Independence Day

My very British wife is somewhat amused by Americans’ patriotism. “Why all this worship of a flag for goodness sake?” She’s not particularly impressed with George Bush, Amerian military adventures abroad, nor with certain characteristics of American culture: consumerism, obsession with image, right wing jingo-ism etc. She jokes that the British celebrate Fourth of July [Read More...]

Anglican Via Media?

Have you heard of the Anglican via media? This is the idea that Anglicanism is the ‘middle way’ between Catholicism and Protestantism. The concept is often extended to mean that Anglicanism is the ‘middle way’ between many different extremes. It is the way of compromise, the way of common sense, the way of ‘dual integrities’. [Read More...]

The Benedictine Way – 4

Obedience is a vow, and every vow is intended to be woven into life as one of the basic foundations of our existence. We are obedient simply because we are creatures, not the creator. Every day we must be obedient to a whole range of laws we never question. We are obedient to everything from [Read More...]

Marking the Hours

I’ve just finished Eamon Duffy’s latest, Marking the Hours. As usual, a masterful study of late medieval and the years up to and through the English Deformation. Duffy scrupulously gathers the data, cleverly interprets it and draws the right amount of conclusions from it.Together with Stripping of the Altars and Voices of Morbath, Marking the [Read More...]

Sonata??!!

We doesn’t like nasty Sonata… Give us our Roving Medievalist back…I wants it my precious…We knew that Jeffrey was false and tricksy… [Read more...]

The Benedictine Way – 3

The second vow the Benedictine takes is the vow of obedience. Obedience!!?? we howl. But we’re grown ups. We’re supposed to take responsibility for ourselves. We’re supposed to be pro active. We’re supposed to make our own moral decisions. Yadda yadda yadda. Yes, no doubt true up to a point. We don’t want a church [Read More...]

This is pleasing…

Dwight Longenecker –[noun]: A master of storytelling ‘How” will you be defined in the dictionary?’ at QuizGalaxy.com [Read more...]

Baptist Pastor Admits to Murdering Daughter

It’s easy to think that all Baptists are of the conservative Southern type, but it ain’t necessarily so. Russell Moore, writing in Touchstone magazine reports on the Rev. Donna Schaper, a woman from a UCC/Lutheran background who is now pastor of Judson Memorial Church in New York City. Ms Schaper, has written in Tikkun magazine [Read More...]

The Pallium, Peter and Paul

Amy reports on the ceremony of the Pope conferring the pallium on new Archbishops on this feast day of SS Peter and Paul. Here is what I love about the Catholic Church: the sense of unity, coherence and sacramentality of it all. In a world riven asunder with every kind of religious opinion under the [Read More...]

SS Peter and Paul

Peter the Fisherman. Paul the intellectual. Peter the rough working class man who speaks from the heart. Paul the man who speaks from his head. Peter the peasant. Paul the well connected, well educated Roman citizen. Peter the humble believer. Paul the professional religious man. Peter with the high school diploma. Paul who went to [Read More...]

The Benedictine Way – 2

The Benedictine monk vows stability, and this means he will stay in one place. He’s not on the move like a friar or a missionary. He can’t be whisked here and there like a diocesan priest. He stays put. That’s why a Benedictine, when asked will not just say, “I’m a Benedictine monk.” but “I’m [Read More...]

St Irenaeus

This quotation of St Irenaeus of Lyons helped to bring me into the Catholic Church: Therefore we will refute those who hold unauthorized assemblies–either because of false self importance, or pride, or blindness and perversity–by pointing to the tradition of the greatest and oldest church, a church known to all men, which was founded and [Read More...]

The Benedictine Way – 1

Here Starts a little series on the Benedictine Way The Benedictine Monk takes three vows: Stability, Obedience and Conversion of Life. The three vows are braided together like three strands of a strong rope. Each of the vows has a concrete expression. The vow of stability means the monk promises to remain in one community [Read More...]

Anglo Islamic Female Priest??

Damian Thompson reports on an Anglican woman priest who is also a practising Muslim. This follows an Anglican priest in England last year who was also a Hindu priest. There is a long tradition of this sort of thing in the Anglican Church. For many years there has been a strange phenomenon called ‘Anglo-Catholicism’. This [Read More...]

Recent Ordinations

Watch this slide show of ordinations in New York. Courtesy of the Franciscan Friars of Renewal. The joy you can cut with a knife… [Read more...]

God Not the Father…

The guy over at Catholidoxies has noticed that Protestant Christians in the mainstream are less and less inclined to refer to God as ‘Father’. He posts on this and expresses his reserve about this practice, wondering if it is heresy or not. Yes it is heresy for some very good reasons. First reason is that [Read More...]

Independent Catholic Christian Church

Here’s a new one I hadn’t heard of before. They claim to be Catholic, but they’re independent. Whaat? From their website: We proclaim the faith of the Nicene Creed:Jesus Christ is fully God and fully humanJesus Christ saves humankind through His death and resurrectionWe celebrate the seven sacraments and preserve the apostolic successionWe welcome all [Read More...]

Clear Creek Monastery

The Abbey Church of Fontgombault You may already know of the new Benedictine monastery going up in Oklahoma. Its a monastery of the Solesmes congregation in France, and an offshoot of the famous Abbey of Fontgombault. I haven’t been there yet, but hope to visit next Spring while on a speaking tour of Oklahoma. The [Read More...]

Alvin!!!

First thing this morning my wife screamed, “The cat’s got a chipmunk!” Frodo (that’s the cat) had captured the little critter and brought it inside the house and was chasing it around our bathroom. The kids came rushing in to see the spectacle and Dad the hero got a waste paper basket and was chasing [Read More...]

New Music Minister for St Marys

http://youtube.com/v/Fz2aE6DvHDc News Scoop: Fr Newman has just appointed a new music minister for St Mary’s Greenville. [Read more...]

Daily Mass

Today I went to St Mary’s to celebrate the daily Mass at 12:00. I was busy. There was business at school and people to talk to. I was running late. The traffic was heavy and every traffic light was red. I arrived a few minutes late and felt bad because I had not left enough [Read More...]

Merton

Somebody has suggested that I write my conversion story. I’m not sure about autobiographies as a genre. It seems to me that you have to assume that a good number or ordinary folks will cough up twenty dollars of their hard earned money just to read all about your life. Isn’t that about tops for [Read More...]


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