isaiah, showing that he was not only a prophet, but an evangelist and an apostle as well. For he says about himself and the other evangelists: “How beaautiful are [Read More...]

Fr Blake on the Angels

Fr Blake has a very eloquent little homily on the Holy Angels. I like this bit, “Angels extend the cosmos; they breach the cortex of our world. They slip between the presence of God and man, making God present to man and man to God.”  You can read it here. [Read more...]

St Michael and All Angels

What do I miss about England? Well, when I lived on the Isle of Wight in England I would go to Mont St Michel on retreat. I’d take the night ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo and then hitchhike along the coast to the Abbey. What a fantastic place! At the time there was a [Read More...]

More on the Servers of St Mary’s

Someone has asked how to improve the band of servers.  I can only pass on the advice from what I have done at St Joseph’s Catholic School, and the advice from my friend and mentor, Fr Newman–pastor of St Mary’s. My own knowledge on this is supplemented by watching Fr Christopher Smith and Dn. John [Read More...]

Sovana Cathedral

“I  wish to create a church so beautiful that it would move even the hardest heart to prayer.”  –the unknown architect of Glastonbury Abbey click on picture to enlarge H/T Roving Medievalist — (who else?) [Read more...]

Me and Mel

OK then, here’s the Mel Gibson story: I was living in London, and it was the year before Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ came out. There was some doubt as to whether Gibson would be able to get backers to help with the distribution of the film. He came to London to meet with [Read More...]

Servers from St Mary’s

Here are three of our noble band of servers from St Mary’s. These guys (with about a dozen more) serve at the 11:00 High Mass. We have all male servers at St Mary’s, and one of the things we do in their instruction is to remind them that they are helping to lead the worship [Read More...]

Branagh’s Hamlet

I just finished watching Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet again. The settings, costumes, direction and acting from the stellar cast are simply splendid. Branagh’s direction and vision for the film is powerful, dignified and beautiful to look at, and the cast of stars–from Derek Jacobi and Julie Christie and Kate Winslet to Jack Lemmon and Charlton Heston [Read More...]

More on Confession

When people come to confession they often have something on their conscience which makes them feel guilty, ashamed or scared. Most often this is something where they’ve lost control. Maybe it is a sin that is ‘below the belt’, something to do with food, drink or drugs, losing one’s temper, being violent etc. This sin [Read More...]

Website Renovation

Ok folks, take a moment and pop over to my newly refurbished website. It’s got: Snazzy new header more appropriate for a priest lots more of my articles archived in new categories and pages updated books page with get this!! reduced prices on all my books PayPal facility to buy my books online bookings page [Read More...]

Why Confession?

Because the fast way to hell might be through a big, nasty, dirty and shocking mortal sin (with sudden death soon to follow) but the slow way is to take the ‘broad way that leads to destruction.’ The road to hell is shoulder to shoulder with nice people who never do anything very bad, but [Read More...]

Different Kinds of Killing

Here’s my latest article for InsideCatholic. It’s entitled, Why Abortion and the War in Iraq are not Equivalent. Take time to read the comments. It’s amazing how people read something into an article. The piece was a modest attempt at an analysis of the moral arguments that equate the unjust war in Iraq with the [Read More...]

Not Quite an Atheist

A friend and I drove up to Belmont College near Charlotte last night to hear Michael Novak deliver a lecture about his new book which counters atheism. It was a good chance to see the campus and learn more about the good things happening there. At these events it’s amazing how many people I meet [Read More...]