A Dynamic Trio: St. Augustine, St. Monica & St. Ambrose

Today it seems fitting to talk about not one Saint, but a trio. I’ll begin with the first two: St. Augustine whose feast is today (28 August), and St. Monica, whose feast was yesterday.  St. Augustine, of course, is one of the greatest theologians, a bishop, Doctor of the Church, and subject of one of the […]

The End Point of Progressive Christianity

Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint,but blessed is he who keeps the law.   (Proverbs 29:18)        We’re not cats, bats, or moray eels, as I pointed out in a recent post.  “We humans are different.  We are, again, unique among the world’s creatures.  We’re not governed by instinct, we alone can make free choices about how […]

Agnus Dei from Haydn’s Missa in Tempore Belli

Spiritual Warfare has been a theme in a number of my posts recently, and for good reason: while the struggle “against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12) is always with us, it has been causing more […]

Witness to the Gospel of Love: St. Maximilian Kolbe

     Picture yourself in the death camp at Auschwitz. You’re standing in formation with all your fellow prisoners.  The Nazis who run the camp have a harsh disincentive to escape: for every inmate who finds a way to break out of the camp the guards pick out ten other prisoners at random and starve them to death.  As […]

Spiritual Warfare, the Chain of Command, and St. Equitius

  “You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” -attributed to Leon Trotsky      There’s a battle raging, and we’re all part of it, like it or not.  The growing intensity of the Culture War that’s engulfing our society is just a surface manifestation of the real war that’s been underway since Satan […]

Has Tradition Become a Dirty Word?

     Picture Sunday Mass in a typical parish.  A mother comes up for communion holding a small child in her arms.  As she approaches the priest, she awkwardly holds on to her infant with one arm in order to free up the other to take the Eucharistic host and quickly pop it into her mouth before […]