Christmas Cheer

And the light shines in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5 Traditionally, Christmas is a season of warmth and light. Even as the northern hemisphere reaches its darkest days, and the arctic blasts of January approach, the world sparkles with tinsel and smiles, and ubiquitous signs of universal good cheer. AtContinue reading “Christmas Cheer”

Do not Be Deceived

Today is the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, popularly known as the most skeptical member of the Lord’s inner circle. The more I reflect on the nature and fruit of his incredulity, the more it seems to me that Thomas’s hesitancy, and subsequent surrender, contain profound lessons on the nature of genuine faith. ProtestantsContinue reading “Do not Be Deceived”

A Saintly Machiavel

Psychologically speaking, July of 2020 was several eons ago. This blog, born of my feeble attempts to make sense of a crumbling social order, had not yet been conceived. In the course of those feeble efforts, however, one memorable moment was my first encounter with the writings of Angelo Codevilla, whose The Covid Coup wasContinue reading “A Saintly Machiavel”

The Fig Tree

A preacher pointed out the irony: as the cycle of seasons plunges us into frigid darkness, the Church presents us with our Lord’s parable of the fig tree: “When the branch thereof is now tender, and the leaves come forth, you know that summer is nigh” (Mt. 24:32). Is this wanton cruelty on the partContinue reading “The Fig Tree”

Our Mother Tongue

Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season. 2 Timothy 4:2 “Before those who are opposed to the Tridentine Mass,” advises Fr. Roberto Spataro, “let us present a clear and solid argumentation, peacefully and politely, starting always from the reasons held by the other, accompanying him and helping him to appreciate our ownContinue reading “Our Mother Tongue”

Before the Day of the Lord

St. Paul admonishes his flock not to be easily moved from their senses with terror, “as if the day of the Lord were at hand” (2 Thes. 2). That day will not come, he informs them, “unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” How areContinue reading “Before the Day of the Lord”

The Jaws of the Lion

It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins. 2 Maccabees 12:46 Domine, Jesu Christe, Rex gloriae, libera animas omnium fidelium defunctorum de poenis inferni et de profundo lacu. Libera eas de ore leonis ne absorbeat eas tartarus, ne cadant in obscurum; Sed signiferContinue reading “The Jaws of the Lion”

Precious in the Sight of the Lord

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalm 115:15 As noted yesterday in these ethereal pages, the Kingdom of Christ on earth extends to society as a whole through his enthronement in the hearts, intellects, and wills of men. Even as Christ informed Pilate that his Kingdom is notContinue reading “Precious in the Sight of the Lord”

Kingdom Come

Almost a century ago, Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King, to be celebrated on the last Sunday of October. Though placed towards the end of the liturgical year, this reminder of our Savior’s regal office was not intended to replace the last Sunday in the Church’s annual cycle, which (like theContinue reading “Kingdom Come”