Passing the Guardians By

A man identifying himself as “Francis” recently appealed to the bishops of the world, addressing them as Guardians of Tradition (Traditionis Custodes). The Tradition of which he speaks includes a liturgy lovingly designed, century by century, to manifest as tangibly as possible the death, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord. In guarding this treasure ofContinue reading “Passing the Guardians By”

Praying for Peter

Simon, Simon, behold Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and thou, being once converted, confirm thy brethren. Luke 22:31-32 In appointing as vicar a mere man, subject to original and actual sin, our Lord was well awareContinue reading “Praying for Peter”

Giving Good Things

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more will your Father, who is in heaven, give good things to them that ask him? Matthew 7:11 St. Paul tells us that “all paternity in heaven and earth is named” after “the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”Continue reading “Giving Good Things”

Let All the Nations Sing

O Queen of all the Virgin choir!Enthron’d above the starry sky!Who with pure milk from thy own breastthy own Creator didst supply. What man had lost in hapless Eve,thy sacred womb to man restores;thou to the wretched here beneathhast open’d Heaven’s eternal doors. Hail, O refulgent Hall of light!Hail, Gate sublime of Heaven’s high King!ThroughContinue reading “Let All the Nations Sing”

That Your Joy May Be Full

Scripture often testifies to the power of prayer. Our Lord himself assures us of this when he couples this command with a promise: “Ask, and you shall receive; that your joy may be full” (Jn. 16:24). Echoing his Master, St. James reminds us that “the continual prayer of a just man avails much” (Js. 5:16).Continue reading “That Your Joy May Be Full”

Our Lifelong Friend

The bridegroom came: and they that were ready, went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut. But at last came also the other virgins, saying: Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answering said: Amen I say to you, I know you not. Matthew 25: 10-12 A fundamental fact of eternalContinue reading “Our Lifelong Friend”

Thankworthy Suffering

Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king. Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, Not only to the good and gentle, But also to the perverse. For this is thankworthy: If for conscience toward God, A man endure sorrows, suffering wrongfully. 1 Peter 2:17-19 St. Peter’s teaching that thoseContinue reading “Thankworthy Suffering”

Feeding us Well

Jesus Christ, our Savior, protects us from God’s wrath; through his bitter suffering, he delivered us from the punishments of hell. That we might never forget this, he gave us his body to eat, hidden in the bread so small, and his blood to drink in the wine. He who would go to his table,Continue reading “Feeding us Well”

The Testimony of God

If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater. 1 John 5:9 We are familiar with the story of St. Thomas, “one of the twelve,” who was not with his brothers when Jesus appeared to them on Easter day. “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails,Continue reading “The Testimony of God”